CEED 2021 Question Paper Review

Updated By Sukriti Vajpayee on 17 Jan, 2021 14:34

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CEED 2021 Exam Analysis

CEED 2021 was successfully held on January 17, 2021. All candidates who appeared for the exam can find the detailed exam analysis of CEED 2021 here. The reactions of students and the overall difficulty level have been provided as well. Furthermore, candidates can check the CEED Rank Predictor and CEED Participating Colleges to explore other options. 

CEED 2021 Exam and Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key

The overall difficulty level of CEED 2021 was moderate to difficult. Candidates reported time to be a major constraint in Part A while Part B was a bit confusing. The MCQ questions in Part A were relatively easy while both NAT and MSQ were moderately difficult.

CEED 2020 Exam Analysis

CEED 2020 exam was successfully conducted on January 18 by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay for Master in Design and PhD aspirants. The main purpose of providing the CEED 2020 pre-exam analysis is to give the CEED 2020 aspirants a glimpse of the entrance exam. 

The CEED 2020 paper was divided into two parts and the performance of the candidates in both the parts of the CEED 2020 exam will be taken into consideration during the preparation of the CEED 2020 merit list. The CEED 2020 Part A was conducted online and part B was a pen and paper-based test. Both the parts comprised 100 questions each. In Part A of the question paper, the candidates found objective-type questions and the B part evaluated the sketching and designing ability of the candidates. The CEED 2020 exam analysis has been given below.

CEED 2020 Student Reactions

The CollegeDekho team interacted with a number of CEED 2020 candidates. Let's see what they thought of the exam.

One of the candidates from Gurugram said that CEED 2020 was easier than last year. While Part A of the question paper was tricky, it was quite scoring at the same time. Part Bhad questions from multiple areas like Industrial Design, Animation and Graphic Design.

Candidates who could attempt all the MCQs should be able to obtain good marks in CEED 2020, said another candidate. She also added that Part A of the paper did not have knowledge related questions and had more logical reasoning and analytical questions. A test-taker found Part B of CEED 2020 moderate. This year, the paper did not see any optional questions. 

As the exam pattern was the same, candidates found CEED 2020 easier than last year. However, there were also a few who thought that the paper was a bit lengthy as compared to CEED 2019. The candidate found Part B or the drawing section easier than Part A. 

CEED 2020 Exam Analysis: Part A

CEED 2020 Part A consisted of 42 questions which were primarily based on odd one out, visual puzzles, series and sequences, rotation-based visual puzzles, etc. 

Shadow-based questions were asked to solve, which had a product with two light sources falling on it. The candidate was asked to answer how shadows and light would act on the product. There was another similar question that asked the behaviour of shadow on a person.

All in all, candidates shared that Part A was comparatively easier than last year scoring in which must have been easier for well-practised candidates.

CEED 2020 Exam Analysis: Part B

This section included a total of 5 questions of 20 marks each. The questions were reported to be easy and straight-forward that required basic drawing skills. It basically focused on the fundamentals of drawing and visualisation. 

CEED 2019 Exam Analysis

The Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) 2019 was conducted on January 19, 2019 by IIT Bombay from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The duration of the exam was three hours and it was conducted in English language. CEED is divided into two parts - Part A is meant to test candidates for Part B. On the basis of candidates' performance in Part B, the CEED merit list is prepared. While Part A is conducted in online mode, Part B requires the candidates to attempt the examination on an answer sheet. Candidates get an hour to attempt Part A (from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM) and two hours to take Part B (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM ). In Part A, students have to face objective type questions (MCQ, MSQ and NAT). On the contrary, Part B consists of questions that test candidates' designing and sketching ability. Only part B of CEED is considered for preparing the merit list. Only those candidates who are shortlisted based on part A can take Part B of the examination.

In case candidates face any technical issues at the exam venue, then the exam is conducted again from 2 PM to 5 PM on the same day for the candidates affected in the reserved session.

CEED is conducted for students who wish to pursue M.Des courses offered at the prestigious institutes such as IITs and IISc Bangalore.

The Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) exam was on the same lines as the previous year's CEED exam in terms of the difficulty level. The paper was quite straight forward and candidates were, therefore, able to complete their paper on time. 

