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 Progaramme
(B.Des & B.FTech)
SAT Score
Master Programme
GMAT Score
Master Programme
(M.Des & M.FTech)
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 2018. The highest score among the test will be taken into consideration for allotment of seat.


Those seeking admission under this category have to apply online at website www.nift.ac.in or https://applyadmission.net/NIFTNRI2018 . The last date for applying under this category is 30th April 2018.

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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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: www.aiuweb.org) prior to admission.

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

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.

Any NRI seat remaining vacant will lapse and not be converted to any other category. However, the remaining seats will be offered to the children /wards of NRI as per merit during counselling. NIFT may re-allot seats among the programmes to meet the demand of the candidates, within the overall limit as prescribed for this category.

All the candidates having Common Merit Rank (CMR) and falling under the category “Children/Wards of NRI” will be given an opportunity to opt for NRI seat subject to fulfilling the criteria, submission of necessary documents and fee during regular counselling.

Special NRI Test
If however, NRI seats remain vacant, these seats will be offered again for admission through a special NRI test. Candidates who could not be shortlisted for Situation Test/GD & PI, as well as, fresh/new aspirants would be eligible for admission, subject to fulfilling necessary academic and documentary requirements. The Special NRI Test / Interview will be conducted at New Delhi. Registration for all the candidates would be mandatory. The candidates who fail to be shortlisted for Situation Test and GD & PI will appear only for the Interview. New candidates have to appear for both Written Entrance Examination and Interview. While drawing up the merit list the candidates who appeared only in the interview will be assigned top position and the new candidates would be placed thereafter. Based on these parameters, a final consolidated merit list would be declared. Seats shall be allotted strictly according to merit. The candidates selected under Children / Ward of NRI shall pay the fee prescribed for NRI Candidates.