Crack The NIFT Situation Test 2019-2020. Performing well in the written exam ramps up your chances of success but in order to make the cut, you need to pay meticulous attention to the NIFT situation test as well. It carries considerable weight in assessing your fitness for admission in NIFT.
Conducted after clearing the written exam, the situation test is held at various NIFT centres in India in the last week of April. Students – three times the number of seats – are asked to appear for the situation test. It is an opportunity that decides whether you are good enough to enter the hallowed portals or not.
Broadly speaking, candidates are assessed for their quality of Material Manipulation, Innovative Ideas, Aesthetic Appeal, Neatness, Conceptualization Skills, and Working Methodology.
The onus lies with Opus to mentor students beyond the entrance exam phase. It realises the critical importance of this second stage of the admission process and therefore equips its students with the right strategic approach to impress the faculty with material handling skills in the situation test.
NIFT Situation Test
Before proceeding with the details, have a clear idea of the situation test. A student is required to create a three-dimensional model with various materials provided – based on a specified topic or theme. The student is also provided with materials like ice cream sticks, mount board, colour papers, straws, thread et al. A three-dimensional model has to be created within the allotted time.
The 3D model is evaluated on space visualization, innovative and creative use of given material, the composition of elements, colour scheme, construction skill, the finesse of the model and presentation skills. These parameters are checked with the write up in about 100 words explaining the concept behind the model constructed.
Sample question – NIFT situation test 2019 2020
Q. 1. Create a 3D Model on any 1 of the following
• Water Conservation
• Wind Energy
• Waste Management
• Nursery School
• Polling Booth
• Post Office
Wire, cardboard, toothpicks, thermocol sheets, ivory sheet, plastic bottle, plastic scrubber, needle and thread, cotton roll, crepe paper, tape roll, silver glitter tube.
OPUS Improves Your Situation Test
These are some areas candidates need to focus on and OPUS guides its students to hone these skills in order to become comfortable with material handling and get rid of the fear of facing some really strange objects and not knowing how to put them to good use.
• Stimulus on creative thinking
• Working comfortably on diverse themes
• 3D modelling with a wide range of material
• 3D model making basic and advance model making techniques
• Tips for preparing a bang-on write-up
OPUS Tips for Top Score in Situation Test
Bear in mind the following suggestions in order to turn the situation in your favour.
• Think about the exercise for 5 minutes.
• Sketch out at least 3 final ideas. Choose the most unusual and unique one – something you have never seen before. Visualize how to make it in 3-D.
• Select the materials and colours appropriate for your theme. It is not necessary to use every single material given to you – unless specified.
• Construct a stable form. Your work may be assessed the next day or after a few hours.
• Neatness of work is important. Cover the cardboard base neatly with paper. No raw edges of your work should be visible. Do not look casual in execution.
• Explain your work in precise words. No ornamental language, no praising your own skills. Make sure your handwriting is legible.
Remember, material handling is the most important task in situation test and also at NIFT once you gain admission. You are given a few materials in a packed cover and you are not allowed to touch it before your time starts. You expect pleasant surprises but sometimes you receive setbacks. Be prepared. Avoid extreme reactions, stay calm and practice a lot so that your mind does not go blank. The materials usually given are listed here.
Papers, ice-cream sticks, straws, matchsticks, plastic cups, notice board pins, plastic balls, wire, thermocol balls, cardboard, clay, etc. These are the basic items you get in the exam. Be flexible with the material – make it work.
Things to remember for Situation test
1. Time management.
2. Material Handling.
3. Usage of the material
4. Concept and explanation. (Do not forget to write down the thought behind your model. If the model is not impressive you get good marks for your refreshing concept)
5. The aesthetics of your final model
Start with time management. Divide your time accordingly. Spend the first 15 minutes on deciding which question you are going to attempt after looking at the materials in the envelope. Once you select the question, do not waste time looking at what other candidates are doing. It builds anxiety and nervousness. Start from the bottom or from the top – whatever you are comfortable with and keep going for around 1 hour 15 minutes. During the last 15 minutes, the pressure builds up. Start writing down your concept on the sheet provided and use a blue or black pen instead of coloured ones. Writing down your concept or explaining your model is most important even if your model remains incomplete or if you are unable to satisfy the jury aesthetically your explanation sheet will help.
Start with what you have in mind. Keep the model simple, not big, durable, and attractive. Practice enough so that you do not freak out looking at the things. Try and use all the materials – maybe not completely but at least a bit of everything. Make sure your model is durable. Even if the jury picks up your model to examine it should not break. Do not add extra things only for the sake of adding it.
If you have absorbed these inputs from OPUS and you think you are closer to realising your dream of joining NIFT, remember the situation test is the real game changer for you. It is a test that filters only the best. And in order to be among the best, be well-trained to beat the rest.