UCEED: IIT Bombay B.Des Admission Test

'The Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) is conducted for admission in Bachelor of Degree programme (BDes) in Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati(IITG) and Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing (IITDM), Jabalpur. The B.Des is a four year program offered to Class 12th pass students. More details given below.

UCEED Important Dates (Tentative)

  • Start date for Online Registration: September
  • Last date for Online Registration with regular fee: October
  • Last date for Online Registration with late fee: October
  • Start date for Admit Card downloading: January
  • UCEED Examination: January
  • Release of Draft Answer Key for Part-A: January
  • Last date for sending Comments about Draft Answer Key: January
  • Release of Final Answer Key for Part-A, Average and Std Deviation: January
  • Declaration of result: March
  • Start date for Score Card downloading: March

UCEED Participating Institutes

UCEED Result Sharing Institutes

  • Manipal University, Jaipur
  • Nirma University, Ahmedabad
  • JK Lakshmipati University, Jaipur
  • Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru
  • Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab
  • ICAT Design and Media College, Chennai
  • World University of Design, Sonepat, Haryana
  • CEPT University, Ahmedabad
  • Central Institute of Technology, Kokrajhar
  • Jain The D-School, Bangalore
  • ARCH College of Design and Business, Jaipur
  • Delhi Technological University, Delhi
  • Vishwakarma University, Pune
  • Anant National University, Ahnedabad
  • UP Institute of Design, Noida
  • Auro University, Surat
  • MIT World Peace University, Pune
  • VIT School of Design, Vellore
  • SRM Chennai
  • Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai
 For details about above listed Universities and Associated Institutes go to University Hub

Other UCEED Result Sharing Institute

Following institutes offered admission in different Undergraduate Design programs on the basis of UCEED  rank. However these institutes will not be part of Joint Admission Process administered by IIT Bombay. For exact details like eligibility criteria, admission timeline etc of UCEED Result Sharing Institutes check with the website or admission office of particular institute.
  • Anant National University, Ahmedabad
  • Aram Centre for Art, Design and Environmental Studies, Coimbatore
  • ARCH College of Design and Business, Jaipur
  • Chitkara University, Punjab
  • Central Institute of Technology, Kokrajhar
  • Delhi Technological University, Delhi (formerly Delhi College of Engineering)
  • Khyati School of Design, Ahmedabad
  • Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab
  • MIT World Peace University, Pune
  • Nirma University, Ahmedabad
  • Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru
  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
  • U.P. Institute of Design, Noida
  • Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur
  • VIT University, Vellore
  • World University of Design, Delhi NCR
For details about above listed Universities and Associated Institutes go to University Hub

UCEED Eligibility Criteria

The following eligibility criteria is applicable for all candidates, including a foreign national appearing for UCEED
  • Students from any academic stream (e.g. science, arts & humanities, commerce etc.) in their XII standard (or equivalent), are eligible to apply for UCEED..

Qualifying Examination considered for UCEED

  1. The Central or any State Board, class XII examination of the 10 plus 2 pattern, recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.
  2. Two-year Pre-University or Intermediate examination conducted by any recognized Board or University.
  3. Two-year Final examination course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.
  4. The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) Senior Secondary School Examination with a minimum of five subjects.
  5. Any University, Board or Public School examination in India or in a foreign country which is equivalent to that of the 10 plus 2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  6. H.S.C. vocational examination.
  7. 3 years duration Diploma programme recognized by the AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.
  8. Advanced (A) level General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (Sri Lanka, Cambridge  or London)
  9. International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva or High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University.
  10. Candidates who successfully completed their Class XII or other equivalent examination outside India or from a Board not mentioned above should submit a certificate from the Association of Indian Universities to the effect that the examination that they have passed is equivalent to that of the Class XII examination.
  11. In case the Class XII examination that the candidates have passed is not a public examination, they must pass at least one public (Pre-University or Board) examination earlier.

UCEED Registration Process

Candidates are required to satisfy all the eligibility criteria to register for UCEED. If later it is found that the candidate does not meet any of the eligibility criteria, their registration will be cancelled.
  1. Candidates can only apply online for UCEED by logging into the official website http://www.uceed.iitb.ac.in/
  2. Candidates should fill up the application form with all appropriate information regarding qualifying exam and category.
  3. Candidates should also upload all the required documents in the prescribed formats along with the application form. Incomplete in any way will be rejected and the application will be considered invalid.
  4. If in case it is found that the application is incomplete or any information provided by the candidate is incorrect, then the admitting institute possesses all the rights to cancel the admission of a candidate at any stage in accordance with the rules and regulations.

UCCED Exam Pattern

Duration: 3 hours
Medium: English
Total Marks: 300
Type of Exam: Computer based test
No. of sections: 3
  • Section A: Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions
    The answer for these questions is a number that needs to be entered in the computer screen by using a virtual keyboard. There will be no choices shown for these questions. 4 marks will be awarded for each correct answer. There will be no negative marking for this section. No marks will be added or deducted for questions not attempted.

  • Section B: Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)
    The MSQs will have one or more correct answer(s) out of the four given choices. The candidate only scores 4 marks if all the correct options and no wrong options are selected. There will be no partial or negative marking for this section. No marks will be added or deducted for questions not attempted.

  • Section C: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
    The MCQ will comprise of four choices out of which only one is correct. 3 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and -1 mark will be deducted from every incorrect response. No marks will be added or deducted for questions not attempted.

Things to remember on the Exam Day UCEED

  1. Candidates are required to carry a print out of the downloaded admit card. Candidates with valid admit cards will only be allowed to write the examination.

