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All About Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) 2024: Eligibility, Application Form, Test Centres & Admission Process

Anjani Chaand
Anjani ChaandUpdated On: August 14, 2023 07:20 pm IST | CEED

Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) is conducted on an all India basis by IIT Bombay on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resources Development. CEED 2023 exam details such as the application form, eligibility, admission, exam centres, and so on are listed below.

All About Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) 2023: Eligibility, Application Form, Test Centres & Admission Process

Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) is conducted on an all-India basis by IIT Bombay on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. The objective behind CEED is to test the aptitude and designing skills of the candidates. The primary objective behind CEED is to analyze drawing skills, creativity, logical reasoning, communication, visual perception ability and problem-solving skills. The candidates are mainly checked for designing skills through CEED at the postgraduate level.  

CEED is a qualifying exam for admission to MDes programmes offered by IITs such as Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc Bangalore), Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi), Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT Hyderabad), Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT Guwahati), Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) and Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur (IITDM Jabalpur). The application process for CEED 2024 will start in September 2023. The exam will be conducted in the month of January 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon. Students who wish to appear for CEED 2024 can go check the CEED 2024 Paper Analysis and plan their strategy accordingly. The students can browse through the article and check the nuances and intricacies of the postgraduate design entrance exam.

CEED 2023: Latest Updates 

  • Exam Date: The CEED 2024 exam will be held in the 4th week of January 2024.
  • Application Form: The CEED 2024 online application form will be accessible in the last week of September 2023.
  • Syllabus: The CEED 2024 syllabus has been changed to incorporate extra subjects on sketching, drawing, and visual communication.
  • Eligibility Requirements: The CEED 2024 eligibility standards have been reduced. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree in any subject and a minimum of 50% are now able to apply.
  • Application Fee: The application fee for CEED 2024 has been increased to INR 3,600.
  • Around 5,500 students are likely to enrol for the CEED 2024 exam this year. Last year, 4,910 people registered for the exam, but only 1,886 people showed up. 

CEED 2023: A Quick Glimpse

The candidates can check the brief and highlighted outline of CEED 2024. The table given below can be referred to get a glimpse of the entrance examination details.



Name of the Exam

Common Entrance Examination for Design

Popularly Known As


Conducting Body

IIT Bombay

Degrees Offered

Master of Design (M.Des)

Mode of Application Process


Mode of the Exam

Online & Offline

Level of the Exam

Institute Level

Medium of Instruction


Total Duration

3 Hours

Total Marks

200 Marks 

Important Dates for CEED 2024

The dates are very important for any examination and one must check the dates and deadlines for filling the application form and appearing in the examination. The important events and dates related to CEED 2024 have been mentioned in the table given below. 


Dates (Tentative)

Application Form Availability

3rd week of September 2024

Last Date To Apply

3rd week of November 2024

Last Date to Register with Late Fee

4th week of November 2024

Admit Card Availability

2nd week of December 2024

Last Date to Rectify Discrepancy in Admit Card

1st week of January 2025

Ceed 2024 Exam Date

3rd week of January 2025

Draft Answer Key

4th week of January 2025

Last Date of Objection

1st week of February 2025

Final Answer Key

2nd week of February 2025

Part A Cutoff Marks

3rd week of February 2025

Result Availability

1st week of March 2025

Score Card

2nd week of March 2025

CEED Eligibility Criteria 2023

To appear for CEED 2023, there is no age limit set by the exam authorities. However, a candidate must have acquired the educational qualification listed below to be eligible for the design exam.

  • Applicants must have passed a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design/ Interior Design or its equivalent (3 years duration after completing 10+2).


  • Candidates must have cleared Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT or the equivalent of 3 years duration after 10+2), B.F.A. (3-year professional program, after 10+2), G.D. Art (5-year program after 10th) with one-year post qualification professional experience.


  • Applicant must possess a master’s degree in Arts/ Science/ Computer Applications (2-year programme after qualifying 10+2+3) 


  • Final-year students can also apply for CEED, given that they produce the necessary documents at the time of counselling. The detailed requirements have been explained in the CEED 2024 Eligibility Criteria.



