CEED 2021

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CEED 2021

The objective of the Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) is to assess the candidate’s aptitude for design involving visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity, communication, and problem solving skills. CEED is conducted by IIT Bombay. It is a qualifying examination for admission to Master of Design (MDes) programmes at IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur and IIITDM Jabalpur, and to Ph.D programmes in Design at IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, and IIT Kanpur. Qualifying in CEED alone does not guarantee admission to any of these programmes. Admitting institutes may conduct further tests and / or interviews for the final selection / admission.

A CEED score does NOT Guarantee admission.

Admitting Institutes will also verify the eligibility, the category certificates and other documents along with the CEED score. The CEED 2021 score is valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of the result.

CEED 2021 will be conducted on Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The examination will consist of two parts, Part-A and Part-B. Candidates must attempt questions from both the parts. Part-A will be conducted from 9:00 am to 10:00 am followed by Part-B from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Part-A contains objective questions of three types, i.e., Numerical Answer Type, Multiple Choice Question, and Multiple Select Questions. Answers to Part-A have to be given on the computer. These will be design aptitude type questions that evaluate visual and spatial ability, environmental and social awareness, analytical and logical reasoning, language, observation and design sensitivity of the candidates. In Part-B, there will be 5 questions of total 100 marks. There will not be any optional question. Part-B consists of questions that are aimed at testing design, drawing and writing skills. The questions in Part-B will be displayed on the computer screen and the answers are to be written in the answer book provided by the invigilator (NOT into the Computer). However, you need to tick appropriate box on the computer screen to indicate that you have answered the same. Part-B answer books will be collected at the end of the examination.

Shortlisting: Marks obtained in Part-A will be used to shortlist candidates. The cut-offs (δ) for Part-A marks to shortlist candidates in the Open category will be µ + (σ 2) = δ, where µ and σ are the average marks and standard deviation of distribution of marks obtained by ALL the candidates in Part-A of CEED 2021. The µ and σ will be rounded off after the first decimal place. Candidates belonging to the reserved categories shall have to fulfil a relaxed cut-off mark, which will be 0.9δ for OBC-NCL, 0.5δ for SC/ST and 0.5δ for PwD.

Part-B answer books will be evaluated manually for ONLY the candidates who are shortlisted from Part-A. Part-B of CEED is a subjective question and there is no model solution for it. It will be evaluated holistically on a set of criteria given in the question. There is NO provision for RE-EVALUATION in CEED. Request for re-evaluation will NOT be entertained under any circumstances.

The final CEED score will be calculated by giving 25% weightage to marks obtained in Part-A and 75% weightage to scores obtained in Part-B after the above calculation.

For more information about the result declaration, refer to section 1.11 in this brochure.


Activity Date
Online registration with regular fee September 9 to October 10, 2020
Online registration with late fee October 11 to 17, 2020
Admit card available for downloading from January 1, 2021 onwards
Last date for rectification of discrepancies in the admit card January 7, 2021 (5:00 PM)
Date of CEED 2019 examination January 17, 2021 (Sunday) 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Release of draft answer key for Part A January 21, 2021
Last date for sending comments about draft answer key for Part A January 24, 2021 (5:00 PM)
Release of final answer key for Part A January 31, 2021
Declaration of result March 8, 2021
Score cards available for downloading March 8, 2021

Note : Please refer the official CEED 2021 website (www.ceed.iitb.ac.in) for the updates in dates, if any.

Examination Cities

CEED 2020 examination will be conducted 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 and Visakhapatnam.

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.

If a sufficient number of candidates is not available in a city, then it may be dropped from the final list and candidates will be allotted to a city of their second or third choice. The UCEED-CEED office reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one and allot a city that may not be among any of the choices of a candidate.

Any request for change of a centre will NOT be entertained.


