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What to do 1 month before NIFT entrance?

30 Days to go ….

Make a daily time table and promise yourself to stick to it. Make a list of all sub topics under General Ability Test (GAT) and Creative Ability Test (CAT) and allocate time slot to every topic, for revision. The topic which you consider your area of weakness, assign two slots for that. Be sure that no topic is left untouched. If so, start preparing the new topic before the time runs out. Watch You tube videos on sketching, design creations and color applications for improvising on your existing skills. Read and follow as many fashion and design magazines as possible. They are sources of design inspirations and will help you to broaden your horizon of creative thinking. Watch television, movies and read newspapers to create awareness. Observe everything around you carefully and analytically. This helps in recollecting and illustrating real life scenes.

Try reading biographies of famous designers, inspire yourself and feel motivated to become someone similar!

20 Days to go…

Now you should not think of stating a new topic or any topic of discomfort. Just leave them behind and concentrate on polishing the skills and knowledge already acquired. Try to solve as many previous years’ questions as possible. Discuss those papers with your peer group to get their feedback. Spend some time daily (at least 2 to 3 hours) doing something you really enjoy, like watching television, playing video games, reading a book etc and rejuvenate yourself. This helps you to maintain the balance of mind under pressure. Have enough sleep every night.

10 five days to go…

It is time to evaluate where you stand!

Keep any object in front of you for sketching. Notice the effect of light and try to capture the same through shading. Judge the composition on basis of proportion and perspective. These are basic things where you should avoid making mistakes. Refer to your notes and see where all you lack. Watch videos on color application to brush up your aptitude. Do not worry if your human sketching is not very impressive! Only 2 out of every 10 students get it perfect. But try to get the proportions correct.

For the Mathematics section, revise all the basic formulas, concepts and standard problems. Now practice mock questions on the topic you have just revised. Go through the English preparatory material and check out how much can you retain from the Synonym-antonym section? Do you know who designed the costumes for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2010? Try to recollect the important events of last one year.

Last 5 days to go…

Utilize the first four days of these last five days to revise all those areas which you could not as per your time table. A common question is ‘What if I do not do well in the entrance?’ Always remember – not a single person writing the examination is left without being troubled by this question. So you are no different and just try to get that anxiety out of your mind.

One 1 to go…

Decide what makes you the happiest. What is your favorite hobby? Watch a movie. Go out with your friends. Listen to your favorite band. Read an article. Avoid discussing the exam with anyone. Avoid opening your preparatory materials. Check you admit card, tool box and keep them properly arranged for the next morning. Have a tasty dinner and sleep early!

Architecture: High rise career

“We live in our minds and existence is the attempt to bring that life into physical reality, to state it in gesture and form”

These were the words of Howard Roark, an architect by profession and the immortal character of Ayn Rand’s cult novel Atlas Shrugged. As far as architecture is concerned, this holds true even today and probably will for centuries to come.

Simply put, architecture means the art and science of designing buildings and other physical structures. However, over the past few years the concept has vastly metamorphosed from dealing in urban design and landscape architecture to construction of furniture.

Many changes to this profession has witnessed in recent years. Architecture is the way of defining spaces through built structures. Over time, more thought is being given to make something out of less space.

How to be an Architect?

Aspiring architects need either a Bachelor’s degree (BArch) or diploma in architecture. The basic eligibility criterion for BArch courses is class XII or equivalent, referred to as the qualifying examination from a recognised board/university with a minimum of 50% in science subjects (physics, chemistry and mathematics). Besides, the candidate needs to clear an entrance examination.

Even at the undergraduate level, architecture students are usually given an overview of areas directly related to architecture that they often tend to specialise in later. These include disciplines such as urban or rural planning, transport planning, urban design, landscape design, interior design, urban or building conservation, design of sustainable buildings, construction management, architecture theory, history and pedagogy, and so on. These days, a number of architecture graduates also turn towards other design or software related disciplines.

