NIFT Counselling 2021: Interview, Dates, Seat Allotment, Registration, Documents Required

Result Date

Jun 2, 2021

Counselling Date

Jul 15, 2021

Apr 19, 2021 | Design


National Institute of Fashion Technology will conduct the NIFT counselling 2021 for the qualified candidates. NIFT 2021 selection process or counselling takes place for candidate those who have scored more than the cut off marks specified by each institute. The selection process includes Personal Interview (PI). Candidates are selected based on his/her performance in the entrance exam and PI rounds. The NIFT counselling 2021 is done for applicants who have cleared the exam. They will be called for counselling on the basis of marks scored. Applicants are required to bring their original documents and certificates during counselling. NIFT counselling 2021 is scheduled to commence shortly after the announcement of the results.

For every course, the NIFT counselling 2021 round happens in 6 slots over the course of three days. The reporting timing will be 09:30 AM every day for counselling round. The slots are divided as per the rankings. The table below demonstrates the NIFT counselling 2021 schedule as per the ranks.

Candidates will receive an email with a direct link to their call letters. Candidates are required to use their login credentials on the official website to download their call letters. Candidates can track the availability of seats on the official website of NIFT. Go to the website, click on the admission section, then click on the live status option, a tracking sheet will appear with the category-wise allotment of seats.

If the applicants fail to bring required documents and certificates then their admission gets cancelled. Note that the applicants are not allowed to bring downloaded mark sheets and certificates. The shortlisted applicants can log into the official website and check the counselling dates. For NIFT counselling 2021 dates, the applicant must register himself or herself on the official website of the entrance exam.

NIFT 2021 Counselling Overview

The summary of NIFT counselling 2021 of the admission process is listed in the table below. Aspirants can check all the details relevant to the NIFT 2021 counselling here. NIFT conducts the counselling process and offers admission over its sixteen campuses. Also, for the first round of counselling, aspirants are not required to pay any registration fees.

NIFT Counselling 2021 Summary
Particulars Details
Name of the entrance test NIFT Entrance Test
Conducting Body National Institute of Fashion Technology
Level of the Exam National
Category of the exam Undergraduate
Mode of the Application Online
Mode of the Exam Pen and Paper mode
Mode of the Result Online
Mode of the Registration for Counselling Computer-based

NIFT Counselling Schedule 2021

Once the results are declared, the authority will organise the counselling for providing the admission to the qualified candidates. The registration will be started from May/June 2021. Candidates can check the table below the NIFT counselling 2021 schedule for other programmes as well.

NIFT 2021 Counselling Dates
Programme Details Registration for Online Counselling NIFT Counselling Dates
NIFT MFM Counselling May/ June 2021 May/ June 2021
NIFT M.Des Counselling May/ June 2021 May/ June 2021
NIFT M.F.Tech Counselling May/ June 2021 May/ June 2021
NIFT B.Des Counselling May/ June 2021
NIFT B.F.Tech Counselling May/ June 2021

Documents Required for NIFT Counselling 2021

Before appearing at the allotted counselling centre of NIFT, candidates must carry all the necessary documents required for the document verification process. Candidates will also get a mail regarding this in their call letter for the NIFT counselling 2021 process. Also, the Institute will return all the original certificates except the medical certificate once the verification process is completed. The list of documents required for the NIFT Counselling 2021 are listed below:

  • Valid PWD certificate if applicable
  • System generated letter/e-mail received by the qualified candidate at the time of registration for counselling
  • 2 passport size Photograph and 4 stamp size photograph
  • 10+2/equivalent exam certificate of passing
  • Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category certificate from the specified authorities if applicable
  • Semester Fee – Demand Draft of Rs. 1,45,950/- (Non-NRI) drawn in favour of the NIFT HO payable at the city of the Counselling
  • Certificate of clearing 10+2/equivalent examination, showing the subjects offered by him/her in the exam. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics for B.F.Tech.
  • Undertaking for the candidate seeking provisional admission-(Annexure-I)
  • Undertaking from the students as per provisions of anti-ragging (Annexure-II)
  • Form for withdrawal of admission (Annexure-III)
  • Undertaking about eligibility, fee and refund (Annexure-IV)
  • Medical fitness certificate in the prescribed format (Annexure VI)
  • Authorization letter from the candidates, who cannot attend the NIFT counselling 2019 in person (Annexure-VII) (not applicable for PWD candidates)
  • Copy of 12th class school leaving certificate (only for domicile seats)
  • SC/ST/OBC (Non-Creamy) category certificate if applicable
  • Certificate from the Board from which candidate passed the High School/Higher Secondary Examination.

