Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED)

Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) is conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay). This exam is conducted mainly to offer admission to Bachelors of Design (B.Des) in the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Guwahati and Hyderabad and also for Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) in Jabalpur. There are also many other colleges that accept the UCEED scores for admission to undergraduate design courses.

In many of the design colleges in India, UCEED is considered as one of the qualifying examinations and by clearing the cut-offs and getting a good merit rank, the students can ensure admission in these colleges. The UCEED is a national level examination conducted once in a year in the online mode. Normally the admission forms come out in the month of October or November and the examination is conducted in the month of January.

About 12,500 students write the UCEED Examination every year, out of which about 3000 features in the rank list after clearing the sectional and the overall cut-offs. These students can use their ranks to apply to various design courses in the country. The most preferred of the courses are in IITs and IIITDM.

UCEED | Sections of the Examination

UCEED is a computer-based online examination. The students are given three hours to attempt the entire paper and the examination has two parts. UCEED in 2020 came out with a new pattern with major changes which is as follows,

UCEED has two parts, Part-A and Part-B. Part-A of the section has three sections. The first section is the Numerical Answer Type (NAT) section for which the students have to key in the answers (Fill in the answers). There are no choices for these questions and the questions have no negative marking.

The second section is Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) which may have multiple answers correct from the given choices and the students have to choose all the correct answers. This section also has negative marks for the wrong answers.

The third section is a Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), where each question has four choices out of which only one of them is correct. This section also has negative marking.

These three sections together are for 240 marks and the time allotted is 150 minutes (2.5 hours).

Part-B of the UCEED Examination is for 60 marks and has to be completed within 30 minutes. This part has only one section with one question which tests the drawing skills of the student and this question will be shown on the screen and the students have to draw/write on the answer booklet provided to them during the examination.

UCEED | Examination Pattern

In the NAT and MSQ section of Part-A of the UCEED Examination, there are a total of 36 questions, 18 in each section. Each of these questions carries 4 marks. The total marks a student can score in each of these sections is 72. The third section which is the MCQ section has 32 questions with each question of 3 marks. So, the total score of Part-A is 240 marks. The sections of Part-A tests a student on Visualisation and Spatial Ability, Language and Creativity, Analytical and Logical Reasoning, Observation and Design Sensitivity, Environmental and Social Awareness.

The Part-B of the UCEED Examination is a Drawing Skills test which is of 60 minutes with just one question, which needs to be completed in 30 minutes. There is no negative marking in Part-B of the paper.

SectionQuestionsMarks if CorrectMarks if WrongTotal Marks
Part - A ( 240 marks, 2 hours and 30 minutes)
Part - B ( 60 marks, 30 minutes)
Total : 300 marks, 3 hours

UCEED | Examination Results

The results of the UCEED exam are declared online on the official website of IIT Bombay. Students can check their results using the login details provided at the time of submission of the online application form. The result is in the form of a scorecard that contains the marks and ranks of the candidates.

The scorecard contains the following details:

Students who have qualified the UCEED exam can check their ranks on the website. The UCEED scores are valid for one year and the candidates must download the scorecard as it will be used at the time of admissions.

Ranks are released on the basis of marks scored by the candidates in the UCEED exam. The marks of class 12th are not considered in deciding the ranks of the applicants. The ranks are awarded on the basis of total marks scored in both the parts of the question paper. It is also to be noted that there will be only ONE rank list.

In the case of students having the same total marks in the UCEED exam paper, the ranks are decided by following the tie-breaker rules. The tie-breaker rule as set by IIT Bombay is as follows:

Candidates who have qualified the cut off marks in part – A and part – B of the exam paper along with total minimum marks will be awarded a rank. This rank is the criteria for your admission to colleges. Good ranks will get you top colleges.

 UCEED | Cut-off Marks

UCEED cut-off marks is the minimum qualifying marks required by the candidates in the exam to get a rank for admission to the colleges. The cut off marks are set section-wise. There is also a total minimum marks cut offset by the examining authority. Candidates who qualify both the section-wise cut off and total cut off of the exam paper are eligible to take admission depending on their ranks.

The section-wise cut off and total cut off of the UCEED exam is as follows:

CategoryMinimum %Mininum Marks
(in each section)(Total)

There are 3 rounds of the rank list released by the authority. The first round of rank list of the top colleges accepting UCEED scores are:

InstitutionGeneral NC-OBC 
Opening rankClosing rankOpening rankClosing rank
IIT Bombay221411
IIT Guwahati22601429
IIT Hyderabad27581230
IITDM Jabalpur62973139

UCEED | Colleges Accepting UCEED Score

The UCEED is the entrance exam to get admission to IITs in Bachelors of Design. But other than the IITs, few other colleges also consider the scores of UCEED to offer admission to B.Des in their institution. The list of colleges in India that accepts the scores of UCEED are as follows:

UCEED | How to Apply?

Candidates who wish to appear in the UCEED exam must fill and submit the online application form. The application form link is available on the official website of IIT Bombay. Students are requested to follows the steps below to submit the online application form successfully.

Stage 1: Registration process for UCEED

Stage 2: Fill out the application form for UCEED

The application process will be complete upon successful payment of the application fee.

Stage 3: Payment of application fee to UCEED

Candidates will obtain confirmation after the payment fee is successfully charged. It is recommended that they retain a copy of the confirmation page for future reference.

UCEED | Who can Apply?

There are a set of minimum eligibility requirement set by the IIT Bombay for candidates who wish to take admission to B.Des courses. Every candidate must fulfill these criteria without fail otherwise his admission will be canceled immediately. The common eligibility criteria for UCEED exam are:

UCEED | Examination Syllabus

The section-wise syllabus is set by the authority carefully to test the candidates on every scale. The syllabus as decided by the IIT Bombay for UCEED entrance exam is:

UCEED Syllabus, Part-A

UCEED Syllabus, Part-B

Drawing: Ability to draw objects, individuals, or scenes in proportion to good quality of line, composition, proportion, perspective, and shading.


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