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CEED 2021 will be conducted on Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. The examination will consist of two parts, Part-A and Part-B. Candidates must attempt questions from both the parts. Part-A will be conducted from 9:00 am to 10:00 am followed by Part-B from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Part-A contains objective questions of three types, i.e., Numerical Answer Type, Multiple Choice Question, and Multiple Select Questions. Answers to Part-A have to be given on the computer. These will be design aptitude type questions that evaluate visual and spatial ability, environmental and social awareness, analytical and logical reasoning, language, observation and design sensitivity of the candidates. In Part-B, there will be 5 questions of total 100 marks. There will not be any optional question. Part-B consists of questions that are aimed at testing design, drawing and writing skills. The questions in Part-B will be displayed on the computer screen and the answers are to be written in the answer book provided by the invigilator (NOT into the Computer). However, you need to tick appropriate box on the computer screen to indicate that you have answered the same. Part-B answer books will be collected at the end of the examination.

Shortlisting: Marks obtained in Part-A will be used to shortlist candidates. The cut-offs (δ) for Part-A marks to shortlist candidates in the Open category will be µ + (σ 2) = δ, where µ and σ are the average marks and standard deviation of distribution of marks obtained by ALL the candidates in Part-A of CEED 2021. The µ and σ will be rounded off after the first decimal place. Candidates belonging to the reserved categories shall have to fulfil a relaxed cut-off mark, which will be 0.9δ for OBC-NCL, 0.5δ for SC/ST and 0.5δ for PwD.

Part-B answer books will be evaluated manually for ONLY the candidates who are shortlisted from Part-A. Part-B of CEED is a subjective question and there is no model solution for it. It will be evaluated holistically on a set of criteria given in the question. There is NO provision for RE-EVALUATION in CEED. Request for re-evaluation will NOT be entertained under any circumstances.

The final CEED score will be calculated by giving 25% weightage to marks obtained in Part-A and 75% weightage to scores obtained in Part-B after the above calculation.


  • Visualization and spatial ability: Pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test the understanding of transformation and / or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3 objects and their spatial relationships.
  • Environmental and social awareness: 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 design terminologies, social and cultural connection with design, history of the designed artefact, and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses. History of art, sculpture and literature.
  • Analytical and logical reasoning: Ability to analyse given information logically and select the most appropriate solutions. Ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria. 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.
  • Language and creativity: Ability to understand passages in commonly used English language. Ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and think out of the box.
  • Design thinking and problem solving: Ability to understand the context, the users and the constraints and select the most appropriate solution for a given design problem.
  • Observation and design sensitivity: Ability to detect concealed properties in day to day life and think critically about them. Ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.

Part-B of CEED 2021 will have questions related to these topics:

  • Drawing: Ability to draw products, people or scenes in proportion with good line quality, composition, proportion, perspective, and shading.
  • Creativity: Ability to think out of the box and come up with unique as well as diverse solutions.
  • Communication skills: Ability to communicate concepts and ideas clearly with the help of text and visuals.
  • Problem identification skills: Ability to understand the user and the context, knowledge of properties of materials and their appropriate use in design, etc.

CEED 2021 is an aptitude test and hence no specific text book or guide is recommended for its preparation. The candidates may however practise their drawing, rendering and visualization skills. Question papers of some of the previous years are available on the official CEED website.

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