Common Entrance Examination for Design [ CEED ]

By Srushti Pargat Last Updated: December 04th, 2020

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT B) organised the Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) to offer admission to aspiring students in Master of Design (MDes) and PhD programmes at colleges accepting CEED scores. Every year, greater than 5,000 students appear for the CEED. It is a centre-based exam which is held at 24 cities across the country.

Particulars Details 
Exam Name Common Entrance Exam for Design - CEED 
Level of the Exam National 
Conducting Body Indian Institute of Technology (IIT B), Bombay 
Mode of Application Online 
Mode of Exam Part A - Online Part B - Offline 
Exam Category Postgraduate 
Exam Duration 3 hours 
Official Website 

CEED 2021 - Important Updates 

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT B) released the exam dates for CEED on September 9, 2020.  

The table below lists the important CEED events and their dates. 

Events Dates Features 
Commencing date to fill CEED application forms 09 Sep 2020 Online registrations proceed. 
Last date of CEED application process (with regular fee) 10 Nov 2020 Last date for applying for the CEED exam with regular application fee. 
Last date to submit registration form (with late fee) 17 Nov 2020 Forms need to be submitted with an additional late fee of ₹ 500 in addition to the registration fee. 
CEED admit card Download 1 Jan 2021 The CEED admit card will be available and can be downloaded from the official CEED website after entering the candidates login credentials. 
CEED Exam 17 Jan 2021 The exam will be conducted across 24 test cities from 9 am to 12 noon. 
Declaration of Result 8 Mar 2021 Qualifying status and the marks secured to be released on the CEED official website. 
Release of Scorecard 8 Mar 2021 Scorecard will be released on the official website where candidates can view it with their login IDs. 

CEED 2021 - Eligibility Criteria

  • The CEED 2021 eligibility criteria as put forward by IIT Bombay states that aspirants should have completed their degree/diploma/postgraduate degree programme of minimum three years after 10+2 level.
  • Candidates giving the final examination of such a programme by July 2021 are also eligible for the CEED.
  • Apart from these criteria, candidates are also qualified to take the CEED exam if they had cleared the GD Arts diploma programme (10+5 level) by July 2021.
  • There is no age binding to register and appear for the CEED.
  • Aspiring students can appear for CEED multiple times.
  • For MDes admissions at IISc Bangalore, IIITDM Kanpur and IIT Jabalpur, students qualifying the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) are also eligible for admission. 

CEED 2021 - Admission Process 

Candidates must note that the CEED screening process comprises five steps. Students are advised to go through the steps that are to be regarded as part of the CEED admission process. 

1) Fill the CEED Application Form 

  • Candidates have to register for the test by filling the CEED registration form on the official website of the CEED. 
  • The registration fee for the CEED exam is not refundable. 
  • Applicants can pay the CEED application fee by debit card, credit card, or net banking. 
  • The fee for the CEED is as given below.
Category Registration fee 
Female/SC/ST/PwD candidates ₹ 1600 
All other candidates ₹ 3200 

2) Download the CEED Admit Card 

  • Applicants can download the CEED admit card from the official website of the exam. 
  • It is compulsory for students to carry a coloured printout of their CEED admit card to the test centre on the test day. 

3) Give the CEED 

  • The pattern of exam for CEED is such that the questions are divided into two sections – A and B. 
  • The CEED Part A test comprises of objective type questions, and the CEED Part B test contains the design as well as drawing questions. 

4) Check CEED Result 

The CEED results are released on the official website of the entrance examination. Students can view their CEED score and rank by logging in to their accounts using their assigned login credentials. Kindly note that that the Part B test of CEED is evaluated only for those candidates who have qualified the CEED Part A test. 

The minimum marks to qualify the CEED Part A test are as follows. 

Category Marks (Percentage) 
SC/ST/PwD 5% 
Open-NCL 9% 
Open 10% 

5) Verify the Admission Status Post the CEED 

  • Clearing the CEED does not guarantee admission in any of the colleges accepting CEED exam scores. 
  • After qualifying the CEED, students need to appear for admission tests as well as interviews conducted by the participating colleges. 
  • Merit lists for admissions are made available by the concerned colleges that take part in the CEED joint counselling as well as those institutes that are part of the examination on the basis of result sharing. 

Colleges Accepting CEED Scores 

Mentioned in the table below are participating colleges for the CEED. 

Institute Discipline/Department 
IISc Bangalore Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing 
IIT Bombay Industrial Design Centre (IDC) 
IIT Delhi Department of Design 
IIT Guwahati Department of Design 
IIT Hyderabad Department of Design 
IIT Kanpur Design Programme 
IIITDM Jabalpur Design Discipline 

Below are the institutes that are part of the examination on the basis of result sharing. 

