To become the Manish Malhotra or Sabyasachi of the Design world is every fashion Designing aspirants dream. Bringing in inimitable aesthetics into Design is probably one of the most challenging tasks to achieve. While having a good eye for colour and shape and owning skills like cutting, sewing are some essential traits to be a fashion Designer, possessing a relevant degree from a reputed college is equally important. And for that you need to get through in a Qualifying Entrance Exam from one of the top Universities, NIFT being one of the top-most.

National Institute of fashion technology (NIFT), is one of the most reputed fashion college in India, with branches all over the Country, which offers Bachelor’s and master’s courses in design and fashion technology.

IID offers one of the best NIFT coaching classes in Pune, equipped with highly trained faculty and some fine Infrastructure.

The NIFT Exam is divided into 3 divisions: The written test, situation test, GD & PI. The time duration of the written Exam is 2 hours for B. Des and M. Des, and is 3 hours for B.F. Tech, MFM &M.F. Tech. The Syllabus varies accordingly depending on the course you choose.

The situation test, which is the second round of the NIFT Entrance Exam is a drawing test, held in the month of May followed by the GD & PI round.

Here is an overview of the split up of topics of the NIFT 2020(CAT and GAT) written Exam:

Section For M.F. Tech, MFM and B.F. Tech For B. Des and M. Des
Quantitative Ability 20 20
Communication Ability 25 30
English Comprehension 25 30
Analytical Ability 15 25
General Knowledge & Current Affairs 15 15
Total 100 questions 120 questions


*The above table consists of the number of questions asked under each topic in the Written test.

To prepare for the NIFT Entrance Exam first of all, fix your objectives- the ones that you want to accomplish. Have a realization of how much time you have on your hand to achieve the target, and plan your preparation accordingly. Always remember to go by the mantra, practice makes you perfect and successful.

Here are a few tips to follow to crack the NIFT Entrance Exam:

  1. Before you start off your preparations, make a proper study schedule and review the details of the Exam.
  2. Make a note of all the essential points, concepts and formulas separately in order to avoid mix ups and confusion.
  3. Solve as many mock tests as possible to familiarize yourself with the pattern of questions asked in the previous exams.
  4. Practice by solving a number of previous years question papers.
  5. Refer to the right study material. Our expert faculty at IID devise study materials that resonates with the studying ability of the student. IID holds the reputation of holding the best NIFT classes in Pune, owing to our expertise in the field.
  6. Keep yourself updated and enhance your General knowledge and Current affairs by reading newspapers, magazines related to the fashion world.
  7. Improve your English Comprehension and your Communication Ability by referring to books like: How to prepare for verbal ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by “Arun Sharma”, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by “Nishith K Sinha”, booklets by TIME.
  8. At IID we provide comprehensive study material (for entrance exams) which covers the syllabus of majority fashion design colleges.

Here is a list of books you can refer to, to improve your overall Quantitative ability and Analytical ability other than the NIFT Study Material provided by IID:

  • Arihant NIFT Entrance Exam Self Study Guide.
  • NIFT Entrance Examination (Guide) by D Mittal.
  • NIFT Entrance Exams: Ultimate Success Series by Surendra.
  • Prashant Kumar’s NIFT Entrance Examination Preparation Guide.
  • NIFT: Previous Years’ Papers (Solved) by Ramesh Publishing House.
  1. Sketch a lot, sketch free and Sketch light: Make it a point to sketch whatever you feel like, but try sketching different stuff. Your creativity and ideas have to be expressed on paper, make it a point to keep away from your eraser, this will help you be confident about sketching, making your lines bolder, sharper and cleaner. Always start sketching light and darken it later once you get more confidence.
  2. Detailing is one of the most essential elements, when it comes to design. Intricacies, Nuances and minute observations are a sign of a good Designer.
  3. Focus on proportions and forms, put maximum efforts into mastering the skills of human illustration.
  4. Always plan your ideas and visualize them before you execute them, this helps you not only save your resources but also be confident of the output you are set to produce.
  5. Last but not the least, keep up your speed because your outstanding design and creativity skills are futile, if you can’t execute them on time.

Follow the link to know the step by step guide on how to crack the NIFT Situation test.

The main purpose of the NIFT Exam is to present your imagination and uniqueness within a limited time frame smoothly without show of anxiety. IID is known to conduct one of the finest NIFT coaching classes in Pune, guiding students by incorporating innovative and traditional teaching methods and familiarizing them with hands- on experience in all the design related subjects.

While NIFT is one of the top most colleges in India to pursue a course in fashion designing, here’s a glimpse of few more fashion colleges in India that offer some of best design courses:

  1. Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID)- Pune
  2. School of Fashion Technology (SOFT) – Pune
  3. Pearl Academy- Bombay
  4. Ajinkya DY Patil college- Lohegaon-Pune
  5. ISDI School of Design & Innovation- Bombay
  6. Raffles –Delhi
  7. SNDT Women University- Pune

As an aspiring fashion Designer, the first hurdle you need to get past is Qualifying in the college Entrance Exam and getting an admission in a top-notch College and Ideaa Institute of Design (IID) helps you get through that first hurdle with ease.