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Updated: June 8, 2021 by Anu Handa  

 

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NIFT B.Des Entrance Syllabus

For B.Des programme, NIFT holds entrance exam in two phases. In order to get admission, as a NIFT aspirant you need to appear and clear both the examinations.

  1. First Phase: A written examination comprising of Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT). The first phase exams are generally held in the month of Feburary every year.
  2. Second Phase: Shortlisted Candidates from the first phase appear for Situation Test. This test comprises of 3D model making using the materials provided in the exams. Previous Year Questions for NIFT Situation Test.

NIFT B.Des Cat Syllabus

Creative Ability Test (CAT): For NIFT CAT exam, candidates are evaluated on the basis of the following aspects

Intuitive Ability Creative Ability
Drawing Skills Innovative use of colours
Observation Power Concept Development
Ability to Design Imagination Skills

NIFT B.Des Gat Syllabus

Components of the General Ability Test  

   Sub-Test Topics
1 Quantitative Ability Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentage, Rate of Interest, Work & Task, Ratio & Proportion and Distance.
Tests the quantitative ability of the candidates.
2 Communication Ability & English Comprehension

Synonyms, Antonyms, Words with corresponding meanings, Singular, Plural, One word substitutes, Idioms & phrases, Correct spellings, Comprehend a situation from a given passage.

 

Tests the language ability of the candidates in day to day communication in English.
3 Analytical Ability and Logical Ability Series Test, Analogy Test, Classification Test, Blood Relation Test, Coding Decoding Test, Direction Sense Test, Venn Diagram Test etc.

Tests the candidate's capacity for inference & logic from the given information.

To evaluate the candidate's ability to identify the given problem and apply reasoning in solving the core issues of the problem. 

4 General Knowledge & Current Affairs  
Tests the candidate's general knowledge & current affairs.

NIFT B.Des Situation Test Syllabus

Shortlisted Candidates for B.Des from the written entrance examination are required to undergo a Situation Test which is a hands-on test to evaluate the candidate's skills for material handling & innovative ability on a given situation with a given set of materials. 

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NIFT M.Des Entrance Syllabus 

For M.Des programme, NIFT holds entrance exam in two phases. In order to get admission, as a NIFT aspirant you need to appear and clear both the examinations. 

  1. First Phase: A written examination comprising of Creative Ability Test (CAT) and General Ability Test (GAT). The first phase exams are generally held in the month of Feburary every year.
  2. Second Phase: Shortlisted Candidates from the first phase appear for Group Discussion and Personal Interview (GD/PI). 

NIFT M.Des Cat Syllabus 

Creative Ability Test (CAT): For NIFT CAT exam, candidates are evaluated on the basis of the following aspects 

Intuitive Ability Creative Ability
Drawing Skills Innovative use of colours
Observation Power Concept Development
Ability to Design Imagination Skills

NIFT M.Des Gat Syllabus

Components of the General Ability Test (For all Programmes) 

  1. Quantitative Ability: This sub-test is designed to test the quantitative ability of the candidates. The sub test consists of questions on Addition, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Percentage, Rate of Interest, Work & Task, Ratio & Proportion and Distance.
  2. Communication Ability & English Comprehension: This sub-test is aimed at testing the language ability of the candidates in day to day communication in English. It includes questions on synonyms, antonyms, words with corresponding meanings, singular, plural, one word substitutes, idioms & phrases, correct spellings, comprehend a situation from a given passage.
  3. Analytical Ability and Logical Ability: This sub-test is designed to test the candidate's capacity for inference & logic from the given information and to evaluate the candidate's ability to identify the given problem and apply reasoning in solving the core issues of the problem. Concepts and practice of creative and lateral thinking are likely to be useful.
  4. General Knowledge & Current Affairs: This sub-test is designed to test the candidate's general knowledge & current affairs.
  5. Case Study: This sub-test is based on a situation of an industry environment. It helps to evaluate the candidate's managerial ability. 

NIFT M.Des Group Discussion (GD) SYLLABUS 

Shortlisted Candidates for Masters Programs from the written entrance examination are required to undergo Case Study based Group Discussions (GD) & Personal Interview ( PI ). GD would comprise of approximately 15 to 20 minutes of discussion on a case study assigned on which a panel of experts will assess the candidates on various parameters including: 

  1. Conceptual Clarity
  2. Knowledge of the topic assigned
  3. Contribution made to the topic
  4. Interpersonal skills
  5. Ability to generate new ideas
  6. Problem solving approach
  7. Leadership qualities
  8. Effective Communication  

NIFT M.Des PERSONAL INTERVIEW (PI) SYLLABUS 

A candidate is judged on the various parameters during individual personal interview by a panel, as listed below: 

  • Career Orientation
  • Aptness for the field
  • Overall personal achievements in academics & co-curricular activities
  • Communication
  • General Awareness & Aptitude, creative & lateral thinking are likely to be useful

 

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Written exam structure for all UG and PG design Programmes 

General Ability Test (GAT) 

PROGRAMMES BDes MDes
Paper Name GAT GAT
Language of Written Test English/Hindi English/Hindi
Test Duration ( MIN ) 120 120
Sections Number of Questions Number 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 100 120

The number of questions may vary in each section and for each course year to year. The level of difficulty in questions for courses may vary.

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About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at www.mosaicdesigns.in since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology 

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