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NIFT Entrance Exam Preparation

All throughout my school days, if there was something where I consistently performed well, it was art and craft related stuff. By the time I reached my 11th grade, I realized PCM is not my thing and it’s then I had decided on either architecture or design.

While I was still confused for next one and a half years between constructing buildings or designing garments, it was during my 12th class pre-board exams that I had taken my final call on fashion design as the whole glamour-style-and-luxury driven industry seemed more exciting and inviting. It’s then I decided, I want to become a fashion designer and National Institute of Fashion Technology is THE place where I should belong.

The forms for NIFT entrance exam were out during mid-December. I applied for the design entrance exam and was anxiously waiting to receive the admit card which reached my home quite late, almost 5-7 days before the exam date.

Exam pattern and the Preparation

I never knew the format of the exam until I checked out the sample question papers that I received. We didn’t have many blogs or other online resources then to help us. The NIFT design entrance has two rounds, written test (80% of total marks) and a situation test (20% of total marks).

1st round is a written entrance exam consisting two papers General Ability Test (GAT) and Creative Ability Test (CAT).

GAT has 5 sub-sections in multiple-choice format and covers 40% of total marks.

  1. Analytical ability test – Simple 10th standard level mathematics.
  2. Logical Ability – Time taking but comes easier with practice.
  3. Communication Ability – Test your grammar. Synonyms, acronyms etc.
  4. English Comprehension – Give you a paragraph and ask questions based on that.
  5. Business domain test – General knowledge and current affairs. We had many questions on trade, WTA etc.

2nd round is a creative ability test where they test the student’s creativity and it covers 40% of total marks. Students can focus on understanding topics like elements of design, basic elements of art like perspective, light and shade etc., human figure proportions, decorative art, commercial art like brochure, poster, logo design etc.

We were asked the following questions:

  1. Design a T-Shirt for Sports Day occasion.
  2. Sketch a scene at a railway station or a handicraft festival.
  3. Design a poster for Women Empowerment.

I used 24-shade faber castle dry colour pencils for the exam.

2nd Round:

Students who have cleared the first round will be shortlisted for the 2nd round. It is basically to test the hands-on skill of a student. Material handling and 3-D thinking is very important here. We were given materials like pastel sheets, yarn, wire, synthetic clay, glaze sheets etc., and we were asked to make a flower vase or a memento for art competition.
Read more about NIFT SITUATION TEST.