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.

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