NIFT 2021: Exam Dates, Answer key (Out), Cut off, Result, Selection Procedure

NIFT 2021 – National Institute of Fashion Technology has released the NIFT 2021 answer key for General Ability Test (GAT) online on February 17. If any discrepancy in the NIFT answer key, candidates can object to the provisional answer key from February 17 to February 20. Candidates will have to pay Rs 500 per objection against the NIFT answer key. A total of 4,517 seats will be offered to the shortlisted students through NIFT 2021 counselling and seat allotment session. NIFT result 2021 will be announced in February/ March in online mode.

Candidates can fill the NIFT application form from December 14, 2020, to January 24, 2021. The exam authorities prescribed the NIFT 2021 eligibility criteria, including all the parameters that the candidates must fulfil to appear in the entrance exam. The institute released the admit card of NIFT in online mode on February 1 (2 PM). The authorities successfully conducted NIFT 2021 exam on February 14 for admissions to Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Fashion Technology, Master in Design and Master in Fashion Technology programmes.

The NIFT exam is conducted in pen and paper-based mode. The qualified candidates will get admission in any of the NIFT campuses located in  Gandhinagar,  Bhopal, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Raebareli, Shillong, Chennai, Bhubaneshwar, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Patna, Srinagar, Bengaluru and New Delhi.  Candidates should note that the exam consists of a creative ability test (CAT) for both B.Des and B.FTech, while the general ability test (GAT) is only for B.Des. Qualifying candidates for B.Des will have to face a situation test before selection further.  Around 23,000 aspirants take the NIFT entrance exam throughout India. NIFT aspirants are judged based on their knowledge, skill and aptitude for the chosen programme.

What is NIFT Entrance Test?

NIFT entrance test is a national level exam conducted by the National Insitute of Fashion Technology to offer admission to the design aspirants in B.Des, B.FTech, M.Des and M.FTech. The entrance consists of three parts – written test, situation test and personal interview. Shortlisted candidates will be offered admission in various design programmes across the 16 campuses of NIFT.

NIFT 2021 is a three-tier entrance exam that consists of the Creative Ability Test (CAT), General Ability Test(GAT) and situation test/personal interview. Candidates applying for admission in B.Des programmes need to appear in both CAT and GAT. However, B.FTech have to appear in GAT only.

NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Highlights

Full Exam Name National Institute of Fashion Technology Entrance Examination
Short Exam Name NIFT Entrance Exam
Conducting Body National Institute of Fashion Technology
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Exam Level National Level Exam
Languages English
Mode of Application Online
Application Fee (General) 2000 Rs [Offline]
Mode of Exam Offline
Mode of Counselling Online / Offline
Participating Colleges 19
Number of Seats 2370 Seats

NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Application Process

Mode of Application: Online

Mode of Payment: Credit Card | Debit Card | Other

Interested and eligible candidates could fill and submit the application form of NIFT 2021 from December 14 to January 21 (without a late fee). The last date to submit the NIFT 2021 application form with a late fee is January 24. Before filling the application form, candidates need to check the eligibility details carefully.

How to fill NIFT application form 2021:

The steps to fill the NIFT application form is given below:

1st Step – Candidates have to create their login ID

2nd Step – After that, they will have to log in and fill the application form

3rd Step – Next, candidates have to upload the requisite documents as per the specified specifications

4th Step – Make the payment – Applicants have to pay the requisite fee in online mode or through bank demand draft issued favouring ‘NIFT HO’ payable at New Delhi. The application fee for candidates who belong to general/OBC(Non-creamy) categories is Rs. 2000, while those who fall under SC/ST/PHP categories will have to pay Rs. 1000.

5th Step – Submission of application form – Applicants should not forget to keep a printout/photocopy of the NIFT application form 2021 for future reference, along with the proof of payment.

Window to update/edit NIFT 2021 application form

The authorities provided an opportunity for candidates to correct the information in their application if needed. Candidates, however, can not change the exam centre later once it was filled.  If the application form is found ineligible for NIFT admissions 2021 after editing it, the application fee already paid will not be refunded, and the candidature of an applicant will be cancelled.

