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 B.tech 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 b.tech 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.
Any queries mail to dhruvarathod9@gmail.com

June 13, 2016

Ravi Terang's story of IITD and IITK

Hello design aspirants.

I have been reading a lot of the success stories from this blog and ever since i got the call back from IIT Delhi and Kanpur, have been wanting to share my experience.
I am a BE (mech) graduate like most of the people here. I don't want to bore you with all the how i prepared for ceed and stuff cause you'll find a lot on how to do that here. So I'll just skip straight to DAT and interview experience.
I had a pretty bad score and rank. So i decided to just apply to  most of the inst. for experience excluding iit bombay and hyderabad since i wasn't into visual communication.  I was lucky enough to get calls from all the inst. I only had 4 days  to prepare for my portfolio after my final exams but somehow managed to get something done just  the night before interview as it's a crucial part for interview.

DAT and Interview at IDDC: Studio test was really fun.  We were given a question to design a mango plucking device.
After studio test, i had to wait a long time for my interview.
It was a panel of 2 and they were really friendly.
The moment i entered the room, they spoke to me in assamese as i am from Assam. I was surprised and responded back in assamese.  They then went though my portfolio and asked if I was interested in product design. I was more into transportation design so i said no. Then they asked me about my native place and things happening out there and that was it. The interview went for around 5-10 mins.

Interview at IIT Kanpur:
Unlike other inst., in iitk there wasn't any DAT. It was a direct interview. I have read a lot about how the interviews go and what they usually ask in iitk from this blog so i did some practice on some of the  commonly asked question.
Unlike iit delhi, i didn't have to wait long. It was a panel of 5. The moment i entered the room they asked me to hand over my portfolio. One of them was busy checking into my portfolio and the rest started shooting questions at me. They first asked me to solve an equation which i somehow managed to solve with some help from the panel. ( (y = |x| - y) this is the type of equations they commonly ask ).(Make sure you go through some of the basic +2 maths the night before interview) Then they asked  some question from my portfolio. One of the panel asked me if i can do logo design. I said yes and they asked me to design a logo for the assamese people.  My hands were shaking and i could hardly draw a circle but i somehow managed to complete the logo. The rhino i made in the logo was more like a potato and the tea leaves were more like creepers. They asked some question based on my engineering background and also where i see myself after 3 years. During the interview i tried my best to show them my desire to learn and my interest in design. The interview went on for about 15  mins. The time i spent inside the interview was intense but it was fun.
My only suggestions is to be honest and never lie about anything. The panels are very clever and they know what you really are. So just be yourself and don't pretend to know everything. Show then your desire to learn.

Thanks to Prasanna Sir for creating this awesome blog.

Drop me a mail at raveeterang@gmail.com  if you have any quarries. I'll be more than happy to help.
Here are some of the pages from my potfolio. I hope this helps.

Selected works from portfolio