IIT Bombay will conduct Undergraduate Common Entrance Exam for Design (UCEED) 2020 on January 18, 2020. UCEED is a national level test conducted for the admission of 10 + 2 eligible candidates to the Bachelor of Design (B. Des.) program. As the exam pattern and syllabus have changed for 2020, it is crucial for the candidates to know about the UCEED Exam Pattern properly before they sit for the exam. 

UCEED Exam Dates 2020

  • Go through the UCEED Syllabus in details before proceeding for the exam
  • It is an objective type exam and will have one question paper in English of a total of 3 hours duration
  • The candidates should not forget to carry their UCEED Admit Card with them on the day of the exam
  • The question paper will consist of two parts: Part A and Part B and questions from both parts are compulsory
  • Part A consists of 3 sections and Part B consists of only one question that is aimed to test drawing skills
  • It is important for the candidates to go through the UCEED Exam dates properly 
  • Part A will be of 240 Marks and Part B will be of 60 Marks
  • According to UCEED Notification, scribe's services (amanuensis) are available to applicants with an impairment in the upper limbs or who have lost their fingers/hands, thereby stopping them from operating the computer for the Exam.
  • Part-A of the examination is a computer-based test, there is no scope for review, re-grading or re-totaling of the Part-A marks of the examination paper

UCEED  2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

Conducting Body IIT Bombay
Number of papers 1 with two parts, A and B
Language English
Exam Mode Computer-based test (Part A) and paper-based test (Part B)
Exam Duration 3 hours
Number of section 3 in Part A and 1 in Part B
Total marks 300

Changes in UCEED Exam Pattern 2020

UCEED Exam Pattern has changed for admission 2020, the major changes to the UCEED 2020 exam pattern made by IIT Bombay are listed below.

  • The question paper will now have 2 parts- Part A and Part B, earlier there was one part only
  • UCEED Part A exam comprises three sections whereas Part B would consist of one drawing question
  • The overall time duration of the examination is 3 hours. Both parts have to be finished within this time

UCEED Exam Schedule 2020

The UCEED Exam Dates 2020 have been announced by the official authority. The table below provides you with all the important events and dates related to UCEED Exam-

UCEED 2020 Events Important Dates
Starting of Online Registration 09 Oct 2019
Last date of Online Registration 09 Nov 2019
Last date to submit applications with late fee 16 Nov 2019
Admit Card download 01 Jan 2020
UCEED 2020 Exam date 18 Jan 2020
Release of Answer Key 21 Jan 2020
Last date to file Answer Key Challenge 27 Jan 2020
Declaration of result 13 Mar 2020

UCEED Entrance Exam Pattern for B.Des

Aspirants can go through the new exam pattern for the UCEED exam as released by IIT Bombay.

UCEED Exam Section No of Questions
Part A NAT 18
MSQ 18
MCQ 32
Part B Drawing Question 1
Total No of Questions 68

UCEED Question Paper pattern for Part A and Part B-

UCEED exam is conducted as a computer-based test and the exam paper is divided into two parts, that is, Part A and Part B. CEED Part A exam comprise of three sections whereas Part B would consist of one drawing question. The detailed UCEED 2020 exam pattern is mentioned below:

UCEED Test Pattern for PART-A

Total marks for Part A is 240 marks and maximum time allotted is 2 hours 30 mins

  • The question paper will be administered through a computer-based test.
  • The question paper will consist of 3 sections.

The table below provides you with all the details regarding the UCEED Question Paper Pattern-




NAT (Numerical Answer Type): 18 questions (4marks each; no negative marks). For these questions, an 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. Questions not attempted will be given zero marks.

MSQ (Multiple Select Questions): 18 questions (4 marks each; 0.19 negative marks). Each MSQ has one or more correct answer(s) out of the four given choices.

MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions): 32 questions (3 marks each; 0.71 negative marks). Each MCQ has four choices out of which only one is the correct answer.

UCEED Test Pattern for PART-B

Total marks for Part B are 60 marks and the maximum time allotted is 30 mins marks.

  •  Part B consists of one question that is aimed at testing drawing skills which will require subjective evaluation. The question in Part-B will be displayed on the computer screen and the answer has to be written/drawn in the answer book provided by the invigilator only.
  •   The Part-B question is mandatory and the answer booklets will be collected at the end of the examination.

The entire paper (both part-A and Part-B) must be finished within the overall time duration of 3 hours.

