NIFT 2020

Exam Date : January 20, 2020
Result Date : March 6, 2020

Looking forward to doing fashion-related courses? National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is one of the premier fashion institutes in India. Great designers like Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal have graduated from NIFT. This Entrance exam will be conducted in January every year.


What is NIFT?

NIFT is a National Level Entrance Exam conducted by the National Institute of Fashion Technology for admission into design courses in Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs. The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) was set up in the year 1986 under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

  • NIFT has 16 campuses in India where the main campus is in New Delhi. This college was granted statutory status in 2006, empowering it to degrees and other academic distinctions. The Institute of NIFT is headed by Director-General Saradha Muraleedharan.
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology conducts the exam once a year.
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology has the whole authority to organize the NIFT 2020 and to allocate the seats for the eligible candidates.

The following table shows the overview highlights for NIFT 2020.

NIFT 2020 Highlights

Exam Name

National Insitute of Fashion Technology





Conducting Body

National Insitute of Fashion Technology


Undergraduate and Postgraduate


Offline i.e. Pen and Paper-based Test (PBT)


General Ability Test (GAT)

Creative Ability Test (CAT)


3 hours i.e. 180 minutes



Seat Availability


Participating Institutes

16 NIFT campuses

Exam Dates

NIFT 2020 is a test that is conducted offline. The candidates who are interested to do fashion courses in NIFT can apply for this exam. The Application form will be available on the official website of the conducting Authority.

The NIFT 2020 Exam Dates are announced by the official authority. Below mentioned are the dates of some of the important events related to NIFT Exam:

NIFT 2020 Exam dates



Application Start Date

October 22, 2019 

Application End Date

December 28, 2019 

Admit Card Date

January 10, 2020 

Exam Date

January 20, 2020 

Result date

March 6, 2020 

Counseling Date

June 10, 2020 

NOTE: The dates mentioned above are tentative. It will be updated once it is released by the exam conducting Authority. 

What is the Eligibility Criteria for NIFT?

Only the candidates who satisfy the NIFT Eligibility Criteria can apply for the entrance exam. The candidates should have scored a minimum of 50% marks in class to take up the test.

The candidates who are applying for undergraduate programs should be less than 23 years. The upper age limit relaxation for candidates who belong to SC/ST/PWD is 5 years. There is no age limit for the candidates who are applying for postgraduation programs. 

Below given are some of the basic eligibility a candidate has to satisfy:

NIFT 2020 Eligibility
Age limit Below 23 years for UG (Undergraduate)
Educational qualification Must have passed 10+2diploma course (3 or 4 years) recognized by AICTE
Nationality Indian/NRI/Foreign
Reservation 5% Extra seat reservation for SC/ST/PWD (Person with disabilities)


The NIFT 2020 Syllabus includes the tests such as Creative Ability Test (CAT), General Ability Test (GAT), Performance Round, Situation based Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview round.

The NIFT 2020 will consist of two parts such as the Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT). The GAT consist of topics such as Quantitative Ability, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Analytical and Logical Ability, Problem Solving Approach. The CAT includes topics such as Design Ability, Observation Power, Creativity in Thought Development.

Reference Books

NIFT, NID/ IIFT Entrance Exam Guide by D Mittal and NIFT, NID/ IIFT Admission Test by Surendra Kavimandan are the books referred by the conducting authority for the preparation of NIFT 2020.

Application Form

The NIFT 2020 Application Form will be available on the official website i.e. NIFT 2020 from October 22, 2019 and the last date to submit the Application Form is on December 28, 2019. Candidates are allowed to make changes in the Application Form from 29th December 2019 to 3rd January 2020.

The Candidates have to pay the registration fee online (Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking) or offline (Demand Draft in favor of "NIFT HO"). The Application fee for different categories are mentioned below:

NIFT 2020 Application Fee

General/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)

INR 800


INR 400


Registration Fee

Candidates have to upload the recently taken passport size photograph (3 months old) and signature in the below-mentioned formats:





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How to Register for NIFT?

To fill the NIFT Application Form, the candidates will have to first register themselves. The candidates can follow the steps given below to register:

  • Step 1: Go to the official website
  • Step 2: Click on the Registration link
  • Step 3: Enter your Name, DOB, Category Details, Email ID, and select the program
  • Step 4: Use your Mail ID and DOB to login and fill the Application Form

How to Apply for NIFT?