University/ College Location 
Central Institute of Technology (CIT) Kokrajhar 
Delhi Technological University New Delhi 
Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) Mumbai 
Jain (Deemed-to-be-University) Bengaluru 
Lovely Professional University (LPU) Phagwara, Punjab 
School of Architecture and Interior Design, SRM Institute of Science and Technology Chennai 
School of Planning and Architecture Bhopal 
Shiv Nadar University Greater Noida, Delhi-NCR 
Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology Banglore 
UPES School of Design Studies Dehradun 
Vishwakarma University Pune 
World University of Design (WUD) Delhi/NCR 

CEED 2021 Exam Centres

The IIT Bombay authorities have announced that the CEED will be held across exam centres in 24 cities on January 17, 2021.

While filling the registration form for the examination, candidates are allowed to select up to three CEED exam centre preferences.

Test CentresTest CentresTest CentresTest Centres
ChandigarhJaipurNew DelhiTrissur

A city may have more than one CEED test centre. In these cases, a request for change of a centre within the same city will NOT be permitted under any circumstances.

CEED 2021 - Syllabus 

For Part A 

Students can go through the index of topics for the CEED Part A test same below. 

  • Analytical and logical reasoning 
  • Design thinking and problem solving 
  • Environmental and social awareness 
  • Language and creativity 
  • Observation and design sensitivity 
  • Visualisation and spatial ability 

For Part B 

In the list below, candidates can go through the topics on which they will be evaluated in the CEED Part B test. 

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Communication skills 
  • Creativity 
  • Drawing 
Anatomy, Proportions and DivisionsDesign ConceptsInspirational DesignPictograms and Signage
Animal and Bird StudyDrawing Ability and SkillsInteraction Design and Visual CommunicationPlacement of different figures proportionally
Basic and advanced Human DrawingsDrawing of human figures of different postures, action and age groupsInterface design and Product DesignPoster, Logo, Character designing
Basics of Drawing- Lines and ShapesGeometrical and Design ExerciseLight and ShadowProblem Identification and Design Problem Solving
Basics of materials and manufacturing processesGradation ChartLogical ReasoningProblem identification and solving
Colour Rendering and DesignGrid CollagesLogo DesignProduct Designing
Colour Theory, Color Schemes and color CompositionsHands and Feets StudyMeans of Advertisement-Visual CommunicationCreative Writing Skills
Communication SkillsHow to Develop CharactersMetamorphosisRepresentation techniques
Compositional senseHuman Body KnowledgePerspective DesignScale and Proportion
CompositionsHuman FeaturesPerspective- Types and UsageSense of proportion
Still Life Drawings, Eye Levels and Symmetrical Drawing Concepts, Object drawings from everyday lifeStory IllustrationsStory tellingSketching
Visual perceptionStudy of Objects and Lateral Thinking

CEED 2021 - Exam Day Guidelines

Students appearing for the CEED 2021 are advised to carefully read through the exam day instructions mentioned on the admit card. Candidates are instructed on the requirements of the exam below. 

Since the CEED Part B test is subjective, candidates have to carry stationery like pencils, poster colours, sketch pens and other drawing materials to the test centre. Students also need to ensure that they have the documents mentioned below at the CEED test centre.

  • Students must carry a coloured printout of the CEED admit card to the test centre. The admit card is required to record the biometric information of examinees at the centre.
  • Candidates are required to carry a valid and original photo ID proof to their CEED test centre. Documents that are accepted as ID proof include passport, the college issued identity card, driving license, Voter ID, Aadhaar card or PAN card.     
  • Candidates are not allowed to have on them any electronic gadget such as calculator, mobile phone, smart/digital watch inside the examination hall. Using any electronic device during the test will immediately disqualify a candidate, as mentioned on the official website. 


Q. How many of the test centres can I select at the time of filling the registration form?

A. Students are required to choose three test cities in their order of preference mandatorily. Request for a change of test city was not entertained after form submission.

Q. When will the result of CEED 2021 be released?

A. The IIT B authorities will declare the CEED 2021 result on March 8, 2021, in the online mode.

Q. If I find any error in my information on the CEED 2021 admit card, then how should I rectify it?

A. If there happens to be any mistake in the information on the admit card of the CEED, students must inform the officials immediately to correct it.

Q. Can I carry a digital copy/photocopy of my identity card to the exam centres?

A. Examinees must carry the original copy of their identity card to the test centres. Kindly note that the hall ticket is an important document that you must produce it along with the valid id proof when asked by the invigilators.


Best wishes to all the CEED 2021 aspirants from the CollegeMarg team!

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