Foreign Nationals (whether residing in India or abroad) and Non Resident Indians, 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 and who meet eligibility and admission requirements of NIFT can also apply for admission. The selection of eligible candidates of this category for admission in NIFT will be based on their SAT/GMAT/GRE scores, and not on the basis of the Entrance examination. The availability of seats for this category is as follows:
  • 5 (supernumerary) seats each at NIFT Campuses Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Gandhinagar, Raebareli & Srinagar (J&K).
  • 3 (supernumerary) seats each at Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Patna and Shillong.
  1. Qualifying Age
    For UG programmes: Maximum age should be 23 years as on 1st October, 2018. The upper age limit may be relaxed by a period of 5 (five) years for candidates of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/ Person with Disability (PWD) categories

    For PG programmes: No age limit

  2. Academic Eligibility
    All candidates must satisfy the required academic qualifications listed for the concerned course. In case the Degree/certificate has been obtained from a University /Board of any other country then an equivalence certificate must be obtained from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) New Delhi (website: www.aiuweb.org) prior to admission.

    Foreign nationals applying to NIFT must possess working knowledge of the English language.

    The Programme and Campus will be allotted on the basis of merit list drawn as per the scores obtained by the candidates in the following examinations:
Bachelor Progaramme
(B.Des & B.FTech)
SAT Score
Master Programme
GMAT Score
Master Programme
(M.Des & M.FTech)
GRE Score
Candidates may have appeared in multiple SAT/GMAT/GRE examinations prior to 30th April 2019. The highest score among these tests will be taken into consideration for allotment of seat. The GRE/ GMAT/SAT scores should not have been declared before 1st January, 2017 and should be received by the Institute (NIFT) latest by 30th April, 2019.


Those seeking admission under this category have to apply online at website www.nift.ac.in or https://applyadmission.net/NIFTNRI2019. The last date for applying under this category is 30th April 2019.

Candidates applying for Bachelor Programmes of NIFT should arrange to send SAT scores directly from College Board to NIFT H.O. New Delhi. SAT scores have to be submitted through College Board to NIFT before 30th April, 2019. The Designated Institution (DI) Code is 7258.

The Campus and Programme will be allotted to the successful 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 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.

The candidates who fulfill the admission criteria specified for the category may apply online with requisite application fee of US$125 through the Online NIFT Payment gateway.

NRI seats being supernumerary, will not be converted to any other category. However, seats remaining unfilled in the NRI category after the process described above will be offered to the children/wards of NRI as per merit during counselling. All the candidates having Common Merit Rank (CMR) in the NIFT Entrance Examination and falling under the category “Children/Wards of NRI” will be given an opportunity to opt for NRI seats subject to fulfilling the criteria, submission of necessary documents and fee during regular counselling.

NIFT may re-allot seats between the programmes to meet the demand of the candidates, within the overall limit prescribed for this category.

Fee Payment:
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.