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The Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) is a joint entrance exam for post-graduate studies in the field of technological design held annually jointly at all IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc). The examination is hosted by the Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay on behalf of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. On the basis of a candidate’s score in CEED exam, he/she can secure admission in MDes course on offer at IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IISc Bangalore, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Hyderabad, IIITDM Jabalpur, UPES Dehradun etc., and PhD programme on offer at IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad and IIT Kanpur. It is a descriptive test covering a student's logical, creative, observation and drawing skills, tested in particular for admission to various design courses in the fields of product design, industrial design, visual communication, animation graphics, vehicle design and mobility.

Programmes Offered:

A CEED qualified candidate can apply for the following programmes in designing in IIT's UPES and IISc, Bangalore:

Master of Design programmes (MDes, M.Des. or M.Design)

IISc, Bangalore - M.Des. in Product Design and Engineering (CPDM)

IIT Bombay - M.Des. in Industrial design, Visual Communication, Animation, Interaction Design, Mobility and Vehicle Design

IIT Delhi - M.Des. in Industrial Design

IIT Hyderabad - M.Des. in Visual Design

IIT Guwahati - M.Des. in Design

IIT Kanpur - M.Des. in Design

IIITDM Jabalpur - M.Des. in Design

School of Design Studies - UPES Dehradun - M.Des. in Industrial design, Product Design, Interior Design, Transportation Design

Symbiosis pune-M.Des in design

Ph.D Programmes in Design

IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad and IIT Kanpur

CEED 2018

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay conducts Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) to offer admission to aspirants in Master of Design (MDes) and PhD programmes. IIT Bombay conducted CEED 2018 on January 20. The result of CEED 2018 has been announced.

To view score card of CEED 2018 click here

Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility criteria for CEED 2018 as stated by IIT Bombay mentions that aspirants should have completed any of the below mentioned education qualifications by July 2018:

  • Passed a degree / diploma / post graduate degree programme of 4 years or 3+2 years (after 10+2 level)


  • Must be appearing for the final examination of such a programme

There is no bar to either the age of the candidate or the number of times a candidate can participate. The minimum academic qualification for appearing in the examination is a bachelor's degree in Design, Architecture, Fine Arts or Engineering from a recognized college or university of India.

Apart from the above if a candidate has cleared GD Arts diploma programme (10+5 level) by July 2017 then also he/she is eligible to apply for CEED 2018.

Exam Pattern:

The Question Paper for CEED 2018 was comprised of two parts A and B. Those, who qualified the Part A would be eligible for Part B examination. The question paper was in English medium only. The merit list has been prepared as per the marks obtained by the candidates in Part B examination. The brief information about CEED Part A and Part B exam is as follows: 

Part A:

  • It was the Computer Based Test (CBT) having the duration of one hour.
  • It contained total 50 questions separated into 3 sections. First section contained 5 questions, second section contained 10 questions and rest of the 35 questions was contained by the third section.
  • Negative marking of 0.6 marks was there in first and third sections while there was no provision of negative marking in second section.
  • Every right answer was contain 2 marks.

Part A had questions from the following topics:

  • Design aptitude
  • Visual and spatial ability
  • Environmental and social awareness
  • Analytical and logical reasoning
  • Language & creativity
  • Observation and design sensitivity

Part B:

  • It was a pen and paper based test of 2 hours duration.
  • In this section candidate’s skills in drawing and designing was measured.
  • Part B contained questions that evaluated the candidates on the basis of their design, drawing and writing skills.
  • The questions had appeared on the computer screen, but the answers had to be given on the physical sheet given by the examiner. The answer sheets will be checked manually.
  • There were 8 questions in Part B. Out of these questions 1-5 were of 50 marks each and the candidates had the option to attempt any one of these questions. 

Important Dates of CEED 2018:

Online registration with regular fee: OCTOBER 9 – NOVEMBER 12, 2017

Online registration with late fee: NOVEMBER 13 – 17, 2017

Admit card available for download: JANUARY 1, 2018 ONWARDS

Date of examination: SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018, 10:00 TO 13:00 HOURS

Release of draft answer key for Part A: JANUARY 27, 2018

Last date of sending comments about draft answer key for Part A: JANUARY 31, 2018

Release of final answer key for Part A: FEBRUARY 4, 2018

Declaration of result: MARCH 7, 2018

Score card available for download: MARCH 7, 2018