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
ST, SC PWD Offline Transgender ₹ 1000
OBC, General Offline Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 2000

NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Important Dates

17 Feb 2021 | Answer Key | Mode: Online

17 Feb 2021 – 20 Feb 2021 | Answer Key – Answer key objection date | Mode: Online

14 Feb 2021 | Exam | Mode: Online

01 Feb 2021 | Admit Card | Mode: Online

25 Jan 2021 – 28 Jan 2021 | Application Correction | Mode: Online

22 Jan 2021 – 24 Jan 2021 | Application – With late fee | Mode: Online

14 Dec 2020 – 21 Jan 2021 | Application – Without late fee | Mode: Online

NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who wish to appear for the NIFT entrance exam should ensure that they fulfil the NIFT eligibility criteria to apply for the NIFT entrance exam. The eligibility criteria of NIFT includes age bar and educational qualification. Check the table to know the eligibility criteria in detail.

NIFT Eligibility criteria of B.Des NIFT Eligibility criteria of B.FTech
Age Criteria – The candidate should be 23 years as of 1st October 2020. Candidates who belong to reserved categories will get five years of relaxation.
Students should have passed the 10+2 exam from any recognized Central/ State Board of Secondary Examination, such as Central Board of Secondary Education / State Board New Delhi, and Council for Indian School of Certificate Examination, New Delhi. Candidates should have cleared their 12th exam from any recognized Central/State Board of Secondary Examination, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, and Council for Indian School of Certificate Examination, New Delhi Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
Students should have cleared the Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects.
Students should hold a 3 or 4-years diploma in any branch of Engineering recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.
Candidates should have obtained a 3 or 4-years diploma recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.
A passing grade in the Senior Secondary School Examination was conducted by the National Open School with five subjects with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
Any Public School/Board/University Examination in India or foreign countries recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to 10+2 system
Any Public School/Board/University Examination in India or foreign countries recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to 10+2 system with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri-Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level/ International Baccalaureate
General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri-Lanka) at the advanced (A) level with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics / International Baccalaureate (IB).

Important information regarding NIFT eligibility criteria 2021

  • Students, who will appear in the final year of the qualifying examination, can also take NIFT 2021.
  • If the result of class 12/final semester/final year is still unannounced by the respective university/board till the NIFT admission procedure, then such a candidate will be given provisional admission subject to these conditions:
  •  The final result of qualifying result should be presented before September 30, 2021.
  •  Affidavit (duly signed) of Rs.10 on non-judicial stamp paper
  • Those students will be considered for provisional admission who will appear for the compartment exam of class 12. It is mandatory to pass the exam under the same board.

NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Syllabus

NIFT Entrance Exam B.Des Syllabus

  • General ability test

NIFT Entrance Exam B.F.Tech Syllabus

NIFT Entrance Exam M.Des Syllabus

NIFT Entrance Exam M.F.Tech Syllabus

NIFT Entrance Exam M.F.M Syllabus

  • General ability test

NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Exam Pattern

NIFT Entrance Exam B.Des Exam Pattern

NIFT B.Des GAT 2021 exam pattern is given below to understand the aspirants writing the entrance test. The number of question, the language of the exam, mode, marking scheme and such factors described in the exam pattern of NIFT B.Des GAT 2021 can be checked below in the table. The exam pattern for the M.Des programme is also given for the postgraduate aspirants.

NIFT B.Des GAT Exam Pattern

Programme B.Des M.Des
Language English
Duration of exam 120
Sections No. of Questions
Quantitative Ability 20 20
Communication Ability 25 30
English Comprehension 25 30
Analytical Ability 15 25
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 15 15
Total number of questions 100 120

NIFT Entrance Exam B.F.Tech Exam Pattern

The NIFT entrance exam’s exam pattern 2021 for the Creative Ability Test, namely CAT, is not clearly specified by the authorities. The authorities do not clearly specify the total number of questions and the marking scheme.

Candidates must focus on concept development and design as questions will be designed to test them in these areas. They must be creative and make innovative use of their colour and illustration skills.

Generally, three questions are asked for a total of 30 marks and candidates are tested accordingly.

