UCEED test paper is of three hours duration and candidates are evaluated out of 300 marks. The test paper usually comprises of 85 questions. However, the number of questions might change every year. The medium of instruction of the exam is English. UCEED exam is conducted as a computer based test and the exam paper is divided into three sections which are:

UCEED 2019 Section A: Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions

As per UCEED exam pattern, in this section of the exam, the answer to questions asked is a number that candidates need to enter using a virtual keyboard present on the computer screen. Aspirants are not provided with any choices (to mark answers) for these questions.

Marking: For every correct answer candidates will be awarded four marks and no marks would be deducted for a wrong answer. Also, no marks will be added or subtracted for questions not attempted by candidates.

UCEED 2019 Section B: Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)

In this section, for each question asked there will be one or more choices (out of the four given choices) which can be the correct answer. Here, candidates are awarded marks only if they select all the correct answers.

Marking: For every correct answer four marks will be awarded to candidates and no marks would be deducted from the total score for a wrong answer. There are no partial marks. Questions not attempted will be awarded zero marks.

UCEED 2019 Section C: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

In this section, each question has four choices and out of these, candidates have to select the correct answer. In MCQ section only one option will be the correct answer from the choices provided.

Marking: For every correct answer three marks will be awarded to candidates and for every wrong answer one mark will be deducted from their total score. Questions not attempted will be given zero marks.


IIT Bombay has shared broad guidelines regarding the syllabus for Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design. UCEED 2019 will have questions from six topics. The syllabus for UCEED is mentioned below:

Visualisation 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.