UCEED Exam Analysis 2018

Juhee Prasad Updated On: 10 Dec, 2018 13:09 IST

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UCEED 2018 Exam Analysis

The UCEED 2019 exam analysis will be available once the exam is conducted, which is usually in the month of January. The 2019 UCCED exam date is yet to be announced by IIT Bombay. In the meanwhile, take a look at CEED 2018 exam analysis and CEED 2017 exam analysis by experts.  

The Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) 2018 was conducted on 20th January, 2018 by IIT Bombay for admission to B.Des programmes offered at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) and Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing Jabalpur (IIITDM-J). Few other colleges also accept UCEED score for admissions. Check the complete list of Colleges Accepting UCEED 2018 Score here.

UCEED admission process is such that aspirants need to first appear for Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED 2018). Candidates who make it to the merit list of this exam then need to apply separately at the respective colleges that offer admission based on aspirant’s UCEED rank.

This examination is different from other Design entrance exams because of its ‘No Drawing’ feature. The test only focuses on candidates’ Observation skills, Visual Ability, Ability to deduce from shapes & figures (Spatial Ability), Sensitivity to Design requirements and Social and Environmental awareness. It lays no stress on Drawing as a part of the test. This attracts many of those aspirants who’re extremely good at Analytical Abilities but lack drawing skills.

UCEED 2018 is a computer-based exam wherein candidates need to attempt 85 questions divided into three sections. The UCEED 2018 exam pattern consists of Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions, Multiple Select Questions (MSQs), as well as Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).  

Watch out for the UCEED Answer Key 2018, which will be released soon now that the exam has been conducted. You will also be able to get an idea of your performance and score through the UCEED 2018 Rank Predictor tool launched by CollegeDekho. Find out How to Use UCEED Rank Predictor 2018!

UCEED 2018 Paper Structure

Type of Questions: Type of questions in each section varied from each other.

Number of Questions: The test had a total 85 questions of maximum 300 marks.

The UCEED 2018 question paper was divided into 3 sections:

  • Section A (NAT) - 20 questions - 4 marks per question - No negative marking-------- Total 80 marks.
  • Section B (MSQ) - 25 questions - 4 marks per question - No negative marking------- Total100 marks.
  • Section C (MCQ) - 40 questions - 3 marks per question - (-1) negative marking-------Total 120 marks.

Section A: Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

There was no negative marking for this section. Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks. The questions in this section did not include any choices to choose from. A numeral was needed to be entered in the space provided for the answer using the virtual keyboard.

Section B: Multiple Select Questions (MSQs)

There was no negative marking for this section. A total of 4 marks will be awarded to candidates who select all the correct choices and no wrong choice is selected. This section included questions that had one or more than one correct choice among the four given options.

Section C: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

There is negative marking in this section. 3 marks will be awarded for all correct answers and 1 marks will be deducted for the wrong answers. In this section, the candidates will have to choose one correct option among the given four choices. However, there will be no negative marking for skipping the answer completely.

Detailed Paper Analysis of UCEED 2018 by Experts & Students

According to students, the question paper seemed to be easy and almost similar to UCEED 2017. Sources say that the questions for UCEED 2018 were moderate and time management was the key to solve all the questions.

Only one section carried negative marking that is MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions). But when students started attempting the paper, they found it difficult to complete in the stipulated time. Compared to the other two sections, NAT (Numerical Aptitude Test) was a bit lengthy and time-consuming. Some questions in MSQ (Multiple Selection Questions) section were a bit tricky.

As per the analysis by Collegedekho, several unexpected questions from Probability (Mathematics) appeared this time for the exam.

English questions were a little uncertain but were in the same number as the previous year.

Design & Aptitude laid more stress on Spatial, Verbal and Mechanical Ability. Questions about Verbal, Spatial and Mechanical Ability topics especially involving images appeared as expected in a very good number.

Overall, the question paper covered broad topics which gave the platform for everyone to secure good marks. Some aspirants said they did well in NAT, while others performed well in MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) and MSQ sections. So, there are chances that the average marking and maximum marks would remain just like in the previous year.

As per Collegedekho, the minimum marks requirement per section (for General Category) for making it to the rank list should be:

  • NAT- 11 (44 marks)
  • MSQ- 14 (56 marks)
  • MCQ- 15 (45 marks)

Check out UCEED 2018 Question Paper!

UCEED Exam Analysis 2017

IIT Bombay conducted the UCEED 2017 on 22nd January, 2017 (Sunday) across 19 test centres in India for around 10,000 candidates who applied for the examination. Admission to the B.Des courses at IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati annd IIIT Design and Manufacturing Jabalpur will be offered on the basis of candidates' UCEED rank. The UCEED exam score is valid for one year only.

Expert Analysis & Students' Reactions

The UCEED question paper 2017 turned out to be quite tricky and, therefore, managing time became a problem for the test takers. The difficulty level of UCEED 2017 was higher in comparison with previous years. According to some students, the UCEED question paper seemed easy at first and almost similar to the 2016 but found it difficult to complete within the given time duration as they started attempting the paper.

Another important change that students found in the paper was that negative marking was not applicable on all the sections as used to be the case previously. There was only one section MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) where negative marking was applied.

NAT (Numerical Aptitude Test) was quite lengthy and time-consuming as compared to other two sections, and there were some questions in MSQ (Multiple Selection Questions) section that turned out to be quite tricky.

UCEED 2017 consisted of three sections:


No. of Questions

Marks Per Question

Negative Marking

Section A - NAT




Section B - MSQ




Section C - MCQ




The answer key for UCEED 2017 was published on January 28, 2017 and the results were announced on 20th February, 2017. Candidates had access to their scorecards by 27th February, 2017. Based on the UCEED ranks 2017, the seat allotment began from 4th July, 2017.

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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