UCEED 2021: How to Prepare

Updated By Sukriti Vajpayee on 14 Jan, 2021 13:35

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How to Prepare for UCEED 2021

IIT Bombay conducts the Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) for candidates seeking admission in Bachelor of Design programme (B.Des) offered at IIT Bombay. To begin preparing for UCEED 2021, you must know why the exam is conducted in the first place. The exam is basically meant to test your Visualisation and Spatial Ability, Environmental and Social Awareness, Observation and Design Sensitivity, Analytical and Logical Reasoning, Design Thinking, Language and Creativity, as well as Problem Solving skills. Some last-minute preparation tips for UCEED will help you ace the exam.

There will be usually three types of questions, which will be asked in UCEED 2021: 

  • Numerical answer type (where the answer has to be a numerical value)
  • Multiple select questions (where one or more than one answer can be right) 
  • Multiple choice questions (where you have to mark only one right answer) 

We have compiled a list of things that you should and shouldn't do in order to prepare for UCEED 2021:

1. Start from understanding the UCEED exam pattern and UCEED syllabus.

2. You must start your preparation for UCEED 2021 well in advance as the range of knowledge and aptitude tested for the examination will be vast.

3. Although UCEED 2021 will be a computer-based test and will not have a drawing section, there will be questions based on the fundamentals of drawing. In that case, understanding concepts and theories of drawing such as perspective, shade, human figure and proportion, shadows and textures will be essential.

4. You should have a good understanding of elements and basic principles of design, such as colour theory, animation techniques and typography.

5. You must read newspapers, general knowledge books, research on the internet or watch youtube videos to improve your vocabulary, general knowledge and current affairs.

6. There could be questions based on basic topics of science, math and computer science. Hence, try and brush up such topics.

7. Also, try and familiarise yourself with information on famous designers and iconic products, Art history and movements, Architectural history, monuments, terminology, popular logos - automobiles, companies or organisations, internationally recognised Indians in the corporate or technology sector, sports, and also any famous international personality. However, you must keep in mind the fact that questions in UCEED will not be limited to these topics. There could be questions beyond these topics as well since UCEED 2021 will be an open-ended exam.

8. Make a study plan as per the availability of time. Only cover topics that you feel can be possibly covered in the given period rather than just going through all the topics.

9. Practice questions papers from previous years so that you know the type of questions to expect in the UCEED 2021 exam.

10. You do not have to spend time on practising drawing for UCEED 2021 because it will be an online exam, and it will not involve drawing.

UCEED 2020 Question Paper

The candidates can, in the meanwhile, can go through the UCEED 2020 question paper. Click here to get ahold of the Question paper!

UCEED 2019 Question Paper

Find the UCEED 2019 Question paper on the link mentioned ahead. Click here for the 2019 UCCED question paper!

UCEED 2018 Question Paper

One of the best ways to prepare for an exam is to go through previous years' papers of the same examination. For those of you preparing for next year's UCEED, check out UCEED 2018 Question Paper!

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Related Questions

I am a student with 10 +3 diploma in IT from the Maharashtra board (MSBTE) am I eligible for appearing the exam?

-shuban murthyUpdated on November 03, 2020 01:48 PM
  • 1 Answer
Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

You are eligible to appear for UCEED. Check the entire UCEED Eligibility Criteria here.

Also, explore how to prepare for UCEEDexam pattern of UCEED, syllabus of UCEED and best books for UCEED.

To practice for the design, exam check out UCEED Previous Year Question Papers and UCEED Sample Papers.

To take any admission related assistance, either dial the helpline number 1800-572-9877 (toll-free) or fill the Common Application Form. Our admission experts will be glad to help you out. For any questions, post your queries in the QnA zone.

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I passed my 12th in 2020 as I failed in 2019. Am I eligible for uceed 2021?

-RajeevUpdated on September 18, 2020 09:58 PM
  • 1 Answer
Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

You are required to fulfil the eligibility criteria of UCEED 2021 in order to be eligible for admission. Open or OBC-NCL category candidates must be born on or after October 1, 1996. SC, ST or PwD category candidates date of birth certificate should mention the birth date on or after October 1, 1991. If you satisfy the aforementioned criteria, then you are eligible for UCEED 2021.

Check out the links mentioned below to understand the exam better.

Colleges Accepting UCEED 2021 Score, Cut-off and Seats

How to Apply for UCEED 2021

Syllabus of UCEED 2021

Exam Pattern of ...


Where can I get previous year question papers and answer keys for UCEED?

-AnonymousUpdated on September 17, 2020 08:04 PM
  • 1 Answer
Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

You can gather the previous year question papers and answer keys of UCEED by clicking on the link below.

UCEED Previous Year Question Papers

You can also go through the UCEED Paper Analysis, UCEED Syllabus and UCEED Exam Pattern.

To understand the exam better read Colleges Accepting UCEED 2021 Score, Cut-off and Seats and UCEED Seat Matrix and Reservation Details.

To talk to our admission experts, you can either dial 1800-572-9877 (toll-free) or fill the Common Application Form. In case of any more questions, write back in the QnA zone.

Thank You


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FAQs about UCEED Preparation Tips

Is it important to study from many books to prepare for UCEED?

Consulting various books usually makes candidates confused. It is better to refer to a few reliable books instead of studying from several books for UCEED preparation.

Is solving previous year question papers helpful for UCEED preparation?

UCEED previous year question papers give an idea of the difficulty level of the paper, exam pattern, types of questions asked and so on. Hence, sample papers or previous year question papers play an important role in UCEED preparation.

How can I manage time for UCEED?

The best way to learn how to manage time for UCEED is to practice mock tests.

When should I start preparing for UCEED?

In most cases, eight to twelve months are considered to be adequate time for the preparation of UCEED.

How long should I study in a day for UCEED preparation?

It usually depends on the overall time you are left with. However, 2-3 hours of effective study every day should be sufficient to score well in UCEED.

Can I prepare for UCEED in six months?

Yes, you can prepare for UCEED in six months. You must have a good plan for the same in order to manage the time and have a clear idea of the syllabus and exam pattern of the exam.

How can I prepare for UCEED?

In order to prepare for UCEED, you must know the syllabus, be aware of changes in the exam pattern (if any), make a plan, complete the syllabus, practise previous year question papers, mock tests and so on.

Can I prepare for UCEED without coaching?

Yes, you can crack UCEED without any external help or coaching. All you need is a good preparation strategy to manage your time and cover all the topics.

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