NIFT Situation Test: Tips and Experience

So as the first “padhav” of NIFT entrance is over its time to gear up and think about the second round. As many people are asking about or wondering about the key answers, let me clarify there will be no such thing called key answers released form NIFT. You were not allowed to take the question paper along with you, am I right or am I right? So, with what will you tally your answers? I don’t think you remember all the question at least not in order! Anyways the moral of the story is you will be directly bombarded with the results so start paddling your own canoe and work.

Let me tell you what I did for my situation test and my experience in the exam hall.

Material handling is the most important thing in situation test and also at nift once you get in. You will be given a few materials in a packed cover and you won’t be allowed to even touch it before your time starts so basically you will get surprises and just hope that it won’t turn out to be a Pandora’s box. So to avoid such consequences of going completely blank you need to practice now. The materials that are usually given will be among this list down here,

Papers ( Coloured, newspapers, white papers etc) – not more than 5 mostly.
Ice-cream sticks
Match sticks
Plastic cup/cups
Notice board pins
Plastic balls
Thermocol balls
Card boards (one thick and one/two thin)
Clay etc etc..

These are the basics things which one might get in the exam. Be flexible with the material, whatever is given you need to make it work!

Things to remember for situation test.

  1. Time management.
  2. Material handling.
  3. Usage of the material.
  4. Concept and explanation. (Don’t forget to write down what’s the thought behind your model, if the model isn’t that impressive you might end up getting marks for your refreshing concept)
  5. The aesthetics of your final model.

So starting with time management, you will have 2 hours for this exam. Divide your time accordingly, first 15 min spend on deciding which question you are going to attempt after looking at the materials in that envelope. Once you are sure on which question you will attempt don’t waste your time looking what other people are doing, it just like switching on your panic button, total waste of time trust me. Start from the bottom or from the top whatever you are comfortable with and keep going for around 1 hour 15 min or max 1 hour 20 minutes. Now when last 20 minutes are left and the clock is ticking faster than ever, start writing down your concept on the sheet that will be provided to you and please use blue or black pen and not the colored one’s. Writing down your concept or explaining your model is most important even if your model isn’t complete or if you are not able to satisfy the jury aesthetically your explanation sheet will always help.

My experience during the test!

I was almost an hour early because I wanted study at NIFT Bangalore so badly. I was looking at all the students around beautifully dressed in body-con dresses, stilettos etc. (You don’t get extra points for that! Just saying)

And there I was wearing a Hoodie, a pair of ripped denim and sneakers because all I wanted was to be comfortable. I entered the exam hall at around 9:45 and we were allowed to go through the question paper and the box only at 10. I was scared but confident too I panicked but I was excited too. You can say these two hours were the fastest two hours of my life so far. I started with what I had in mind and I wanted my model to be simple, not very big, durable and of-course mind blowing. Thank God that I somehow managed to do the whole model and write down why I did what I did. After I was done I looked at the models around, few were good, few were amazing and few where worth staring at. I was scared to death I swear. All I could tell my mom was people out there are super talented and have done an amazing work but I was confident with my model too it wasn’t the best but it got me in NIFT after-all, so I must have done a pretty decent job.

Here are few examples of my practice models.

  1. Window display.


2. A ramp.


3. A memento to a teacher who is going to retire.

5. An indoor movie hall.

4. A wallet.

6.Footwear – Kolhapuri

Footwear with footstep counts and SOS!

So the conclusion is practice enough so that you don’t freak out looking at the things that day, try and use all the materials that they have provided maybe not completely but at least a little bit of everything, make sure your model is durable even if the jury picks-up your model to examine it should not break and fall into pieces, don’t add extra/unnecessary things just for the sake of adding it.

All the very best and will be waiting to see you enter the “NIFT PARIVAAR”.
See you again..

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