Prescribed by IIT Bombay, UCEED syllabus covers all the topics that candidates must study in order to prepare well for the exam. Going through the syllabus of UCEED in the first phase of preparation for the exam helps in designing a proper preparation strategy. There are 6 topics that candidates have to study. These 6 topics are further divided into various sub-topics.
Following are the six topics prescribed as part of UCEED syllabus:
Visualisation & Spatial Ability:
- Candidates should practice pictorial and diagrammatic questions.
- It is important to have knowledge of practical and everyday mechanical and scientific concepts.
- Candidates should have an understanding of transformation and/or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships.
Observation & Design Sensitivity:
- Candidates appearing for the exam should have the ability to detect concealed properties in ordinary things, people, situations, and events. They should also be able to think critically about them.
- It is also essential for test takers to have the ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.
- UCEED aspirants should also have an eye for details. They should also have abilities such as analysing, reasoning, classifying, inferring and predicting.
Environmental & Social Awareness:
- It is a plus point if candidates are well aware of environmental factors such as climate, population, water, vegetation, pollution, weather, natural resources etc.. They should also be aware of implications of these environmental factors on the design of products, images, infrastructure, and environment.
- Awareness of history of art, sculpture, and literature is essential.
- Candidates are also expected to be aware of the social and cultural connection with the design, history of the designed artifact, and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses.
Analytical & Logical Reasoning:
- Candidates should possess the ability to look at information (be it qualitative or quantitative in nature) and discern patterns within the information.
- They should have the ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria.
- They should also have the ability to check for hidden bias or hidden assumptions and whether evidence and argument support conclusions.
- Aspirants should be able to use logic and structured thinking to deduce from a short passage, which of a number of statements is the most accurate response to a posed question.
- Going through Data Interpretation, brainteasers, and patterns can be an advantage.
Language & Creativity:
- Candidates are also expected to have the ability to understand and use standard English.
- They should have knowledge of English grammar such as sentence structure and usage, the use of tenses, verb patterns, articles, and active and passive constructions, etc.
- Reading comprehension & vocabulary skills.
- Aspirants should be able to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and think out of the box.
Design Thinking & Problem Solving:
- Candidates should have the ability to use visual analogies, metaphors, signs and symbols.
- They should also be able to understand complexity, identify problem, generate alternatives, evaluate options and select solutions.