A Comprehensive Guide to CEED 2024 Exam

Author : Aparna

Updated On : November 8, 2023


Summary: IIT Bombay conducts the most coveted CEED examination. This exam is conducted to give admission to candidates in the M.Des programs that the participating colleges have to offer. Get a complete overview of the CEED 2024 examination on this page.

CEED (Common Entrance Exam for Design) is a coveted exam conducted for admission to the M.Des and PhD courses in participating IITs and other Design schools. IIT Bombay has announced the CEED 2024 notification on the official website, ceed.iitb.ac.in.

Candidates fulfilling the basic eligibility requirements can fill out the CEED 2024 application form in the announced timeframe discussed in this article. 

Go through the entire page to get a complete insight into the CEED 2024 exam, eligibility criteria, important dates and much more! 

What is CEED exam?

The CEED exam, or Common Entrance Examination for Design, is a national-level entrance exam in India. It is conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) primarily aimed at assessing the candidates' aptitude for design involving visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity, and communication skills. CEED 2024 exam official notification can be found on its official website. 

CEED Full Form: Common Entrance Exam for Design

CEED Important Dates 2024

Check the important CEED Exam dates for this academic year by referring to the table below:

CEED Entrance Exam - Events CEED dates 2024
Release of CEED application form 2024 October 03, 2023, 01:00 pm
Last date to fill out the CEED 2024 application form without late fees

November 13, 2023

Online CEED registration with a late fee November 14 to November 20, 2023
Issue of CEED Admit Card 2024 January 05, 2024, 01:00 pm
Date to edit the discrepancies in the CEED 2024 admit card January 11, 2024, 5:00 pm
CEED 2024 exam date January 21, 2024 (Sunday) from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Release of draft CEED answer key for Part A and release response for Part A January 23, 2024
Last date for uploading comments (if any) on the Draft Answer Key for Part A in the candidate’s portal January 25, 2024, 5:00 pm
Release of CEED final answer key for Part A January 31, 2024
Announcement of cut-off marks for Part A February 08, 2024
Declaration of CEED Results 2024 March 06, 2024
CEED scorecards are available for download March 11, 2024
Last date for downloading Score Cards June 12, 2024

Check: Best CEED Online Coaching Classes 2024

CEED Eligibility Criteria 2024

Check the eligibility requirements listed below. Note that the eligibility criteria for admission to various institutes may differ from those for appearing for CEED.

Before applying for CEED, candidates must check whether they meet the required eligibility criteria for admission to various institutes.

1. Age Limit

There is no age limit to appear for CEED. Also, a candidate can appear for CEED any number of times.

2. Educational Qualification

Candidates must have completed a degree/diploma/postgraduate degree programme of a minimum of THREE years (after 10+2 level) or must be appearing for the final examination of such a program by July 2024, or must have passed the GD Arts diploma programme (10+5 level) by July 2024.

Check: CEED Question Paper

3. Maximum Attempts

As per the CEED eligibility criteria, candidates can attempt the examination as long as they qualify for the age limit. 

4. Scribe Qualification

The orthopedically or visually impaired candidates will be allowed to have a scribe facility to appear in part A of the CEED examination. The candidates will be required to follow the following rules to get a scribe:

  • They have to mention that they belong to the PWD category in the application form
  • The scribe shall be provided to the candidates by the authorities themselves

Check: CEED preparation books

CEED Application Form 2024

The CEED 2024 application form is available on the official website of IIT Bombay. The candidates with basic eligibility can fill the same within the timeframe mentioned in the table above.

Here are some important steps that are helpful to the application:

  • Visit the official website of IIT Bombay
  • On the homepage, click on the CEED application form link
  • Complete your registration with details like name, date of birth, gender, category, etc
  • Enter details like qualifying examination, passing year and mobile number
  • Enter the academic details, personal and correspondence address and then move forward
  • Pay the application fee relevant to the category and then submit the CEED application form

Check: CEED Sample Paper

Documents Required with CEED Application Form 2024

Documents File Size
Photograph Size: 3.5X4.5 cm Minimum Size: 5KB Maximum Size: 100 KB
Signature Size: 3.5X4.5 cm Minimum Size: 2 KB Maximum Size: 50 KB
Copy of degree/diploma Minimum Size: 2 KB Maximum Size: 50 KB
Certificate from the Principal of the College/Head of Department Minimum Size: 2 KB Maximum Size: 50 KB
Category Certificate Less than 500KB
PwD certificate Less than 500KB
Age and nationality proof Less than 500KB

Check: CEED preparation

CEED Application Fee 2024

CEED registration form must be submitted ONLINE ONLY through the official website, http://www.ceed.iitb.ac.in.

