CEED 2018 Overview

Exam Type:
National Level
Online/CBT, Offline/PBT

CEED 2018 will be conducted on January 20, 2017 (Saturday) from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. CEED is a common entrance exam for design conducted by IIT Bombay on behalf of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. This national level exam is a qualifying exam to get admission in Master of Design (M.Des.) programme at IISc BangaloreIIT BombayIIT DelhiIIT GuwahatiIIT Hyderabad and IIT Kanpur, and PhD programmes in Design at some institutes. CEED 2018 will be conducted in January, scores of which will be used by the authorities to choose deserving candidates for M.Des course at top engineering colleges in India.

CEED 2018 exam will be divided into two parts i.e. Part A which is an online segment contains three sections and Part B containing 5 questions, which have to be answered in the answer book provided by the invigilator.

CEED 2018 Important Dates


Dates (Tentative)

Application Form Release Date

October 9, 2017

Application Submission Last Date without late fee

November 10, 2017

Online registration with late fee

November 11 to 17, 2017

Downloading of Admit Cards

December 25, 2017 onwards

Last date to rectify discrepancy in admit card (if any)

2nd week of January 2018

Date of Examination

January 20, 2018

Publication of draft Answer Key for Part A

January 27, 2018

Last date for sending comments about Part-A Answer Key

January 31, 2018

Release of Final Answer Key

February 4, 2018

Result Declaration

March 5, 2018

Downloading of Score Card

March 5, 2018


Programmes and Institutes

Programmes CEED qualified candidates can apply for at different institutes accepting CEED 2018 score.



Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, IISc Bangalore

MDes in Product Design and Engineering

PhD in Design

Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay

MDes in Industrial Design, Communication Design,

Animation, Interaction Design,

Mobility and Vehicle Design PhD in Design

Instrument Design and Development Centre,

 IIT Delhi

MDes in Industrial Design

Department of Design, IIT Guwahati

MDes in Design  and PhD in Design

Department of Design, IIT Guwahati

MDes in Design and PhD in Design

Department of Design, IIT Hyderabad

MDes in Visual Design and PhD in Design

Design Discipline, IIITDM Jabalpur

MDes in Product Design, Visual Design

Design Programme, IIT Kanpur

MDes in Design

PhD in Design


CEED 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates applying for CEED 2018 exam must satisfy the eligibility criteria. There are certain conditions mentioned in the information bulletin stating about the requirements to be eligible to fill CEED 2018 application form.

Given below are conditions you need to fulfill to meet CEED 2018 eligibility criteria:

  • Aspirants must have a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Architecture/ Design/ Interior Design or any other equivalent 4 years programme after 10+2.
  • Applicants having Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT or an equivalent of 4 years programme after 10+2) are also eligible for CEED 2018.
  • BFA graduates can also apply for CEED 2018.
  • Students having Master’s degree in Arts/ Science/ Computer Applications (2-year programme after 10+2+3) can also appear for the exam.
  • There is no age limit to apply for CEED 2018 exam.

NOTE: Candidates having 3 years’ Bachelor’s degree are not eligible for CEED 2018 examination.

CEED 2018 Application Details

CEED 2018 application form will be released in the month of October 2017. Aspirants need to fill the online application form before the last date to avoid any chances of getting their application rejected or paying any fine. Aspirants planning to appear in CEED 2018 exam must go through the form filling guidelines and follow each step carefully to avoid any mistakes.

To fill CEED 2018 application form, candidates are required to visit the official website of CEED. Applicants need to register themselves for CEED 2018 by providing a valid email ID and mobile number for further communications. Candidates provide email ID which they use regularly.

After completing the registration confirmation page, a validating email will be sent to the registered email ID, and a password will be sent to the registered mobile number, which candidates need to complete the registration process. Same email ID and password will be used for further communication like downloading admit card, checking result etc. through the official website

After registration, candidates are required to log into the website to get the online application form. Aspirants will need to fill all the required details related to their age, qualification etc. and proceed to Fee Payment page.

Stepwise CEED Application Form filling process:

1. Visit official website of CEED

2. Create login ID

3. Fill all the required details in CEED 2018 application form

4. Upload important documents including recent passport size photograph, scanned copy of signature, scanned copy of degree/ diploma certificate, category certificate for SC/ ST/ OBC NCL categories

5. Pay application fee

6. Take a printout of CEED application form 2018

Application fees detail

Online application process will be considered complete only when candidates pay CEED 2018 application fees. Applicants can use Internet Banking, Credit Card or Debit Card through Bill Desk application payment. After completion of the payment, students will get a confirmation page which can be kept for the students’ own reference.

