Topics: You Need To Prepare For CEED

November 02, 2021

Topics: You Need To Prepare For CEED


CEED: Common Entrance Exam for Design is an assessment conducted by IIT Bombay for admissions to Masters (Mdes) programs at IISC Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, IIITDM Jabalpur, and Ph.D. programs at several IITs and design schools. It checks the ability of perception, design, visuals, drawing, reasoning, communication, and problem-solving of the applicants. The scorecard is used as the qualifying certificate for admission to design institutes followed by the interviews, document verifications from the institutes. The scorecard has a validity of 1 year from the date of result declaration.

In this academic session, the exam date is decided to be 23rd January 2022 and results will be declared on 8 March 2022. The paper consists of two sections as part A and part B of duration 1 hour and 2 hours respectively.

Part A (100 marks with 1-hour duration)

•NAT: 8 questions (3 marks each with no negative marking)

•MSQ: 10 questions (3 marks each with 0.2 negative markings)

•MCQ: 23 questions (2 marks each with 0.5 negative markings)

Part B (100 marks with 2 hours duration)

•Sketching: 1 question (20 marks)

•Creativity : 1 question (20 marks)

•Form sensitivity : 1 question (20 marks)

•Visual sensitivity: 1 question (20 marks)

•Problem identification: 1 question (20 marks)



•Visualisation and spatial ability: pictorials and 2-D, 3-D diagrams/ shapes and their spatial relationships.

•Environment and social awareness: factors such as climate, temperature, population, water, weather, pollution and their implementations on design, image, and infrastructures. History is related to designs, arts, and awareness of different terminologies in designs.

•Analytical and logical reasoning; Ability to think and analyze given information with logic and find out the best appropriate solution in the shortest, economical and correct way.

•Language and creativity:  basic knowledge of common languages, understanding the common terms, ability to think, and alternative solutions.

•Observation and design sensitivity: keen observations, critical thinking, and visuals.


•Drawing: ability to draw with good proportions and quality, shading, shapes, finishing.

•Creativity: the ability to think logically and differently as well as unique.

•Communication skills: ability to understand the concept and share ideas with others to make others understand,and work efficiently.

•Problem identification skills:  understand the problems with the context and prepare a way to overcome them.


•Understand the syllabus and pattern, analyze the format of the exams. CEED tests your overall creativity, logic, and communication skills. Following the previous year’s question papers, will give you the best ideas of what asked in the exam and what are ways a question is formed to test your different skills

• Ideas cannot be mugged up, it comes from the mind, no one creates ideas into others, you have to think and enhance your creativity. Try for the exposure environment to increase your creativity, being more observant will improve your ideas and creativity skills.

•Try sketching every day, objects surrounding you or by looking at some pictures. This will improve your way of conveying. You must draw well to convey your ideas to others.

•Always use freehand sketching; no need to use stencils or some other tools to draw.

•Choose the right stationeries while practising the type of pencil you use for shading, the thickness of the nib/lead of the pencil being used, the way you draw and erase repeatedly should be reduced otherwise it will not look neat.

•You should know how to convey your thoughts/ideas to others, CEED assets you on that. Drawing visuals convey your ideas.

•When you improve yourself from the basic drawings of surroundings, now try to imagine some situation or object and try to implement it on paper with pencils.

•Read simple storybooks or comics or comic strips in the newspaper, just to see how an image is used to convey the message. By observing also, you can learn skills and keep practising more.

• Draw within a limited time.

•Still if you are facing issues with drawing, you can opt for a drawing class to improve your skills.

•Solve all the previous year's questions. Go through the history of arts and understand the logic, technique, and ideas behind them.

•Go through some authentic books if needed, give several mock tests before the exam and analyze yourself and improve.

•Update yourself with general knowledge, especially topics related to the environment.

•Use authentic books for logical and quantitative ability practice.

•Work on your language knowledge and terminologies related to design and expressing yourself as well as understanding others.

•Prepare your day well, make a time management schedule, stick to it and give your best for the exam.

By Mithila Rathod

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