Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design [ UCEED ]

By Srushti Pargat Last Updated: December 03rd, 2020

IIT Bombay organises the Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design or UCEED to shortlist aspirants for admission in the BDes course offered at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIITDM Jabalpur and other colleges that accept UCEED scores for admission.

Full Exam NameUCEED - Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design
Conducting BodyIIT B - Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
FrequencyOnce a year
Exam LevelNational Level Exam
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Mode of CounsellingOnline / Offline
Application Fee (General)₹ 3500 [Online]
Mode of ExamOnline
Exam Duration3 Hours
Number of Participating Colleges17

UCEED 2021 – Important Updates  

The important dates pertaining to the UCEED 2021 are as mentioned in the table below. 

Events Date 
Start date to fill the UCEED application form 09-Sep-2020 (from 1 pm) 
Last date to fill the UCEED application form (with regular fee) 10 Nov 2020 
Last date to fill the UCEED application form (with late fee) 17 Nov 2020 
Download the UCEED admit card 01-Jan-2021 onwards 
Last date for corrections in the admit card 07-Jan-2021 (till 5 pm) 
The UCEED 2021 exam 17-Jan-2021 (9 am to 12 noon) 
Release of Part A draft answer key 21 Jan 2021 
Last date of sending comments about Part A draft answer key 24-Jan-2021 (till 5 pm) 
Release of final Part A answer key 31 Jan 2021 
Declaration of the UCEED result 10 Mar 2021 
Release of scorecards for the UCEED exam 10 Mar 2021 
Application for the BDes Programme 13-Mar-2021 to 31-Mar-2021 
Seat allotment round 1 10 Apr 2021 
Seat allotment round 2 10 May 2021 
Seat allotment round 3 10 Jun 2021 

UCEED 2021 – Application Form

Candidates are advised to refer to the procedure below to fill the application form for the UCEED exam successfully.

The link redirects to the UCEED 2021 application form:

1) Registering for the UCEED

  • To make a registration for the exam, aspirants need to visit the UCEED's official website and create their credentials for login.
  • The registration ID is made once candidates provide the necessary details such as their name, date of birth, mobile number, and email ID. 
  • After they give these details, they will receive an email from IIT Bombay on their registered email ID. It will contain the candidate's application number and password. The same information will also be sent on the candidate's registered mobile number.

2) Filling the Personal Details

  • Applicants have to visit the UCEED official website of the exam once they create their registration ID.
  • They must enter their registration number and password in the space provided. After that, a form will open with the fields related to the information provided by them already filled. 
  • The candidate needs to fill all the following details in their UCEED application form:

Parent's name


Birth category

Correspondence address


Alternate mobile number

Alternate Email ID

  • Then, aspirants need to mention the preference of three cities wherein they would be willing to appear for the entrance examination.

3) Providing Information About Educational Qualification

Students are required to provide their education-related details such as the following.

  • Year of passing/appearing in Class XII or an equivalent examination
  • Name of Board
  • Name of School/College
  • State
  • City/Town
  • Address of School/College

4) Selecting Test Centres

Candidates are required to select three test city choices where they want to appear for UCEED 2021 exam. They need to mention their first, second, and third preference for the UCEED. Once the registration form is submitted, no request for a change in the test city will be made.

5) Upload Important Documents

Aspirants need to upload digital/scanned copies of the below mentioned essential documents along with their UCEED 2021 application form.

  • Recent colour photograph
  • Full signature
  • Qualifying examination certificate
  • Proof of Date of Birth.
  • A gazette notification verifying the change of name (If the name is not the same as in the Class XII certificate)
  • Provisional certificate
  • Category certificate
  • Disability certificate 

6) Paying the UCEED Application Fee

Finally, aspirants need to pay the UCEED registration fee, which does not include processing fees, service, or any other charges that the banks may levy.

UCEED 2021 - Application Fee 

The application fee for the UCEED has been increased for most categories. Students can go through the application fee details in the tabular column mentioned below. 

UCEED 2021 Registration Fee for Exam Centres in India 

Indian Nationals (including PIO/OCI) 

Category Fee 
Female Candidates (all categories) ₹ 1,750 
SC, ST, PwD Candidates ₹ 1,750 
All Other Candidates ₹ 3,500 

Foreign Nationals 

Category Fee 
Candidates from SAARC countries USD 350 
Candidates from Non-SAARC countries USD 450 

UCEED 2021 Registration Fee for Exam Centres in Dubai 

Indian Nationals (including PIO/OCI) 

Category Fee 
All Indian Nationals USD 350 

Foreign Nationals 

Category Fee 
Candidates from SAARC countries USD 350 
Candidates from Non-SAARC countries USD 450 

UCEED 2021 - Eligibility Criteria

Qualifying Exam

  • According to the UCEED 2021 eligibility criteria, aspirants must complete the HSC exam/Class XII board exam in the year 2020.
  • Students who will appear in the Class XII board exam in the year 2021 are also eligible to apply for the admission to the UCEED. But they must pass the qualifying exam at the time of entry; otherwise, the candidature will be cancelled from getting admission for undergraduate courses in a different design programme.
  • Students who qualify their exam from any of the following disciplines are eligible to apply for the admission in IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Guwahati and IIITDM Jabalpur.

