UCEED is a national level test conducted by IIT Bombay to give design applicants access to different B.Des programmes.

Basically, if you are looking forward to pursuing design in Reputed design institute, you should focus your efforts on securing a good score in the UCEED. Many students do try to appear for UCEED every year for enrolling at IIT’s, but cracking it is no easy task. With an overwhelming number of candidates vying for entry, IID can help you secure a good score. 

UCEED 2021 will be held in 24 cities around the country on January 17. In this article, we’ve provided the top tips to follow while preparing for the UCEED to secure a good grade. However, let’s first get a better understanding of this exam. 

A Brief About UCEED 

Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) is conducted by IIT Bombay under the guidance of the UCEED-CEED Implementation Committee every year to offer admission to eligible candidates in Bachelor of Design (BDes) programmes offered at colleges accepting UCEED scores.

UCEED is an online examination of three hours duration that is typically conducted in the month of January every year. Merely appearing for the UCEED exam or securing a spot in the UCEED rank list does not guarantee admission in BDes programmes. Candidates who qualify UCEED need to separately apply for admission as per the procedure prescribed by IIT Bombay. Admissions in BDes are done on the basis of merit in each category. The merit list is prepared on the basis of scores obtained by candidates in the written entrance exam. 

Important Dates To Remember For UCEED 2021

Activity  Date 
Admit cards available for downloading  January 01, 2021, onwards 
UCEED 2021 Examination  January 17, 2021
Release of the Draft Answer Key for Part – A January 21, 2021
Last date for commenting on the Draft Answer Key January 24, 2021
Release of Final Answer Key for Part-A, Average and Std Deviation  January 31, 2021
Result Declaration  March 10, 2021
Score Cards available for download  March 10, 2021

Tips To Prepare For UCEED 2021

Previous Question Papers Are Extremely Useful 

The previous year’s question papers are very relevant to practise, according to Vishwaprasanna Hariharan, AIR 1 topper of UCEED 2019. These papers provide information about the basic structure and which topics to focus on, which will eventually make the candidate more confident and less anxious on the d-day.

Don’t Forget CEED Question Papers 

Many toppers even recommend learners to practise from the question papers of the CEED. The theory is that both UCEED and CEED are very similar in nature. Hence if the candidate has time, they should consider solving CEED papers to gain a wider perspective. 

Make A Strategy To Cover The Entire Syllabus 

To assess the aptitude level of the learners, the syllabus of UCEED 2021 is divided into several topics. Applicants should also establish a proper plan to ensure that they are able to adequately cover the whole syllabus while maintaining adequate time for important topics.

Important Topics for Part A of UCEED 2021:

  1. Visualisation and Spatial Ability
  2. Observation and Design Sensitivity
  3. Environmental and Social Awareness
  4. Analytical and Logical Awareness
  5. Language and Creativity
  6. Design Thinking and Problem Solving

Study From The Right Books 

Candidates are not advised to base their entire research on a book, but with the assistance of the same, they may provide a direction to their preparation. Some of the recommended books to use are:

  • UCEED B.Des Entrance Test Books and Revision Series
  • UCEED Mock Test Series
  • UCEED (B.Des) Study Pack for 2020
  • UCEED Design Environment & Social Awareness In Design Perspective
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations 

Focus On Problem-Solving 

In UCEED 2021, there are a lot of questions which require deep imagination. Moreover, the questions are not limited to any one subject. Only having a decent knowledge of maths or English, for instance, does not work. Hence, the applicant should focus on gaining over-all problem solving across all the subjects in the course. 

Don’t Forget To Brush Your Design Skills

Part B of the Question Paper on UCEED 2021 consists of 1 question based on drawing ability. As candidates need to give their best to score well, they should consider practising with design courses/videos available on YouTube.


It can be tough to pursue a high score in UCEED, so enrolling in UCEED coaching classes in Pune is always recommended. Not only will the tutors help you get a strong understanding of all the concepts, but they will also resolve all your queries and provide you with the latest exam and industry knowledge.

You should consider enrolling in Ideaa Institute if you are planning to attempt UCEED. We specialize in helping our students prepare for examinations and provide UCEED entrance exam preparation in Pune. Contact us today for more information.