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About CEED

The intent of the Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) is to evaluate a candidate’s aptitude for design, which includes visual perception, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity, communication, and problem-solving abilities. CEED is administered by IIT Bombay. It is a requisite for admission to IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, and IIITDM Jabalpur’s Master of Design (M.Des) degrees, as well as Ph.D. degrees at various IITs and design schools. It is significant to mention that passing CEED does not guarantee admission to any of these programs. For the final selection/admission, admitting institutes may conduct additional examinations and/or interviews. Admission is not guaranteed based on a CEED score. Along with the CEED score, admitting institutes will check eligibility, category certificates, and other papers. The CEED 2023 score is valid for one year from the date of the result announcement.

Online registration with regular feeSeptember  to October 2023
Online registration with late feeOctober, 2023
Start date for Admit Card downloadingJanuary, 2023
Last date for rectification of discrepancies in the Admit CardJanuary, 2023
Date and time of CEED 2023January 2023, Last week
Release of draft answer key for Part-A andrelease candidate’s response for Part-AJanuary 2023, Last week
Last date for uploading comments (if any) on the Draft Answer Key for Part-A in thecandidate’s portal January 2023, Last week
Release of final answer key for Part-AJanuary 2023, Last week
 Announcement of cut-off marks for Part-AFebruary, 2023
Declaration of resultsMarch, 2023
Score Cards available for downloadingMarch, 2023
Last date for downloading Score CardsJune, 2023

NOTE: Please refer to the official CEED website ( for the updates in dates, if any.

CEED is primarily conducted in the month of January. This exam will be divided into two parts: Part A and Part B. Candidates are required to answer questions from both portions.

Part A covers three types of objective questions: NAT (numerical answer type), MCQ (multiple choice question), and MSQ (multiple select questions) (MSQ). Part-A answers must be typed into a computer. These will be design aptitude questions that will assess the candidates’ visual and spatial abilities, environmental and social awareness, analytical and logical reasoning, language, observation, and design sensitivity. Part B contains five questions that assess design, drawing, and writing abilities. Part B’s questions will be displayed on a computer screen, and the answers must be typed in the invigilator’s answer book (NOT into the Computer). To indicate that you have replied the same, you must tick the corresponding box on the computer screen. Part-B answer books will be collected at the end of the examination.

Question Paper Structure


 Section Number of Questions Question Number Marks if correct Marks if WrongMarks if Not Attempted Total Marks
NAT81 – 830024
MSQ109 – 183– 0.2030
MCQ2319 – 412– 0.5046
Total411 – 41   100


SectionNumber of QuestionsQuestion NumberMarks
Form Sensitivity1320
Visual Sensitivity1420
Problem Identification1520
Total5– 5100

CEED qualified students are eligible to apply for the MDes and PhD programmes in various institutes with the specializations as mentioned in the table below. Details of these programmes may be obtained from the websites of these respective institutes:

Institute and programme(s)Contact information
Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing,IISc Bangalore:MDes in Product Design and Engineering PhD in DesignInstitute website: http://www.iisc.ernet.inDepartment website:, office@cpdm.iisc.ernet.inPhone:  +91-80-2293 2359
Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay:MDes in Industrial Design, Communication Design, Animation, Interaction Design, Mobility and Vehicle DesignPhD in DesignInstitute website: Department website: Email:, Phone: +91-22-2576 7801, 2576 7802
Department of Design, IIT Delhi: MDes in Industrial DesignPhD in DesignInstitute website: Department website: Email: +91-11-2659 1431, 2659 6729
Department of Design, IIT Guwahati: MDes in DesignPhD in DesignInstitute website: Department website: Email: dodoff@iitg.ernet.inPhone: +91-361-258 2500, 258 2451
Department of Design, IIT Hyderabad: MDes in Visual DesignPhD in DesignInstitute website: Department website: Email: +91-40-2301 7120
Design Programme, IIT Kanpur: MDes in DesignPhD in DesignInstitute website: Programme website: Email: +91-512-259 7509, 259 6617
Department of Design, IIT Roorkee: MDes in Industrial DesignInstitute website: Programme website: http:// Email: +91-1332-284 872
Design Discipline, IIITDM Jabalpur: MDes in DesignPhD in DesignInstitute website: Discipline website: Email: +91-761-2632 664 Extn.: 150, 113

Candidates must have completed a degree/diploma/post graduate degree programme of minimum THREE years (after 10+2 level), or must be appearing for the final examination of such a program, or must have passed the GD Arts diploma programme (10+5 level).

There is no age limit to appear for CEED. Also, a candidate can appear for CEED any number of times.

CEED Exam comes up in two parts (A & B). Part-A will have questions related to these topics:

  • Visualization and spatial ability: Pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test the understanding of transformation and/or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships.
  • Environmental and social awareness: General awareness of environmental factors (such as climate, population, water, vegetation, pollution, weather, natural resources) and their implications on the design of products, images, infrastructure, and environment. Awareness of design terminologies, social and cultural connection with design, history of the designed artifact, and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses. History of art, sculpture and literature.
  • Analytical and logical reasoning: Ability to analyze given information logically and select the most appropriate solutions; ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria; ability to use logic and structured thinking to deduce from a short passage, which of a number of statements is the most accurate response to a posed question.
  • Language and creativity: Ability to understand passages in commonly used English language; ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives; ability to distinguish innovative options and think out-of-the-box.
  • Design thinking and problem solving: Ability to understand the context, the users and the constraints and select the most appropriate solution for a given design problem.
  • Observation and design sensitivity: Ability to detect concealed properties in day-to-day life and think critically about them. Ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.

Note: The suggested topics are exhaustive and indicative of the nature of questions. However, the CEED 2023 may not cover all the topics.

Part-B of CEED 2023 will have questions related to these topics:

  • Drawing: Ability to draw products, people or scenes in proportion with good line quality, composition, proportion, perspective, and shading.
  • Creativity: Ability to think out-of-the-box and come-up with unique as well as diverse solutions.
  • Communication skills: Ability to communicate concepts and ideas clearly with the help of text and visuals.
  • Problem identification skills: Ability to understand the user and the context, knowledge of properties of materials and their appropriate use in design.

The draft key for Part-A is released in a week’s time from the day of Exam. Candidates will be able to access and download their responses through the link provided on the official CEED website. Candidates can report the discrepancies in the draft answer key by login into the candidate’s portal on the official CEED website.

Result Declaration Date: March 8, 2023

From March, 2023 CEED Score Card will be available for downloading to all the candidates who appeared for CEED 2023 on the official CEED website through their respective logins.

Part-A marks will be displayed for ALL the candidates who have successfully appeared in the exam and Part-B marks will be displayed for ONLY shortlisted candidates. All shortlisted candidates will get a rank.

Part-B involves subjective evaluation and there is NO model solution. It is evaluated holistically based on a set of criteria mentioned in the question paper. The evaluated Answer Booklet for Part-B will not be shared with the candidate. Please note that there is NO provision for re-evaluation of Part-A or Part-B. Requests for re- evaluation will NOT be entertained.

The CEED 2023 Score Card is valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of the result. The CEED 2023 Score Card cannot be treated as a proof of date of birth, category or disability status.

Answer booklets will be preserved ONLY for a period of three months from the date of declaration of CEED results.