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Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) - An Analysis

December 09, 2015 11:20 AM 4 minute read , Design , Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) - An Analysis

The fate of many design aspirant to get admission for Master in Design (MDes) course offered at IITs and IISc for a star-studded career in design was sealed when CEED 2016 paper was conducted on 06 Dec 2015.

Common Entrance Examination, the first important step for Master in Design (MDes), was organized by IIT Bombay on 6th December 2015, 10:00 to 13:00 Hrs. For candidates registered in Chennai centres only, the CEED exam was postponed and it would be held on a later date. The new date of exam for the candidates of the Chennai centres would be announced later. CEED is conducted to assess the candidate’s aptitude for design, involving visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity and communication skills for admission to the postgraduate programmes in design in the following institute:

IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur, IIITDM Jabalpur, UPES Dehradun


Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram.

The paper had two parts with following details:


PART -A, which is a computer-based test, contained THREE sections, Section I, Section II and Section III. This section was a little an aptitude-heavy and resembled questions of many of the MBA entrance tests. The reasoning questions ranged from Cube & dice to the next figure in the series. It even had verbal reasoning questions that may border on critical reasoning. Communication Skill questions largely were general English language questions.

PART A, Section I (Q.1 - Q.5, total 10 marks) contained a total of 5 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. For these NAT type questions, the answer was a number that needed to be entered using the virtual keyboard on the monitor. No choices were shown for these questions. There was NEGATIVE marking for this section. Each correct answer were awarded 2 marks and each wrong answer were awarded -0.6 marks. Questions not attempted would result in zero marks.

PART A, Section II (Q.6 - Q.15, total 20 marks) contains a total of 10 Multiple Select Questions (MSQ). Each MSQ type question has one or more correct answer(s) out of the four given choices. The candidate would get 2 marks only if s/he selected all the correct answers. There is NO NEGATIVE or PARTIAL marking for this section.

PART A, Section III (Q.16 - Q.50, total 70 marks) contains a total of 35 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ). Each MCQ type question has four choices out of which only one is the correct answer. There was NEGATIVE marking for this section. Each correct answer were awarded 2 marks and each wrong answer were awarded -0.6 marks. Questions not attempted were given zero marks.


This is a pen-paper exam to be answered in 2 hours.

This is a design and hand drawing test with candidates needing to answer in the booklet provided by the invigilator. CEED 2016 Part B comprised 50 marks compulsory questions followed by a single 50 marks optional question. Compulsory questions required the candidates to draw a large number of objects as observed in perspective, in relatively short time (CEED 2016’s paper required them to draw about 10 objects along with 2 human figures). In the compulsory question section, 30 marks were allocated to memory drawing, followed by 20 marks for idea generation question and final 10 marks for story writing. Optional 50 marks questions can be selected from 4 set of questions. In the optional 50 marks question, a candidate could choose a question out of 4 choices. These 4 choices were chosen from a specific branch of design, namely, product design, animation, visual communication and interaction design.

The question paper (Part-A) and Answer key:

The scores of this exam will be used to determine the CEED 2016 merit list.

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