CEED Syllabus 2023 - Subject-wise topics, Question Type, Skill Tested, Weightage, Prep Tips

Common Entrance Examination for Design 2022 ( CEED )

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CEED Syllabus 2023 - IIT Bombay will release the syllabus for CEED 2023 around the 1st week of September 2022. The syllabus will be released alongside the CEED 2023 information brochure.

The CEED 2023 entrance exam will have two parts - 1) online-based Part A, and 2) offline-based Part B. The CEED 2023 syllabus will include the topics for each part and also highlight the types of questions asked and skills tested. The question paper of CEED 2023 may include questions from all the topics or it may contain questions only from some of the topics. 

Also, CEED 2023 final score would be calculated by giving 25% weightage to Part A, and 75% weightage to Part B. So, when preparing for the exam, the candidate needs to pay THREE times more attention to Part B!  

Along with the syllabus, the candidate must also consult the CEED exam pattern, as it will define the test structure, section-wise questions, and marking scheme.

To get a good score in the CEED 2023 exam, it is important to cover the syllabus completely, and then solve sample papers and take mock tests.  
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CEED Syllabus 2023 for Part A Exam

In the table below, candidates can go through the list of topics as well as the type of questions that they can expect in the CEED Part A exam.

Topics Description
Visualisation 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; knowledge of practical and everyday mechanical and scientific concepts.
Environmental and Social Awareness General awareness of environmental factors such as climate, vegetation, weather, water, population, water, pollution, natural resources, etc., and their impact and implications on the design of products, images, infrastructure and environment. Awareness of social and cultural connection with the design, history of the designed artifact, and socially responsible and environmentally sustainable design responses. History of art, sculpture, and literature.
Analytical and Logical Reasoning 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.
Language and Creativity Ability to understand and use Standard English. Reading comprehension, knowledge of English grammar such as sentence structure and usage, the use of tenses, verb patterns, articles, and active and passive constructions, etc. & vocabulary skills. 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 use visual analogies, metaphors, signs and symbols. Ability to understand complexity, identify problems, generate alternatives, evaluate options and select solutions.

Observation and Design Sensitivity

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.

Also Read: How to prepare for CEED Part A Exam

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CEED Syllabus 2022 for Part B Exam

The CEED 2023 Part B will have questions on the following topics.

Topics Description
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.
Analytical and Problem Solving Skills Ability to understand the user and the context, knowledge of properties of materials and process and their appropriate use in design, originality of solutions, ability to create characters, plots, and stories, etc.

Note: Given that CEED Part B is an aptitude test, the exam conducting body (IIT Bombay) hasn't recommended any books. To prepare for the paper, the candidate may practice their drawing, rendering, and visualization skills. 

Also Read: How to prepare for CEED Part B Exam

Important Topics for CEED Preparation 2023

CEED is an aptitude test and hence no specific textbook or guide is recommended by IIT Bombay for its preparation. Candidates are advised to practice their drawing, rendering, and visualisation skills. CEED question papers for previous years are available on Shiksha. Based on previous years’ CEED question papers, some of the important topics that candidates can prepare for the design entrance exam are mentioned below:

Important Topics for CEED 2023

Creative Writing Skills

Drawing Ability and Skills Communication Skills
Design Concepts

How to Develop Characters

Logical Reasoning
Light and Shadow Perspective Design

Logo Design

Problem Identification & Design Problem Solving

Scale and Proportion Product Designing
Basics of Drawing- Lines and Shapes

Gradation Chart

Colour Theory, Color Schemes and color Compositions
Still Life Drawings, Eye Levels and Symmetrical Drawing Concepts, Object drawings from everyday life Perspective- Types and Usage

Human Body Knowledge

Anatomy, Proportions and Divisions

Basic and advanced Human Drawings Hands and Feets Study
Human Features

Animal and Bird Study

Colour Rendering and Design
Inspirational Design Means of Advertisement-Visual Communication

Grid Collages


Study of Objects and Lateral Thinking


Story Illustrations

Pictograms and Signage

Geometrical and Design Exercise
Compositional sense Placement of different figures proportionally

Sense of proportion

Basics of materials and manufacturing processes Interaction Design and Visual Communication


Representation techniques Problem identification & solving Visual perception
Interface design & Product Design Poster, Logo, Character designing Story telling
Drawing of human figures of different postures, action, and age groups

