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Why You Might Fail To Clear CEED 2018?

CEED (Common Entrance Examination for Design) is that one examination which has been deciding the future of aspiring designers in India from many years. An all-India examination conducted by the Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay, it is one of the hardest design entrance exams to clear. Though clearing CEED doesn’t guarantee admissions into design schools, CEED is definitely the gateway one needs to get through before seeking admissions in IITs, IISc and other reputed design schools.

Though thousands of design students write CEED every year, only a handful are able to clear the exam. Unlike Engineering in India, Design is a very exquisite educational domain, having fewer colleges and fewer seats. Hence, for students who are aiming to get into the best design schools in India, it is going to be tough to fight it out amongst thousands and make it to the top. Though it is easy to clear CEED with dedication, hard work and the right approach towards design, there are plenty of reasons why you might fail to clear CEED 2016. Here’s a list.

1. You are depending on your CEED coaching center
Creativity, imagination, analytical thinking, problem solving and many such innate qualities can’t be forced into you, they have to be cultivated instead. It is simply impossible to develop a designer’s approach within 3 months as the centers promise. You can’t clear CEED if you can’t think like a designer, it’s as simple as that.

2. You are treating CEED like IIT JEE
Design unlike engineering is not technical in nature, doesn’t rely on formulas and mathematical interpretations. If you want to clear CEED 2018, take out that marks-oriented approach from your head and most importantly, stop thinking like an engineer! Instead take time to observe design as a concept, implement your ideas, keep experimenting and keep improving your skills. Think beyond marks!

3. Your drawing and sketching skills are poor
Design is in fact the process of giving a visual representation to your ideas and if your drawing and sketching skills are too poor to represent your ideas, it is very likely that you won’t clear CEED. Though design is not technical, it’s not entirely about imagination and ideas either. Proportions, angles, ideations, aesthetics, packaging, user-function… knowledge of these things matter too.

Sketching Skills

Sketching Skills

4. You are lacking analytical thinking
The whole intention of design is to make things more functional and simpler to use, to make ideas more relatable and understandable. As a designer, you must be able to identify design problems quickly and offer solutions instantly. CEED question papers emphasize heavily on these analytical thinking problems and even if you are good at sketching, if you lack analytical thinking, it is going to be tough to clear CEED.

5. You don’t know how well prepared you are
In case of IIT JEE you will know how well prepared you are as the questions are straight forward, methods definitive and results measurable. But that’s not the case in CEED. If you fail to interact with other students and expert designers in online communities and get their opinions on you skills and works, you will never know your mistakes and instead come to the conclusion that you are simply well prepared.

6. You are not working on your portfolio
CEED is only half the race to seek admissions in design schools. CEED is followed by a much more difficult studio test and personal interview where you are supposed to present your design portfolio and explain yourself as a designer. If your preparation is all about clearing CEED and not creating your own design portfolio, you will never gain entry into a design school. A portfolio is a collection of your works.

A Typical Portfolio

A Typical Portfolio

7. You are not taking studio tests seriously
If you are capable enough to clear the studio tests, you are certainly capable enough to clear CEED 2016. Rather than prioritizing CEED before the studio test that follows, do the opposite in fact. It takes great amount of knowledge, skills and confidence to face studio tests, and if you have it all, CEED will be a cakewalk for you!

8. You are not solving enough previous year question papers
Though the pattern of CEED is completely unpredictable, it is wise to solve as many previous year question papers as possible. It gives you a brief insight over what kind of questions would be asked and lets you easily prioritize the things you are supposed to learn. All the previous year CEED question papers can be easily found on the internet, along with the solutions.

9. You are not exploring enough
As said before, design is not about rules, formulas and mathematics. There’s no definitive syllabus like engineering where you can limit your horizons of learning. Learning is an endless process if you are a designer and anything related to design could be asked in CEED 2018 . The more you explore, the more you know and the more you learn. Make good use of the resources and technology you are provided with.

Using Online Resources

Using Online Resources

10. You don’t have a design mindset
A design mindset is what differentiates people who clear CEED and ones who don’t. Evaluators of studio tests and personal interviews specifically look for the love and passion you have for design. Your works need to speak a consistent design language and reflect a solid design approach. If you don’t possess a design mindset as such and just focus on clearing CEED 2018 , sooner or later you will realize design was not for you.

This article is not intended to discourage or demotivate anybody who is planning to write design entrance exams like CEED, UCEED or NID’s entrance exam. The article is just giving you a list of things you shouldn’t be doing over the next six months while you prepare for CEED 2018, which is likely to be conducted in the month of December, Jan 2018.

