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CEED 2017 Preparation Tips

Last Updated - March 15, 2017

A national level entrance exam, the Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED) is held each year for admissions to post-graduate and Ph.D. programmes in Design. Various IITs and IISc. Bangalore conduct this exam. The CEED 2017 is scheduled to take place on December 6,2016. For students appearing from Chennai center, the exam date is February 14,2017.

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CEED 2017 Exam Syllabus

Although there is no prescribed CEED 2017 Exam Syllabus, but we have laid out the most important topics, after analyzing the previous year’s question papers. These topics have been broadly defined. The exam majorly assesses the candidates’ aptitude for design involving visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity and communication skills. A thorough preparation of these below topics can ensure a great score in your next CEED exam:

  • Communication skills
  • Colour theory
  • Design concept
  • Creative writing skills
  • How to develop characters
  • Drawing abilities and skills
  • Light and shadow
  • Logo designing
  • Logical reasoning
  • Perspective
  • Product designing
  • Scale and proportion

CEED 2017 Exam Pattern

Before preparing for any exam, a candidate must analyse its CEED 2017 Exam Pattern. This helps him build a rough image as to what to expect in the actual exam. The CEED 2017 will be conducted in two different parts- Part A and Part B. All questions will be in English. The ones who clear Part A will be eligible to appear in Part B.

The below tables highlights the important points for both the PART A and Part B:

Duration1 hour
ModeComputer Based Test (CBT)
Question TypeAll Objective
Section 1- Numerical Answer Type (NAT)10 questions
Section 2- Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)10 questions
Section 3- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)30 questions
Total Marks100 marks
Duration2 hours
ModePen and Paper
Question TypeDrawing based quetsions
Mandatory Question 1- Memory DrawingPerspective Drawing of mentioned products with 2 human figures
Mandatory Question 2- Sketching of Ideas5 ideas for a mind reading device
Mandatory Question 3- Story writingCreative story writing using 3 words given
Optional DesigningProduct Design, Visual Communication, Interaction design and Animation
Total Marks100 Marks
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CEED 2016 Preparation Tips

We dig out some of the most important CEED 2017 Exam tips for you. We hope they simplify your preparation period, so that you don’t waste this crucial time. Here are some of them:

  1. Inculcate a habit of reading- Try reading anything you find related to Interaction Design and Visual Communication. Get an in-depth analysis of the topic. You may check out the
    1.  Smashing Magazine- For Professional Web Developers and Designers
    2. Complete Beginner's Guide to Interaction Design - UX Booth
    3. The Teacup blog
  2. Go through the previous year question papers- The best way to learn about the exam pattern and questions is by attempting as many of the previous year’s question papers as possible. Prepare for both the parts separately. Along with these question papers, attempt a few other sample papers as well. These sample papers give you a basic idea as to what the expected questions can look like. So, the more you practice for your CEED 2017, the better you perform!
  3. Schedule your day-  Well, scheduling your day into different slots must be a pivotal strategy for any exam. This stand true for CEED 2017 too. Prepare a timetable and adhere to what you plan. Practicing as much of the design skills, sketching, solving questions papers etc. must be included in this timetable. This exam may not require you to study for the whole day, but you must try to devote at least 4-5 hours each day.
  4. Make your pencil your weapon- Begin with any object that you come across. Focus more on free-hand sketching. Try analyzing the object’s sectional-view. Use H-grade pencils for rough work and light drawings and HB pencils for rapid work that requires shading.
  5. Broaden your perspective- Designing requires you to have different perspectives of a single object/subject. One must think out of the box. Your design must look aesthetically appealing, having it the most attraction value. Just try visualizing at least one unique idea a day and begin sketching it. After all, all this practice will make you perfect!
  6. Make an outstanding Design Portfolio- Your Design Portfolio is THE MOST IMPORTANT part while appearing for CEED 2017. Once a candidate qualifies the CEED 2017 Exam, he/she is required to present this portfolio during the time of personal interview. It consists of the art works, sketches, design ideas, and the candidate’s other talented design works. 

Candidates must begin to prepare their portfolio from the beginning, to avoid any mess later on. Starting ahead in time makes you choose your best designs.

CEED 2017 Selection Process

CEED 2017 Interview

The candidates who clear the CEED 2017 Exam, then appear for the personal interview round. They must score a minimum score in the PI to seek the final admission. We suggest you to “Just be yourself” during the interview time. Just enjoy the whole experience. Don’t prepare any answers just because you read them over the net.

This is also the time where your portfolio gets under a scanner. Put your passion and personality in it. It should reflect who you are. It is one medium through which the interviewer will begin his dialogues with you. Hence, it should be as true as it can get.

We hope this article will be beneficial for all you preparing for the CEED Exam. A little hardwork combined with dedication and perseverance will make this exam look like a cake-walk. The CEED 2017 Results are scheduled to come out on March 17,2017. Candidates appearing, must ensure that their passion for design is alive all the time. And we are sure, that success will be all your way.



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