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CEED Question Papers & Sample Papers

There is no fixed pattern for CEED. But paper patterns can be broadly understood from the sample papers provided below. Click to download CEED Sample papers.

Solving the CEED question papers is best way to prepare for the CEED exam. From Silica Institute you can download all the previous CEED question papers with answers PDF for free. Just register yourself and download all CEED previous year question papers including 2019, 2018 etc.

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About CEED Exam Papers

Aspiring candidates who are looking to get admission for the M.Des programme in the top colleges in India need to take the CEED exam. The CEED or the Common Entrance Examination for Design takes place annually every year in January in the campuses of IIT. The CEED is a tough exam to crack and students appearing for the exam in 2021 may refer to the CEED previous year question paper to know what kind of questions they can expect. Also, practising sample papers of CEED 2019 will help them to increase their knowledge and score higher marks in the final exam. CEED question papers from SILICA are the ones that were used for previous years, and for candidates that are planning to appear for the CEED 2021 examinations, it would be beneficial to check out the CEED question paper 2019 and CEED 2018 question paper with answers. A lot of online websites have a large number of archived CEED question papers with answers free download so that the students can get enough practice and also take a look at how the questions used to be like in the previous years. SILICA's CEED question papers are solved by IIT

The CEED question paper is divided into Part A and Part B. Part A goes on for one hour and Part B goes on for two hours.

Part A - Part A is made of mostly objective-based questions, MCQs, as well as numerical answer questions. The exam is computer-based, so you will know immediately whether you are eligible to sit for Part B. Part A questions will be set to evaluate the candidates visual and spatial skills, their design aptitude, logical and analytical reasoning, social and environmental awareness, objective design sensitivity and their language skill as well. The entire exam will be in the English medium.

Part B - This part deals more with the candidates writing and drawing skills. The questions will be shown on the computer screen, but unlike Part A, they will be answered on the written paper sheet, and not on the computer. At the end of the examination, the sheets will be collected by an invigilator at the venue.

The syllabus for Part A of the CEED exam is as follows,

  • Visualization and spatial ability
  • Environmental and social awareness
  • Analytical and logical reasoning
  • Language and creativity
  • Design thinking and problem solving
  • Observation and design sensitivity

The syllabus for Part B of the CEED exam is as follows,

  • Drawing
  • Creativity
  • Communication skills
  • Problem identification skills

Most of the CEED study material books cover all these topics.

While study material is important, going through and practising CEED question paper also benefits the students in a big way, sometimes more than the study material.

We have gathered some of the recent years CEED sample papers/model papers, and see above to get CEED 2019 question paper PDF as well as CEED 2018 question paper PDF. All you need to do is click the given links to download the CEED question papers/sample papers.

While some candidates chose to study on their own for the CEED exam, most students opt for CEED coaching classes. Silica is ranked as one of the top CEED coaching centres in the country, with faculty from the design fraternity, top of the art teaching modules, and weekly mock tests that guarantee our students to get high grades to secure their admission to the top design schools in the country like NIDs, IITs and IISc.

Call any of our Silica centres today to find out more.

All About CEED by IIT - 2021/2022 Attempt

CEED is Common Entrance Exam for Design conducted by IIT Bombay. CEED is the entrance exam for admission to Master of Design (MDes) programs at IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur and IIITDM Jabalpur.

CEED scores as also accepted for admission to MDes programs by Other Design Institutes as follows:

  1. Central Institute of Technology, Kokrajhar
  2. Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab
  3. Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru
  4. University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
  5. Jain (Deemed to be University), Bangalore
  6. World University of Design, Delhi NCR
  7. Department Of Design, Shiv Nadar University, UP
  8. ISDI School Of Design & Animation, Mumbai
  9. Vishwakarma University, Pune
  10. School of Planning & Architecture, Bhopal

Educational Qualification:

Candidates must have completed or appearing by July 2021 for-

  • a degree / diploma / post graduate degree programme of minimum 3 years (after 10+2 level), or
  • must have passed the GD Arts diploma programme (10+5 level) by July 2021

Age Limit:

There is no age limit to appear for CEED.

No of Attempts

Candidates can apply for CEED any number of times.

Note: Eligibility criteria for MDes admission to various institutes may differ from the eligibility criteria for appearing for CEED. The criteria for each IIT institute is given in the table below.

