Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) is an all India examination for design aspirant post-graduates hosted by the Industrial Design Centre, IIT-Bombay. There is no age limit to appear for this particular design exam, one can attend the exam for any number of times and a CEED score is valid for two years.

IDC, IIT-Bombay

IDC, IIT-Bombay

CEED is normally conducted in the month of December and as mentioned in the CEED brochure, in order to apply, a candidate must have completed or completing one of the following courses.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Architecture/Design/Interior Design or equivalent (4 years programme after 10+2)
  • Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT or equivalent of 4 years programme after 10+2)
  • B.F.A. (4 year professional programme, after 10+2)
  • G.D. Art (5 year programme after 10th) with one year post qualification professional experience
  • Master’s degree in Arts/ Science/ Computer Applications (2 year programme after 10+2+3)

* A 3 year bachelor’s degree won’t be considered as eligible by the CEED committee

The application fee (non-refundable) for CEED is Rs.2000 for General and OBC male candidates and Rs.1000 for SC/ST/PwD male candidates and all the female candidates. Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bombay and Delhi are the most prominent exam centers. Almost all design institutes in India, especially IITs and IISc consider CEED score for admissions and if you are willing to pursue your post-graduate education in Design, you must start preparing for CEED right now!

How to Apply?

Application for CEED is completely online and you must follow the below mentioned 3-step procedure to successfully send over your application to the CEED committee.

  1. Register Online: In order to access the CEED application form, you have to register yourself by providing a valid email address and mobile number. On successful registration, you will be provided the application form and a unique application number.
  2. Pay Online: Using the application number provided to you as a reference, make the online payment through SBI Collect using Internet Banking, Credit card or Debit card.
  3. Fill Online: On successful payment, login with the username and password you have been provided and fill the online application form by providing all the necessary personal details and documents like photograph, scanned signature, eligibility certificate and other supporting documents.


Examination Pattern

The exam is of a duration of three hours, including two parts: Part A and Part B.

  • Part A is a screening test consisting of 50 multiple choice questions (MCQ) and comprises of the following categories- Visual Communication, Animation Design, Product Design, Automobile Design, Architecture, Basic Designer Skills and General Awareness. Negative marking is included.
  • Part B takes place for two hours after the completion of Part A and includes design and handwriting type questions which are framed to examine the drawing and creative skills of the candidate. Part B questions are comprised of the following categories- Basic and Visual Sketching, Observation, Problem Identification and Problem Solving, Design-Think Ability, Visual Communication and Animation Design. Part B answers are eligible for evaluation only if the candidate has cleared Part A.


Admission in Design Schools

CEED results alone won’t guarantee you a seat in a reputed Design School in India. Along with CEED results, the ingenuity of your design portfolio and your performance in the studio tests and interviews conducted by the respective design colleges are also taken into account. Nonetheless, the following reputed design institutes consider CEED results as a major selection criteria. Have a look at the courses they offer.

IISc, BangaloreM.DesProduct Design and Engineering
IIT BombayM.DesIndustrial Design
Visual Communication
Interaction Design
Mobility and Vehicle Design
IIT DelhiM.DesIndustrial Design
IIT GuwahatiM.DesDesign
IIT HyderabadM.DesVisual Design
IIT KanpurM.DesDesign

* IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur and IISc, Bangalore also offer Ph.D in Design and for M.Des programs in IIT Kanpur and IISc, Bangalore, GATE qualified students will also be considered.

IIT Guwahati


How to Prepare for CEED

The competition in CEED is very fierce and the number of seats available in the above mentioned design schools are very limited. There is no specific text book or guide recommended by the CEED committee for students. However it is expected that the candidates have exceptional sketching, rendering and visualization skills and you could follow these steps to prepare yourself for CEED.

  • Join a Design and Sketching course such as Launchpad Academy’s Diploma in Car Design Course to improve your design and sketching skills and come up with an impressive portfolio.
  • Refer question papers of previous CEED design exams and have a clear idea on what kind of questions you are going to be asked.
  • Join Design communities and follow famous designers on social media like YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn. Observe their works and compare them with yours to recognize your mistakes and rectify them.
  • Lastly, always be hungry for design, doodle and sketch relentlessly, polish your skillset and stay creative as you are. All the very best!


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