CEED 2021: Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Dates

ceed 2021CEED 2021 will be conducted in the third week of January 2021 through online CBT mode. Common Entrance Exam for Design is organized by IIT Bombay. CEED is a national level entrance test held for admission into M. Des & Ph.D course. Through CEED candidate’s aptitude for design is assessed and eligible candidates get admission into the renowned institutions – IIT Kanpur, IIT Hyderabad, IISc Bangalore, IIT Guwahati, IITDM Jabalpur, IIT Bombay, etc. CEED score is valid for one year time period from the date of announcement of results. In this article, we have provided complete details related to CEED 2021 application form, exam dates, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, etc.

CEED 2021 Exam Dates

Students can check below CEED Exam dates for various events:

Important EventsDates 2021 (Tentative)
Online Registration opens2nd week of October 2020
Last date to register (without late fee)2nd week of November 2020
Last date to register (with late fee of Rs.500)3rd week of November 2020
Availability of admit card1st week of January 2021
CEED 2021 exam3rd week of January 2021
Publication of Answer key3rd week of January 2021
Challenging of answer key4th week of January 2021
Final Answer key release1st week of February 2021
Declaration of Results1st week of March 2021

CEED 2021 Application Form

Students can check the details of CEED 2021 Application in the below given section:

Latest Applications Open 2020:

  • CEED 2021 Application Form will get started from second week of October 2020 through online mode.
  • Application process will consists of – Online registration, filling up of necessary details, uploading of images & necessary documents and application fee payment.
  • Students must register for CEED with their valid mobile number and email id. An email will be sent to the candidates after the successful registration.
  • No correction facility will be provided so students must fill complete details in the form carefully without any mistake.
  • Students must complete the CEED application process before the last date i.e. second week of November 2020. After the last date, students will be required to pay late fee for registration till third week of November 2020.

Application Fee:

Payment mode: CEED Application Fee can be paid using debit card/ credit card / net banking method.

CategoryApplication Fee
SC/ ST/ PwD / Female candidatesRs.1300
All other candidatesRs.2600
Late registration feeRs.500

CEED 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Know CEED Eligibility criteria in the below section before applying for CEED:

General Eligibility:

  • Age Criteria: No age limit will be prescribed for appearing in CEED.
  • Appearing Candidates: Those who are in the final year of their graduation are eligible to apply. Such students must provide their passing proof during admission.
  • GATE Scorecard: Students will be also eligible to apply through GATE Scores.


  • Students must have a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Architecture/ Design/ Interior Design or its equivalent after 10+2 level from a recognized board or university OR
  • Pursued a 5 year programme in G.D. Art with one year post qualification professional experience after 10th level OR
  • Obtained a Professional Diploma in Design such as NID/ CEPT or its equivalent after 12th level exams OR
  • Passed Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) of 4 yrs after 12th level exams.

CEED 2021 Exam Pattern

Students can know details of the CEED exam pattern in the below given section:

  • Exam mode & date: CEED will be conducted in the third week of January 2021 through online CBT mode. However, Part B of the paper will be in offline mode.
  • Parts: The paper will be divided into two parts – A & B.
  • Sections: There will be total of three sections in CEED paper.
  • Type of Questions: In the paper, the part A will consists of multiple select type & numerical answer type of questions. Part B will have drawing based questions.
  • Time Duration: The exam will be of total 3 hours. The exam paper of part A will be of 1 hour and Part B will be of 2 hour.
  • Total Marks: Part A and Part B will be of 100 marks each.
  • Language of Paper: The exam paper will be in the medium language of English.
  • Marks Weightage: 25% weightage of marks will be given for Part A & 75% weightage to Part B.

Know the section wise exam pattern details for Part A and B in the below given table:

Part A:

SectionNumber of QuestionsQuestion No.Marks if CorrectMarks if WrongTotal Marks
NAT101 – 103030
MCQ2521 – 452-0.650
MSQ1011 – 202020
Total451 – 45100

Part B:

SectionNumber of QuestionsQuestion No.Total Marks
Discipline Specific Question5 (answer any one)1 – 540
Sketching Question1720
Creativity Question1620
Visualization Question1820
Total81 – 8100

CEED 2021 Syllabus

Know CEED Syllabus for A and B part of the paper in the below given section:

Part A: Environmental and Social Awareness: Questions from General awareness of environmental factors such as climate, natural resources, etc., Implications on the design of infrastructure, products, images and environment. Awareness of social and cultural connection with design and design terminologies, etc.

