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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.
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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
Mode of Application Process
Mode of the Exam
Online & Offline
Level of the Exam
Medium of Instruction
Important Dates for CEED 2021
The important dates of CEED for the year 2021 have been captured below.
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
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
Duration of Section A
Duration of Section B
Total Marks of Exam
Marks of Section A
Marks of Section B
53 Questions (45 in Part A & 8 in Part B)
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.
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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