The Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED)

The common entrance exam for design ( CEED) is an all India examination conducted by IIT BOMBAY for those candidates who are interested in pursuing their masters in the design programs offered by IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur, IIITDM Jabalpur, and Ph.D. programs in Design at some Institutes. 

The CEED result along with the scorecard is released by IIT Bombay. Total seven participating institutes and 11 result-sharing institutes and universities accept CEED scores of candidates for MDes admissions. It may be noted that IIT Bombay does not conduct any centralized CEED counseling process for admissions. All shortlisted candidates need to apply separately at institutes in which they are seeking admission.

The CEED exam is divided into two parts: A and B. The CEED test is divided into two parts: part A comprises objective-type questions (which must be completed online) and part B contains subjective questions (to be attempted in offline mode). The CEED Part B exam includes questions that assess applicants’ design, drawing, and writing abilities. The screening portion of the CEED exam is Part A. As a result, only those candidates who pass Part A of the exam are considered for Part B.

The Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) is conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay) to provide admission to aspirants in Master of Design (MDes) and Ph.D. programs provided in colleges that accept CEED scores. More than 5,000 students take the CEED exam each year.


  • There is no bar to either the age of the candidate or the number of times a candidate can participate.
  • All qualified candidates with a valid CEED Examination score (CEED qualified candidates with UG Degree (10+2+3) not eligible for IITs and IISc) become eligible to apply for admission to various design programs under IITs and IISc.
  • Though the basic eligibility criteria to appear for the CEED exam is a UG Graduation degree (10+2+3), a graduate’s who has completed a 3-year degree (10+2+3) course please note, all listed IITs and IISC on the CEED website have their respective eligibility mentioned as 10+2+4. Even if in future a talented design student who holds 3 year UG degree but manages to get 1st All India Ranking in the tough CEED exam, he/she will not be eligible for any of the design-related course offered in IITs and IISc because he/she is one year short in the UG graduate degree program.


  • The application form will be released by the IIT, Bombay through online mode.
  • Candidates should confirm their eligibility before applying for the CEED as the authority will not allow any non-eligible candidates to participate in the examination.
  • The application form should be filled with authentic details only and details in the 10th mark sheet will be considered authentic, any alteration can cause rejection of the application form.
  • Candidates will have to submit the application form before the last date of submission as no candidates will be allowed to submit the application form after the completion of the registration process.
  • The registration fees are Rs.3200 for all General/OCC-NCL male candidates and Rs.1600 for all SC/ST/PWD male candidates. Irrespective of the category, all female candidates must pay Rs.1600 as registration fees.
Documents Required for Registration
  • Recent color photograph
  • Scanned copy of the signature
  • Scanned copy of degree/ diploma certificate
  • Valid category certificates issued by appropriate authorities (for EWS/ SC / ST / OBC-NCL category candidates).
  • Valid medical certificate issued by appropriate authorities (for PwD category)
  • Request letter to be uploaded by any PwD candidate who requires compensatory time during the exam
  • Gazette notification, marriage certificate, or scanned pages of the passport to be uploaded by candidates whose name is not the same as mentioned on the degree/diploma certificate.

