Embark on your journey to prestigious design schools in India by mastering the Undergraduate Common Entrance Exam for Design (UCEED). This comprehensive guide is your key to cracking the UCEED 2024, providing insights into the exam pattern, syllabus, and essential tips for success.

The Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) is a national-level examination of design that secures admission to Bachelor of Design (B.Des) to the prestigious IITs of the country. The UCEED is conducted by IIT Bombay, followed by four other IITs participating in the entrance examination, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad and IITDM Jabalpur. The UCEED is also applicable for admission to other design colleges. At present, 10 other design colleges are accepting the UCEED score. 

The UCEED Entrance Exam 2024 thoroughly determines the candidate’s ability to develop as a valuable design student at the university. It tests the candidate on both theoretical and practical knowledge at a foundation level. 

The following blog will guide the candidate through the UCEED Important Dates, UCEED Exam Topics & Weightage, UCEED Sample Papers & Previous Year Papers, Questions & Video Solutions, UCEED Study Material How to Prepare for UCEED Part A, How to Prepare for UCEED Part B, and Tips for the UCEED Exam Day. 

Important Dates for UCEED 2024: 

UCEED exam 2024 will be held on January 21, 2024. IIT Bombay closed registrations for UCEED 2024 on November 13, 2023 with regular fees and on November 20, 2023 with late fees.

Activity Date
Start date for Online Registration October 03, 2023, 01:00 pm
Last date for Online Registration with regular fee November 13, 2023
Last date for Online Registration with late fee November 20, 2023
Start date for Admit Card downloading January 05, 2024, 01:00 pm
Last date for rectification of discrepancies in Admit card January 11, 2024, 05:00 pm
UCEED 2024: date and time of exam January 21, 2024 (Sunday)

09:00 am to 12:00 noon

Release of Draft Answer Key and candidates’ response for Part-A January 23, 2024
Last date for uploading comments (if any)

on the Draft Answer Key in the candidate’s portal

January 25, 2024, 05:00 pm
Release of the Final Answer Key January 31, 2024
Announcement of cut-off marks for Part-A February 08, 2024
Declaration of results March 08, 2024
Start date for Score Card downloading March 11, 2024
Declaration of the UCEED 2024 Results March 08, 2024
B.Des Application Process for IITs & IIITs March 14 – March 31, 2024
B.Des Seat Allotment Round 1 April 10, 2024
B.Des Seat Allotment Round 2 May 10, 2024
B.Des Seat Allotment Round 3 June 12, 2024
Last date for Score Card downloading June 12, 2024

UCEED Exam 2024  Pattern & Syllabus

Two Parts:

  • Part A (200 marks): Computer-based test (CBT) with three sections:
    • Numerical Answer Type (NAT): 14 questions (4 marks each) on visualization, spatial reasoning, and scientific principles. No negative marking.
    • Multiple Select Questions (MSQ): 15 questions (4 marks each) on observation, design sensitivity, environment, and society. Partial marking for correct answers and negative marking for incorrect choices.
    • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ): 25 questions (3 marks each) on analytical and logical reasoning, language, and creativity. Negative marking (1 mark) for incorrect choices.
  • Part B (100 marks): Pen-and-paper test with a single subjective drawing question assessing sketching and design communication skills.

UCEED Exam 2024 Syllabus:

The UCEED syilabus encompasses seven key areas:

  1. Visualization and Spatial Reasoning: 2D and 3D object manipulation, mental folding, perspective, etc.
  2. Practical and Scientific Knowledge: Everyday objects, materials, and scientific principles applied in design.
  3. Observation and Design Sensitivity: Keen observation skills, identification of hidden properties, and critical thinking about design solutions. 
  4. Environment and Society: Awareness of environmental and social contexts, cultural influences, and sustainable practices.
  5. Analytical and Logical Reasoning: Problem-solving abilities, data analysis, logical deduction, and pattern recognition. 
  6. Language and Creativity: Effective communication, vocabulary, understanding of design terminology, and creative thinking.
  7. Drawing Skills: Proficiency in sketching, shading, proportion, composition, and visual idea presentation.


Each section in Part A carries specific weightage, with Visualization and Spatial Reasoning holding the highest value (28.8%).

Top Tips for UCEED Success:

  1. Thorough Syllabus Understanding: Familiarity with the syllabus and important topics is crucial.
  2. Practice Makes Perfect: Solve past UCEED papers, UCEED Mock Tests, and practice questions to enhance skills and improve time management.
  3. Develop Drawing Skills: Regular practice in sketching, perspective, and composition is essential for Part B.
  4. Stay Updated: Follow official UCEED resources and reliable sources for the latest information and changes.
  5. Build a Strong Design Foundation: Read design books, magazines, and blogs to broaden your design knowledge.
  6. Seek Guidance: Enroll in coaching classes or seek mentorship from experienced design professionals.

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Remember, preparation is key. By tailoring this guide to your specific audience, SILICA Institute aims to be your trusted source of information in the design education space. Good luck on your UCEED 2024 journey!


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