CEED 2021: Updates, Application, Dates, Syllabus, Fees, Result & More

Do you want to pursue a decent ‘design’ course in India? Do you want to crack CEED exam in 2021? If yes, this post will be of help to you. Here, we will have an in-depth analysis of CEED 2021 exam. In this post, readers will find the following details – important dates, application process, eligibility criteria, syllabus, fees, result and more.

CEED 2021

CEED stands for Common Entrance Examination for Design which is conducted for getting admitted in the courses of M.Des, i.e., Master of Design as well as Ph.D. courses in Designing. The exam is primarily conducted by Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Bombay situated in Mumbai, state of Maharashtra.


It is an entrance exam for postgraduate students who are willing for post-graduation studies in the field of technological design. Cracking this exam will ensure quality education in the area of designing, and also provide the best of jobs and packages through these institutions. The most beautiful thing about this entrance examination is that there is no age limit to apply; moreover, a candidate can give this exam an unlimited number of times.


Colleges offering the M.Des course in India

The test is a criterion to secure a seat in the course, but it does not guarantee a complete admission into the desired college. The candidate after qualifying for CEED will get a chance to pursue the degree at IIT Bombay & other prestigious institutions as well, such as IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Hyderabad, IIITDM Jabalpur, & IISc Bengaluru.


Specific Departments –

  • IIT KANPUR – Design program.
  • IITDM JABALPUR – Design discipline
  • IIT Guwahati – Dept. Of Design
  • IIT BOMBAY – Industrial Design Center
  • IIT HYDERABAD -Dept. Of Design
  • IIT DELHI – Instrument Design and development Center.
  • IISc Bengaluru – Center for Product Design and Manufacturing


The candidates who have qualified the test can also get a seat in the following institutions which will be conducting the courses in Designing other than the ones mentioned above, through CEED 2021 –

  • Anant National University, Gujarat
  • Lovely Professional University, Punjab
  • World University of Design, Haryana
  • Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu
  • Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology, Karnataka
  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Uttarakhand


The Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) does not guarantee admission for a candidate in any of the colleges as mentioned earlier. It is only the first step towards getting admission. After the result declaration of result, every candidate has to separately fill the online form of different colleges if they are meeting their eligibility criteria. On the basis of several factor analysis, a candidate is called for admission in these reputed institutions.


Colleges offering Ph.D. Fellowship –

After passing the CEED, the candidates may be a granted a fellowship in Design at IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur & IISc Bengaluru.


CEED Eligibility Criteria

The mentioned criteria are required to appear only in the CEED test and not in the actual courses. CEEd is usually held in December. In order to give this paper, a candidate must have to meet all the eligibility criteria. The candidate also requires to attain a handsome score for getting admitted in the desired institutions.


Educational Qualifications Required

IIT Bombay has announced that the appliers are required to qualify any one of the mentioned educational degrees by July 2021 –

  • Must have qualified a degree/diploma/post graduate degree program of 4 years or 3+2 years after 10+2.


  • Must be sitting for the final exam of the above-mentioned courses.
  • Candidates who have qualified  GD Arts diploma program by July 2021 are considered qualified for CEED.


Age Limit

  • There’s no mentioned upper age limit for the aspirants, but a candidate should be old enough to qualify the graduation before the Master’s degree.
  • Number of terms- There are no limitations about how many times an applier sits for the test. So, appear as many times as you want until you achieve the milestone.
  • GATE- Aspirants, who have qualified GATE will be considered for admission only at IISC Bengaluru & IIT Kanpur.


CEET 2021 Tentative Examination Schedule

Examination schedule is necessary to plan your preparation and be in front in the race. It gives you a strategic view of preparing yourself for the exams. The critical dates have yet not been disclosed yet. However, the Application process may initiate after September 2020. The registration procedure will start at the beginning of October, and candidates will be allowed to register themselves for the exams till the starting of November. CEED 2021 will be held in the month of January, and the exam result will be announced in March 2021.


The schedule may shape as follows –

Online registration starts2nd week of October, 2020
Online registration endsNovember 2020
Admit card download date1st week, January 2021
Exam date19 January 2021
Online answer key releasedLast week of January 2021
Last date to comment on keyLast week of January 2021
Final answer key released1st week, February 2021
Result announced1st week, March 2021
Scorecard download date1st week, March 2021

CEED 2021 Registration Procedure

CEED offers to fill the application form to the candidates via online mode. The candidates can register themselves via these procedure.