The Summary of the Question Paper structure is given below-

Section Number of Questions Question Numbers
Part-A (240 marks, 2 hours 30 mins)
NAT 18 1—18
MSQ 18 19—36
MCQ 32 37—68
Part-B (60 marks, 30 mins)
 - 1 1
TOTAL (Part-A and Part-B combined): 300 MARKS

 UCEED Marking Scheme

Negative marking has been introduced in the MSQ section of the UCEED exam, this year. View the marking scheme for UCEED 2020 in the table below:

Section Marks Added for Every Correct Answer (New) Marks Deducted for Every Wrong Answer (New)
NAT 4 0
MSQ 4 -0.19
MCQ 3 -0.71
Drawing Question 60 0
Total Marks 300

UCEED Exam Pattern & Time for Scribe 

The services of a scribe (amanuensis) are available to candidates who have a disability in the upper limbs or have lost fingers/hands thereby preventing them from operating the computer for the exam.

  • To avail of this service, the candidate should select the option in the online registration portal and upload a copy of the PwD certificate (Appendix 4-7), at the time of online registration for UCEED 2020.
  • If a PwD candidate wants to avail compensatory time (maximum of one hour), the same request should be mentioned while filling the registration form. PwD certificate is to be uploaded along with such requests (Appendix 8 & 9).
  • The UCEED-CEED Implementation Committee 2020 will assess the request along with the supporting document and if found eligible, you will be notified post scrutiny.
  • If it is found that a candidate has used the services of a scribe and/or compensatory time, but DOES NOT possess the extent of disability that warrants the use of a scribe and/or compensatory time, he/she will be excluded from the process of evaluation, ranking and admission. If the candidate has already been admitted, his/her admission will be canceled.

UCEED Review or Re-totalling 

The list below gives you a basic idea of the review and re-total patterns in the UCEED Exam-

  • Part-A of the examination is a computer-based test, there is no scope for review, re-grading or re-totaling of the Part-A marks of the examination paper.
  • Part-B contains only one question which is going to be manually evaluated through the sheet provided by the invigilator irrespective of it being marked online.
  • Marks obtained in Part-A will be used to shortlist candidates. The cut-offs for Part-A marks for shortlisting candidates in the Open category will be X + yΣ, where X is the average marks obtained by all candidates in Part A, Σ is the standard deviation and y is calculated on the basis of the total number of the seats.
  • The evaluation of Part-B will be done manually by two evaluators independently.
  •  If the difference <= 12 marks (20%), a simple average of the two examiners will be considered.
  •  If the difference > 12 marks (20%), the answer sheet of Part-B will be evaluated by a third examiner (and so on until the difference <= 20%).
  • A simple average of the closest of 2 evaluators will be selected as the final marks.
  • Total UCEED score will be calculated by adding the marks obtained in Part-A and Part-B. This total score will be used to prepare the final result.
  • UCEED 2020 Question Paper and Draft Answer Key (Part-A) will be released on the UCEED website on January 25, 2020.
  • Candidates can check the draft answer key and compare their answers to know the correct answers.
  • Any discrepancy/comment must be addressed to uceed@iitb.ac.in, on or before January 31, 2020. Candidates have to mention "Comments on Answer Keys" in the subject of the mail.
  • The final decision regarding the answer keys will be taken by the UCEED committee after consolidating all the comments from the candidates and the paper setting team. This decision will be binding on all the candidates.

UCEED Exam Pattern 2020 vs UCEED Exam Pattern 2019

The table below provides you with the differences between the UCEED Exam Pattern 2020 and UCEED Exam Pattern 2019-

UCEED 2020 Exam Pattern UCEED Exam Pattern 2019
Section No of Questions Section No of Questions
NAT 18 (4 marks each; no negative marks) NAT 20 (4 marks each; no negative marks)
MSQ 18 (4 marks each; 0.19 negative marks) MSQ 20 (4 marks each; no negative marks)
MCQ 32 (3 marks each; 0.71 negative marks) MCQ 45 (3 marks each; 1 negative mark)
Drawing Question 1 (60 Marks; no negative marking)


What are the new changes for UCEED Exam Pattern?

The question paper will have two parts-Part A and Part B.Part A has three sections but Part B has only one drawing questions.The overall duration of the question paper is 3 hours.

What is the syllabus of UCEED Exam?

 The UCEED Syllabus consists of Visualization and Spatial Ability,Observation and Design Sensitivity,Analytical and Logical Reasoning,Language and Creativity,Environmental and Social Awareness,Design Thinking and Problem Solving and drawing.

How many parts are there in the UCEED Question Paper?

There are two parts in the UCEED Exam Pattern- Part A and Part B. Part A consists of 6 sections and Part B consists of Drawing.

What is the UCEED Marking Scheme?

Marks added for every correct answer in NAT and MSQ are 4 and in MCQ is 3.And 60 marks is allotted for the Drawing Question.

Is there any negative marking in UCEED Exam?

Yes there is negative marking for every wrong MCQ answer.