Nature of NIFT Entrance Examination:
The written examination for design comprises of two papers to be written on the same day.
A three hour examination called the Creative Ability Test (CAT) and a two hour examination called the General Ability Test (GAT). The CAT paper is a drawing paper while the GAT is a MCQ format paper with 150 questions to be attempted in 120 minutes. It comprises
of General English (35 questions), Comprehension passages (6 to 8 in number with 30 questions in total), quantitative (25 questions), analytical reasoning (30 questions) and business domain (30 questions).
is no negative marking.
How to Prepare for NIFT Entrance Exam 2017
The GAT paper consists of academic subjects like Reasoning,
Mathematics (till class X level), English Language & Comprehensions. The Business Domain segment needs a three pronged approach with studies in static GK, current affairs and fashion & industry awareness.
The academic subjects can be studied through classroom contact programmes at a trusted and reputed place or through self-study with the help of some good competitive preparation books available in the market. However, my advice would be to go for
individual subject books instead of some all-in-one format.
However, the creative ability paper must be prepared under someone who knows the nitty gritties of the NIFT Entrance Exam.
One must always work time bound during the preparation stage itself for both the papers. Here is a comprehensive list of topics that one can prepare:
- English: The
questions are based on grammar and syntax. The common topics from which questions are asked are - synonyms, antonyms, idioms & phrases, spot the errors, cloze test, fill in the blanks, sentence correction, analogies, spelling errors, one word substitution
and ordering of sentences/ passage. Please work on your vocabulary extensively.
- Reasoning: Verbal & non-verbal - series, coding decoding, directions, ranking, sitting arrangement,
syllogism, calendar, clocks, eligibility criteria, blood relations, cubes & dices, line counting, graph, puzzles et al.
- Mathematics: Number system, ratio proportion, averages,
ages, profit & loss, speed time, upstream & downstream, mixtures & alligations, pipes & cisterns, work time, simple interest, compound interest, mensuration, set theory, trigonometry, height & distance, permutation n combination and
- Creative Ability Test: Concepts of three dimensions, perspective drawings, product design, space design, human figure, colour rendering and illustration skills,
colour interpretation, visual communication questions like poster et al, product life cycle, process drawing and many more creative varieties, best taught under personal mentor supervision.
would suggest that in order to fare well in NIFT Entrance Exam one should work on overcoming their weaknesses while enhancing their strengths and always work and prepare in a time bound manner.
As per the 2016 entrance exam schedule of NIFT, for Bachelor of Design (B.Des) aspirants, the selection rounds are divided into 3 parts.
1.General Ability Test
(GAT): 120 mins
There will be approximately 150 questions which will be based on Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, English Comprehension, GK etc. Basically typical
entrance exam questions which test your knowledge, presence of mind, calculative ability, English grammar & class 10th maths etc.
2.Creative Ability Test (CAT): 120
This is where you creativity comes into play. Questions can be about perspective, like draw a water bottle from an ant’s point of view. Here all you skills like
geometry, visualization, perspective & creativity come into play. There can be questions about making logos or designing posters or even mascots based on the given topic. So now the trick is to make something relate able to the given client, which represents
the cause/company etc but at the same time it should not be common(or a done concept which is cliché). Eg: if the topic is female feticide, your poster should have an impactful element(a strong conceptual detail) & that 1 innovative concept will
make your work stand apart.
In this round the candidates are given
a bag of materials like paper, cardboard, pins, roped, colors, clay etc. The question will be to make something (say a handbag or a lamp) using what you have. The idea is to test your hands on material usage skills. How well you use the given objects to make
Creativity is the most important aspect in NIFT entrance. You either have it or you don’t. But of course creative skills can be developed & giving it
a proper direction is most important. Many students clear the exam without any coaching. But yes, coaching gives you enough practice & guidance to sharpen your skills. Asking a NIFTian to help you in preparation might also be sufficient. SILICA is a good
one, if you want to take classes.