August 02, 2016

Success story of Ansuman Sahu (CPDM-IISc and ID at IDC-IITB)

I would like to thank Prasanna Gadkari sir for his guidance, timely suggestions and for addressing all my queries. I cleared CEED 2016 (which is my 2nd attempt). I could not clear it the year before because I focused more on sketching & rendering rather than on design. CEED is an exam where you need to ideate and sketch really fast. While preparing I did not give priority to more important aspects like understanding a given design problem, finding an appropriate solution and presenting it with clarity.

Preparation for CEED 2016: With a lot of determination and keeping in mind the above mistakes I started my preparation.

Part-A: Go through all previous question papers. This gives an idea of the range of topics from which questions are asked. Just like Part-B, Part-A of CEED does not have any definite pattern. The type of objective questions vary every year. In CEED 2016, there were maximum number of visual perception questions and very few questions on design awareness, general awareness etc. Solve the MCQs. Browse the internet, visit Teacup blog (, Stuff-You-Look blog and D’ Source ( You can get a lot of relevant study material for Part-A (and Part-B).
You cannot go to Part-B questions unless the countdown timer for part-A stops. So do not answer the questions hastily, take time, think properly & answer. Try to finish it around 5 to 10 mins before the time is up.

Part-B: All sketches here are to be made in free-hand without using rulers, compass etc. Begin by sketching lines, curves, circles and ellipses in free hand. Practice regularly to improve line quality. Practice rapid sketching of everyday objects. Try to time your sketches in order to improve the sketching speed. Practice expressing your ideas using storyboards. Practice sketching exploded views of simple objects. This helps when you explain a product idea of your own (you can show all the parts present in your product). Focus only on the basic concepts such as ‘perspective’ & ‘proportions’ and basic ideas of light, shade.
Time management is of utmost necessity in CEED. You have a very limited amount of time to understand the problem, ideate and sketch. Do not waste time in rendering or making the sketch artistic. For questions in Part-B, the quality of your design solution, the clarity & neatness of your presentation are very important. Solving previous question papers help you improve on these aspects. Design isn’t all about sketching. It’s about identifying and understanding a design problem and developing a suitable design solution. Your creativity, ideas and clarity of thought matter more. Observe objects around you to understand the ‘what’, ‘how’ & ‘why’ behind their design.

Preparing for Studio Test and Interview rounds: Start preparing your portfolio immediately after CEED is over. It should mainly contain works relevant your area of interest (e.g.: product design). You can add other design works which showcase your skillsets (e.g.: a couple of logo or poster design or any other form of creative work). You can show some of your works to seniors and alumni of IDC, IISc, IITG, NID, IITD, IITK, for their reviews and opinion. 

DAT and Interview at CPDM: The DAT consists of 2 parts. This year the duration for each part was 75 minutes. DAT-I consisted of 2 parts. Part-A: aptitude questions, mostly visual perception and 3 to 4 MCQs on color theories (primary/secondary colors, different color combinations, etc.). Part-B had 10 technical questions (of which any 5 were to be attempted)- 2 to 3 basic engineering mechanics questions, 1 question from B.M and S.F diagram, 2 plus two level mathematics questions (1 from probability and 1 from calculus), 1 question from fluid mechanics, 1 or 2 questions from electronics and 1 question from electrical engineering. DAT-II was similar to CEED Part-B. There were 9 questions- 1 question to sketch an arm chair in freehand (picture was given), 1 question to compare between LED and CFL, 1 question on latest technology trend (additive manufacturing, internet of things, 4G network), 1 question on latest product (Mahindra gusto, google glass, spaceX), 1 product design question (to design a door mat that can be easily cleaned), 1 question on creating meaningful themes using basic shapes (such as triangle, circle & rectangles), 1 question on material properties and its uses ( ABS, mylar, TiO2, thermocol, etc), a design problem identification question & a comprehension based question on thermochromatic paint.
The interview was more like a discussion. I was asked about my course, showed them my portfolio (which consisted of 7 to 8 product design projects, a couple of poster/magazine layout designs and some random product sketches). I was asked to name a product which was aesthetically pleasing but not very functional or user friendly, a product which is just the opposite (functional & user friendly but not aesthetic), a couple of questions on design of flywheels, a product design question related to my summer internship project and to distinguish between product design and industrial design. The interview lasted for around 20 minutes. They just went through the portfolio but asked only a couple of question from it. Portfolio is not mandatory at IISc. But if you have one it’s well and good.

