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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How to crack interview for design courses


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.

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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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Manisha Gupta Expert 26th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Do you want to know the syllabus of NIFT? To know the syllabus of NIFT< I would suggest you to go through with the given below link.

If you are looking the previous year paper then you can go through with the given below link.

Good Luck!


please give me a link to online registration in situation test for NIFT for selecting date and centre

Goutam Rao 24th Mar, 2020

Dear Anjali,

Please find the link for your situation test

thanking you


how to check merit rank of nift

Yash Dev Student Expert 17th Mar, 2020

Hello student you can check the merit rank of nift entrance examination on your results declared by NIFT on 13th March 2020.

In case if you've applied for course then you need to appear for situation test if you've clear the entrance examination. And after calculating both the results of Gat and MAT your rank will be declared.

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt

Good luck


My common merit rank is 351 in nift entrance exam and category rank is 60 in OBC ncl. What are the chances of getting admission in the NIFT campuses in metropolitan cities?

Aashima Puri 15th Mar, 2020

Hey aspirant,

You haven't mentioned the particular course that you are willing to take admission in. There are plenty of courses available in NIFT and the cutoffs differ for all of them in all cities.

Further, you can check previous year's cutoff to get an exact idea about your choice of course and the course rank required for admission in all the metropolitan and other cities too.

Here is the link for your help -

All the best!


Is there Negative marking in NIFT entrance exam for B.Des in GAT paper or only for B.FTech ?

Awanya Dabas 15th Mar, 2020


There is negative marking in all NIFT Examination papers including B.Des. In GAT Exams, aspirants are awarded one mark for every correct answer and 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer, selected by the candidate.

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