Note that this registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The registration fee has to be paid through the payment option provided on the website while submitting the registration form. 

The online registration portal gives detailed instructions related to the payment of registration fees. Credit card, debit card and net banking options are available. The registration fee shown above does NOT include service and other charges and the processing fees that the banks may levy.

The normal registration fee shown above is applicable till the regular closing date of registration. A late fee of ₹500 applies to ALL candidates for registrations submitted after the regular closing date.

  • INR 1900 for all women candidates
  • INR 1900 for (SC/ST/PwD) candidates
  • INR 3800 for all other candidates

CEED Admit Card 2024

  • CEED admit card has to be downloaded from the official website of IIT Bombay.
  • The convenor releases the soft copy of the admit card for the eligible candidates.
  • The admit card has details like the candidate’s name, roll number, date of the exam, centre of the exam, timing and important instructions related to the exam.
  • It is an important document to be carried to the examination hall to avoid disqualification. 

Admit Card will be available for downloading from the official CEED website (www.ceed.iitb.ac.in) from January 05, 2024 till the date of the examination. 

Please take a clear printout of the Admit Card before coming to the examination centre. In case of any discrepancies in the Admit Card, please write to ceed@iitb.ac.in latest by January 11, 2024, 5:00 p.m.

Check: CEED Admit Card 2024

CEED Exam Pattern 2024

As per the official notification, the CEED exam will be held in two parts, A and B. Candidates preparing to appear for this year’s exam have to qualify for both parts by preparing topics mentioned in the CEED syllabus.

CEED 2024 will be conducted on Sunday, January 21, 2024, from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon. This examination will consist of two parts, Part A and Part B. Candidates must attempt questions from both parts.

Part A will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., followed by Part B from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Go through the section below to learn more about the CEED 2024 exam pattern and syllabus:


Part-A (Total marks: 150; Maximum time: 1 hour)

Section 1: NAT (Numerical Answer Type): 8 questions (4 marks each; no negative marks). For these questions, the answer is a number that needs to be entered using a virtual keyboard on the computer screen. No choices will be shown for these questions.

Section 2: MSQ (Multiple Select Question): 10 questions. Each MSQ may have one or more than one correct choice(s) out of the four given.

Section 3: MCQ (Multiple Choice Question): 26 questions (3 marks each for the correct answer; 0.5 negative marks for incorrect answers). Each MCQ will have four choices, out of which only one is the correct answer.

Check: CEED Eligibility Criteria 2024


(Total marks: 100; Maximum time: 2 hours)

Part B consists of five questions to test design, drawing and writing skills. The questions in Part B will be displayed on the computer screen, and the answers should be written in the answer book provided by the invigilator (NOT into the Computer).

However, you need to tick the appropriate box on the computer screen to indicate that you have answered the same. In the case of PwD candidates availing the use of a scribe, assistance in attempting Part B is not permitted, as the question is aimed at evaluating their drawing skills.

  • Part-B answer booklets will be collected at the end of the examination
  • Part-B questions are mandatory
  • The entire paper (Part A and Part B) must be finished within the stipulated time for each part

Check: CEED Preparation books

CEED Syllabus 2024

IIT Bombay has announced the CEED revised syllabus PDF for the candidates. Those looking to appear and prepare for the examination should use the CEED syllabus PDF. Candidates who prepare for the topics mentioned in the syllabus are found to be cracking the examination easily.

Sections CEED Syllabus
Part A

Visualization and spatial reasoning: Ability to visualise and transform 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships.

Practical and scientific knowledge: Know-how of scientific principles and everyday objects.

Observation and design sensitivity: The capacity to detect concealed properties in daily life and think critically about them. Attention to detail, classification, analysis, inference and prediction.

Environment and society: General awareness of environmental, social and cultural connections with design.

