Admissions to the Bachelor of Design (B.Des) programmes at IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati and IIITDM Jabalpur are done through the Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED). Students who have passed Class XII (or equivalent) in 2017, or appearing in 2018, in ANY STREAM (Science, Commerce, or Arts & Humanities) are eligible to appear for UCEED 2018.

Important Dates

Activity Date
Start date for Online Application Oct 9, 2017, 17:00 Check Mark
Last date for Online Application Nov 10, 2017, 23:45
Last date for Online Application with Late Fee Nov 17, 2017, 23:45
Start date for Admit Card downloading Dec 25, 2017, onwards
UCEED 2018 Examination Jan 20, 2018
Declaration of result Feb 18, 2018, 17:00

Eligibility Criteria for Applying for B.Des

To apply for admission in Bachelor of Design (B.Des) programmes at IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati and IIITDM Jabalpur for the academic year 2018-2019, an applicant is required to fulfil the following 3 criteria.

Criterion 1 – Age limit:

The candidate should have been born on or after October 1, 1998 if belonging to the GEN or OBC-NCL category and on or after October 1, 1993 if belonging to the SC, ST or PwD category.

Criterion 2 – UCEED Qualification:

The candidate should have qualified, i.e., obtained a rank in UCEED 2018.

Criterion 3 – Qualifying examination:

The candidate should have passed the qualifying examination (Class XII or equivalent) in 2017 or 2018. Those who appeared for the first time in their qualifying examination in 2016 or earlier are NOT eligible.

Candidates from the Science Stream with Physics, Chemistry and Maths as subjects are eligible to apply to all the three 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 and IIITDM Jabalpur.

The candidates appearing for their qualifying examination (Class XII or equivalent) in 2018 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, 2018 to the admitting institute.

If a qualifying examination Board awards only letter grades without providing information on the passing grade on the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying the passing grade and upload it along with the grade sheet. In case such a certificate is not provided, the decision taken by the B. Des Admissions Committee will be final.

The criteria, as specified above, is applicable “in toto” to all the applicants including foreign nationals. Applications from foreign nationals including OCI/PIO card holders are considered under the open category and they are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories. Seats allotted to foreign nationals are supernumerary. However seats allotted to OCI/PIO candidates are not supernumerary.

Application Procedure

Only UCEED 2018 qualified students can apply for admission to the B. Des programme at IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, and IIITDM Jabalpur for the academic year 2018-2019. The 3 institutes will have a common application form for admissions to their respective B. Des programmes. The UCEED Office, IIT Bombay will process the common application form and carry out the joint seat allocation process.

The common application form available through the IIT Bombay Admissions Portal. Applicants will be able to fill in their personal particulars and select institutes of their choice by indicating the order of preference.

The B. Des application processing fee for applicants of all category and gender is Rupees 1000 (One Thousand Indian Rupees).[Refer UCEED site]

The application can be submitted after paying the application processing fee, uploading digital copies of relevant supporting documents, and uploading the signed copy of the completed application form (first page only). Detailed instructions on each step of the application process are provided within the online application form.

The supporting documents required for application are digital copies of Photo, Signature, UCEED Score Card, Qualifying Examination Mark Sheet (Class XII or equivalent), and where applicable, OBC-NCL/SC/ST Certificate, PwD Certificate, and OCI/PIO Card.

Applicants will be able to edit their application form, including the order of preference of institutes and resubmit it, till the closing date of the application period. However after the closing date, all applications are treated as FINAL. Requests for ANY changes in the application will be strictly NOT entertained.

It will entirely be the responsibility of the candidate to provide the correct information regarding the qualifying exam and category, and upload the correct documents in the required formats in the application form. Application forms, incomplete in any way, will be summarily rejected and the application will be considered invalid. The admitting institutes have the right to cancel, at any stage, the admission of a candidate in accordance with the rules and regulations in force, if it is found that any information provided by the candidate is incorrect or the application is incomplete.


Schedule for UCEED 2017

UCEED is a computer based examination for 3 hours duration and will be held as per the following schedule:

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Session 1: 10:00 to 13:00
Session 2 (reserve): 14:00 to 17:00

Every effort will be made to complete the examination in Session 1. In the unlikely event of any technical problem in any of the exam centres, the exam may be conducted in Session 2, only for those candidates in the affected centres.

Candidates appearing for UCEED 2018 are therefore advised to make their travel arrangements accordingly.

In case the exam is conducted in Session 2, the question paper will be different from that of Session 1, but with the same number of questions, same total marks and with similar difficulty levels, which will be moderated for consistency and parity.


The exam will have questions from the following six 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 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 problem, generate alternatives, evaluate options and select solutions.

Question Paper
  • • There will be ONE question paper for 3 hours duration.
  • • The question paper will be in English.
  • • The question paper will be administered through a computer based test.
  • • The question paper will carry a total of 300 marks.
  • • The question paper will consist of 3 sections.

Section A:

Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions
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. Each correct answer will be awarded 4 marks. There is NO NEGATIVE marks for this section. Questions not attempted will be given zero mark.

Section B:

Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)
Each MSQ has one or more correct answer(s) out of the four given choices. The candidate gets 4 marks only if ALL the correct choices and NO wrong choices are selected. There is NO NEGATIVE or PARTIAL marks for this section. Questions not attempted will be given zero mark.

Section C:

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Each MCQ has four choices out of which only one is the correct answer. There is NEGATIVE marking for this section. Each correct answer will be awarded 3 marks and each wrong answer will be awarded –1 (minus one) mark. Questions not attempted will be given zero mark.

Results of UCEED 2018

Results will be declared on 18 February, 2018.

UCEED results will be available on the website. Candidates need to use their login ID and password (created during online application) for viewing the results on the webpage.

UCEED qualified students will be able to download their score cards from 25 Febrary, 2018.

Hard copy of the UCEED score card will not be available and hence will not be sent to the qualified candidates.

Obtaining a rank in UCEED 2018 does not guarantee admission to the B.Des. programme. Qualified candidates have to apply for B.Des. Refer to the Admissions section.




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