Written test, Materials test and Interview at IDC: A design portfolio is a must for interview at IDC. Also, practice material handling for materials test. This year there was
(1)    Written Test. The problem statement- to design a mobile phones charger for family use (one that can be used by 4 to 6 people at a time). The task was to identify and write down five distinct design considerations, generate the design concept through sketches based on these considerations. The duration of the test was 90 minutes.
(2)    Material Test: We were asked to Design a stationery organizer for children belonging to the age groups of 10 to 12 yrs. The material provided to us were corrugated sheets. An A3 drawing sheet was provided to generate the concept through sketches. This test was also of 90 minutes duration.
(3)    Interview: My interview lasted around 10 to 15 minutes. I was asked about my engineering background, shown 2 random components placed on the table and asked to identify the material and the manufacturing process used to make them, a few questions about the concept design of my written test & the concept and final model of the materials test. They went through my portfolio and asked a few questions from my B.Tech project, i.e.: the material and manufacturing process used to make the parts, a couple of questions on stereolithography. The interview here was more like a friendly discussion.
What I understand from these 2 tests is this- At CPDM the tests and interview focus more on your approach to solving a design problem rather than the final outcome. So while appearing for the DAT and interview try to answer all the questions. At IDC, along with the problem solving approach, they also focus on the end result that you have come up with. So, try to come up with design solutions that are user-centric. You should be able to explain the rationale behind your design. Most importantly, never bluff in any of your interviews, be honest, listen properly if they identify & correct your mistakes. 

Finally I got selected for both Product Design at CPDM and Industrial Design at IDC. Once again I would like to thank Prasanna sir. It wouldn’t have been possible without his guidance.

 To all future aspirants….have confidence in your abilities, stay determined, work on improving your weaknesses and enjoy your preparations….All the best…!!!.....

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For reference, I have shared some of the works from my portfolio (though I feel I could have made them a lot better).

July 07, 2016

Success story of Rohit Nambiar for IISc and IDC

My name's Rohit. I did my B.Tech in electronics from NIT calicut. I'm good at sketching and water colour. 

I wanted to choose a field in which I could use my sketching skills, at the same time put my engineering knowledge into good use. This is when I came across the masters programme in design.

Well as most of you know, the CEED exam has two parts. Part A deals with aptitude in design, gk, and few general topics like music, arts, architecture etc.
Part B is the sketching exam. You will have to attend few compulsory questions, and few optional questions. You can choose from interaction design, product design, visual communication or animation for the optional questions.
So my first step was to choose a priority field. Product/Industrial design was my first priority. Then for the preparation part.

Part A
For the Part A preparation, I'm ever so grateful for the materials provided in this blog. Prasana sir helped me a lot too. Practice a lot of question papers from previous years. This will help to an extend. But don't completely rely on them. Because each year, the pattern is found to change. But the common questions include aptitude, shape based questions etc. Make sure to practice these as speed is an important factor, and practice can help you a lot. So as far as the material is concerned, don't waste your money on any costly books or stuff. If you've got the the will and spirit, then the materials provided in this blog is all you need. Due to my tight academic schedule, I got roughly a month of preparation time. I suggest you start earlier. Helps you in planning your way.

Part B
For this, you need to practice a lot of sketching. Old question papers are handy here because the pattern is always the same.
My rank in the ceed exam was 104 and it helped me secure an interview shortlist at cpdm and IDC. I even applied for the animation course at IDC.

DAT and Interview at CPDM:
The DAT at CPDM had engineering, aptitude and sketching questions. You don't have to answer every question. You can choose which one to answer. The interview was more of a formal interaction. They asked me what design was in my view point, why I was opting for a change in field and how I would use my knowledge in engineering to good use to compliment my designs. I was also asked to speak about Mamta Banerjee for one minute.
Regarding my portfolio, I didn't have a really organised portfolio to be honest and I guess that was enough as far as CPDM was concerned. I just had a few rough sketches, an art collection, a few photographs and I had even done few concept sketches; one of my project. From what I gathered, they didn't want you to be an expert in every aspect of design. They just wanted you to be good at any one factor, and if you understood the overall concept of design.

DAT and interview at IDC
I applied for product design and animation design at IDC. I wasn't selected into the product design course. The reason I applied for animation was purely out of curiosity. I loved animation. I had a few character sketches in my portfolio. I was also involved in a few short film works (which involved animation too) and I included those in my portfolio as well.
The DAT was real fun. We were given a part of a story, was asked to complete it and also sketch a comic strip showing each scene. As far as the interview is concerned, just express yourself. Explain your sketches, and make sure you display your best works.

PS: The product design DAT involves two parts. A sketching test, in which you will be given a problem, and present a concept sketch of the solution, and a modelling test were you'll have to design, sketch and make a prototype of a product using provided materials(in our case cardboard)

Once again, as far as CPDM is concerned, don't worry much about how you present the portfolio. Just make sure you have a good attitude while attending the interview. As far as IDC is concerned, having a well organised portfolio helps a lot.