Admission Process

  • Fill the application form
    • Candidates must apply for the exam by filling out the CEED application form available on the exam’s official website. The CEED exam application cost is non-refundable. The CEED application fee can be paid by credit card, debit card, or net banking.
  • Download CEED admit card
    • Aspirants can get their CEED admission cards through the exam’s official website. On the day of the exam, applicants must bring a colored printout of their CEED to admit card to the exam center.
  • Give CEED exam
    • The CEED exam is broken into two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A of the CEED exam consists of objective-type questions, while Part B consists of design and drawing problems.
  • Check admission status post exam and results
    • Passing the CEED exam does not ensure acceptance into any of the colleges that recognize CEED exam results. Aspirants must take admission tests and interviews conducted by the admitting colleges after passing the CEED exam. Following that, various institutions that participate in CEED exam joint counseling, as well as those institutes that participate in the exam on a result-sharing basis, release merit lists for admissions.
Eligibility Criteria from Participating Institutes
  • IISc Bangalore
    • A recognized Bachelor’s degree in engineering/design/architecture. 
  • IIT Bombay
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Design / Engineering / Architecture / Interior Design: 10 +2 + 4 years (minimum 4 years Bachelor’s course).
    • B. Plan is considered equivalent to B.Arch
    • Four-year B.Sc (Engg) course after HSC considered equivalent to BE / B.Tech
    • Professional Diploma in Design: 10 + 2 + 4 years (minimum 4 year diploma program).
    • BFA (4-year professional program with entry after 10 +2)
    • GD Art (4-year program after 1-year foundation. Minimum entry requirements are 10th pass).
  • IIT Delhi
    • The program offers 20 seats to students seeking admission in M.Des and belonging to B.Tech, B.Des, and B.Arch backgrounds.
    • Must have a valid CEED score; GATE score will not be considered.
  • IIT Guwahati
    • 4 year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Design / Engineering / Architecture / Interior Design or a Design-related field with a minimum CPI of 6.0 out of 10 or a minimum of 60% marks.
    • 4-year Professional Diploma in Design of NID or Professional Diploma of CEPT (5-year program) with a minimum CPI of 6.0 out of 10 minimum 60% marks.
    • Relaxation for SC / ST / PwD Candidates: The CPI or percentage marks in the above-mentioned eligibility requirements will be relaxed by 0.5 CPI or by 5% marks for SC / ST / PwD candidates. That is, the SC / ST / PwD candidates should have a minimum CPI of 5.5 out of 10 or a minimum of 55% of marks in their qualifying degree.
  • IIT Hyderabad
    • For M.des
      • Must have a valid CEED score.
      • A minimum of 55% marks (50% marks in case of SC/ST) or equivalent grades in the qualifying examination given below –
      • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design/ Interior Design or equivalent (4 years duration after 10+2).
      • Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT or equivalent of 4 years duration after 10+2).
      • B.F.A. (4-year professional program, after 10+2).
      • G.D. Art (5-year program after 10th) with one-year post-qualification, professional experience.
      • Master’s degree in Arts / Science / Computer Applications (2 year programme after10+2+3).
    • For PhD
      • M.Des. / M.Arch. / M.Tech. / M.Phil. / MFA / M.A / M.Sc / Postgraduate Diploma in Design of NID, Ahmedabad OR equivalent
      • Also, either one of the following –
      • A minimum of 55 percent marks (50% marks for SC/ST) in the final academic year of the program.
      • A minimum of 55 percent marks (50% marks for SC/ST) in aggregate or as specified by the university.
      • A first-class as specified by the university.
      • A minimum CPI of 5.5 (5.0 CPI for SC/ST) on the scale of 10; with corresponding proportional requirements when the scales are other than 10
      • All candidates are required to upload one zip file containing the following:
        • Ph.D. proposal
        • Portfolio of work and/or publications
  • IIT Kanpur
    • A bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Design or Architecture
    • A valid CEED/GATE score is eligible to apply for the two-year Master of Design Programme.
    • Candidates holding degrees in Fine Arts or Interior Design are NOT eligible to apply
    • For M.Des B.Tech / B.E. / B.Arch / B.Des. / B.FA / M.Sc / MA / MCA with 
      • A minimum of 60% marks OR a CPI / CGPA of 6.0 (on the scale of 10.00) shall be required in the Qualifying Degree (B.Tech / B.Des. or equivalent). Relaxation for reserved category as per Govt. of India norms.
      • For admission to the master’s program under the regular category qualifying marks/certificate in GATE / CEED / (CSIR / UGC JRF / NET) or equivalent examination conducted at the national level will be essential. The candidate should have a valid GATE / CEED / UGC JRF


CEED Seat Reservation

  • Candidates applying for admission under the Scheduled Category (SC) or Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories must provide the required certificate issued by a competent body along with the CEED application form. If an applicant fails to present any required certificates, his application may be rejected.
  • Candidates who wish to be considered for admission under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category must submit an OBC certificate along with the CEED application form. If the OBC non-creamy layer certificate does not comply with the stipulated format, the candidate will be placed in the General Category.
  • Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates with any type of disability (such as blindness or low vision, hearing impairment, locomotor disability, or cerebral palsy) will only be eligible for benefits if they have a permanent physical impairment of at least 40% in relation to a body part/system/extremity/whole body.
  • Candidates would be required to provide a certificate of disability from a Government Medical Board along with the Application Form. These candidates must also be physically capable of completing the program
  • A medical board will also be required to certify the proportion of disability of candidates accepted for admission under the PwD Category. This Medical Board must be one that the admitting institute has established at the time of admission.

Examination Pattern

  • The exam will be conducted in the CBT (Computer Based Test) mode.
  • There will be two parts for the examination Part-A and Part-B respectively.
  • Part-A will contain the multiple-choice question (MCQs) and Part B will contain the drawing question.
  • Candidates will get a total of 3 hours for solving the question paper.
  • Question paper will be in the English Language.