CEED is a three hours examination, which is conducted in an online mode for one hour for the segment having MCQ format. Students found the computer-based part of the test easy to attempt. It is followed by a paper-based drawing test of two hours where students were asked interesting questions. 

The topics covered in the exam were pretty much the same as expected by test takers but the questions asked in the paper were mixed. Mental Ability, Visual-Spatial Ability, and Logical Reasoning, and Mathematics had more weightage as compared to General knowledge. 

The questions on General Knowledge were more application based, and knowledge of photography, printing, audio video terminology (screen resolutions), etc., were some of the topics covered in the paper.

Now let’s take a look at the CEED exam pattern for part A. The table below lists the sections and the number of questions for each section


Number of Questions









Given below is the marking scheme for CEED 2019


Marks for Incorrect Answers

Marks for unattempted questions

Total Marks













Exam Analysis for CEED 2019 Part A 

Mentioned below is the section-wise exam analysis for Part A of the exam

Exam Analysis for MSQ Questions

The kind of questions that this section had were

  • Question regarding Photography-Relationship between the depth of field and aperture size
  • A Pixelated image for which candidates had to identify which of the rotated figures would be of the same image
  • Identifying which of the characters described ‘Squash and Stretch’ concept-such as kids stretching for fruit, cat jumping, frog croaking, kids stretching for fruit, and cartoon figure landing after the jump.
  • Resolution question asking about the relationship between monitor resolution/video and output size
  • Transparent Rubik’s cube with 3 dots shown from the left side view and the same three dots view from the front. To identify which of the dots are correct in the top view.

Exam Analysis for NAT Questions

The questions that were there in this section were

  • Pertaining to counting the number of intersections for a given graphic image
  • Finding the ones that don’t match for a given set of fonts
  • Finding the number to replace the question mark for a given number, puzzle etc
  • A question on mensuration for which a cuboid with a pyramid on top was given and the height from the base of the cuboid to the pyramid’s tip had to be calculated
  • Gears and ratios-A picture of a cycle was there for which the distance travelled had to be calculated if the pedal moved 1.5 times

Exam Analysis for MCQ Questions

The type of questions for this section are listed below

  • Matching the given four objects to the state of India
  • Braille puzzles-Identifying the correct pattern
  • Counting the number of right-angle triangles for a given figure
  • Elevation and views for a given object
  • Series and sequences-finding the odd one out
  • A question on light pattern/sciography created on screen for an arrangement of objects
  • Identifying the correct design for the given palanquin
  • Identification of correct anatomy for images such as the feet of a lizard and a child’s hand
  • Anthropometry-Height of a door latch with respect to a child and adult logo for Parle G
  • Counting the total lines for a given figure
  • Question pertaining to colour theory
  • Resultant image of 2 simple graphic images when they overlapped

CEED Exam Analysis 2019 Part B

The table below lists sections, number of questions and total marks 


Number of Questions

Total Marks

Creativity Question



Visualisation Question



Sketching Question



Discipline Specific Question






CEED Exam Analysis for Different Design Specialisations 

Part B had separate questions for different design specialisations

CEED Exam Analysis for Communication Design

This section had questions such as

The Indian cricket team to play against England in Wales in 2019. If India wins this, it will be the third time. Candidates had to design a campaign idea to encourage people to support India

For this

  • 3 slogans in any language were needed-This was for 10 marks
  • 3 concepts/proposals for 20x30 ft hoardings in form of sketches-This was also for 10 marks
  • Choose any one of the ideas above to create a detailed drawing-This was for 20 marks  

Exam Analysis for Industrial Design

During monsoons, people use their doors and furniture to dry clothes. Students had to create a product to help the user dry clothes indoors. Something which uses a fan, was lightweight, foldable, easy to use and aesthetically pleasing.