Analytical and logical reasoning: Ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative information.

Language: Proficiency in reading and comprehending Standard English.

Creativity: Grasp of verbal and non-verbal analogies, metaphors, signs and symbols.

Art and Design knowledge: Awareness about art/ artefact/ product, artists/designers, art/design history and trends.

Design methods and practices: Knowledge of media, materials, production processes, and ergonomics. 

Part B

Drawing: Ability to draw products, people or scenes in proportion with good line quality, composition, proportion, perspective and shading.

Creativity: Capacity to think out-of-the-box and develop unique and diverse solutions.

Communication: Skills to communicate concepts and ideas clearly with the help of text and visuals.

Problem identification: Capability to understand the user and the context, knowledge of properties of materials and their appropriate use in design. 

Check: CEED Syllabus 2024

CEED Result 2024

  • CEED 2024 results are released on the official website at least 10 to 15 days after the examination.
  • Candidates appearing in the examination must check using their login ID and password.
  • Those who fail to qualify for the result are not eligible to appear in the counselling process.
  • CEED result comprises details like the candidate’s name, roll number, selection status and subject-wise marks secured. 

CEED Exam Day Instructions 2024

Exam date and time: 21 January 2024, 9.00 am – 12.00 noon.

Reporting time: Candidates should report at the examination centre at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2024, along with a printout of the Admit Card. This is required to record the biometric information (thumb impression and photograph) before appearing for the examination. 

Identity proof: Candidates should bring a valid photo identity proof (original) and the Admit Card to the examination centre. Candidates will not be admitted to the examination centre without proper identity proof (college-issued identity card, passport, driving license, PAN card, Voter ID, Aadhar card or printed e-Aadhar card).

Stationery: Candidates must bring their own drawing materials like pens, pencils, sketch pens and colours for the examination. Candidates should NOT bring drawing sheets to the examination hall.

Electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, calculators, smart or digital watches and the like are NOT allowed in the examination hall. The use of any electronic gadget will disqualify the candidature.

CEED Cut-Off Marks 2024

  • IIT Bombay announces the CEED cut-off marks on the official website only.
  • The candidates writing the examination must download and go through the minimum cut-off marks to get an idea of the overall exam level.
  • These cut-off marks for the CEED 2024 exam are released by considering factors like the number of seats, difficulty level of the exam and overall competition level.
  • Candidates whose marks are more than the prescribed cut-off marks are considered for the next round of the admission process.
  • Generally, a score above 50-60 is considered good in the CEED 2024 examination. 

Check: CEED Fee Structure

CEED Participating Colleges 2024

CEED is one of the leading entrance exams for admission into the M.Des and PhD in Design.

Candidates who clear the examination become eligible for admission to any participating colleges. In the section below, we have named the top CEED participating colleges:

  • IIT Bombay - Industrial Design Centre
  • IIT Delhi - Department of Design
  • IISc Bangalore - Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing
  • IIT Guwahati - Department of Design
  • IIT Hyderabad - Department of Design
  • IIITDM Jabalpur - Design Discipline
  • UPES Dehradun - School of Design Studies
  • VIT University - School of Design
  • Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology - Bengaluru
  • MIT Institute of Design - Pune

Check: CEED Colleges

CEED Mock Test 2024

CEED 2024 mock tests should be attempted regularly to get an insight into the overall preparation level.

Attempting mock tests is an important aspect of preparing for the examination. With this, the candidates can easily practice and develop their skills. It also helps one to gain enough insight regarding the format of the test and the difficulty level of the questions asked.

Candidates can easily highlight their strong and weak points and then work accordingly. 


The Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) is a highly competitive exam requiring knowledge, skill, and creativity. It is the first step to gaining admission into the various design institutes in India. The CEED 2024 exam is an essential part of the process for those pursuing a career in design. With its wide range of topics, the CEED exam allows aspirants to demonstrate their creativity and technical proficiency. With the right preparation and approach, the CEED 2024 exam can be a great opportunity for those looking to take their design career to the next level.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How many IIT colleges are participating in the CEED exam?

What is the basic educational qualification for the CEED course?

How many sections are going to be asked as per CEED syllabus 2023?

Is there any negative marking as per the CEED examination syllabus?


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