NIFT Exam Pattern 2022: Marking Scheme and Guidelines

Exam Date

Feb 6, 2022

Result Date

May 17, 2022

Jul 1, 2022 | Design


NIFT 2022 exam pattern includes all the parameters considered in the entrance exam. NIFT exam pattern 2022 is slightly different from other Fashion Designing entrance exams. It contains an extra section called Leadership Qualities, where the decision-making skills of the candidates are tested. The Quantitative Ability section of NIFT exam is quite tricky. Therefore, candidates must be thorough with the basics.

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  • Jun 30, 2022: NIFT 2022 seat allotment for Round III is available from Jun 30, 2022, and Counselling schedule revised. Read More
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NIFT Exam Pattern 2022

NIFT 2022 exam is conducted offline as a pen and paper-based test. This exam is divided into two parts: 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 2022 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 NIFT exam pattern 2022 for all the programs to 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 NIFT test pattern. For detailed information regarding NIFT exam pattern 2022, candidates can read the section below.

NIFT 2022 Exam Guidelines for Remote Online Test

NIFT has announced the following guidelines for the conduction of the remote online test on Feb 6, 2022.

  • All candidates must have access to a desktop/laptop at their homes along with an android phone which will be used for monitoring the candidates from the rear.
  • The exam can be taken only through the Google Chrome Browser.
  • Candidates must ensure that their microphones and webcams are working fine for this test.
  • To log in, candidates will need to enter their roll numbers and password which will be mentioned on the admit card.
  • Once logged in, all candidates must complete the camera verification on their desktops/laptops.
  • The room where the candidate is taking the exam must have proper lighting, and others must not be entering that particular room for the duration of the test.
  • If the candidate is found involved in any type of unfair means of taking the exam, the AI-enabled system or the online proctor will immediately intervene and cancel the exam.
  • No toilet breaks will be allowed during this test. Candidates are only allowed to keep a bottle of water with them during the test.

Exam Phases for NIFT 2022

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 2022 Highlights

Candidates who are willing to appear for the exam can check NIFT exam pattern 2022 below for the preparation of the entrance exam. 

NIFT Exam Pattern 2022 Highlights
Mode of Exam Offline
Language English & Hindi
Number of Papers 2
Number of Sections 5

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 for the written test will have to appear for the situation test. 

NIFT 2022 Program-Wise Weightage

The table below represents the sectional weightage of different programs that comes under NIFT exam pattern 2022. The authority takes the weightage into account while preparing the final merit list of the candidates. 

NIFT 2022 Section Weightage
Programs Test Weightage
B.Des   CAT 50%
GAT 30%
Situation Test 20%
B.F.Tech GAT 100%
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 2022 Exam Pattern

NIFT exam pattern 2022 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 for 3 hours. 

NIFT GAT 2022 Paper Pattern

Candidates who are willing to secure admission in the B.Des programs which are offered at NIFT will have to appear for the GAT exam. NIFT exam pattern 2022 for GAT comprises the sections given below.

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

The time allotted for NIFT exam pattern 2022 for GAT is 2 hours. Also, while formulating the merit list of NIFT for the B.Des 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 NIFT exam pattern 2022 below.

NIFT Paper Pattern for B.F.Tech
Exam Duration 3 hours
Language English
Exam Mode Pen and Paper
Maximum Mark 150
NIFT Marking scheme 2022   0.25 will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Number of Questions per Section 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 2022 for Situation Test

Candidates who get selected in the GAT and CAT exam are required to appear for the situation test. Through this, the candidate's abilities 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. The model evaluation will be conducted based on the space visualization, creativity, uniqueness, finishing, element composition, construction, colour scheme etc.

NIFT Exam Pattern 2022 for Artisans Category

As per the official notice, NIFT also offers admission to Artisans/ Children of Artisans based on their performance in the studio tests, 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 B.Des courses which are offered at the design colleges in the table below.

NIFT Exam Pattern 2022 for Artisans Category
NIFT Admission Test Weightage Timing
Studio Test 40 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Interview 20 2:00 PM 
Verification of Documents/ Eligibility  - 2:30 PM 

NIFT Exam Pattern 2022 for Lateral Entry Admission 2022 

Through 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 to get admission through NLEA. 

NIFT Exam Pattern 2022 for Lateral Entry Admission
Name of Course Test Weightage
Bachelor of Design (B.Des) 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 20
Verification of Documents/ Eligibility Timing: 2:30 PM

NIFT 2022 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 2022 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 2022 Important Instructions

The important instructions for candidates who are appearing for NIFT exam 2022 are as given below.

  • The candidates should solve previous year NIFT papers and mock tests.
  • The candidates should reach the exam hall 30 minutes before NIFT 2022 exam.
  • The students must carry a printout of NIFT 2022 admit card along with a valid photo ID proof such as college ID card, Passport, Voter ID Card, PAN card, etc.

NIFT 2022 Syllabus

As far as NIFT syllabus 2022 is concerned, the authority does not release an official document. Candidates can also look at the previous year's question papers along with NIFT syllabus 2022 to know the kind of questions asked in NIFT exam.

The examination authority would update any NIFT syllabus 2022 on their official website. But generally, NIFT question paper involves 4 major sections, as given below.

  • Quantitative Ability 
  • Problem-solving
  • Analytical Ability and Logical Ability 
  • English Comprehension and Leadership Qualities.

Read More: NIFT 2022 Syllabus


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