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In this section you will find the following:

  • How does one become an Designer in India?
  • Primary Departments in various institutes
  • How are students ranked to get through M.Des programmes in India?
  • Design Entrance Exam Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Target Scores or Ranks
  • Structure of the Question Papers & Syllabus
  • Design Exams to prepare for & Universities to Target:

How does one become an Designer in India?

Career Path

To do an postgraduate program in Design (M. Des) in India, there are 2 exams that one may target:

  1. NID: To get admission into NID Ahmedabad, NID Gandhinagar and NID Bangalore
  2. CEED: To get admission into IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi IIT Guwahati IIT Hyderabad IIT Kanpur and IIITDM Jabalpur

For more information on Design as a Career and the opportunities, the Creative Careers e-book has more information

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Primary Departments in Various Institutes

  1. Centre For Product Design and Manufacturing, IISc Bangalore:-
  2. Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay:-
    • M.Des:- Industrial Design, Communication Design, Animation, Interaction Design, Mobility and Vehicle Design.
    • Ph.D.:- Design
  3. Instrument Design and Development Centre, IIT Delhi:-
  4. Department of Design, IIT Guwahati:-
  5. Department of Design, IIT Hyderabad:-
  6. Design Discipline, IIITDM Jabalpur:-
    • M.Des:- Product Design, Visual Design
  7. Design Programme, IIT Kanpur:-

How are students ranked to get through B.Des programmes in India?

  1. NID (PG) - 60% of NID DAT Prelims and 40% of NID DAT Mains will be taken into consideration. The students will be asked to submit portfolio and Statement of Purpose for admission to M.Des programs offered by NID

  2. CEED - 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.

Download the 2020 brochures of NID (PG) & CEED

Click below to view the evaluation of some of our students' work:

Design Entrance Exam Important Dates and Deadlines:

NID (PG)
Attempts NID PG 2021
Application Start Date Tentatively October 2020
Application End Date Tentatively November 2020
Test Dates Round 1 NID 2021 Prelims - Tentatively December 2020
Declaration of Round 1 Results / Ranks Tentatively February 2021
Test Date Round 2 NID 2021 Mains To be Announced
Declaration of Round 2 Results / Ranks To be Announced
Next Process: College Selection To be Announced
College Starts To be Announced
CEED (IIT’s, IISc & IITDM J)
Attempts CEED 2021
Application Start Date Tentatively October 2020
Application End Date Tentatively November 2020
Test Dates Round 1 Tentatively January 2021
Declaration of Round 1 Results / Ranks Tentatively March 2021
Test Date Round 2 Not Applicable
Declaration of Round 2 Results / Ranks Not Applicable
Next Process: College Selection Not Applicable
College Starts Not Applicable

It is highly recommended that students write both NID (PG) & CEED to maximize their chances of getting into a college of their choice.

Target Scores or Ranks

  1. NID (PG) Prelims - A target score of 55+ is what students need to focus on to get qualified for NID (Mains)
  2. CEED - A target mark of 200+ is what students need to focus on to get into IITs, IISc Bangalore and IITDM Jabalpur for M.Des programs.

DQ Labs Students' Performance:

  • 40+ DQ Labs Students selected at NID
  • Faculty from NID & IIT's and visiting Industry Professionals

Structure of the Question Papers & Syllabus

CEED

Exam Structure

Subject
Distribution of marks
Total Marks
Part A
Numerical Answer Type (NAT) (8 Questions)
Multiple Select Question (MSQ) (10 Questions)
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) (23 Questions)
8*3
10*3
23*2
24
30
46
Part B
Drawing 5*20 100
Total 200

CEED Exam Syllabus:-

CEED 2020 will be in two parts. Part A will have questions related to these topics:

  1. Visualization and Spatial Ability - Pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test the understanding of transformation and / or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2020 will have questions related to these topics:

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

DQ Labs Coaching for IIT CEED program

Design Quotient Labs (DQLABS) is a result oriented premier entrance-coaching studio run by professional Designers and alumni from IIT’s & NID. DQLABS provides training for the CEED exam. To know more about DQLABS click here

All the DQLABS study material and the teaching methodology for the CEED entrance exam preparation is a result of years of experience we have gained through mentoring thousands of Design aspirants at our studios in Bangalore, Pune, Chennai & Coimbatore. Students can witness tremendous improvement in their aptitude and skills under our mentorship. DQLABS students exceptional results stand a testimony for the quality and individual attention we provide for each of our students.