  2. The invigilators as well as IIT representatives will verify the identity of the candidate. If there is a doubt in the identity of the candidate, he/she may not be allowed to sit for the examination. However, after completing certain formalities, the authorities at their discretion may permit the candidate to appear for the examination. Such candidates will not be allowed any compensatory time to complete the examination in lieu of the time taken for completing the formalities.

  3. Impersonation in the examination is a serious offence and may lead to criminal proceeding against the candidate.

  4. No electronic devices such as tablets, calculators, smart/digital watches, smart phones, mobile phones, etc. are allowed to carry by the candidates in the examination hall. Candidates are also not allowed to carry geometry box, study material of any type, log books, slide rule, abacus, etc. to the examination hall.

  5. Candidates will not be allowed to leave the examination hall until the entire duration of the paper is completed.

UCEED Syllabus

The examination will comprise of questions from the following six topics:
  1. Visualization and spatial ability
    Pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test the knowledge of practical and everyday mechanical and scientific concepts, understanding of transformation and/or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships.

  2. Observation and design sensitivity
    Ability to detect concealed properties in ordinary things, people, situations, and events, and thinking critically about them. Applying attention to certain details, analysing, reasoning, classifying, inferring and predicting. Ability to discern the subtle differences between aesthetic outcomes and visual properties.

  3. Environmental and social awareness
    General awareness of environmental factors such as climate, population, water, vegetation, pollution, weather, natural resources etc., and their implications on the design of products, images, infrastructure and environment. Awareness of cultural and social connection with the history of the designed artefact,
    design and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses. History of art, sculpture and literature.

  4. Analytical and logical reasoning
    Ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information. Ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria. Ability to check for hidden assumptions or hidden bias and whether argument and evidence support the conclusions. Ability to use logic and structured thinking to deduce from a short passage, which of a number of statements is the most accurate response to a posed question. Data Interpretation, brainteasers, and patterns.

  5. Language and creativity
    Ability to understand and use Standard English. Reading comprehension, knowledge about English grammar such as sentence structure and usage, the use of tenses, verb patterns, articles, and active and passive constructions, etc. & vocabulary skills. Ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and think out of the box.

  6. Design thinking and problem solving
    Ability to use visual analogies, metaphors, signs and symbols. Select solutions, evaluate options, generate alternatives, identify problem, and ability to understand complexity.

UCEED Exam Centers

UCEED will be conducted at 20 cities in India. Candidates are required to opt for 3 cities in the order of preference, at the time of online application. The request for change of city will be not be permitted after the successful submission of the application form. A listed city may have even more than one center, however, a request for change of center even within the same town/city will not be permitted under any circumstances.

The list of UCEED exam centers are:

  1. Ahmedabad
  2. Bengaluru
  3. Bhopal
  4. Bhubaneswar
  5. Chandigarh
  6. Chennai
  7. Dehradun
  8. Delhi
  9. Ernakulum
  10. Panji
  11. Guwahati
  12. Hyderabad
  13. Jaipur
  14. Lucknow
  15. Kolkata
  16. Kozhikode
  17. Mumbai
  18. Nagpur
  19. Patna
  20. Pune
  21. Raipur
  22. Thiruvananthapuram
  23. Thrissur
  24. Vishakhapatnam
If there are not enough candidates in a listed city, then that city may be dropped from the final list of examination centers, and hence those candidates will further be allotted a centre as per their second choice or third choice.

P.S.: The UCEED Committee possess all rights to add a new town/ city or even remove an existing one and allot a city/town that may not be among any of the choices made by the candidate.

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1. Which is the required academic stream in XII standard (or equivalent) to be eligible for the UCEED examination?

Students from any stream (e.g. science, arts & humanities, commerce etc.) are eligible to apply for UCEED.

2. Recommend few books to prepare for UCEED.

UCEED is a design aptitude test. The Aptitude tests assume that an individual have their inherent strengths and weaknesses, and therefore they are naturally inclined toward success or failure in certain areas based on their inherent characteristics. Except for the syllabi section 'Environmental and social awareness' which will test the applicant’s general awareness in the topics outlined under it, the other five sections will test their aptitude. Consequently there are no fixed text or reference books that we can recommended for preparation.

3. It is only by few days/weeks/months/years that I am short of the age eligibility criteria. Can there be an exemption for me?


4. How is it possible that students from all academic streams are eligible to apply for UCEED?

Design is an interdisciplinary activity and therefore holistic design considers the culture, society, policy, media, economics, technology, arts and sciences. Successful designers have backgrounds in the arts, sciences and the humanities. However please note that only candidates from the Science Stream with Physics, Chemistry and Maths as compulsory subjects are eligible to apply to B.Des at all the three institutes while other stream candidates (Physics or Chemistry, Commerce or Science without Maths, and Arts & Humanities) can only apply to IIT Bombay and IIITDM Jabalpur.

5. All design aptitude exams that I am aware of, only test the drawing skills. How can the drawing skills be tested in an objective type examination like UCEED?

While drawing skills can demonstrate a person's visualization skills, there are equally effective or better ways to test such skills through objective measures. Besides, it has been recognised that many students may not have had the drawing skills training in their 10 plus 2 schooling, and therefore UCEED will not put them at a disadvantage.

6. I made a mistake while filling up the application form. What should I do?

Immediately send an email to uceed@iitb.ac.in with required application details such as mobile phone number, candidate name and registration number. The nature oof mistake should be clearly described in the mail. If possible, the mistake will be rectified or advise you on what to do next.

UCEED Contact Details

UCEED enquiries may be addressed to:
IIT Bombay
Powai, Mumbai 400076
Website: www.uceed.iitb.ac.in

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