Level 1: Application form fill up

The aspirants are needed to fill up the application form available at the official website for CEED. A candidate has to fill the desired information such as the name, address, etc. All the details to be filled in the application form should match with your documents. The fees for the exam are non-refundable.  The candidate must have a valid email address and a password to themselves registered online.


Level 2: Fees

After registering themselves via filling the application form, a candidate has to submit the exam fee. The fees can be paid online via credit card, debit card or net banking.  The aspirants are liable for the transaction charges. The fees to be paid for this exam is non-returnable. The fees vary on the basis of caste, gender, etc. as the fees for SC/ST, PwD, and all the female candidate is Rs. 1100. On the other hand, exam fees for other aspirants are Rs. 2200.


Level 3: Admit Card Hard copy

The aspirants should download a Colored hard-copy with their clear picture within the due date. Carrying the card is mandatory for appearing in the test.


Level 4: Take the CEED Exam

The aspirants should appear at their assigned centres for taking the test honestly at the scheduled timing. Attempting both Part A & Part B is mandatory for qualifying the test.


Level 5: Check the results

The candidates who have qualified can download the scorecard and their rank by filling up the required email id & Password.


CEED Exam Fees

  • Application fee for female Candidates: INR 1100+GST
  • Application fee for SC/ ST/ PwD Candidates: INR 1100+GST
  • Application for others: INR 2200+GST


These fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


CEED 2021 Exam centres

  • Exam centres are the designated Examination centres like schools or universities where the students can avail of all the required facilities to appear for the test.
  • The centres are chosen by the collaboration of the states and Authority conducting the Exam. Exam centres are chosen throughout the length and breadth of the country to facilitate the students in the entire nation.
  • The candidates as per the official statement for 2021, must select at least 3 of the given cities as their centres.


List of the Cities

  • Ahmedabad, Gujrat
  • Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Bhopal MP
  • Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
  • Chandigarh, Punjab
  • Chennai Tamil Nadu
  • New Delhi
  • Guwahati, Assam
  • Hyderabad, Telangana
  • Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Lucknow UP
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Nagpur, Maharashtra
  • Patna, Bihar
  • Pune, Maharashtra
  • Raipur, CG
  • Thiruvananthapuram Tamil Nadu
  • Thrissur, Kerala
  • Vishakhapatnam AP


CEED Address & Contact Information

Postal address –


The Chairman


Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Mumbai -400076

Email id-

[email protected]


CEED 2021 Exam Details & Modes


Mode –

The exam will be conducted via online mode at the designated Examination centers.


Duration –

The entire exam will last up to 180 minutes i.e. 3hours.


Level –

This exam is conducted at the national level at a fixed schedule for easier admission process.


Examiner Authority –

IIT Bombay, Mumbai,  in the State of Maharashtra.


For Admission –

The test is conducted by the authorities for the aspirants of a Post Graduate degree in Designing.


CEED 2021 Exam pattern

The exam is taken by the aspirants in 2 parts viz Part A & Part B.


Specific Features of Part A

An online Multiple Choice Questions set which is comprised of following –


Syllabus (Part A)

  • Language and Creativity
  • Visualization and Spatial ability
  • The analytical and Logical reasoning
  • Observation and design sensitivity
  • Environmental and Social Awareness
  • Design thinking and problem solving


Specific Features of Part B

This part will primarily evaluate the candidates’ aesthetic and artistic skills required for the course. Such as writing, drawing & designing.


This part comprises the offline mode. They’ve to rely on the sheet provided. This comprises of the following parts-

  • Analytical and Problem-solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Drawing


Time allotment

  • Part A will be given 1 hour to finish.
  • Part B will last for 2 hours.
  • The total duration will be 3 hours


CEED Scores

The CEED is conducted in 2 parts. The part A scores decide the candidates’ eligibility to appear for part B. Though the minimum qualifying cutoffs are not announced, based on the previous year cut off we can say that institute will issue a cut off according to the categories.


Factors deciding layoff

There are many factors which influence the cutoff such as

  1. Total number of students who sat for the tests.
  2. The total number of seats available in all the institutions participating.
  3. The sum of the candidates who passed the Test.
  4. Complication level of the question paper


Only 1000 out of near about 6500 candidates were able to qualify CEED Exam. Hence, the passed outs will have ample opportunities at their side.


Last year’s Cutoff- However, to help students assume regarding the cutoff we are giving the last academic years for minimum passing score in Part-A –


CategoryCut Off


CEED SCORE SHEET- As CEED will be conducted in the online mode, there will be no hard-copy available for the candidates of their score sheet.


