22 September 2016

Weekly time table (strategy) for CEED preparation

Hello all

Please note that there is no universal strategy applicable for everyone. Strategy and preparation level varies form person to person based on their existing abilities (proficiency in a field), how much time to spend everyday, their status (completely dedicated or partially preparing and also aiming for other exams), their ease of understanding/grasping topics, their ability skills and so on. So, it all depends on personal capabilities, but this timetable will be helping those whom need guidance or a systematic approach of preparation.

Having a reference time table might give you some idea of what topics to be studied, how much time to be spent for the topics, how length they are, your status/level for that topic and most importantly it will help as a check list to ensure that you don't miss any topic being unprepared. 

The first strategy/time-table is for those whom are average or below average at sketching/ drawing etc

The second strategy is for those whom are above average or very good at sketching

Kind note:

  1. I've included numbered labels for Design part of CEED (Part - B), so that I don't have to repeat them every time in the schedule. I've given two Strategies for relevant people related to Part B (design part), but GA time table will be common for both the strategies
  2. You might be the best judge to know your abilities, shortfalls and the need for topic improvements, so adjust the given time table accordingly and go on your phase, that best suits you. Below timetable might only act as a reference :)

The following topics and their respective Labeled numbers will be used in the schedule given below.

(Label - Topic)

0 - product Design/Industrial Design
1 - Visual Communication, Poster, Logo
2 - Animation, Story board making, comic strips/frames
3 - Story writing, Story write-up given some characters, picture composition - story writing by looking at a scene/image
4 - Creative use of items - waste/reusable
5 - Problem identification given a scenario, finding Factors, design idea proposal for the prob.
6 -  Sketching, Line drawing, Exploded view/shape, composition, part view
7 - Shading/rendering
8 - Human/animal sketching line/object sketching
9 -  Ideas of using products and applications (like use of invisible fluids etc)
10 - Fault finding in existing products/designs/sketches
11 - Visualization and Imagination ques.
12 - Draw things/products/designs/human/animal from imagination
13 - Draw by copying/ replicating/ seeing existing images/ products/ scenarios/ scenes/ designs etc
14 - Study on latest technology, products, design ideas etc
15 - Ideas from others in social/print media say in blogs, FB, Pinterest, behance etc
16 - Sketch practice
17 - Previous years part B practice; going through questions to understand the nature
18 - Geometric/solid manipulations, transformations, views
19 - Perspective/Vanishing point drawings/study


Important Note (for CEED Design; Part-B):

  1. Going through existing products/design/frame/others ideas is very important, likewise finding faults and coming up with your solutions is always a good designer practice (at least in my view)
  2. Carefully understand the requirement of the design questions - What they asked or looking for
  3. Mind the evaluation criteria before attempting/solving any design question
  4. You need to have a fair idea on existing products and their technology. So, I've included a topic/section with this heading in the timetable
  5. Sketching is imp. but design idea is the first important criteria to be considered, that's why I've given greater emphasis on how you can culminate the process of idea generation by way of various practices listed in the Labels/topics 


STRATEGY - 1 (Only Design Part)

Level : Below average in Sketching


Month : September
  • 3rd week - 6 (line drawing), 13, 5, 19 (line drawing)   
  • 4th week - 4 ,8 , 10, 15, 13, 17, 6, 11 (Line drawing), 14, 18

Month : October
  • 1st week - 3, 12, 17, 8, 10, 6 (sketch/Line-drawing), 0, (1 or 2 or both), 18, 19 
  • 2nd week - 10, 16, 15, 9, 6 (sketch, exploded view), 5, 0, 11, 12, 19
  • 3rd week - 3, 10, 9, 5, 0,  (1 or 2 or both), 4, 15, 18
  • 4th week - 17, 8 (little), 6 (sketch/exploded view), 0, (1 or 2 or both), 4, 10, 12, 14, 15

Month : November
  • 1st week - 17, 16, 8, 9, 7, 5, 11, 12 (little), 14, 19
  • 2nd week - 10, 16, 7, 0, (1 or 2 or both), 14, 15
  • 3rd week - 3, 10, 9, 7, 11, 12, 5, 15, 18
  • 4th week - 16, 12, 18, 19

Month : December
  • 1st week - 16, 12, 17 (just overview, mild practice)


STRATEGY - 2 (Only Design Part)

Level : Above average (good) at Sketching


Month : September
  • 3rd week - 5, 10, 11,, 14, 15, 18
  • 4th week - 0,  (1 or 2 or both), 4 , 5, 17, 18, 19

Month : October
  • 1st week - 0,  (1 or 2 or both), 3, 4, 5, 9, 18, 19
  • 2nd week - 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18
  • 3rd week -  0,  (1 or 2 or both), 5, 6, 11, 19
  • 4th week - 0,  (1 or 2 or both), 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 18

Month : November
  • 1st week - 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 14, 15, 19
  • 2nd week - 0, (1 or 2 or both), 6, 7, 11, 10, 15, 17, 18
  • 3rd week 0, (1 or 2 or both),, 3, 4, 12, 17
  • 4th week - 18, 12, 10, 15, 4

Month : December
  • 1st week - NIL


GA Study Strategy (applicable for all)


Month : September
  • 3rd week - CEED/UCEED Mock-test/previous paper test (to get hold of pattern)
  • 4th week - GK on  art history, renaissance, designers, famous paintings/works, aptitude on images/math, mensurations 

