CEED Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Age, Qualification, Qualifying Marks

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    All the candidates applying for CEED 2020, must make sure that they fulfill the CEED Eligibility. Also, these criteria will be verified, along with all the mandatary documents and the CEED 2020 score, by the CEED Participating Colleges, when the candidates go for their admissions. There is no upper age limit to appear for CEED Exam. A candidate is also free to register and appear for CEED any number of times. A candidate, if found failing to satisfy even one of these criteria, will not be considered for admission and his application will be rejected.

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    CEED 2020 (Common Entrance Examination for Design)is a national level exam, conducted annually for admissions into the post graduate programmes of design at premier institutes of the country. It will be conducted by Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB). The CEED 2020 Score Card will be valid for a period of one year from the date of CEED Result declaration.

    CEED 2020 Eligibility

    • Candidates must have completed a degree / diploma / post graduate degree programme of minimum 3 years ( after 10 + 2 level) 


    • 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 2020. 

    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. 

    Note: There is NO age limit to appear for CEED. Besides, a candidate can appear for CEED any number of times. 

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    CEED 2020 Eligibility Criteria for Participating Institutes

    Different CEED 2020 Participating institutes have different eligibility criteria for admissions in the desired courses. The candidates must satisfy the Eligibility Criteria of CEED 2020 for different institutes to seek admissions in their desired institutes. The CEED Exam Eligibility for the various participating institutes is summarised below:

    IISc Bangalore

    • A recognized Bachelor’s degree in engineering / design / architecture. 

    IIT Bombay

    Candidate should have a minimum of 55% (50% marks in case of SC / ST / PwD) or equivalent grades in the qualifying degree for individual streams: 

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Design / Engineering / Architecture / Interior Design: 10 +2 + 4 years (minimum 4 years Bachelor’s course). 
    • B. Plan is considered equivalent to B.Arch.
    • Four year B.Sc (Engg) course after HSC considered equivalent to BE / B.Tech. 
    • Professional Diploma in Design: 10 + 2 + 4 years (minimum 4 year diploma program). 
    • BFA (4 year professional program with entry after 10 +2) 
    • GD Art (4 year program after 1 year foundation. Minimum entry requirements are 10th pass).

    IIT Delhi

    • Programme offers 20 seats to students seeking admission in M.Des and belonging to B.Tech, B.Des and B.Arch backgrounds. 
    • Must have a valid CEED score; GATE score will not be considered. 

    IIT Guwahati

    • 4 year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Design / Engineering / Architecture / Interior Design or a Design related field with a minimum CPI of 6.0 out of 10 or minimum 60% marks. 
    • 4 year Professional Diploma in Design of NID or Professional Diploma of CEPT (5 year programme) with a minimum CPI of 6.0 out of 10 minimum 60% marks. 
    • Relaxation for SC / ST / PwD Candidates: The CPI or percentage marks in above mentioned eligibility requirements will be relaxed by 0.5 CPI or by 5% marks for SC / ST / PwD candidates. That is, the SC / ST / PwD candidates should have a minimum CPI of 5.5 out of 10 or minimum 55% of marks in their qualifying degree. 

    IIT Hyderabad

    For M.Des:

    • Must have a valid CEED score
    • A minimum of 55% marks (50% marks in case of SC/ST) or equivalent grades in the qualifying examination given below –
    • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design/ Interior Design or equivalent (4 years duration after 10+2).
    • Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT or equivalent of 4 years duration after 10+2).
    • B.F.A. (4 year professional programme, after 10+2).
    • G.D. Art (5 year programme after 10th) with one year post qualification, professional experience.
    • Master’s degree in Arts / Science / Computer Applications (2 year programme after10+2+3).

    For PhD:

    • M.Des. / M.Arch. / M.Tech. / M.Phil. / MFA / M.A / M.Sc / Postgraduate Diploma in Design of NID, Ahmedabad OR equivalent
    • Also, either one of the following –
    • A minimum of 55 percent marks (50% marks for SC/ST) in the final academic year of the programme.
    • A minimum of 55 percent marks (50% marks for SC/ST) in aggregate or as specified by the university.
    • A first class as specified by the university
    • A minimum CPI of 5.5 (5.0 CPI for SC/ST) on the scale of 10; with corresponding proportional requirements when the scales are other than on 10
    • All candidates are required to upload one zip file containing the following:
    • (a) Ph.D proposal
    • (b) Portfolio of work and/or publications

    IIT Kanpur

    • A bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Design or Architecture
    • A valid CEED/GATE score are eligible to apply for the two-year Master of Design Programme.
    • Candidates holding degrees in Fine Arts or Interior Design are NOT eligible to apply.


    Admissions to Master level program shall be on the basis of the performance in the qualifying examinations, those are CEED or GATE score of the candidate(s). In addition, the Selection Committeee may deem it fit to call some or all the candidates for the written test and / or interview.

     ​For M.Des (Regular and Sponsored): 

    B.Tech / B.E. / B.Arch / B.Des. / B.FA / M.Sc / MA / MCA with 

    • A minimum of 60% marks OR a CPI / CGPA of 6.0 (on the scale of 10.00) shall be required in the Qualifying Degree (B.Tech / B.Des. or equivalent). Relaxation for reserved category as per Govt. of India norms. 

    • For admission to masters program under regular category qualifying marks / certificate in GATE / CEED / (CSIR / UGC JRF / NET) or equivalent examination conducted at national level will be essential. The candidate should have valid GATE / CEED / UGC JRF

    For Ph.D. (Design) (Regular, Sponsored, and External):

    • Eligibility criteria for admission to Ph.D. programme is:

    • M.Des. with minimum marks / CPI in Qualifying Degree

    • A minimum of 65 percent marks or a CPI / CGPA of 6.5 (on the scale of 10) shall be required at the master’s level qualifying examination.