How to register for NIFT Counselling 2021?

Candidates will have to follow the steps given below to register for the NIFT Counselling procedure. For doing the NIFT counselling registration, candidates will have to follow several steps. All of these steps are listed below. Candidates can check each of these steps and follow the procedure for the NIFT counselling 2021 process.

Step 1: Register at the official website of NIFT

To take part in the NIFT counselling procedure, candidates will have to visit the official website of the National Institute of Fashion Technology by providing the NIFT application form number, date of birth and password.

Step 2: Receive System Generated NIFT Letter

Once the candidates register for the NIFT Counselling 2021, they will receive a system-generated letter which will contain the details of the Nodal Officer along with the list of important documents that are required for the NIFT counselling and admission process. In case if any of the document is written in any other language, then the candidates must ensure that the document is translated in English/Hindi and the transition is duly verified by the “issuing institution/gazetted officer/Self-attested (original and photocopy) by the candidate at the time of Counselling / Admission”, as per the official NIFT website. In case the candidates fail to produce the document with the requisite translation then his/her candidature will be cancelled.

Step 3: Upload the Required Documents

Candidates will have to upload all the required documents by logging in to the official website of NIFT using their application form number, date of birth and password.

Step 4: Make the payment of the NIFT Admission Fee

If the candidates are offered a seat during the NIFT Admission at any campus of NIFT admission, then the candidates will have to pay the requisite fee immediately. Candidates can pay the admission fee through online mode by means of Debit Card, Credit Card, Net Banking, Wallet or UPI.

Step 5: Participate in Document & Fee Verification

Once the candidate uploads all the documents and pays the admission fees, their details will be verified. Once the verification process is completed, the candidate will receive a zoom meeting link that will contain the NIFT counselling 2021 dates and further details.

Step 6: Generation of Seat Request

Candidates will have to appear for the zoom meeting as scheduled by the NIFT authorities. On the day of counselling, the NIFT counselling official will show the seating chart to the candidate as per his/her choice using Screen Sharing feature of Zoom Meeting. Once the candidate confirms their final choice for the NIFT admission, the official will allot (as per his/her CMR/request) that seat for the candidate and send further to NIFT HO for approval.

Step 7: Receive Allotment Letter

Candidates will be issued an allotment letter or the admission receipt that will be duly signed by the Nodal officer of the NIFT campus. Once the candidate receives the receipt, they cannot make any changes in the course and campus as selected by them for the admission.

Group Discussion and Personal Interview

Candidates who will be shortlisted for the Master’s Program in NIFT from written entrance examination are required to attend case study based Group discussions and Personal Interview. The group discussion session will be of 15 to 20 minutes time duration. It is conducted to shortlist candidates who fulfill parameters set by the authority.

The parameters for Group Discussion are as follows :

  • Good communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Creativity and ability to innovate new ideas
  • Problem-solving approach
  • Leadership qualities
  • Conceptual clarity

Personal Interview of NIFT: After group discussion round, candidates will be examined on below-listed parameters in the Personal Interview:

  • Communication
  • Aptness for the course
  • Creative and lateral thinking

NIFT Seat Allotment

As per the official notification, it is expected that for the academic year 2020-2021, a total of 4,517 seats will be offered across B.Des and B.F.Tech programmes. Candidates can check out the total number of seats which are available in different programmes of B.Design in the table below:

NIFT Counselling 2021 Seat Allotment
Programmes B.Des Programmes Total number of seats
Bachelor of Design (B.Design) Knitwear Design 296
Textile Design 558
Fashion Communication 598
Leather Design 168
Accessory Design 600
Fashion Design 642
Bachelor of Fashion Technology Apparel Production 518

NIFT Reservation of Seats

For each of the programmes as per the reservation criteria, seats are reserved for SC/ST/OBC-NCL and Differently Abled Candidates (PHP)/ Foreign Nationals/ SAARC/ NRI. The seat allocation for the reserved categories is tabulated below.