Hope you have a good time preparing. All the best :)

July 04, 2016

Download old NID papers!

Please feel free to download old NID papers here
Thanks to efforts of T T TrinkuSh Verma

July 01, 2016

Experience of Mohijeet Das (IITG and NID)

Hello guys , firstly let me introduce myself, I'm Mohijeet Das from Assam.

Got selected in IIT-G and NID

Educational qualification: mechanical engineer.

Tips and things that worked for me :
First thing I did was I downloaded all previous year papers and solved it that's the first thing one should do as it will give you a brief idea about the pattern, this year the question paper was a bit different so we can't predict the best thing we could do is prepare.

For part A I collected stuff from Google and blogs ( teacup and stuffyoulook) you can get a broad idea about Ceed from this blog's .

For part B I would doodle  anything but try to acquire knowledge on basic such as perspective, colour theory, rendering, human figure and so on , try to draw a lot of lines, circle and ovals a lot ,this would bring a lot of difference in your sketching.

Portfolio: your portfolio should represent your field of interest. for ex. I have interest in product and interaction so my portfolio was inclined towards it.

Interview : it's a mystery box, one universal truth u can't be fake, just be yourself.
I would say enjoy this journey , we can take great help from mentors like Gadkari sir and I would thank sir for giving me this opportunity.

Best of luck guys.\

June 26, 2016

Success story of Shantanu Singh (IISc)

First of all thank you “Prasanna Sir” for this opportunity.


Hello, my name is Shantanu Singh. A little introduction about myself – I am from Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Did my degree in B.Tech in Industrial and Production from Institute of Engineering and Rural Technology,Allahabad in 2014. I have always been passionate about anything which drives/rides on wheels(not interested in sketching them again and again in different forms) as well as reason behind things happening all around us, helps me to understand all the basic fundamental of every engg branch like electronics, mechanical, computer science etc. These helps me to create new thing without restriction. From childhood people from my neighbor call me to repair their water pumps , cassette player, showcases, refrigerator, televisions and all they got to repair in free and I repaired they again and again about 16 years and still servicing an old air gun.J
And selected for M.Des in Product Design, IISc in first attempt.(CEED AIR 122)

CEED 201x Facebook page

CEED exam-
Meditate well to clear partA. Attempted only 21 question and feeling like “Beta tumsenaahoopayega”.

I had my product design interview on the last(second) day and even last but one. They are so much tired and want to finish as much as possible.They asked me to show portfolio, but I don’t have such type of what they are expected and keep seeing from first day again and again. I had four individual A4 sheets with different concepts of design and product design concept(total 4 concepts) laminated myself and 3 prototypes, two of them to demonstrate the concept and one just to show them that somehow I am familiar with clay. They asked about material, process, Degree Projects from every GATE and CEED aspirant from day one but not even a single question from me. They asked me about concepts and then I demonstrated them through prototypes and keep listening good…good…good.
There was a madam who spoke,just a concept or whatever you are doing is not possible to understand and work. After two occasions I responded her “Mam with due respect I want to say that HAPPING MAY OR MAY NOT CONTROL THE THINKING ,BUT THINKING NEVER GONA CONTROL THE HAPPENINGS” After 4th concept I just want to leave but they asked me to show some more concept. My interview ended after 22 min(slot 15 min).
IDC (Mobility)
They smiled and say hello….then they asked me about native place, after getting answer they replied “long way”. I told them that I left form my home 15 days ago. They all laughed and said it loudly “Mobility haa…are u walked throughout the way” then I told them about IISc bcos results are on website.Panel suggest me to take admission in IISc and interview ended without portfolio,concept,project,material,chit chat…and I myself don’t want to show my concept there just bcos in future I am gona file patent.

June 24, 2016

Experience of Gonga Naveen Kumar (NID, Product Design)

Gonga Naveen Kumar, M.Des-Product Design

This is how it all happened:

I was working in Hero Motocorp as a GET. I used to get lot of appreciation for my paintings. I was thinking of changing my field to designing. One of my friend suggested me to do M.Des. I have researched about M.Des and found out NID and IDC are the best colleges available for that. Then I have applied for NID and IDC. I was interested in Product design,  NID and Industrial Design, IDC.
I have prepared well for CEED, but due to some silly mistake of mine, it didn't go well. Being upset about that, I didn't prepare for NID's DAT. Directly went to exam hall and wrote the exam.

Results are out. I've cleared DAT with good marks. Qualified for the next stages. 