 

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UCEED 2015 – A Career Guide

UCEED 2015 certainly created a lot of buzz in Indian design education over the past month. We here at Launchpad Academy, learned about the newly introduced B.Des programme in IIT Bombay at the earliest (and also the dual degree program, B.Des + M.Des) and being a design education startup, we felt the responsibility of informing design enthusiasts like you about this new design course and entrance exam.

Over the past month, our previous article on UCEED 2015 received an overwhelming response and hundreds of people contacted us to clarify their doubts about the course and the exam. Now that the official UCEED website is up and active, those who are still unsure about the nature of the B.Des course in IIT Bombay and the UCEED 2015 examination, please go through the UCEED website and have your doubts cleared right now. However, I observed that the UCEED website left a lot of career related questions unanswered or barely answered. This article is especially for those people who are in splits whether to take up design as a career and people who are looking for shortcuts to clear UCEED 2015. If you’re one of them, read on to know more.

 

Can I Get A Job After Completing the B.Des Course?
In a country like India where students are more concerned about jobs than skills, it is only natural that our previous article was bombarded with this question. To begin with, I think it’s high time that we Indian students look at career opportunities with a different perspective and realize that a degree alone won’t get us a job in today’s job scenario. As IIT Bombay cites, the world is gradually moving towards a creative economy where your skills and problem solving abilities matter more than your academic excellence. Hence it is totally up to you how well you utilize this course and develop your personality and skills over the years. Rather than expecting the institute to do all the legwork, I urge the students to take responsibility of their career and fight it out. However I must also mention that IDC, IIT Bombay is one of the Top 50 Design Schools in the World and as the institute itself claims, it has an impressive placement record. So will you get a job after completing the B.Des course in IIT Bombay? Well, my answer is ‘Most Likely…Yes’!

 

Is There Any UCEED Training Available? Any Reference Books? Any Tips?
As most of you know, UCEED 2015 is the first exam of its kind and there are no previous year question papers available for reference. However, IIT Bombay was considerate enough to heed to students’ request and released a sample question paper (along with the answer keys) on its UCEED website. And as expected, the sample UCEED question paper follows a similar pattern to CEED and all the questions are based on the following design related topics.
1. Visualization and Spatial Ability
2. Observation and Design Sensitivity
3. Environmental and Social Awareness
4. Analytical and Logical Reasoning
5. Language and Creativity
6. Design Thinking and Problem Solving
As IIT Bombay claims, all the five design related topics except Environmental and Social Awareness are aptitude tests that serve as yardsticks to measure your talent for sketching and designing. So rather than looking for already curated reference material and training, hit the internet and learn as much as you can on the above mentioned topics. And since UCEED follows a similar pattern as CEED, refer all those previous year CEED papers which are available in abundance in the internet.

 

I’m Preparing for JEE as well as UCEED. Which Is More Important?
Well, it depends on your interests. JEE as we know is a technical entrance exam and UCEED is a design entrance exam. Engineering and Design are two entirely different domains though they are slightly interrelated at some level. If you are good at sketching, at least have a brief idea about what those above mentioned design topics meant and want to be a designer at at any cost, I would recommend you to focus on UCEED. However, if you are finding JEE ridiculously difficult and design is just an alternative escape to you, I would recommend you to study hard and stick with JEE. Let me remind you, B.Des in IIT Bombay is a very exquisite course and only 30 seats are available (including reserved seats). Just 30! So the competition will be pretty fierce and UCEED is as difficult as JEE in terms of competition. 12th is a very crucial part in every Indian student’s career and you don’t want to sail on two boats and expect to board one when the other sinks. Nonetheless, if you are that interested in design and don’t want your JEE preparations to go in vain too, don’t worry, IIT Guwahati has a B.Des course too and JEE is the qualifying entrance exam for this course. And if nothing works, there are a lot of top private design schools in India that offer B.Des course. There you go, problem solved!

To conclude, all I would ask you students is to work hard and work smart. Make good use of the technology you are equipped with and explore internet to the fullest to aid your UCEED preparation. And lastly, think twice before you choose design as a career. If you are a lazy ass who doesn’t like challenges, doesn’t like to be creative, for whom job satisfaction means nothing but who just wants to count money sitting on your office chair, frankly B.Des is not the course you are looking for!

 

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B.Des in IIT Bombay-UCEED Examination

Attention all 10+2 students! The wait is finally over. You don’t have to be disappointed that there’s no Bachelor of Design (B.Des) in IIT Bombay anymore! One of the best design schools in India, IDC IIT Bombay has finally added a four year B.Des programme and a five year dual degree (B.Des + M.Des) programme to its much respected and much valued design courses. This makes IIT Bombay the only other IIT to offer a B.Des degree for undergraduates other than IIT Guwahati.

