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CEED 2021 Registration (Closed): Application Form, Dates and Fees

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Atul Yadav

Exam prep master | Updated On - Jul 23, 2021

CEED 2021 Application Forms are available online from September 09, 2020. The registration window for CEED 2021 has been extended again and candidates can now apply till Nov 17, 2020, with an applicable late fee of Rs 500 additionally. Moreover, PwD candidates could request a compensatory time for CEED 2021 until Dec 24, 2020, In case they couldn't do it, they can report to the CEED representative at exam center an hour prior to the exam. 

  • Candidates should stay updated about the CEED 2020 eligibility criteria.
  • CEED registration form must be submitted ONLINE ONLY through the official website. 
  • CEED (Common Entrance Examination for Design) is a national level examination conducted by IIT Bombay on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.
  • It offers admission to M.Des and PhD programs in design into renowned institutes like IISc Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Hyderabad and many other institutions. 

Direct Link to fill CEED Application Form 2021

CEED Form Dates

CEED 2021 Application Form Dates

CEED Application process has begun from September 9, 2020. Aspirants must browse the official website for updates about the ongoing processes of the exam. Important dates regarding CEED 2021 Application process are given as below:

Events Dates
Submission of CEED 2021 Application Form with Regular Fee Nov 10, 2020
Submission of CEED 2021 Application Form with Late Fee of Rs 500 Nov 17, 2020 (Extended)
Availability of CEED 2021 Admit Cards January 1, 2021, onwards
Last Date for Corrections of discrepancies in the Admit Card January 05, 2021
CEED 2021 Exam Date January 17, 2021 

CEED 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criterion for CEED 2020 is as laid down by IIT Bombay. Individuals must ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements before applying for the entrance exam. Applications of aspirants who are not eligible may be liable for rejection. The various criteria for appearing in the exam are as stated as follows: There is no minimum age or upper age requirement prescribed to be a data-cke-saved-href=">Eligible for CEED 2021 and to apply for any course through the exam.

Number of times an aspirant can appear for CEED 2021:

Students can appear for the exam any number of times.

Educational Qualification

Candidates must possess or are appearing in the final examination of any one of the following academic qualifications to be eligible for the entrance exam:

  • A degree / diploma / post graduate degree programme of minimum 3 years (after 10 + 2 level), or must be appearing for the final examination of such a program by July 2020.


  • Must have passed the GD Arts diploma programme (10 + 5 level) by July 2021.

Eligibility criteria for admission to various institutes may differ from the eligibility criteria for appearing for CEED. Before applying for CEED, candidates are advised to check whether they meet the required eligibility criteria for admission to various institutes. 

Fill CEED Application Form

How to Fill CEED 2021 Application Form?

CEED 2021 Application Form is available on the official website ceed.iitb.ac.in. Application forms can be submitted only through the online mode. Only those individuals who apply for the test by paying the prescribed application fees can appear for the test. CEED 2021 application process comprises of 4 main steps- Registration, Filling of Application Form, Uploading Documents and Payment of Fees.

Pre-requisites for filling CEED 2021 Application Form-

  • Valid mobile number and email ID
  • Class 10th Mark sheet and 12th Mark sheet
  • Mark sheets for all the semesters of Graduation Degree
  • Scanned images of Photograph, Signature, Category certificate, PwD certificate, Eligibility certificate and certificate of Professional Experience

Candidates can fill the form by utilizing the steps that are mentioned below:

Step 1: Registration

  • Log on to the official website and click on the link ‘Apply for CEED 2021’ to begin the online registration process.
  • Applicants will be required to provide their valid email address and a mobile number for the purpose of registration.
  • An email will be sent to the registered email ID. Candidates must verify their email address by clicking on the provided link.
  • A password will be sent via SMS to the registered mobile number.
  • Aspirants must use this password and the registered email ID as login credentials on the applicant’s login page.

Step 2: Application Form

  • Candidates must login using the password provided to them along with the registered email ID.
  • The application form will appear on the screen. Individuals will have to fill up personal details (name, gender, date of birth, religion, etc.), qualification details and communication details (address, email ID and mobile number). They will be given an application ID upon submission of this form.
  • Aspirants will also be required to choose a security question-answer and 3 examination centers in order of preference.

Step 3: Uploading Images and Documents

  • Applicants must upload scanned images of their passport sized photograph, signature, category certificate, PwD certificate, eligibility certificate and professional experience certificate.
  • The format and resolution of the scanned copies of photograph and signature files should be as follows:
Image Format Max resolution in pixels Min resolution in pixels
Photograph .jpg 640 x 480 320 x 240
Signature .jpg 300 x 800 150 x 400
  • The size and resolution of the scanned copies of the certificates should be as prescribed by the organizing body and in .pdf format.
  • The file should be saved in the name- _filename.jpg or .pdf (for certificates).

