Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) - 2023 | Syllabus

The Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED), organised by IIT Bombay, has two parts. Both parts are to be mandatorily completed. The Part-A of the examination consists of computer-based questions, which are to be attempted on the computer at the allotted test centre. Part-B is a sketch-based examination that must be attempted on paper.

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UCEED 2023 Syllabus

The UCEED examination has two parts: Part-A and Part-B. The candidates must attend both parts within a duration of three hours.

The syllabus for Part-A is given below:

  • Visualisation and Spatial Ability: Transformation and manipulation of the 2-dimensional (2D) and the 3-dimensional (3D) objects and their spatial relationships, practical and everyday mechanical and scientific concepts.

This topic will also consist of pictorial and diagrammatic questions to assess candidates’ knowledge in the above-given aspects.

  • Observation and Design Sensitivity: Detection of concealed properties in the following aspects: ordinary things, people, situations and events. Discerning the subtle differences in visual properties and aesthetic outcomes.

The questions from this topic will require candidates to apply attention to detail, analysing, reasoning, classifying and predicting the given diagrammatic questions.

  • Social and Environmental Awareness: General awareness of environmental factors and their implications on the designing of products and images, infrastructure and environment. These environmental factors include (but are not limited to) the following: awareness about climate, natural resources, population, pollution, etc., knowledge of the social and cultural connection with the design, the history of the artefacts, socially responsible & environmentally sustainable responses of the design, history of sculpture, art and literature.
  • Design Thinking and Problem Solving: Usage of visual analogies, symbols, signs and metaphors.

The questions from this topic will assess the candidate’s ability to understand complexity, identify problems, evaluate options, and select solutions.

  • Language and Creativity: Understanding of standard English, reading and comprehension, knowledge of grammar and thinking out of the box are the required skills for questions on this topic.
  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning: This section has questions connected with discerning the patterns within the given information (whether qualitative or quantitative), looking for the hidden bias or assumptions, finding whether the evidence and/or argument support the conclusion, short passages (comprehension), data interpretation, patterns and brainteasers. Candidates must be well versed in weighing the options and solutions against appropriate criteria.

The Part-B of the question paper will have only 1 question on the following topic:

  • Drawing: Drawing of products, people or scenes in good line quality, proportion, perspective, composition, shading, etc.

Note: The topics mentioned above indicate the nature of the questions. The UCEED 2023 examination may not cover all the topics altogether.

For any queries, candidates can write to uceed@iitb.ac.in or call the UCEED helpdesk number at +91- 22-25764063/9093/9094.

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Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs


How many parts are there in the UCEED 2023?

The UCEED 2023 consists of two parts: Part-A and Part-B. Part-A has computer-based questions. Hence, the questions will be attempted on the provided computer system. Part-B consists of the sketching; this will be attempted on a sheet of paper.


Which subjects are to be prepared for the UCEED 2023?

The combined list of subjects of Part-A and Part-B of UCEED 2023 is as follows: Drawing and Sketching, Analytical & Logical Reasoning, Language & Creativity, Design Thinking and Problem Solving, Social & Environmental Awareness, Observation & Design Sensitivity, Visualisation & Spatial Ability.


Is UCEED easier than JEE?

Yes, UCEED is much easier than the JEE. However, the performance of the candidates in both the exams must not be compared as the pattern and syllabus of both the exams are completely different.


Does UCEED have sketching as part of the examination?

Yes, UCEED has a separate part for drawing and sketching, i.e., Part-B.


How many marks are required for qualifying in the UCEED?

A total of 100 marks are required to qualify in the exam. The student must score at least 10% marks in each section of the examination.


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