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What is the UCEED Exam?

UCEED refers to the Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED). IIT Bombay administers the UCEED to facilitate admissions to the BDes program at participating institutions, which include:

  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT Delhi
  • IIT Guwahati
  • IIT Hyderabad
  • IIITDM Jabalpur

UCEED is a three-hour, centre-based exam that grants admission to the Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) programme. The exam is open to both Indian and foreign nationals, and the UCEED 2023 score is only valid for admission to academic programmes during the 2023–2024 academic year.

It is important for candidates to understand that being listed on the UCEED merit list does not guarantee admission to the B.Des. programme. In order to secure admission, UCEED 2023 qualifiers must apply separately for B.Des admission through the joint seat allocation process. Find the eligibility criteria and important dates for B.Des below.

Eligibility Criteria for UCEED

To be eligible to appear for UCEED, a candidate, including foreign nationals, must meet the following three criteria simultaneously:

  1. Age Limit: Candidates belonging to the OPEN/EWS/OBC-NCL category must have been born on or after October 1, 1998, while those in the SC, ST, or PwD category must have been born on or after October 1, 1993.
  2. Number of Attempts: A candidate can take the UCEED exam a maximum of two times, in consecutive years. Note that UCEED scores are only valid for one year and can only be used for admissions in the corresponding academic year.
  3. Qualifying Examination: The candidate must have passed all subjects in their qualifying examination (Class XII or equivalent) in 2022 or should be appearing for the qualifying examination for the first time in 2023 to be eligible for UCEED 2023. 

Those who took their Class XII examination for the first time in 2021 or earlier are not eligible to appear in UCEED 2023. 

Students from all streams, including Science, Commerce, and Arts & Humanities, are eligible to take the UCEED 2023 exam.

Test Pattern

UCEED is comprised of two mandatory parts that must be attempted within the given time limit during the test center-based examination:

Part A: A computer-based test

Part B: Questions related to sketching, which must be attempted on the provided sheet

Both parts must be attempted within the three-hour duration of the examination.

 

Particulars Part-A Part-B
Medium of Instruction English English
Total Questions 68 1
Total Marks 240  60 
Maximum Time 150 minutes 30 minutes
Mode of Exam Computer-Based Test (CBT) Offline

 

Registration Fee

Indian Nationals Female Candidates (All Categories) ₹ 1800
SC, ST, PwD Candidates ₹ 1800
All Other Candidates ₹ 3600
Foreign Nationals

(including PIO/OCI)

Candidates from SAARC Countries US $ 350
Candidates from Non-SAARC Countries US $ 450

 

Candidates who register after the deadline but before the late registration closing date will be subject to a late fee of ₹ 500 / US $50.

UCEED 2023 Dates

Refer to the table provided below for the comprehensive schedule of the UCEED 2023 examination.

Dates Upcoming Exam 
14 Mar ’23 – 31 Mar ’23 Submission of UCEED 2023 Online Application (ongoing)
11 Mar ’23 – 13 Jun ’23 Release of UCEED 2023 scorecards (ongoing)
10 Apr ’23 UCEED 2023 Seat Allotment – Round 1
10 May ’23 UCEED 2023 Seat Allotment – Round 2
10 June ’23 UCEED 2023 Seat Allotment – Round 3
Dates Past Exam
9 Mar ’23 Declaration of UCEED 2023 results
9 Feb ’23 Cut-off Marks for Part A
30 Jan ’23 Release of FINAL key for UCEED 2023
24 Jan ’23 Release of Draft answer key for UCEED 2023
22 Jan ’23 Conduct of UCEED 2023 exam
13 Jan ’23 Release of UCEED 2023 admit card
16 Nov ’22 Last date to register for UCEED 2023 with LATE fees
9 Nov ’22 Last date to register for UCEED 2023 with REGULAR fee
30 Sep ’22 UCEED 2023 application form START date

UCEED 2023 Results

On March 9, 2023, the results for UCEED 2023 were announced by IIT Bombay via the UCEED 2023-IIIT Bombay admission portal. To access their results, candidates need to log in using their registered email ID and password. 

Starting March 11 until June 13, 2023, candidates can download their UCEED 2023 scorecard.

Steps to check UCEED 2023 result

To check the UCEED 2023 result, follow the steps outlined below:

  • Click on the result link provided above
  • You will be redirected to a login page
  • Enter your registered email ID and password
  • Upon successful login, the UCEED 2023 result will be displayed on the screen
  • Download and print the result for future reference.

To download the UCEED 2023 scorecard, the candidate needs to follow the same steps mentioned above. The scorecard will be valid for one year from the date of issue and will include the Part A marks, category-wise qualifying marks, and candidate details such as name, roll number, photograph, and signature. However, Part B marks, merit ranks, and UCEED 2023 scores will only be available to shortlisted candidates.

UCEED 2023 Cut-off for Part A

On February 9, 2023, IIT Bombay released the cut-off marks for Part A of UCEED 2023. The cut-offs were published in the form of mean and standard deviations, which are 57.63 and 24.52, respectively.

Here are some important points related to the UCEED 2023 cut-off marks for Part A:

  • The cut-offs are released category-wise.
  • Only candidates who meet the cut-off for Part A will have their Part B answer booklets evaluated.
  • All candidates who meet the cut-off will be shortlisted.
  • The cut-off mark is calculated using a specific formula.
  • All shortlisted candidates will be assigned a rank.
  • Candidates who fail to meet the cut-off for Part A will not have their Part B paper evaluated and will not be assigned any ranks.
  • The evaluated papers of Part B will not be shared by IIT Bombay.
  • The evaluation of Part B is done manually.

Eligibility Criteria for B.Des.

In order to be considered for admission to the B.Des. programs offered by the participating institutes, namely IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad, and IIITDM Jabalpur, an applicant must meet all three of the following criteria simultaneously:

Criterion 1: Age Limit:

  1. The candidate must have been born on or after October 1, 1998, if they belong to the OPEN/EWS/OBC-NCL category, and on or after October 1, 1993, if they belong to the SC, ST or PwD category.

Criterion 2: UCEED Qualification:

  1. The candidate must have qualified for UCEED 2023 by obtaining a rank.

Criterion 3: Qualifying Examination:

  1. The candidate must have passed all five subjects in their qualifying examination (Class XII or equivalent) in 2022 or 2023. Candidates who appeared for their qualifying examination for the first time in 2021 or earlier are not eligible.
Eligible Subjects Admitting Institutes
Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad and IIITDM Jabalpur
Other streams – Science without Mathematics or Physics or Chemistry, Commerce, and Arts and Humanities IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi and IIT Hyderabad
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics / Biology IIITDM Jabalpur

Important Dates

Last date for online registration with late fee November 16, 2022
Start date for admit card download January 13, 2023, onwards
Last date for rectification of discrepancies in admit card January 17, 2023 (5 pm)
UCEED 2023 January 22, 2023 (Sunday) 9 am to 12-noon
Release of draft answer key January 24, 2023,
Last date for uploading comments (if any)

on the draft answer key in the candidate’s portal

January 26, 2023, 5 pm
Release of final answer key January 30, 2023
Announcement of cut-off marks for Part A February 9, 2023
Declaration of results March 9, 2023
Start date for score card downloading March 11, 2023
Application process for B.Des. programme starts Admission Schedule
Last date for score card downloading June 13, 2023

Admission Schedule

Submission of online application for B.Des. programme March 14 to 31, 2023
Seat allotment round 1 April 10, 2023
Seat allotment round 2 May 10, 2023
Seat allotment round 3 June 10, 2023