Besides educational qualifications, a person should possess good eyesight, observation skills, creativity, analytical and mathematical ability and dexterity (in drawing and sketching) to succeed as an architect. Additionally, a burning desire to update one’s knowledge of latest developments in structural techniques and materials, an understanding of legal and financial matters and a good perception of social and psychological attitude, and an authoritative personality gives one an edge.

For freshers, working in a well-known architectural firm or with professionals who have been in this field for a longer period, helps towards learning the practical aspects of this profession before one sets out on his/her own.

Is it a career with a future? 

The scope for making a career in architecture has never been as big as it is today. Thanks to technological advancement and big-scale projects, a number of specialisations such as building sciences, building material engineering, project management, urban planning, urban design and landscape architecture have emerged in this field.

With the rising demand for sustainable architecture, the role of landscape architects and environment planners has become important. Landscape architects are now participating in the design process — right from conceptualisation to the master plan.

Like any other industry, getting the first break is difficult because this profession involves convincing your client about your ability to yield desired results. For an architect, the challenge is to produce an artistically pleasing design within a given budget. Also, it should be remembered that gaining experience as an apprentice has its own advantages. It not only adds to the résumé but also gives one the confidence to handle projects independently.

What would you earn?

A fresh graduate can expect to start off with an initial package of Rs 2.5 lakh per-annum. Thereafter, one’s success depends on an individual’s commitment and sincerity towards the profession. The initial earning varies with the location of your workplace and your area of specialisation. In a place like New Delhi, a graduate working in an architectural firm may get something between Rs 20,000 and 25,000 per-month initially. Whereas, working in a real estate company may fetch one something between Rs 40,000 and 50,000. Similarly, those who specialise in software design and work in reputed MNCs can command a starting salary of Rs 80,000-100,000 per-month.


  • Architecture means the art and science of designing buildings and other physical structures
  • Aspiring architects need either a Bachelor’s degree (BArch) or a diploma in architecture
  • Besides educational qualifications, a person should possess good eyesight, observation skills, creativity, analytical and mathematical ability and dexterity in drawing and sketching to succeed as an architect
  • These days, a number of architecture graduates also turn towards other design or software related disciplines
  •  The role of landscape architects and environment planners has become crucial
  •  Specialisations such as building sciences, building material engineering, project management, urban planning, urban design and landscape architecture have emerged in this field
  • For an architect, the challenge is to produce an artistically pleasing design within a given budget

Is automotive designing a lucrative career option for creative Indians?

To flaunt the latest stylish car in one’s own garage is the dream of every passionate human being! The brain behind the innovative and attractive designs is the automotive designer.

Automotive designers work in three main areas:

  • product design – designing and testing a part, ensuring it meets all its requirements and performs as required;
  • development – works closely with automotive engineers for development of the attributes of the automobile;
  • manufacturing – determining how to make it

Thus, the automotive designer is primarily responsible for developing the visual appearance and ergonomics of any automobile vehicle and also taking care of the manufacturing feasibility of the designed product. An automotive designer works closely with automotive engineers to adjust design elements with the core functionality.

The Automobile Industry has a great scope for qualified automotive designers in India. Just like many other fields, car industry has also seen lot of growth in recent years. Many big brands are opening their manufacturing units in the country. Apart from that, luxury car brands like BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini are selling encouragingly. According to Automobile Industry Report India 2010, India manufactures over 11 million 2 and 4-wheeled vehicles and exports about 1.5 million every year. The recent report of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturer suggests that India has sold more than 1 million cars last year with a growth rate of more than 12% per annum. Thus these figures reveal the exciting opportunity available for a qualified candidate in vehicle design. Moreover, the need of the industry is much more than what is being provided in terms of designers. BBC report on ‘Timeline: India’s Automotive Industry’ exposed the fact that there is a requirement of 200 more qualified automotive designers every year compared to what the system offers at present. Automobile design industry is one of the highest paying sectors in India. A fresher can start anything between 3.5 lakh to 8.5 lakh per annum and with experience the package can raise up to 24 lakh per annum. Apart from the automobile manufacturing industry, an automotive designer can also seek employment in multimedia movie production and ad development team for designing various sports and hi-tech car models used in most of the movies today.