CEED qualified students are eligible to apply for the MDes and Ph.D programmes in various institutes with the specializations as mentioned in the table below. Details of these programmes may be obtained from the web sites of the respective institutes:

Institute and programme(s) Contact information
Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, IISc Bangalore:
MDes in Product Design and Engineering Ph.D in Design
Institute website: http://www.iisc.ernet.in
Department website: http://cpdm.iisc.ac.in/cpdm/
Email: chairman@cpdm.iisc.ernet.in,
Phone: +91-80-2293 2359
Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay:
MDes in Industrial Design, Communication Design, Animation, Interaction Design, Mobility and Vehicle Design
PhD in Design
Institute website: http://www.iitb.ac.in
Department website: http://www.idc.iitb.ac.in
Email: head.idc@iitb.ac.in, office.idc@iitb.ac.in
Phone: +91-22-2576 7801, 2576 7802
Department of Design, IIT Delhi:
MDes in Industrial Design
Institute website: http://www.iitd.ac.in
Department website: http://design.iitd.ac.in
Email: hoddod@admin.iitd.ac.in
Phone: +91-11-2659 1431, 2659 6729
Department of Design, IIT Guwahati:
MDes in Design
PhD in Design
Institute website: http://www.iitg.ac.in
Department website: http://www.iitg.ac.in/design
Email: dodoff@iitg.ernet.in
Phone: +91-361-258 2500, 258 2451
Department of Design, IIT Hyderabad:
MDes in Visual Design
PhD in Design
Institute website: http://www.iith.ac.in
Department website: http://www.design.iith.ac.in
Email: head@des.iith.ac.in
Phone: +91-40-2301 7120
Design Programme, IIT Kanpur:
MDes in Design*
PhD in Design
Institute website: http://www.iitk.ac.in
Programme website: http://www.iitk.ac.in/design
Email: head_des@iitk.ac.in
Phone: +91-512-259 7509, 259 6617
Design Discipline, IIITDM Jabalpur:
MDes in Design*
PhD in Design
Institute website: http://www.iiitdmj.ac.in/
Discipline website: http://design.iiitdmj.ac.in/
Email: design@iiitdmj.ac.in
Phone: +91-761-2632 664 Ext: 150, 113

Note that qualifying in CEED does not guarantee admission to any programme. After qualifying, candidates must apply to the respective institutes for admission and fulfil other requirements such as tests and / or interviews of the respective institutes to become eligible for admission. The announcement for admission to the postgraduate programmes in design will be notified separately by these institutes. Candidates are advised to visit the websites of respective institutes for information and application procedure for the programmes.


Candidates must have completed a degree / diploma / post graduate degree programme of minimum 3 years (after 10+2 level), or must be appearing for the final examination of such a program by July 2021, or must have passed the GD Arts diploma programme (10+5 level) by July 2021.

Note that the eligibility criteria for admission to various institutes may differ from the eligibility criteria for appearing for CEED. Before applying for CEED, candidates are advised to check whether they meet the required eligibility criteria for admission to various institutes.

There is no age limit to appear for CEED. A candidate can appear for CEED any number of times.


CEED registration form must be submitted ONLINE ONLY through the official website,

Registration fee:

  • ₹ 1,600 for all women candidates
  • ₹ 1,600 for ( SC / ST / PwD) candidates
  • ₹ 3,200 for all other candidates

Note that this registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The registration fee has to be paid through the payment option provided on the website while submitting the registration form. Detailed instructions related to the payment of registration fee are given on the online registration portal. Credit card, debit card and net-banking options are available. The registration fee shown above DOES NOT INCLUDE service and other charges and the processing fees that the banks may levy.

The normal registration fee shown above is applicable till the regular closing date of registration. A late fee of ₹ 500 is applicable to ALL candidates for registrations submitted after the regular closing date. Please refer the dates at 1.2 section of this brochure

Admit cards

Admit cards will be available for downloading from the official CEED website (www.ceed.iitb.ac.in) from January 1, 2021 till the date of the examination. Please take a clear printout of the admit card before coming to the examination centre.

In case of any discrepancies in Admit card, please write to ceed@iitb.ac.in latest by January 7, 2021, 5:00 pm.


