CEED selection and eligibility

The Common entrance examination for the design (CEED) is an all India examination conducted every year for the candidates who are interested in enrolling themselves in the design programmes such as Master Degree of Design Programmes in the disciplines like
  1. Product Design & Engineering.
  2. Industrial Design.
  3. Visual Communication.
  4. Animation.
  5. Interaction Design.
  6. Mobility & Vehicle Design.
  7. Design
Eligibility criteria

The candidate’s eligibility criteria are given below. The candidates expected to complete or must have completed any of the below mentioned bachelor’s degree are eligible to appear for the examination. 

1.       B.F.A ($ year professional programme after 10+2)
2.       Professional diploma in design (NID/CEPT)
3.       Bachelor’s degree in Design/Architecture/Engineering/Interior design or equivalent ( 10 +2 + 4 years of education)
4.       G.D arts ( 5 year programme) with one year post qualification and professional experience
5.       Master’s degree in arts/science/computer applications ( 2yar programme plus 10+2 +3)
Please note that the candidates with three years bachelor programme are not eligible for the examination.


The selection of the candidates is based on the screening level test and second level test of the CEED examination followed by an Interview to get enrolled for the design course. 

Screening test

The design administration conducting the examination receives number of applications once it advertises about the onset of the examination. The screening exam will be conducted for the candidates who have been found eligible for the exam. The CEED scores are then sorted and kept in ascending order.  (Also the GATE scores are taken for the IIT Bombay and IISc Bangalore institutions) 

From the top, around *300 applicants are selected for the next round of examination.
*300 is an arbitrary number. It is subject to change as per the norms and regulations of the examiners. They are selected for the design aptitude test (DAT).

Design Aptitude test screening

The screening test conducted initially is not a complete validating factor. The second test assess the candidates design aptitude and his/her fitness for the desired course in design. The second level of assessment makes the candidate check whether he fits for the design course or not. 


The design aptitude course (DAT) scores are again arranged based on the cut-off criteria as per the rules of the examiners for passing. Any candidate who has secured above the cut-off, are invited to appear for the interview. The cut-off number varies each year based on the factors like number of seats available and the aggregate score of the candidates attending the examination.  Out of selected candidates, only few candidates are selected form the DAT score. The candidates can present their portfolio in front of the interviewer for a complete understanding of the  candidate’s profile.

A general Note on CEED Examination

Introduction to the scholarship
The common entrance examination for design (CEED) is a joint entrance examination (All India level) for the postgraduate studies in the fields of technological design which is held every year at the IITs and IISc (Bangalore).  The examination is hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology’s (Bombay) ‘Industrial Design Centre’ on behalf of the ministry of human resource development, Government of India. CEED is the qualifying examination for the design programmes at the various recognised institutions such as M.Des programme at IIT Bombay; IDDC , IIT Delhi; CPMD, IISc Bangalore; Design programme, IIT Kanpur.  


About the examination pattern

The CEED examination is a descriptive test which covers the student’s logical, imaginative, creative, observation and drawing skills which are tested for the admissions in the various design courses namely Industrial design, Product Design, Visual communication, animation graphic, vehicle design and mobility. 

Eligibility criteria

The desired eligibility criteria for the candidate to take part in the examination are given below. 

1.       There is no age limit or the number of times a candidate can participate in the examination.
2.       The minimum academic qualification for the candidate is to possess a bachelor’s degree either in Design, Fine arts, Architecture or Engineering from a recognised institution  or University  in India.
3.       The qualified candidates with a valid examination score become eligible to apply for the various design courses and for the admission under IIT and IISc.
4.       A valid score does not guarantee or promise admission to the desired institute. 

Detailed examination pattern 

From year 2013, CEED has changed its examination pattern. The examination is conducted in three stages. 

A)     Part-A
B)      Part-B
C)      Interview

Part-A is a preliminary examination screening test. The screening test has about 50 questions which consist of negative marking. The correct answers consist of +2.0 marks and a wrong answer consist of -0.5 marks. Part-A is kept to check the candidate’s general awareness and knowledge.
Part-B is conducted to the candidates who have been selected in the screening test. All the questions in this part will examine the drawing and creative skills of the candidate. The first of these two rounds are mandatory to clear and the interviews are conducted for those who are selected in the two parts.

Part- A
This part covers the following categories.
1.       Visual communication
2.       Animation design
3.       Product design
4.       Digital field
5.       Architecture
6.       General awareness
7.       Automobile design
This part comprises of the following.
1.       Basic and visual sketching
2.       Design thinking
3.        Visual communication
4.       Animal design
5.       Observation, problem identification and problem solving

The programmes that can be taken up after the clearing of the CEED examination are given below.
1.       Master of design programmes
2.       PhD programmes in Design

This Might Help Your CEED 2013 Preparations