  • The exam will be conducted in the CBT (Computer Based Test) mode.
  • There will be two parts for the examination Part-A and Part-B respectively.
  • Part-A will contain the multiple-choice question (MCQs) and Part B will contain the drawing question.
  • Candidates will get a total of 3 hours for solving the question paper.
  • Question paper will be in the English Language.
  • Visualization and spatial ability
  • Analytical and logical reasoning
  • Environmental and social awareness
  • Language and creativity
  • Design thinking and problem solving
  • Observation and design sensitivity
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  • Drawing
  • Creativity
  • Problem identification skills
  • Communication Skills

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The CEED (Common Entrance Exam for Design) is an entrance examination conducted for admission to postgraduate programs in design. It evaluates the aptitude and creativity of candidates seeking admission to Master of Design (M.Des.) and Ph.D. programs in design-related fields. The exam is jointly conducted by IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, and IIITDM Jabalpur. The CEED score is also used by some other institutes and organizations for admissions and recruitment in design-related positions.

To be eligible for CEED (Common Entrance Exam for Design), candidates must have completed a minimum of a 3-year degree or diploma program in any discipline, or be appearing for the final examination of such a program. There is no specific age limit for CEED. However, specific institutes may have additional eligibility criteria for admission to their design programs. It’s recommended to refer to the official CEED website and the websites of participating institutes for detailed and up-to-date eligibility requirements.

The CEED (Common Entrance Exam for Design) score is accepted by institutes such as IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur, IITDM Jabalpur, IITDM Kancheepuram, IIITDM Jabalpur, and more for admission to their postgraduate design programs. Check individual institute websites for specific details.

The CEED (Common Entrance Exam for Design) consists of subjects such as Visualization and Spatial Ability, Environmental and Social Awareness, Analytical and Logical Reasoning, Language and Creativity, Design Thinking and Problem Solving, Observation and Design Sensitivity, and Drawing. These subjects assess a candidate’s skills in areas such as spatial visualization, environmental awareness, logical reasoning, language proficiency, design thinking, observation, and drawing. It’s recommended to refer to the official CEED syllabus for a comprehensive understanding of the specific topics covered in each subject.

To complete the CEED 2024 application form, you were required to register, provide personal, communication, and education information, and submit the exam fee. The application fee for the open category is INR 3600, while SC, ST, PwD, and women candidates are required to pay INR 1800.

In order to pass the Part A section of the CEED exam, OPEN category candidates need to achieve a minimum score of 24.58, EWS/OBC candidates need to score 22.12, and SC/ST/PwD candidates need to score 12.29. The cutoff mark for CEED 2023 Part A represents the minimum score required for candidates to qualify for this section of the exam.

Coaching for CEED is not mandatory. Self-study can be effective with access to resources like syllabus, question papers, and design-related books. Coaching provides structured guidance and practice tests, but the choice depends on individual preferences and resources available.

According to the CEED 2023 exam, the difficulty level of the Part A question paper is moderate, while Part B is considered easy to moderate. Based on the UCEED 2023 exam analysis by experts and students, Part A had a duration of one hour, while Part B had a duration of two hours.

Part A of the exam consists of two sections where negative marking is applicable. In the MSQ (Multiple Select Questions) section, there will be a deduction of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer. In the MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) section, a deduction of 0.5 marks will be made for each incorrect answer.

To begin preparing for CEED (Common Entrance Exam for Design), start by understanding the exam pattern, syllabus, and marking scheme. Gather relevant study materials such as previous years’ question papers, design-related books, and online resources. Create a study plan that outlines dedicated time for each subject and allows for regular practice and revision. Practice solving sample papers and design-related problems to improve your speed and accuracy. Focus on enhancing your drawing skills by practicing sketching, perspective drawing, and visual representation. If desired, consider seeking professional guidance through coaching classes or online courses. Stay updated with current design trends, engage in design-related activities, and practice regularly to strengthen your skills. Remember to maintain consistency, dedication, and self-discipline throughout your preparation journey.

The exact number of students who apply for CEED (Common Entrance Exam for Design) can vary from year to year. The number of applicants is influenced by factors such as the popularity of design courses, the competition level, and the overall interest in pursuing design as a career. However, it is worth noting that CEED typically attracts a significant number of applicants, as it is a widely recognized and prestigious entrance exam for design programs in India.

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