NIFT Entrance Exam M.Des Exam Pattern

NIFT 2021 Situation Test will be conducted for the shortlisted candidates of CAT and GAT for B.Des admissions. This will be held separately for those who have qualified. The situation test is a hands-on test used to evaluate the candidate’s skills for material handling and innovative ability in a given situation with a given set of materials.

The Exam Pattern of the Situation Test can be summarised as follows:

  • Duration: two hours
  • The test involves the Design of one three dimensional (3D) model.

Note: Candidates will be provided with all the required design materials, which they should check upon receipt.

Some guidelines:

  • Candidates will be permitted to bring some items as instructed in the admit card.
  • They must make optimum usage of the same. Additional materials will not be provided.
  • Colour pencils and marker pens are not allowed.
  • An Answer Sheet will be provided separately for any writing purposes, which has to be signed by the candidates in the exam hall.
  • After completing the test, the model, answer sheet, and the candidates must leave any leftover materials on the table.

Evaluation Criteria for the NIFT Situation Test 2021 are as follows:

  • The originality of the concept applied.
  • Creative use of the material and the skills for the same.
  • The neatness of the final model.
  • The write-up describing the model and concepts used.

NIFT Entrance Exam M.F.Tech Exam Pattern

NIFT B.FTech exam pattern gives candidates all the information about the type of questions, duration of exam, language, sections asked and more. This will aid candidates in better preparation for the exam and planning for the exam day.

NIFT B.FTech Exam Pattern 2021

Language English
Duration of test 180
Mode of exam offline
Sections No. of


Quantitative Ability 30
Communication Ability & English


Analytical & Logical Ability 25
General Knowledge and Current


Case Study 25
Total number of questions 150

NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Admit Card

Candidates could download NIFT admit card from the official website. They must note that they will not be sent any hard copy of the NIFT admit card 2021. They have to carry the admit card to the exam centre, along with a valid ID proof. No candidate is allowed to enter the examination hall without the NIFT admit card documents mentioned above.

What are the steps to download NIFT admit card 2021? 

1st Step – Candidates have to visit the official site (

2nd Step – Click on ‘NIFT admit card’ to download the hall ticket.

3rd Step – Enter any two of the following credentials – registered email ID, Date of Birth, and six-digit application number of NIFT 2021.

4th Step – Next, click on the ‘Submit’ button.

5th Step – NIFT admit card 2021 will appear on the screen

6th Step – Click on the ‘Download’ button

7th Step – Take a printout of the admit card and keep it for future reference

NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Exam Centers

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Odisha Bhubaneswar
Punjab Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Delhi New Delhi
Assam Guwahati
Telangana Hyderabad
Rajasthan Jaipur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Himachal Pradesh Kangra
Kerala Kannur
West Bengal Kolkata
Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
Maharashtra Mumbai
Bihar Patna
Chhattisgarh Raipur
Jharkhand Ranchi
Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam
Meghalaya Shillong

Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit card

NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Answer Key

National Institute of Fashion Technology released NIFT 2021 answer key in online mode. To download the answer key, candidates have to enter the roll number, programme, question booklet series, and date of birth. With the NIFT answer key’s help, candidates will be able to analyze their performance in exams and calculate their probable score before the announcement of the result. If candidates find any discrepancy in the answer key, they will have to pay Rs 500 per objection.

NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Result

The result of the NIFT entrance test will be announced in online mode. Students can download the NIFT 2021 result by providing the required credentials in the login window. NIFT entrance test will be available on the official website of the National Institute of Fashion Technology.

Weightage for NIFT admissions 2021

Programme Test Weightage
Bachelor of Fashion Technology GAT 100%
Bachelor of Design CAT 50%
GAT 30%
Situation Test 20%

How to check NIFT result 2021

1st Step – Candidates must click on the ‘NIFT result 2021’ button.

2nd Step – They have to enter any 2 of these details- roll number, DOB and application number.

3rd Step – ‘Submit’ button should be clicked.

The screen will display the NIFT 2021 result. Candidates should take out its printout for future reference.

Details mentioned on the NIFT 2021 result:

Below mentioned details will be mentioned in it:

  • Candidate’s name
  • Roll number
  • Application number
  • Date of birth
  • Photograph
  • Subject-wise scores obtained in CAT, GAT, and Situation Test
  • Score obtained

NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Counselling

Mode of Counselling: Online, Offline

The authorities will announce the dates for registration for NIFT counselling 2021 first round in online mode. There will be two more rounds of the NIFT counselling procedure that will be conducted. Only qualified candidates will be required to attend the admission procedure as per the schedule. The NIFT will verify their documents as well.