The candidates can follow the steps given below to Apply for NIFT 2020 Exam:

  • Step 1: Go to the official website and log in
  • Step 2: Enter all the details that are asked and click on Submit button
  • Step 3: After entering the details click on "I agree" button
  • Step 4: Verify and click on Save button
  • Step 5: Upload scanned file of image and signature
  • Step 6: And the final stage is to pay the Application Fee

Documents Required to Apply for NIFT

Candidates will need the following documents to Apply for NIFT Exam:

  • Past Educational details
  • Marksheets of class 10 and 12
  • Caste certificate
  • PWD certificate
  • Scanned image file of Photograph and Signature
  • A valid debit/credit/net banking for the Application Fee payment

Exam Pattern

The NIFT Exam will have CAT, GAT, Group discussion, and Personal Interview rounds. General Ability Test (GAT) is a common test written for all courses offered. GAT and CAT are conducted for B. Des and M. Des but for the candidates who opt for courses like B. F. Tech, MFM, M. F. Tech only GAT is conducted. There is no negative marking in NIFT Exam, candidates can attempt all the questions.

Below given are some of the important details about NIFT Exam Pattern

NIFT 2020 Exam Pattern
Type of Exam Offline i.e. Pen & Paper-based Test
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
Medium of Exam English
Duration 2 hours (B.Des & M.Des)3 hour  B.F.Tech, MFM & M.F.Tech
Total Marks 100 and 120 marks
Marking Scheme No Negative Marking

Admit Card

The NIFT 2020 Admit Card will be released online for all the aspirants from January 10, 2020. The candidates should log in to the official website of NIFT 2020 and should enter the required credentials such as Application Number, Date of Birth, and Password to download the Admit Card.

Candidate must carry anyone government id proof such as Voter Id, PAN Card, Aadhar Card, Driving License, Passport along with the Admit Card. In case of any discrepancy in the particulars of the candidate or his/her photograph and signatures shown in the Admit Card and Confirmation Page, the candidate may immediately approach the concerned authority.

How to Download NIFT Admit Card?

The candidates can follow steps given below to download the NIFT Admit Card from the official website:

  • Step 1: Go to the official website
  • Step 2: Click on the Admit Card link
  • Step 3: Enter your Credentials and Login
  • Step 4: Click on the Submit button
  • Step 5: Download and take a printout

Exam Centers

There are almost 32 cities where NIFT Exam 2020 will be conducted. The candidates can choose the NIFT Exam city when they are filling up the Application Form.  Once the NIFT Registration form is submitted the candidates will not be able to change the test city that they have opted. The NIFT Test Venue and address will be typed on the Admit Card of the candidate.

The following are the 32 cities where NIFT Exam will be conducted:

NIFT 2020 Exam Centers
Ahmedabad Delhi Lucknow Surat
Bengaluru Guwahati Mumbai Srinagar
Bhopal Hyderabad Madurai Shillong
Bhubaneswar Jammu Nagpur Udaipur
Chandigarh Jaipur Pune Vishakapattanam
Chennai Kolkata Patna Vadodara
Cochin Kangra Raipur Jodhpur
Dehradun Kannur Ranchi Raipur

Documents Required

The following are the documents which a candidate should carry to the NIFT Exam Hall:

  • Admit Card
  • Government ID Proof
  • Passport size photo


Results will be declared on the official website for all category candidates based on qualified marks on March 6, 2020. After the declaration of result for the written test, a situation test will be conducted for the candidates in April/ May 2020. Final Results of NIFT 2020 will be prepared based on GAT, CAT and Situation Test Scores. 

How to Download NIFT Result?

To download NIFT 2020 Result from the official website candidates will have to follow the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Go to the official website and click on the Result link
  • Step 2: Enter your Roll number and DOB to log in
  • Step 3: Click on Submit button
  • Step 4: Download and take a printout of the Result


NIFT 2020 Cut-off is the closing rank set by NIFT Participating Institutes and the same will vary across NIFT campuses. The cutoff list will be released after the results are announced. There are 16 NIFT campuses in India all of them will release an opening and closing rank for various courses.

