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UCEED Entrance Exam

Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) is an entrance exam for the admission in Bachelor of Design.

Admissions for the B.Des programme in institutes like IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, and IITDM Jabalpur are done through UCEED (Undergraduate common entrance exam for design) exam. Students who have passed 12th/appearing for 12th are eligible to sit for the UCEED exam.

  • A student can appear for a maximum of two years consecutively.
  • Students from all streams(science, arts, and commerce) are eligible to appear for the exam.
  • Students worldwide can appear for the UCEED exam.
  • Selected students will then have to apply separately for the colleges in which they seek admissions into.

Note: Admissions will be based on their merit and category they belong to. UCEED score is valid for one year i.e admission into that respective year only.

B.Des programmes offered:

There are only three programmes offered by IITs for B.Des:

  1. IDC(Industrial Design Centre), IIT Bombay - IDC is known for its well established M.Des programmes like industrial design, animation design, visual communication, Interaction design & mobility and vehicle design. In 2015, IIT Bombay started their four-year in eight semesters(B.Des) and five years in ten semesters dual degree course(B.Des+M.Des).The total number of seats for both these programmes is 30. Students after joining the B.Des programme cannot change their respective branch.

  2. DoD(Department of Design), IIT Guwahati - DoD is one of the thirteen departments present in IIT Guwahati. DoD was started with a vision to gather brightest students who are passionate about innovation and are willing to grow and learn with the best technology available.The programme focusses on innovation and creative use of technology to create effective, usable, enjoyable experiences with technology through research in engineering, design, behavioral and social sciences, most importantly to understand the impact of technology on individuals, groups, and organizations.

  3. Design Discipline, IITDM Jabalpur - Here, a holistic and all-inclusive philosophy is applied to train human resources in the paradigm of Modern Design at Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral level, so as to make them adept designers.The modern-age facilities of Rapid Prototyping, 3D scanning, Ultrasonic Plastic Welding, Water-Jet cutting, CNC (Lathe and Milling), Injection Moulding, Vacuum Forming, Laser Cutting, Universal Wood Working, etc. with support staff skilled in wood, metal, polymer, FRPs and composite fabrication provides an incredible hands-on training for the students.


The question paper will consist of three sections:-

  1. Section A:-NAT(Numerical Type Questions):

    For these questions, the answer is a number that needs to be entered using a virtual keyboard in the computer screen. No choices will be shown for these questions.

  2. Section B:-Multiple Select Questions(MSQ):

    Each MSQ has one or more correct answer(s) out of the four given choices.

  3. Section C:-Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ):

    Each MCQ has four choices out of which only one is the correct answer.

Syllabus for UCEED Exam:-

The exam will have questions from the following six topics:-

  1. Visualization and spatial ability.
  2. Pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test, understanding of transformation and/or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships, knowledge of practical and everyday mechanical and scientific concepts.

  3. Observation and design sensitivity.
  4. Ability to detect concealed properties in ordinary things, people, situations, and events, and thinking critically about them. Applying attention to certain details, analysing, reasoning, classifying, inferring and predicting. Ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.

  5. Environmental and social awareness.
  6. 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 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.

  7. Analytical and logical reasoning.
  8. Ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information. Ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria. Ability to check for hidden bias or hidden assumptions and whether evidence and argument support conclusions. 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. Data Interpretation, brainteasers, and patterns.

  9. Language and creativity.
  10. Ability to understand and use Standard English. Reading comprehension, knowledge of English grammar. Ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and think out of the box.

  11. Design thinking and problem solving.
  12. Ability to use visual analogies, metaphors, signs and symbols. Ability to understand complexity, identify problem, generate alternatives, evaluate options and select solutions.

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