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iit ceed 2019PAHAL offers preparation of IIT CEED – Common Entrance Examination for Design conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) every year. One of the best classroom program along with study materials, online mock test & crash course; one stop & exhaustive quality coaching is offered by expert faculties at PAHAL. We have our centres across India popular cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Bhopal & others. Complete details on IIT CEED 2019 exams, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Brochure, Admission procedure are given below.


CEED 2019: Online Application Form will be released from 9th October 2018.

Online Application Submission October 9 to November 9, 2018
Submission of online application with late fee November 10 to 16, 2018
Admit card available for download January 1, 2019 onwards
Date of examination January 19, 2019 (Saturday) at 10:00 TO 13:00 HOURS
Release of draft answer key for Part A January 27, 2018
Last date of sending comments about draft answer key for Part A January 25, 2019
Release of final answer key for Part A February 4, 2019
Declaration of result March 4, 2019
Score cards available for download March 4, 2018
Information Brochure Click here to view
Apply Online Click here to apply online


Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) is an all India examination conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.

The objective of CEED is to assess the candidate’s aptitude for design, involving visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity, and communication skills.

CEED is a qualifying examination for the following postgraduate programmes in design:

  1. Master of Design Programme
  2. IISc Bangalore: M.Des. in Product Design and Engineering*
  3. IIT Bombay: M.Des. in
    • Industrial Design
    • Visual Communication
    • Animation
    • Interaction Design
    • Mobility and Vehicle Design.
  4. IIT Delhi: M.Des. in Industrial Design
  5. IIT Guwahati: M.Des. in Design
  6. IIT Kanpur: M.Des. in Industrial Design*
  7. IIITDM Jabalpur : M.Des. Programme*
  8. Ph.D Programmes in Design in IISc Bangalore and IIT Bombay.

GATE qualified candidates will also be considered for admission to these programmes.

Read more about the admission to these programmes.


What is the eligibility/qualification for CEED examination?Eligibility/Qualifications Related :

Candidates must either have completed or be expecting to complete any of the following, by July 2019:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design/ Interior Design or equivalent (4 years duration after 10 + 2)

  2. Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT or equivalent of 4 years duration after 10+2)

  3. B.F.A. (4 year professional programme, after 10+2)

  4. G.D. Art (5 year programme after 10th) with one year post qualification professional experience

  5. Master’s degree in Arts / Science / Computer Applications

The candidate is responsible for showing eligibility while seeking admission to the specific programme in which they are interested.

There is no age limit and a candidate can appear in CEED any number of times.

Admission Procedure

Qualifying in CEED does not guarantee admission in any way. A candidate has to apply to respective institutes for admission and fulfill other requirements such as tests and interviews of the respective institutions for admission. The announcement for admission to the postgraduate programmes in design will be notified separately by the different institutes, starting from Oct 2018.

Reservation for various categories will be as per Government of India rules applicable at the time of admission. A limited number of assistantships, based on merit, are available to CEED qualified students, to pursue the programmes.

The criteria for postgraduate admission and award of scholarship/assistance are different in different institutes. GATE office, IIT Bombay is not in a position to provide information in this regard. Some information on various programmes is given later in this brochure. For more details or any specific queries on admission and programme of any institute, the candidate should contact the concerned head/convener/coordinator.


Following are key features of the exam:

  1. The exam will be conducted in the following cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Ernakulam, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur and Vishakhapatnam.
  2. The examination will be conducted in two Parts, A and B. All candidates must answer both Parts.
    1. PART-A is a screening test of multiple choice questions, which will be conducted by an online computerized program, and only candidates who secure a minimum cut-off mark qualify to be evaluated for Part B.  There will be negative marking for Part A.
    2. PART-B will be evaluated only for candidates who will be short-listed in PART-A.
    3. Part B score only will be used for merit list and qualified list for CEED 2019.
  3. All the candidates must answer both the parts.  The short-listing will take place only  during the evaluation stage of the examination, after the day of examination.
  4. Candidates may attempt any question of the exam (of Part A or Part B) during the given three hour period.  There is no requirement to attempt them in any particular sequence. Within the given three hour window, they can choose to spend any amount of time answering Part A (computer) and Part B (pen-paper).  Questions to both the parts will be visible on the computer screen any time during the exam.
  5. The candidate has to bring his/her own pencils of different grades (e.g. H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B etc.), sketch pens, poster colors, and other drawing materials for the examination. No drawing sheets have to be brought.
  6. The question paper will be in English. No specific textbook or guidebook is recommended for preparation. Candidates may, however, hone their drawing, rendering, and visualization skills.
  7. Candidates should report to the examination centre at 8:00 am (one hour before the scheduled commencement of the examination).  This is to register and provide biometric information (thumb impression and photograph) before appearing for the exam. The photograph captured on the day of the exam will be printed on the scorecard.
  8. The seating arrangement will be displayed on the notice board of the examination centre.