The cut-off will be calculated considering various factors which are mentioned below: 

  • Level of difficulty of the exam
  • The total number of students appeared for the exam
  • Number of seats available
  • Previous year cutoff trends

Selection Process

The candidates who write NIFT Exam will have 3 more stages which they have to qualify to get into their desired course. The 3 rounds are Situational Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interview.

The selection is based on overall performance. Candidates who opt B. Design will have to go through Situational Test and the candidates who opt M. Design will have to go through a case study based Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The candidates who qualify all this will be called for the Counseling Process.


The Candidates who have cleared all the rounds of Exam will be called for the NIFT 2020 Counseling Process which will be held on June 10, 2020. The counseling procedure will consist of Registration, Campus Choice, Downloading Call Letter, and Appearing for Counseling. While getting registered, candidates have to select the counseling campus in which they will participate in as well. 

The documents which are required during the Counseling Process are as follows:

  • Transfer Certificate
  • Marksheets of class 10 and 12
  • 2 Passport Size Photograph
  • Candidates who applied for postgraduation courses should bring Degree Certificate
  • Caste Certificate, etc.

How to Prepare for NIFT?

The candidates who are aspiring to write NIFT Exam can follow the important preparation tips given below:

  • Go through a lot of magazines, posters, advertisements to get ideas
  • Prepare for all the sections and rounds
  • Try and improve your sketching skills
  • Prepare according to the syllabus
  • Prepare notes and refer to it when you are revising
  • Refer to previous year question papers 

Courses offered through NIFT

The following are the courses that are offered by NIFT:

  • Bachelor of Fashion technology
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Master of Design
  • Master of Fashion technology
  • Master of Fashion management

Contact Details

If the candidates have any queries related to NIFT Exam they can contact the official conducting authority. They can be reached from Monday to Friday between 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM and 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM.

National Institute of Fashion Technology, Hauz Khas, Near Gulmohar Park, New Delhi, India 110016.





Q: What is the eligibility criteria for admission?

Ans. For UG programs, candidates should have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam, and for PG programs, UG degree is required.

Q: I am from Nepal, can I apply for the exam?

Ans. Yes, candidates from any part of the world can apply.

Q: Can I change the NIFT Exam Center?

Ans. No, the exam center once allotted cannot be changed.

Q:  How can I get the NIFT 2019 prospectus?

Ans. Candidates can download the prospectus from the official website.

Q: What is the upper limit to apply for the exam?

Ans. For undergraduate courses, the candidate should not be more than 23 years of age and there's no age restriction for the Postgraduate programs.

Q: How are students assessed in the regular programs?

Ans. Candidates are assessed based on assignments, projects, internships, and presentations. Performances will be evaluated by academicians and industry professionals. 

Q: Is there any restriction on the number of attempts to clear the exam?

Ans, No, you can take the examination any number of times but in the case of design, you can write only till you attain the upper age limit.

Q: What is the minimum percentage required to apply for the exam?

Ans. The candidate should have scored minimum marks of 50% in class 12.

Q: Is it possible to apply for more than one program?

Ans. No, you cannot apply for more than one program.

Q: What is the counseling procedure?

Ans. Candidates will be called for the counseling process according to the merit list. Shortlisted candidates can select the course and the center of study. The candidate has to get all the required original documents for verification purposes during the counseling process. 

Q: How many stages are there in NIFT 2019 exam?

Ans. The exam will be conducted in the offline mode i.e, Pen Paper Based Test (PBT) and has three stages: Written Test, Situation Test and Group Discussion/Personal Interview.

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Colleges which accept [NIFT]

Want to get in ?
Bachelor of Design [B.Des], batch of 2021
23 May 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

You have to be 12th passed out for taking admission in NIFT. It conducted its own examination, it has two phases the first phase has a general ability test and creative ability test after that there is the second phase called situation test.

Want to get in ?
Bachelor of fashion technology, batch of 2018
01 Mar 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Exam is held offline and online as well. Students who has completed their intermediate can apply for NIFT. Well if you want to take technical course of fashion industry you must have PCM as your 12th stream. Just one entrance exam and you at about to you dreams.

