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Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) 2024
CEED 2024
(Common Entrance Examination for Design)
A Joint Entrance Exam for Post-Graduate (M.Des. and Ph.D.) studies in the field of Technological Design
Hosted by:
Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
on behalf of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
The objective of the Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) is to assess the candidate’s 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, IIT Jodhpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, IIITDM Jabalpur and Ph.D. programmes at several IITs and design schools. 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, category certificates and other documents along with the CEED score. The CEED 2024 score is valid for one year from the date of declaration of the result.

    + Important Dates

    Activity Dates
    Start date for online registration with regular fee October 03, 2023
    01:00 P.M.
    Last date for online registration with regular fee October 31, 2023
    Online registration with late fee November 01, 2023
    November 08, 2023
    Start date for Admit Card downloading January 05, 2024
    01:00 P.M.
    Last date for rectification of discrepancies in the Admit Card January 11, 2024
    05:00 P.M.
    CEED 2024: date and time of exam January 21, 2024 (Sunday)
    09:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon
    Release of draft answer key for Part-A and release of candidate’s response for Part-A January 23, 2024
    Last date for uploading comments (if any) on the draft answer key for Part-A in the candidate’s portal January 25, 2024
    05:00 P.M.
    Release of final answer key for Part-A January 31, 2024
    Announcement of cut-off marks for Part-A February 08, 2024
    Declaration of results March 06, 2024
    Score Cards available for downloading March 11, 2024
    Last date for downloading Score Cards June 12, 2024
    NOTE: Please refer to the official CEED 2024 website ( for the updates in dates, if any.

    + Programmes

    CEED qualified students are eligible to apply for the MDes and PhD programmes in various institutes. The CEED 2024 score is valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of the result.

    Note that qualifying in CEED does NOT guarantee admission to any programme. After qualifying, candidates must apply to the respective institutes for admission and fulfil other requirements such as tests and/or interviews of the respective institutes to become eligible for admission. The announcement for admission to the postgraduate programmes in design will be notified separately by these institutes. Candidates are advised to visit the websites of the respective institutes for information and application procedure for their programmes.

    The UCEED-CEED Office, IIT Bombay does not provide information about the criteria for postgraduate admission and award of scholarship/assistance at different institutes. This information may be obtained from the websites of the respective institutes. For any specific queries on admission and programmes, the candidate should contact the head/convener/coordinator of design programme at the concerned institute. Any queries in this matter to the UCEED-CEED Office, IIT Bombay will NOT be entertained. This office will be sharing the candidate information with the result sharing institutes.

    Information on the programmes may also be obtained from websites of the respective institutes as listed here. Revisit these pages from time to time for updates.

    Candidates are also encouraged to visit the respective institutes and meet the students and faculty of Design programmes to discuss the eligibility requirements and programme details.

    + Institutes Involved

    + Eligibility

    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 by July 2024, or must have passed the GD Arts diploma programme (10+5 level) by July 2024.

    Note that the eligibility criteria for admission to various institutes may differ from those for appearing for CEED. Before applying for CEED, candidates must check whether they meet the required eligibility criteria for admission to various institutes.

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

    + Examination Detail

    CEED 2024 examination will consist of two parts, Part-A and Part-B. Candidates must attempt questions from both the parts.

    Part-A contains objective questions of three types: Numerical Answer Type (NAT), Multiple Choice Question (MCQ), and Multiple Select Question (MSQ). 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 five 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.

    The final CEED score will be calculated by giving 25% weightage to marks obtained in Part-A and 75% weightage to marks obtained in Part-B, after the above calculation.

    A summary of the question paper structure is given in Information Brochure.

    + Examination Cities

    CEED 2024 examination will be conducted in the following cities:
    Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Ernakulam, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mysuru, Nagpur, Noida, Panaji, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, and Visakhapatnam.

    Candidates should compulsorily choose THREE cities in the order of preference during the online registration. Once the registration form is submitted, a request for a city change will NOT be entertained.

    If a sufficient number of candidates are unavailable in a city, that city may be dropped from the final list, and candidates will be allotted to a city of their second or third choice. The UCEED-CEED Implementation Committee (UCIC) reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one and allot a city that may not be among any of the choices of a candidate.

    Any request for a change of centre will NOT be entertained.

    + Registration

    CEED registration form must be submitted ONLINE ONLY through the official website,

    Registration fee:
    - Rs. 1900 for all women candidates
    - Rs. 1900 for (SC/ST/PwD) candidates
    - Rs. 3800 for all other candidates

    Note that this registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The registration fee has to be paid through the payment option provided on the website while submitting the registration form. The online registration portal gives detailed instructions related to the payment of registration fees. Credit card, debit card and net-banking options are available. The registration fee shown above does NOT include service and other charges and the processing fees that the banks may levy.

    The normal registration fee shown above is applicable till the regular closing date of registration. A late fee of Rs. 500 applies to ALL candidates for registrations submitted after the regular closing date. Please refer to the dates in section 1.2 of this brochure.

