Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED)
Exam Date: 22/01/2023 Exam State: All India Last Date: 09/11/2023

Exam Details

UCEED 2023 is Common Entrance Exam for Design to give admission to the B.Des. program at  IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IITHyderabad, and IIITDM Jabalpur.

UCEED 2023 is held at different centres across the country, Indian Institute ofTechnology Bombay is the Organizing Institute and has the overall responsibility of conducting UCEED 2023. 

Admitting institutes may conduct further tests and / or interviews for the final selection / admission.

UCEED 2023 will be conducted by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, under theguidance of the UCEED-CEED Implementation Committee 2023.

UCEED 2023 is open to all nationals (Indian/Foreign). 

UCEED 2023 score is valid only for admission to the academic year 2023-2024.

 UCEED is a test centre based examination and has two parts: Part A is computer based and Part B contains question related to sketching that needs to be attempted on the provided sheet. It is compulsory to attempt both the parts in the given time.

The total time for the examination (that includes both Part A and Part B) is 3 hours duration and it will be held as per the following schedule:

22 January 2023 (Sunday)

Number of attempts

A candidate can attempt UCEED for a maximum of two times and that too in consecutive years.

Note that UCEED score is valid for one year, and only for admissions in the corresponding academic year.

Question Paper 

  • There will be ONE question paper of total 3 hours duration.
  • The question paper will be in English.
  • The question paper will carry a total of 300 marks.
  • The question paper will consist of two parts: Part A and Part B. Questions from both the parts are compulsory.

Details from both the parts are given below

PART-A (Total marks: 240 marks; Maximum time: 2 hours 30 mins)

Part-A of the question paper will be administered through a computer based test.

Part-A of the question paper will consist of 3 sections.

Section 1: NAT (Numerical Answer Type): 18 questions (4 marks each; no negative marks).

For these questions, the answer is a number that needs to be entered using a virtual keyboard in the computer screen. No choices will be shown for these questions.

Section 2: MSQ (Multiple Select Ques.): 18 questions (4 marks each; 0.19 negative marks). Each MSQ has one or more correct answer(s) out of the four given choices.

Section 3: MCQ (Multiple Choice Ques.): 32 questions(3 marks each; 0.71 negative marks). Each MCQ has four choices out of which only one is the correct answer.

PART-B (Total marks: 60 marks; Maximum time: 30 mins)

Part-B consists of one question that is aimed at testing drawing skills which will require subjective evaluation. The question in Part-B will be displayed on the computer screen and the answer has to be written/ drawn in the answer book provided by the invigilator only.

Part-B answer booklets will be collected at the end of the examination.

Part-B question is mandatory.

The entire paper (both Part-A and Part-B) must be finished within overall time duration of 3 hours

Admission Application Counselling Processing Fees

The B. Des admission application counselling processing fee for applicants of all categories and genders is Rupees 2,000/- (Rupees Two Thousand only.

Reservation of Seats

Indian nationals belonging to certain categories are admitted under the seats reserved for them in accordance with the rules of the Government of India. The categories and the extent of reservation are as follows: 

• Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) - 10% of seats. 

• Other Backward Classes belonging to the Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) – 27% of seats in the course. The name of the backward class should be in the current central list of OBCs (http://www.ncbc.nic.in). OBC-NCL certificates issued only from April 1, 2018 onwards are accepted. 

• Candidates belonging to the creamy layer of OBC are NOT entitled for reservation. Such candidates are treated as belonging to the Open (i.e., unreserved) category. 

• Scheduled Caste (SC) – 15% of seats in the course. 

• Scheduled Tribe (ST) – 7.5% of seats in the course. 

• The benefit of reservation will be given only to those castes and tribes that are mentioned in the respective central list of corresponding states published by the Government of India. (http://socialjustice.nic.in/UserView/index?mid=76750 and https://www.tribal.nic.in/ST/LatestListofScheduledtribes.pdf). 

• The 5% reservation for Person with Disability (PwD) candidates is cycled over in a 4-year period, category-wise, as per rules pertaining to the admitting institute. If a PwD seat remains unfilled in a particular year, it will be reverted back to the category from which the PwD seat was assigned for that year. 

• Candidates belonging to the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories will be declared as qualified on the basis of a relaxed criterion [see RANK LISTS]. 

• Unfilled seats in the OBC-NCL category can be allotted to OPEN category candidates whereas seats remaining vacant under the SC and ST categories shall NOT be allotted to candidates belonging to other categories. 

• Leprosy-cured candidates who are otherwise fit to pursue the course are also included in PwD category. 

• Candidates holding OCI/PIO cards are treated as belonging to the open (OPEN) category, and they will be eligible only for the seats for which everyone is eligible. 

• Foreign nationals and OCI/PIO card holders are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories as specified herein. 

• The category chosen by a candidate at the time of application for UCEED 2023 will be final and requests for any change of category will NOT be entertained at a later date.


22 January 2023, Sunday

Session: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm


Age limit: The candidate should have been born on or after 01 October  1998 if belonging to the OPEN/EWS/OBC-NCL category and born on or after 01 October  1993 if belonging to the SC, ST or PwD category.

