So, you’ve decided that fashion is your forte and you want to make a career out of your knack for colours, fabric, and style. The National Institute of Fashion is the best place to hone your skills and make a career in this competitive industry. However, securing a seat there is no child’s play, and you have to write a national exam to crack the entrance. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the same:
1. Practice sketching – the exam is focused on exploring the imaginative and creative skills of the candidate. The more you sketch, the more you will learn. Challenge yourself as you learn about new techniques. Consult online resources and master this skill.
2. Solve previous years’ papers – you can familiarise yourself with the pattern of the exam and that kind of questions that are asked by solving previous years’ papers. You can also practise with a stopwatch and see how long it takes you to get through the paper. This will help you manage your time in the exam hall effectively.
3. Increase reading and sketching speed – the quicker you can read and sketch, the more time you will have to focus on other parts of the paper. Creativity is useless if you are not able to render it on paper within the specified time limit.
4. Increase your general knowledge – as you are well aware, the paper consists of a section on general knowledge. The examination will test you on your knowledge of current affairs, including news related to fashion. Read newspaper daily, remain up to date on world and fashion news, and make use of news apps to keep yourself informed.
5. Gather good study material – find books and guides that explain concepts easily and thoroughly. Also keep in mind that you only consult authentic study material. A lot of books tend to have irrelevant topics that make the students lose faith in themselves because of their increased difficulty. Research thoroughly about the topics and consult books that come recommended by your teachers.
6. Improve English comprehension and communication – the General Aptitude Test accounts for 100 percent weightage in the exam and an important aspect of it is to test the candidates’ understanding of the language. Make sure you read books and newspapers so that you can answer questions related to synonyms and antonyms, corresponding meanings, idioms, phrases, and identify correct spellings. It is also important to practice comprehension of the language by practising reading passages and answering questions about them.
7. Case Study – this portion of the exam will test your ability to respond to a certain situation. You will have to devise an appropriate response to a given context and you will be judged on your ability to understand the problem effectively and create a tailor-made solution. You can practise this part of the exam using previous years’ papers in order to hone your decision-making skills and make snap judgements.
8. Mathematics – skills are developed, but maths needs to be practised. In order to improve your rank, practise your high school maths syllabus as much as you can. Don’t just stick to rote-learning formulae, you should also practice using them in numerical questions.
In the end, it all comes down to your dedication and hard work. The exam tests your ability to cope with unknown situations as much as it does your knowledge and artistic imagination. Don’t lose hope even if you are not a natural artist, you can learn almost anything if you devote time and patience.