CEED: Common Entrance Examination for Design

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) conducts the Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) for admission to various Masters of Design (M.Des.) programmes at the IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati, Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (IISc Bangalore), Interdisciplinary Industrial Design Programme (IIT Delhi), Industrial Design Centre (IIT Bombay) and also Ph.D. programmes in Design at IIT Bombay and IISc Bangalore. The entrance examination is conducted on behalf of the HRD ministry. 

However, the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) scores of candidates are also accepted by IISc Bangalore and IIT Kanpur for admission to its various Master of Design programmes. The student’s communication skills, design aptitude, drawing skills and visual perception ability are tested in the examination.

Only the CEED/GATE score does not guarantee the student’s admission to design programmes offered at IISc Bangalore or IITs, but they are also required to sit for the individual tests and interviews conducted by the respective institutes for admission.

CEED Participating Institutes

Following is the list of institutes participating in CEED:

IISc Bangalore
Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing
IIT Bombay
IDC School of Design (Industrial Design Centre)
IIT Delhi
Department of Design
IIT Guwahati
Department of Design
IIT Hyderabad
Department of Design
IIT Kanpur
Design Programme
IIT Roorkee
Department of Design
IIT Jodhpur
Department of Design

CEED Result Sharing Institutes

The various master's and Ph.D. programmes that are included under CEED are:
  • World University of Design (WUD), Sonepat, Haryana
  • UPES School of Design, Dehradun
  • Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bengaluru
  • JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur
  • MIT Institute of Design, Avantika University, Ujjain
  • MIT ID Innovation, MIT Institute of Design, Pune
  • Jain (Deemed-to-be-University), Bangalore
  • VIT School of Design (V-SIGN), Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore
  • School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal
  • Delhi Technological University, Delhi
Please note, the number of institutes accepting CEED Score varies on year to year basis. generally new institutions adds up to the list.

CEED Important Dates (Tentative)

  • Online Registration with regular fee: October - November
  • Online Registration with late fee: November (Approximately 1 week beyond regular deadline)
  • Admit card available for download: January
  • Date of Examination: January
  • Declaration of result: March

CEED Educational Qualification

The educational qualification for CEED is that the students must either have completed or expected to complete any one of the following exams by July:
  • 2 year Master's degree in arts, computer applications or science (i.e. after 10+2+3)
  • Government Diploma (G.D.) Art (five-year programme after 10th) with one year of professional experience
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), four-year professional programme after 10+2
  • Professional Diploma in Design (National Institute of Design (NID), Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) or an equivalent 4 year program)
  • Bachelor's degree in interior design, engineering, design, architecture or equivalent (four-year programme after 10+2)
It is to be noted that there is no age limit for candidates to sit for CEED and may appear as many times as they wish.

CEED Exam Pattern

The CEED will be held only in English language and the duration will be 3 hrs. The exam will be divided into 2 parts – Part A and Part B.

Part A contains objective type questions (MCQ, MSQ and NAT) and Part B consists of design and hand drawing type questions to check candidates designing and sketching ability.

Part A will have questions from the following topics:

  • Design aptitude
  • Visual and spatial ability
  • Environmental and social awareness
  • Analytical and logical reasoning
  • Language & creativity
  • Observation and design sensitivity

Part B will include the following topics:

Questions that evaluate the candidates on the basis of their design, drawing and writing skills.

The questions will appear in the computer screen, but the answers have to be given on the physical sheet given by the examiner. The answer sheets will be checked manually after the examination.

There will be 8 questions in Part B. Out of these questions 1-5 will be of 50 marks each and the candidates will have the option to attempt any one of these questions.

The Part A will be held from 10:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m. and Part B will be held from 11:00 a.m to 13:00

It is to be noted that only part B of CEED will be considered for preparing the merit list. Those candidates who have been shortlisted from part A, will be evaluated in part B.

Incase of any technical problem at the test centre, the exam will be conducted again on the same day from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

CEED Exam centres

CEED committee plans to conduct the examination in the following cities:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Dehradun
  • Delhi
  • Ernakulam
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata
  • Kozhikode
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Panaji
  • Patna
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Thrissur
  • Vishakhapatnam

Candidates should compulsorily choose 3 cities in the order of preference at the time of online registration. Once the registration form is submitted, request for a change of city will not be entertained under any circumstances.

CEED Application form

The candidates should only apply online for CEED and upload their signature and photo. The candidates can apply for CEED only through ONLINE mode by using the official website, www.ceed.iitb.ac.in

Registration fee:
  • Rs. 1,800 plus GST for all women candidates
  • Rs. 1,800 plus GST for (SC / ST / PwD) candidates
  • Rs. 3,600 plus GST for all other candidates
Candidates applying after the regular closing date, will have to pay a late fee of Rs. 500 plus GST.

CEED Syllabus

The question paper for CEED 2is divided into two parts. The Part A comprises of the following topics:

Visualization and spatial ability: Pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test the understanding of transformation and/or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships.

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 design terminologies, social and cultural connection with design, history of the designed artefact, and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses. History of art, sculpture and literature.

Analytical and logical reasoning: Ability to analyse given information logically and select the most appropriate solutions. Ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria. 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.

Language and creativity: Ability to understand passages in commonly used English language. Ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and think out of the box.

Design thinking and problem solving: Ability to understand the context, the users and the constraints and select the most appropriate solution for a given design problem.

Observation and design sensitivity: Ability to detect concealed properties in day to day life and think critically about them. Ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.

Part B of CEED will have questions related to these topics:

Drawing: Ability to draw products, people or scenes in proportion with good line quality, composition, proportion, perspective, and shading.

Creativity: Ability to think out of the box and come up with unique as well as diverse solutions.

Communication skills: Ability to communicate concepts and ideas clearly with the help of text and visuals.

Analytical and problem solving skills: Ability to understand the user and the context, knowledge of properties of materials and process and their appropriate use in design, originality of solutions, ability to create characters, plots and stories, etc.

Note: CEED is an aptitude test and hence no specific text book or guide is recommended for its preparation.The candidates may however practice their drawing, rendering and visualization skills.

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CEED Contact Details

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Mumbai 400076
Website: www.ceed.iitb.ac.in

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