Updated: Feb 17, 2021

With almost 15 days left for the NIFT ENTRANCE EXAM 2020, if you are looking for some quick and easy tips, this is the right place. I cleared my NIFT exam in 2012 and these were the last minute things I followed which helped a lot.

Hope this helps you too :)


Make sure you have a proper and clear idea of the syllabus first. This will ensure you do not waste time studying any irrelevant matter. Stick to the prescribed outline of the NIFT entrance exam given on the Nift website ( 

Remember, this enables you to focus deeply on the specified content. For any help please write back or feel free to contact us regarding the same.


The whole point of the Design entrance is to come up creatively with a time and resource constraint. Design is about having an eye for detail and setting trends. Being a keen observer in your daily life helps you conceptualise ideas. 

Having an artistic flair with colour, materials, textures or fabrics is beneficial. Hobbies like sketching, photography, travelling, public speaking, dramatics, and appreciation of performing arts, films, and music, creative brain games, etc will prove helpful.


Plan and sketch, but be fast! One common problem faced by any design aspirant is that the paper is too lengthy. Therefore, always think thoroughly before sketching. A simple solution to the question at hand is often the best one (Occam’s Razor principle). Don’t rush into sketching the final solution. First estimate the amount of space you will need by blocking the space roughly, that is, what part of the sketch will appear in what area of the answer paper. Then sketch in faint hand to get a sense of proportions and once this is done, rush into sketching. Literally sketch as fast as you can!


Develop your own style: Apparently most of the students who secured a seat in these exams during the past year had their own unique sketching style.  Developing your style is rather simple. Perhaps all of us copy great designers at some point in time. All you have to do is break free of the mold and try some different types of shading, maybe try using pencils in place of the markers, use thick and wide strokes of a pencil to give your design a dynamic look. There are many such techniques you will discover during your practice session. Make sure you develop one style and practice it till you perfect it. If you can analyze your own design, your design skills will improve.


When the exam is nearby, it's obvious that we all take the stress. STOP overthinking and remember that is what we love to do and start enjoying the process. Trust me you will do wonders. <3

Hope this was helpful! All the best for the coming exams :)

For any other questions do get back or write in the comments below :)

Much Love.


Rimjhim is an alumni of NIFT and has been guiding children for design education for past five years with help from PAHAL Bangalore

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