Month : October
  • 1st week - Perspective study, vanishing point concepts, practice/test on ability tests, IQ ques, reading and paragraph comprehension, GA on authors, art history, renaissance, mechanism and everyday usage things working, basic concept behind that, CEED/UCEED Mock-test/previous paper test
  • 2nd week - print/color media study, India culture, animation study, logical arrangement of words, illusions, pattern analysis, pictograph puzzles, aptitude on images/math, mensuration, odd-man-out type ques,  
  • 3rd week - paragraph comprehension, Architectural concepts, mechanism and everyday usage things working, basic concept behind that, pattern analysis, aptitude on images/math , CEED/UCEED Mock-test/previous paper test
  • 4th week - GK on painters/paintings, designers, famous persons, facial expressions, Mathematical aptitude, image based aptitude ques that improves observation/visualization and imagination skills, pictograph puzzles, mensuration/math aptitude, CEED/UCEED Mock-test/previous paper test

Month : November
  • 1st week - ability tests (identifying pattern in a given set), verbal reasoning, math aptitude, solid geometry/projections, CEED/UCEED Mock-test/previous paper test, GK on India culture, 
  • 2nd week - Solid/image manipulation, geometry etc, GK on materials, typography, font, Architecture, mensuration, odd-man-out type ques, 
  • 3rd week - latest products, authors, architecture, video/media, animation,  math and image aptitude revision and practice, ability practice, pictogram puzzles, color schemes practice, CEED/UCEED Mock-test/previous paper test,  environmental awareness, Paragraph comprehension revision
  • 4th week - English verbals, meanings, synonyms and antonyms,, revision on painters/paintings, designers, famous persons, India culture, art history,   animation terms, Mock tests or previous year papers (as many as possible), CEED/UCEED Mock-test/previous paper test

Month : December
  • 1st week - revision on GK: art media, colors, designers, font, typography, photography, logos, authors, architecture, video,  renaissance,  CEED/ UCEED Mock-test/ previous paper test

Hope this comprehensive time-table helps you prepare well!

If you feel like some topics are uncovered in the above weekly plan, please do comment here so that others would also know. 

All the best for your start :)


  1. hello sir , i am prepairing for ceed 2017 , how i can prepare for gat . please mention some topics

  2. Which books are recommended for CEED preparation apart from the study material provided here?

    1. I haven't come across any specific book relevant to CEED. May be Arihant book for NATA will help for Geometry image based questions (top/side/all views).

  3. helo sir i'm preparing for NID 2017 for bdes will the timetable provided here for sketching works will help me in subjective portion or its for Mdes only?

    1. I fear it will not - might not be to the full extent. I haven't considered the complete NID design part here but only looked into CEED syllabus, while i'm planning to give NID time table in the first week of October, once the notifications are out. I just want to ensure the pattern that's why waiting !

  4. hi... i am a structural engineer and would like to know whether this ceed exam can help me to do interior designing for modern houses !! actually i havent come across about this in your blog “which stream is to be chosen by me?”

    1. As far as I know, interior design is not covered in mdes thru ceed. However, there's one course in NID for furniture and interior design. But again, I doubt whether that interests u or not. As a structural engineer and being a core interior design aspirant, it's better to look for other interior design courses (like certified or so) rather than CEED or NID. Just my view. Decision is urs!

  5. Thankyou so much for ur reply...
    Can you briefly tell me about the certified courses and the institutes which offer them??
    or suggest me some forums regarding this?

    1. A simple Google search should give u d details. I'm sure u wil find in d search.

  6. hello sir I face problem in visualizing product in space and perspective how to improve that

    1. Visualizing can be improved if you're are some what good at geometry views, I mean the concept of front, top n side views. If you can draw them with ur imagination, then u r good enough to visualize any solid r products. For geo. help ucan check below post.


      I've included online links n ytd videos in the ceed/uceed resource pg. U can chk that. You can also go thru the books in the resource pg for perspective study.


      chk the end of this page for videos - http://stuffyoulook.blogspot.in/2013/10/guide-for-Part-A-resources-GK.html

  7. hello sir,
    now its last week of oct, so can you suggest me how shall i start your time table?
    just from the beginning or shall i start with the mentioned topic that you have provided for every year?

    1. You can re-adjust the topics and schedule accordingly. Actually topics selection depends on your level and grip in subjects. So, you can reduce the time spent for that topics and adjust for other topics that u need to develop.

    2. While going through the previous year papers, I found that since year 2012 question papers are having PART A and PART B. And before that there was only one part.

      Shall i practice older (2011 and earlier) papers too?


    3. of course u hve to,
      doesn't matter how old they are, they still carry the required syllabus for CEED and it's not that easy to get creative questions like the one that appear in CEED anywhere else. So, practice all papers.

  8. Hi Sir,

    Does the question paper vary for different departments in case of NID-DAT (M.Des) ?
    Also have you come out with the time-table for NID (M.Des) preparation?
    If yes, kindly forward the link :)


    1. according to the sample test paper that they released, i suppose that the ques paper for test 1 (DAT-1) must be a common paper. Only for the studio test and/or DAT-II, there will stream specific questions. I haven't come up wit time table for NID yet, have been working on resource collection, and some more topics list to be analyzed. I will do that after this work.

    2. Hi,
      Can you share the link to the sample paper,please.

    3. NID-DAT Sample test paper (official)
      Usually sample test papers or mock test of any exam are available in their official website. Like you can check the above pdf file in nid website download section. FYI.

  9. Hello Sir,

    I am an engineer and have 3 years of work experience at Visteon electronics. Is it a good time to start for CEED prepartaion or should i try next year?

    1. u can try this yr itself, exam is on Jan, so u have almost 45+ days, whic his quite sufficient. Plan your weekends (or weekdays) properly and give a try this time. At least you will get an exp on how to face n manage the exam.


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