Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED)
Exam Date: 17/01/2021 Exam State: All India Last Date: 17/10/2020

Exam Details

UCEED 2021 is Common Entrance Exam for Design to give admission to the B.Des. program at  IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IITHyderabad, and IIITDM Jabalpur

UCEED 2021 is held at different centres across the country, Indian Institute ofTechnology Bombay is the Organizing Institute and has the overall responsibility ofconducting UCEED 2021. 

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

UCEED 2021 will be conducted by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, under theguidance of the UCEED-CEED Implementation Committee 2021.

UCEED 2021 is open to all nationals (Indian/Foreign). 

UCEED 2021 score is valid only for admission to the academic year 2021-20222.

 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:

17 January 2021.

Number of attempts

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

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



UCEED 2021 will have two parts. 

Part A

Visualization and spatial ability

Observation and design sensitivity

Environmental and social awareness

Analytical and logical reasoning

Language and creativity

Design thinking and problem solving


Part B

Drawing: A


Admission Application Counselling Processing Fees

The B. Des admission application counselling processing fee for applicants of all categories and genders is Rupees 2000 (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 2020 will be final and requests for any change of category will NOT be entertained at a later date.


17 January 2021, Sunday

Session: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm


Age limit: The candidate should have been born on or after October 1, 1996 if belonging to the OPEN/EWS/OBC-NCL category and, on or after October 1, 1991 if belonging to the SC, ST or PwD category.

Qualification: The candidate should have qualified, i.e., obtained a rank in UCEED 20201 (Class 10+2 or equivalent) in 2020 or 2021.

Those who appeared for the first time in their qualifying examination in 2019or earlier are NOT eligible. 

Candidates from the Science Stream with Physics, Chemistry and Maths as subjects are eligible to apply to all the four institutes. Candidates from any other stream (Science without Maths or Physics or Chemistry, Commerce, and Arts & Humanities) are eligible to apply to only IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad and IIITDM Jabalpur. 

The candidates appearing for their qualifying examination (Class 10+2 or equivalent) in 2020 should ensure that,

(a) all parts of their final examination are completed by the date of registration in respective admitting institute, and

(b) proof of having passed the qualifying examination with required eligibility is submitted by September 30, 2021 to the admitting institute.


UCEED 2021 will have two parts. Part-A will have questions from the following topics: 


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. 1750/-  for all women candidates
  • Rs. 1750/-  for (SC / ST / PwD) candidates
  • Rs. 3500/-  for all other candidates 

Foreign Nationals

Candidates from SAARC countries:  USD 200

Candidates from Non-SAARC countries: USD 325

Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Admission process

UCEED 2021  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 2021 Admit Card is releasing on 1st January 2021.

Test Centres

UCEED 2021 will be held in the following 24 cities in India

Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi,Ernakulum, Panaji, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai,Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur and Visakhapatnam.

Note: Candidates should compulsorily opt for 3 cities of their choice, in the order of preference, at the time of online application. Once the application is submitted, request for change of city will NOT be entertained under any circumstances.

Candidates opting for Dubai centre should also compulsorily opt for 2 additional cities oftheir choice from above 24 Indian cities, in the order of preference, at the time of onlineregistration for UCEED 2021.

If the registered number of candidates are less than 25, then the Dubai centre may be dropped from the final list, and those candidates will be allotted a centre from the 2Indian cities of their choice, in the order of preference.

Additionally, because of operational contingencies, the UCI Committee reserves the right to cancel the international centre at Dubai, even if there are more than 25 candidates.

The final decision shall be announced by 1 December  2021 on the OFFICIAL UCEED-2021 website (www.uceed.iitb.ac.in).

Score Result

All candidates who appeared in UCEED 2021 will be able to download their score card from 10 March 2021.

Important Dates

UCEED 2021 Dates

Date of examination

17 January 2021

Start of registration

09 September 2020

Last date for registration

10 October 2020

Last date for registration

17 October 2020 with late fee

Start date for Admit Card downloading

01 January 2021

Declaration of result

10 March 2021

Start date for Score Card downloading

10 March 2021

Application for BDes Program

11 March 2021

A late fee of Rs.500/- is applicable to ALL candidates for registration done after that, and till the late registration closing date of  17 November 2020, 11:55 PM.

Chairman, 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