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All About Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) 2021: Eligibility, Application Form, Test Centres & Admission Process

Anjani Chaand
Anjani ChaandUpdated On: January 04, 2021 11:30 am IST | CEED

The 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. Important exam details including the application form, eligibility, admission, exam centres etc. of CEED 2021 are captured below.

Common Entrance Examination for Design

The 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. It scrutinizes the applicants for Design Aptitude, Visual Perception Ability, Communication Skills, and Drawing Skills. 

CEED is a qualifying exam for admission to M.Des 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 exam will be conducted on January 17, 2021. Students willing to appear for CEED 2021 can go through the CEED 2020 Paper Analysis and strategies accordingly. Dive in the article to understand the intricacies of the postgraduate design entrance exam.

Table of Content

Important Dates for CEED 2021

CEED Eligibility Criteria 2021

How to Apply for CEED 2021

Test Centers of CEED 2021

CEED Exam Pattern 2021

CEED 2021 Admission Procedure

CEED 2021: A Quick Glimpse

Captured below is an outline of CEED 2021. Go through the table to check the key features of the exam.



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 2021

The important dates of CEED for the year 2021 have been captured below. 


Important Dates 

Commencement of Registration

September 9, 2020

Last Date to Register Without a Late Fee

October 10, 2020

Last Date to Register With a Late Fee of Rs. 500/-

October 17, 2020

Generation of Admit Card

January 1, 2021

CEED 2021 Exam

January 17, 2021

Release of the Provisional Answer Key

January 21, 2021

Challenging of the Answer Key

January 24, 2021

Release of the Final Answer Key

January 31, 2021

Declaration of Result

March 8, 2021

CEED Eligibility Criteria 2021

To appear for CEED 2021, 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 (4 years duration after completing 10+2).


  • Candidates must have cleared Professional Diploma in Design (NID/ CEPT or equivalent of 4 years duration after 10+2), B.F.A. (4-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 2021 Eligibility Criteria.

How to Apply for CEED 2021?

To apply for CEED 2021, 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 all the personal and academic credentials correctly and carefully.

  • Upload all the required documents such as Passport-sized photograph, Signature, Category certificate 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. To get a step-by-step and elaborative explanation of how to fill the application form of CEED read How to Apply for CEED 2021?

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Test Centres for CEED 2021

The CEED 2021 Examination Centres are across the country. There are around 24 test centres in the nation including in New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, and Bengaluru among many others. The entire list of test centres is given below.

























CEED Exam Pattern 2021

A highlight of the CEED exam pattern 2021 has been given below. Go through to understand the structure of the exam better.

Medium of Instructions


Sections in the Exam

2 (Part A and Part B)

Type of Questions

NAT, MSQ, MCQ & Subjective Questions

Total Duration of Exam

3 Hours

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

53 Questions (45 in Part A & 8 in Part B)

Negative Marking


It is mandatory to attempt questions from both parts. Part A is conducted for one hour followed by Part B for two hours. Both the sections consist of 100 marks each. The answers to Part A have to be given in the 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.

25% of weightage is provided to the first section (Part A) and 75% of weightage is given to the second section (Part B).

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 2021 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 2021 merit list. Check the detailed exam pattern of CEED here.

Also Read: Self-Study Guide for Design Entrance Exams in India

CEED 2021 Admission Procedure

Qualifying in CEED does not guarantee the 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 2021 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.

Due to the fixed seats and cut-throat competition prevailing in the CEED exam, it is not possible for every aspirant to secure admission in 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 2021 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 the Common Application Form of CollegeDekho.

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