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Getting admission in National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), National Institute of Design (NID) or Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is the dream of all design aspirants. The admission procedure for design programmes in these reputed colleges include written test as well as an interview before a panel. After qualifying the entrance exam, clearing the interview also becomes very important as this will decide your chances of securing a seat in any premier school of design.   

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Careers360 presents below ten useful tips that candidates should keep in mind while appearing for the interview. Read the article to know how to crack interview for design courses like NIFT and NID.


Tip#1: Be Punctual

It is mandatory for you to reach the venue of interview on time. It is recommended that you go and see the place one day prior to the day of interview. But if that is not possible, then ensure that you get directions to the venue a day before. This will save your time on the D-day.

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On the interview day, reach the centre at least half an hour before the scheduled time of interview. No interviewer would appreciate a latecomer even if he/she is a good candidate.


Tip#2: Dress properly

Although there is no specified dress code for appearing in the interview round at NIFT, NID or IITs, but you should dress appropriately for the personal interview. You should wear formal clothes and also pay attention to the footwear while going for the admission interview.


Tip#3: Good manners are always appreciated

Maintaining basic etiquettes during the interview is always noticed by interviewers. As soon as you enter the interview room, make sure that you greet all of them with respect. Also, ask to be seated. Switch off your phone, and if not that, then put it on silent mode. Do not be rude while replying. Thank and greet them politely, and take your leave once the interview is over.


Tip#4: Be confident

Being confident is the key to a smooth interview. Try to maintain eye contact with the interviewer as this will show that you are well-aware of the questions asked. Try to convey to them that you are interested in responding to their questions and clearing the interview.


Tip#5: Using slangs is a big NO

Never make the mistake of using slangs while responding to the panelists. An interview is a formal event and you should ensure that you maintain it that way only. Including slangs in your responses may result in rejection by interviewers as it may appear impolite to them. 


Tip#6: Carry a comprehensive portfolio

Make sure that you carry an all-inclusive portfolio while going for the interview. Include your best work as panelists will be interested in having a look at it. After going through your varied work, they may conduct the entire interview based on your creations only. This will be highly advantageous for you.  


Tip#7: Do some research

It will be helpful for you if you have done your homework about college and course that you are applying. Do a little bit of research over the internet and get acquainted with the basic information. It will reflect to the panelists that you are interested in getting admission in the college.


Tip#8: Understand the subject

The interview for design course admissions will be based on evaluating your knack and capability of understanding fashion and design trends. Therefore, it becomes crucial that you are thorough in the subject. You should also know about popular personalities in the domain of fashion and design.   

Tip#9: Avoid giving standard responses

Do not give conventional answers to the interviewers; rather try to be as original as possible. There is no need to cram any answer. The panelists of admission interview for design courses are willing to see whether you have creative and imaginative skills along with the aptitude to pursue the programme. Open ended questions are asked for judging your personality, and there is no standard or correct answer to these. Thus, just focus on being original and honest.   


Tip#10: Do not bluff

Do not beat around the bush in case you have no clue about the answer to a particular question. Admit your ignorance very frankly and inform the interviewers that you don’t know the answer. Moreover, it is advisable that you ask them for guidance on where you can study about the topic. This will make you look curious, and interviewers will appreciate this.    


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Shareef 16th Oct, 2019
That's sounds good that you are choosing a good course for career making.
Firstly you should pass in the entrance exam which Will be conducted for joining course.
Where as some of the college conducted there own entrance exams.
Here is the list of fashion designing courses,

  • M design - fashion designing
  • - fashion communication
  • Professional diploma in fashion designing
  • Executive diploma in fashion technology
  • Diploma In appereal merchandising
  • Fashion designing certification
  • Diploma in Appereal designing

So,here is the list for that you can choose for career making.
Hope this will be helpful.
thank you

can someone apply for NIFT without appearing CAT and GAT?

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 13th Oct, 2019


NIFT has nothing to do with CAT or GAT. Those are the exams for MBA. NIFT is for admission in fashion courses.

The eligibilitiy is just marks of your 10th and intermediate. The main point is the candidate must have qualified both from a recognised board and must be having PCM as the compulsory subject.

The exam has an age limit to be 23 and there is 5 years relaxation for category reserved candidates.

For more information please check the article:-

Hope it helps!


can u tell me the exact date of application form filling?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 12th Oct, 2019

Hello there!


I can't tell you the exact dates as it's not been announced officially yet but yes start date of NIFT 2020 online application is fourth week of October 2019 , so you will be able to fill the application form once it is released. Last date to fill NIFT application form 2020 will be fourth week of December 2019, so you need to make sure that you fill the form before the last date  while National Institute of Fashion Technology will conduct NIFT entrance exam in third week of January 2020 in pen and paper based mode. NIFT entrance exam is a gateway for getting admission in bachelor’s courses in Design (B. Des.) and Fashion Technology (B.F. Tech.). The qualified students will get admission in 16 campuses of NIFT across India. For more and detailed information go through :-


Sir is there any specific certificate format for PWD, SC/ST category that has to be given ?

Abhishek singh Student Expert 3rd Oct, 2019
You have not specified the exam for which you are seeking information.
But still i would like to bring this to your notice that different exams/institutes require caste certificates in different formats. You can easily fetch the format by visiting the official website of that specific institute.
If you are seeking information about nift, then yes nift does specify the required format for the caste certificate. You can fetch detailed information about the format by browsing through the official website.
Good luck

Can we still get going into Mumbai Nift when we did our entrance exam in different centre?

Isaac Lalramnghaka

Yes, you can get NIFT, Mumbai even if you gave your Entrance Exam in different centre. The centre of your entrance exam is no mode for the college you are given admission in. So don't worry. You will be getting the college according to your marks and rank.

Hope it helps you.

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