Some Institutes/Colleges/Universities offering courses in Automobile Designing

  • DYP-DC Center for Automotive Research and Studies, Pune
  • MIT Institute of Technology, Pune
  • National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Centre for Design, Mumbai

Star profile

The leading automotive designer Dilip Chhabria is a perfect example of what the automobile industry in India holds for a talented designer.  He is the spirit behind Dilip Chhabria Design private Limited – a center with design excellence, which is credited with more than 550 car designs till date. Qualified in Transportation Design from the Art Centre of Design, Pasadena, United States, Dilip had a stint at the Design Centre – General Motors, USA. Thus, he has been successful in setting up a design based company in India perpetrating his vision and aspiration. Today, Dilip Chhabria Design Private Limited has grown to employ 300 strong, where ‘design spells success for its clients.’ Tempo Traveller, Toyota Innova & Tata Winger Executive Van are latest additions to his design vocabulary.

All in all, India has unlimited opportunities for anyone who is aspiring a career in transportation or automotive design. Quality training and a degree in automobile design from a reputed institute will pave you way to a successful career ahead. So are you aiming for it?


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Earlier Post

What are the eligibility to apply for CEED?
Candidates must either have completed or be expecting to complete any of the following, by July 2013:
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design/ Interior Design or equivalent (4 years duration after 10 + 2)
  • Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT or equivalent of 4 years duration after 10+2)
  • B.F.A. (4 year professional programme, after 10+2)
  • G.D. Art (5 year programme after 10th) with one year post qualification professional experience.
  • Master's degree in Arts / Science / Computer Applications
  • Please Note: Students with any Degree in a three year Bachelors programme are not eligible.
What are the dates for NIFT and NID? What about CEED?
The dates for NID and NIFT are announced in October and November respectively. These dates are updated on our site here and here
Dates for the CEED exam are updated here
We also announce all important dates on our home page, so keep an eye out there for all the latest news.

Aswathi Raza.K

NID GDPD & NIFT Rank 3 - Year 2012 - Kerala

Hey to the AFD team,
And thank you to all teachers who have taught me and had contributed a huge fraction to my beating the competition and getting into NID. (Especially to anjana mam, Tulip mam, Denny sir, and Julie mam) I had gotten this advice before the interview and it had helped - Don't prepare ready-made answers. Discover yourself and be plain honest.

Thanks again to AFD

Akash Sheshadri

NID GDPD 2012 - Delhi

Hi Afd, Wish to inform you that my son Akash sheshadri, has got admission to NID, Ahmedabad. Thank you for the coaching and other inputs given by you for the studio test and interview which helped him a lot. Regards,Sheshadri iyer

Madhavi Singh

Rank 1 NIFT - B.Des 2011 - Delhi

To prepare for the NIFT Entrance Examination, I attended the one-month Creative Ability Test summer workshop and the week long Situation Test workshop at AFD and also attended a 5-day Situation Test workshop at another Institute in Delhi. The experience at AFD was amazing and the faculty is brilliant. The support I got from AFD was very encouraging and of great help. The atmosphere in the classes is very friendly. I learnt a lot from the classes and I owe a great deal to AFD for my success in the NIFT Entrance Examination. I take this opportunity to thank everyone at AFD specially Ms. Julie James and Somdatt Sarkar for their help and support

Diti Mistry

Delhi - NIFT Rank 137 Year 2011

Hello I'm thankful to the AFD coaching. I took for 5 days for the preparation of NIFT situation test. I got through NIFT with the rank of 137. Thank You.

Akshan Ish

Delhi - NID PGDPD Graphic Design Year 2011

I've been selected for the Graphic Design PG program in NID. I am very grateful to AFD for guiding me through the process.You would also be happy to know that quite a few people (Shitij Sood, Anupriya Arvind, Girish Krishnan, Yaju, Avjit) from our AFD IGP, Delhi class have also been selected to NID.Thank you so much for all the support!


