How to crack interview for design courses
Updated on Apr 11, 2017 - 3:12 p.m. IST by Nancy Johri
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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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what is the schedule of NIFT exam?

Ritisha Kothari 16th Jan, 2020


Upcoming dates:

19 Jan '20- NIFT2020 entrance exam day

NIFT Situation Test or GD/PI Dates: Candidates who clear NIFT entrance exam for BDes course admission then need to appear for the Situation Test round wherein their material handling skills are tested. On the other hand, aspirants taking the design entrance exam for MDes course admission need to appear for the Group Discussion/Personal Interview round. Situation test/ GD/ PI admission round will be conducted in April-May, 2020.

NIFT Entrance Exam Result Dates: The final NIFT Entrance Exam Result Dates: The final NIFT results will be displayed on the official website of the design college. Candidates can view their result for NIFT admissions by filling their roll number on the official website. Final results for NIFT admissions 2020 is usually declared in the month of May/June, every year. will be displayed on the official website of the design college. Candidates can view their result for NIFT admissions by filling their roll number on the official website. Final results for NIFT admissions 2020 is usually declared in the month of May/June, every year.

NIFT Entrance Exam 2020 Schedule:

Course Test Test Timing
BDes CAT 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
GAT 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
MDes CAT 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
GAT 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
BFTech GAT 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
MFTech GAT 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
MFM GAT 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hope this helps!


How many days the exam will be taken?

Manisha Gupta Expert 16th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Are you asking about the exam date? The exam will be held on 19 January,2020. You can check the further information to go through with the given below link.

In case you have other query then let us know.

Good Luck!


Can I use any drawing board or any type of boards in nift entrance exam ??

thomas joy 16th Jan, 2020

Hi there,

From my research, candidates are not allowed to carry any aditional materials in NIFT exam.

The pattern of the exam is

There is an creative ability test and General ability test and situation test.

CAT exam is for 3 hours with 100 marks and GAT exam is for 2 hours with 100 questions.Selected candidates has to appear in situation test which test the ability of the candidates.

Hope this will help you.

Thank you


I want to appear for 2020 entrance exam but could not apply within the deadline. Are their any possibilties I can apply now for the same!!

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 15th Jan, 2020
Riyaz, the last daybfor filling NIFT applications was closed on December 31st, 2019 and the admit cards were released on January 10th, 2020. Now unfortunately, it is too late for trying for 2020. Once the admit cards have been released, it is impossible to fill in an application form for the entrance examination.
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