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DQ Labs NID (PG) & CEED Rank Students


  • Barri Wahlang
    NID (PG) 2020

  • Prashanth Pradhan
    NID (PG) 2020

  • Jaya Prabhakaran
    NID (PG) 2020

  • Parvathi
    NID (PG) 2020

  • Rahul Sreedhar
    NID (PG) 2020

  • Chandru
    NID (PG) 2020

  • Sai Vidya
    NID (PG) 2020

  • Koushik Ram
    NID (PG) 2020

  • Neha Rastogi
    NID (PG) 2020

  • Akshatha Bhat
    NID (PG) 2020

  • Shrabani
    NID (PG) 2019

  • Nandhini
    NID (PG) 2019

  • Naveen
    NID (PG) 2019

  • Arun Prakash
    NID (PG) 2019

  • Shruti
    NID (PG) 2019

  • Nikhil Muthal
    NID (PG) 2018

  • Manasvini
    NID (PG) 2017

  • Raaghav Laxman
    CEED 2019

  • Sarwin Kumar
    CEED 2019

  • Rachana Mandal
    CEED 2018

  • Sarmistha
    CEED 2018

  • Sri Nag
    CEED 2017

  • Madhu Priyanka
    NID
    Chennai

  • Ramya R
    NID - Furniture and Interior Design

  • Sony Salma
    NID
    Rourkela

  • Sharath R
    NID
    Bangalore

  • Sindu MS
    NID - Information and Interface Design

  • Donna Partha
    NID UG
    Coorg

  • Easha Ranade
    NID - Graphic Design
    Mumbai

  • Srishti Gupta
    NID - Lifestyle Accessory Design

  • Tripti Srivatsava
    NID - Graphic Design
    Bangalore

  • Ramya S M
    NID UG
    Delhi

  • Neha G
    NID
    Delhi

  • Vibu Surendran
    NID - Transportation and Automobile Design

  • Abirami
    NIFT
    Chennai

  • Faizal Ahemad
    NIFT
    Chennai

  • Nayana Anand
    NIFT
    Chennai

  • Nirupama Thomas
    NIFT
    Chennai

  • Smrithi Riya Alex
    NIFT
    Chennai

  • Thendral
    NIFT
    Chennai

  • Anu Manohar
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Arthi U M
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Ashwasana Panda
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Ashwathy Jacob
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Ishitha Seth
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Ishrat Khanam
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Jainy Pamnani
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Kavya J
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Mansi Mishra
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Mriganka Gupta
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Naineka Patil
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Nidhi Nittur
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Nidhi Rai
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Nivedita Arul
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Noorain Irfan
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Pragathi Hegde
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Priyanka Jayanth
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Priyanka S
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Rashi Raizada
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Sanjana Gupta
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Simran Sanghavi
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Tanya Keshavan
    NIFT
    Bangalore

