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CEED 2018

Last Updated - June 03, 2017

CEED 2018 or Common Entrance Exam for Design is a common entrance examination for admission to Master of Design (M.Des) and Ph.D (Design) programmes at various IITs. The objective of CEED is to assess a candidate’s aptitude for design involving visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity, etc.

ceed 2018

  • CEED 2018 Application Form is expected to be out in October 2017. 
  • A candidate must possess a Bachelors degree in Engineering/Architecture/ Design/ Interior Design to be able to apply for CEED. Check Complete  CEED Eligibility
  • CEED 2018 is expected to be held in January 2018.
  • The exam will be held in two parts- A & B.
  • Part A is online test contains objective type questions which will include design aptitude questions for evaluating a candidate’s Visualisation and Spatial Ability, Observation and Design Sensitivity, Environmental and Social Awareness, etc. It is of total 100 marks, that must be completed in 1 hour. Check  CEED 2018 Exam Pattern
  • In Part B, questions are displayed on computer screen and answers are to be written on an Answer Sheet which will be returned back to invigilator when examination over. Questions in Part B are aimed at testing design, drawing and writing skills. The exam is of total 100 marks and must be completed in 2 hours.

Part A is qualifying in nature, while the marks in Part B will form the actual merit list. The final CEED 2018 Result will release in March 2018. All selected candidates will be able to download their CEED Score Cards from the official website. 

Highlights of CEED 2018

Name of ExaminationCommon Entrance Exam for Design (CEED)
Date of ExaminationJanuary 2018
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Courses OfferedMaster of Design (M.Des) and Ph.D (Design) 
Mode of ExaminationOnline and Offline
No. of Seats AvailableApprox. 200
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CEED 2018 Exam Dates

Here is a tentative schedule of CEED 2017 Dates. Candidates must keep a tab of these. We will update you as soon as the official notification comes out.

EventDate (Tentative)
Submission of CEED 2018 Application Form with Regular FeeOctober 16- November 10, 2017
Submission of CEED 2018 Application Form with Late FeeNovember 1- Nov 19, 2017
Availability of CEED 2018 Admit CardDecember 24, 2017
CEED 2018 Exam DateJanuary 21, 2018
Availability of CEED 2017 Answer Key January 27, 2018
Last date for reporting errors in Answer KryJanuary 30, 2018
Release of Updated Answer KeyFebruary 1, 2018
Declaration of CEED 2018 ResultMarch 9, 2018
Availability of CEED Score CardMarch 14, 2018

CEED 2018 Eligibility

There are certain conditions that a candidate has to fulfil before filling the application form. CEED 2018 Eligibility Criteria lays out various academic and age limit conditions as given below. 

Academic Qualification

  • Candidate must have passed a Graduation Level Degree / Diploma / Post Graduate Degree Programme of 4 years or 3+2 (after 10+2)
  • Candidate who is appearing in Final Examination of the above programmes by July, 2018 OR
  • Candidate must have passed GD Arts Diploma Programme (10+5 Level by July, 2018)

Age Limit

  • There is no Age Limit for admission to M.Des and Ph.d programme offered by CEED 2018 participating institutes.

Appearing Candidates

  • Candidates appearing the qualifying examination can also fill CEED application form.

Number of Attempts

  • Candidates can appear CEED any number of times.

Note: Eligibility for securing minimum marks may be different as per the institutions. Please check it on the website of the concerned institution before selection of institution.

CEED 2018 Application Form

  • CEED 2018 Application Form will be made available from January 2018 onwards.
  • Application Form has to be downloaded and submitted ONLINE only. There is no other option available.
  • Official website for CEED 2018 Application Form is

How to Apply for CEED 2018?

Downloading and submission of CEED 2018 Application Form is a very simple task and can be performed perfectly remembering some facts about pre-arrangement all documents required to be uploaded with the application form for CEED 2018. Step by step guidelines for submitting CEED 2018 application form as follows:

Step 1- Keep Ready all Important Documents

Required documents are:

  1. Recent Photograph: After Scanning and save it in .jpg file format
  2. Scanned copy of Signature in .jpg file format
  3. Scanned copy of Academic Records / Certificates
  1. Certificate of Category Sc / St / OBC NCL: Scan and save it in .pdf file format. Certificate for OBC NCL will be accepted if issued after April 1, 2016.
  2. Candidate whose name is not the same as the name on degree/diploma certificate should produce a gazette notification, marriage certificate or scanned page of passport showing the change of name (.pdf format)
  3. Bank Account Information / Credit Card / Debit Card

Step 2- Registration

  1. Visit the Official Website of CEED 2018 to register
  2. Enter a valid e-mail ID and mobile number.
  3. Verify the e-mail ID and save the password received on the mobile number

Step 3- Form Filling and Uploading Documents

  1. Log in using the E-mail ID and Password received.
  2. Enter the personal, academic and communication details in CEED 2018 Application form
  3. Choose and mention 3 CEED 2017 Exam Centers.
  4. Upload the photograph, signature and required certificates.
  5. Review and click on ‘Pay fee and Submit’.