Age Limit for CEED 2024

There is no upper age limit. Any applicant, regardless of age, is eligible to take the CEED exam.

Number of CEED Exam Attempts

There is no limit to the number of attempts.

Type of Degree

Any recognized degree or diploma or postgraduate degree programme of 4 years or 3+2 years (after 10+2 level) or 3 years after 10+2.

Final Year Students (by July 2023)

Candidates in their final year or awaiting results are also eligible if they produce proof of eligibility at the time of admission.

GD Arts Diploma Programme (10+5 level)

Candidates who have completed the course by July 2024 are also eligible.

CEED Participating Institutes 2024

The following institutions will accept the CEED 2024 score for admission to their M.Des and PhD design programmes. Each institute will run its application procedure for these institutes.

CEED Participating Institutes 


Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, IISc Bangalore

  • MDes in Product Design and Engineering
  • PhD in Design

Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay

  • MDes in Industrial Design, Communication Design, Animation, Interaction Design, Mobility and Vehicle Design
  • PhD in Design

Department of Design, IIT Delhi

  • MDes in Industrial Design

Department of Design, IIT Guwahati

  • MDes in Design
  • PhD in Design

Department of Design, IIT Hyderabad

  • MDes in Visual Design
  • PhD in Design

Design Programme, IIT Kanpur

  • MDes in Design
  • PhD in Design

IIT Jodhpur

  • MDes in HR
  • BFA in Design
  • BFA

IIT Roorkee

  • MDes in Design
  • PhD in Design

CEED 2024 Admission Procedure

Qualifying in CEED does not guarantee admission. A candidate has to apply to the respective institutes for admission and fulfil other requirements such as tests and interviews of the corresponding institution for admission. The announcement for admission to the postgraduate programs in design will be notified separately by the different institutes.

A limited number of assistantships, based on merit, are available to CEED 2024 qualified students, to pursue the programmes. Reservation for various categories will be as per the Government of India's rules at the time of admission. The criteria for postgraduate admission and award of assistance/ scholarship are different in different institutes.

To apply for CEED 2024 the following process needs to be followed.

  • Visit the official website of CEED and create a unique login ID by entering a valid E-mail ID and mobile number.

  • A password will be received on the registered mobile number. 

  • Use the password and the registered email address to log in on the official website.

  • Fill in all the personal and academic credentials correctly and carefully.

  • Upload all the required documents such as passport-sized photographs, scanned signatures, all educational certificates, disability certificates, category certificates etc.
  • Make the payment of the application fee.

  • The application will be counted as successfully registered only after the payment has been received by the authorities. 

Documents Required for CEED 2024 

The following are the necessary documents for the CEED 2024 exam:

  • A recent colour photograph in JPG/JPEG/PNG format with a file size of no more than 100 KB is required. The photos should be 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm in size.
  • Signature scanned copy. The signature should be in JPG/JPEG/PNG format and no larger than 50 KB in size. The signature should be 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm in size.
  • Degree/diploma certificate scanned copy. The degree/diploma certificate should be in PDF format and no larger than 50 KB in size.
  • Valid category certificates (for applicants from the EWS/SC/ST/OBC-NCL categories): The category certificates should be in PDF format, with a maximum file size of 50 KB.
  • Valid medical certificate (for those with disabilities). The medical certificate should be in PDF format and no more than 50 KB in size.
  • Request letter (for applicants with disabilities who seek compensatory time during the exam). The request letter should be in PDF format and no larger than 50 KB in size.
  • Gazette notice, marriage certificate, or scanned passport pages (to be supplied by applicants whose name differs from the name on the degree/diploma certificate). The scanned document should be in PDF format, with a file size of no more than 50 KB.

Note: Please keep in mind that all documents must be scanned in colour and high quality. Documents must be clear and readable. Each document's file size must not exceed the set restrictions.

CEED Exam Pattern 2024

A highlight of the CEED exam pattern 2024 has been given below. Go through to understand the structure of the exam better.

