- Address: Chairman, UCEED-CEED 2021, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400076.
- Phone : +91 22 2576 4063/9093/9094
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.ceed.iitb.ac.in
Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED)
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 IIT Roorkee and PhD programmes at several IITs and design schools. 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, category certificates and other documents along with the CEED score. The CEED 2023 score is valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of the result.
CEED Examination Details
CEED 2023 examination will consist of two parts, Part-A and Part-B. Candidates must attempt questions from both the parts.
Part-A contains objective questions of three types: Numerical Answer Type (NAT), Multiple Choice Question (MCQ), and Multiple Select Question (MSQ). 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.
Part-B consists of five 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.
The final CEED score will be calculated by giving 25% weightage to marks obtained in Part-A and 75% weightage to marks obtained in Part-B, after the above calculation.
Candidates must have completed a degree/diploma/post graduate degree programme of minimum THREE years (after 10+2 level), or must be appearing for the final examination of such a program by July 2023, or must have passed the GD Arts diploma programme (10+5 level) by July 2023.
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. Also, a candidate can appear for CEED any number of times.
CEED Programme Details
CEED qualified students are eligible to apply for the MDes and PhD programmes in various institutes. The CEED 2023 score is valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of the result.
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 the respective institutes for information and application procedure for their programmes.
The UCEED-CEED Office, IIT Bombay does not provide information about the criteria for postgraduate admission and award of scholarship/assistance at different institutes. This information may be obtained from the websites of the respective institutes. For any specific queries on admission and programmes, the candidate should contact the head/convener/coordinator of design programme at the concerned institute. Any queries in this matter to the UCEED-CEED Office, IIT Bombay will NOT be entertained. This office will be sharing the candidate information with the result sharing institutes.
CEED Question Paper and Evaluation
CEED 2023 will be conducted on Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon. This 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 noon.
Part-A contains objective questions of three types: Numerical Answer Type (NAT), Multiple Choice Question (MCQ), and Multiple Select Question (MSQ). 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. Part-B consists of five 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 the 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.
Question Paper Structure
|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|
|Section||Number of Questions||Question Number||Total Marks|
|Total||5||1 — 5||100|
Marks obtained in Part-A will be used to shortlist candidates. The cut-off marks (δ) for Part-A for shortlisting candidates in the GEN category will be μ + (σ⁄2) = δ, where μ is the average mark, and σ is the standard deviation of distribution of marks obtained by ALL the candidates in Part-A of CEED 2023. The μ and σ will be rounded-off to two decimal places. Candidates belonging to the reserved categories shall have to fulfil a relaxed cut-off mark, which will be 0.9δ for OBC-NCL/EWS and 0.5δ for SC/ST/PwD.
Part-B answer books will be evaluated manually ONLY for those candidates who are shortlisted from Part-A. Part-B of CEED contains subjective questions and there are no model solutions for the same. It will be evaluated holistically on a set of criteria given in the question. There is NO provision for RE-EVALUATION or RE-TOTALLING in CEED. Request for re-evaluation or re-totalling 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 marks obtained in Part-B, after the above calculation.
CEED Important Dates
|Online registration with regular fee||September 30 to October 21, 2022|
|Online registration with late fee||October 22 to 29, 2022|
|Admit card available for downloading from||January 13, 2023 onwards|
|Last date for rectification of discrepancies in the admit card||January 17, 2023 (5:00 PM)||Date of CEED 2023 examination||January 22, 2023 (Sunday) 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM|
|Release of draft answer key for Part A and release of candidate’s response for Part-A||January 26, 2023 ( till 5:00 PM )|
|Last date for uploading comments (if any) on the draft answer key for Part-A in the candidate’s portal||January 26, 2023 (5:00 PM)|
|Release of final answer key for Part A||January 30, 2021|
|Announcement of cut-off marks for Part-A||February 09, 2023|
|Declaration of result||March 7, 2023|
|Score cards available for downloading||March 11, 2023|
|Last date for downloading Score Cards||June 13, 2023|
Note : Please refer the official CEED 2023 website (www.ceed.iitb.ac.in) for the updates in dates, if any.
