NIFT 2024: Application Form, Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is responsible for organizing the NIFT entrance exam every year. It is a national-level entrance exam conducted for admission to UG & PG courses in the field of Fashion and Design.

Through the NIFT exam, the selected candidates will get into various NIFT participating institutes. At present, there are 18 NIFT participating institutes that offer admission to B.F.Tech, B.Des, M.Des, M.F.Tech, and M.F.M courses.

The entrance exam is divided into two parts i.e., written exam & situation test/personal interview. The written exam has two sub-tests namely General Ability Test (GAT), and the creative ability test (CAT). The GAT test is mandatory for all offered courses, whereas only B.Des and M.Des students need to take the CAT.

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It is expected that the NIFT 2024 exam will be held in February 2024. Interested and eligible candidates must submit their online application form as per the prescribed schedule. Candidates can check the complete details regarding NIFT Exam 2024 from the article below.

NIFT 2024 Important Dates (tentative)

Candidates can check the tentative schedule regarding the NIFT exam 2024 from the table below.

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Online application form registration starts fromNovember 2023
Last date to applyDecember 2023
Last date to apply with a late fee of Rs 5000/-January 2024
Correction facilityJanuary 2024
Availability of admit cardJanuary 2024
Date of NIFT entrance examFebruary 2024
Release of answer keysFebruary 2024
Announcement of resultMarch 2024
Interview roundApril 2024
Last date for application submission for NRI/Foreign nationalsApril 2024
Announcement of the final resultMay 2024
Date of counsellingMay/June 2024

NIFT Eligibility Criteria 2024

Candidates should satisfy the important eligibility criteria as laid down by the authority. The details related to NIFT Eligibility criteria are as follows:

CourseEligibility Criteria
B.DesCandidate must have passed 12th class or equivalent examination from any recognized Central/ State Board of secondary education or Candidates must qualify 12th recognized by National Open School with a minimum of 5 subjects. Or Applicants must have obtained a 3 or 4-year diploma recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education. The upper age limit will be 24 years. Age relaxation of up to 5 years is given to candidates from reserved categories.
B.F Tech CourseThe applicant should clear 12th or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics as mandatory subjects from any recognized Central/ State Board of Secondary examination. The upper age limit will be 24 years. Age relaxation of up to 5 years is given to candidates from reserved categories.
M.Des/ MFM/ M.FTech coursesCandidates must have a bachelor’s degree in any stream from any university/ institute recognized by law in India. There will be no age bar.

NIFT 2024 Application Form

The authority will release the application form most likely in November 2023. Candidates must check the eligibility criteria before filling out the application form.

The application form will be available in online mode only. For NIFT Registration, candidates need to visit the official website link and click on the New Registration link.

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Complete the registration by providing some basic details like name, contact number, email id, etc.

Once the registration is done, an applicant account will be created. Candidates need to log in to fill out the rest of the application form, including personal, contact, and academic details.

Candidates should upload the required documents in the specific format.

Applicants should make the payment of the application fee through online mode.

Don’t forget to take the printout of the application form for further use.

NIFT Application Fee

Candidates from the general category will have to pay Rs 3000/- as application fee while for SC/ST/PWD category the application fee will be Rs 1500/-.

Candidates need to pay the fee through online mode using a debit card, credit card, and net banking.

NIFT Exam Pattern

Candidates can check the exam-related details in the section below.

Examination modeOnline mode
Language of paperEnglish & Hindi
Number of questions100 questions (for B.Des),  120 questions (M.Des.)
Exam duration2 or 3 hours (for both tests)
SectionsGAT includes sections like quantitative ability, communication ability, English comprehension, Current affairs, analytical ability, and G.K.

Distribution of questions for GAT (B.Des & M.Des)

Quantitative ability2020
Communication ability2530
English comprehension2530
Current affairs and G. K1515
Analytical ability1525

Distribution of questions for GAT (B.F.Tech, M.F.M and M.F.Tech)

SectionsB.F TchM.FTechM.F.M
Quantitative ability303010
English comprehension & Communication ability454550
Analytical & Logical ability252525
Current affairs and G. K252525
Case study252540

NIFT Syllabus 2024

Candidates should check the syllabus completely to make an effective study plan. The syllabus for NIFT will include various topics from different sections. The written test consists of CAT (Creative Ability Test) and GAT (General Ability Test). GAT is mandatory for all the candidates while for B.Des and M.Des programs candidates need to take the GAT and CAT papers.