  • Arjun Nair
    NATA Score: 152
    Pune

  • Madhu Priyanka
    NATA Score: 144
    Chennai

  • Sainetra Ramesh
    NATA Score: 139
    Karnataka Rank 1

  • Apoorva Sharma
    NATA Score: 139
    New Delhi

  • Naksha S
    NATA Score: 138
    Bangalore

  • Tanya Shah
    NATA Score: 137
    VAdodara

  • Sidarth Bhatia
    NATA Score: 137
    Bangalore

  • Lavanya S
    NATA Score: 135
    Bangalore

  • Vasuda Maiya
    NATA Score: 134
    Mangalore

  • Tonoy Sarma
    NATA Score: 134
    Guwahati

  • Vaishnavi C
    NATA Score: 134
    Karnataka

  • Thangson Tombing
    NATA Score: 134
    Manipur

  • Gayatri Ganesh
    NATA Score: 133
    Bangalore

  • Vraj Agarwal
    NATA Score: 132
    Vadodara

  • Anukrati Kare
    NATA Score: 132
    Gurgaon

  • Mridu Jhangiani
    NATA Score: 130
    Karnataka

  • Simran Vohra
    NATA Score: 130
    Karnataka

  • Tanvi Jain
    NATA Score: 130
    Indore

  • Meher Bhagia
    NATA Score: 130
    New Delhi

  • Indulekha Nair
    NATA Score: 132
    Karnataka

  • Dhrubojyoti Sen
    NATA Score: 128
    Karnataka

  • Harshita G
    NATA Score: 128
    Karnataka Rank

  • Deeksha S
    NATA Score: 126
    Karnataka Rank: 18

  • Nicole R David
    NATA Score: 126
    Karnataka Rank: 36

  • Sai Smruthi S
    NATA Score: 126
    Karnataka

  • Ujjvala Krishna
    NATA Score: 125
    Karnataka

  • Ankita Sinha
    NATA Score: 124
    Karnataka Rank: 4

  • Udiksha N Kapani
    NATA Score: 124
    Karnataka Rank: 3

  • Anusha S
    NATA Score: 124
    Karnataka Rank: 5

  • Akanksha Khanna
    NATA Score: 124
    Karnataka Rank: 10

  • Akhilesh Singhal
    NATA Score: 123
    Karnataka Rank: 19

  • K Kanche Ratadia
    NATA Score: 123
    Karnataka

  • Pratheeka Shetty
    NATA Score: 123
    Karnataka

  • Bhargavi Murthy
    NATA Score: 122
    Karnataka Rank: 17

  • Madhoolika Palaka
    NATA Score: 122
    Karnataka

  • Keerthana Vivin
    NATA Score: 122
    Karnataka

  • Nupur Agarwal
    NATA Score: 122
    Karnataka

  • Meghana Pai K
    NATA Score: 121
    Karnataka Rank: 14

  • Lakshmi Sai P
    NATA Score: 121
    Karnataka

  • Yashas Vishwanath
    NATA Score: 120
    Karnataka

  • Sai Stuthi R
    NATA Score: 120
    Karnataka

  • Sai Meghna
    NATA Score: 120
    Karnataka

  • Shreya Rao
    NATA Score: 120
    Karnataka

  • Irene Sarah
    NATA Score: 120
    Karnataka

  • Shruti M Nair
    NATA Score: 120
    Karnataka

  • Shivani Vinod kumar
    NATA Score: 120
    Karnataka

  • Jai Kalapa
    NATA Score: 119
    Karnataka

  • Aditi Menon
    NATA Score: 119
    Karnataka

  • Akshay G M
    NATA Score: 119
    Karnataka

  • Mahima Rao
    NATA Score: 119
    Karnataka

  • Nithyashree B
    NATA Score: 119
    Karnataka

  • Paromita Bathija
    NATA Score: 118
    Karnataka Rank: 20

  • Nishika Subhash
    NATA Score: 118
    Karnataka

  • Akshatha Rao
    NATA Score: 118
    Karnataka

  • Arpith Mathew
    NATA Score: 118
    Karnataka

  • Shravanthi D S
    NATA Score: 118
    Karnataka

  • Sumedha Mukharjee
    NATA Score: 117
    Karnataka

  • Neha Harsih
    NATA Score: 117
    Karnataka

  • Anagha Vasudevan
    NATA Score: 116
    Karnataka

  • Priyanka C
    NATA Score: 116
    Karnataka

  • Dashar Mohan
    NATA Score: 115
    Karnataka

  • Sarah Mariam Tekay
    NATA Score: 114
    Karnataka

  • Deepthi Ravi
    NATA Score: 114
    Karnataka Rank

  • Sahana Samanta
    NATA Score: 113
    Karnataka

  • Harshitha K M
    NATA Score: 112
    Karnataka

  • Kritika Sanjeev
    NATA Score: 111
    Karnataka

  • Rishika Lodha
    NATA Score: 111
    Karnataka

  • Varsha N M
    NATA Score: 110
    Karnataka

  • Dev Sreerama
    NATA Score: 110
    Karnataka

  • Anmol Uppal
    NATA Score: 109
    Karnataka

  • Dhanashree Arthi
    NATA Score: 108
    Karnataka

  • Monisha G M
    NATA Score
    Karnataka

  • Nivedita Aavindan
    NATA Score
    Karnataka

  • Sindhu Nagaraja
    NATA Score
    Karnataka
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