IIT Bombay will conduct Undergraduate Common Entrance Exam for Design (UCEED) 2020 on January 18, 2020, for the admission of 10 + 2 eligible candidates to the Bachelor of Design (B. Des.) program. All the candidates who filled up the Application form and are waiting for the exam must go through the UCEED Syllabus in detail.

UCEED Syllabus 2020

Read the complete article to know more about the detailed UCEED Syllabus 2020, the important topics that the candidates should give more emphasis on and the detailed section-wise syllabus and many more.

  • The question paper will consist of objective type questions and one question paper will be on the English language. Exam duration is 3 hours
  •  The question paper will consist of two parts: Part A and Part B and questions from both parts are compulsory
  • All the candidates must go through the UCEED Exam dates beforehand
  •  Part A consists of 3 sections and Part B consists of only one question that is aimed to test drawing skills
  • Exam appearing candidates should not forget to take their UCEED Admit card to the exam hall
  • Part A is computer-based and Part B contains questions related to sketching that needs to be attempted on the provided sheet
  • Important topics for UCEED 2020 are Visualization and Spatial Ability, Analytical and Logical Reasoning and Language and Creativity

UCEED Syllabus Important Topics

The UCEED 2020 Important Topics for Part A and Part B for admission in B.Des. the program consists of the following sections tabulated below:


Visualization and Spatial Ability

Observation and Design Sensitivity

Environmental and Social Awareness

Analytical and Logical Reasoning

Language and Creativity

Design Thinking and Problem Solving



UCEED Syllabus 2020 for Part A 

The UCEED Syllabus 2020 for Part A for the admission in B. Des. program consists of the following sections:

Visualization and Spatial Ability
Observation and Design Sensitivity
Environmental and Social Awareness
Analytical and Logical Reasoning
Language and Creativity
Design Thinking and Problem Solving

IIT UCEED Syllabus for Visualization and Spatial Ability

This section consists of pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test understanding of transformation and/or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships. Important things to study related to this topic are listed below-

  •  Pattern and Design of Paper Folding Materials and Type of Texture
  • Texture Making Materials, Production Materials, Decoration Materials - Flooring, Cladding (protective material which covers the surface of something), Wall Protection and Decoration - Paints, Plasters, etc.
  • Conventional/Unconventional Materials for Construction, Design, and Decoration
  • Optical Illusion (2D/3D objects and understanding) 

Sample Questions related to the topic are as follows-

Q 1) Which cube cannot be made based on the unfolded cube?

1) 2) 3) 4)

Q2) 12cm x 12cm x 12cm wooden cube is painted and its four views are shown below. This cube is sliced into 64 smaller equal cubes of 3cm x 3cm x 3cm. How many of these small cubes will have exactly one green face and exactly one orange face on the same cube?

Q3) The following figure is cloned and the cloned figure is reflected along the XY axis. How many rectangles are present in the resultant figure?

Q4)Shown below are pieces of a regular polygon. How many sides does the polygon have?

Q5) If gear ‘P’ is the driver gear and rotates clockwise, which of the following statements is true?

  1. Q will rotate clockwise and S will rotate anticlockwise
  2. R & T both will rotate anticlockwise
  3. R will rotate clockwise and U will rotate anticlockwise
  4. S will rotate anticlockwise and U will rotate clockwise

Observation and Design Sensitivity 

This section of the UCEED Syllabus 2020 tests the ability to detect concealed properties in ordinary things, people, situations, and events, and thinking critically about them. Applying attention to certain details, analyzing, reasoning, classifying, inferring and predicting. Ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes. Important things to study related to this topic are listed below

  •  Logos and Punchlines, Type of Logos, Designs of Logos Chronology, Hidden meanings in logos, Punchlines Perspective, Colour Theory, and Line Theory,
  •  Elements of Design, Principles of Design, Colour Psychology and Significance, Photography Evolution of Camera, Type of Cameras, Camera and Its functioning Technologies and terms Accessories, Photography Glossary,
  • Typography Element and Principles of Design Lines, Shape, Form, Colour, Pattern, Texture.

Sample Questions

  1. Shown below are photographs of the same objects using different settings. Given that the lighting conditions were constant in all, which of the following statement(s) is/are TRUE?
  2. All the photographs are of equal exposure
  3. The third photograph was taken with a moving camera
  4. The photographs are in the order of small to large aperture size
  5. The third photograph was taken with a higher shutter-speed compared to the first photograph
  6. Which of the option(s) describe(s) the films shown below in the correct order?
  7. Animation, Adventure, Interview, Fantasy, Comedy, Documentary
  8. Adventure, Comedy, Documentary, Science-Fiction, Mystery, Action
  9. Animation, Adventure, Documentary, Action, Film Noir, War
  10. Comedy, Drama, Action, Science-Fiction, Romance, Thriller
  11. How many different types of characters appear in the figure given below?
  12. How many fonts are used in the given sets of words?

Environmental and Social Awareness

This section of the UCEED Syllabus 2020 tests the 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 social and cultural connection with the design, history of the designed artifact, and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses. History of art, sculpture, and literature. Important things to study related to this topic are listed below

  • History of Indian Art/Design, An overview of World Art, Art and Architecture, Social and Cultural relation with Art/Design,
  • Environmentally Sustainable Designs, Indian Cultural Background & Famous Structures, Musical instruments, Musical Maestros, Dance forms, Crafts and Dresses.
  1. Which of the sculpture(s) given below belong(s) to the Gandhara style?
  2. Shown on the left is the logo of the Beijing Olympics. Which of the pictogram(s) was/were used in the same Olympics?

