The CEED examination will be conducted in two parts. All candidates must answer both the parts. Part A is a computer-based screening test. It evaluates visualization and spatial ability, environmental and social awareness, analytical and logical reasoning, language and cretivity, observation and design sensitivity. Candidates who are shortlisted in Part A using the method mentioned in the brochure will qualify for the evaluation of Part B. Part B evaluates drawing, ceativity, communication skills and analytical and problem solving skills. Part B scores will be calculated using the method mentioned in the brochure. The final CEED score will be calculated by giving 25% weightage to marks obtained in Part A marks and 75% weightage to scores obtained in Part B.

CEED 2018 CEED 2019 CEED 2020


The purposes to conduct CEED is to grant admission to qualified candidates in IITs and IISc in M.Des and PhD in Design courses. The examination has been held in 20 cities of India. CEED is actually a qualifying examination on the merit of which admission is granted in the following course and college:

  • M.Des admission – IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIITDM Jabalpur, and IIT Kanpur.
  • PhD Design admission – IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, and IIT Kanpur.

All the important dates for CEED Exam can be checked from the table below:

Events CEED 2019 CEED 2020
Application form available from 09 Oct 2018 October 2019
Last date to submit the application form 14 Nov 2018 November 2019
Date of CEED Examination 19 Jan 2019 January 2020

CEED Cutoff

IIT Bombay only discloses the cutoff for the Part A of the examination. Part B is a subjective paper, hence, there can be no certain cutoff for it.

The candidates may check the cutoff for CEED from the table below:

Category CEED Cutoff for Part A
Open 10%

CEED Exam Centres

Last year, CEED was held in 19 cities but this year it will be held in 20 cities. Bhopal is the new addition to the list. However, Kanpur, Indore, and Kozhikode have been replaced with Thrissur, Lucknow, and Vishakhapatnam.

Candidates will have to submit three choices for the exam centre, on the application form. It should also be noted that the request to change the exam centre will not be entertained, esp when the candidates demand another centre in the allocated city.

The list of CEED exam centres is as mentioned below:   

Ahmedabad Bhubaneswar
Chennai Delhi
Bengaluru Hyderabad
Guwahati Chandigarh
Vishakhapatnam Kolkata
Thrissur Jaipur
Lucknow Mumbai
Pune Patna
Nagpur Raipur
Thiruvananthapuram Bhopal

CEED Exam Pattern

CEED question paper will be divided into two parts, A and B. Candidates will have to attempt both the sections, for which 3 hours will be given. The details about both the Parts of the exam are as given below:

Duration – Candidates will get 1 hour to attempt Part A and to attempt Part B, the candidates will have to 2 hours.

Language – Both the sections will be presented in the English language.

Mode of the Exam – Part A will be a computer-based examination. The questions for Part B will appear on the screen but the candidates will have to answer on a sheet of paper.

Question Type – The Part A of the examination contains Objective Type questions, whereas, the questions in Part B will be designed to test candidates writing, drawing, and designing techniques/skills.

Marking Scheme – The marking scheme of the examination, last year, was as below. Whether it will remain the same this year or not, will announce through the information brochure.

Part Section (Part A)
Question Type (Part B)
Number of Questions Marks Per Section Total Marks
A I 10 NAT 2 20
II 10 MSQ 2 20
III 30 MCQ 2 60
B Question from different streams 50 100
Sketching 20
Creative use of an Object 20
Storytelling 10

Note: There is negative marking of 0.6 marks in NAT questions.

CEED Syllabus

The CEED syllabus is as mentioned below. It is provided for Part A, as well as Part B of the examination.

CEED Syllabus for Part A:

  • Visualization and Spatial Ability
  • Environmental and Social Awareness
  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning
  • Language and Creativity
  • Design Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Observation and Design Sensitivity

CEED Syllabus for Part B:

  • Drawing
  • Creativity
  • Communication Skills
  • Analytical and Problem Solving Skills

CEED Preparation Tips

One very good tip given by the conducting body is that CEED is an aptitude test. Hence, there is no particular book from which the candidates can prepare for the examination. However, candidates are advised to practice and make better their drawing, rendering and visualization skills. Apart from these, the candidates may also follow the below-mentioned preparation tips:

Previous Year CEED Exam Question Paper – There is no better source to understand the examination rather than the sample paper. The candidates may practice these from the links below:

CEED 2017 Question Paper CEED 2013 Question Paper
CEED 2016 Question Paper for Chennai | CEED 2016 Question Paper CEED 2012 Question Paper
CEED 2015 Question Paper CEED 2011 Question Paper
CEED 2014 Question Paper CEED 2010 Question Paper

Brush Up Skills – The more the candidates will practice, the better their drawing and other skills will get. Hence, it is advised that candidates practice as much as they can.

Follow a Timetable –  The candidates are advised to follow a certain timetable for preparation. Making a timetable does not mean that the candidate needs to dedicate each and every minute of their day to exam preparation. Instead, it will help candidates in keep the preparation regular.

Best Books: A good book is a guide. Hence, it is vital to prepare by from a good book. Some of the best books for CEED Preparation are as mentioned below.

CEED Books for Preparation are mentioned in the table below:

CEED Books Buy Now
Change by Design by Tim Brown Buy Online
Seeds For CEED by Bhushan Patil Buy Online
CEED and NID 2017 Study Material- COMBO COURSE By by Architecture Aptitude
(Author), ICR Education services (Editor), Architects and Designers
Buy Online
NID PG (DAT) + CEED (all disciplines) – Study Material Kit by SILICA (Author) Buy Online
Comprehensive English for NID, NIFT, UCEED, CEED, NATA, B.Arch
& Other Design Entrance Exams by Designologue
Buy Online

CEED Participating Institutes and Programs

The following institutes will grant admission on the basis of CEED. The candidates will get admission in the following courses.

Participating Institute Offered Courses
IISc Bangalore M.Des in Product Design and Engineering*
PhD in Design
IIT Bombay M.Des in Industrial Design, Communication Design, Animation, Interaction Design, Mobility and Vehicle Design,
PhD in Design
IIT Delhi M.Des in Industrial Design
IIT Guwahati M.Des in Design
IIT Hyderabad M.Des in Virtual Design
PhD in Design
IIITDM Jabalpur M.Des in Product Design and Visual Design*
IIT Kanpur M.Des in Design*
PhD in Design*

Note: For the courses with (*), GATE qualified candidates may also apply.

Contact Details for CEED:

  • Address: Chairman
    JEE (Advanced)-UCEED-CEED 2018
    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
    Mumbai 400076
  • Phone Number: +91 22 2576 4063 / 9093 / 9094 (Mon to Fri 09:30 – 17:30 hrs)
  • E-Mail ID: [email protected]

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