CEED Exam Analysis 2019

Shreya Sareen Updated On: 30 Jan, 2019 14:05 IST

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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

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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 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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