CEED 2020

Exam Date : January 18, 2020
Result Date : March 4, 2020

CEED stands for Common Entrance Examination for Design. The aim of the Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) is to analyze the candidate’s aptitude for design including visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills. Get detailed information on Courses Offered, Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Centres, Results, Counselling and more.

Update - CEED 2020 Official Notification Released by IIT Bombay, Exam will be conducted on January 18, 2020.

What is CEED Exam?

CEED is a joint entrance exam, annually conducted by IIT Bombay as a qualifying examination for eligible students to obtain admission to Master of Design (M.Des) and Ph.D. programs for particular colleges.

Background: CEED 2020 is a qualifying examination for Master of Design programs at IISc Bangalore, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIITDM Jabalpur, and IIT Kanpur, and for Ph.D. programs in Design at IISc Bangalore, IIT Guwahati, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, and IIT Hyderabad.

CEED 2018

Authority: IIT Bombay has the complete rights for conducting CEED 2020 and to decide about modalities of admissions and allotment of seats.

Level: CEED 2020 is a National Level Entrance Exam which is conducted across 24 cities in India.

Courses: The courses offered through CEED 2020 are Master of Design (M.Des) and Ph.D.

Frequency: CEED conducted once in every academic year. Frequently in the month of January.

The CEED examination takes place in two phases namely:

  • Part A- computer-based screening test which evaluates visualization and spatial ability, environmental and social awareness, analytical and logical reasoning, language and creativity, observation and design sensitivity.
  • Part B- evaluates drawing, creativity, communication skills and analytical and problem-solving skills

Scorecard Validity: CEED 2020 Scorecard will be valid for a period of one year from the date of the declaration of the result.

CEED 2020 Exam Highlights

All the important CEED Exam Details are mentioned in the table below:

CEED 2020 Exam Highlights
Exam Name Common Entrance Examination for Design
Acronym CEED
Exam Level National Level
Conducting Body Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay 
Category Postgraduate
Exam Date January 18, 2020
Exam Mode Online and Offline
Exam Duration 3 hours 
Questions Type Part A: Objective Part B: Subjective
Cut - off OPEN: 10% OBD - NCL: 9% SC/ST/PWD: 5%

CEED 2020 Courses Offered

The list of courses offered are given in the list below:

CEED 2020 Courses Offered
Programs Institute
M.Des in Product design & manufacturing, Ph.D. in Design IISc Bangalore
M.Des in Industrial design, Communication Design, Animation, Interaction Design, Ph.D. in Design IIT Bombay
M.Des in Industrial Design IIT Delhi
M.Des in Design, Ph.D. in Design IIT Guwahati
M.Des in Visual Design, Ph.D. in Design IIT Hyderabad
M.Des in Product Design, Visual Design IIITDM Jabalpur
M.Des in Design, Ph.D. in Design IIT Kanpur

CEED 2020 Exam Dates

The conducting authority will release the exam schedule on the official website of CEED. Make sure to take note of exam dates so that you wouldn't miss out on any of the important events.

  • Availability: CEED 2020 Application Form will be available from October 9, 2019 till November 9, 2019 on the official website.
  • Admit Card: Admit Card will be released by the conducting authority on the official website (i.e. http://www.ceed.iitb.ac.in) on January 1, 2020.
  • Exam: CEED 2020 conducted by IIT Bombay will be held in online and offline mode on January 18, 2020. 
  • Results: Results for CEED 2020 will be announced by the conducting authority in the official website on March 4, 2020.

The list of CEED 2020 Exam Dates are given in the table below:

CEED 2020 Exam Important Dates
Event Date (Tentative)
Online registration of CEED 2020 Start Date October 9, 2019
Online registration of CEED 2020 Last Date November 9, 2019
Online registration with late fee November 10-16, 2020
Availability of CEED 2020 admit card for download  January 1, 2020 
CEED 2020  January 18, 2020 (10:00 to 13:00 hours) 
Release of CEED 2020 draft answer key for Part A January 21, 2020
Deadline for sending objections on the answer key Part A January 27, 2020
Availability of CEED 2020 final answer key for Part A February 4, 2020
CEED result 2020 March 4, 2020 

CEED 2020 Eligibility

An aspirant of CEED 2020 has to satisfy the minimum required eligibility criteria to appear in an exam. The candidates should make sure that they should clear the CEED 2020 Eligibility Criteria before applying for the exam, otherwise their application form would be rejected.

