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NIFT Lateral Entry Admission 2024: Answer Key (Soon), Question Paper, Result, Cutoff

NIFT Lateral Entry Admission 2024: Answer Key (Soon), Question Paper, Result, Cutoff

Edited By Team Careers360 | Updated on Feb 16, 2024 12:51 PM IST | #NIFT Entrance Exam

National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the NIFT lateral entry admission 2024 exam question paper and answer key in February. Aspirants will have to use their registration email id and password to download the NLEA lateral entry admission exam answer key. The authorities conducted the entrance exam for NIFT lateral entry admission 2024 on February 5.

What is NIFT lateral entry admission 2024?

NIFT lateral entry admission (NLEA) is the opportunity for the candidates provided by NIFT, who have completed their diploma in relevant fields of fashion design and technology. Candidates will get direct admission to the third semester of UG programs at any of the NIFT campuses.

Eligible candidates have to take the All India entrance examination to get admission into NIFT campuses for lateral entry. NIFT lateral entry entrance examination includes a written examination, studio test/technology aptitude test, and a personal interview. The lateral entry NIFT admission scheme is strictly based on the merit achieved by the candidates.

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NIFT lateral entry admission: Overview



Conducting Authority


Online registration start date

December 5, 2023

Online registration end date

January 3, 2024

Date for issuing NIFT admit card for the lateral entry exam

Third week of January 2024

Lateral entry 2025 exam date (GAT)

February 5, 2024

Mode of exam


Results of the entrance examination

March 2024

Studio test/technology aptitude test and personal interview along with document verification and eligibility

April 2024 (at the NIFT campus selected or opted by the candidate)

Result declaration of eligible and shortlisted candidates

April 2024

Seat allotment (will be based on candidate merit)

May - June 2024

To get admission as lateral entry into NIFT, candidates must follow the admission procedure given by the NIFT. This procedure includes the eligibility criteria, submission of certificates, entrance exam, and merit score. The final dates will be updated accordingly.

NIFT Lateral Entry Admission Eligibility

The eligibility for NIFT admission - lateral entry is that the candidate must be 24 years of age as of August 1st. For Scheduled Castes/Schedule Tribe/Persons with Disabilities (PWD) candidates, the relaxation of 5 years is given for the upper age limit.

The eligibility criteria for BDes and B.FTech have a slight difference. Candidates are required to fulfill the eligible criteria. Hence, the criteria of eligibility for each course are as follows.

NIFT lateral entry admission requirements for BDes Course

The requirements for eligibility for the BDes course are as follows.

  • The candidate must have passed the 10th/secondary school examination (OR) must have passed the 12th/senior secondary examination recognized by the AIU.

  • Must have passed 3 or 4 years of diploma course recognized by the AICTE/AIU/UGC or a state board of technical education.

  • Candidates after passing their 12th/senior secondary examination must have completed a 2 year of regular UG diploma course at NIFT (OR) and must have undergone any course in fashion/textile and accessories/apparel/handloom technology/home science/graphic design/visual communication/products/industrial design/apparel technology/interior design/leather/multimedia design.

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Nift lateral entry admission requirements for B. FTech Course

The eligibility requirements for the B.FTech course are mentioned below.

  • The candidate must have passed the 10th/secondary school examination

  • Must have passed 3 or 4 years of textile engineering/textile technology/textile chemistry diploma recognized by AICTE or a state board of technical education (OR) must have passed the senior secondary examination/12th recognized by the AIU with physics, chemistry, and mathematics.

  • Completed a diploma, including NIFT of 2 years concerning apparel/fashion/textile/ handloom technology/home science.

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General eligibility for lateral entry admission to NIFT / Who should apply?

  • Candidates with a science background with a degree/diploma in engineering are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Fashion Technology program with the Apparel Technology specialization and also for the BDes program.

  • Candidates having an interest/aptitude in fashion design/creativity /innovation may apply for the BDes program.

