NIFT Reservation of Seats

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NIFT 2021 Reservation of Seats

The seats reserved for SC / ST / Differently Abled Candidates ( PHP ) / Foreign Nationals / SAARC / NRI, in each program are as under

OBC ( Non - Creamy )27%
Person With Disability ( PWD ) 5% Horizontal reservation for Person With Disability ( PWD )
( with 40% or more disability ) cutting across all sections
i.e. SCs, STs, OBCs Non-Creamy and General category.
Campus and programme will be allotted on rotation,
at NIFT’s discretion
Foreign Nationals / SAARC / NRI15% ( Supernumerary )
State Domiciles20% ( Supernumerary )

The qualifying candidates need to meet the eligibility and admission requirements of NIFT.

Requirements of Each Category are as Follows :

NIFT 2021  SC / ST Candidates Seats

Candidates applying under this reserved quota will have to produce a Caste / Tribe certificate from the Competent Authorities of the respective States / Union Territories / National Commission of Tribes.

NIFT 2021 OBC ( Non – Creamy ) Candidates Seats

Candidates applying under this quota would have to substantiate the caste and creamy layer requirement. Candidates applying under this quota shall produce a caste certificate from the Competent Authority certifying that they belong to the non – creamy layer. The certificate should be in favour of the candidate, issued not earlier than 1st September, 2021. Failure to produce an appropriate certificate from a competent authority shall make the candidate ineligible for counselling, and the applicants will not be offered admission. Requests for provisional admisssion will not be entertained.

To summarize

  • The candidate should possess an OBC certificate issued in the name of the candidate and not in favour of respective parents / guardian.
  • The caste mentioned in the OBC certificate should find mention in the Central list of OBCs available at
  • The OBC certificate should not be more than a year old and should clearly mention that the candidate belongs to the non – creamy layer.
  • The certificate must be issued by the Competent Authority.
  • In case of married women applying to any course under reserved category, she has to produce the caste certificate in her own name. Certificate in the name of husband / mother/ father is not acceptable.

NIFT 2021 Person with Disability ( PWD )

Candidates applying under this category should have Certificate of Disability issued as per sub-section (2)(a) of section 58 of The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016(49 of 2016) in Form V, Form VI or Form VII as per rule 18(1) of the notification vide number G.S.R. 591(E)dated 15th June, 2017.

The certificate should be issued by a medical authority designated under sub-section (1) of section 57 of the act and rules 17 (a) and (b) of G.S.R. 591(E).

Such candidates are required to produce the original Certificate of Disability both at the time of Counselling and at the time for Admission to the Institute.

It is mandatory for the Person with Disability to attend the Counselling for evaluation. The course will be allotted to the candidates after assessing the capabilities of the candidates. NIFT may consider applications from PWD students for providing external assistance during assessments, with the condition that the expenses for the same will be borne fully by the student / applicant.

It is however recommended that the student / applicant arrange his / her own external assistant for this purpose as this will ensure a better fit for individual needs. NIFT will assess the actual physical / psychological capability of a candidate selected for counselling of a particular programme / course as per the specific requirements of that particular Programme / course by a Board constituted at each campus by the Campus Director.

The three members Board will consist of a Medical Officer/Psychologist, a Faculty from the concerned department ( Design / Technology / Management ) and an Administrative Officer.Candidates are advised to come prepared for such assessments at the time of counseling.
NIFT may utilize its laboratories / equipment / test materials for making such assessment of the physical / psychological capability of a candidate for undertaking that Programme / course and may tailor such test for each individual separately as decided by the Board.

The assessment is compulsory for all candidates seeking reservation under this category.

The Board in its proceedings will recommend whether the candidate is capable or incapable for undertaking the particular programme / course applied for.

A copy of such order will also be communicated to the candidate in writing under acknowledgement informing him that he can make an appeal against the order, in which case the appeal will be referred to the Standing Board at Head Office ( HO ) whose recommendation will be final and no further representation will be accepted.