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Candidates can check the NIFT Entrance exam 2024 syllabus for the written exam from the table below.

SubjectsGAT syllabus
Communication Ability and English ComprehensionAntonyms, synonyms, words with corresponding meanings, plural, singular, one-word substitutes, correct spellings, idioms and phrases, comprehending a situation from a given passage, etc.
Quantitative AbilityMultiplication, Addition, Division, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Fractions, Work, Rate of Interest, and Task, and Distance.
General Knowledge and Current AffairsTopics related to current affairs and GK
Analytical Ability and Logical AbilityIt is designed to check candidates’ capacity for inference and logic to analyze the applicant’s ability to find the issue and apply reasoning in resolving the main issues of the problem.

NIFT participating institutes

The list of participating institutes is provided below.

Lovely Professional University Jalandhar, Phagwara, NIFT Bhopal, NIFT Chennai, NIFT Bhubaneswar, NIFT Kangra, World University of Design, Sonipat, Riidl Academy, Mumbai, ISDI School of Design and Innovation, Mumbai, NIFT Jodhpur, and NIFT Kannur

NIFT 2024 Admit Card

It is expected that the authority will release the NIFT admit card for 2024 in January 2024. It will be available through online mode only. To download the admit card, candidates need to enter their login credentials details such as registration number and password.

The NIFT hall ticket will include details like the candidate’s name, exam date, roll number, time, and venue of the examination. It is an important document candidate must carry to the examination hall while appearing for the exam. The authority will not allow any candidate to appear in the exam without a valid admit card and photo id proof.

NIFT Answer Key 2024

The authority will release the answer keys only for the GAT paper. It is expected that the provisional answer key will be made available on NIFT official website in February 2024. It includes the correct response to all the questions asked in the GAT exam.

The candidate can compare their answers with the provisional answer key and can also calculate their estimated score in the exam. In case of an issue with the draft key, candidates will be allowed to challenge the provisional answer key within the deadline. After considering the objections of the candidates, a final answer key will be released.

NIFT Result 2024

The National Institute of Fashion Technology will announce the result in March 2024 through online mode. Candidates who appeared in the exam will be able to check the result by providing their login details such as roll number, date of birth, etc.

The scorecard of the NIFT 2024 written exam will consist of details like the section-wise and overall score, and the qualifying status. A merit list will also be prepared based on the candidate’s performance in the exam. Qualified candidates will be invited for counselling process based on their merit rank.

The final result will be decided by giving weightage to CAT, GAT, and Situation Tes/ Personal Interview. Candidates are advised to keep the NIFT scorecard safe till the end of the admission process.

NIFT Counselling 2024

The process of NIFT counselling will be commenced a few days after the announcement of the result. The counselling will be held online mode. The shortlisted candidates will have to attend the counselling as per their merit rank. It will be held for the candidates who clear the Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

Candidates will be required to provide details like course specialization and NIFT institute at the time of counselling. The selected applicants must also bring the required documents for the verification process. The final admission will be made based on overall rank, order of preference, category of candidate, etc.

NIFT Contact Details

NIFT Campus,

Hauz Khas, Near Gulmohar Park,

New Delhi – 110 016,

Phone number: +91-11-26542000

NIFT Website:


Who is eligible for UG courses offered at NIFT?

Candidates who clear the 10+2 from a recognized board/institute are eligible to apply.

What is the NIFT 2024 application form date?

The NIFT entrance exam application form will be available tentatively from November- December 2023 (without any late fee).

Is NIFT easy to crack?

The entrance exam is quite challenging to crack.

What is the frequency of the NIFT Entrance exam?

The exam is held once a year.

What is the average salary for NIFT graduates?

What is the average salary for NIFT graduates?

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