The first B.Des course in IIT Bombay will be commencing from this year i.e. 2015 and your performance in the Undergraduate Common Entrance Exam for Design (UCEED) will decide your entry into this prestigious institution. Like CEED (India’s most regarded design entrance exam for PG design courses), UCEED will also be conducted by IIT Bombay. Launchpad Academy learned about this recent development at the earliest and went through the UCEED brochure thoroughly. Here’s everything you need to know about B.Des in IIT Bombay and the UCEED entrance exam as per the UCEED brochure released by the institution.

Eligibility Criteria
There are three main eligibility criteria to appear for UCEED. Since B.Des in IIT Bombay is a bachelor’s degree offered for undergraduates, along with the number of attempts one takes to clear UCEED, age and educational qualification are also taken into consideration.
Age Limit: A candidate belonging to General or OBC-NCL category should have been born on or after October 1, 1995 and October 1, 1990 if belonging to the SC, ST and PwD categories.
Number of Attempts: A candidate can attend UCEED for a maximum of two consecutive years and since the entrance exam is the first of its kind, the maximum number of attempts for UCEED 2015 is one.
Class XII (or Equivalent) Examination: The candidate should have passed the 2014 Class XII or equivalent exam or passed/appeared in the 2015 Class XII or equivalent exam. Those who appeared for the first time in their Class XII (or equivalent) examination in 2013 or earlier are not eligible.

Registration Details
• The registration for UCEED is completely online and can be done on UCEED’s online portal http://uceed.iitb.ac.in.
• Applicants must satisfy all of the above mentioned eligibility criteria and the application cannot be withdrawn after registration is completed.
• Online registration begins from April 10, 2015 and ends on April 25, 2015.
• The registration fees is Rs.2000 for all General/OCC-NCL male candidates and Rs.1000 for all SC/ST/PwD male candidates. Irrespective of the category, all female candidates must pay Rs.1000 as registration fees.

Documents Required for Registration
The following is a list of documents required to complete the UCEED registration process.
• A color photograph of the candidate with a clear full frontal view of the face.
• Class X certificate if the birth certificate is mentioned in it or birth certificate.
• Class XII certificate for those who appeared for board exams in 2014 and a scanned copy of admit card for those who are appearing/appeared in 2015.
• Scanned copies of the candidate’s full signature and left thumb impression.
• Concerned category documents for those belonging to SC, ST, PwD and other reserved categories.

Examination Pattern
• Undergraduate Common Entrance Exam for Design (UCEED) is a computer based test and comprises of a total of 100 questions, accounting to a total of 300 marks.
• The examination duration is for a total duration of three hours and the medium of instruction is English.
• The question paper consists of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), Multiple Selection Questions (MSQ) and numerical answer type questions. Negative marking is included.
• All the questions are based following six design related topics
1. Visualization and Spatial Ability
2. Observation and Design Sensitivity
3. Environmental and Social Awareness
4. Analytical and Logical Reasoning
5. Language and Creativity
6. Design Thinking and Problem Solving

Examination Day
• The first ever UCEED exam i.e. UCEED 2015 will be conducted on May 31st, 2015 and the admit card will be made available for download from 18th to 28th May, 2015.
• The candidate must carry a printed copy of the admit card to the examination center and any kind of electronic device (including mobile phones, calculators etc.), abacus, slide rule, log book, geometry box and study material of any kind are strictly prohibited.
• UCEED 2015 will be conducted in the following 9 cities- Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.

Results
• UCEED 2015 results will be announced online on 10th June, 2015 and individual ranks will not be sent to the candidates. A candidate should have attend both Part A and Part B to be qualified for ranking.
• Only those candidates who have the minimum required marks in each of the six categories and the required aggregate will be included in the merit list.
• This year’s admissions for B.Des in IIT Bombay are based on UCEED 2015 merit list prepared by UCEED Admissions Committee 2015.

Important Dates

Exam Date31/05/2015
Online Registration10/04/2015 to 25/04/2015
Admit Card Downloading18/05/2014 to 28/05/2014
Results10/06/2015

UCEED 2015 – A Career Guide
Here is an exclusive Career Guide from Launchpad Academy to help you with UCEED preparation and UCEED training. The article also covers the scope of B.Des in IIT Bombay and explains why Design is a unique career option as opposed to engineering and other technical courses.

 

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How To Get Into National Institute of Design (NID)

National Institute of Design, more popularly known as NID is the most sought after Design School in India. Established in 1961, NID is the only other Indian design college other than IDC, IIT-Bombay to be featured in Business Week’s Top 50 Design Schools in the World. Known for its expert faculty, amazing learning environment, notable alumni and of course, its long lasting legacy, NID is also known as the most difficult design school to get into. With only 100 seats in its B.Des programme and a mere 275 seats in its M.Des programme, NID is one of those elite colleges you want to be in if you want to be a well-known designer!

