CEED - The Common Entrance Examination for Design

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay conducts an all India examination on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Education, Government of India known as the Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED). The entrance exam is conducted to screen candidates for postgraduate and doctoral designing courses conducted by some of the post prestigious engineering institutes such as IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore.

Usually conducted in January every year, CEED tests the drawing skills, creativity and communication skills, visual perception ability, logical reasoning, and design aptitude of the candidates. However, qualifying CEED alone does not guarantee admission to the engineering design programs candidates aspire for. They also have to fulfill other requirements of respective institutions and clear their individual tests and interviews.

Benefits of the CEED Exam

CEED is a qualifying examination for admission to M.Des and Ph.D programs in Design at some of the IITs and IISc Bangalore. Here is an institute-wise list of programs that CEED screens candidates for:

Name of the Institute

Department Name

Courses Offered

IISc Bangalore

Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing (CPDM)

Master of Design (M.Des.) in Product Design and Engineering

IIT Bombay

Industrial Design Centre (IDC)

M.Des. in:

Industrial Design

Visual Communication


Interaction Design

It also offers Ph.D. Program in Design.

IIT Delhi

Interdisciplinary Master of Industrial Design Program

M.Des. in Industrial Design

IIT Guwahati

Department of Design

Master of Design (M.Des.)

It also offers Ph.D. Program in Design.

IIT Kanpur

Design Programme (DP)

M.Des. in Industrial Design


PDPM Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing Jabalpur, also known as PDPM IIITDM Jabalpur, has the permission from IIT Bombay to use the merit list of CEED. Thus, it accepts valid CEED scores as an admission criterion to its Master of Design (M.Des.) program.

Candidates who qualify GATE are also considered for admission to these programs.

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