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Undergraduate Common Entrance Exam for Design (UCEED) 2023


Admissions to the Bachelor of Design (BDes) programmes at

IIT Bombay,

IIT Delhi,

IIT Guwahati,

IIT Hyderabad and

IIITDM Jabalpur are done through the Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED).

Students who have passed Class XII (or equivalent) in 2022, or appearing in 2023, in ANY STREAM (Science, Commerce, or Arts & Humanities) are eligible to appear for UCEED 2023.


Activity Date
Start date for Online Registration Sep 30, 2022
Last date for Online Registration with regular fee Oct 21, 2022
Last date for Online Registration with late fee Oct 29, 2022
Start date for Admit Card downloading Jan 13, 2023 onwards
Last date for rectification of discrepancies in Admit card Jan 17, 2023, 05:00pm
UCEED 2023 Jan 22, 2023 (Sunday)
09:00 am to 12:00 noon






UCEED 2023 will have two parts.

Part-A will have questions from the following topics:

  • Visualization and spatial ability: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. Ability to think creatively in terms of alternatives, ability to distinguish innovative options and to 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.


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

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


Question Paper Structure for UCEED 2023

  • There will be ONE question paper of total THREE 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. It is compulsory to attempt questions from both the parts.
  • Utmost care is taken to prepare an error free question paper. However, if an error is detected in the question paper, the UCI Committee shall take an appropriate decision after the examination, which shall be final.