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About Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design

By Srushti Pargat Updated on December 03rd, 2020

About UCEED 2021

Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) is a national level entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay) to offer admission to aspiring students in Bachelor of Design (B.Des)  programs at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIITDM Jabalpur and other colleges that accept UCEED scores for admission.

UCEED Exam 2021: Key Element

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Particulars Details
Full Name Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design
Conducting Body IIT B - Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Frequency Once a year
Exam Level National Level Exam
Language English
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online
Mode of Counselling Online/Offline
Exam Duration 3 Hours
Number of Participating Colleges 17
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UCEED Important Updates 2021

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The important dates about the UCEED 2021 are mentioned in the table below. 

Events Date
UCEED application begins 09 September 2020 (from 1 pm)
Last date to fill the UCEED application form (with regular fee) 10 November 2020
Last date to fill the UCEED application form (with late fee) 17 November 2020
UCEED admit card 01 January 2021 onwards
Last date for corrections in the admit card 07 January 2021 (till 5 pm)
UCEED exam 2021 17 January 2021 (9 am to 12 noon)
Release of Part A draft answer key 21 January 2021
Last date of sending comments about Part A draft answer key 24 January 2021 (till 5 pm)
Release of final Part A answer key 31 January 2021
Declaration of the UCEED result 10 March 2021
Release of scorecards for the UCEED exam 10 March 2021
Application for the BDes Programme 13 March 2021 to 31 March 2021
Seat allotment round 1 10 April 2021
Seat allotment round 2 10 May 2021
Seat allotment round 3 10 June 2021

UCEED Eligibility 2021

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 admission to the UCEED. But they must pass the qualifying exam at the time of entry; otherwise, the candidature will be canceled from getting admission for undergraduate courses in a different design program.
  • Students who qualify for their exam from any of the following disciplines, I.e., Science stream without Maths/Physics/Chemistry or Commerce, Arts, Humanities are eligible to apply for admission in IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Guwahati, and IIITDM Jabalpur.
  • 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 programs of undergraduate at IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Guwahati, and IIITDM Jabalpur.

Age limit

  • The specified eligibility criteria state 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 program 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 Application Form 2021

All the candidates who want to participate in the exam must need to apply for the exam by filling the application form through the official website of the UCEED. It is an online process that involves some of the following steps:

Step 1: Registration

  • Visit the official website and register yourself first by providing the required details such as email ID, mobile number, etc.

Step 2: Fill the Application Form

Fill the required details in the application form such as;

  • Registered email ID
  • Salutation
  • Name of the candidate’s
  • First Name
  • Middle Name
  • Last Name
  • DoB
  • Mobile Number
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Country
  • Pin code
  • Question
  • Secret Answer
  • Password
  • Confirm Password
  • Enter Captcha
  • Educational Details

Step 3: Login

  • Re-login by entering the email address and password.
  • After successfully login, start filling the UCEED application form 2021 by furnishing the personal, academic and communication details.

Step 4: Upload Document

  • Candidates will have to upload the required documents
  • After the documents are uploaded, click on the Pay Fee and Submit’ button.

Step 5: Fee Payment

  • Candidates can pay the application fee in online mode through net banking/ debit card/ credit card.

UCEED 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

Candidates are advised to take a printout of the confirmation page for future purposes after the payment of the application fee is done.

Step 6: Print out.

  • Download the UCEED application form 2021 and take the print out of the same
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UCEED Exam Pattern  2021

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

Part-A and Part-B combined Total Marks: 300 marks 

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. 
Question Type Number of questions Marking Scheme
Numerical Answer Type  18
(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.
Multiple Select Questions (MSQs)  18
(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.
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) 32
(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.

UCEED Exam Pattern 2021 - Part B 

The question of 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. 

  • Candidates must 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. 
Total Number of Questions Marks
1 question 60 marks

UCEED Exam Syllabus 2021

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.
  • Visualization and Spatial Ability

Part B - Drawing

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

Colleges Accepting UCEED Scores 2021

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

UCEED Exam Centers 2021 

UCEED is scheduled to be held in the following cities:

Exam Centers
Ahmedabad Bengaluru Bhopal
Bhubaneswar Chandigarh  Chennai
Dehradun  Delhi  Ernakulum
Panaji  Guwahati  Hyderabad
Jaipur  Lucknow Kolkata
Kozhikode Mumbai Nagpur
Patna Pune Raipur
Thiruvananthapuram Thrissur Vishakhapatnam

Preparation Tips for UCEED 2021

  • 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 color 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 can cover as many topics instead of focusing on mastery over fewer topics.
  • Start studying well in advance because the range of knowledge and aptitude testing 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.


Q1. When will IIT B declare the UCEED result for 2021?

A1. 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.

Q2. Is there any negative marking in the UCEED?

A2. In some segments of Part A, negative marking is applicable.

Q3. 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?

A3. Kindly note that no exemption shall be made in these cases.

Q4. I do not possess a birth certificate for proof of date of birth. What should I do?

A4. 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.

Q5. I am not able to get the valid OBC-NCL certificate before the registration deadline. Can I upload my OBC certificate instead?

A5. No, applications under the OBC-NCL category without a valid certifi cate will be rejected.

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

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