UCEED will be conducted by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, under the guidance of the UCEED-CEED Implementation Committee.

    Admissions to the Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) programmes at IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, and IIITDM Jabalpur are done through the Undergraduate Common Entrance Exam for Design (UCEED). Students who have passed Class XII (or equivalent) and their age should not exceed 20 years in ANY STREAM (Science, Commerce, or Arts & Humanities), are eligible to appear for UCEED.

    UCEED is an online examination of three hours duration that is typically conducted in the month of January every year. Mere appearing for UCEED exam or securing a spot in UCEED rank list does not guarantee admission in BDes programmes. Candidates who qualify UCEED need to separately apply for admission as per the procedure prescribed by IIT Bombay. Admissions in BDes are done on the basis of merit in each category. The merit list is prepared on the basis of scores obtained by candidates in the written entrance exam.

    In 2019, a total 12,414 candidates appeared for UCEED exam out of which 2,930 candidates qualified. Thus, competition is extremely high in this design entrance exam.t

    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


    Criterion 1 – Age limit:

    The candidate should have been born on or after October 1, 1995 if belonging to the OPEN/EWS/OBC-NCL category and on or after October 1, 1990 if belonging to the SC, ST or PwD category

    Criterion 2 – Number of attempts:

    A candidate can attempt UCEED for a maximum of two times and that too in consecutive years. Note that UCEED score is valid for one year, and only for admissions in the corresponding academic year.

    Criterion 3 – Qualifying examination:

    The candidate should have passed the qualifying examination (Class XII or equivalent) in 2019, OR appearing in 2020. Students from ALL STREAMS (Science, Commerce, and Arts & Humanities) are eligible. Those who appeared for the first time in their qualifying examination in 2018 or earlier are NOT eligible.

    Qualifying Examination

    • The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by a Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (www.aiuweb.org).

    • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a Board or University recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.

    • Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.

    • Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.

    • Any Public School, Board or University examination in India or in a foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

    • H.S.C. vocational examination.

    • A Diploma recognized by the All India Council for Technical Education (www.aicteindia.org) or a State Board of Technical Education of at least 3 years duration.

    • General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.

    • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.

    • Candidates who have completed Class XII (or equivalent) examination outside India or from a Board not specified above should produce a certificate from the Association of Indian Universities to the effect that the examination they have passed is equivalent to the Class XII examination

    • In case the Class XII examination is not a public examination, the candidate must have passed at least one public (Board or Pre-University) examination earlier.

    Question Paper Pattern.

    There will be ONE question paper of total 3 hours duration.

    The question paper will be in English.

    The question paper will carry a total of 300 marks

    The question paper will consist of two parts: Part A and Part B. Questions from both the parts are compulsory.

    Details from both the parts are given below:

    PART-A (Total marks: 240 marks; Maximum time: 2 hours 30 mins)

    Part-A of the question paper will be administered through a computer based test.

    Part-A of the question paper will consist of 3 sections.

    Section 1: NAT (Numerical Answer Type):

    18 questions (4 marks each; no negative marks).

    For these questions, the answer is a number that needs to be entered using a virtual keyboard

    In the computer screen. No choices will be shown for these questions.

    Section 2: MSQ (Multiple Select Ques.):

    18 questions (4 marks each; 0.19 negative marks).

    Each MSQ has one or more correct answer(s) out of the four given choices.

    Section 3: MCQ (Multiple Choice Ques.):

    32 questions (3 marks each; 0.71 negative marks).

    Each MCQ has four choices out of which only one is the correct answer.

    PART-B (Total marks: 60 marks; Maximum time: 30 mins)

    Part-B consists of one question that is aimed at testing drawing skills which will require subjective evaluation

    The question in Part-B will be displayed on the computer screen and the answer has to be written/drawn in the answer book provided by the invigilator only

    Part-B answer booklets will be collected at the end of the examination.

    Part-B question is mandatory.

    The entire paper (both Part-A and Part-B) must be finished within overall time duration of 3 hours.


    The exam will have questions from the following six topics:

    • Visualization 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.

    • 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, analyzing, reasoning, classifying, inferring and predicting. Ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.

    • 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. 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.

    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

    • Book

    • Practice sketches for references

    • Question bank for each topic separately

    • Practice sketches for references

    • Test Series after completion of course with proper guidance and comments

    • Previous year question papers