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.


  • 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.

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.



  • Visualization and spatial ability
  • Analytical and logical reasoning
  • Environmental and social awareness
  • Language and creativity
  • Design thinking and problem solving
  • Observation and design sensitivity


  • Drawing
  • Creativity
  • Problem identification skills
  • Communication Skills
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