About 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 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 score is valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of the result

    Modules available at Institute

    Foundation course (2 Years)

    Duration – 2 hrs. / three days a week

    Regular Course (1 Year)

    Duration – 3 hrs. / three days a week

    Regular Course (6 Months)

    Duration – 3 hrs. / three days a week

    Crash Course ( 2 Months, 1 Month )

    Duration -- 3hrs. / three days a week


    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 2020, or must have passed the GD Arts diploma programme (10+5 level) by July 2020. 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. Besides, a candidate can appear for CEED any number of times.

    Question Paper Pattern

    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

    Part B

    Section Number of Questions Question Numbe 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

    CEED Syllabus for Part A Exam

    Topic Type of Questions Asked in CEED Exam
    Visualisation and spatial ability Pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test: understanding of transformation and/or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships; knowledge of practical and everyday mechanical and scientific concepts
    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 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 look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information. Ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria. Ability to check for hidden bias or hidden assumptions and whether evidence and argument support conclusions. 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. Data Interpretation, brainteasers, and patterns
    Language and creativity Ability to understand and use Standard English. Reading comprehension, knowledge of English grammar such as sentence structure and usage, the use of tenses, verb patterns, articles, and active and passive constructions, etc. & vocabulary skills. 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 use visual analogies, metaphors, signs and symbols. Ability to understand complexity, identify problem, generate alternatives, evaluate options and select solutions.
    Observation and design sensitivity Ability to detect concealed properties in ordinary things, people, situations, and events, and thinking critically about them. Applying attention to certain details, analysing, reasoning, classifying, inferring and predicting. Ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.

    CEED Syllabus for Part B Exam

    Topic Ability Tested in CEED Exam
    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
    Language and creativity 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.

    Important Topics for CEED Prep

    CEED 2020 is an aptitude test and hence no specific text book or guide is recommended for its preparation. Candidates are advised to practice their drawing, rendering and visualisation skills. Question papers of some of the previous years are available on the CEED website. On the basis of studying previous years’ question papers of CEED, some of the topics that frequently find presence in this design entrance exam are as mentioned below:

    Creative Writing Skills Drawing Ability and Skills Communication Skills
    Design Concepts Perspective Design Logo Design
    Problem Identification & Design Problem Solving Scale and Proportion Product Designing
    Still Life Drawings, Eye Levels and Symmetrical Drawing Concepts, Object drawings from everyday life Perspective- Types and Usage Human Body Knowledge
    Anatomy, Proportions and Divisions Basic and advanced Human Drawings Hands and Feets Study
    Human Features Animal and Bird Study Colour Rendering and Design
    Inspirational Design Means of Advertisement-Visual Communication Grid Collages
    Metamorphosis Study of Objects and Lateral Thinking Compositions
    Story Illustrations Pictograms and Signage Geometrical and Design Exercise
    Compositional sense Placement of different figures proportionally Sense of proportion
    Basics of materials and manufacturing processes Interaction Design and Visual Communication Sketching
    Representation techniques Problem identification & solving Visual perception
    Interface design & Product Design Poster, Logo, Character designing Story telling

    Drawing Material List:

    1.A4 Size Sketch book- 2 numbers ; 1 for Class-work, 1 For Home-work

    2. Pencils: 2B,3B,4B,6B, and clutch pencils 0.5mm, 0.7mm, 0.9mm, Colour Pencils

    4. Rough quality paper.

    Material provided by Vamshi


    ⦁ Practice sketches for references

    ⦁ Practice sketches for references

    ⦁ Question bank for each topic separately

    ⦁ Question bank for each topic separately

    ⦁ Question bank for each topic separatelyPrevious year question papers