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

For more information on NID PG & CEED Online Coaching, Speak to us on the chat interface at the bottom of the screen or fill the DQ Labs Enquiry Form and our counsellors will call you back.

Primary Departments in Various Institutes

  1. Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, , IISc Bangalore:-
  2. Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay:-
    • M.Des:- n 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:-
  7. Design Programme, IIT Kanpur:-
  8. Department of Design, IIT Roorkee-

How are students ranked to get through M.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.

Design Entrance Exam Important Dates and Deadlines:

NID (PG) 2023
Attempts NID PG 2023
Application Start Date 21st October 2022
Application End Date 16th December 2022
DAT Prelims Exam 8th January 2023
Declaration of DAT Prelims result 30th March 2023
DAT Mains Exam 29th April 2023 to 30th April 2023
Declaration of DAT Mains result 18th May 2023
CEED 2023 (IIT’s, IISc & IITDM J)
Attempts CEED 2023
Application Start Date September 30 to October 21, 2022
Application End Date October 22 to October 29, 2022
CEED 2023 Test January 22, 2023
Declaration of CEED 2023 results March 7, 2023

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.

Structure of the Question Papers & Syllabus

CEED 2023

Exam Structure

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)
Part B
Sketching 1*20 20
Creativity 1*20 20
Form Sensitivity 1*20 20
Visual Sensitivity 1*20 20
Problem Identification 1*20 20
Total 200

CEED Exam Syllabus:-

CEED 2023 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 2023 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.

Design Exams to prepare for & Universities to Target:

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