Want to get in ?
B. F Tech, batch of 2019
20 Feb 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Bachelor of Fashion Technology in Apparel Production is a course provided by NIFT that demands students pursuing +2 with PCM. NIFT organizes it's entrance exam every year. Cut off changes every year

Want to get in ?
B.ftech , batch of 2020
18 Feb 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Eligibility criteria:- has passed Intermediate of Science (PCM) from any recognized board in India Apply for NIFT entrance exam under B.FTECH major category. Cutoff marks are never revealed nor are your individual marks.

Want to get in ?
all courses are available, batch of 2018
02 Feb 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

NIFT is the entrance exam to get the admission in this college. The cutoff is 70%.

Want to get in ?
FSID , batch of 2020
11 Oct 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

There are three examinations held to divide whether the candidate is capable of being a part of the college. They are Pearl Academy, SOFT, NIFT, UID and the typical cutoff for my course is above 65 on 100 in the examination they take.

Want to get in ?
B. Des, batch of 2017
23 Jun 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • Eligibility criteria at National Institute of Fashion Technology, [NIFT] Bhubaneshwar is the Candidate must be 18 to 23 years of age.
  • The admission procedure is that the candidate must have passed the qualifying examination.
  • The candidate must pass a situation test conducted by the University, followed by counseling.

Want to get in ?
Fashion designer, batch of 2017
16 Jun 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • The entrance exam is NIFT for fashion designing course at the UILS of Punjab University.

Want to get in ?
Ahalyaa fashion designing, batch of 2019
13 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • Candidates who have completed 12th or any degree can apply at NIFT-TEA.
  • The admission is based on a common entrance exam held in the college and scholarships are given based on the marks obtained.

Want to get in ?
B.F.Tech, batch of 2018
02 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  • The eligibility criteria for National Institute of Fashion Technology, [NIFT] Chennai is that the student applying must have completed 12+
  •  All India common entrance exams for two streams technology and design.

Discussion Forum

Syllabus for NIFT

What is the syllabus for NIFT?

Asked By: Puneet Saxena,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Puneet,

The candidate can go through the NIFT Syllabus to get a fair idea before writing the exam.

How to prepare for NIFT

Is there any coaching institute will help in preparation for NIFT?

Asked By: Babaji lal,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Babaji,

Yes, there are several institutes which offer to coach but you don't need to go to classes every day, you can also do crash courses. 

When will be the Admit Card be available?

Hi I am Lalit, I want to know regarding the date of availability of Admit Card

Asked By: Lalit Jha,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Lalit,

The admit card date is announced by the examination authority.


Is Bhopal an Exam Centre?

Hi I am Avesh, I want to know whether Bhopal is an exam centre.

Asked By: Avesh Khan,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Avesh,

Yes, the NIFT exam centres include Bhopal as a centre. You can get to know more details about the NIFT Exam.

Loan for academic session at NIFT

Do I get to avail any loan facilities for my academics at NIFT?

Asked By: Priya Kulkarni,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, you can avail loans from your preferred banks once you've cleared NIFT and made your admissions clear.

The Union Bank of India provides pre-sanctioned loans for all candidates who qualify for NIFT admission.

You are Eligible to apply for it as soon as you clear the NIFT entrance test.

NIFT Campus in Kerala

Is there an NIFT University campus in Kerala? Where?

Asked By: Samyuktha Padmanabhan,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, they do.

The National Institute Of Fashion Technology (NIFT) has set up one of their University campuses in Kannur, Kerala.

Aspiring candidates can avail admissions in NIFT, Kannur through NIFT UG/PG.

Fee structure at NIFT

I want to know how much I have to pay as the fee per year at NIFT?

Asked By: Shaik mujahid,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The fee structure depends on each course and the basic fee structure to each course at NIFT will be as in the following link:

NIFT 2017 Undergraduate courses offered

What are the undergraduate courses offered?

Asked By: Savita Prakash,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The undergraduate courses offered are as follows: - 

  • Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) in Accessory Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Communication, Knitwear Design, Textile Design, Leather Design
  • Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech) in Apparel Production.

NIFT 2017 campus in Bangalore

Is there an NIFT campus in Bangalore?

Asked By: Namitha Sen,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, there is an NIFT campus in Bangalore.

NIFT 2017 Bank loan

Can candidates avail any bank loan?

Asked By: Sushant MIshra,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, students can avail bank loan. Scholarship/subsidy is also available. Candidates can refer to the Official website for more information on the same.