CEED 2023 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 THREE 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 sufficient number of candidates are not available in a city, then that city may be dropped from the final list and candidates will be allotted to a city of their second or third choice. The UCEED-CEED Implementation Committee (UCIC) 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 PhD programmes in various institutes with the specializations as mentioned in the table below. Details of these programmes may be obtained from the websites of these 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/
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: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
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/
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 the respective institutes for information and application procedure for their programmes. The UCEED-CEED Office, IIT Bombay does not provide information about the criteria for postgraduate admission and award of scholarship/assistance at different institutes. This information may be obtained from the websites of the respective institutes. For any specific queries on admission and programmes, the candidate should contact the head/convener/coordinator of design programme at the concerned institute. Any queries in this matter to the UCEED-CEED Office, IIT Bombay will NOT be entertained. This office will be sharing the candidate information with the result sharing institutes. The updated list of result sharing institutes will be available on the official CEED 2023 website.
CEED registration form must be submitted ONLINE ONLY through the official website, http://www.ceed.iitb.ac.in
₹ 1800 for all women candidates
₹ 1800 for (SC/ST/PwD) candidates ₹ 3600 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 to the dates in section 1.2 of this brochure.
Instructions for Filling the Online Registration Form
In order to complete the registration procedure, you need to upload the following items:
- File containing your recent colour photograph (.jpg file) as per the dimensions mentioned on the registration portal.
- Scanned copy of your signature (.jpg file).
- Scanned copy of your degree/diploma certificate (.pdf file), if the course is completed. If you do not have the final degree certificate, please upload the copy of the final year mark list or the provisional certificate. If the course is not completed, upload a certificate from the Principal of your college/Head of the department as per the format given in Appendix 1 (.pdf file).
- Candidates applying under the EWS/SC/ST/OBC-NCL category have to produce valid category certificates (.pdf file) issued by appropriate authorities. EWS/OBC-NCL certificates issued only from April 1, 2022 onwards are accepted for the examination. The candidates must produce a valid category certificate at the time of applying for the admission in the respective institute. Format of the OBC-NCL certificate is given. Format of the SC/ST certificates is given in Appendix 3. Format of the EWS certificate is given.
- Candidates applying under the physical disability (PwD) category should produce a valid medical certificate (.pdf file) issued by the appropriate authority (see Appendices 5 to 8). The certificate must clearly state that the disability is at least 40%, in order to avail the reservation. Dyslexic candidates are required to additionally obtain a certificate from the Principal/Head of their College/Institution as per Appendix 9 (.pdf file). For Dyslexic candidates, the certificate must clearly state that the nature of disability is SEVERE and PERMANENT.
- PwD candidates requiring the services of a scribe and/or compensatory time during the exam need to upload a request letter as per Appendix 10 (.pdf file).
- Candidate whose name is not same as the name on the degree/diploma certificate should produce a gazette notification, a marriage certificate or scanned pages of the passport reflecting the change of name (.pdf file).
Please note that the documents 1 to 7 mentioned above are to be uploaded as electronic files during the online registration. Paper copies of these documents or any other documents will NOT be entertained and hence, should NOT be sent to the UCEED-CEED office. The Admit Card and the Score Card of CEED will include the photograph and signature submitted by the candidate. Submission of poor quality photograph and/or signature may lead to rejection of your CEED registration.
CEED Merit List (Rank) will be prepared as per the category provided by the candidate in the CEED registration form. Hence, it is the responsibility of the candidate to furnish the correct category certificate in the online registration form.
It will entirely be the responsibility of the candidate to provide the correct information regarding the qualifying exam and category, and upload the correct documents in the required formats in the registration form. Registration forms incomplete in any respect will be summarily rejected and the registration will be considered invalid. The admitting institutes have the right to cancel, at any stage, the admission of a candidate in accordance with the rules and regulations in force, if it is found that any information provided by the candidate is incorrect or the registration is incomplete.