CEED 2018 Application Fee



Women Candidates

Rs. 11,00/-

SC/ST/PwD Aspirants

Rs. 11,00/-

All Other Candidates

Rs. 22,00/-

Foreign Nationals

Rs. 22,00/-

  • A Late fee of Rs. 500 will be applicable to the candidates submitting application form after the last date of registration
  • Application fee once paid will neither be refunded nor be transferred to next year.

Exam Pattern

CEED Exam Pattern

CEED 2018 exam will be conducted in two parts and to qualify for the admission at the participating colleges, candidates need to answer and pass in both the parts. Part A will be conducted from 10.00 to 11.00 am followed by Part B from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.

Part A

  • Part A will have objective type questions (multiple choice questions, multiple select questions, and numerical answer questions)
  • Candidates need to answer Part A questions on computers provided to them in the examination hall.
  • The major objective of the Part A exam is to evaluate visual, spatial observation and design sensitivity of the candidates.

Part B

  • Part B will be a descriptive exam where candidates will have to write the answers on the answer books provided to them by the invigilator
  • Candidates will have to submit their answer books at the end of the examination
  • The objective of Part B exam is to test candidates' design, drawing and writing skills.

CEED 2018 Exam Pattern

  • Part A will be a computer-based test (CBT) while Par B will be a paper and pen-based exam where questions will be shown on the computers and answers need to be written on the answer books
  • The question papers will be available only in the English language
  • Part A will have a total of 50 questions in 3 sections: 5 questions in section 1, 10 questions in section 2 and remaining 35 questions in section 3
  • Candidates will get 1 hour to solve questions in Part A paper while Part B will be of 2 hours
  • Negative marking of 0.6 mark will be applicable in Section 1 and Section 3 of Part A exam

Part A


No. of Questions

Questions Type

Total Marks


Negative Marking

Section I




The answer will be a number

0.6 marks

Section II




One or more correct answers

No Negative Marking

Section III




Only one correct answer

0.6 marks

Part B

Section I




All the questions are mandatory

No Negative Marking

Section II




Answer any one

No Negative Marking

The duration of CEED 2017 will be three hours which is segregated into one hour for Part A and two hours for Part B.

CEED 2018 Counselling/Interview

Qualifying CEED exam only doesn’t guarantee admission to any programme. Students are required to satisfy the other criteria such as Tests or Interviews etc of the respective institutes.

Candidates will need to visit the official websites of corresponding institutes and apply for the programmes individually.

CEED 2018 Exam Syllabus

As CEED 2018 will be conducted in two parts, the syllabus has also been divided in two parts. CEED 2018 syllabus for Part A will have questions related to below-given topics:

Visualization and spatial ability: Pictorial and diagrammatic questions will be asked 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 etc., and their implications on the design of products, images, infrastructure and environment will be evaluated through questions on environmental and social awareness topics. Apart from this, awareness of design terminologies, social and cultural connection with design, history of the designed artefact, and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses will also be evaluated. History of art, sculpture and literature will also be covered through different questions.

Analytical and logical reasoning: The objective of this section is to check the ability to analyse given information logically and select the most appropriate solutions along with ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria. Candidates will also be judged on the 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: To check ability to understand passages in commonly used English language along with the ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and think out of the box will be the objective of this section.

Design thinking and problem solving: Candidates’ ability to understand the context, the users and the constraints and select the most appropriate solution for a given design problem will be tested by asking design thinking and problem-solving questions.

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

Part B

· 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.

· Analytical and problem solving skills: Ability to understand the user and the context, knowledge of properties of materials and process and their appropriate 12 use in design, originality of solutions, ability to create characters, plots and stories, etc

CEED 2018 Exam Centres

CEED 2018 will be conducted at 20 cities across India. Candidates compulsorily need to choose 3 cities in the order of their preference while filling the online application form. There is no option of changing the cities once the registration form is submitted. So Candidates should carefully choose 3 CEED 2018 examination centres while filling online application form. In case an exam centre doesn't have a sufficient number of candidates, the centre will be dropped from the list of CEED 2018 exam centres and the candidates will be provided a city of second or third choice.