  • Qualification: Candidates must have clearly passed a Diploma/ Degree/ Postgraduate degree Program of minimum 3 years (10 + 2 +3 level), or should be appearing for the final examination of a program by July 2020 or should have passed the GD Arts Diploma Program (10+5 level) by July 2020.
  • Eligibility: Before applying for CEED 2020, candidates are advised to check whether they meet the minimum required eligibility criteria for admission to various institutes.
  • Age: There is no age limit for CEED 2020 and candidates can appear for the exam any number of times.

CEED 2020 Exam Syllabus

The Syllabus for the CEED exam is given below:

Sections: According to CEED 2020 Syllabus, the question paper will be divided into 2 parts.

  • Part A: Online objective paper consisting of topics in Visualization and Spatial Ability, Environmental and Social Awareness, Analytical and Logical Reasoning, Language and Creativity, Observation and Design Sensitivity. 
  • Part B: It is an offline paper-based test that evaluates Drawing, Creativity, Communication, Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills.

CEED 2020 Syllabus for Part A:

CEED 2020 Exam Syllabus - PART A
Topic Topics for Type of Questions that will be asked 
Visualization& spatial ability Pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test: understanding of transformation and/or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships; knowledge of practical and everyday mechanical and scientific concepts.
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. Awareness of social and cultural connection with the 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 look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information. Ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria. Ability to check for hidden bias or hidden assumptions and whether evidence and argument support conclusions. 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. Data Interpretation, brainteasers, and patterns.
Language and creativity Ability to understand & use Standard English. Reading comprehension, knowledge of English grammar like sentence structure & usage, use of tenses, verb patterns, articles, active and passive constructions, etc. & vocabulary skills. 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 use visual analogies, metaphors, signs, and symbols. Ability to understand complexity, identify the problem, generate alternatives, evaluate options and select solutions.
Observation and design sensitivity Ability to detect concealed properties in ordinary things, people, situations, and events, and thinking critically about them. Applying attention to certain details, analyzing, reasoning, classifying, inferring and predicting. Ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.

CEED 2020 Syllabus for Part B:

CEED 2020 Exam Syllabus - PART B
Topics Ability Tested in CEED Exam
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 &Problem Solving Skills Ability to understand user & context, knowledge of properties of materials & process & its proper use in design, originality of solutions, ability to create characters, plots & stories, etc.


How to prepare for CEED 2020 Exam?

Given below are a few tips and tricks to crack the CEED Exam with ease:

Improve your creativity skills 

The candidate must read topics related to Interaction Designs and must also improve his/her Visual Communications skills. There are some good reference books available on these topics and candidates can purchase these books online through e-commerce websites. This exam checks the creative abilities of the candidate. So the candidate must try to answer these questions in a different and creative way. This will surely increase your chances of clearing the CEED Exam. You must make sure that you think out of the box while answering the same question.

Improve your 3D drawing skills

Improving your drawing skills is very much necessary for clearing the exam. Candidates should be able to imagine and draw a 3D model of the thing they want to present. The aspirants can try to improve their 3D skills by drawing common household items. The more you draw, the more you will learn about sketching 3D shapes which will help you in the preparation process.

Read Cartoon strips Daily 

Also, a candidate must make it a habit that they should read cartoon strips daily online or in the newspaper as it improves the candidate’s ability to present his views in a storyboard format which impresses the evaluator.

Try to be more creative

For Part B, you should try to become more creative. The examiner might even look past some minor mistakes in sketching if your solution is creative enough. Some questions even have a note saying that marks will be awarded for creative and humorous solutions. Enhancing creativity is straight forward. First, think about a simple idea and then stretch it to its limits.

  • Books: Candidates can refer to the books mentioned in the CEED 2020 Reference Book section for exam preparation referred by the authority.
  • Study Guidance: Candidates can download CEED Previous Year Question Paper to get a clear understanding of the exam pattern.

CEED 2020 Exam Pattern

This exam has its own exam pattern to follow that would help a candidate to do well in exam and submit the paper on time. CEED Exam Pattern 2020 will explain a number of questions asked and marks distribution. Question Paper will consist of 2 sections- Part A and Part B.

  • Part A contains objective type questions (Multiple-Choice Questions, Multiple Select Questions and Numerical Answer Questions).
  • Part B consists of questions that are aimed at Testing Design, Drawing, and Writing Skills.
CEED 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights
Exam Mode Part A- Computer Based Test; Part B- Offline
Number of Papers 2
Number of Sections 2
Question Paper Type Part A- NAT, MSQ, MCQ; Part B- Drawing Based Questions
CEED 2020 Total Marks Part A- 100; Part B- 100
Exam Duration Paper A (1 Hour); Paper B (2 Hours)
Exam Language English
  • Duration: The time duration of the CEED 2020 exam is a total of 3 hours (Part A - 1 hour + Part B - 2 hours).
  • Mode: CEED 2020 will be conducted in online and offline mode.