CEED 2020 will be in two parts. Part A will have questions related to these 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.
  • 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 2021 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.
  • Problem identification skills: Ability to understand the user and the context, knowledge of properties of materials and their appropriate use in design, etc.

CEED 2021 is an aptitude test and hence no specific text book or guide is recommended for its preparation. The candidates may however practise their drawing, rendering and visualization skills. Question papers of some of the previous years are available on the official CEED website


Part A

Section Number of Questions Question Number Marks if Correct Marks if Wrong Marks if not Attempted Total Marks
NAT 8 1 — 8 3 0 0 24
MSQ 10 9 — 18 3 − 0.2 0 30
MCQ 23 19 — 41 2 − 0.5 0 46
Total 41 1 — 41 100

Part B

Section Number of Questions Question Number Total Marks
Sketching 1 1 20
Creativity 1 2 20
Form Sensitivity 1 3 20
Visual Sensitivity 1 4 20
Problem Identification 1 5 20
Total 5 1 — 5 100

At the Examination Centre on January 18, 2020

Exam time: 9.00 am – 12.00 pm.

Reporting time: Candidates should report at the examination centre at 7:00 am on Sunday, January 17, 2021 along with a printout of the admit card. This is required to record the biometric information (thumb impression and photograph) before appearing for the examination.

Identity proof: The candidate should bring a valid photo identity proof (original) along with the admit card to the examination centre. Candidates will not be admitted to the examination centre without a proper identity proof (college issued identity card, passport, driving license, PAN card, Voter ID, Aadhar card or printed e-Aadhar card).

Stationery: Candidates must bring their own drawing material like pencils, sketch pens, poster colours, etc. for the examination. Candidates should NOT bring drawing sheets to the examination hall.

Electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, calculators, smart or digital watches etc. are NOT allowed in the examination hall. Use of any electronic gadget will disqualify the candidature.

The seating arrangement will be displayed on the notice board of the examination centre.


The draft key for Part-A will be released on January 21, 2021. Candidates will be able to access and download their responses through the link provided on the official CEED 2021 website. Candidates can report the discrepancies in the draft answer key to CEED office latest by 5:00 PM on January 24, 2021.

The responses of the candidates for Part-A of CEED 2021 will be available for download ONLY until the declaration of the CEED result. Downloading of Part-A responses will be DISABLED once the CEED results are declared. No further requests shall be entertained in this regard.

Result Declaration Date: March 8, 2021

On March 8, 2021 CEED score cards will be available for downloading to all the candidates who appeared for CEED 2021 on the official CEED website (www.ceed.iitb.ac.in) through their respective login. Hard copy of the CEED score cards will NOT be sent to any candidate

Part-A marks will be displayed for ALL the candidates who have successfully appeared in the exam and Part-B marks will be displayed for ONLY shortlisted candidates.

All shortlisted candidates will get a rank.

Part-B involves subjective evaluation and there is NO model solution. It is evaluated holistically based on a set of criteria mentioned in the question paper. The evaluated Answer Booklet for Part-B will not be shared with the candidate.

Please note that there is NO provision for re-evaluation of Part-A or Part-B. Requests for reevaluation will NOT be entertained.

The CEED 2021 score card is valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of the result. The CEED 2021 score card cannot be treated as a proof of date of birth, category or disability status.

Answer booklets will be preserved ONLY for a period of 3 months from the date of declaration of CEED results.

Note: The authority to declare the result is vested solely with CEED office, IIT Bombay. If any claim or dispute regarding CEED 2021 arises, the Courts and Tribunals in Mumbai alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle such dispute or claim.

Note: Information provided in the registration form by the CEED candidates will be shared with the participating, result sharing institutes and may also be used for the analysis.

CEED Contact

  • For CEED & B. Des Seat Allocation related inquiries only:
  • Address:Chairman, UCEED-CEED 2021, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400076
  • Phone : +91 22 2576 4063/9093/9094
  • Email: ceed@iitb.ac.in
  • Website: www.ceed.iitb.ac.in