    + Instructions for Filling the Online Registration Form

    To complete the registration procedure, you need to upload the following items:
    • File containing your recent colour photograph (.jpg file) as per the dimensions mentioned on the registration portal.
    • Scanned copy of your signature (.jpg file).
    • Scanned copy of your degree/diploma certificate (.pdf file), if the course is completed. If you do not have the final degree certificate, please upload a copy of the final year mark list or the provisional certificate. If the course is not completed, upload a certificate from the Principal of your college/Head of the department as per the format given in Appendix 1 (.pdf file).
    • Candidates applying under the EWS/SC/ST/OBC-NCL category must produce valid category certificates (.pdf file) issued by appropriate authorities. EWS/OBC-NCL certificates issued only from April 1, 2023 onwards are accepted for the examination. The candidates must produce a valid category certificate when applying for admission to the respective institute. The format of the OBC-NCL certificate is given in Appendix 2. The format of the SC/ST certificates is given in Appendix 3. The format of the EWS certificate is given in Appendix 4.
    • Candidates applying under the physical disability (PwD) category should produce a valid medical certificate (.pdf file) issued by the appropriate authority (see Appendices 5 to 8). The certificate must clearly state that the disability is at least 40%, to avail the reservation. Dyslexic candidates are required to additionally obtain a certificate from the Principal/Head of their College/Institution as per Appendix 9 (.pdf file). For Dyslexic candidates, the certificate must clearly state that the nature of disability is SEVERE and PERMANENT.
    • PwD candidates requiring the services of a scribe and/or compensatory time during the exam must upload a request letter as per Appendix 10 (.pdf file).
    • Candidates whose name is not the same as the name on the degree/diploma certificate should produce a gazette notification, a marriage certificate or scanned pages of the passport reflecting the change of name (.pdf file).
    Please note that documents 1 to 7 mentioned above should be uploaded as electronic files during the online registration. Paper copies of these documents or any other documents will NOT be entertained and should NOT be sent to the UCEED-CEED office. The Admit Card and the Score Card of CEED will include the photograph and signature submitted by the candidate. Submission of poor quality photograph and/or signature may lead to the rejection of your CEED registration.

    CEED Merit List (Rank) will be prepared as per the category provided by the candidate in the CEED registration form. Hence, it is the responsibility of the candidate to furnish the correct category certificate in the online registration form.

    It will entirely be the responsibility of the candidate to provide the correct information regarding the qualifying exam and category and upload the correct documents in the required formats in the registration form. Registration forms incomplete in any respect will be summarily rejected, and the registration will be considered invalid. The admitting institutes have the right to cancel, at any stage, the admission of a candidate in accordance with the rules and regulations in force, if it is found that any information provided by the candidate is incorrect or the registration is incomplete.

    + Admit Card

    Admit Card will be available for downloading from the official CEED website ( from January 05, 2024 till the date of the examination. Please take a clear printout of the Admit Card before coming to the examination centre.
    In case of any discrepancies in the Admit Card, please write to latest by January 11, 2024, 05:00 P.M.

    + Day of the Examination

    Exam date and time: 21 January, 2024, 9.00 am – 12.00 noon

    Reporting time: Candidates should report at the examination centre at 7:00 am on Sunday, January 21, 2024 along with a printout of the Admit Card. This is required to record the biometric information (thumb impression and photograph) before appearing for the examination.

    Identity proof: Candidates should bring a valid photo identity proof (original) and 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, Aadhar card or printed e-Aadhar card).

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

    Electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, calculators, smart or digital watches and the like are NOT allowed in the examination hall. The use of any electronic gadget will disqualify the candidature.

    The seating arrangement may be displayed on the notice board of the examination centre.

    Further instructions, if any, including those pertaining to COVID-19, shall be put-up on the website before the exam.

    + Results

    The draft keys for Part-A will be released on January 23, 2024. Candidates can access and download their responses through the link provided on the official CEED 2024 website. Candidates can report the discrepancies in the draft answer keys through the candidate’s portal on the official CEED website by January 25, 2024 (5:00 pm).

       • The order in which a question appears may differ for each candidate. Hence, the candidates are advised to use the Master Question Paper uploaded on the official CEED website as reference to upload their comments/queries. This would help the committee to map the candidate’s comments/queries to the right question.

    The responses of the candidates for Part-A of CEED 2024 will be available for download ONLY until the declaration of the CEED results. Downloading of Part-A responses will be DISABLED once the CEED results are declared. No further requests shall be entertained in this regard.

    Result Declaration Date: March 6, 2024

    From March 11, 2024 CEED Score Card will be available for downloading to all the candidates who appeared for CEED 2024 on the official CEED website ( through their respective logins. Score Card will NOT be available for downloading after June 12, 2024. Hardcopy of the CEED Score Card will NOT be sent to any candidate.

    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 reevaluation will NOT be entertained.

    The CEED 2024 Score Card is valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of the result. The CEED 2024 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.

    Note: The authority to declare the result is vested solely with the UCEED-CEED Office, IIT Bombay. If any claim or dispute regarding CEED 2024 arises, the Courts and Tribunals in Mumbai alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle such dispute or claim.

    Information provided in the registration form by the CEED candidates will be shared with the participating and result sharing institutes and may also be used for analysis.

    + Downloads

    Click on the following links to download the required documents:
CEED enquiries may be addressed to:
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,
Mumbai 400076.

+91 22 2576 4063 / 9093 / 9094
(Monday to Friday, 09:30 – 17:30 hrs)

Examination Results 2024
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