Common Entrance Exam for Design

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, 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 2019 score is valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of the result.

Online registration with regular fee October 9 to November 9, 2018
Date of CEED 2019 examination January 19, 2019 (Saturday)
Declaration of result March 4, 2019

Candidates must have completed a degree / diploma / post graduate degree programme of minimum 3 years (after 10+2 level), or must be appearing for the final examination of such a program by July 2019, or must have passed the GD Arts diploma programme (10+5 level) by July 2018. Before applying for CEED, candidates are advised to check whether they meet the required eligibility criteria for admission to various institutes. There is no age limit to appear for CEED. Besides, a candidate can appear for CEED any number of times.

From this year onwards, candidates who have obtained a degree or diploma of min 3 years programme (after 10+2), can appear for CEED examination.

The CEED examination will be conducted in two parts. All candidates must answer both the parts.

Part A is a computer-based screening test. It evaluates visualization and spatial ability, environmental and social awareness,analytical and logical reasoning, language and creativity, observation and design sensitivity. Candidates who are shortlisted in Part A using the method mentioned in the brochure will qualify for the evaluation of Part B.

Part B evaluates drawing, creativity, communication skills and analytical and problem solving skills. Part B scores will be calculated using the method mentioned in the brochure. The final CEED score will be calculated by giving 25% weightage to marks obtained in Part A marks and 75% weightage to scores obtained in Part B.

CEED qualified students are eligible to apply for the MDes and PhD programmes in various institutes with the specializations as mentioned in the table below. Details of these programmes may be obtained from the websites of the respective institutes:

Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, II Sc Bangalore: M.Des in Product Design & Engineering
PhD in Design
Industrial Design Centre, I IT Bombay: MDes in Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Communication Design, Animation, Mobility and Vehicle Design
PhD in Design
Instrument Design and Development Centre, IIT Delhi: M.Des in Industrial Design
Department of Design, IIT Guwahati: M.Des in Design
PhD in Design
Department of Design, IIT Hyderabad: M.Des in Visual Design
PhD in Design
Design Discipline, IIITDM Jabalpur: M.Des in Product Design, Visual Design*
Design Programme, IIT Kanpur: M.Des in Design*
PhD in Design
Exam Patterns

PART A (1 Hour) - Computer Based Objective Test (50%)

PART B (2 Hour) - Drawing & Design Skills (50%)

Held in January


  • Visualization & Spatial Ability
  • Observation & Design Sensitivity
  • Analytical & Logical Reasoning
  • Environmental & Social Awareness
  • Design Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Language & Creativity

For M.Des candidates who clear CEED, the Phase 2 exam is conducted by each institute separately in April / May. It consists of Assignments, Studio Test and Interview