CEED 2021 Qualifying marks as per various categories are as follows :

Part A Qualifying marks 38 34.2 19 19
Qualifying CEED score 30 27 15 15

The objective of the Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) is to assess the candidate’s aptitude for design covering visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity, communication, and problem solving skills. Here are all the details about the CEED exam:

  1. The question paper will consist of two parts: Part A (Objective Section) and Part B (Drawing Section)
  2. The question paper will be for 200 marks. Part A = 100 marks. Part B = 100 marks.
  3. The exam will be for 3 hours. Part A = 1 hour. Part B = 2.0 hour.
  4. The question paper will be in English.
  5. Questions from both parts are compulsory.

PART-A - 100 marks | 1 hour

The summary of the paper structure is given below:

Section # Questions Question Nos Marks for each correct answer Negative Marks Total Marks
NAT 8 1—8 3 0 24
MSQ 10 9-18 3 −0.2 30
MCQ 23 19-41 2 −0.5 46
Total Part A 41 1-41 - - 100

Note: Questions not attempted will be given zero marks.

PART-B - 100 marks | 2.0 hours

  1. Part-B of CEED paper consists of five questions which will evaluate drawing, creativity, communication skills, and problem identification skills.
  2. It will require subjective evaluation.
  3. The question in Part-B will be displayed on the computer screen and the answer has to be written/drawn in Part-B answer booklets, which will be collected at the end of the examination.
  4. Part-B questions are mandatory for evaluation of CEED paper.

The syllabus in each part of CEED exam is as follows:

I. Part A (Objective Section) Part A of the CEED exam will have questions from the following topics-

  1. Visualization and spatial ability: Pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test the understanding of transformation and / or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships.
  2. Observation and design sensitivity: Ability to detect concealed properties in day to day life and think critically about them. Ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes
  3. Environmental and social awareness: General awareness of environmental factors such as climate, population, water, vegetation, pollution, 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 design, history of the designed artefact, and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses. History of art, sculpture and literature.
  4. Analytical and logical reasoning: Ability to analyse given information logically and select the most appropriate solutions. Ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria. Ability to use logic and structured thinking to deduce from a short passage, which of a number of statements is the most accurate response to a posed question
  5. Language and creativity: Ability to understand passages in commonly used English language. Ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and think out of the box.
  6. Design thinking and problem solving: Ability to understand the context, the users and the constraints and select the most appropriate solution for a given design problem.

SILICA Experts Note: The expected weightage of different topics of the CEED syllabus is as follows

Subject Expected Weightage
1. Visualization and spatial ability 25%
2. Observation and design sensitivity 15%
3. Environmental and social awareness 10%
4. Analytical and logical reasoning 25%
5. Language and creativity 10%
6. Design thinking and problem solving 15%
Total Marks % → 100%

II. Part B (Subjective Section): Part-B of CEED 2021 will have questions related to these topics:

  1. Drawing: Ability to draw products, people or scenes in proportion with good line quality, composition, proportion, perspective, and shading.
  2. Creativity: Ability to think out of the box and come up with unique as well as diverse solutions.
  3. Communication skills: Ability to communicate concepts and ideas clearly with the help of text and visuals.
  4. Problem identification skills: Ability to understand the user and the context, knowledge of properties of materials and their appropriate use in design, etc.

Download the Past / Original papers for CEED exam from the following link-

The original CEED papers for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 are available at the above link along with expert analysis by SILICA experts.

These are the important dates in the admission process of BDes at IITs through UCEED score:

Important Steps BDes / GDPD
Online Application Form available September 09, 2020
Last date of Online Application October 10, 2020
UCEED Exam January 17, 2021
Release of Final Answer Key for Part A January 31, 2021
Declaration of CEED result March 8, 2021

CEED will be conducted in the following 24 cities in India: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Ernakulam, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur and Visakhapatnam.

Note: IIT Bombay reserves the right to drop any city for conducting the exam due to poor response. Students have to select the top 3 choices. If a city is dropped from the list, then the later choices are offered to the student.

A rank list is prepared based on the combined marks obtained in Part A + B of the CEED exam. Only candidates who score the minimum prescribed marks in each section of both Part-A and Part-B and minimum total marks will be included in the rank list. The minimum prescribed marks varies with the category as shown in the table below:

Merit List Minimum % of marks in each Section of Part-A and Part-B Minimum Total Marks
Common Rank List (CRL) 10 10
OBC-NCL rank list 9 9
SC rank list 5 5
ST rank list 5 5
PwD rank list 5 5

SILICA Expert Notes:

  1. Candidates equal to about 10 times the number of seats available obtain ranks in the CEED exam.
  2. Obtaining a rank in CEED 2021 does not guarantee admission to the B. Des program. Only top 200 ranks or so obtain admission in IITs.
  3. However, CEED score is considered for admission by several other Design Institutes for admission.