Step 4- Fee Payment

  1. Post clicking on Pay Fee and Submit, you are redirected to Bill desk for payment process.
  2. Enter the account number in case of Internet Banking, Card number and CVV number for Debit Card and Card number and PIN for Credit Card users.
  3. Verify and click on Pay to complete the payment process.

Prescribed Application fee for CEED 2018 is:

Category of ApplicantFee Amount
All Woman ApplicantINR 1100
ST / SC / PwD ApplicantINR 1100
All Other ApplicantINR 2200
Late fee for all applicantsINR 500 additional with Regular Fee

CEED 2018 Admit Card

  • Admit Card for CEED 2018 will be available from December 2017 onwards.
  • Eligible candidates will have to be downloaded online. Admit card will not be sent to any candidate via mail or post.
  • Details contained on the admit card are name of candidate, date of birth, roll number, photograph, signature, examination date, examination time, examination venue
  • With CEED 2018 Admit Card, a candidate must also carry one of these documents- Passport, Driving Licence, College Identity Card, Voter ID, Adhar Card or PAN Card.

How to Download CEED 2018 Admit Card?

ceed 2018 admit card

  1. Visit the official website:
  2. Click on ‘Download 2018 Admit Card’
  3. A login page will open
  4. Enter registered email address and password
  5. Admit Card will be displayed
  6. Save it and take print

CEED 2018 Exam Center

  • The conducting body of CEED decides to conduct the examination in various centers across India in many cities.
  • Candidates can choose 3 cities in order of preference at the time of filling in the application form for CEED 2018.
  • Once the application form is submitted, change in examination center is not possible. No request in this matter will be entertained.

Here are CEED 2018 Exam Centers for your reference:

CEED 2018 Exam Centers

CEED 2018 Exam Pattern

The total duration of the examination is 3 hours. The question paper contains two parts - Part A and Part B. The duration of Part A is 1 hour. The duration of Part B is 2 hours. Part B will start only after Part A ends. Part A cannot be attempted after Part B commences.

Part A

Part A is conducted online and carries a total of 100 marks. It contains 3 sections as given below:

  • Section I (total 30 marks) contains a total of 10 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. For these questions, the answer is a number that needs to be entered using the virtual keyboard on the monitor. No choices will be shown for these questions. Each correct answer will be awarded 3 marks. Questions not attempted will be awarded zero marks. There is NO NEGATIVE Marking for this section or partial marking for this section.
  • Section II (total 20 marks) contains a total of 10 Multiple Select Questions (MSQs). Each MSQ has four choices of which one or more is/are the correct answer(s). Candidate gets 2 marks only if she / he select all the correct answers for a given MSQ. Questions not attempted will be awarded zero marks. There is NO NEGATIVE Marking for this section or partial marking for this section.
  • Section III (total 50 marks) contains 25 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Each MCQ has four choices of which only one is the correct answer. In this section, each correct answer will be awarded 2 marks and NEGATIVE Marking applies in this section so each wrong answer will be awarded -0.6 marks. Questions not attempted will be awarded zero marks.

Part B

Part B carries a total of 100 marks. It contains 8 questions. You may choose to answer any ONE of Questions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Questions 6, 7 and 8 are mandatory.

  • Each question must be answered on the page(s) designated for that question in the answer book.
  • Additional instructions to Part B questions are provided in the answer book.
  • In Part B, colour pencils, crayons, sketch pens etc. may be used unless otherwise specified in the questions.

Read more about  CEED 2018 Exam Pattern

CEED 2018 Syllabus

CEED Syllabus is different for both the parts- A & B. Read them below:


