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What is the Difference Between UCEED and CEED?

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : January 18, 2023


UCEED and CEED are one of the top entrance exams in the field of design across the country, however many are often confused between these two design exams. 

The obvious difference between UCEED and CEED entrance exams is that UCEED is the entrance exam conducted to offer admissions to a bachelor's course in Design wherein, whereas the CEED entrance exam is conducted for admission to the master's program in Design. 

The article further discusses what is the difference between UCEED and CEED

What is the Difference between UCEED and CEED

The difference between these entrance examinations is tabulated below:

Admissions are offered for the Undergraduate Entrance Examination for Design.  Admissions are offered for the Master's Entrance Examination for Design. 
Bachelors courses offered are B.Des, B.Des+M.Des The Master’s course offered is M.Des
Eligibility requirements: The candidate should have been born on or after October 1, 1997, if belonging to the OPEN/EWS/OBC-NCL category, and born on or after October 1, 1992, if belonging to the SC, ST, or PwD category. You should be appearing for the qualifying examination (10+2) for the first time in 2022 in order to be eligible for attempting UCEED 2022 Eligibility requirements: Candidates must have completed a degree/diploma/post-graduate degree program of a minimum of three years (after 10+2 level), must be appearing for the final examination of such a program by July 2022 or must have passed the GD Arts diploma program (10+5 level) by July 2022. 
Total Marks for UCEED: 300 Total Marks for CEED: 200
Participating Universities: IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, and IIITDM Jabalpur Participating Universities: IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT, Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, IIITDM Jabalpur, IIITDM Kancheepuram

Exam Pattern: Part A and Part B

  • Part A has 3 sections namely; Numerical Answer Type, Multiple Select Questions, and Multiple Choice Questions 
  • Part B test the ability to draw products, people, or scenes in proportion with good line quality, composition, proportion, perspective, and shading.

Exam Pattern: Part A and Part B

  • Part A - NAT, MCQ, MSQ
  • Part B - Drawing-based question

The exam pattern is quite similar to that of UCEED however, the syllabus is different.

Check: UCEED Last Minute Preparation Tips 2023


CEED Highlights 2023

  • CEED is conducted by IIT Bombay. It is a qualifying examination for admission to Master of Design (MDes) programs at several IITs and design schools.
  • The CEED 2022 score is valid for a period of one year from the date of declaration of the result. 
  • In the CEED exam, there will be two parts PART A and PART B as mentioned above. Marks obtained in Part-A will be used to shortlist candidates.

Check: UCEED B.Des Application Process 2023

In the table given below, we have given section-wise bifurcation of marks, number of questions, and much more.

Section Maximum number of Questions No. Marks awarded to correct Answer Marks if Wrong Marks if not
Maximum Marks
NAT 8 3 0 0 24
MSQ 10 3 0.25 0 30
MCQ 23 2 0.5 0 46

Check: UCEED Colleges 2023

UCEED Highlights 2023

  • Admissions to the Bachelor of Design (BDes) programs at IITs are done through the Undergraduate Common Entrance Exam for Design (UCEED).
  • UCEED score card is recognized by many institutes for admission to BDes programs. 
  • Students from all streams (Science, Commerce, and Arts & Humanities) are eligible.

UCEED Mock Test

UCEED Mock Test

In the section below, we have given section-wise bifurcation of marks, number of questions, and much more.

  • There will be ONE question paper of a total of 3 hours duration.
  • The question paper will be in English with a total of 300 marks.
  • The exam pattern consists of two parts: Part-A and Part-B. It is compulsory to attempt questions from both parts.
  • Part-A (Total marks: 240; Maximum time: 2 hours 30 minutes)
  • This part will be administered through a computer-based test and pen and pencil mode and has 3 sections as described above. 

Marks distribution is as tabulated below: 

Type Of Questions Number of Questions Correct Answer Marks Marks for Wrong Answer Total Marks for Section
NAT 18 4 0 72
MSQ 18 Partial Marking -1 72
MCQ 32 3 -0.71 96
1 - - 60

Check: UCEED Seat Allotment 2023

UCEED Section 1: NAT (Numerical Answer Type): 18 questions (4 marks 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.

Check: UCEED Counselling

UCEED Section 2:

  • MSQ (Multiple Select Question): 18 questions. Each MSQ may have one or more than one correct choice (s) out of the four given. The following is the marking scheme:
  • Full Marks: + 4 If only (all) the correct option(s) is (are) chosen and NONE of the incorrect options are chosen.
  • Partial Marks: + 3 If all the four options are correct but ONLY three options are chosen and NONE of the incorrect options are chosen.
  • Partial Marks: + 2 If three or more options are correct but ONLY two options are chosen, both of which are correct and NONE of the incorrect options are chosen.
  • Partial Marks: + 1 If two or more options are correct but ONLY one option is chosen and it is a correct option and NONE of the incorrect options are chosen.
  • Zero Marks: 0 If none of the options is chosen (i.e., the question is unanswered).

Negative Marks: -1 In all other cases.

UCEED Section 3:

  • MCQ (Multiple Choice Question): 32 questions (3 marks each for the correct answer; (0.71 negative marks for incorrect answers).
  • Each MCQ will have four choices, out of which only one is the correct answer.

Check: UCEED Preparations 2023

Part-B (Total marks: 60; Maximum time: 30 minutes)

  • Part-B consists of ONE question that is aimed at testing the candidate’s 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. 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 to evaluate the candidate’s drawing skill.
  • Part-B answer booklets will be collected at the end of the examination.
  • Part-B question is mandatory.
  • The entire paper (both Part-A and Part-B) must be finished within the time stipulated for each part.

Check: UCEED Cut off

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it's quite similar however the syllabus to different.

No, UCEED is conducted for 300 marks and CEED is conducted for 200 marks.

40-50 minutes you must spend on drawing practice on daily basis.
No, they are different.
Yes, PART A is CBT and PART B is pen and paper-based examination.


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