CEED Exam Pattern 2018

Accepted For : PhD , M.Des

Exam Mode : Both Online & Offline

Registrations Date

09 Oct, 2017


Exam Date

20 Jan, 2018


CEED 2018 Exam Pattern

Candidates preparing to appear for CEED 2018 on 20th January, 2018 must go through CEED Exam Pattern in detail to get a fair idea about the number of questions, marks distribution, time duration and format of the exam.

By judging candidates' Visual and Spacial, Environmental, Analytical, Logical, Language, Creative, Communicational, and Problem Solving skills, CEED 2018 aims to provide admissions to the deserving candidates in prestigious institutes like IIT Kanpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IISc Bangalore and IIT Guwahati.

Given below is the detailed exam pattern of CEED:

  • CEED is conducted in both online (computer-based) and offline (pen-paper based) modes.
  • The medium of language is English.
  • IIT Bombay conducts CEED 2018 in two parts, Part A and Part B. Questions from both the parts (Part A and Part B) are mandatory to be attempted by the candidates.
  • The total duration of the exam is 3 hours, wherein Part A will be of 1 hour and Part B will be of 2 hours.
  • Both Part A and Part B take place on the same day. However, only those candidates who qualify in Part A exam become eligible to appear for Part B exam.
  • There is negative marking in Part A only.

Part A:

  • Part A is conducted in a computer-based format.
  • The total duration of Part A is one hour (10.00 A.M-11.00 A.M).
  • Part A has multiple type of questions, which are divided into three sections.
  • 2 marks are given for every correct response.
  • There is negative marking of 0.6 marks in the first and third sections. However, there is no negative marking in the second section.

Part B:

  • Part B section is conducted in a pen-paper based format.
  • The total duration of Part B is two hours (11.00 A.M-1.00 A.M).
  • Candidate’s overall skills in designing are tested in this particular section.
  • Answer books are provided to the candidates in the exam hall, wherein they have to write their answers and return the test booklet to the examiner.

CEED 2018 Syllabus

CEED Syllabus for Part A is as follows:

Environmental and Social Awareness

In this section, candidates’ knowledge regarding the environment and social awareness is tested. Questions based on pollution, population, climate, literature, natural resources, history of art etc. are asked in the question paper.

Visualization and Spatial Ability

In this section, candidates’ understanding of transformation and manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships are tested through pictorial and diagrammatic questions.

Language and Creativity

This section tests candidates’ English language skills. Questions are asked on the following topics:

  • Articles
  • Tenses
  • Verb patterns
  • Active and Passive Constructions
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • English Grammar

Design Thinking and Problem Solving

In this section, candidates’ problem-solving skills are judged. Questions on various topics like metaphors, symbols, signs, visual analogies are asked.

Analytical and Logical Reasoning

In this section, candidates’ analytical and logical reasoning abilities are tested. Questions on patterns, brainteasers, data interpretation, assumptions and conclusions, arguments, etc. are asked in the exam.

Observation and Design Sensitivity

This section tests candidate's ability to analyze, reason, classify, infer and predict and also ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.

CEED 2018 Syllabus for Part B is as follows:


Candidates’ creative skills are tested in this section, wherein candidates have to come up with new ideas for drawing and designing.


Drawing and designing skills of the candidates are tested in this section. Candidates must know how to draw scenes in proportion with good line quality, proportion, composition, and shading.

Analytical and Problem Solving Skills

This section tests candidates' knowledge of properties of materials, ability to understand the user and the context and their appropriate use in design plots, stories, etc.

Communication Skills

In this section, candidates are judged on their communicational skills. Here, candidates must know how to explicitly communicate ideas with the help of visuals and text.