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CEED 2018 Answer Key, Question Paper and Analysis

Last Updated - January 31, 2018

January 20, 2018 was the day that decided the fate of thousands of students appearing for the design entrance exam called CEED. This 3 hours paper shows whether a design aspirant has what it takes to get admission for Master in Design (M.Des) course offered at IITs and IISc.

Answer key released for CEED 2018 Part A. See Below:

Question PaperAnswer Key
  • Part A is qualifying in nature, while the marks in Part B will form the actual CEED Merit list.
  • NAT questions were pretty complex and very time-consuming. Check CEED Paper Analysis 2018 (Detailed)
  • Overall the CEED 2018 Part A was felt to be tough and very time-consuming.Check CEED Colleges
  • In general, most candidates felt the lack of time for Part B too. It was felt that it was a bit lengthy compared to the previous years. Check CEED Selection Process 2018
  • For Paper 1, the answer key will be published in the 4th week of January 2018 and for Paper 2, will be released in the 1st week of February 2018.
  • CEED 2018 Result will be declared on March 5, 2018.

CEED 2018 Answer Key

Students can check the answer key via online mode only. The official answer key will be published at The answer key will include all the answers to the questions in the question paper. Answer key will be released for both the papers i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2. After the completion of the entrance exam, the answer key soon will be released by the examination authority.

Answer key help students to check their answers and examine their marks secured in the online entrance examination. For calculating the scores students have to strictly follow the marking scheme. The answer key will be published in PDF format only.   

How to download CEED 2018 Answer Key?

Following steps help students to easily download the CEED 2018 Answer Key:

  1. Visit the official website of CEED i.e.
  2. Search and click on the answer key tab.
  3. Fill the required details to log in to the account.
  4. Click on the login button.
  5. After login, all the solutions will be displayed on the screen.
  6. Students can download and take the printout of the result for future reference.

Challenging CEED Answer Key 2018

The final answer key will be released in the 1st week of February 2018. To challenge CEED Answer Key, students have to submit their challenges only through an:

  • Email at
  • Subject of the email should be “CEED 2017 Draft Answer Key”, only then the objection will be accepted
  • No hard copy will be accepted

CEED 2018 Paper Analysis

CEED Examination is divided into two parts i.e. Part A and Part B. Part A comprises of objective type questions and Part B tests design skills, such as sketching, creativity, logic, and ability to solve innovative solutions. Paper analysis helps students to get familiar with the pattern, difficulty level and type of questions that come in the paper.

Part A, of CEED examination act as a preliminary screening and Part B of the exam is checked manually for those candidates who qualify the objective type questions in Part A.

CEED 2018 – Part-A Paper Analysis

Type of QuestionsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksReactions of Candidates
Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions1020 marks Negative marking of 0.6 for incorrect answersTough. Level of Complexity and time needed was more
Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)1020 marks No negative markingSurprising. Questions included general knowledge of design, quantitative aptitude and some questions related to English language
Other3060 marks with Negative marking of 0.6 for incorrect answersTough. Questions were complex and needed a lot of time to solve

CEED 2018 – Part-B Paper Analysis

PART B SectionsType of QuestionsTotal MarksDetails of QuestionsReaction of Candidates
Compulsory PartMemory Drawing Questions30 MarksCandidates had to sketch 8 to 10 products along with 2 human figures in proper perspective, with full shading and good line worksShocker to most candidates as earlier CEED papers had only 3 to 5 such products to be drawn.
Sketching of Ideas20 marksCandidates had to sketch 5 ideas for a mind reading device.Reasonable with adequate time. Many could solve this in 15 to 20 minutes with plenty of creative ideas.
Writing Skills10 marksCandidates had to write 2 creative, but distinct stories based on the 3 keywords that were providedEasy section. Most candidates felt they did right in this one
OptionalDesigning50 marksQuestions were based onProduct design, Visual communication, Interaction design and AnimationLack of time though easy.

CEED Cut off 2018

Cut off marks are the minimum marks required by the candidate in order to clear the examination. Students who score less than the cut off marks will not be eligible for admission. CEED 2018 Cut off will be published by IIT Bombay. On the basis of the cut off marks the authority will prepare merit list.

Cut off will be decided on the basis of various factors which are as following:

  • Number of students appearing in the examination
  • Number of seats available in participating institutes
  • Number of students qualified in the exam
  • Difficulty level of the exam
  • Previous year cut off trends  

The examination authority will release the category wise cut offs. Cut off will be different for different categories. For shortlist, the OBC-NCL category candidate the cut off will be 90% of the open category. On the other hand, the cut off for SC, ST, and PwD categories shortlisted candidates will be 50% of the open category. So, to get a seat in the institution, students should meet the minimum qualifying marks.

The following table shows the minimum percentage of marks required in Part A:

CategoryMinimum percentage of marks required in Part A for shortlisting candidates



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