Medium of Instructions


Mode of the Exam CBT for Part A and Pen-Paper Mode for Part B

Sections in the Exam

2 (Part A and Part B)

Type of Questions

NAT, MSQ, MCQ & Subjective Questions

Total Duration of Exam

3 Hours - 1 hour for Part A  and 2 hour for Part B

Duration of Section A 

1 Hour

Duration of Section B

2 Hours

Total Marks of Exam

200 Marks

Marks of Section A

100 Marks

Marks of Section B

100 Marks

Total Questions

46 Questions (41 in Part A & 5 in Part B)

Negative Marking

For Part A - Yes, for Part B - No

It is mandatory to attempt questions from both parts. Part A is conducted for one hour followed by Part B for two hours. Both sections consist of 100 marks each. The answers to Part A have to be given in online mode, while the answers to Part B have to be attempted in the answer book that will be provided by the invigilator. These answer books will be collected for manual correction at the end of the examination.

Part A is also used in the form of a screening test. If 'N' is the total number of seats available in all the CEED 2024 participating institutes, then approximately the top 10xN candidates will be shortlisted from Part A. On the other hand, Part B will be evaluated only for the candidates who are shortlisted after Part A. Only Part B score will be used for preparing the CEED 2024 merit list.

Test Centres for CEED 2024

The CEED 2024 Examination cities are spread all over the nation. There are 24 test centres in the nation including metro cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, and Bengaluru among many others. The students can check the list of all the examination centres mentioned in the table given below and choose their preference while filling out their application form online.

CEED Exam Centres All Across India 

























CEED Cutoff 2024

IIT Bombay will publish the CEED exam cutoff in the form of a mean and standard deviation on its website. According to statistics from the previous year, the mean and standard deviation for Part-A (CEED 2024) are projected to be 22.59 and 11.82, respectively.

The cutoff for CEED 2024 is typically provided for part A of the exam, which is used to select applicants for part B. The authorities have not disclosed the cutoff for the Common Entrance Exam for Design for the complete exam or part B.






Part A Qualifying Marks





Qualifying CEED Exam Score





As previously stated, marks earned in Part A will be utilised to shortlist candidates:

  • The cut-off for Part A (δ) marks to shortlist applicants in the open category is: μ + (σ⁄2) = δ, where and are the average and standard deviation of the distribution of marks earned by ALL candidates in CEED 2024 Part-A. The μ and σ will be rounded to the nearest two decimal places. 
  • The OBC-NCL category will have cut-offs of 0.9δ of the Open category. 
  • The cutoffs for the SC, ST, and PWD categories will be 0.5δ of the Open category.

Due to the fixed seats and cut-throat competition prevailing in the CEED exam, it is not possible for every aspirant to secure admission to the IITs. However, there are plenty of other design entrance exams and top design colleges that an applicant can consider for M.Des admissions. Students can also get admission to private colleges on the basis of the CEED 2024 score. For application-related enquiries or counselling, free to contact the admission experts at 1800-572-9877 (toll-free). For further assistance, you can also fill out the Common Application Form of CollegeDekho.

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What is the use of the CEED exam?

The CEED exam is a national-level entrance exam for Master of Design and PhD design programmes. The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) administers the test on behalf of the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). The CEED test is a competitive exam, and only the top scorers are eligible for admission to the member institutes' M.Des and PhD design programmes.

From where can I get the CEED Admit Card for 2024?

In the second week of January 2024, the Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) admit card for 2024 will be made available for download on the CEED website. Candidates who have submitted their applications successfully can use their login information to download their admission cards.

What is the fee for CEED 2024?

For CEED 2024, general category applicants must pay a fee of INR 3,600, while SC/ST/PwD/female applicants must pay INR 1,800. Online payment options for the charge include debit card, credit card, and net banking. There is no reimbursement for the application cost. Candidates who are unable to take the exam for a legitimate cause, however, may request a refund of their application cost.

How many students apply for CEED every year?

More than 5,500 students are anticipated to sign up to take the CEED 2024 exam. Only 1,886 of the 4,910 applicants who submitted applications for the exam last year showed up.

Is a portfolio required for CEED?

Yes, CEED requires a portfolio. It is a compilation of your greatest artwork or design work that you will show to the admissions committee during your interview. The portfolio should demonstrate your design inventiveness, skills, and enthusiasm.

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