IIT-Kanpur’s Design Programme offers training for students to synthesize technology and aesthetics in the service of human-needs. The programme encourages creativity, innovation, craftsmanship, and personal expression leading to evolution of products and services in the field of engineering, design, and visual communications. Being an interdisciplinary programme, design students are encouraged to take courses outside the gamut of design as well. IIT Kanpur provides a broad-spectrum of courses and infrastructure in intense academic environment to build-in the students’ adequate knowledge and make them stand tall in their professional and academic career.


General Information

Indian Institue of Technology (IIT-Kanpur)

IIT-Kanpur was established in the year 1959 .

IIT-Kanpur is declared to be an “Institute of National Importance” by the Government of India under the Institutes of Technology Act. It is affiliated to the university of Kanpur.

IIT-Kanpur has its sole campus in Kanpur, U.P..

The Institute offers two programmes in Design, namely :

  • Masters in Design (M.Des), and
  • PhD in Design

Please visit their website (http://www.iitk.ac.in/design/) for updated details on seat availability

Eligibility Criteria :

Programmes Eligibility
M.Des Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or science (4 year program), Design or Architecture with minimum specified marks/CPI
Ph.D (Des) A master's degree in engineering/design with the specified marks/CPI

The following candidates may also be considered :

  • Those having a Bachelor's Degree in engineering or science (4 year program) with a minimum of 75% marks/7.5 CPI or
  • A Master’s Degree in science/arts/commerce/chartered accountancy while satisfying each of the following criteria :
    • a minimum of 65 percent marks/6.5 CPI in the master’s degree
    • first division in bachelor’s degree, and
    • JRF/95 percentile or higher in GATE/CAT/GMAT/NET or any other national level examination.

The semester-wise fee structure is as follows :

Batch type Hall residents Day scholars
Regular 29,317 24,317 23,067 16,642 11,642 11,642
Part-time/Sponsored 49,317 49,317 49,317 36,642 36,642 36,642

(Note: All amounts are in INR)

Yes, IIT-Kanpur has separate hostel facilities for both girls and boys.
Average hostel fees are around Rs. 24,850 p.a.

The institute has the following international affiliations :.

  • One of the major participating Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN) in Higher Education aimed at tapping the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs internationally
  • 84 International MoUs with reputed institution all over the globe

Highlights of infrastructure at IIT-Kanpur are as follows :

  • Advanced Computer Human Interaction Lab
  • 4i-Lab
  • Digital Media CINTIQ Lab
  • Tinkering laboratory
  • Materials and Crafting Studio
  • Media Technology Centre
  • Rapid Prototyping Lab

Highlights of IIT-Kanpur’s Pedagogy & Teaching Methods are as follows :

  • IIT-Kanpur is a research-oriented institute and, undertakes hundreds of sponsored research projects from leading institutions and organizations
  • They Organize various curriculum relevant workshops, seminars, conferences, conventions, guest lectures and short courses periodically

Details of the available scholarships are as follows :

Courses Time Period (upto) Forms of assistance
M.Des 2 years
  • Teaching or research assistantships (Institute Assistantship)
  • Fellowships may be available through other organizations, such as, CSIR, DAE, etc.
Ph.D in Design 5 years

Application & Admission Process

  • A valid GATE/CEED score
  • Some of the candidates may also be called for written tests and/or interview
  • The requirement of GATE score is waived for the candidates with
    • M.B.B.S. degree
    • B.Tech. graduates from IITs with a minimum overall CPI of 6.5 and a minimum CPI of 8.0 in the last two years in B.Tech

Relevant dates of the admission process are as follows :

Application dates 15th March to 15th April, 2018
Admission dates First week of July

Visit this link for updated information on important dates

Applications are accepted online. Forms are available at the IIT Kanpur’s website (http://www.iitk.ac.in/)

The Paper Pattern for UCEED is as follows :

Duration: 3-hours
The question paper will contain 100 questions distributed among the following six broad topics :

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

The question paper will consist of three sections :

  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
  • Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)
  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

*There is also negative marking for wrong answers for NAT and MCQ.

UCEED Sample Paper :


CEED Sample Paper :


IIT-Kanpur tests the students for overall high levels of :

  • Creativity
  • Maturity
  • Intellectual Ability

Examination centres for CEED 2018 are mentioned below :

  • Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • New Delhi
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata
  • Roorkee
  • Lucknow
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Patna
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Thrissur
  • Visakhapatnam

Industry & Job Market

Following are the highlights of IIT-Kanpur’s interaction with the relevant industries :

It has an established Innovation and Incubation center that provides comprehensive support to 53+ in-house entrepreneurship projects like :

  • Curadev
  • Aarsh
  • Orane Labs
  • Geokno

Highlights of Placement for recent years are as follows :

Placement Rate 70%
Recent Recruiters Placements
  • Microsoft
  • Nokia
  • Oracle
  • Infosys
  • Honeywell
  • Yahoo R&D
  • Interactive Capital
  • Samsung Research India
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • LG

  • Sociotransit, Denmark
  • Dell India
  • Pors & Rao, Bangalore
  • Robert Bosch, Bangalore
  • Times Group, New Delhi
  • Sickle Innovations, Bangalore
  • Nikola Tech
  • DWS, Gurgaon
  • Hindustan Unilever
  • Honeywell
  • Microsoft IDC
  • Lemon Design
  • The Wedding Story
  • Wonderboxx
  • Philips India
  • Housing.com
  • MAQ software