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NIFT – The Podium of Fashion Education in India

The richest man in the world (real-time data) is not Bezos of Amazon, but the 72 yo Bernard Arnault who is the owner of a mix of the world’s largest luxury fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Fendi, Tiffany, Sephora, Dior, Bulgari, TAG Heuer, Hublot, Givenchy, DKNY etc. This news must have caught your eyes recently if you’re a fashion-fanatic or even otherwise.

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Yes, fashion & related industry sectors make a huge, huge game that plays big in the Indian economy too. India’s textiles sector is one of the oldest industries in India, dating back to several centuries.

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This post is about the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), its admission guidelines for 2021, the exams, courses, program curricula, future career pathways and more. Hang on!

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About NIFT

NIFT has always been ahead of its times. As of 2021, it has 17 professionally managed campuses.

Today, NIFT is a premier institute of Design, Management and Technology in the field of fashion in India and is well recognized globally. Relevant industry exposure throughout the course study provides an edge to the learning outcomes of the students.

Today NIFT is ranked at 12th position amongst in fashion institutes around the world.

(Source: NIFT Prospectus 2021)



Admission Guidelines 2021

Who can apply?

Eligibility for 4-year B. Des & B. F.Tech.:

  • Max Age: less than 24 years as on 1st August of 2021
  • Class 11-12 (any board) with any subjects as per scheme of studies under NEP OR
  • Senior Secondary School Examination of National Open School with a minimum of 5 subjects OR
  • 3 or 4-years diploma OR
  • GCE Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri-Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level/ International Baccalaureate (IB)

Eligibility for Masters:

  • Qualifying Age: No age limit
  • For M. Des & M.F.M (Master of Fashion Management):
    • Undergraduate Degree in any discipline from any Institute / University
    • Undergraduate  Diploma  of  minimum  three  years  duration  from NIFT / NID
  • For M. F.Tech. (xMaster of Fashion Technology):
    • B.FTech. from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)
    • B.E / B.Tech. from any Institute / University

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The Examination Process (for all programmes)

For admission to any course. you would have to go through an examination process. There is a single date of Written Entrance Examinations for all UG & PG Programmes.

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A brief outline is given here. Please find other essential details in the 2021 prospectus of NIFT which is linked at the end of this page. Don’t miss out!

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The process for each programme is separately listed here below:

B.Des

If you want the UG Design programmes, the selection process comprises a written examination comprising of a Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT), followed by a Situation Test to be undertaken by shortlisted candidates of the written examination.

B.FTech

If you want the UG Fashion Technology programme, the selection process comprises a written examination comprising of a General Ability Test (GAT).

M.Des

If you want the PG Design programme, the selection process comprises a written examination comprising of a Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT) followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD/PI) for shortlisted candidates of the written examination.

M.F.M.

For the M.F.M programme, the selection process comprises of Written test comprising of a General Ability Test (GAT)followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD/PI) for shortlisted candidates of the written examination.

M.FTech

For the M.F.Tech programme, the selection process comprises of Written test comprising of a General Ability Test (GAT) followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD/PI) for shortlisted candidates of the written examination.


The objective type tests are subject to negative marking. The negative marking will apply at the rate of 0.25 each wrong answer.

Based on your choice of city, you will have to appear for the written entrance examination at the Examination Centres opted by you.
The written entrance examination is designed to test your knowledge, skill and aptitude for the programme opted.
A Paper Based Test (PBT) for all UG and PG Programmes will be
conducted at 32 cities.
You may select only ONE city for the examination. No request for change in examination center will be entertained at any stage.

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NIFT Courses

Bachelors Programs (4 years)

B. Des

The various disciplines are:

  • Accessory Design
  • Fashion Communication
  • Fashion Design
  • Knitwear Design
  • Leather Design
  • Textile Design

B. F.Tech. course

Bachelor of Fashion Technology

Masters Programs (2 years)

M. Des

Master of Design

MFM

Master of Fashion Management

M. F.Tech.

Master of Fashion Technology

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Future Career Pathways

Please find well-defined career pathway journeys given in NIFT’s prospectus here for each of the bachelor’s and master’s disciplines. In the document, you will see every programme has a dedicated section to it and the last segment is for “career pathways”.

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So, when you open the document, please press Ctrl+F to find the phrase “career pathway” in the document and go have a read in each of those dedicated sections!

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There is no use duplicating information here and burdening cloud data servers!

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Final Thoughts

Studying in the top NIFTs is a prestigious affair and there is no cynicism attached to it anymore like the early days. These are heydays! So gear up and rev them to prep for your dream journey. However, if you are still skeptical of your decisions, you may choose to ask the experts. iDreamCareer has been helping millions of young minds and is ready to help you too!

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