Analytical and Logical Reasoning

This section of the UCEED Syllabus 2020 tests the ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature and discern patterns within the information. Ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria. Ability to check for hidden bias or hidden assumptions and whether evidence and argument support conclusions. 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. Data Interpretation, brainteasers, and patterns.

  • Arguments, Assumptions, Course of Action, Assertion, and Reasoning, Causes and Effect, Analogies, Direction and Distance, Mathematical Tricks, Cubes, Linear and Matrix Arrangement.
  •  Syllogism (a process of logic in which two general statements lead to a more particular statement) Punch Line, etc.

Sample Question

  1. The object shown below is rotated by 180 degrees about the X-axis in the anticlockwise direction as seen from the top. Identify the trail left by the orange blobs when seen from the top.
  2. Shown below are the different views of the same ball, identify its top view.
  3. Identify the odd one out.
  4. The enclosed yellow shape within the letter ’b’ is called a counter, which option has the red shape as the counter?

Language and Creativity

This section of the UCEED 2020 Syllabus tests the ability to understand and use Standard English. Reading comprehension, knowledge of English grammar. Ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and think out of the box.

Sample Questions

  1. Given below is a list of ten idioms with animal/bird/fish/insect origins. Each of the four options contains four meanings. Identify the option that contains four correct meanings for any four of the idioms.
  1. The elephant in the room
  2. Hold your horses
  3. Pig headed
  4. Red herring
  5. Go to the dogs
  6. Hogwash
  7. Sacred cow
  8. Calm up
  1. Obvious, adamant, brave, attempt, deteriorate
  2. Too big, stubborn, devour, bluff
  3. Be patient, recalcitrant, clean up, protected interest
  4. Obstinate, foolish, pursuit, subterfuge, rubbish
  1. Choose the set of words that will correctly complete the following five sentences from the word sets given in the options.
  1. He (lays/lies) the book on the table.
  2. The new rules (affected/effected) positive change in the school
  3. The road through the mountains was (tortuous/torturous)
  4. The nurse was able to (staunch / stanch) the bleeding
  5. When rain threatens, fans are (reticent/reluctant) to buy a ticket to the cricket match.
  1. lies, effected, tortuous, stanch, reluctant
  2. lies, affected, torturous, staunch, reticent
  3. lays, effected, tortuous, staunch, reluctant
  4. lays, effected, tortuous, stanch, reluctant
  1. Our natural _______________ to focus on the unusual, the dramatic and the ___________ is strengthened ________________ by newspapers and other media, but our interest _______________ quickly as well.
  1. aversion, grotesque, considerably, increases
  2. penchant, unique, inestimably, intensifies
  3. proclivity, new, immeasurably, wanes
  4. dislike, bizarre, greatly, diminishes

Design Thinking and Problem Solving

This section of the UCEED 2020 Syllabus checks the ability to use visual analogies, metaphors, signs, and symbols. Ability to understand complexity, identify the problem, generate alternatives, evaluate the options and select solutions.

Sample Questions

  1. Which shape will exactly fit which figure 1 without leaving any gaps, given that the shapes can be rotated?
  2. A cube, cuboid, a cone, a sphere were developed from an experimental material. In a vacuum, the combined mass of the cuboid and the sphere is equivalent to the combined mass of the cube and the cone. The mass of the cuboid is equivalent to the combined mass of the sphere and the cone. The sphere weighed 2 kilograms and occupied a volume of 62.5 cubic cm in a vacuum. One of the properties of this material is such that the length of the side of the cube doubles when exposed to air. How many cubes are needed to fill a tank of dimension 50cm x 50cm in the air?
  1. 1000
  2. 125
  3. 100
  4. 81
  1. The image in the box on the left-hand side shows the open and closed positions for a metal stand. The other two images show the various joints in the stand. If a fixed joint is denoted by ‘f’ and a hinged joint is denoted by ‘h’ then which of the options is correct?
  1. P-f; Q-h; R-f; S-h; T-h; U-f; V-f
  2. P-h; Q-h; R-h; S-f; T-h; U-f; V-h
  3. P-f; Q-h; R-f; S-h; T-h; U-h; V-h
  4. P-f; Q-h; R-f; S-f; T-h; U-h; V-h
  1. Three holes have been drilled through a cube of size 5 x 5 x 5 units. From the options given, identify the form the can fill the holes perfectly?

Note: Sample questions are taken from previous UCEED exams

UCEED Exam Syllabus for Part B 

The UCEED 2020 Part B Syllabus for admission in B. Des. program consists of only one question of 60 marks aimed at testing drawing skills which will require subjective evaluation. 

Drawing Syllabus

This section of the UCEED Syllabus checks the ability to draw products, people or scenes in proportion with good line quality, composition, proportion, perspective, and shading.

Candidates may consider referring to the books listed below in preparation for UCEED 2020.

Name of the Book

Name of the Author

UCEED (B.Des) Entrance Books and Test Series Paperback


The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition Kindle Edition

Don Norman

UCEED Design Environment & Social Awareness In Design Perspective Combined With Mental & Verbal Aptitude

Institute of Creative Sciences

Comprehensive English for NID, NIFT, UCEED, CEED, NATA, B.Arch & Other Design Entrance Exams Paperback



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.