Step 4: Payment of Application Fees

  • Each applicant must pay the non-refundable application fees CEED 2021. The fees can be paid through the online mode only. Individuals can pay the fees using Debit/ Credit card or Net Banking.
  • They must enter the required payment details on the bank page, save the receipt of transaction and print it out.
  • After completing all the above steps, a confirmation page will be generated. Aspirants must take a print out of this page for future correspondence.

CEED 2020 Application Fees for various Categories are:

Category Application Fee
General Candidates INR 2,600
Female Candidates INR 1,300
SC/ ST/ PwD INR 1,300

Note: This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration fee has to be paid through the payment option provided on the website while submitting the registration form. Detailed instructions related to the payment of registration fee are given on the online registration portal. Credit card, debit card, and net-banking options are available. 

Registration fee shown above DOES NOT INCLUDE service and other charges and the processing fees that the banks may levy. A late fee of INR 500 is applicable to ALL candidates for registrations submitted after the regular closing date till October 17, 2020. 

CEED Application Form Details

Details in CEED 2021 Application Form

Candidates will be required to enter information about the following details asked in CEED 2021 Application Form:

Candidate's Name As on class 10th Mark sheet
Gender Choose whether Male/ Female
Date of Birth In DD/MM/YYYY format
Father’s and Mother’s Name As on class 10th Mark sheet
Nationality Choose nationality from drop down list
Physically Challenged Whether a PwD candidate or not
Community Choose community from drop down list
Address Mailing and permanent address of applicants
E-mail ID Valid email ID for future correspondence
Age relaxation claimed Yes/ No
Educational qualification Whether appearing or passed qualifying examination
Security question and answer Choose question from drop down list

How to Retrieve Application Number or Password?

Aspirants will be allotted an application number for CEED 2021 during the registration and application process. In case a candidate forgets his application ID; he can follow the steps given below to retrieve the same:

  • Visit the official CEED 2021 website and go to the login credentials page.
  • Enter the registered email ID and password.
  • The application form with the application number and all other details will appear. Note it down for further correspondence. 

If an aspirant forgets his password, then the steps involved in retrieving it are given below:

  • Go to the registered candidate’s login page and enter your registered email ID.
  • Click on ‘Forgot Password’.
  • Applicants will be required to re-enter their email ID as also their registered mobile number.
  • A new password will be generated which will be sent to aspirants through email or SMS.

Frequently Asked Questions

CEED Exam Application FAQs

Q. After submission of application, am I permitted to change my Examination City?

A. Requests for change of center of examination may be permitted for a valid reason. Aspirants must send a request to the office of the Chairperson, CEED 2021, IIT Bombay before the stipulated time.

Q. Final result/ Mark sheet of qualifying examination is not available due to delay in publication of result. Is such a candidate eligible for CEED 2021?

A. Yes. Candidates awaiting their result are eligible for the exam provided they can submit the mark sheet at reporting centre during admission.

Q. After the submission of the prescribed application fees, can the application be cancelled and a request for a refund be generated?

A. NO, the application fees are non-transferable and non refundable. It will not be refunded under any situation whatsoever.

Q. Are candidates required to send the hard copy of the application form and necessary documents by post to the organizing body?

A. NO. Aspirants will be required to upload documents and certificates online only and will not have to send it by post to the authority.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

CEED 2021 : 8 answered questions


Ques. How do I update my basic GK for exams like the NID and CEED?

● Top Answer By Sourav Rathi on 02 Feb 21

Ans. NID and CEED are national level entrance exams for design programmes, held by National Institute of Design and IIT Bombay respectively. The syllabus for both the exams is lengthy and comprehensive, the common one being the general knowledge portion.  Now, the general knowledge topic is vast and challenging so here are some tips for preparing for the topic: Try to read and stay up to date with regional and national news. Cover all the subtopics such as politics, technology, sports, cultural, environment and social issues. All the subtopics are pertinent and require extensive reading. Try to be observant and engaging with your surrounding. The best way to do so is to use your camera, you must capture things and objects that interest you.  Read important editorials published in popular newspapers like The Hindu, The Times of India and Hindustan Times to know more about relevant social and political issues. Read basic general knowledge facts related to subjects like history, geography and science. Try to cover and explore the cultural and regional history of India. You should have a basic knowledge about the art, cultural and handicraft of each Indian state if you want to crack the exams. General Knowledge is a vast subject and the best way to prepare is to read newspapers, editorials and solve questions related to general knowledge.Read more
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Ques. What are the best books for the preparation of CEED, NID?

● Top Answer By Akshita Singh on 02 Feb 21

Ans. There is plenty of preparation material available out there for both CEED and NID DAT but the best way to prepare for the entrance exams is to study the syllabus of the exams and prepare accordingly.  You should keep yourself updated with current affairs and observe everything around you. Regular practice of sketching can be a bonus thing. The syllabus for CEED and NID- DAT is updated regularly with the intent to judge the design aptitude and knowledge of the candidates appearing every year. Another important aspect of preparation is to study the previous year’s question papers in order to understand the type of questions that appear in the exam. Also, work on your weak points. Try to work on topics which are tough and solve questions from them. CEED and NID DAT are important entrance exams for design and can be used if you cover the syllabus, study last year papers and work on your weak areas thoroughly.Read more
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Ques. How do I prepare for the CEED exam?

