There are several entrance exams conducted by many fashion colleges, many universities across the country that offer fashion designing course conduct their own entrance exams or tend to take in students depending on their class XII marks. Admissions to NIFT Programmes are through an entrance examination. A series of tests are administered with a view to assess aptitude, ability, motivation, knowledge, skill and maturity of the candidate. A separate examination has to be taken for admission in any one particular programme. In order to qualify for further test, the candidates have to obtain minimum qualifying marks in their tests and have to demonstrate through the test aptitudes required for the design programmes. These abilities are tested with a creative test.
NIFT calls for interview in the ratio 3:1 for the seats available which entails Group Discussion/Situation Test and Personal interview.
The weight age assigned to written examination and subsequent Group Discussion/Situation Test/Personal interview is in the ratio of 60:40. A weightage of up to 10% marks is given in the qualifying marks to the deserving SC/ST candidates. Fashion designing courses at Polytechnics are valuable as preparation for the extremely selective entrance test of the NIFT.
Admission forms for NIFT are available in November. The written test is held in January-February.
The fashion design test is usually designed to appraise sketching ability, originality, originality, colour sensitivity, and eye for detail. A general ability test (common to all courses) evaluates English and logical reasoning. This is very similar to most entrance tests, which have questions on comprehension, antonyms, and elementary math. The second test evaluates creativity and drawing skills. the student may be asked to draw an exhibit or a window decor. the student may design garments and sketch them in colour. This also gauges colour sensitivity. The drawing test includes squiggles to be completed and titled in half an hour. These tests select about 100 students, who are then called for the interview. There are separate tests for merchandising and manufacture. These obviously do not gauge drawing/sketching ability, and are more like an IIM entrance test.
The interview at NIFT- The interview is aimed to identify the applicant‘s interest on the subject. The interview panel puts question about career plans of the individual, and why the student want to join fashion. A portfolio of the studentr own may show them the studentr inclination. This very clearly exhibits the student's attention shown to the field, the student's ideas and how the student communicate them visually. Generally, they wish to know the candidate’s goals and career plans, strengths and weaknesses, interests and hobbies and also why he wants to take up the course, whether he likes and can work with others and any related work understanding.