Aakanksha Gaur

NID PGDPD Delhi - Year 2011

I have got through NID PG Programme for Information and Interface Design at Bangalore and I am in the waiting list for Design for Digital Experience. Have to thank the AFD team for their guidance and support.

Anupriya Arvind

Delhi - NID PGDPD for Graphic Design and New Media Design., and qualified CEED AIR 38

Anupriya this side. ! was in your Delhi centre for , weekend PG coaching course. I had appeared for NID PG and CEED, and i am very happy to tell you that thanks to AFD have cleared NID PGDPD for Graphic Design and New Media Design., and qualified CEED with an All India Rank of 38, score of 61 on 100 and a percentile of 98.2. I know I have not been in contact much since the coaching ended..but I attribute it to my hectic college n internships n placements. So anyway...i"d really like to thank the entire AFD team for their guidance, help n support. Al the effort u guys took in getting guest lecturers from India n abroad, n d teaching material n resident faculty was remarkable! it was all because of you guys that this was possible. i have been a part of AFD since 2007 (my NIFT days)....n i have never been disappointed ever since. Julie..u have been really helpful..coz u let me join d classes initially 4 a test run..without payment just cause u had faith in me..n i am really grateful 2 u for that.

Anyway...Now i have to go in for the studio test and interview round for NID n CEED and will need some guidance and input regarding that as well. so i'l be in touch with you asap. specially like to mention Gargi n Ashima...they have been incredible in their efforts! pls let me know hw do we go about this in..hw do v take it from here.


Bhopal - NID UG - 2008

I want to express my gratitude towards AFD whose eveready excellent guidance and training have contributed to my unique success. Im overawed with AFDs support. Without AFD, getting into NID was unthinkable .I came to know about NID through AFD only it helped me from starting till the end. Im very happy & I will strongly recommend all the designing aspirants to join AFD. Whatever we learnt in the class, exactly same was asked in NID. It was my pleasure to learn from such a nice & experienced .teachers like JULIE MAM , RUCHA MAM , etc Thank you mam !

Anubhav Ganguly

Allahabad NID PG 2008

Dear AFD!! First of all I would like to introduce about myself I am Anubhav Ganguly I am from Allahabad and I am registered student of AFD.I have enrolled for the program NIFT/NID Ug Combo Pack 2008.

AFD has truly given me a hope to entering into the top Indian Fashion colleges. Earlier when for the first time I gave my entrance test for NIFT 2007 I didn't knew a single thing about the paper and how about it should be approached, the type of questions that will be coming and how to maximize my chances of getting into some of the good fashion colleges. I came to know about AFD as i was seriously needed a help to get my next attempt a successful one. Though I have yet waiting for my results. I came to know about AFD through google search and frankly speaking I searched a lot of coaching institutes before deciding at last going with AFD. According to the quality, content and fees wise AFD was the best according to my needs. There was range of options that students can choose according to his/her needs which i felt the best about.

When I received my first consignment for my particular course it kind of generated some inner confidence in myself and from that moment I started thinking that i can really make it condition If I work hard. I particularly choose AFD because they have some of best faculties who can help you in their best possible way they can. The mock tests is the most which helped me to know what is NIFT/NID all about .I would like to gratify my special thanks to the AFD members who boosted a lot confidence in myself and fairly know this much with their continuous help I did a lot better than my 2007 NID paper. The books they provided right from the Drawing Ability to Creative ability were sure speaked for themselves. If one really solves them and go through it sincerely I believe that he has the greatest chances in getting to any of the premium fashion or design Institutes. Their part of labour is truly speaking for themselves because they the highest number of student ratio who cracked NIFT/NID examinations according to my personal sources than any other coaching institutes. I would surely recommend any budding designer or fashion designers who really want to get into colleges like NIFT/NID should go for AFD.

