UCEED 2017 Exam Details, Eligibility Criteria and Important Dates

UCEED 2017 Exam Details, Eligibility Criteria and Important DatesUndergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) 2017 will be conducted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay under the guidance of the UCEED Admissions Committee. The performance of a candidate in the examination ‘Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design 2017 (UCEED 2017) will form the basis for admission to the Bachelor’s and Dual Degree programs (entry at the 10+2 level) in Design (B Des). 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 2016, or appearing in 2017, in ANY STREAM (Science, Commerce, or Arts & Humanities) are eligible to appear for UCEED 2017.

Updates on UCEED 2017 – Last Date for UCEED 2017 Online Application with Late fee extended to 20th November 2016


Activity Date
Start date for Online Application Oct 17, 2016, 17:00
Last date for Online Application Nov 11, 2016, 23:45
Last date for Online Application with Late Fee Nov 18, 2016, 23:45
Extended Last Date for Online Application with Late Fee Nov 20, 2016, 23:45
Start date for Admit Card downloading Dec 26, 2016, 17:00
Last date for rectification of discrepancies in the admit card Jan 9, 2016, 17:00
UCEED 2017 Examination Jan 22, 2017
Release of UCEED 2017 Draft Answer Keys Jan 28, 2017, 17:00
Last date for sending Comments about Draft Answer Keys Jan 31, 2017, 17:00
Declaration of result Feb 20, 2017, 17:00
Start date for Score Card downloading Feb 27, 2017, 17:00
Application for B. Des. programme June 10-25, 2017
Seat allotment round 1 July 04, 2017
Seat allotment round 2 July 10, 2017
Seat allotment round 3 July 15, 2017

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

Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017
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 2017 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.

UCEED 2017 will be held in the following 19 cities in India: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur andThiruvananthapuram.

Candidates should compulsorily opt 3 cities of their choice, in the order of preference, at the time of online application. Once the application is submitted, request for change of city will NOT be entertained under any circumstances.

If enough number of candidates are not available in a listed city, then that city may be dropped from the final list, and those candidates will be allotted a centre in the city of either their second choice or third choice.


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.
  • 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 , check for hidden bias or hidden assumptions and whether evidence and argument support conclusions, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

UCEED 2017 Exam Pattern

  • There will be ONE question paper for 3 hours duration.
  • The question paper will be in English and will be administered through a computer based test.
  • Total paper will be of 300 marks.
  • The question paper will contain a total of 80 questions distributed among the 6 topics provided in the syllabus.
  • The question paper will consist of 3 sections.


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.


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.


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.

Candidates must carry a printed copy of the downloaded admit card. Only candidates having a valid admit card will be allowed to write the examination.

The candidate’s identity will be verified by invigilators as well as IIT representatives. If the identity of the candidate is in doubt, the candidate may not be allowed to appear for the examination. However, the authorities at their discretion may permit the candidate to appear for the examination after completing certain formalities. No extra time will be allowed for completing the examination in lieu of the time taken for completing these formalities.

Impersonation in the examination is a serious offence and will lead to disqualification of the candidate from UCEED, and lead to criminal proceeding against the candidate.

Candidates will NOT be allowed to carry any electronic device (mobile phones, smart phones, digital/smart watches, calculators, tablets etc.), abacus, slide rule, log books, study material of any type, geometry box, etc. to the examination hall. A list of forbidden items will be put up on the website before the exam if there are additional items.

Candidates have to remain in the examination hall for the entire duration of the paper.

UCEED 2017 Results

Results will be declared on 20 February, 2017.

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 27 Febrary, 2017.

Rank lists will be prepared based on the total marks in UCEED 2017.

There will be no separate category-wise rank lists. However, cut-off marks for each category will be mentioned in the rank list.

Only candidates who score the minimum prescribed marks in each Section of the question paper and minimum total marks will be included in the rank list. The minimum prescribed marks varies with the category. These are as shown in the following table.

However, the UCEED Committee reserves the right to decrease the minimum % of marks in each section as well as the minimum total marks such that 10×N ranks can be announced, where N is the total number of available seats.

Minimum prescribed marks for inclusion in the rank list:

Category Minimum % of marks in each Section Minimum Total Marks
General 10 100
OBC-NCL 9 90
SC 5 50
ST 5 50

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 2017-2018, an applicant is required to fulfil the following 3 criteria.


The candidate should have been born on or after October 1, 1997 if belonging to the GEN or OBC-NCL category and on or after October 1, 1992 if belonging to the SC, ST or PwD category.


The candidate should have qualified, i.e., obtained a rank in UCEED 2017.


The candidate should have passed the qualifying examination (Class XII or equivalent) in 2016 or 2017. Those who appeared for the first time in their qualifying examination in 2015 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 2017 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, 2017 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.

The following table shows category-wise distribution of the available seats in Bachelor of Design (B.Des) programmes at IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati and IIITDM Jabalpur for the academic year 2017-2018:

IITB 15 0 8 0 4 1 2 0 30
IITG 23 0 11 1 7 0 3 0 45
IIITDMJ 15 0 7 1 5 0 2 0 30
Total 53 0 26 2 16 1 7 0 105

Application Procedure for B.Des

Only UCEED 2017 qualified students can apply for admission to the B. Des programme at IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, and IIITDM Jabalpur for the academic year 2017-2018. 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).

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.

The fee structure for 2017-2018 will be made available on respective institute websites closer to the date of admissions. For a general idea you may refer to the 2016-2017 detailed fee structure from the documents linked below:

IIT Bombay
IIT Guwahati
IIITDM Jabalpur

UCEED 2017 Help