CEED Syllabus 2017 for IIT Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED).

Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) is held by IIT Bombay for admission to Master in Design (M.Des) and PhD Design courses. CEED Syllabus defines the broad areas that a candidate must know about to score high in the CEED Exam.

CEED Syllabus and Preparation for CEED ExamCEED Preparation

IIT Bombay has specified in the CEED Information brochure that no specific text book or guide is recommended for the preparation of CEED. Candidates may however hone their drawing, rendering and visualization skills. Also they can refer to the previous years question papers which are available in the CEED website. Candidates may refer to these question papers to know the topics.

CEED 2017 Syllabus 

According to an analysis of the past year papers, and coaching institutes, broadly the CEED Syllabus was follows.

  • Color theory
  • Communication skills
  • Creative writing skills
  • Design concept
  • Drawing abilities and skills
  • How to develop characters
  • Light and shadow
  • Logical reasoning
  • Logo designing
  • Perspective
  • Problem identification and design problem solving
  • Product designing
  • Scale and proportion.

Please note – The above topics are only broadly defined. This syllabus is not specified by IIT Bombay. Candidates must sharpen their skills in the above mentioned areas to get high score in CEED exam.

CEED Exam Pattern

Let us now look at what exactly you will face in the CEED exam.

Part A – The CEED exam question paper will have two parts. The first part, Part A will have multiple choice questions. All the candidates who qualify this part only will be eligible for the next section. Say there are N seats, then about 10X N candidates who score highest in Part A will be scored in Part B.

How to prepare for CEED Part A?

The CEED exam part A is basically a screening test. You need to aim to score high to be at least eligible for the next section. Here are some CEED Preparation Tips that may come in handy.

  1. General Knowledge – This section is famous for asking questions on basic GK. The questions are not widely irrelevant to design and architecture. There could be questions on symbols, artists and their paintings, Indian history.
  2. Expect the unexpected – In 2013 there was a question on mechanical pulleys. This was slightly unexpected. But as IIT B has clearly said there is no defined syllabus, be prepared for such surprises. Basically the section tests your aptitude, awareness and knowledge.
  3. Refresh your knowledge on Indian history, temples, architecture and geography. This may or may not be directly useful, but will help you answer some of the direct questions.
  4. Learn to identify correct perspectives, art forms and sectional projections.
  5. Testing design/Drawing/Writting skills – You will not be asked to testing design / drawing / writting skills anything in Part A. But extensive knowledge in the field will help in acing the section.

Part B – The marks scored in this section only will be used to calculate the merit list. This section will have questions on design and hand drawing.

  • There are expected to be three (3) compulsory questions, and any 1 among next three. So in total there are expected to be four questions. Please note – the pattern may change year to year.
  • Two hours are allotted for this section.

Answers to Part A have to be given in the computer itself. Answers to Part B have to be given in the answer book provided by the invigilator. These answer books will be collected for manual correction at the end of the examination.

CEED Preparation Tips

Knowing the CEED Syllabus is not enough to ace the exam. You need to know how to attempt the questions. The Part B is all about hand drawing, sketching, and expressing through your designing skills. Here are a few must know things for CEED Exam.

  1. CEED Previous Year Papers – Practice from the previous year papers. CEED Question Papers are given here. You must see what types of questions were asked previously. There will be no repeated questions, but you will get an idea of what the examiners want.
  2. The pencil is your weapon – Free hand sketching is what you should focus on. Take any object you come across and sketch them in different perspectives. You should know how their sectional views would be. It is not necessary to excel in portraits or such kind of art, but you must know well to express your ideas through drawings. H-grade pencil should be used for rough work and light drawings. Grade B pencils should be used for rapid work and where shading is involved.
  3.  Broaden your perspective – Design is not just about aesthetics. It is about thinking outside the box. When you check out the Part B questions asked in past years, you will know what this means.
  4. Visualize – You need to see in your mind’s eye what you want to put on paper. Everyday try to visualize at least one unique idea and sketch it.

Online CEED Mock Test

IIT Bombay has launched a mock test for all CEED candidates. You can click here to take the mock test of CEED.

Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) is an all India examination conducted by IIT Bombay on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.

The objective of CEED is to assess the candidate’s aptitude for design, involving visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity and communication skills.

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