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AwardAdmission to the Bachelor Degree programme in Design (B. Des.) at IIT Bombay.
EligibilityThe candidate passed Class 12 or equivalent in 2015, OR will appear in 2016.
RegionAll India
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Chairman UCEED 2016
JEE Office
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Powai, Mumbai 400076

What is IITB UCEED 2016?

UCEED is the entrance examination for admission to the B. Des programme at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. The first UCEED was conducted in 2015 and UCEED qualified candidates were admitted to the B. Des programmes at IIT Bombay and IIITDM Jabalpur in the academic year 2015-2016. UCEED 2016 is the second year of the examination, and a few more institutes are expected to also admit students to their B. Des programmes through UCEED qualification.

General Information

The Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design 2016 (UCEED 2016) will be conducted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay under the guidance of the UCEED Admissions Committee 2016.

UCEED 2016 is open to all nationals (Indian/Foreign). Candidates seeking admission to the Bachelor Degree programme in Design (B. Des.) at IIT Bombay should appear in UCEED 2016.

Foreign nationals are required to satisfy the rules and regulations of IIT Bombay pertaining to the admission to foreign students. For further details, they are advised to visit the IIT Bombay International Relations Office webpage.

To apply for admission to the B. Des. programme at IIT Bombay, a candidate is required to qualify in UCEED as well as satisfy the Minimum Educational Qualifications (MEQ).

The candidates appearing in the final examination of their qualifying certificate in 2016 should ensure that: (a) all parts of their final examination are completed by the date of registration in IIT Bombay, and (b) proof of having passed the qualifying certificate with required eligibility, as specified by IIT Bombay, is submitted by September 30, 2016.

Candidates should note that the mere appearance in UCEED 2016 or being in the rank list neither guarantees nor provides any automatic entitlement to B.Des admission. UCEED qualified candidates will have to apply separately for admission as per the prescribed procedure. Admissions shall be made in order of merit in each category.

UCEED 2016 score is valid only for admission to the academic year 2016-2017.

It will entirely be the responsibility of the candidate to provide the correct information regarding the MEQ and category during the application process. IIT Bombay has 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 not true.

With regard to the interpretation of the provisions on any matter not covered in this Information Brochure, the decision of the Organizing Institute (IIT Bombay) shall be final and binding on all the parties concerned.

In all matters concerning UCEED 2016, the decision of the Organizing Institute or the Organizing Chairperson, UCEED 2016 will be final and binding on all the applicants.

Although UCEED 2016 is held at different centres across the country, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is the Organizing Institute and has the overall responsibility of conducting UCEED 2016. In case of any claims or disputes arising in respect of UCEED 2016, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the Mumbai High Court alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle any such disputes and claims.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Eligibility Criteria for UCEED

A candidate, including a foreign national, must fulfil each and every one of the following three criteria to appear in UCEED 2016.


The candidate should have been born on or after October 1, 1996 if belonging to the GEN or OBC-NCL category and on or after October 1, 1991 if belonging to the SC, ST or PwD category.


A candidate can attempt UCEED for a maximum of two times and that too in consecutive years. Note that UCEED score is valid for one year, and only for admissions in the corresponding academic year.


The candidate should have passed the qualifying examination (Class XII or equivalent) in 2015, OR will appear in 2016. Those who appeared for the first time in their qualifying examination in 2014 or earlier are NOT eligible.

Eligibility Criteria for B. Des at IIT Bombay

For admission to B. Des. the candidate should have passed in the qualifying examination.

If a qualifying 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 submit it at the time of online acceptance of the allocated seat. In case such a certificate is not provided, the decision taken by the B. Des. Admissions Committee will be final.

Candidates should have qualified in UCEED 2016.

How can you apply ?

Application should be done online only.


1. Which academic stream in my XII standard (or equivalent) should I have studied in to be eligible for the UCEED examination?

Students from any academic stream (e.g. science, arts & humanities, commerce etc.) in their XII standard (or equivalent), are eligible to apply for UCEED.

