What's the syllabus for CEED?

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Chandana Shah Feb 2, 2021
M.Des in Master of Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology (2019)

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.

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