NIFT Counselling 2021: Reservation of Seats
Category Seat Reservation
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.50%
Other Backward Caste (OBC) Non-Creamy 27%
Differently Abled Person (PHP) 3% Horizontal reservation for Differently Abled Person (having 40% or more disability)
Foreign Nationals/SAARC/NRI 15% (Supernumerary)
State Domicile 20% (supernumerary)
State Domicile in Jammu & Kashmir 35 % within 30 seats

NIFT Counselling 2021: Withdrawal of Seat & Refund of Fee

Candidates who have taken the admission but wish to cancel the seat that is allocated to them can request for the refund of fee. In such case, candidates will have to report personally at the NIFT campus where they have taken admission and have to request for the refund of admission fee. So it is advised that candidates must think twice before giving their consent for the allocated seat at the time of counselling else they have to follow the above process for the cancellation of the seats.

NIFT Counselling Seats Availability

The table below represents the Seats Offered for B.Des. and B.F.Tech Courses at various campuses of the National Institute of Fashion Technology. Candidates can check the NIFT counselling 2021 seats availability under B.Des for various programmes and under B.F.Tech as well.

NIFT Counselling 2021: Seats offered by NIFT
Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech)
NIFT Campus B.Des. (Fashion Design) B.Des. (Leather Design) B.Des. (Accessory Design) B.Des. (Textile Design) B.Des. (Knitwear Design) B.Des. (Fashion Communication) B.F.Tech (Apparel Production)
NIFT Bengaluru 30 NA 30 30 30 30 30
NIFT Bhopal NA NA 30 30 NA NA NA
NIFT Gandhinagar 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
NIFT Chennai 30 NA 30 30 NA 30 30
NIFT Hyderabad 30 NA 30 30 30 30 30
NIFT Kannur 30 NA NA 30 30 30 30
NIFT Kolkata 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
NIFT Mumbai 30 NA 30 30 30 30 30
NIFT Patna 30 NA 30 30 NA 30 30
NIFT Raebareli 30 30 30 NA NA 30 NA
NIFT Shillong 30 NA 30 NA NA NA NA
NIFT Kangra 30 NA 30 30 NA 30 30
NIFT Jodhpur 30 NA 30 30 NA 30 30
NIFT Bhubaneshwar 30 NA 30 30 NA 30 30
NIFT Srinagar 30 NA NA NA NA 30 NA

Course-wise Seats Available for NIFT Admissions (Master's Programmes)

Candidates can check below the NIFT counselling seats availability for the master's courses for various programmes. These seats are available at different campuses of NIFT.

NIFT Counselling 2021: Seats available for Masters Course
NIFT Campus Master of Design (M.Des.) Master of Fashion Management (M.F.M) Master of Fashion Technology (M.F.Tech)
NIFT Bengaluru 30 30 25
NIFT Bhopal NA 30 NA
NIFT Gandhinagar NA 30 25
NIFT Chennai NA 30 25
NIFT Hyderabad NA 30 NA
NIFT Kannur 30 30 NA
NIFT Kolkata NA 30 NA
NIFT Mumbai 30 30 NA
NIFT Patna NA 30 NA
NIFT Raebareli NA 30 NA
NIFT Shillong NA 30 NA
NIFT Jodhpur NA 30 NA
NIFT Bhubaneshwar NA 30 NA

NIFT Registration for Second Round Counselling

NIFT Counselling 2020 for the second has started from October 12, 2020 for all the undergraduates and postgraduates courses. Candidates will be called for the counselling based on their ranks. Once the seats are allotted, candidates will have to download the allotment confirmation letter from the official website. Candidates will have to report online according to their ranks and schedule. Also, candidates who failed to reach the counselling centre will forfeit their allocated seats. During counselling, the candidates will also have to submit a document supporting their medical fitness from an MCI registered MBBS doctor. The NIFT counselling result for the year 2020 is also announced. Also, candidates must check all the details related to the NIFT Counselling 2021 and keep them updated.


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