NIFT Counselling Procedure 2021

  • Candidates will be required to register using the form number, DOB and password. A NIFT 2021 counselling campus has also to be selected from where it’s convenient to participate in the admission procedure. A system generated SMS, and an email will be sent to them after a successful registration.
  • Candidates will be called for the NIFT 2021 counselling procedure solely on a merit basis. They will have to select a seat in the presence of the nodal officer.
  • After the allocation of the seat, the candidate will have to make payment of the full fee at the NIFT campus. The nodal officer will issue him/her allotment letter/receipt.

NIFT Entrance Exam 2021 Counselling Centers

State City
Karnataka Bengaluru
Gujarat Gandhinagar
Kerala Kannur
Bihar Patna
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Telangana Hyderabad
West Bengal Kolkata
Uttar Pradesh Raebareli
Odisha Bhubaneshwar
Rajasthan Jodhpur
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Himachal Pradesh Kangra
Maharashtra Mumbai
Meghalaya Shillong
Delhi New Delhi
Jammu and Kashmir Srinagar

Documents Required at Counselling

  • Class 12/degree (mark sheet and certificate)
  • Bank draft
  • Secondary school mark sheet and certificate
  • Category certificate
  • Certificate of the parent’s income
  • Certificate of medical fitness
  • Photographs – Passport size -2 and Stamp size -4

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: When will NIFT 2021 written exam be conducted?

Answer: NIFT 2021 was conducted on February 14 in offline mode.

Question: When will the National Institute of Fashion Technology declare the result of NIFT 2021?

Answer: The result of NIFT 2021 will be declared tentatively in February/March. After the result declaration, the registration for NIFT 2021 situation test will commence.

Question: How many NIFT campuses will provide admissions to candidates based on NIFT 2021 scores?

Answer: Based on the NIFT 2021 result, a total of 16 NIFT campuses across India will provide admission to candidates. For the academic session 2021-22, a total of 3590 seats will be offered in total.

Question: How many times can a candidate appear for the NIFT exam?

Answer: Keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of NIFT 2021, candidates willing to give the exam can appear as many times as they like. However, the condition provided is your age should not exceed 23 years.

Question: Is there any specific exam day guideline that one must follow while appearing for NIFT 2021?

Answer: Candidates are advised to follow basic guidelines as provided below-

  • Print out of NIFT 2021 admit card.
  • Photo ID proof
  • Own stationery like Ballpoint pen, Pencil, Eraser (for BFTech), Ballpoint pen, Lead pencils, Dry colours, Eraser, Sharpner and ruler (for B.Des).

Question: How will I get admission to the National Institute of Fashion Technology?

Answer: Aspiring students seeking admission to the National Institute of Fashion Technology must clear the NIFT entrance test.

Question: How can I fill the NIFT application form for 2021?

Answer: The steps to fill the NIFT 2021 application form is mentioned below.

  • Create Login to apply Online
  • Fill the application form of NIFT.
  • Upload photograph and signature
  • Make the Payment

Question: How can I download NIFT 2021 answer key?

Answer: The steps to download the NIFT answer key 2021 are listed below.

  • Visit the official website –

  • Click on the “Download NIFT answer key” tab.

  • Enter the login details – roll number, date of birth, programme applied and booklet series of the question

  • NIFT 2021 answer key for General Ability Test (GAT) will be shown on the screen

  • Download the answer key and take the print out of the same

Question: How can I raise the object against NIFT answer key 2021?

Answer: In case of any discrepancy, students can challenge the NIFT answer key by paying Rs 500 per objection. From February 17 to February 20, 2021.

Question: How many seats are available at the National Institute of Fashion Technology?

Answer: 4,517 seats are offered to the eligible students in various design programmes.

Question: What is NIFT 2021 cutoff?

Answer: NIFT cutoff 2021 is the minimum qualifying prescribed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology, which candidates need to obtain to qualify NIFT entrance exam

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