NIFT Exam Pattern – NIFT 2019


The NIFT Exam Pattern and syllabus was announced by NIFT on 22 October 2018 along with the other relevant information for the NIFT Entrance Exam.

Aspirants seeking admission in Bachelor of Design in any of the 16 campuses of NIFT will have to appear for NIFT CAT and GAT on January 20, 2019. Followed by a situation test for the shortlisted candidates. Aspirants aiming for the Bachelor of Technology course have to appear for GAT only.

The NIFT Entrance exam pattern states the important details (total questions, maximum marks, test duration, sections) of all these tests- Creative Ability Test (CAT), General Ability Test (GAT) and Situation Test.

Here is the NIFT paper pattern for B.Des and B.F.Tech.

NIFT Exam Pattern

The NIFT Paper pattern is explained below for both the courses B.Des and B.F.Tech. Candidates appearing for the B. Des have to go through 3 test GAT, CAT and Situation Test. Whereas, the candidates applying for B.F.Tech are required to give GAT only.

NIFT Exam Pattern for B.Des.

Here is the NIFT Entrance Exam Pattern for B.Des.


Candidates should know the exam pattern of CAT that will be held for Bachelor of Design admissions. The test will evaluate the intuitive & design ability and observation skills for developing a concept. Also, the Creativity and innovation in skills will be judged via this test.

NIFT Exam Pattern for General Ability Test (GAT)

This is another test that is conducted for the aspirants of B.Des. admissions. Here are the details

Particular Details
Language English
Test duration 2 hours
Exam mode Paper Based Test – Offline Mode

English comprehension

Quantitative ability

Communication ability

Analytical ability

General knowledge and current affairs

Number of questions






Total Number of Questions 100

Section-wise topics for NIFT GAT for B.Des

  • English Comprehension – It will judge how a candidate is able to comprehend a situation from a given unseen passage. This section will also test the basic knowledge of the candidates.
  • Quantitative Ability: It is the test of the quantitative ability of the test-takers. Topics like division, fractions, percentages, addition, multiplication, interest rates, ratio & proportion, distance, work, etc. Should be studied for this section.
  • Communication Ability: Candidates’ language ability in daily communication in English is tested in this section. Candidates must know the one-word substitutes, idioms and phrases, synonyms, antonyms, words with corresponding meanings, correct spellings, singular, plural, etc. should be prepared.
  • Analytical Ability: This evaluates the candidate’s ability to draw inference and logic from the provided information.
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs: Candidates should be updated with the current affairs and happenings along with general knowledge to score well in this section.

NIFT Exam Pattern for Situation Test

This test is conducted for the shortlisted candidates of CAT and GAT for Bachelor of Design. It will judge the candidate’s ability to handle the given set of materials along with innovation in a particular situation.

Evaluation of the model will be done on the basis of spatial visualization, creativity, uniqueness, finishing, element composition, construction, colour scheme, and other parameters.

NIFT Exam Pattern for B.F.Tech

Candidates seeking admissions in the B.F.Tech will have to appear for GAT NIFT Entrance Exam.

Particular Details
Language English
Test duration 3 hours
Exam mode Paper Based Test – Offline Mode

Quantitative ability

Communication ability and English comprehension

Analytical and Logical Ability

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Case study

Number of questions






Marking Scheme There will be no negative marking for incorrect answer


Total 150

Section-wise topics for NIFT 2019 GAT for B.F.Tech admissions

  • Quantitative Ability- Candidates are tested on questions related to division, fractions, percentages, addition, multiplication, the rate of interest, ratio and proportion, distance, and work.
  • Communication Ability and English Comprehension- Questions like correct spellings, singular, plural, one-word substitutes, synonyms, antonyms, words with corresponding meanings, idioms and phrases, etc can be asked.
  • Analytical Ability and Logical Ability- Candidates will have to draw a conclusion and answer questions from the provided information. Creativity, lateral thinking and reasoning have to be applied to solve the questions.
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs-  General knowledge and current affairs of the candidates will be tested in this section.
  • Case Study- Candidates will have to answer questions based on a case study, which will evaluate the candidates industrial and managerial skills.

So, this was the NIFT Exam Pattern for the bachelor courses. Candidates note that only B.Des courses contain both of the tests followed by the situational thinking. Keep this in mind as it easy to get confused between the two.