Only the passed aspirants will be able to download the soft-copy via the given email id.


Post qualifying CEED EXAM

The candidates will be considered for applying at the desired institutions according to the performance in CEED.  However, each institution will conduct their own admission tests and rounds of interviews before letting the students in.


CEED Exam Value

However, CEED ensures that the candidates are able to secure seats at desired institutions as the score is added with institutions test scores while evaluating the total score of a student.


CEED 2021 EXAM Counselling

IIT Bombay has never conducted any common counselling for the qualified candidates. The candidates have to apply as per the desired city and course available according to the scores.


The concerned institutions conduct their own rounds of tests or interviews before granting admission to the applicants. It’s mandatory for the applicants to appear for such tests.


How to crack CEED Exam

The students preparing for the CEED Exam must work hard for the exam with keeping the following steps in mind –


Syllabus collection-

The students should collect the syllabus for the exam via the official website and take notes of the problematic topics. Since, the different syllabus is taught by different universities across India, it’s possible that not all topics are covered in your regular course.


Sorting Topics-

When you’ve sorted out the problematic topics, devote more time to the topics. If the topics are uncovered in your regular course, never hesitate to take professional help. Online tutoring is another option to get professional help without leaving your couch, and it saves time too.


Previous years questions –

Try to solve the previous year’s question papers especially related to the topics which are your nightmares. Try to solve the online questions in online mode itself.


Speed up your preparation-

Try to set the alarm while preparing and try to finish the question before the set duration. Rehearse your fingers on the keyboard for quick typing. Try to take online coaching if possible to get yourself acquainted with the online answering mode.


Understand fundamental concepts-

CEED comprises of both analytical and creative parts. Preparing your loopholes will help you score well. However, never ignore your strengths.


Polish Strengths-

Polish your strengths such as Drawing, writing or Communication Skills.  Your strengths will give you the boost required to qualify with a handsome score.


Be Creative-

Enhance your creativity and try to find out more innovative ways to express your creativity. The drawing style, writing topics should be chosen carefully. Add humour and think out of the box. Being crazy is sometimes a boon.


Speed Up Sketching-

Practising sketching can help you compensate the questions you failed to reply or replied hastily without proper logic and calculations. Take up random topics to write about and keep on stretching your limits. Nobody knows what will be the topic given in the paper so picking up random topics develops your imagination and reflex to create.


CEED Mock Test-

CEED will conduct mock tests for the registered candidates so that they can have a basic idea regarding the papers they’re going to attempt at the real CEED Exam. These will also introduce the aspirers to the question pattern and complication level of the question paper in the new exams session. This will help them enhance their ability to perform in the CEED Exam.


Sample papers-

CEED will release a set of sample papers for the new candidates and will help them to achieve their goal to crack the CEED Exam. Sample papers can also give the idea of the fields important to crack such as logical or analytical etc. These papers build up the confidence of the candidates for the actual test.


Reference to the Key-

Analyzing and matching your own answer with the key of previous question papers will give you an accurate idea about the flaws and never beat around the bush.


Prefer art over writing-

Try to reply in sketches as much as you can. If the question doesn’t ask an answer in black & white, then prefer drawing to reply. Art being an abstract medium will give the least scope for marks deduction.


Current affairs-

Though current affairs form a very small part of the questionnaire but still when you’re competing with 7000 candidates even half of a mark makes a huge difference. Try to mug up recent facts, development in the field of architecture and contemporary arts. Cinema is too a form of art.


Add colors-

No matter if the question doesn’t ask to add shades, adding colors are a beautiful way of expressing creativity and balance. The examiner will definitely be impressed with that extra effort.



Research about the relevant material everywhere. Try to crack questions of similar exams or go through the content available. The exam patterns can help you be smarter in choosing the problems in the finals.


Expand vocabulary-

After you’ve selected the medium of answering in the exam try to enhance the hold on the language. It’ll help you write far better. Learning idioms, phrases and adding new words to your vocabulary will definitely help you write much better and quicker.


YouTube it-

Yes, everything is available in videos there. Some of the videos can be very helpful to understand the logic and analytic part of the paper. Try to search videos tutoring and subscribe to the helpful channels.


Professional coaching-

Taking a professional paid coaching will always be the best tried and tested the way to crack any exam. Look for the centres who are dedicated towards such aptitude exams with experienced faculty. Try to find out one which suits your budget and requirements.

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