Things You Should Know About CEED

Are you looking for career opportunities in the design industry? This blog can be your quick guide towards your dream.

CEED or Common Entrance Exam for Design is an all India examination for those aspiring for designing in post-graduates hosted by the Industrial Design Centre, IIT-Bombay. There is no age bar for this particular exam, one can give the exam several times and a CEED score is valid for only two years.

The exam is conducted in the month of December and a candidate must have completed or in final years of one of the following courses.

Graduation in Design/ Architecture/Interior Design/ Engineering (4 years of programme after 10+2)

Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT or equivalent of 4 years programme after 10+2)

B.F.A. (4-year professional programme, after 10+2)

G.D. Art (5-year programme after 10th) with one-year post-qualification professional experience

Master’s degree in Arts/ Science/ Computer Applications (2 year programme after 10+2+3)

*** A 3-year bachelor’s degree is not considered as eligible by CEED committee

The application fee is non-refundable and amounts, Rs.2000 for General and OBC male candidates and Rs.1000 for SC/ST/PwD male candidates and all the female candidates. Most prominent exam centre are Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bombay and Delhi.

How to Apply?

You should fill online application form and must follow the below-mentioned methods to send your application successfully.

Online registration: You need to do inline registration by mentioning a valid email address and mobile number. After your registration is successful, you will be given an application form and a unique application number.

Online payment: Using the application number as a reference, make payment through only SBI Collect via Internet Banking, Credit card or Debit card.

Online form fills up: On successful payment, log in with your username and password you provided and fill the online application.

Examination Pattern

The exam covers three hours, including two parts: Part A and Part B.

Part A is a screening test of 50 multiple choices questions (MCQ) and includes the following categories: Visual Communication, Animation Designing, Product Designing, Automobile Designing, Architecture, Basic Designer Skills and GK. There is also negative marking.

Part B includes design and long type questions to examine drawing and creative skills of the candidate. To mention, Part B answers are evaluated only if the candidate has cleared Part A.

Admission in Design Schools

CEED results alone don’t guarantee you a seat in a reputed Design School in India. Along with the results, your creative design portfolio and your performance in practicals and interviews by respective colleges are also significant. The below mentioned reputed design institutes take CEED results as major selection criteria.

Institute Programme Specialization

IISc, Bangalore M.Des Product Design, and Engineering

IIT Bombay M.Des Industrial Design

Visual Communication


Interaction Design

Mobility and Vehicle Design

IIT Delhi M.Des Industrial Design

IIT Guwahati M.Des Design

IIT Hyderabad M.Des Visual Design

IIT Kanpur M.Des Design

Preparations for CEED

Owing to very tough competition and fewer seats in above-mentioned institutes, you need to prepare with heart and soul. With no specific textbook and guide, the preparation becomes very difficult. Yet, if you think you have exceptional sketching and visualization skills then you could follow the below-mentioned steps to prepare for CEED.

  • Join a Design and Sketching course to improve your skills and get an impressive portfolio

  • See question papers of previous exams and get some idea on what kind of questions you could come across.

  • Join communities for designs and follow famous designers on social media like Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

  • Always be curious for new designs, doodle and sketch intensely, brush up your skillet and remain creative.

Remember to keep a watch for CEED 2018, the dates will be announced sooner as online notifications will be available in the month of October.

All the very best!

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