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How does one get into NIFT?

The final step in order to secure admission in B.Des and M.Des programme offered at different NIFT campuses is to appear for the Situation Test. NIFT Entrance Exam is a two-tiered process, wherein, aspirants need to give CAT (Creative Ability Test), GAT (General Ability Test) followed by the Situation Test.

NIFT Exam consists of the following:

1. Round 1: Written Test

  • General Ability Test (GAT) – All applicants
  • Creative Ability Test (CAT) – B.Des & M.Des applicants only

2. Round 2: Situation Test / Group Discussion / Interview

  • Situation Test – B.Des Applicants only
  • Group Discussion and Personal Interview – For M.Des, M.F.Tech & M.F.M Applicants only

Each of these is described below:

Situation Test:

Situation test is basically a hands-on test which is used to evaluate candidate’s skills for material handling and innovative ability. This is done based on the given situation and set of materials. One should keep in mind that no additional material will be provided or allowed. The model will be evaluated on space visualization, innovative and creative use of the given material, the composition of elements, colour scheme, construction skill, the finesse of the model and at last overall presentation. These parameters will then be checked with the write up explaining the concept used in the model constructed. Since the medium of instruction in NIFT Exam is English, the write-up will be in English only. No marks will be given for write-up in any other language.

NOTE: Students seeking admission in M.Des programmes have to appear for GD-PI round after the situation test.

Group Discussion / Personal Interview:

Shortlisted candidates for Masters Programs from the written entrance exam are required to undergo Case Study based Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

Group Discussion would comprise approximately 15 to 20 minutes for discussion on a case study assigned, for which a panel of experts will assess the candidates on various parameters including Conceptual clarity, Knowledge of the topic assigned, Contribution made to the topic, Interpersonal skills, Ability to generate new ideas, Problem-solving approach, Leadership qualities, Effective communication.

In the personal interview, candidates will be evaluated based on the various parameters such as career orientation, aptness for the course, overall personal achievements in academics and co-curricular activities, communication, general awareness, aptitude, creative and lateral thinking.

It is recommended for B.Des aspirants to prepare a portfolio as well since, surprises are always there at the Studio Test. Besides, if not NIFT’s, other colleges always look for Portfolio to assess skills of students. There are a host of colleges like Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pearl Academy, UnitedWorld Institute of Design, Woxsen School of Design and others. To see how to get into these colleges, you could also look at the “Apply to Colleges” tab in DQ Edge.


  • For NIFT B.Des program, there is no group discussion and personal interview.
  • Portfolio is also not required. Most of the private schools require a portfolio.
  • NID's does not have a fashion course however, they have textile and apparel design.

Physical Classes will take place in our studios at Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Mangalore.

NOTE: For Physical Classes Course Fee at Bangalore and Chennai Studios, contact our Counselors directly.

  • Bangalore: +91-9591001000
  • Chennai: +91-9600078100

Why should you join DQ Labs?

DQ Labs is one of the oldest coaching centres for all major Creative Entrance Exams like NATA, NID, NIFT, CEED & UCEED. While DQ Labs was formally established in 2006, the founders have been mentoring students since 1999.

We’ll give you 7 reasons why DQ Labs is the best:

  • Consistently Best Results - Top Indian & International Schools
  • Unparalleled Experience of Teaching Faculty
  • Personalized Mentoring for each student
  • Thoroughly Researched & Curated Study Material
  • Metacognitive Insights for enhanced revision & Smart Preparation
  • National Level Presence at various centers across India
  • Patent Pending Platform DQ Edge – to help you study effectively and save time

NIFT's, IIT's and Other Design Institutes (Indian & Global): Self Study Material and Classroom Coaching Packages

Package Description of study material
(NIFT and Other design entrance exams)
Duration Mode of Teaching Price Details Add to Cart
E NIFT Portfolio and Situation Test Preparation
Material Hnadling + Creative Writing + Doodling(Theme Sketching) + GD/PI + Audio Visual Preparation
6 Months - 1 Year Online or Physical Classroom Rs 45,000 + ST Details Add to Cart
E1 NIFT Portfolio and Situation Test Preparation Crash Course
Material Hnadling + Creative Writing + Doodling(Theme Sketching) + GD/PI + Audio Visual Preparation
2-3 Weeks Online or Physical Classroom Rs 30,000 + ST Details Add to Cart
E2 NIFT Situation Test Preparation
Situation Test Preparation (Material Handling only)
2-3 Weeks Physical Classroom Rs 14,000 + ST Details Add to Cart

NOTE: The charges mentioned include courier charges across India. For International couriers, charges will vary depending on the destination country. Please contact us on +91-9591001000 for accurate charges.

