NIFT Exam Pattern 2021: GAT, CAT, B.Des, B.F.Tech Latest pattern, Marking Schema

Exam Date

Feb 14, 2021

Result Date

Jun 2, 2021

Apr 7, 2021 | Design


National Institute of Fashion Technology designs the NIFT 2021 exam pattern, which includes all the parameters that are considered in the entrance exam. NIFT exam pattern 2021 is slightly different from other Fashion Designing entrance exams as it contains an extra section called Leadership Qualities where the decision-making skills of the candidate are tested. The Quantitative Ability section of NIFT exam is quite tricky; therefore, candidates must be thorough with the basics. 

The mode of examination for NIFT 2021 will be in offline mode (Pen and Paper-based Test). This exam is divided into two parts which are General Ability Test (GAT) and Creative Ability Test (CAT). Applicants will also have to pass Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The examination duration for NIFT 2021 will be for 2 hours. There will be 150 questions with no negative marking in NIFT exam for wrong answers. The paper will be conducted in English Language only.

Before appearing for the entrance exam, candidates must check the NIFT exam pattern 2021 for all the programs so that they can prepare accordingly for the test. By referring to the exam pattern, candidates will get an idea about the paper structure, marking scheme, sectional timing of the NIFT test pattern. For detailed information regarding NIFT exam pattern 2021, candidates can read the entire section below.

Exam Phases for NIFT 2021

The exam is conducted in the following two phases:

  • Phase 1 – Paper Based Test (PBT) – All undergraduate and postgraduate programs (CAT and GAT exam)
  • Phase 2 – Paper Based Test (PBT) – B.Des and M.Des programs (CAT and GAT exam)
  • Phase 2 – Computer Based Test (CBT) – B.F.Tech, MFM & M.F.Tech programs (GAT exam)

NIFT Exam Pattern 2021 Highlights

Candidates who are willing to appear for the exam can check the NIFT exam pattern 2021 below for the preparation of the entrance exam. 

Particulars Details
Mode Offline
Language English & Hindi
Number of Papers 2
Number of Section 5
Name of Section Quantitative Ability, English Comprehension, Communication Ability, Analytical Ability, Current Affairs and General Knowledge
Type of Questions MCQ Based
Total number of questions 
  • B.Des: 100
  • M.Des: 120
Exam Duration 2 hours (for B.Des & M.Des) 3 hours (for B.F.Tech, MFM & M.F.Tech)

Note: NIFT B.Des Exam Pattern comprises Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT). Candidates who qualify the written test will have to appear for the situation test. 

NIFT 2021 Weightage Programme Wise

The table below represents the sectional weightage of different programmes that comes under the NIFT exam pattern 2021. The authority takes the weightage into account while preparing the final merit list of the candidates. 

NIFT Section Weightage
Bachelor Programs Test Weightage
B.Des   CAT 50%
GAT 30%
Situation Test 20%
B.F.Tech GAT 100%
Master Programs Test Weightage
M.Des   CAT 40%
GAT 30%
GD/PI 30%
M.F.M  GAT 70%
GD/PI 30%
M.F.Tech  GAT 70%
GD/PI 30%

NIFT CAT Exam Pattern

NIFT exam pattern 2021 for CAT is based on the candidate's intuition skill, their power of observation, innovation in the development of the concept as well as design ability of the candidates. This exam is conducted to test the creative as well as innovative use of colours and illustration skills of aspirants. NIFT CAT exam pattern is a paper-pencil based exam and the total time allotted for this exam is three (3) hours. 

NIFT GAT Paper Pattern

Candidates who are willing to secure admission in the BDes programmes which are offered at NIFT will have to appear for the GAT exam. The NIFT exam pattern 2021 for GAT comprises these sections:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Communication Ability
  • English Comprehension
  • Analytical Ability
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs

The time allotted for NIFT exam pattern 2021 for GAT is two (2) hours. Also while formulating the merit list of NIFT for the BDes course admissions, the authority gives 30% weightage to the GAT section.

NIFT B.F.Tech Exam Pattern

Candidates who are willing to appear for B.F.Tech exam can check the NIFT exam pattern 2021 for B.F.Tech below:

NIFT Paper Pattern for B.F.Tech
Particular Details
Duration of the exam 3 hours
The medium of the exam English
Mode of the exam Pen and Paper
Maximum Mark 150
NIFT Marking scheme 2021   0.25 will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Number of Question in each section Sections: Quantitative ability- 30; Communication ability and English comprehension- 45; Analytical and Logical Ability- 25; General Knowledge and Current Affairs- 25; Case Study- 25

NIFT Exam Pattern 2021 for Situation Test

Candidates who got selected in the GAT and CAT exam are required to appear for the situation test. Though this, candidate's ability will be tested in particular sets of materials as well as their creativity in a specific situation. Students who are participating in the test must not carry any type of additional materials with them. he model evaluation will be conducted based on the space visualization, creativity, uniqueness, finishing, element composition, construction, colour scheme etc.

NIFT Exam Pattern 2021 for Artisans Category

As per the official notice, NIFT also offers admission to Artisans/Children of Artisans based on their performance in Studio test, Interview round, and Verification of documents/eligibility criteria. The admission for Artisans will be conducted offline at the campus of NIFT. Candidates can check the admission criteria for Artisans in BDes courses which are offered at the design colleges in the table below:

NIFT Exam Pattern 2021 for Artisans Category
NIFT Admission Test Weightage Timing
Studio Test 40 11:30 AM to 1 PM
Interview 20 2 PM onwards
Verification of Documents/Eligibility  - 2:30 PM onwards

NIFT Exam Pattern 2021 for Lateral Entry Admission 2021 

Through the NIFT Lateral Entry Admission (NLEA), candidates can secure admission directly in the third semester of UG courses which are offered at the National Institute of Fashion Technology. Candidates can check the admission tests which they should appear for seeking admission through NLEA. 

NIFT Exam Pattern 2021 for Lateral Entry Admission
Name of Course Test Weightage
Bachelor of Design (BDes) GAT Timing: 10:00 am to 11:00 am 40
Studio Test Timing: 11:30 am to 01:00 pm 40
Interview Timing: 2:00 pm onwards 20
Verification of documents/eligibility Timing: 2:30 pm onwards

NIFT 2021 Detailed Questions for bachelor's program

The table below represents the pattern for GAT including different sections and the number of questions that are asked from each section. Candidates can check the pattern and prepare for the exam accordingly.

NIFT Exam Pattern 2021 for Bachelor's Program
Paper Name Sections Number of Questions
GAT Quantitative Ability 20
Communication Ability 25
English Comprehension 25
Analytical and Logical Ability 15
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 15
Total 100

NIFT 2021 Important Instructions

  • Candidates should solve previous year NIFT papers and mock tests.
  • Candidates should reach hall 30 minutes before NIFT 2021 Exam.
  • Students must carry a printout of the NIFT Admit Card.
  • Valid photo ID proof includes a College ID card, Passport, Voter ID Card, PAN card, etc.

NIFT Exam Pattern 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is there any negative marking in NIFT 2021?

A. No, there is no negative marking in NIFT 2021.


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