Part-A of the examination is a computer based test, there is no scope for review, re-grading or re-totalling of the Part-A marks of the examination paper. CEED 2021 Question Paper and Draft Answer Key (Part-A) are now available on CEED website. Candidates can check the draft answer key and compare their answers to know the correct answers. Any discrepancy/comment must be addressed to ceed@iitb.ac.in. Candidates have to mention "Comments on Answer Keys" in the subject of the mail.

The evaluation of Part-B will be done manually by two evaluators independently. If the difference in marks is less than 20%, then a simple average of the marks will be considered. If the difference in marks is greater than 20%, then the paper will be evaluated by a third evaluator. A simple average of the closest of 2 evaluators will be selected as the final marks. There is no scope for re-evaluation of the Part B of CEED exam.

CEED 2021 exam was conducted on 17 January, 2021. From 2015 to 2021. The comparison of the weightage of different topics in Part A of the exam is as follows:

Subject 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
1. Visualization and spatial ability 47.7% 20% 45.3% 33% 39%
2. Observation and design sensitivity 15.3% 12% 8.3% 11.3% 14%
3. Environmental and social awareness 5.3% 18.7% 10% 19% 18%
4. Analytical and logical reasoning 31.7% 36% 27.3% 31.3% 23%
5. Language and creativity 6% 5.3% 9% 13.3% 0%
6. Design thinking and problem solving
Total Marks % → 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Admission to MDes program at IITs is on the basis of the candidate’s CEED score. Only CEED 2021 qualified students can apply for admission to the MDes program. CEED score will be the only selection criteria for MDes admissions at IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIITDM Jabalpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi & IISc Bangalore.

After qualifying, candidates must apply to the respective institutes for admission and fulfil other requirements such as tests and / or interviews of the respective institutes to become eligible for admission. The announcement for admission to the postgraduate programmes in design CEED 2021 will be notified separately by these institutes. Candidates are advised to visit the websites of respective institutes for information and application procedure for the programmes. Key Dates are:

CEED Exam: 17 January 2021

CEED Result: 8 March 2021

The application process is simple and has the following key steps:

  • Register and apply through common IIT Bombay Admissions Portal
  • Upload digital copies of relevant documents
  • Pay application processing fee of Rs 1,600/-(for Women, SC,ST, PwD Candidates) & 3,200 (all other candidates)
  • Submit priority order for choice of institutes
  • Detailed instructions are provided within the online application portal.

Based on the CEED score, candidates are shortlisted for MDes entrance exams. The different institutes offer following MDes programs:

  • Industrial Design / Product Design (ID)
  • Communication Design / Visual Communication (CD)
  • Animation Design (AD)
  • Mobility & Vehicle Design / Transportation Design (MVD)
  • Interaction Design (IAD)

The total number of seats offered by each institute for the above programs is given in table below

Institute General ID CD AD MVD ITD Total
IISc - Bangalore 31 - - - - 31
IIT-Bombay 17 17 14 14 16 78
IIT-Delhi 20 - - - - - 20

Note: PD reservations @ 5% (total 4 seats) will be horizontal across all categories and will consume seats from within other categories. A total of 8 seats, which is 10% of total available seats (78) are reserved for EWS applicants irrespective of the streams.

Other Design Institutes will offer admission to other programs based on CEED score.

The fees are revised every year just before the MDes application process starts. For general idea, these are the annual fees for admission year 2021-22:

One time fee at Admission 10,000 20,000 15,000 7,000 NA NA NA
Tuition Fees* 2,00,000 2,00,000 2,00,000 1,08,000 9,000 NA 36950
Other Fees 15,000 10,000 20,000 10,000 20,200 NA NA
Mess & Hostel Charges* 60,000 40,000 45,000 35,000 NA NA 47500
Total 2,85,000 2,70,000 2,80,000 1,60,000 29,200 NA 84450


  1. The Tuition Fees are waived off for all SC / ST category students.
  2. The Mess & Hostel Charges are waived off for economically backward SC / ST students.

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