Also Read: Important topics to study for CEED

CEED 2023 Preparation Tips from Toppers

Click on the links below to check CEED preparation tips from past years' CEED toppers:

CEED Topper Interviews
CEED 2020 Topper Interview: AIR 3, Pramod Ranjan shares tips to crack exam

CEED Topper shares tips to crack the exam

CEED Topper shares Prep Tips

CEED 2019 Topper Interview: AIR 3, Alen Antony Francis shares prep tips

CEED Topper shares prep tips to crack Part A, Part B & Interview round

CEED Topper shares Prep Strategy

CEED 2018 Topper Interview: AIR 2, Himani Deshpande shares prep tips

CEED 2018 Topper Interview: AIR 1, Afshaar Shariff shares her success mantra

CEED Exam Pattern 2023

Apart from knowing the CEED syllabus, it is also highly important for candidates to understand the CEED 2023 exam pattern. The CEED exam pattern is different for Part-A and Part-B of the exam. Given below are some of the major highlights for both the parts of CEED 2023 exam:

CEED Exam Pattern Particulars Part A Part B
Exam mode



  • Answers have to be entered in the answer booklet provided by the invigilator
Number of questions



Type of questions
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
  • Multiple Choice Question (MCQ)
  • Multiple Select Question (MSQ)\
  • The paper will test the design, drawing, and writing skills of the candidate

1 hour

2 hours

Total marks



Exam mode



Language of question paper English  

CEED 2023 Syllabus - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. How can I prepare for CEED 2023?

A. Aspirants can prepare for CEED 2023 exam by following the below-mentioned steps:
  • Follow the CEED 2023 syllabus thoroughly
  • Prepare as per the CEED 2023 exam pattern 
  • Enhance creativity
  • Make a monthly time-table, a weekly time-table, and a daily time-table
  • Solve past years’ question papers, sample papers and mock tests

Q. What is the syllabus of CEED 2023?

A. IIT Bombay will release the syllabus for Part A and Part B of CEED 2023 exam. The syllabus for CEED 2023 Part A includes topics such as environmental and social awareness, language and creativity, visualisation and spatial ability, analytical and logical reasoning, observation and design sensitivity as well as design thinking and problem-solving. The syllabus of the CEED 2022 Part B exam includes topics such as problem identification, visual sensitivity, form sensitivity, creativity, and sketching.

Q. What is the weightage of CEED Part A and CEED Part B exam?

CEED 2023 exam has two parts - Part A and Part B. Each part carries 100 marks. Part A will comprise 41 questions and Part B will have five questions. The final CEED 2023 score will be calculated by giving 25% weightage to Part An 75% weightage to Part B.

Q. What are the main topics included in CEED 2023 syllabus?

A. As part of the CEED 2023 syllabus, the main topics for Part A of the exam are visualisation and spatial ability, environmental and social awareness, analytical and logical reasoning, language and creativity, design thinking and problem solving as well as observation and design sensitivity. Topics that aspirants need to study for Part B of CEED 2022 are sketching, creativity, form sensitivity, visual sensitivity and problem identification.

Q. Are current affairs asked in CEED exam 2023?

A. CEED exam is divided into two parts- A and B. In Part A of the CEED exam, candidates can expect a few questions on current affairs.

Q. Can I complete CEED 2023 syllabus in six months?

A. With a designated preparation plan, aspirants can easily complete the syllabus for CEED 2023 in six months. Candidates need to ensure that they are dedicated and do regular studies for CEED 2023 exam.

Q: How difficult was CEED 2021?

A: As per the students who appeared for CEED 2021, the difficulty level of the design entrance exam was easy to moderate. Also ReadCEED 2021 Exam Analysis by Experts

Q: How many attempts are allowed at CEED exam?

A: There is no limit on the number of attempts for CEED exam if candidates meet the eligibility criteria.

Q: Does CEED have negative marking?

A: Yes, the Part-A of CEED exam has negative marking. 0.2 marks are deducted for every wrong attempt in MSQs and 0.5 marks are deducted for every wrong attempt in MCQs. 

Q: Which part of CEED exam carry more weightage?

A: Part B of CEED exam carries more weightage - 75%. Part A carries only 25% weightage.

Q: Who prescribes CEED syllabus?

A: IIT Bombay, the conducting body for the design entrance exam, prescribes CEED syllabus every year. 

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