I only feared that the questions that are asked are not really very difficult to attempt. But thanks to AFD once again the practice with their mock papers made my fear vanished as soon as I saw the paper. I was just scared that may all the ideas come into my mind just for 3hours during which Iwas attempting the paper because it's only ideas and a creativity that can only make u sail smoothly which I believed.

Once i started attempting the question Thanks to God that my ideas and creativeness started to flowing in my mind rapidly

Kashmira Hajra

Kolkata- NIFT B. Des Rank 120 - 2007

I would like to give u gr8 thanks 4ur help, we got for those 4 days in kolkata, during nift situation was a gr8 help,, now i understand wat ur criticism and praises have worked.results have not cum out but still i cant stop thanking u over and over again,,, u were amazing teacher,, i thank AFD also for providing us those classes which i believe all my mates agree to b very helpfull..

hope all our as well as ur effort be fruitfull...

Sucharita Ghosh

MIT , Pune 2007 - Kolkata

AFD helped a lot but i believe the theory was equally hard so afd should give courses for that too. an audio visual course could be made........more aptitude tests should be undertaken thank you so much for being there for us

Ishan Kanwar

NIFT AIR 570, Symbiosis, Apeejay, Pearl

hello mam, My AIR is 570 and i am into the nift banglore campus in the accessory design (business and corporate) dept. my experience through every phase was really cool and comfortable but my most important period had been the coaching at kottayam. since i got 2 know 'bout everything regarding the nift's entrance there only so it was the backbone of my success. henceforth i really feel it not only necessary but compulsory 4 all hard core aspirants of all the design schools as its been the most important factors in my sucess not only at nift but also symbiosis, pearl & apeejay inst. of design really mam i'm very very thakful 2 u. the only suggestion ... plz have ur programs of short periods in delhi and other places.

Gurinder Kaur

NIFT M. F. Tech 2007

AFD provides an excellent study material. It helped me a lot while i was preparing for nift mftech entrance. It is all because of afd faculty that I have been selected for M.F.Tech programme in Delhi.

Anupriya Arvind

NIFT B. Des Rank 119 2007 - Kolkata

Dear Julie Madam, I m grateful 2 the AFD team 4 all their hard work n guidance. Im proud 2 say that I have got an all India rank of 119 & the credit goes 2 the entire team of AFD! . I am really indebted 2 u 4 competing in nift, srishti & symbiosis. The material u sent me was very good. It gave me a very clear picture of what was going 2 be asked in the written test. Having crossed that hurdle, I joined your situation test workshop in Kolkata. Under the able guidance of Rajiv Sir, i learnt the skill, time management and effort required 4 the test. U made me see the kind of talent I had & helped me 2 showcase it at the right time & place . Just wish I had known about u before the NID exam, then I would have definitely competed there too. You have been instrumental in shaping my career n I m never gona forget u!! If anyone reading this, is interested in designing, then pls. Join AFD coz they r the best people around 2 help u


IDC 2007 / NID PG SDM - 2007

Dear Madam, I am Pavan, Architect from Hyderabad. I am a former postal student of AFD for CEED exam. Now i am in NID, Ahmedabad. I got admission here in PG in Strategic Design Management in May, 2007.

And today after noon, IDC, IIT Bombay results are announced for their M.Des program. Thankfully, i got the admission in their M.Des, Interaction Design program also. I appreciate you for your help and material provided to me. I hope you to continue to create awareness among students community about design courses across India and the respective prospects in the stream.


2nd Rank NIFT B.F Tech / NID - GDPD

I am happy to inform you that I have been selected for admission in NID ..Your IGP postal course was of great help in cracking this tough examination..Thank you for your help and support.

Piyush Anand


i m glad to be the student of Afd who taught me how to walk on the zig-zag road of NIFT. The competition was really tough because there were limited seats and too much students. Inspite of tough competition afd explored our skill and made us master over toughness. I was having the skill and effort but that was of no use unless there is confidence which i got from Afd classes.I thank you very much for the efforts which Rajiv sir and Afd made to make our base strong to chase nift situation test. Finally i m in nift and i too got selected in symbiosis. But going in nift bcoz my dream was NIFT and afd helped me to achieve my dream. Thank you teacher's and thank you AFD.