Courses and Campus
NID offers B.Des and M.Des programs in 20 diverse design disciplines with five faculty streams, Industrial Design, Product Design, Graphic Design and Transportation & Automobile Design to name a few. NID has three different campuses, the main campus being in Ahmedabad while the PG campus is in Gandhinagar and the R&D campus in Bangalore. Adding to the institute’s popularity in the world of design, NID has established exchange programs and pedagogic relationships with over 50 overseas institutions. The yearly college expenses of pursuing a B.Des degree in NID is Rs. 2,10,800 while M.Des costs Rs. 2,55,800.

How to Apply
NID’s application procedure is quite simple and the candidate is expected to download the application form from NID’s admission dedicated website. Once filled, you must post/personally handover the completed application form with a Demand Draft drawn on any nationalized bank in favor of ‘National Institute of Design’ (Rs.1500 for General and Rs.750 for reserved categories like SC/ST and PH). The fees is non-refundable on rejected applications and those applications selected for the admission tests will receive the hall ticket/call letter somewhere in the month of December. Both B.Des and M.Des programs require that the candidates selected for tests carry their hall tickets, eligibility certificates, birth certificate and other supporting documents like category certificates.

Eligibility Criteria

B.Des– A General category candidate shouldn’t be more than 20 years old and this age limit can be extended to another 3 years for Reserved categories. The candidate must have completed or must be completing his/her Higher Secondary education or equivalents like AISSCE/IB/ISC.

M.Des– A General category candidate shouldn’t be more than 30 years old and this age limit can be extended to another 3 years for Reserved categories. The candidate must have completed or must be completing his/her Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent Diploma. Degree in Design, Engineering, Technology or Architecture, or a recognized Diploma in Design are the most preferred academic qualifications.

Entrance Exam
NID’s entrance exam Design Aptitude Test (DAT) which is also popularly known as the National Entrance Examination for Design (NEED) is one of the most regarded entrance exams for design in India and also one of the most difficult ones along with IDC’s CEED. There is no particular syllabus to prepare for DAT or NEED and the questions are framed on basic topics like Communication Skills, Composition, Creativity, Drawing Skills, General Mental Ability, Sensitivity to Environment and Subjects of Design.

Both B.Des and M.Des Design Aptitude Tests (DAT) comprise of two phases, the first being a written test and Phase 2 being a Studio Test

B.Des

Phase 1: This 3 hour test is for 100 marks and the questions are both visual and textual in type. The test is conducted to gauge the candidate’s aptitude for Design Problem Solving, Visual Sense, Observation & Perception, Environmental Awareness, Mental Ability and Communication Skills.
Phase 2: Phase 2 comprises of a Studio Test followed by Personal Interview and Portfolio Presentation. The Studio Test is further divided into 3 parts- Doodling, 3D Modeling and Observation Test.

M.Des

Phase 1: This 3 hour test is for 100 marks and consists of two parts, both of 1.5 hour time duration. Part A is a Common Foundation Paper for 40 marks and Part B is a Specialization Paper for 60 marks. The test is conducted to gauge the candidate’s aptitude for Design Problem Solving, Visual Sense, Observation & Perception, Environmental Awareness, Mental Ability and Communication Skills.
Phase 2: Phase 2 comprises of a Studio Test followed by Personal Interview and Portfolio Presentation. The Studio Test is further divided into 3 parts- Doodling, 3D Modeling and Observation Test.

Exam Centers
According to NID’s website both B.Des and M.Des exams are conducted in 12 exam centers as of now. The list goes as follows: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Nagpur. 

How to Prepare for DAT/NEED?
DAT/NEED is very similar to CEED when it comes to the type of questions asked and the preparation required. Here is a list of tips to help you get started.

  • Not only you should know how to sketch and design, but you should also know how to sketch quickly and flawlessly.
  • Refine your sketching skills and join a Sketching and Design course such as Launchpad’s Diploma in Car Design program if it helps.
  • Refer the previous year NEED question papers available on the internet and subscribe to online and offline exam preparation guides.
  • Stay connected with designers and design students in online communities, compare your works with theirs, get reviews on your sketching skills and ask for suggestions.
  • To conclude, think of design all the time and keep sketching! All the best!

 

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All You Need To Know About CEED

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.

InstituteProgrammeSpecialization
IISc, BangaloreM.DesProduct Design and Engineering
IIT BombayM.DesIndustrial Design
Visual Communication
Animation
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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