  • Candidates who fulfill the age of 24 years are eligible for NIFT lateral entry admission.

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NIFT Lateral Entry Admission process

NIFT offers lateral entry admissions to candidates who are willing to pursue their careers in this institute. The admission process for NIFT lateral entry includes the written examination online, a studio test or technology aptitude test, and a personal interview based on clearance of the first two rounds.

For admission into the NIFT lateral entry program, the candidates must register themselves online and pay the registration fee as per the schedule. Candidates are required to go through the official website - for regular updates and the admission process.

The candidates clearing the written test will be eligible for the next round called as studio test or the technology aptitude test. Candidates are selected based on the ranks they acquire in the two rounds. Based on the selection of these two rounds, selected candidates will be called for a personal interview.

How to apply for lateral entry admission

NIFT lateral entry admission provides an opportunity to candidates directly to the 3rd semester. who have completed their diploma

Candidates have to apply online to get admission for NIFT lateral entry. Here are the steps to apply for lateral entry admission into NIFT.

  1. Log on to the official website -

  2. Check your eligibility criteria.

  3. Click on the registration link

  4. Enter your name, email ID, and date of birth

  5. Update the details of the DD/cheque paid for the registration fee

  6. Complete filling the NIFT application form

  7. Upload your scanned photo and signature

  8. Once you are done filling in all details, click submit.

Any further communication will be sent to your registered email ID. Candidates are required to use their registered email ID and password for future communication.

Admit Card for lateral entry admission - NIFT

NIFT has conducted the admission test for lateral entry. The candidates had to log in to the official website - to download the NIFT lateral entry admission admit card. Registered candidates could download the admit cards from the official website. To download the admit card for NIFT lateral entry admissions, the applicants had to login using registration number and date of birth.

Note: The admit cards for the lateral entry examination of NIFT will not be sent by post.

Results for lateral entry admission NIFT

The results of the entrance examination conducted by NIFT for its lateral entry admissions will be published online on its official website - Candidates are advised to check the website regularly for updated information. No communication will be sent through post.

NIFT lateral entry admission seat allotment

Seat allotment for the lateral entry admission into NIFT is based on the candidate's performance in the entrance examination. Seats are allocated based on the merit of the candidate. Also, the seat allotment for NIFT lateral entry admission depends on the vacant seats course-wise, category-wise, and campus-wise.

The candidates should download their provisional allotment letters using their login credentials in the admission portal.

Candidates can go through the official website - for further information on NIFT lateral entry admissions for the respective year.

NIFT Lateral Entry Seat Matrix 2024

The seat availability for NIFT lateral entry 2024 according to category is listed below.

Sl. No

Bachelor Programs - 2024

Total number of seats as per category

Grand Total





Bachelor of Design (B.Des) program


Fashion Design (FD)







Leather Design (LD)







Accessory Design (AD)







Textile Design (TD)







Knitwear Design (KD)







Fashion Communication (FC)






Bachelor of Fashion Technology (B.F.Tech)


Apparel Production (AP)












NLEA Fee Structure 2024

The fee structure per semester for NIFT lateral entry selected candidates is as follows.

For the year 2024-25:

  • Semester 3: Rs. 1,43,000 (total fee including all other fees is Rs. 1,83,200)

  • Semester 4: Rs. 1,43,000

For the year 2025-26:

  • Semester 5: Rs. 1,50,000 (total fee including all other fees is Rs. 1,69,800)

  • Semester 6: Rs. 1,50,000

For the year 2026-27:

  • Semester 7: Rs. 1,58,000 (total fee including all other fees is Rs. 1,84,600)

  • Semester 8: Rs. 1,58,000

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. What is the meaning of lateral entry admission NIFT?

NIFT lateral entry admission means that the candidates will get direct admission to the third semester which is the 2nd year of the program or course that they have chosen to pursue in the campus of NIFT. For this, the candidate should have completed their diploma in the concerned field of fashion technology and fashion design.