Candidates needed to

  • Write 10 points highlighting the design decisions
  • Create four concept drawings

They had to

  • Show the usage scenario
  • Create a 3D Perspective drawing
  • Write about the design in approx 100 words 

Evaluation Criteria for this section

The evaluation criteria for this section was

  • Neatness and the quality of presentations and sketches
  • Analysis and critical thinking of the problem
  • Expressing ideas visually
  • Understanding the problem and finding solutions

CEED Exam Analysis for Interaction Design

This section had the following questions 

A mobile company designed a device for bicycles. It didn't have a touch screen but had 7 buttons, a speaker, internet/wifi connection and a microphone

Candidates had to 

  • Illustrate the 3D view and how will they'd fit on the bicycle
  • Screenshot of the device display
  • Design a storyboard on how a 12-year-old will use the device
  • Other than this, how to use the device

In rural areas, people use their vehicles for more than one purpose, like for carrying cattle agro equipment and people from one place to another. Most of the vehicles are not designed for such extreme usage. Candidates had to design a vehicle to be used in hilly rural areas, which could help carry heavy equipment and machines, cattle. If the vehicle is not carrying heavy equipment, machinery or cattle, it should be able to carry at least 6 people comfortably.

Candidates had to create

  • 4 concept drawings
  • 3D view of the final design
  • Side elevation which had to be rendered
  • The interior of the vehicle
  • Explain all the materials and design decisions in 10 points

CEED Exam Analysis for Mobility and Vehicle Design

People in rural areas use their vehicles for multiple purposes, for carrying cattle agro equipment and people from one place to another. Most of the vehicles are not designed for such rough usage. Candidates need to design a vehicle to be used in rural areas, which can carry machines, cattle and heavy machinery/equipment. It should be able to carry at least 6 people.

For this, candidates will have to create

3D view of the final design

Side elevation to be rendered

4 concept drawings

Vehicle’s interior

Explain all the design decisions and materials in 10 points

 Sketching Question in CEED-Candidates had to show an interior perspective drawing of a kitchen with 2 pans, cutlery, stove, utensils, dish rack, freshly cut vegetables on the counter and any two kitchen containers or appliances from the view of the height of a person of 5.5 feet. Candidates will be given marks on the basis of composition, completeness, texture, and shadow.

Creativity Question in CEED-5 panels were there out of which 4 had straight lines, squiggly li, es and some geometric shapes. The student was supposed to create a unique drawing including the shapes given in the panel. The 5th panel was blank and the candidate had to use any 3 elements of the previous 4 panels and come out with an interesting creative drawing.

Visualisation Question in CEED 2019-The top half of an S shape was there and the candidate was supposed to complete the other half, and also enlarge the entire image so that it reached a height of 15 cms.

Note: The paper was found to be lengthy overall and having a good speed is important in terms of sketching and idea generation.


CEED 2018 Exam Analysis

CEED 2018 was held on January 20 by IIT Bombay in 20 cities across India. 11 colleges accepted CEED scores for admission in the year 2018. The exam paper consists of two parts- A and B both of which need to be attempted by the candidates to qualify it. Part A of the exam was a computer-based test which evaluated candidates on the basis of spatial ability, visualisation, logical reasoning, analytical, environmental and social awareness, observation, design sensitivity and language and creativity. Part B tests analytical and problem-solving skills along with the candidate's drawing, creativity and communication skills. 

While Part A has been said to be a screening test Part B was for candidates to be shortlisted on the basis of their performance. Weightage allotted for Part A was 25 per cent and that for Part B was 75%.

Now, let's find how the CEED 2018 Part A of the question was divided into various sections.


Number of Questions

Number Answer Type (NAT)


Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)


Number Answer Type (NAT)


Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)


Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)


Exam Analysis for CEED 2018 Part A

Mentioned below is the section-wise exam analysis for Part A of the exam.

Exam Analysis for NAT Questions

The NAT section is a combination of logic and counting and 5 out of 8 questions were based on counting skills like 2D patterns and English words, complex 3D objects. Rest of the questions from this paper were based on logic like chess board related puzzle, Hue for yellow, pawns on chess boards by knight. 

For the questions, students had to figure out the minimum moves which took a certain amount of the exam time. The weightage of the question in this section was slightly higher than the other sections. The section also did not carry negative markings.

Exam Analysis for MSQ Questions

The MSQ section of CEED 2018 was called a bit confusing and the toughest of all. However, the questions were relatively easier in 2018 wherein the candidates had to comprehend the given paragraphs or statements properly. For the same, there could be more than one or two correct options. 