    • Relaxation for reserved category as per Govt. of India norms. 

    • Candidates who are on permanent role in NITs, IITs, Central Universities, Govt. Universities, Defence R&D organization, PSU for at least two years shall be eligible to apply for admission under the category of External Registration Programme. 

    Note: For these programmes at IISc Bangalore and IITDM Jabalpur and IIT Kanpur, GATE qualified candidates are also eligible. 

    CEED 2020 Seat Reservation

    There is a provision for reservation of certain number of seats for candidates belonging to various reserved categories. The category rank for CEED 2020 will be prepared based on the category provided by the candidate in the CEED 2020 Application form.

    • A candidate who seeks admission under Scheduled Category (SC) Category or Scheduled Tribe (ST) Category will be required to submit the requisite certificate issued by a competent authority along with the CEED 2020 application form for admission. If the candidate fails to provide any applicable certificates, his candidature may be liable for rejection.
    • A candidate who seeks admission under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) Category will be required to submit an OBC certificate, along with the CEED application form for admission. In case of non-compliance of OBC non-creamy layer certificate with the prescribed format, the candidate will be considered in the General Category.

    No opportunity will be given to the candidate for late submission under any circumstances. Hence, candidates are advised to submit all necessary documents on time.

    • For Person with Disability (PwD) candidates who may have any category of disability (such as blindness or low vision, hearing impairment, locomotor disability or cerebral palsy), the candidate will be eligible for benefit only in case they have at least 40% permanent physical impairment in relation to a body part/system/extremity/ whole body.
    • Such candidates will be required to submit, along with the Application Form, the certificate of disability from a Government Medical Board. These candidates should be fit to pursue the programme at the time of admission as well.
    • The percentage of disability of candidates selected for admission under PwD Category will also be required to be certified by a Medical Board. This Medical Board must be one that has been constituted by the admitting institute.

    Some important points to be noted by the candidates are:

    • The provisions for the reserved seats mentioned are subject to modification in accordance with any Government order.
    • It will entirely be the responsibility of a candidate to prove their eligibility for admission in terms of minimum educational qualifications and other parameters as well as for claiming reservation under a specific category.

    SC/ST Certificate Issuing Authority

    The candidates claiming the CEED 2020 Reservation under SC/ST category must submit the category certificate issued by the following authorities during the CEED 2020 Registration:

    District Magistrate or Additional District Magistrate or Collector or Deputy Commissioner or Additional Deputy Commissioner or Deputy Collector or

    1st Class Stipendary Magistrate or Sub-Divisional Magistrate or Taluka Magistrate or Executive Magistrate or Extra Assistant Commissioner (not below the rank of 1stclass Stipendiary Magistrate) or Chief Presidency Magistrate or Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate or Presidency Magistrate or

    Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tehsildar or Sub-Divisional Officer of the area where the candidate or his / her family normally resides or Administrator/Secretary to Administrator/Development Officer (Lakshadweep Island)

    Frequently Asked Questions 

    Ques. How do you qualify for CEED?

    Ans. Candidates must ensure that they fulfill CEED eligibility criteria before filling the registration form. There is no upper age limit to apply for any programme through CEED 2020. The complete eligibility criteria of CEED 2020 is given below:

    • Candidates must have passed a degree / diploma / postgraduate degree program of 4 years or 3 + 3 years. 
    • Candidates who will be taking the final exam of such programmes by July 2020 or those who have passed GD Arts diploma programme by July 2019 can also apply. 
    • A candidate can appear in CEED any number of times as there is no age limit. 

    Ques. How many students appeared for CEED 2019?

    Ans. As per the official website, 1165 candidates Qualified in Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED), out of the 5491 candidates who appeared for CEED 2019. 

    Ques. What is CEED Application Fee for general candidates? 

    Ans. CEED 2020 application fees vary as per category. The application fee for all women candidates is INR 1300 as well as for SC / ST / PwD candidates. For general candidates it is INR 2600. 

    Ques. Will CEED 2020 be tough? 

    Ans. Though thousands of candidates registed for CEED every year, only a fraction of them actually end up gaining admission. Design as a discipline in India is very sought after and there aren’t that many colleges that offer seats for such a high demand. Students that aim to get into the best design schools in the country, it will be tough to make it to the top and gain admission. 

    With the right dedication, hard work and practice, there are plenty of ways to clear CEED 2020. Check CEED Examination Preparation

    Ques. How can I study for NID? 

    Ans. NID entrance exam someones also reffered to as NID Design Aptitude Test (DAT) is an entrance exam that a design aspirant needs to clear as a first step for getting admission into NID. Upon successfully qualifying in the NID DAT, the candidate is called for a studio test, followed by a personal interview. Check NID

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


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    narendra kumar

    Whether OBC NCL certificate is required at the time of registration or at the time of admission in CEED 2020 examination?

    14 Oct, 2019 00:04
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Narendra, the certificate would be needed in registration process only.

    14 Oct, 2019 11:29
    Garima agrawal

    I have done bsc biotech (3 yrs) & 1 year foundation in fine arts, can i apply for ceed-2018?

    24 Sep, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Garima, The candidate must have pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Architecture/Design/Interior Design or any equivalent 4 years programme after 10 2. or as above mentioned the Eligibility of CEED Exam.

    24 Sep, 2018 16:12
    Ashok Iyer

    I have 3 years Diploma and 3 Year Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, am I eligible for CEED 2017 ?

    06 Mar, 2017 12:00

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