CEED 2020 Exam Centres

Common Entrance Examination for Design will be conducted in 24 test cities across India. A candidate can choose the test location as per feasibility. It can be chosen on preferences 1, 2 and 3. The CEED 2020 exam centres are listed in the table below:

CEED 2020 Test Centres
Exam Centres
Ahmedabad Dehradun Kolkata Patna
Bengaluru Delhi Kozhikode Pune
Bhopal Ernakulam Lucknow Raipur
Bhubneshwar Guwahati Mumbai Trivandrum
Chandigarh Hyderabad Nagpur Thrissur
Chennai Jaipur Panaji Visakhapatnam

CEED 2020 Application Form

Application Form for CEED 2020 will be available on the official website from October 9, 2019 till November 9, 2019.

  • The payment of the CEED 2020 Application Form can be done online using Credit/ Debit Card or Net Banking. The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • If the candidate failed to submit the form on the last date then, the late fee is applicable.
  • Application Fees: Application Fees will be INR 2600 for all category candidates and INR 1300 for (SC/ ST/ PWD/ Women) candidates.

Note: There will be a late fee of INR 500 applicable to all candidates for registration who submitted their CEED application form after the regular closing date of November 16, 2019.

Required documents for filling CEED 2020 Application Form

  • The coloured photograph which is recently clicked, and a scanned copy of signature (.jpg file).
  • A scanned copy of the degree/diploma certificate is required if that course is completed. If a candidate does not have the certificate of final degree, upload a copy of its provisional certificate or the final year marks. If even that course is not completed, a certificate from the Principal of the college or head of the department should be submitted.
  • Candidates who belong to the OBC-NCL/SC/ST category have to submit valid category certificates issued by concerned authorities.
  • Candidates belonging to the PwD category should produce a valid and real medical certificate.
  • PwD candidates who need surplus time during the CEED 2020 exam, need to upload a soft copy of the request letter.
  • Candidates whose names are not matching the name on the degree/diploma certificate should submit a gazette notification, a marriage certificate or the scanned copies of the passport mentioning the change of name.

Note: The above-mentioned documents for CEED exam are to be uploaded as electronic files during the online procedure of CEED 2020 exam registration. Hard copies of these documents or any other documents will not be entertained.

CEED 2020 Admit Card

Candidates, after successfully submitting the CEED 2020 Application Form, can download the Admit Card from the official website on January 1, 2020.

  • Credentials: The candidate can download the Hall Ticket by entering the credentials such as Application Number, Date of Birth.
  • Admission: The candidates need to preserve the CEED 2020 Admit Card till they get the admissions.
  • Printout: Take a clear and coloured printout of the Admit Card before coming to the Exam Centre. 

CEED 2020 Results

CEED 2020 Results will be announced on the official website on March 4, 2020 (Tentative) by the conducting authority.

  • Scorecard: After the declaration of CEED 2020 Result will be available for a candidate to download on its official website i.e. ceed.iitb.ac.in.
  • Validity: CEED 2020 marks card will be valid for a time period of one year from the date of the announcement of the result.
  • Merit List: CEED 2020 counselling process will start after preparing the merit list.

CEED 2020 Cutoff

Once the result of CEED 2020 is announced, all affiliated institutes will release CEED cutoff 2020 for admission into the designing program.

Factors that determine CEED Cutoff 2020 Marks

  • The difficulty level of questions in the CEED 2020 exam.
  • “Reservation Policy” for various categories in respective institutes.
  • The total number of candidates appearing for CEED exam 2020.
  • Overall performance of the candidates who have written the exam.
  • The total number of seats offered by all institutes.
  • CEED #yearexam marking scheme.

CEED 2020 Counselling

Shortlisted Candidates are on the CEED 2020 Merit List will be eligible for Counselling conducted by IIT Bombay after the declaration of CEED 2020 Result.

  • Counselling Call Letter: For appearing in the Counselling of CEED 2020, qualified candidates must download the call letter received for the counselling process from its official webpage of CEED 2020 exam.
  • Admission: After the allotment of seats, according to candidate's marks to their desired institutes, applicants will have to inform to the allotted college to finish the admission process.

Note: CEED 2020 results or marks do not guarantee admission to any college. 

CEED 2020 Answer Key

Students can check the answer key via online mode only. The answer key includes all the answers to the questions in the question paper. The answer key will be released for both the sections of the paper i.e. Paper A and Paper B. As the CEED Exam gets completed, the answer key will be published on the official webpage soon by the concerned conducting authority.

Answer key helps students to check their answers and examine their marks secured in the online entrance examination. 

How to download CEED 2020 Answer Key?