Exam Analysis for MCQ Questions

As usual, the MCQ section was a blend of multiple view selection, art movement, history, animation, fonts, designs and logos, pulleys, observational skills, etc. Every year this section is the easiest and candidates found this section the easiest in 2018 as well. Most candidates found Part A of CEED 2018 easier than the previous years. 

Exam Analysis for CEED 2018 Part B 


Number of Questions

Total Marks

Drawing Question

1 out of 5


Sketching Question



Creative Thinking



Visualisation Question






Students were given 2 hours for this part of the exam which gave around an hour that could be spent on the first question. The choices given in the first question included Industrial Design, Animation Design, Vehicle and Mobility Design, Communication Design and Interaction Design. As per candidates who appeared for the exam, the part demanded them to be well prepared in order to understand the questions properly and avoid mistakes.  

Although the questions were said to be diverse the paper was relatively easier than previous years. CEED 2018 focused on higher creative thinking, strong aptitude and a wide scope of knowledge and better drawing skills with overall good speed. 

CEED 2017 Exam Analysis 

CEED 2017 was conducted on January 22, 2017 from 10 AM to 1 PM by IIT Bombay. The result for the same was announced on March 10, 2017. CEED comprised of two sections containing objective and subjective type questions respectively. Following are the student reactions to the exam.

CEED 2017 Student Reaction

  • According to candidates who appeared for the exam, CEED 2017 was easier than the exam conducted in 2016.
  • Students reported that there was no change in the exam pattern or the marking scheme of CEED 2017.
  • There were lesser number of GK and mathematics questions in the exam, reported a student. Part A of the exam comprised mostly aptitude based questions whereas Part B comprised of drawing based questions.
  • Some of the students reported that the Part B of the exam was a bit lengthy but added that the overall difficulty level of the exam was okay.
  • Haven taken the computer-based test for the first time, some students faced a difficulty of getting used to the exam platform.

Disclaimer: All details related to analysis have been gathered from various sources, and are subject to change. Candidates must cross-check with the official website of the examination before taking a final decision.

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To get admission in an M.Arch course, you are either required to qualify a national level entrance exam such as GATECEED, TANCET etc. or sit for institute level entrance exam. Go through the list of Top Private Colleges for M.Arch Admission and M.Arch Admissions 2020 in India to explore some options.

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FAQs about CEED Exam Analysis

What is the total duration of CEED?

The total duration of CEED is 3 hours. One hour is allotted for Part A and 2 hours are given for Part B of the exam.

Which topics are asked in CEED Part A?

The questions of CEED Part A are usually based on odd one out, visual puzzles, series and sequences, rotation-based visual puzzles, etc.

How difficult is CEED Part A?

The Part A of CEED is not generally difficult. However, students who have taken CEED 2020 reported that the section was quite tricky as compared to the previous years. It is easy to score well in Part A with the right preparation.

Is Part B of CEED difficult?

The Part B of CEED comprises questions on drawing and sketching only. Therefore, if you have had enough practice, you can ace this section despite its difficulty level.

How many questions on sketching are asked in CEED?

In the CEED question paper, just one question on sketching is asked in Part B. The question carries 20 marks.

What type of questions are asked in the objective section of CEED?

The objective section of CEED comprises questions from NAT, MSQ, and MCQ sections. These questions are asked in Part A of the exam.

Why is the CEED paper analysis important?

The CEED paper analysis helps candidates fine-tune their preparation for the CEED exam. They can adjust their preparation accordingly after seeing which topics are being preferred. Once they take the exam, it also gives them an idea of where they stand with respect to their performance in the exam.

What is the difficulty level of the CEED exam?

As per the paper analysis of CEED, the difficulty level of the exam lies in the Moderate to Difficult category.

Which is the easiest section in CEED?

As per the previous year analyses, the NAT questions of CEED are considered to be the easiest.

What is the paper analysis of the CEED exam?

Paper Analysis or Exam Analysis is an in-depth review of the CEED question papers. Various aspects of the question paper such as the difficulty level, topic-wise distribution of questions etc. are covered in the CEED paper analysis.

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