Common Entrance Examination for Design

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The Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) is a joint entrance exam for post-graduate studies in the field of technological design held annually jointly at all IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc). The examination is hosted by the Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay on behalf of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. It is a descriptive test covering a student's logical, creative, observation and drawing skills, tested in particular for admission to various design courses in the fields of product design, industrial design, visual communication, animation graphics, vehicle design and mobility.


There is no bar to either the age of the candidate or the number of times a candidate can participate. The minimum academic qualification for appearing in the examination is a bachelor's degree in Design, Architecture, Fine Arts or Engineering from a recognized college or university of India.

All qualified candidates with a valid CEED Examination score become eligible to apply for admission to various design programs under IITs and IISc. A valid CEED score does not, however, promise admission to the desired institute. Candidates are always required to appear for a second test known as the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) followed by an interview prior to final selection by the respective institutes.

Examination pattern[edit]

From 2013, CEED has changed its examination pattern. Now the examination is conducted in three stages: Part A, Part B, and an interview.

Part A is a preliminary screening test. There are about 50 questions in this part having negative marking. Correct answers carry +2.0 marks and wrong answers carry -0.5 marks (negative). Each question in this part checks general knowledge and awareness. Part B is evaluated for those candidates who are short listed in the screening test (Part A). Each question in this part examines the drawing and creative skills of the candidate. The first two parts are mandatory and the interview is carried for those who clear both Part A and Part B.

Part A covers the following categories: [1]

  • Visual communication - this includes logos, signage, packaging, fonts etc.
  • Animation design - includes movement observation, comic strips, visuals etc.
  • Product design - covers the latest and newest products and trends, current products etc.
  • Automobile design - relates to aesthetics, manufacturers and plants etc.
  • Digital (applied to almost all the fields) - relates to photography, color coding, displays, printing etc.
  • Observation and visualisation (basic designer skills) - something like mirroring, textures, evolution (past to present), isometrics and geometry, tessellations, shadows and more.
  • Architecture - covers sculpture, monuments, materials etc.
  • General awareness - includes engineering ability, materials, culture of the country, famous personalities and their works, instruments, animals etc.

Part B comprises the following categories:[2]

  • Basic and visual sketching - that might include objective, perceptive and imaginative types
  • Observation, problem identification and problem solving
  • Design think-ability - relates mostly to the design streams like product/industrial, interaction design and User interface design
  • Visual communication design in the form of posters or logo
  • Animation design in the form of comic strips, character framing etc.

Those who clear Part-A and Part-B are required to prepare a portfolio to produce during the interview.


A CEED qualified candidate can apply for the following programmes in designing in IIT's UPES and IISc, Bangalore:

Master of Design programmes (MDes, M.Des. or M.Design)[edit]

  • IISc, Bangalore - M.Des. in Product Design and Engineering (CPDM)
  • IIT Bombay - M.Des. in Industrial design, Visual Communication, Animation, Interaction Design, Mobility and Vehicle Design
  • IIT Delhi - M.Des. in Industrial Design
  • IIT Hyderabad - M.Des. in Visual Design
  • IIT Guwahati - M.Des. in Design
  • IIT Kanpur - M.Des. in Design
  • IIITDM Jabalpur - M.Des. in Design
  • School of Design Studies - UPES Dehradun - M.Des. in Industrial design, Product Design, Interior Design, Transportation Design
  • symbiosis pune-M.Des in design

Ph.D Programmes in Design[edit]

  • IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad and IIT Kanpur [3]

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