How to Crack IIT CEED

  • All we know that CEED is all about designing and creativity, the exam will test a candidate’s aptitude for design, visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity and communication skills. So here are CEED exam preparation tips which may help you to get the desired score in the exam.
  • Go through the previous year’s papers: See the previous years question paper it will help you to understand the types and level of questions that you have to face. If any known of yours is studying in the IISc’s or IIt’s then have the guidance from them about paper pattern.
  • Practice sketching the objects around you: When you start for preparation just keep in mind that you need to practice more and more with new innovative and creative ideas to get a better result in the exam so to crack CEED practicing is only hammer.
  • Sketch everyday objects: Next preparation tips for the CEED exam is that you have to sketch some everyday objects. This should include representing objects as they are, with their material and texture. You need not be too great still life artist, but you should be able to convey through your sketches well.
  • Try freehand sketching: Sometimes Sketching using instruments is not allowed in CEED. It will help you to learn the basics of freehand sketching. The best way is to sit with pencil and paper and try to sketch.
  • Select the right equipment for practice: Fortunately for CEED exam preparation, all you need is pencil and brains. So what pencil do you use? Always try to use 2 grades of pencil: H-grade for rough work, light drawings, etc and B for rapid work and where shading is involved. A wooden pencil works best, but sometimes a 0.7 mm pencil is best kept in reserve. Also, pack a non-dust eraser. Kneadable eraser is the best, but slightly expensive
  • Improve Imagination skills: What you see is what you draw. Sometimes, you have to “see” in your mind. This is visualization. So, first try to get the best picture of what you want to sketch in your mind, then think about it and then put your pencil to the paper. Enhance Creativity: It might be helpful to think laterally. For example, list 10 uses of a coin other than currency. And do this within a minute. I hope you get the point.
  • Watch cartoons or read daily comic strip: This might sound silly, but comic strips actually are an example of a storyboard. Sometimes questions are asked to represent a storyline, say, how will you make a cup of tea. This will need your sketching skills as well as story-telling ability. So don’t just laugh at jokes in comic strips but see how they have told it, and why they have to draw things in the way they appear.
    These CEED exam preparation tips will help you enhance your skills and guide you on how crack CEED exam, but ultimately the skill lies within your practice and how well you practice.


Thank you for your interest in taking the CEED 2019 exam. Most of the queries can be answered by carefully reading the CEED 2018 Information Brochure for eligibility and other matters.

It is expected that a candidate applying for a Master’s programme should be able to read, understand and use the information in the CEED 2018 Brochure to decide their own eligibility for the exam. Please contact our office in case of any difficulty.

Commonly asked questions by Applicants to the GATE-JAM-CEED Office

Payment Related:

  • Q1. What is the mode of payments?
    Application Fee (non-refundable) is Rs. 2000 for Men General/OBC category Applicants; Rs. 1000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates and all women candidates. The fees can be paid through SBI Collect link, through Internet banking, Credit card or Debit card.


  • Q2. I get the SBI Collect Reference Number correctly, but I don’t get the Bank Reference Number in my bank payment receipt.
    In such case, write “NA” in the field titled ‘Bank Reference Number’.

Photograph & Signature:

  • Q1. Do I need to paste the photograph and put a signature on my application?
    No. Since the application would be submitted online, you need to upload photograph and signature in JPEG format as instructed in online application process.