Anita Ann Babu

Symbiosis 2007

I am happy to inform you that I have cleared Symbiosis entrance Test (set-test). Studio test will be on 11th June (this is conflicting with NIFT's date for group discussion). I wish to express my gratitude to the faculty, timely help I got from the study materials. Thanks once again.

Deepika V Ramani

Pearl Academy 2006

I am Deepika V Ramani Roll No:NT 795. I have joined Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi in the Fashion Design Under Graduate Programme. Although I got admission in Symbiosis, I preferred Pearl. Your guidance for my written and situation Exams were very useful. Thank you. Will keep in touch.


Pearl Academy, 2006

I have taken admission in pearl academy of fashion in Chennai centre. Afd helped me a lot to ignite my creativity. Thanks a lot Sir.

Varshapriya. R

Symbiosis Institute of Design , Pune

I am very thankful to all the members and faculty of AFD for the training given to me. I was successful to get into Symbiosis Institute of Design , Pune. I have opted for Product design.

Ankur Srivastava

Pearl Academy 2006

Hello Afd,

I Ankur Kumar Srivastava got selected in Pearl Academy of Fashion in retail. And I am very thankful to you and your coaching material which you provided me.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

Priyadarshani Pawar

NIFT B.F.Tech Design

Hello Julie Madam,

How are you? Hope you are doing fine.

I just got back from Delhi. I had my counselling for NIFT on the 20th of June. And guess what Ma'am, I got Fashion Design at Hyderabad! I got the design course of my choice though as centre I would have preferred Mumbai due to the distance. But I am very happy and also quite excited! Our term starts on the 10th of July. So I shall be leaving for Hyderabad in the first week of July probably. I would like to thank you for all your help and guidance! Your classes and your teaching was a real boon! I dont know if that really sounds right but in short THANK YOU Ma'am!!

Bye for now, Do keep in touch!!

Priyanka Ann Joshi

NIFT B. F. Tech Design 2005

The comprehensive and complete study materials of the NIFT, of which I was an earnest aspirant . I am extremely thankful to the AFD for the excellent tips and guidance extended to me. AFD is surely a boon to the NIFT aspirants.


Nift 2006

This is Gayatri Sivakumar the one who was there in IGP class in Bangalore. Ok, I'll give u another clue- the girl who cut her finger and scared you.

Thanks for your IGP package and god's grace without which it was impossible for me to secure a rank of 218.I am happy to inform u that I made into fashion communication at Mumbai. Well the classes begin on 10th July and I am excited but nervous. Plz excuse me for this late reply.

Keep smiling and keep busy coaching future aspirants. Hope to see u in future as we all know earth is round BYE.


PEARL Academy

Hi Julie Madam,

Hope you are just fine. I was able to get the IGP package only two days before the second round. I wanted to tell you that I have been selected for pearl. I give its credit to you and AFD. All the packs really helped me. In the situational test i.e., in a group of 5 people, was given to design a chair and table. We made a chair in the shape of a colour palette and table in the shape of scissors. It looked totally cool. Then in the interview I was asked about what we made. They asked me about my famous industrialist, I said I dont know much about them but fashion designers. So they asked me about them. I talked about Manish Malhotra, JJ Valaya. and many more questions. It was fun. They saw my portfolio and then asked me whats the meaning of my name when I was leaving. I told them its deep- anti, antim deep i.e. The last deep. They told me that means when the world falls in darkness, you are the one who will give light to everyone. It felt very good. In this interview I acted very naturally and did not pretend anything and it worked. One thing I have learned is we should be as we are, not try to pretend thinking people wont like you. People like you as you are. Too much of philosophy!!!! Anyway hope to talk to you soon.

Take care,