Then I thought this is the time I have to give everything for the next stages in order to qualify or else I have to spare one more year unnecessarily.
I QUIT MY JOB, exactly 20 days before the Studio tests and interviews. Prepared day and night for Portfolio (17 days) and last three days on Studio tests. I have ordered Silica home kit to get to know the feel of synthetic clay. I doodled a lot in these three days. I got my portfolio printed like a Karizma album(Marriage album).
I went to Ahmedabad for studio tests in Product Design.

Studio test 1 was a group activity. We need to build a passenger bridge. Materials such as Binding wire, Match sticks, Cardboard and two wooden blocks. A paper will be given for each, where you have to write down your observations, considerations, learning etc.

Studio Test 2 was an individual activity where each candidate is given a socks(1 unit) in which 8 different materials were kept. The candidate has to keep one hand inside socks, feel the components and remove the hand, without pulling out any component outside. Then one sheet will be given, in which the component name, material type, dimensions, drawing and its uses should be written. I was able to figure out all the eight components with dimensions. Then another sheet was given, where using the components from the previous sheet, should make a design, which floats. I made a penguin floating on ice berg in water pool.

Studio Test 3 was about 3D model making, where we were given a block of thermacol each and a metal file for working on the thermacol. We need to make a water bottle for a five year old kid. And also a sheet of paper is given where we have to draw and show what our design is and explain it.

My Interview was actually conducted before the studio tests according to the schedule.The panel consisted of three members, including a Psychologist. The questions were mostly related to my work as an employee in the company. They also asked why I wanted to change to design field from my current field. I answered all the questions quite well, as my confidence level was high at that time and the interview went on for half an hour. They also asked me about my financial status and how will I be paying the Fee etc. I said I have already planned for all of that. Also, they asked me what if I don't get a seat in the college. I said I will keep on trying till I get a seat.

Results are out and I was in the Merit list 1. Now the admission process is going on...  

June 20, 2016

Dhruva Rathod's experience of IISc, IITB, IITD, IITK and IITG

I am K Dhruva Rathod,B.Tech Mechanical 2016 (Interested in Automobile and Product design) 

Talking of CEED,its my first attempt,my interest was to join IDC @ IITB
CEED  PART B score -40  ,Categoty-ST
Bottom-line- a good score can give you a chance to attend interview but not score,
People having 7,13 rank came till IITG but could make it to M.DES

It was the first interview so I went to look into process and learn something so that I could do well at IDC.
DAT- I was good solving basic aptitude and the questions from basic mechanical engineering subjects  all the 5 questions in technical part of DAT were correct ,5 out of 10 are compulsory and they dealt with engineering mechanics,strength of materials,fluid mechanics,maths,electrical.
Interview (15 minutes)-I had my interview immediately after DAT,questions were asked like this
Tell me about yourself
How did you come to know about CPDM
Why didn’t you write GATE
Asked me how I could prove I am a designer (they intend to ask my portfolio and my works),
 Since I wasn’t knowing how to make one I didn’t make any hard-copy in a file
I showed my sketchbook and then a few images of product designs I made in my laptop then
They asked difference between engineer and designer
I was happy the way it went on .
Firstly I was tensed since it was IISC and it was my first interview.
Don’t worry or get tensed don’t be like me start making portfolio based on your interests .
Then came result I got call letter to join Product design and engineering at CPDM @IISc

DAT-You know the questions asked I uploaded the question paper.since I am a starter my sketching was a bit poor.i did what ever I could
Interview-they asked my BTech project details (know A to Z about that ,prepare well in hand)
Showed my sketchbook and my sketches and things I made using CATIA.

DAT-asked to make a machine that helps in plucking mangoes and can count the number too.
Interview(7pm)-Basic questions after seeing my sketchbook,other questions related to project
It lasted for 2 mins .
IIDC interviews starts with General-OBC-SC-ST

4.IITK (no DAT)
Interview was held for 2 days ,mine was on first due to clash got it postponed to second day,
As soon as I entered I saw 3 people,mine interview was immediately after lunch so only one interviewer was active,one was playing in phone,other busy switching ON MAC.
Same questions on sketchbook and portfolio
Asked why I choose certain course at IITK .
Bottom-line : I was rigid with interviewer stating my interests of automobile design,they wanted a flexible guy ,also there was no faculty related to automobile design.
Sometimes versatile portfolio can fetch you a seat,since you are flexible

DAT-sketches for products , animation inspiration from Banana,question paper is in the blog refer that.
Interview (panel of 15)-it was held in conference hall,after IISC interview I was happy with IITG interview,portfolio is circulated and then questions  on sketchbook and portifolio,btech project,idea presented in DAT.

I must admit that prasanna Sir helped me a lot

A good ceed score can get you a call for interview but not seat,start working on portifolio based on your interests (animation,product,automobile,interaction UX /UI)
K.Dhruva Rathod.
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