Documents Related:

  • Q1. Do I need to post my application and attachments?
    No. Do not send the printed copy of your application and enclosures. Candidates have to upload scanned copies of additional supporting documents in PDF format (degree certificates / marksheets / category certificates / PwD certificates, and experience certificate in the case of candidates with GD Arts qualification)

Eligibility/Qualifications Related:

  • Q1. What is the eligibility/qualification for CEED examination?
    Candidates must either have completed or be expecting to complete any of the following, by July 2017:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design/ Interior Design or equivalent (4 years programme after 10+2)
  • Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT or equivalent of 4 years programme after 10+2)
  • B.F.A. (4 year professional programme, after 10+2)
  • G.D. Art (5 year programme after 10th) with one year post qualification, professional experience
  • Master’s degree in Arts / Science / Computer Applications (2 year programme after 10+2+3)

Note: Candidates with a three year Bachelor’s Degree programme are not Eligible.

The candidate is responsible for showing eligibility while seeking admission to the specific programme in which they are interested.

General Questions about Exam:

  • Q1. What is the procedure for applying ONLINE?
    Please read the instructions given in CEED 2019 website.


  • Q2. When and how will I know the status of my application?
    You have to login with the email id and password you used to enter the application form. Applicants are advised to visit CEED webpage often to check the status of their application.


  • Q3 When will I receive my admit card?
    Admit Card can only be downloaded from the CEED Application website from January 1, 2019 – January 19, 2019. Sending Admit Cards by post has been discontinued. Bring a printout of the Admit Card at the test center along with at least one original (not photocopied/scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification. ONLY the following photo identifications are permitted: Driving license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID, or Aadhar UID. Photocopies of the original identification document are not acceptable. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if original and valid photo identification is not presented.


  • Q4. How many times a candidate can appear for CEED Examination?
    There is no age limit, and a candidate can appear in CEED any number of times.


  • Q5.  After submission of application, am I permitted to change my Examination City?
    Requests for change of Examination City may be permitted if a request with a valid reason for the same is received in the office of the Chairman, CEED 2019, IIT Bombay,Powai, Mumbai – 400 076 on or before 30th October, 2018 along with a Demand Draft of ` 500/- drawn in favour of “IIT Bombay”, on any Nationalized Bank, payable at Mumbai. The decision of the Chairman, CEED, in this regard will be final.


  • Q6.  Am I allowed to leave the Examination Hall during the Test?
    Candidates will not be allowed to leave the Examination Hall for any reason during the test. Candidates are allowed to leave the hall only after the Computer-based test is completed and Question-Cum-Answer-Booklet from all the candidates in the examination hall have been collected and accounted for.


  • Q7. Will there be any arrangement at the Test  Center for the safekeeping of my personal items such as my mobile phone?
    No such arrangements will be possible at the Test Center. You have to make your own arrangements for safe keeping.


  • Q8. Is there any time limit for Part A (Computer-based test) or can I start the examination with Part B and go for Part A later?
    No, Part A will start at 10:00 hrs and will end at 11:00 hrs. Part B will start immediately from 11:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs.


  • Q9. What are the permissible/non-permissible items at the Test centre?
    Calculators, Electronic diary, Mobile Phone, and any such electronic gadgets, blank papers, clipboards and log-tables are NOTALLOWED in the examination venue. A candidate has to bring his/her own pencils of different grades (e.g. H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B etc.), sketch pens, poster colors, and other drawing materials for the examination. No drawing sheets have to be brought.


  • Q10. Is there any reference book for preparation for CEED examination?
    No specific textbook or guidebook is recommended for preparation. Candidates may, however, polish up their drawing, rendering and visualization skills. A candidate may go through the previous question papers for reference.


  • Q11.  I forgot my registration number/ application number which is needed for viewing application status, printing Admit card. What should I do?
  • Check the hard copy print out. This contains the application number. Your application number also has been sent as an SMS to your registered mobile number.
  • You can also Login to the CEED Application website with the email you registered with. All the application details will be available there.
  • If you forget the password, click on the “Forgot password” link.
  • If you forget the email address, first try to enter other email addresses you may have.
  • As a last resort, you can send an email to ceedoffice[at] with the following information: (A) Your full  name (B) Date of birth (c) Registered mobile number.
  • Q12. I would like to change some of the entries that I made in the online admissions website. Is this possible?
    If you wish to change any information (e.g. date of birth, name/surname, phone number, Category) after successful submission of your application form, please send an email to CEED office[at] and a written request to Chairman, CEED 2019, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400 076 before 20th September 2018, along with necessary documents, and mentioning your application number. However, email Id and Mobile numbers cannot be changed.

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