● Top Answer By Abhinav Nair on 02 Feb 21

Ans. CEED is a highly competitive exam and thousands of post-graduate design candidates appear for it. Cracking CEED is not impossible; anyone with an interest for design and decent drawing skills can ace it.  About the exam: CEED stands for Common Entrance Examination and is conducted by IIT Bombay. It is a national level entrance exam for post-graduates seeking admission in the field of technological design. It's held every year and thousands of candidates appear for the exam.   CEED EXAM PART A  PART B Mode of exam Computer-Based Offline Medium of exam English English Type of Questions MCQ, NAT and MSQ Subjective type  Duration 1 hour 2 hour Marks 100 marks 100 marks Syllabus for CEED: CEED exam has two parts and Part A contains questions from different topics such as Visualization and Spatial Ability, Environmental and Social Awareness, Analytical and Logical Reasoning, Language and Creativity, Design Thinking and Problem Solving and Observation and Design Sensitivity.  Part B contains questions from Drawing, Creativity, Communication Skills and Problem Identification Skills.  Tips for Preparation: CEED exam is an aptitude exam meant to test your design ability and creative intelligence so try to study topics like Interaction Design and Visual Communication. Cover every aspect of these topics, you can even lookup certain magazines like Smashing Magazine or refer to design blogs to learn more about the field. Study and solve previous year questions papers and sample papers. It is the most effective way of learning and mastering the exam topics. Practice your drawing skills. Try to draw daily objects in 3D perspective. Practice as much as possible so that you can easily draw from memory when the exam comes around. Be creative and authentic. Try to think and answer every question from a creative angle. Be precise and creative with subjective answers. A good sense of humor is always appreciated. Thus, following the syllabus, practicing every method will definitely lead you to secure good scores in the exam. Also try to complete all the questions in a limited time while practicing. This practice will help you to answer quickly during exams. Always be updated with the latest news and trends revolving around the fashion industry. Your knowledge about current affairs is also required and will help you during the exams.Read more
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Ques. What's the syllabus for CEED?

● Top Answer By Chandana Shah on 02 Feb 21

Ans. CEED is an entrance exam conducted by IIT Bombay for Masters in Design and PhD programmes in Design. CEED stands for Common Entrance Examination. The exam is conducted in two parts: Part A and Part B. The syllabus for the exam is updated regularly. Part A of CEED evaluates candidates general knowledge about design and contains questions from comprehensive topics like: 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.  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 the design, history of the designed artefact, and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses. Analytical and Logical Reasoning: Ability to analyse given information logically and select the most appropriate solutions. 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: You should be able 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 assesses the design and drawing skills of the candidates. It contains 5 subjective questions from topics such as: 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 is a relatively tough entrance exam and in order to crack it. You must cover all the given topics thoroughly.Read more
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Ques. What is the best coaching across India to prepare for the CEED, NID and NIFT exam?

● Top Answer By Deepa Garg on 02 Feb 21

Ans. If you are passionate and serious about a career in design, then try to rely on your potential, aptitude and knowledge about the subject matter. All design entrance exams value creativity and originality, and no coaching centre can help you ‘learn’ creativity or instil originality in you.  Following are a brief overview of the exams: Categories CEED  NID NIFT Conducting Body IIT Bombay National Institute of Design National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Exam Level National Level National Level National Level Exam Duration 3 hours 2:30 -3 hours 2-3 hours Thus, instead of paying huge sums of money to coaching centres, you can follow some of these suggestions: Be observant. Try to notice and observe everyday objects and things from a design perspective. You must analyse details, designs and shadows of daily objects; think about them in an original manner. Study colour schemes for the entrances. Questions related to colours are absolutely necessary. Representation and their symbolism is a must. Study advertisements on television and various social media platforms. A lot depends on these, so try to study them, their purpose and targets. To improve your English language skills, you can read newspapers and articles. It is the best way to develop an extensive vocabulary, and brush up on your general knowledge. A huge portion of the exam is dedicated to language skills, so try to build your vocabulary, study idioms and common phrases and more. Brush up on your mathematical skills. If you understand the basics and you can easily score well in the math section of the exam. Try solving questions related to logical reasoning as frequently as possible. Logical reasoning is extremely scoring and a significant section in various exams. Arihant Self Study Guide is the best book for design preparation. It is thorough, covers all the aspects of the exam and helps you prepare properly. You must solve previous year questions to get a grasp over the type of questions asked and the level difficulty of the exam.  These are some of the alternatives to coaching centres which you can follow in order to crack the exam. Rather spending money on coaching classes, try these suggestions to crack the exams.Read more
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shubha hv
I am trying to write CEED 2017 exam but the online link for registeration and application forms are not to be found. Please guide me for this process. The dates announced says they are already open but I am not able to find it anywhere. Please help! Regards, Shubha HV