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Common Entrance Examination for Design


CEED (Common Entrance Examination for Design) is a national-level entrance exam in India for postgraduate design programs. Conducted annually by IIT Bombay, it evaluates candidates' aptitude for design through sections on visual perception, drawing, reasoning, creativity, and communication.

CEED scores can be used for admissions to M.Des and Ph.D. programs offered by prestigious institutes like IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati, and IISc Bangalore. If you clear the exam, you'll need to apply to these institutes separately for admission based on your CEED rank.


The CEED entrance exam aims to identify candidates with the potential to excel in design fields. To achieve this, the entrance exams is conducted in a two-part structure:

  • Part A is designed to assess core design aptitude. It focuses on objective, multiple choice and numerical questions evaluate the candidates on their visual and spatial thinking, environmental awareness, logical reasoning, and language skills. This part tests a broad understanding of design principles and problem-solving approaches.

  • Part B focuses on practical design abilities. Candidates answer open-ended questions that require drawing, writing, and design thinking. This section assesses the ability of the candidate to translate design concepts into visual representations and effectively communicate their ideas.

    By assessment through the combination of Part A and Part B exams, CEED goes beyond rote memorization and ensures it selects candidates with a strong foundation in design principles, critical thinking, and the ability to bring their creative vision to life.


Graduates with a three-year degree (after 10+2) or those finishing their final year by July 2024 can appear for CEED. This includes diploma programs and even GD Arts diplomas (10+5 level). There is no age limit for the CEED exam. The eligibility criteria focus on educational qualifications, allowing anyone who meets those requirements to pursue postgraduate studies in design in India.

Exam Format 

The CEED Entrance Exam is a two-part test designed to assess a candidate's design aptitude and skills. Here's a breakdown of the format for each part:

Part A:

  • Duration: 1 hour

  • Question Type: Objective - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Multiple Select Questions (MSQs), and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions

  • Number of Questions: 100

  • Focus: This section evaluates core design aptitudes. It tests a candidate's:

    • Visual and spatial ability

    • Environmental and social awareness

    • Analytical and logical reasoning

    • Language skills

    • Observation and design sensitivity

  • Marking Scheme: There is negative marking for incorrect answers in MCQ and MSQ sections.

Part B:

  • Duration: 2 hours

  • Question Type: Subjective - Open ended questions requiring drawing, writing, and design thinking

  • Number of Questions: 5

  • Focus: This section assesses practical design abilities. It tests a candidate's:

    • Ability to translate design concepts into visual forms

    • Design thinking skills

    • Communication of design ideas

Important Note:

  • Part A is a computer-based test (CBT).

  • Part B is a pen and paper based test, where answers are written in a separate answer booklet.

  • The weightage for the final CEED score is 25% for Part A and 75% for Part B.

How to prepare for CEED Exams

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Preparing for the CEED entrance exams demands meticulous planning and dedication. To excel in CEED 2024, candidates must start early, acquaint themselves with the exam pattern, and hone their time management through regular mock tests. Since Part B evaluates drawing and creative skills, aspiring candidates must prioritize practicing drawing and fostering creativity through activities like sketching and designing. These tips are essential for candidates aiming to stand out and secure success in the challenging landscape of CEED examinations.

Useful Tips:

  • Start preparing early: The CEED exam is a competitive exam, so it is important to start preparing early.

  • Familiarize yourself with the exam pattern: The first step to preparing for any exam is to familiarize yourself with the exam pattern. This will help you to understand the types of questions that will be asked and how much time you will have to answer each question.

  • Practice solving mock tests: There are a number of mock tests available online and in coaching institutes. Solving mock tests will help you to improve your time management skills and get used to the format of the exam.

  • Work on your drawing skills: Part B of the CEED exam is a pen-and-paper based test that assesses your drawing and creative skills. It is important to practice your drawing skills regularly in the lead up to the exam.

  • Focus on your creativity: The CEED exam is looking for creative individuals, so it is important to focus on developing your creativity. There are a number of ways to do this, such as sketching, painting, and designing.

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