Best books and study material for NIFT 2019 preparation

Best books and study material for NIFT 2019 preparation- Held in the month of January, NIFT entrance exam is a highly competitive test for design aspirants. To prepare for it, one needs to refer the best books and other study material. Several books are available in market for practice and reference, but there are few selected ones that can be considered the best books for NIFT 2019 preparation. Choosing the right study material for preparation is very important in order to crack NIFT 2019 with a good score. To help aspirants crack NIFT entrance exam, Careers360 brings here the best books for NIFT 2019 preparation. 

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First, let’s go through the exam pattern of NIFT entrance exam in detail.


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NIFT General Ability Test (GAT) for Bachelor of Design (B.Des.)



Test duration

2 hours

Exam mode

Paper Based Test (PBT)


English comprehension

Quantitative ability

Communication ability

Analytical ability

General knowledge and current affairs

Number of questions








Section wise topics for GAT for B.Des

  • English Comprehension: This tests the candidate’s ability to comprehend a situation from a given passage, along with a test of basic English language.

  • Quantitative Ability: This tests the quantitative ability of the candidates. It includes questions on division, NIFT lateral entry admissionfractions, percentages, addition, multiplication, the rate of interest, ratio and proportion, distance, and work and task.

  • Communication Ability: This section will judge candidates’ language ability in day to day communication in English. Questions from correct spellings, one-word substitutes, idioms and phrases, synonyms, antonyms, words with corresponding meanings, singular, plural, etc. will be asked.

  • Analytical Ability: This tests the candidate’s capacity for ability of inference and logic from the given information.

  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs: This judges the candidate’s general knowledge and current affairs.

NIFT Exam Pattern for B.Des and B.F.Tech

A. NIFT Situation Test for Bachelor of Design (B.Des.)

Candidates shortlisted after CAT and GAT are eligible to appear for situation test. It tests the candidates’ ability to handle materials along with innovative ability in a particular situation with a given set of materials. No additional material is provided/allowed.


The model is evaluated on space visualization, innovative and creative use of given material, element composition, the finesse of the model, construction skill, colour scheme, etc.


B. NIFT General Ability Test (GAT) for Bachelor of Technology (B.F.Tech.)



Test duration

3 hours

Exam mode

Paper Based Test (PBT)


Quantitative ability

Communication ability and English comprehension

Analytical and Logical Ability

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Case study

Number of questions








Note- There is no negative marking.


1. Quantitative Ability: This tests the quantitative ability of the candidates. It includes questions on fractions, division, percentages, multiplication, addition, rate of interest, distance, ratio and proportion, and work and task.

2. Communication Ability and English Comprehension: In this section, questions from singular, plural, idioms and phrases, correct spellings, synonyms, antonyms, one-word substitutes, words with corresponding meanings, etc. are be asked.

3. Analytical Ability and Logical Ability: Candidates’ ability to draw inference and logic from the given information is tested in this section. They have to apply reasoning to solve core issues with their creative and lateral thinking.

4. General Knowledge and Current Affairs: This section tests candidate’s general knowledge and current affairs.

5. Case Study: This part is a test of a particular situation of an industry environment. It evaluates candidates’ managerial ability.


NIFT entrance exam 2019 is likely to be announced in October, 2018, and the application procedure will begin from the same month. It is time to prepare a strategic study plan. While doing that, one must be cautious in selecting the right books.

Not only us, or the experts, even NIFT topper suggest preparing from selective books. Sirigowri Kambalimath, NIFT 2018 topper with AIR 1, referred to McGraw Hill Education book for the written test. She says, “It is an all-inclusive book and helped me in preparing for all the sections.”

Careers360 brings here the best books and study material for NIFT 2019 preparation.


Best books for NIFT 2019 preparation

NIFT entrance exam toppers and professors of the Institute recommend few books that should be referred by the aspirants. These will help in improving speed for the general aptitude section as well as in better preparation overall. The list of the best books for NIFT 2019 preparation can be checked below:

  • McGraw Hill Education

  • NIFT Exam Guide by Verma

  • Concepts of Pattern Grading

  • NIFT Exam Guide by Dr. R. P. Datason

  • NIFT Entrance Exam- Self Study Guide

  • Popular Master Guide NIFT by R. Gupta

  • Bright Careers Guide NIFT Entrance Exam

  • 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

Best study material for NIFT preparation

The best study material for candidates preparing for the NIFT entrance exam is the sample paper. Aspirants of National Institute of Fashion Technology seeking admissions to Bachelor of Design (B.Des) or Bachelor in Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech) are advised to solve model test papers as these comprise the actual type of questions that are asked in the entrance test.


Careers360 has a sample paper store from where aspirants can easily download the practice papers in order to prepare themselves in a better way. These include sample questions for GAT, CAT and Situation Test. The questions are illustrative. The pattern, scope, arrangement, variety, and difficulty level in the actual question paper may vary, but a candidate can get a fair idea by solving these mock tests.


Click here to download NIFT sample papers.


NIFT Entrance Exam Facts

National Institute of Fashion Technology, under Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, conducts NIFT entrance exam in January in pen & paper mode for admissions to Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Fashion Technology programmes offered across 16 campuses located in India (Chennai, New Delhi, Gandhinagar, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Kangra, Bhubaneshwar, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kannur, Raebareli, Shillong, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Patna and Srinagar). Nearly 22,000 candidates appear every year, out of which around 7,800 are qualified. They compete for around 2,400 seats.


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