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Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED)

For MDes and PhD Programmes
Organising Institute:
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
The objective of the Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) is to assess the candidates aptitude for design involving visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity, communication, and problem solving skills. CEED is conducted by IIT Bombay. It is a qualifying examination for admission to Master of Design (MDes) programmes at IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIITDM Jabalpur, and IIT Kanpur, and to Ph.D programmes in Design at IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, and IIT Kanpur. Qualifying in CEED alone does not guarantee admission to any of these programmes. Admitting institutes may conduct further tests and / or interviews for the final selection / admission.

A CEED score does NOT Guarantee admission.

Admitting Institutes will also verify the eligibility, the category certificates and other documents along with the CEED score. The CEED 2018 score is valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of the result.

CEED 2018

CEED 2018 will be conducted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10:00 - 13:00 hours. The examination will consist of two parts, Part A and Part B. Candidates must attempt questions from both the parts. Part A will be conducted from 10:00 to 11:00 hours followed by Part B from 11:00 to 13:00 hours.

Every effort will be made to complete the examination in this session. In the unlikely event of any technical problem in any of the exam centres, for those candidates in the affected centres the exam may be conducted in a reserve session from 14:00 hours to 17:00 hours. In this session, Part A will be conducted from 14:00 to 15:00 hours followed by Part B from 15:00 to 17:00 hours.

Part A contains objective type questions (multiple choice questions, multiple select questions and numerical answer questions). Answers to Part A have to be given on the computer. These will be design aptitude type questions that evaluate visual and spatial ability, environmental and social awareness, analytical and logical reasoning, language, observation and design sensitivity of the candidates. Part B consists of questions that are aimed at testing design, drawing and writing skills. The questions in Part B will be displayed on the computer screen and the answers are to be written in the answer book provided by the invigilator (NOT into the Computer). Part B answer books will be collected at the end of the examination.

Marks obtained in Part A will be used to shortlist candidates. The cut-off for Part A marks for shortlisting candidates in the Open category will be X + S, where X is the average marks obtained by all candidates in Part A, and S is the standard deviation. The cut-offs for shortlisting candidates of OBC-NCL category candidates will be 90% of the Open category. The cut-offs for shortlisting candidates of SC, ST, and PWD categories will be 50% of the Open category.

However, this is subject to the condition that the candidate must score the minimum prescribed marks (as listed below) or more in Part A to be shortlisted.
Category Minimum percentage of marks required in Part A for shortlisting
Open 10%
SC / ST / PwD 5%
Part B answer books will be evaluated manually for the candidates who are shortlisted from Part A. In Part B, there will be 8 questions. Of these, questions 1-5 will have 50 marks each and the candidates have a choice to attempt any one of these questions. After the manual evaluation of these questions, a normalised score S will be calculated for each candidate by using the following formula:
S = {(m - i) S / si} + A

where, m is the raw marks obtained by the person in question i, i is the average of the raw marks obtained by all candidates who attempted question i, si is the standard deviation of the raw marks obtained by all candidates who attempted question i, and A = 25 and S = 6 are chosen to be the average and the standard deviation, respectively, of the distribution of scores S. If the calculated S score for any candidates falls below 0, all such scores will be capped at 0, and if the calculated S score for any candidate falls above 50, all such scores will be capped at 50.

Marks obtained in other questions in Part B will be added to S above to obtain the Part B score for the candidate. The final CEED score will be calculated by giving 25% weightage to marks obtained in Part A and 75% weightage to scores obtained in Part B after the above calculation.

After the declaration of the result, CEED 2018 score cards will be available for downloading to all the qualified candidates. Hard copy of the CEED score cards will NOT be sent to the qualified candidates. Answer booklet (Part B) will not be provided to the candidates.

Important Dates

Online registration with regular fee October 9 to November 10, 2017
Online registration with late fee November 11 to 17, 2017
Admit card available for downloading from December 25, 2017 onwards
Last date for rectification of discrepancies in the admit card January 5, 2018
Date of CEED 2018 examination January 20, 2018 (Saturday)
Release of draft answer key for Part A January 27, 2018
Last date for sending comments about draft answer key for Part A January 31, 2018
Release of final answer key for Part A February 4, 2018
Declaration of result March 5, 2018
Score cards available for downloading March 5, 2018

At the Examination Centre on January 20, 2018

Reporting time: Candidates should report at the examination centre at 8:00 hours on Saturday, January 20, 2018 along with a colour printout of the admit card. This is required to record the biometric information (thumb impression and photograph) before appearing for the examination. Examination Time: 10.00 13.00 hrs.

Identity proof: The candidate should bring a valid photo identity proof (original) along with the admit card to the examination centre. Candidates will not be admitted to the examination centre without a proper identity proof (college issued identity card, passport, driving license, PAN card, Voter ID or Aadhaar card).

Stationery: Candidates must bring their own pencils, sketch pens, poster colours and other drawing materials for the examination. Candidates should not bring drawing sheets to the examination hall.

Electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, calculators, smart or digital watches etc. are NOT allowed in the examination hall. Use of any electronic gadget will disqualify the candidate.

The seating arrangement will be displayed on the notice board of the examination centre.
CEED Question Paper :


JEE (Advanced)-UCEED-CEED 2018
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Mumbai 400076.
Phone: +91 22 2576 4063 / 9093 / 9094

→ Information Brochure, CEED-2018.
→ CEED-2018 Online Registration.

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