Visualization and Spatial Ability: Questions will be based on Pictorial or diagrammatic questions to assess the understanding of transformation or manipulation of 2D and 3D objects and their spatial relationships.

Language and Creativity: Ability to distinguish innovative options, ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives and think out of the box. Questions will test candidate’s ability to understand passages in commonly used English Languages.

Analytical and Logical Reasoning: Candidate’s ability to describe given information logically and select the most accurate solutions will be checked in this section. Also, the candidate’s ability to use logic and structured thinking to deduce from a short passage with a number of statements is the most absolute response to a posed question which will be checked in this section.

Observation and Design Sensitivity: Candidates ability to detect concealed properties in day to day life and think critically about them.

Design Thinking and Problem Solving: Questions will check candidates ability to understand the context, the users and the constraints and choose the most accurate solution for a given design problem.

Part B: Drawing: Candidate’s ability to draw products, composition, proportion, people or scenes in proportion with good line quality, perspective and shading will be checked.

Creativity: The ability to think out of the box and come up with diverse as well as unique solutions will be seen in this section.

Problem Identification skills: In this part B test, the students knowledge of appropriate use in design and ability, properties of materials and process, understanding of the user and the context, originality of solutions, ability to create characters, plots, stories, etc. will be checked.

Communication skills: Candidates ability to communicate idea and concepts clearly using text and visuals will be checked.

CEED 2021 Preparation Tips

For better results & to qualify the CEED exam, students can know below preparation tips and follow it:

  • Students should prepare a routine for the exam and follow it regularly.
  • Know complete details related to CEED syllabus, exam pattern & marking scheme before starting the preparation.
  • Attempt mock tests and practice past papers to get idea of exam.
  • Notes down all the important points at one place and revise regularly.
  • For exam preparation, students are recommended to get good study material for CEED.

FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions)

Answer: The application process will get started from second week of October 2020 through online mode.

Answer: No, modification is not possible after the submission of application.

Answer: The exam of CEED will be held in the third week of January 2021 through online mode.

Answer: . Yes, students can apply through GATE score. Such candidates need not to appear for entrance test.

Answer: No, there will be no age limit to apply for CEED.

Answer: The paper will contain multiple choice type and numerical type of questions.

Answer: Yes, appearing candidates are eligible for CEED but they must show passing proof of admission.

CEED 2021 Admit Card

The admit card will be made available for download in January 2021. To get it students will be required to enter their login details. Students must visit for the exam with the colored printout copy of the admit card at the allotted exam centers.

Students after downloading the hall ticket must verify all the details present in it. In case of any discrepancy in it, students must contact the officials before the exam.

CEED 2021 Answer Key

CEED 2021 Answer key will be published online in the third week of January 2021. It will be present in the PDF format for downloading.

In case of any objections / comments regarding the answer key students should raise their objections till last week of January 2021. The final answer key will be made available in the first week of February 2021.

CEED 2021 Result

The CEED 2021 Result will be declared in the first week of March 2021 in online mode. Students can get their result by entering their login details (DOB or password).

Candidates who will successfully qualify the entrance exam of CEED will be shortlisted in merit list for further admission procedure. Also, the scorecard of CEED will be issued to the candidates displaying details like candidate’s rank, qualifying status and merit position.

CEED Scorecard which will be issued will be valid for the time period of one year.

CEED 2021 Cut Off

For the selection for further admission rounds through CEED, it will be important for the candidates to secure cut off marks.

The cut off for CEED will be prepared depending upon number of seats available, number of qualifying candidates, difficulty level of test, number of appearing candidates, etc.

CategoryMinimum percentage of marks required for short listing in Part A
Open category10%

CEED 2021 Merit List

Candidates successfully qualifying the CEED exam by securing cut off marks will be shortlisted in the CEED merit list. The merit list will be released online on the website based on score obtained by the students in the test.

Only the students who will clear the Part A exam will be eligible to appear for Part B. Only the students who will be selected in the merit list will be eligible for counselling process.

CEED 2021 Admission

Candidates will have to apply for admission through CEED scores in various institutions as per their choice and marks. The admission procedure may differ for various participating institutions.

The authority will not conduct counselling for allocation of seats in institutions through CEED. Also, various institutions may organize an aptitude test or interview process for admission.

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