CEED Exam Pattern 2018

Last Updated - February 13 2018

CEED Exam Pattern 2018

CEED 2018 Exam Format will be set by IIT Bombay and the exam is tentatively scheduled to be held in the last week of January 2018.

  • Aspirants who will be able to qualify Part A are applicable to sit for Part B.
  • The question is both of MCQ and normal mandatory questions.
  • The period of the exam will be of three hours out of which Part A and Part B will be of one hour and two hours respectively.
  • The test will be organizeed only in the medium of English.
  • The negative marking is eligible only for Part A.
  • The exam will be held in two parts: Parts A and Part B.

As per the name, CEED (Common Entrance Exam for Design) is a design concerned aptitude based test where aspirants are shortlisted on the basis of their analytical ability. The analytical ability comprises:

  • Communication aptitude
  • Drawing Proficiency
  • Rational Interpretation

There is no such definite syllabus mentioned by the exam authority.


Exam Format Highlights Table of CEED 2018

Like every year CEED 2018 exam will be organizeed in two sections: Part A and Part B. The candidates who will successfully clear Part A will be the only applicable ones to appear for the Part B exam. Both the parts will be organizeed on the same day. The medium of the language of CEED 2018 question paper will be only in English. The table is the summed up content of all the important pints concerned to CEED 2018 examination:

Exam Format Highlights
Exam ModePart A- Computer Based Test; Part B- Offline
Number of Papers2
Number of Sections2
Question Paper TypePart A- NAT, MSQ, MCQ; Part B- Drawing Based Questions
CEED 2018 Total MarksPart A- 100; Part B- 100
Exam DurationPaper A (1 Hour); Paper B (2 Hour)
Exam LanguageEnglish

Exam Format in Detail of CEED 2018

CEED exam format changes nearly every year. Part A will be related to the assessing the general awareness ability of candidates whereas, Part B is all about the designing. Thus, the question paper will be similar to that of the earlier year. However, there is no such notification of the same in this year. The question format will be totally various for both the papers.

Part A

Part A includes of a total of 100 marks and 3 sections. Part A will be Computer Based Test of the time period of 1 hour.

  • Section III: The last section includes of 25 Multiple Choices based questions (MCQ). The questions here will have four response options among which one will be the correct. Each accurate response will be allotted 2 marks and each wrong response will be given -0.6 marks. No marks are given for un-attempted questions.
  • Section I: Section I contains 10 Numerical Response Type Questions (NAT). In other words, here the response will be a number which candidate required to enter using the virtual keyboard on the computer screen. No options are available for choosing of responses. Each question contains 3 marks i.e, total 30 marks. There will be no negative marking available for this section. Un-attempted responses are given zero marks.
  • Section II: This section contains a total of 10 questions of Multiple Select types (MSQ). Each question will contain four options out of which there will two or more accurate responses available. Aspirants will be honoured 2 marks for every accurate response (total 20 marks). The rest of the marking format is same of the above section.

Part B

Part B includes of 8 questions. The last three questions 6, 7 and 8 are mandatory to attain. Aspirants can attempt any one of the Questions from questions 1,2,3,4 and 5. The total marks for Part B are 100.


Marking Scheme of CEED 2018

The marking scheme of CEED 2018 will be unlike for both the parts:

Part A
SectionsMarks for each accurate responseTotal MarksNegative MarkingMarks for un-attempted response
Section I330NILNIL
Section II220NILNIL
Section III250-0.6NIL

There is no such definite marking scheme for Part B.


Syllabus of CEED 2018

CEED exam does not have such prescribed syllabus by the exam authority. As per the exam questions from the earlier year’s papers it has been observed that Part A contains the following topics:

  • Analytical and logical reasoning: Ability to describe given information logically and select the correct solutions. Ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against suitable criteria. Ability to use logic and cultured. Ability to use logic and structured thinking to deduce from a short passage with a number of statements is the absolute answer to a posed question.
  • Observation and design sensitivity: Ability to detect concealed properties in the day to day life and think critically about them.
  • Visualization and Spatial Ability:  Pictorial or diagrammatic questions to assess the understanding of transformation or manipulation of 2D and 3D objects and their spatial relationships.
  • Environmental and social awareness: General awareness of environmental factors such as climate, population, water, vegetation, pollutions, weather, natural resources, etc., and their implications on the design of products, images, infrastructure and environment. Awareness of design terminologies, social and cultural connection with the design, history of the designated artefact, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design. History of art, sculpture and literature.
  • Language and creativity: Ability to understand passages in commonly used English Languages. Ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and think out of the box.
  • Design thinking and problem-solving: Ability to understand the context, the users and the constraints and choose the correct solution for a given design problem.

Part B will cover the syllabus on the basis of the following topics:

  • Creativity: Ability to think out of the box and come up with unique as well as diverse solutions.
  • Drawing: Ability to draw products, people or scenes in proportion with good line quality, composition, proportion, perspective and shading.
  • Communication skills: Ability to communicate concepts and idea completely with the help of text and visuals.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills: Ability to understand the user and the context, knowledge of properties of materials and procedure and their suitable use in design, originality of solutions, ability to create characters, plots, stories, etc.

CEED 2018 will be an exam which is totally skill based. Here are the lists of some of the famous books available both online and at shops for CEED 2018 exam preparation.

Name of the BooksName of the author/publisherISBN Number
CEED (M.Des) Study MaterialsAFAINDIA--
Seeds for CEEDBhushan Patil978-9350670149

Aspirants are also advised to refer to the earlier year’s question papers for references. The earlier year’s questions papers will be available on the CEED website www.ceed.iitb.ac.in.


Important Instructions of CEED 2018

The instructions given below must be strictly followed by aspirants to undergo smooth examination process:

  • Blank paper sheets will be given for rough work for Part A. However, it is compulsory to offer the rough sheets to the examiner post the exam.
  • In Part B, colour pencils, crayons, sketch pens etc. can be used unless there are any specifications regarding the same in the question paper.
  • The total time period of the examination will be 3 hours. The question paper contains two parts - Part A and Part B. Part A will be of one hour and Part B will be of two hours. Part B will start post end of Part A. Part A cannot be attained once Part B begins.
  • Both the questions of Part A and Part B will appear on the computer screen. Responses to Part A are to be attempted through the computer. On the other hand, responses to Part B are to be given in the response book.
  • Charts, graph sheets, tables, calculators, cellular phones and other electronic gadgets are not permitted inside the examination hall.


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