2. Are there any books that I can study to prepare for UCEED?

UCEED is a design aptitude test. Aptitude tests assume that individuals have inherent strengths and weaknesses, and are naturally inclined toward success or failure in certain areas based on their inherent characteristics. Except for the syllabi section 'Environmental and social awareness' which will test your general awareness in the topics outlined under it, the remaining five sections will test your aptitude. Consequently there are no text or reference books that we can recommend.

3. My birth date is only a few days/weeks/months/years short of the age eligibility criteria. Can you make an exemption for me?


4. I passed my XII standard in 2014 (or earlier). Can you make an exemption for me?


5. How is that students from all academic streams are eligible to apply for UCEED?

Design is an interdisciplinary activity. Holistic design considers the sciences, arts, technology, economics, media, policy, society and culture. Successful designers have backgrounds in the arts, sciences and the humanities. We believe the B. Des. aspirants at IDC, IIT Bombay can come from any background and learn to become good designers through our well-rounded curriculum.

6. Many design aptitude exams that I know of, test drawing skills. How will drawing skills be tested in an objective type examination like UCEED?

While drawing skills can demonstrate a person's visualization skills, there are equally effective or better ways to test such skills through objective measures. Besides, we recognise that many students may not have had drawing skills training in their 10+2 schooling, and therefore UCEED will not put them at a disadvantage.

7. Why is UCEED not held in my city? Can you have a center in my city?

Conducting a national level exam is a massive exercise. The UCEED 2016 Committee carefully considered all logistical and operational issues, including information based on UCEED 2015 applicants, before deciding on the 14 cities where UCEED 2016 will be held. In addition to the 9 cities where UCEED 2015 was held, 5 new cities have been added for UCEED 2016. For further details click here.

8. I appeared for UCEED 2015 but did not qualify. Can I appear for UCEED 2016?

Yes you can, provided you meet the age and year of passing qualification certificate criteria as mentioned here. However do note that a candidate can attempt UCEED for a maximum of two times only and that too in consecutive years, and that the UCEED score is valid only for admissions in the corresponding academic year.

9. Will there be negative marking?

This year, unlike 2015 UCEED, all three sections of the question paper have negative marking.

10. I made a mistake while filling up the application form. What should I do?

Send an email to with details related to your application (registration number, candidate name, and mobile phone number) and describing clearly the nature of the mistake. Where possible we will rectify the mistake, or advise you on what to do next. In addition to this, any discrepancy in the UCEED application will be intimated to the candidates while the same is scrutinized by us.

11. I filled up the application form, but I was unable to complete the fee payment successfully. What should I do?

There could be several reasons for this, including, but not limited to slow internet speed leading to time-outs, bad connection to the payment gateway, conflicting browser settings or browser compatibility. When a payment error occurs, and you are unable to go back to retry payment, make sure you are using the recommended browsers and versions, clear your browser cookies and cache or try using a different browser altogether.

If the problem persists, you can either call us at the contact numbers given in website, or send an email to with details related to your application (registration number, candidate name and mobile phone number) and describing clearly the nature of the problem. All the problems related to the payment for each and every candidate will be sorted out before the last date of application submission.

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Important Dates

Activity Date
Start date for Online Registration Oct 17, 2015, 17:00
Last date for Online Registration Nov 14, 2015, 23:45
Start date for Admit Card downloading Dec 23, 2015, 17:00
Last date for rectification of discrepancies in the admit card Dec 30, 2015, 17:00
UCEED 2016 Examination Jan 17, 2016
Release of UCEED 2016 Draft Answer Key Jan 20, 2016, 17:00
Last date for sending Comments about Draft Answer Key Jan 23, 2016, 17:00
Declaration of result Feb 28, 2016, 17:00
Start date for Score Card downloading Mar 7, 2016, 17:00
Application for B. Des. programme June 10-25, 2016
1st admission list July 04, 2016
2nd admission list July 11, 2016

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