Following the steps are given below to easily download the CEED 2020 Answer Key:

  1. Visit the official website of CEED i.e. www.ceed.iitb.ac.in
  2. Click on the answer key tab.
  3. Fill the required details to log in to the account.
  4. Click on the login button.
  5. After logging in, the solutions will be displayed on the screen.
  6. Students should download the marks card and take a printout of the results for the CEED 2020 selection process.

CEED Important Instructions

Some important instructions regarding the CEED exam are given below:

  • Candidates can download their admit cards till the test day from the official website.
  • Only admit card and original ID proof will be allowed inside the examination hall.
  • Obtaining and providing help during the exam is not allowed.
  • Candidates should report at least one hour before at the test location on the test day.
  • Candidates are allowed to enter the hall before 30 minutes to the commencement of the CEED exam.
  • No discussion is permitted in the examination hall of the CEED exam.
  • Candidates who will have any barred item, his/her examination will be disqualified or cancelled.
  • No electronic gadgets like calculators, mobile phones, Bluetooth devices, digital watches are allowed in the examination hall.
  • No other piece of paper is permitted in the examination room by the candidates.

Contact Details for CEED

In case, there is any confusion at any phase of the exam do not forget to contact its official conducting authorities. Their contact details are given below:

Address: Chairman JEE (Advanced)-UCEED-CEED 2020

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,

Mumbai 400076

Contact No: +91-22-25769093 / 9094 (Mon to Fri 09:30 – 17:30 hrs)

E-Mail Address: ceed@iitb.ac.in

CEED general FAQs

Q. What is the CEED Exam?

Ans. The CEED exam is a nationwide design entrance exam for courses such as Master of Design and Ph.D. in Design for particular colleges. It is conducted by the IIT Bombay in the month of January every year.

Q. What is the qualification needed to write the CEED Exam?

Ans. The candidates who wish to appear for the exam should have completed a degree/ diploma/ postgraduate degree Program of a minimum of 3 years (after 10+2 level). Candidates who are appearing for their final examination can also apply for the CEED exam.

Q. What is the registration fee for applying for the exam?

Ans. The registration fee is different for different candidates. It is INR 1300 for all women candidates, INR 1300 for SC/ST/PwD candidates and INR 2600 for all other candidates.

Q. Do we have to upload documents during the CEED registration process?

Ans. Yes. The candidates need to upload some scanned copies of the documents which include candidate's photograph, signature, degree (or equivalent) certificate, caste certificate (if applicable).

Q. What is the CEED exam pattern?

Ans. The CEED exam consists of 2 phases, where 

  • Part A: computer-based screening test which evaluates visualization and spatial ability, environmental and social awareness, analytical and logical reasoning, language and creativity, observation and design sensitivity.
  • Part B: evaluates drawing, creativity, communication skills and analytical and problem-solving skills

CEED 2020 Related Exams

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  • typical Cut off changes every year
  • Admission is done after cracking the entrance exam

Discussion Forum

Is there any age limit for CEED 2019?

Is there any age limit for CEED 2019? How many times I can appear in the exam?

Asked By: sameera khan,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Sameera,

There is no upper age limit for CEED 2019. You can appear for exam any no of times.

Good Luck!

Is CEED 2019 objective paper only?

Is CEED 2019 objective paper only?

Asked By: amita singh,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Amita,

No, CEED 2019 will be having objective as well as Subjective questions.

Good Luck!

I want to download previous years question papers of CEED. Where can I get that?

I want to download previous years question papers of CEED. Where can I get that?

Asked By: Vishal,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Vishal,

To download the CEED previous year question papers, click here

Good Luck!!

I am BE final year student. Am I eligible for CEED 2018 exam?

I am BE final year student. Am I eligible for CEED 2018 exam?

Asked By: bani,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Bani,

You are eligible for CEED 2019.

For more information about CEED eligibility criteria, click here

Hi, I am Khusi Is it mandatory to take colour print out of Admit card or Black & white is ok?

Hi, I am Khusi Is it mandatory to take colour print out of Admit card or Black & white is ok?

Asked By: Khusi,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Khusi, 

It is necessary to take a colour printout of CEED admit card. It will help the invigilator identify you properly.

Good Luck

Hi, I am Shree. Can you say me For how long does CEED scores will be valid?

Hi, I am Shree. Can you say me For how long does CEED scores will be valid?

Asked By: Shree,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Shree,

CEED scores will be valid for one year from the date of declaration of the results of CEED exam.

Good Luck

Appearing for CEED examination

How many times can a candidate appear for CEED examination?

Asked By: Pallavi Pake,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

There is no age limit and a candidate can appear in CEED any number of times.