Services of a Scribe and Compensatory Time
The services of a scribe (amanuensis) are available to candidates who have disability and require assistance in operating the computer for the exam for Part-A of the examination. However, the candidate will be required to attempt Part-B without assistance, due to the nature of the questions. The procedure to avail this benefit is described below:
- The candidate should select this option in the online registration form AND upload a copy of the PwD certificate (Appendices 5 to 9), at the time of online registration for CEED 2023.
- If a PwD candidate wants to avail compensatory time (20 minutes per hour) and/or requests the assistance of a scribe, the same request should be mentioned while filling the registration form. PwD certificate is to be uploaded along with such requests, which are to be made in the given format.
- The CEED office will assess the request along with the supporting documents and contact the candidate via email with further instructions, if necessary.
- Necessary arrangements will be made through the test centre administrator (TCA) of the examination centre to provide a panel of scribes (amanuenses) for the eligible candidates. The PwD/Dyslexic (severe) candidate has to choose a scribe from this panel. The candidates will NOT be allowed to bring their own scribes.
- If it is found that a candidate has used the services of a scribe and/or compensatory time, but DOES NOT possess the extent of disability that warrants the use of a scribe and/or compensatory time, he/she will be excluded from the process of evaluation, ranking and admission. If the candidate has already been admitted, his/her admission will be cancelled.
CEED Admit Card
Admit Card will be available for downloading from the official CEED website (www.ceed.iitb.ac.in) from January 13, 2023 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 the Admit Card, please write to email@example.com latest by January 17, 2023, 5:00 pm.
CEED 2023 will be in two parts (A & B). Part-A will have questions related to 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) 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.
Note: The suggested topics are exhaustive and indicative of the nature of questions. However, the CEED 2023 may not cover all the topics.
Part-B of CEED 2023 will have questions related to the following 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.
CEED 2023 is an aptitude test and hence, no specific text book or guide is recommended for its preparation. 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.
CEED Day of the Examination
Exam date and time: 22 January, 2023, 9.00 am – 12.00 noon
Reporting time: Candidates should report at the examination centre at 7:00 am on Sunday, January 22, 2023 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: Candidates 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 pens, pencils, sketch pens and colours for the examination. Candidates should NOT bring drawing sheets to the examination hall.
Electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, calculators, smart or digital watches and likes are NOT allowed in the examination hall. Use of any electronic gadget will disqualify the candidature.
The seating arrangement may be displayed on the notice board of the examination centre.
Further instructions, if any, including those pertaining to COVID-19, shall be put-up on the website before the exam.
The draft keys for Part-A will be released on January 24, 2023. Candidates will be able to access and download their responses through the link provided on the official CEED 2023 website. Candidates can report the discrepancies in the draft answer keys through the candidate’s portal on the official CEED website by January 26, 2023 (5:00 pm).
• The order in which a question appears may differ for each candidate. Hence, the candidates are advised to use the Master Question Paper uploaded on the official CEED website as reference to upload their comments/queries. This would help the committee to map the candidate’s comments/queries to the right question.
The responses of the candidates for Part-A of CEED 2023 will be available for download ONLY until the declaration of the CEED results. 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 7, 2023
From March 11, 2023 CEED Score Card will be available for downloading to all the candidates who appeared for CEED 2023 on the official CEED website (www.ceed.iitb.ac.in) through their respective logins. Score Card will NOT be available for downloading after June 13, 2023. Hardcopy of the CEED Score Card 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 re- evaluation will NOT be entertained.
The CEED 2023 Score Card is valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of the result. The CEED 2023 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 three months from the date of declaration of CEED results.
Note: The authority to declare the result is vested solely with the UCEED-CEED Office, IIT Bombay. If any claim or dispute regarding CEED 2023 arises, the Courts and Tribunals in Mumbai alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle such dispute or claim.
Information provided in the registration form by the CEED candidates will be shared with the participating and result sharing institutes and may also be used for analysis.