Science stream without Maths/Physics/Chemistry




  • In contrast, candidates who pass the Class XII exam or an equivalent from the Science discipline with Maths, Physics and Chemistry can register for admission in different design programmes of undergraduate at IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Guwahati and IIITDM Jabalpur.

Age limit

  • The specified eligibility criteria stats that the candidates from the General/OBC-NCL/EWS category applying for the UCEED must be born on or after October 1, 1996. 
  • SC/ST/PwD category students get a relaxation of five years. They would be eligible to register for the UCEED 2021 if they were born on or after October 1, 1991.

Applicants from all the categories who fall under the prescribed age bracket can fill the application form of the UCEED for admission in the design programme at different IITs over the country.

Maximum number of Attempts

Following the eligibility criteria of UCEED, students are applicable to appear consecutively twice in the UCEED. Students must note that the score of the UCEED is valid only for one year.

UCEED 2021 - Exam Pattern 

Kindly go through the table below to know the part wise UCEED pattern 2021. 

UCEED Exam Pattern - Part A 

  • Number of Sections: Three sections will be presented in the question paper. 
  • Mode: UCEED Part A will be held in the online mode. 
  • Number of Questions: 68 questions will totally be asked in the UCEED Part A. 
  • Type of Questions: Section 1 will contain numerical answer type questions, Section 2 will consist of multiple select questions (MSQs), and Section 3 will comprise Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). 
  • Medium: The language for the UCEED question paper will be English. 

UCEED Exam Pattern 2021 - Part B 

The question of the Part-B will be displayed on the computer screen. However, candidates have to answer it in the written/drawn format in the answer book provided by the invigilator only. There will be only one question, and students have 30 minutes to solve it. 

  • It is compulsory for candidates to answer this question. 
  • At the end of the test duration, the invigilator will collect the booklet. 
  • Marks: 300 is the maximum score allotted for both Part A and B. 
  • Duration: The duration of the entrance exam is 3 hours. Candidates have to answer the question of Part A and Part B in the given time. 

Part A - 240 marks (150 minutes) 

Parts Question Type Marking Scheme 
Section 1 Numerical Answer Type 
Questions 1 to 18 
There is no negative marking. 
All questions are mandatory.
If any question is not answered zero marks will be given for it. 
For every correct answer, candidates will get four marks. 
Section 2 Multiple Select Questions (MSQs) 
Questions 19 to 36 
-0.19 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer. 
Zero marks are given for an unattempted question. 
For each correct answer, 4 points are credited. 
Section 3 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Questions 37 to 68 
Three marks will be given for a correct answer. 
Zero marks will be given for an unattempted question. 
-0.71 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. 

Part B - 60 marks (30 Minutes) 

Total Number of Questions Marks 
1 question 60 marks 


(Part-A and Part-B combined): 300 marks 

UCEED 2021 - Exam Syllabus

The syllabus of UCEED comprises all the topics mentioned below.

Part A

  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning.
  • Design thinking and Problem Solving
  • Environmental and Social Awareness
  • Language and Creativity
  • Observation and Design Sensitivity.
  • Visualisation and Spatial Ability

Part B- Drawing

Ability to draw products, composition, people or scenes in proportion with good line quality, perspective, proportion and shading

UCEED 2021 - Preparation Tips

  • Understand the theory and concepts of drawing like perspective, human figure and proportion, shade, shadows and textures. Questions will be based on the fundamentals of drawing, even though the UCEED does not have a drawing section.
  • Understand the basic principles and elements of design, like colour theory, typography, animation techniques.
  • Work on your vocabulary and general knowledge by reading newspapers and books (like Manorama), surfing the web or watching youtube videos related to these topics.
  • Be clear on fundamental topics of science and math.
  • Strike a balance between studying smart and attempting to cover everything in a topic.
  • Plan your preparation with the time available so that you are able to cover as many topics as instead of focusing on mastery over fewer topics.
  • Start studying well in advance because the range of knowledge and aptitude tested in the UCEED is vast.
  • Understand that this exam will test you for thorough knowledge gained over time. General knowledge is not a topic that can be studied at the last minute. You are required to do research and make reading a part of your everyday routine.


Q. When will IIT B declare the UCEED result for 2021?

A. IIT Bombay will announce the result of the UCEED on March 10. Students can check their results from the UCEED official website by supplying the requisite details. They can also download the scorecard of UCEED 2021.

Q. Is there any negative marking in the UCEED?

A. In some segments of Part A, negative marking is applicable.

Q. My birth date is only a few days/weeks/months/years short of the eligibility criteria for age. Can you make an exemption for me?

A. Kindly note that no exemption shall be made in these cases.

Q. I do not possess a birth certificate for proof of date of birth. What should I do?

A. In case you do not have your birth certificate, you can upload a copy of passport/Aadhaar Card/X class mark sheet/school leaving certificate showing your date of birth.

Q. I am not able to get the valid OBC-NCL certificate before the registration deadline. Can I upload my OBC certificate instead?

A. No, applications under the OBC-NCL category without a valid certificate will be rejected.


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

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