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CEED

What is CEED exam?
CEED is an entrance exam for Postgraduate studies in the field of technological design held annually. Colleges like IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Delhi, IIT Jabalpur, IIT Kanpur and IISc Bangalore consider CEED score for the admission. The examination is conducted by IIT Bombay and Industrial Design Centre.
What is CEED exam pattern?
Since 2013, CEED has changed its pattern. Now, the paper has two parts, A and B, and an interview.
  • Part A is marked out of 50. It will test you on Visualisation and Spatial ability,Environmental and Social awareness,Analytical and Logical reasoning,Language and creativity,Design thinking and problem solving,Observation and design sensitivity.
  • Part B will test you on drawing,creativity,Analytical and problem solving skills and Communication skills. They are the most time consuming parts of the paper.
What is the difference between CEED and UCEED?
CEED is an entrance exam for Post Graduate studies(M.Des/Ph.d), and UCEED is an entrance exam for Under Graduate studies(B.des).
How can I prepare for CEED exam?
  1. Work on previous years’ question papers. It will help you to gain a perspective on the subject.
  2. Read comic strips. You can learn how to build a story as certain questions are based on storyline. Comic strips by Peter Dawes, reading Manga(Japanese comic strips) and readwritethink website are helpful.
  3. Learn free hand sketching.Part B requires you to draw basic perspective and figure sketches. It is also important to visualize what you want to do beforehand so that you can execute better on paper.
  4. Be creative while answering questions. The evaluator wants a clear and accurate answer, so its necessary plan your answers well.
  5. Practice with the right stationery. Use 2 grades of pencil. H-grade for rough work and light drawings and B-grade for shading. It will be great if you pack in a non dust eraser too.
What is the syllabus for CEED exam?
Part A :
  1. Visualisation and spatial ability
  2. Environmental and Social awareness
  3. Analytical and Logical reasoning
  4. Language and Creativity
  5. Design thinking and Problem solving
  6. Observation and Design Sensitivity
Part B:
  1. Drawing
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Analytical and Problem Solving Skills
What is the eligibility criteria for taking CEED exam?
Candidates should have a graduate/diploma programme of 4-5 years/must have passed GD Arts Diploma Programme.
Note: Candidates can apply for the exam any number of times as there is no age bar restriction.
What are some tips to crack CEED exam?
  1. Work on previous years’ question papers. It will help you to gain a perspective on the subject.
  2. Read comic strips. You can learn how to build a story as certain questions are based on storyline.
  3. Learn free hand sketching.Part B requires you to draw basic perspective and figure sketches. It is also important to visualize what you want to do beforehand so that you can execute better on paper. Refer to ceed tips 3
  4. Be creative while answering questions. The evaluator wants a clear and accurate answer, so its necessary plan your answers well.
  5. Practice with the right stationery. Use 2 grades of pencil. H-grade for rough work and light drawings and B-grade for shading. It will be great if you pack in a non dust eraser too.
Which colleges accept CEED score?
IIT Bombay (Industrial Design),IISc Bangalore(Product design & Manufacturing),IIT Delhi (Instrument design development centre), IIT Guwahati (Dept of Design), IIT Hyderabad (Dept of Design),IIT Kanpur (Design discipline) and IIT Jabalpur (Design discipline) accepts CEED score.
What is the difference between CEED and NID?
CEED is the entrance exam in the field of technological design for PG(M.des/Ph.d), whereas NID DAT is the entrance exam for UG(B.Des/GDPD) and PG courses(M.Des).
What is a good CEED score?
Marks above 55 is considered as a good CEED score.
What is the highest CEED score secured by the student of DQ Labs?
Manasvini secured 7th rank and Srinag K.A has secured 15th rank in CEED 2017.
Why is DQ Labs the best coaching institute for CEED entrance exam?
DQ Labs is the best coaching centre for CEED where the mentors are from IIT Delhi,NID-Ahmedabad, University of Genoa and NIFT. They provide online as well as classroom coaching, seminars,workshops,study material and organise study tours to gain exposure.DQ Labs has centres in Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Mangalore.
How many students apply for the CEED exam in India? How many seats/vacancies are there?
There are a total of 200 seats. 6,423 candidates had registered for CEED on January 20th 2018, while 5,507 students actually wrote the exam. Out of these, 1003 students have qualified CEED 2018.
What is the scope after clearing the CEED exam?
The scope is vast. Students who study in Institutes like IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur get good job opportunities and promising careers.
Why is the portfolio required?
A portfolio is required for the examiner to know your creativity and capabilities. Your ideas and thought processes should come across and it should be interesting.
How does one prepare for the CEED studio test?

  1. Prepare your portfolio in such a way that your interest and passion for design comes across to the examiner.

  2. Make sure you don’t have similar type of themes or designs. Try to elaborate your works.

  3. Works made using Photoshop,finished products,photography, 3D Modelling and documentation can be shown to the examiner.

  4. The examiner will give lots of materials, you will have to come up with a product within a certain time:- newspapers,chart paper,pastel sheets, corrugated sheets,cardboard, mount board, OHP sheet,gateway sheet,transparent sheet, wires of different thicknesses in copper and aluminium, clay,thermocol and its balls,soap(sometimes),ice cream sticks,fabric,threads of different thicknesses and materials,straws,ping pong balls,ribbons,cotton are some of the materials that you will end up getting.

  5. Prepare the same way you did for the written exam. Have an overview of the topics. They will even ask simple aptitude questions.

  6. They may ask questions on design,creative exercises and story writing.
Which is the best online test series for CEED?
Online coaching platforms like DQ Edge provides CEED mock test, CEED previous year question papers, where professionals correct them and give an overview of your strengths and weaknesses. The AI detects the subjects that you lack practice in and provides study material accordingly.
Is CEED exam hard to crack?
It is not hard to crack CEED exam. Constant work and visualising things beforehand will help you get good grades. Creativity is also important. Make sure to start preparing early.