CEED Exam 2019:Registration,Admit Card,Syllabus,Cutoff,Result,Application Form


CEED 2019

Common Entrance Exam for Design

Exam Level

Post Graduation

Exam Format


Conducted Body

IIT Bombay

Frequency of Exam

Once A Year

Exam Category

National Level Exam

Mode of Payment


Mode of Exam




About CEED Exam

The objective of the Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) is to assess the candidate's aptitude for design involving visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity, communication, and problem solving skills. CEED is conducted by IIT Bombay. It is a qualifying examination for admission to Master of Design (MDes) programmes at IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIITDM Jabalpur, and IIT Kanpur, and to Ph.D programmes in Design at IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, and IIT Kanpur. Qualifying in CEED alone does not guarantee admission to any of these programmes. Admitting institutes may conduct further tests and / or interviews for the final selection /admission.

CEED 2019 will be conducted on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 10:00 - 13:00 hours. The examination will consist of two parts, Part A and Part B. Candidates must attempt questions from both the parts. Part A will be conducted from 10:00 to 11:00 hours followed by Part B from 11:00 to 13:00 hours. Every effort will be made to complete the examination in this session.

Part A contains objective type questions (multiple choice questions, multiple select questions and numerical answer questions). Answers to Part A have to be given on the computer. These will be design aptitude type questions that evaluate visual and spatial ability, environmental and social awareness, analytical and logical reasoning, language, observation and design sensitivity of the candidates. Part B consists of questions that are aimed at testing design,drawing and writing skills. The questions in Part B will be displayed on the computer screen and the answers are to be written in the answer book provided by the invigilator (NOT into the Computer). Part B answer books will be collected at the end of the examination.

Marks obtained in Part A will be used to shortlist candidates. The cut-off for Part A marks for shortlisting candidates in the Open category will be X + 1/2 Σ, where X is the average marks obtained by all candidates in Part A, and Σ is the standard deviation. The cut-offs for shortlisting candidates of OBC-NCL category will be 90% of the Open category. The cut-offs for shortlisting candidates of SC, ST, and PWD categories will be 50% of the Open category.

However, this is subject to the condition that the candidate must score the minimum prescribed marks (as listed below) or more in Part A to be shortlisted.

Category Minimum percentage of marks required in Part A for shortlisting
   Open    10%
   OBC-NCL    9%
   SC / ST / PwD    5%

Part B answer books will be evaluated manually for the candidates who are shortlisted from Part A. In Part B, there will be 8 questions of total 100 marks. Of these, questions 1-5 are discipline specific, that will have 40 marks each and the candidates have a choice to attempt any one of these questions. After the manual evaluation of these questions, the raw scores for each discipline will be tested for normality. If the raw scores are found to be not normal, then the scores for each question will be transformed using the Box-cox transformation. These transformed scores will then be normalized by the formula given below:

S = {(m − μi) Σ / σi} + A

where, m is the raw marks obtained by the person in question i, μi is the average of the raw marks obtained by all candidates who attempted question i, σi is the standard deviation of the CEED2019 Information Brochure 6 of 27 raw marks obtained by all candidates who attempted question i, and A = 20 and Σ = 5 are chosen to be the average and the standard deviation, respectively, of the distribution of scores ‘S’. If the calculated ‘S’ score for any candidates falls below 0, all such scores will be capped at 0, and if the calculated ‘S’ score for any candidate falls above 40, all such scores will be capped at 40.

Marks obtained in other questions in Part B will be added to ‘S’ above to obtain the Part B score for the candidate. The final CEED score will be calculated by giving 25% weightage to marks obtained in Part A and 75% weightage to scores obtained in Part B after the above calculation.

After the declaration of the result, CEED 2019 score cards will be available for downloading to all the qualified candidates. Hard copy of the CEED score cards will NOT be sent to the qualified candidates. Answer booklet (Part B) will NOT be provided to the candidates. The marks obtained in Part B will NOT be disclosed for the non-qualifying candidates.

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