Qualification: The candidate should have passed in all subjects in the qualifying examination (Class XII or equivalent) in 2022, OR should be appearing for the qualifying examination for the first time in 2023 in order to be eligible for attempting UCEED 2023. Students from ALL STREAMS (Science, Commerce, and Arts & Humanities) are eligible.
Those who appeared for the first time in their qualifying examination (Class XII) in 2021 or earlier are NOT eligible to appear in UCEED 2023.


UCEED 2023 will have two parts. Part-A will have questions from the following topics: 


Part A


Pictorial and diagrammatic questions to test, understanding of transformation and/or manipulation of 2D shapes and 3D objects and their spatial relationships, knowledge of practical and everyday mechanical and scientific concepts.


Ability to detect concealed properties in ordinary things, people, situations, and events, and thinking critically about them. Applying attention to certain details, analysing, reasoning, classifying, inferring and predicting. Ability to discern subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.


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 social and cultural connection with design, history of the designed artefact, and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses. History of art, sculpture and literature.


Ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information. Ability to weigh opinions, arguments or solutions against appropriate criteria. Ability to check for hidden bias or hidden assumptions and whether evidence and argument support conclusions. 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. Data Interpretation, brainteasers, and patterns.


Ability to understand and use Standard English. Reading comprehension, knowledge of English grammar. Ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and think out of the box.


Ability to use visual analogies, metaphors, signs and symbols. Ability to understand complexity, identify problem, generate alternatives, evaluate options and select solutions.

Part-B will have ONE question from the following topic: 


Ability to draw products, people or scenes in proportion with good line quality, composition, proportion, perspective, and shading.


Registration fee:

  • Rs. 1,800/-  for all women candidates
  • Rs. 1,800/-  for (SC / ST / PwD) candidates
  • Rs. 3,600/-  for all other candidates 

Foreign Nationals

Candidates from SAARC countries:  USD 350

Candidates from Non-SAARC countries: USD 450

Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Admission process

UCEED 2023  registration form must be submitted ONLINE ONLY through the official website, www.ceed.iitb.ac.in


Visit UCEED website to apply online

Fill application form

Pay exam fee online by Credit card, debit card and net-banking.

Upload required documents as mentioned. (E EWS, OBC-NCL, SC, ST OR PWD Category, need certificate issued by competent authority)


Admit Card

UCEED 2023 Admit Card is releasing on 13th January 2023.

The Admit Card will bear the following details of the candidate: Name, UCEED Registration ID, Roll Number for UCEED 2023, Date of Birth, Category, photograph, signature, examination schedule, examination centre details and instructions to candidates.

Admit Card is not available for downloading, the candidate should contact the UCEED Office at IIT Bombay immediately via email or phone.

Start date for admit card downloading

13 Jan 2023

Last date for rectification of discrepancies in Admit card

17 Jan 2023


Test Centres

UCEED 2023 will be held in the following 24 cities in India only: 

• Ahmedabad

• Bengaluru

• Bhopal

• Bhubaneswar

• Chandigarh

• Chennai

• Dehradun

• Delhi

• Ernakulum

• Guwahati

• Hyderabad

• Jaipur

• Kolkata

• Kozhikode

• Lucknow

• Mumbai

• Nagpur

• Panaji

• Patna

• Pune

• Raipur

• Thiruvananthapuram

• Thrissur

• Visakhapatnam

Candidates should compulsorily opt for THREE cities of their choice, in the order of preference, at the time of online registration. Once the registration is complete, request for change of city will NOT be entertained. 

If a sufficient number of candidates are not available in a listed city, then that city may be dropped from the final list, and those candidates will be allotted a centre in the city of either their second or third preference. Additionally, because of operational contingencies, the UCI Committee reserves the right to add a new city/town or remove an existing one and allot a city/town that may not be among any of the preferences stated by a candidate.

Rank List

All shortlisted candidates will get a rank.

All shortlisted candidates are considered as qualified candidates in UCEED 2023.

For details on shortlisting criteria, see EVALUATION section of the Information Brochure.

Rank list will be prepared based on the total marks (Part-A marks and Part-B marks combined) in UCEED 2023.

Score Result

Results will be declared on 09 March 2023

UCEED results will be available only on the official UCEED 2023 website. Candidates will need to use their user login and password (created during registration process) for viewing the results on the webpage.

All candidates who appeared in UCEED 2023 will be able to download their Score Card from 13 January 2023 from the official UCEED 2023 website.

Important Dates

UCEED 2023 Dates

Date of examination

22 January 2023

Start of registration

30 September 2022

Last date for registration

09 November 2022

Last date for registration with late fee

16 November 2022

Start date for Admit Card downloading

13 January 2023

Declaration of result

09 March 2023

Start date for Score Card downloading

11 March 2023

JEE (Advanced),
UCEED & CEED Office,
IIT BombayPowai,
Mumbai – 400 076
Website: www.uceed.iitb.ac.in
Email: uceed@iitb.ac.in
Phone: +91-22-2576 4063/9093/9094
Fax: +91-22-25720305