Visualization and Spatial AbilityPattern and Design of Paper Folding Materials and Type of Texture, Texture Making Materials, Production Materials, Decoration Materials - Flooring, Cladding (protective material which covers the surface of something), Wall Protection and Decoration - Paints, Plasters etc. Conventional/Unconventional Materials for Construction, Design and Decoration, Optical Illusion (2D/3D objects and understanding)
Observation and Design SensitivityLogos and Punch lines , Type of Logos, Designs of Logos Chronology, Hidden meanings in logos, Punch lines Perspective, Colour Theory and Line Theory, Elements of Design, Principles of Design, Colour Psychology and Significance, Photography Evolution of Camera, Type of Cameras, Camera and Its functioning Technologies and terms Accessories, Photography Glossary, Typography Element and Principles of Design Lines, Shape, Form, Colour, Pattern, Texture.
Environmental and Social AwarenessHistory of Indian Art/Design, An overview of World Art, Art and Architecture, Social and Cultural relation with Art/Design, Environmentally Sustainable Designs, Indian Cultural Background & Famous Structures, Musical instruments , Musical Maestros, Dance forms, Crafts and Dresses. 
Analytical and Logical ReasoningArguments, Assumptions, Course of Action, Assertion and Reasoning, Causes and Effect, Analogies, Direction and Distance, Mathematical Tricks, Cubes, Linear and Matrix Arrangement, Syllogism (a process of logic in which two general statements lead to a more particular statement) Punch Line.
Language and CreativityLanguage and Creativity in CEED syllabus is basically on General English Language understanding but creativity adds some more aspects related to expressions and its understanding. Questions cover some part of English Grammar like Tenses, Verb, Active-Passive, Articles, and Sentence Structure, Paragraph etc. Besides this word power, vocabulary enrichment, creative use of words and innovative construction of sentences are also covered in this section.
Design Thinking and Problem SolvingThis is related to imagining, visualizing and developing creative designing features like Signs, Symbols, Maps, Structures, Images and Analogy etc. Besides this, questions test ability to identifying problem, find out alternatives, idea generation and development, selection of feasible options. Elements of Design, Principles of design, Design Themes (new) Choice of product concepts suitable for small and large scale production. Visual concepts-Relativity-spatial awareness-spatial continuity, Development of new product/ & creative ideas based on analytical observation of problems from daily life situations. 


  • Drawing:  Ability to draw different shapes, symbols, shades, 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 and Problem Solving Skills: Ability to understand the user and the context, knowledge of properties of materials and process and their appropriate use in design, originality of solutions, ability to create characters, plots and stories, etc.

CEED 2018 Result

  • CEED 2018 Result is expected to be declared in March 2018.
  • It can be obtained from its official website:
  • Before the declaration of the result, CEED 2018 Answer key will be uploaded in January 2018.
  • If there is any doubt, it can be sent for clarification or correction to the concerned authority.
  • After corrections, an updated Answer Key will be re-uploaded in February 2018. 
  • CEED 2018 Result will be displayed in the form of a score card. It will be valid for a year.

How to download CEED 2018 Score Card?

ceed 2018 result

  1. Visit the official website of CEED i.e.
  2. Click on ‘Check CEED Result’
  3. Login with registered Email Id and Password
  4. Download it and save for further use

CEED 2018 Cut Off

Part A is a qualifying exam. If a candidate secures the minimum qualifying marks in Part A, his Part B test paper will be checked. For being shortlisted in Part A minimum percentage of marks required are mentioned below:

CategoryMinimum % Marks for being Shortlisted
SC / ST / PwD5%

Part B answer books will be evaluated manually for the candidates who are shortlisted from part A. Only part B scores will be used for preparing the list of qualified candidates (merit list) in CEED 2017. CEED Cutoff 2017 will be published on this page as soon as any participating institute announces it. Every participating institute of CEED releases its separate cutoff. CEED Cut off depends on various factors like.

  • Number of Applicants
  • Number of Seats for offered programme
  • Applicants applying for what programme
  • Minimum qualifying marks as per the institutions

CEED 2018 FAQs

Ques. Do I have to submit a print of my online application form?

Ans. No. You are advised to keep the printout of filled-in application for further use.

Ques. When will I receive my admit card?

Ans. You can expect your admit card by the third week of December 2017. You can obtain it from the official website.

Ques. How can I make my application fee payment?

Ans. Online mode is available for making payment through your credit card/debit card and net banking.

Ques. CEED Score is valid for how long?

Ans. Your score will be valid for a year only.

Ques. Who can I contact in case of queries/ questions?

Ans. You may contact the Chairperson of IIT Bombay at or call him on +91 22 25769093.

Ques. How many exam centers can I choose?

Ans. A candidate has to compulsorily choose 3 exam centers at the time of form-filling. They can choose them in their order of prefernce.

Ques. When and how will I know the status of my application?

Ans. The status of your application will be put up on the  CEED Application website. You have to login with the email id and password you used to enter the application form.

Ques. What are the permissible/non-permissible items at the Test Centre?


  1. Calculators, Electronic diary, mobile phone, and any such electronic gadgets, blank papers, clip boards and log-tables are  not allowed in the examination venue.
  2. A candidate has to bring his/her own pencils of different grades (e.g. H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B etc.), sketch pens, poster colors, and other drawing materials for the examination. No drawing sheets have to be brought.



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