NIFT reserves the right to disqualify the candidature in case of inability of the candidate for a particular programme.

icates the type of assessment that may be conducted by a Board of NIFT for various categories of disability and programmes to find if the Student is able to access mainstream curriculum :

ProgramCriteria / MethodSuitability / Capability
DesignDrawing / Sketching / making models / Colour sense / Operating Machines / Computer Keyboard manually / mobilityVisual ClarityMinor Speech DisabilityMinor Hearing DisabilitNo major locomotor disability in hand, legs, face & neckAble to select, organize and integrate visual and verbal information into a drawing or model with aesthetics
TechnologyOperating Machines manually / Computer Keyboard manually / mobilityMinor
speech disability
Minor Hearing DisabilityNo major locomotor disability in hands, legs, face & neck
Fashion ManagementOperating Computer Keyboard manuallyMinor
speech disability
Minor Hearing disabilityNo major locomotor disability in hands, legs, face & neck

Foreign Nationals / SAARC / NRI

Fifteen percent ( 15% ) of total seats i.e. 5 seats in each programme at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Gandhinagar, Raebareli and Srinagar are reserved for admission of Foreign Nationals ( whether residing in India or abroad ) and Non Resident Indian, who are citizens of India holding an Indian passport and have temporarily immigrated to another country for six months or more for work, residence
or any other purpose.

The admission to NIFT programmes for foreign nationals / NRI candidates will be based on the following examinations :

Bachelor Program ( B.Des & B.F.Tech )SAT Score
Master Program ( MFM )GMAT Score
Master Program ( M.Des & M.F Tech )GRE Score

Campus / Programme will be allotted on the basis of merit list drawn as per the scores obtained by the candidates. Candidate may appear in as many as SAT / GMAT / GRE examination prior to 30th April, 2021. The highest score among the test will be taken into consideration for allotment of seat.

Procedure for Applying Under Foreign Nationals / SAARC / NRI Category

Those seeking admission under this category have to apply online at website or NIFTNRI 2019. The last date for applying under this category is 30th April, 2021.

Candidates applying for Bachelor Programmes of NIFT should arrange to send SAT scores directly from College Board, USA, to NIFT H.O. New Delhi. SAT scores have to be submitted through College Board to NIFT before 30th April, 2021. The Designated Institution (DI) Code is 7258.

The Campus and Programme will be allotted to the candidates based on SAT / GMAT / GRE score as well as the preference of the candidate.

Candidates at the time of registration for SAT should indicate DI code : 7258 for sending their scores to NIFT Head Office, New Delhi.

Candidates applying for Master Programmes i.e. Master of Fashion Management ( MFM ), should arrange to send GMAT test scores while those applying for Master of Design ( M.Des. ) and Master of Fashion Technology ( M.FTech. ) should arrange to send GRE test scores directly to NIFT H.O. Delhi. The GRE / GMAT / SAT scores should not have been declared before 1st January, 2016 and should be received by the Institute latest by 30th April, 2021. The candidates must designate NIFT Programmes as choice in the GRE / GMAT / SAT.

Candidates seeking admission under this category should apply in the prescribed Application Form online.

Academic Eligibility

All candidates must satisfy the required academic qualifications. In case Degree / certificate has been obtained from some University / Board of any other country then an equivalence certificate must be obtained from Association of Indian Universities ( AIU ) New Delhi ( website : ) prior to admission.

The medium of instruction in NIFT is English and all aspirants applying to NIFT must possess working knowledge of English language.

NIFT 2021 Fee Payment

The candidates who fulfill the admission criteria specified above may apply online with requisite application fee of US$100 through the Online NIFT Payment gateway.

Once selected under this category, candidates shall pay the fee at the time of admission for the first academic year consisting of two semesters. They would also need to obtain a valid residential permit or student visa for the prescribed duration of the programme.

NIFT 2021 State Domicile Preferential Seats

Twenty percent ( 20% ), i.e 06 supernumerary seats in addition to 30 seats will be offered for admission as State Domicile Preferential Seats to candidate who belong to the States where the following NIFT campuses are located.

S.NoNIFT CampusState
2KangraHimachal Pradesh
4BhopalMadhya Pradesh
8Srinagar*Jammu & Kashmir*

*Thirty Five percent ( 35% ), seats within 30 seats will be offered for admission as State Domicile Preferential Seats to the domicile candidates of Jammu and Kashmir ( J & K ).

The state in which the candidate has completed his / her class 12th examination / graduation / qualifying degree is the domicile of the student. A certificate from the school / college may be obtained. In case the candidate obtained the qualifying certificate / degree through Distance Learning mode, the address of the school attended by the candidate regularly will determine his / her domicile status.

Candidates who are domicile of the states where the NIFT Campuses exist will be allowed to opt for this preference while filling online application form. However, they will have a choice to take admission under General / ST / SC / OBC category ( as applicable ) as per merit to any course / campus of their choice. The domicile of the candidate in a particular state shall not be applicable in any other Campuses of NIFT in any other State.

Reservation of SCs / STs / OBCs ( non creamy layer ) / Physically Handicapped candidates, shall be applicable for the domicile seats also.

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Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.