The above packages are relevant for preparation for the following universities

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Alternate Payment Options:

DQ Labs Bank Account Details: for cheque/cash deposit, Internet Banking

  1. Account Name: DQ Labs
  2. Current Account Number: 0252 0500 1942
  3. Bank: ICICI Bank
  4. Branch: Cox Town, Bangalore
  5. IFSC Code: ICIC0000252
  6. You could also courier to us a Demand Draft / Cheque payable at Bangalore

Registration Procedure:

After you have made a payment, call us or email us at [email protected] with your details listed below:

  1. Student name:
  2. Parent's Name:
  3. Student's Date of Birth:
  4. Postal Address with pin code:
  5. Student &; Parent Phone number
  6. Approximate month &; year of answering your NIFT test
  7. Payment details with Bank Transaction ID or deposit slip copy
  8. Scanned passport size photograph of the student
  9. Student's School or College Name with Address

Contact Us:

For any further information or clarifications, You could email us at [email protected] or you could call us on the numbers below:

Design Quotient Labs and Studio - 'BANGALORE - Indiranagar'

No 408, 6th Main Road,
Indiranagar, Bangalore
phone-icon Phone: +91-9591001000

Design Quotient Labs and Studio - 'BANGALORE - Malleshwaram'

No.9/1, 4th Main, 17th Cross,
Malleshwaram, Bangalore-560055
phone-icon Phone:+91-9004000075

Design Quotient Labs and Studio - 'BANGALORE - Jayanagar'

#429, 44th Cross,
2nd Main Road Near Sangam Circle, 8th Block,
Jayanagar, Bangalore 560070
phone-icon Phone:+91-9591001000

Design Quotient Labs and Studio - 'BANGALORE - HENNUR'

HMR International School
#41/1, 10th Main, 11th Cross,
Hennur Maruthi Layout, Kalyan Nagar Post, Hennur, Bangalore
phone-icon Phone:+91-9591001000

Design Quotient Labs and Studio - 'BANGALORE - Marathahalli'

94/4, 1st Floor, Above Kajaria Tiles,
Service Road Near Marathalli Outer Ring Rd,
Marathahalli, Bangalore 560037
phone-icon Phone:+91-9591001000

Design Quotient Labs and Studio - 'BANGALORE - Vijayanagar'

16th Main Rd,SBI Staff Colony,
Hoshalli Extension,Stage 1,
Vijayanagar, Bangalore
phone-icon Phone:+91-9591001000

Design Quotient Labs and Studio - 'PUNE - Law College Road'

Office # 305,Business Guild ,
3rd floor,opp Hotel Wadeshwar, Law College Road
Erandwane, Pune-411004
phone-icon Phone:+91-9637322555

Design Quotient Labs and Studio - 'PUNE - Chinchwad'

Office# 336, Mayur trade center-I,
3rd floor, Pune Mumbai Old Highway, Near Mahavir Chowk
Chinchwad, Pune-411019
phone-icon Phone:+91-7720073335

Design Quotient Labs and Studio - 'PUNE - Navi Peth'

#7, Pradeep Bungalow, Phatak Baug,
Anant Kanhere Road,
Navi Peth, Pune - 411030
phone-icon Phone:+91-8600400012

Design Quotient Labs and Studio - 'CHENNAI - Annanagar'

AG-22, 4th Avenue Main Road, Shanthi Colony
phone-icon Phone:+91-9600078100

Design Quotient Labs and Studio - 'MANGALORE'

2nd Floor, Villa Rose, Bendore well Circle,
Mangalore - 575002
phone-icon Phone:+91-7624955282

DQ Study Material Partner - 'SALEM'

Ar. Akhilesh BV, 13-A, Ramakrishna Road
Near Adhiparasakthi Amman Temple, Salem, Tamil Nadu 636007
phone-icon Phone:+91-9361147417

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