2. Is lateral entry possible in NIFT?

Yes, the lateral entry scheme is applicable for NIFT as the candidate must be 24 years of age as of August 1st. There is 5 year relaxation period for the candidates of SC/ST/PWD categories.

3. How many attempts can a candidate make to get admission into NIFT entry?

Candidates can make several attempts until they reach the age of 24 years for NIFT admission.

4. What is the eligibility to get into NIFT lateral entry admission?

The NIFT admission eligibility for lateral entry is the candidate’s age must be 24 years as of August 1st. There is a 5 years relaxation period for the candidates of Scheduled Castes/Schedule Tribe/Persons with Disabilities (PWD).

5. What is the seat allocation process for NIFT admission as lateral entry?

NIFT seat allocation for lateral entry admission depends on the candidate’s rank and merit achieved. Candidates are placed on the campuses according to seat availability.


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Questions related to NIFT Entrance Exam

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Hello aspirant,

The nationwide Institute of Fashion Technology offers a nationwide entrance exam called NIFT for admission to its fashion design programmes.

Every course has specific requirements that must be met in order to apply. For NIFT, there is no minimum age requirement, however it is evident that passing the 10+2 exam is a requirement in order to be admitted to any undergraduate programme in fashion design.

You cannot be admitted because you are in class eleven. However, you can apply to NIFT for experience and practice, and if your application is accepted, you can take the entrance exam. If you pass, however, be aware that you will not be able to retain your results for admission.

Thank you

Hope this information helps you.

Dear Aspirant,

Yes! If you want to pursue your under graduation from nift after 12th or even if you are appearing for12th exam then you are eligible to apply for the exam. There are several courses offered by nift which includes undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

Age (Undergraduate degree programmes) -

  • General - the maximum age should be less than 24 years as on 1st august in the year of examination
  • Reserved category - 5 years relaxation

Hope this information helps :)

Dear aspirant

NIFT 2023 ELIGIBILITY - B.DES admission

1. Aspiring students must have completed a 10+2 board exam from any recognized Central/State Board of Secondary Examination, such as Central Board of Secondary Education/State Board New Delhi, and Council for Indian School of Certificate Examination, New Delhi or,

2. Any Board/Public School/University Examination conducted in India or abroad which is equivalent to the 10+2 system and is accorded by the Association of Indian Universities or,

3. If candidates complete the General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Sri Lanka/ Cambridge/) at the Advanced (A) level/International Baccalaureate (IB) then, they are eligible to apply or,

4. Students will also be eligible if they have passed the 10+2 examination conducted by the National Open School with at least five subjects or,

5. Diploma of 3 or 4 years which is recognized by AICTE or State Board of Technical Education.

Age limit - Candidates must be of 23 years of age as of August 1, 2022. However, candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Person With Disability (PHP) get a relaxation of 5 years

Eligibility for B.F.Tech admission

1. Students must pass the Class 12 exam in the 10+2 pattern of examination with Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects from any recognized Central/ State Board of Secondary Examination, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, and Council for Indian School of Certificate Examination, New Delhi or,

2. Any Public School/Board/University Exam in India or in foreign countries which is equivalent to a 10+2 system with Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics as a mandatory subjects. It must be recognized by the Association of Indian Universities or,

3. General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination(London/ Cambridge/ Sri Lanka) at the advanced (A) level with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics/International Baccalaureate (IB) or,

4. Diploma of 3 or 4 years in any programme of engineering which is recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education or,

5. A passing grade in the Higher Secondary Education Examination held by the National Open School with at least five subjects - Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics

Age limit is same as B.des

You can check other details about eligibility criteria for NIFT from link below

Hope this was informative for you

Best regards!!


For BVoc courses in interior design, separate entrance exams are conducted by the concerned colleges. By giving NIFT you can only get admission in BDes and MDes courses in NIFTs and some other participating institutes.


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