August 09, 2014

CEED 2015 registration open

Hello guys,

CEED 2015 registration is now open
Here is the link 
There are no early bird entries or discounts, but registering earlier will motivate you to study better :)
All the best

Our thanks to Jahangeer Basha for bringing this to notice

July 23, 2014

Success Story : Rahul Kothari (IITK)

 Rahul Kothari joined IITK recently. He appeared for 3 interviews in total, so his experience is very diverese, just like his portfolio. We wish him all the best for his future

Hello friends this is Rahul Kothari my story is specially about those who are in job.

My passion about designing started in teenage but it got its name i.e. design in final year of engineering when i know about design and CEED .I am skipping my struggle for CEED  from starting because its a never ending story for me . So i will cover just two years 13  and 14 in 2012 i have joined BRDS for CEED regarding coaching like brds, silica, afd etc many student have view that they are fake but i say it depends on your purpose. Of course, selection is unspoken motto and as per saying that they are costly and doesn’t guarantee selection which is 100% true. My main purpose is to change my environment because i was in a boring non creative and administrative govt job in a small city. So it became difficult for me to be in IITs or NID. In 2013 anyhow I got call from NID in NMD which is my second preference this could be my last chance but bad luck continues here also I got rejection from them. I really disappointed from myself. I almost give-up. Then after some time I realize that i can’t live without designing and then i promised to myself that this is now do or die situation and that the spirit which I was searching from long time .

This year i cracked both CEED and NID for CEED I think many friend have discussed. So regularly read Teacup blog. From my side mechanical and spatial ability and creative kind of gk is must for par t A specially. NID exam has different approach. This year they totally changed their pattern and we have to compulsory solve all the design field questions. NID exam emphasize on spontaneity, sketching and creativity.

I have appeared in three institute interviews first is 

IDC- Idc first asks for creative works with form. Then on that basis they called you for written test in which they asked similar question like in Part B (optional) of CEED. This year they asked us to design a Mobile tea shop for PD and Auto rickshaw in MVD. Secondly, there is studio test in which for PD we have to make lamp and for MVD we have to make a tetrahedron. After that in PI they asked me about my design which I sent with form. Lamp and my job etc. It was nice conversation but i didn’t get through it perhaps, someone has given better impression than me.

Second is –
NID- In NID we have two round for written test first is doodling test and then studio test in which they asked to redesign bulb packaging unlike corrugated paper and it should pass 2 inch drop test and check its working condition without opening it. It got disasterous end where it get opened out. Interview was great and I won their hearts. But both studio test and PI matters so again rejected!

Third is –
DP-IIT Kanpur - DP has different kind of environment. We had just interview which is very indifferent, very lengthy and out of the box questions. My interview was second or third down after lunch. So they were yawning looking very indifferent for me. They asked me about my job, living place, my preference suddenly the whole interview turned to a fish market everybody throwing me questions and statements at a point even i started laughing then again abruptly  they said you can go. I shocked that what happened to them. Lots of question stroke in my mind. Then I thought that this is my last chance to be a designer i asked them about design culture at DP. After 2-3 question again they lost but at last one of the panellist told me “I am impressed that you are passionate about design even though you are not in such a background”. In this way i saved my interview and selection as well.

At last my final words to all CEED and NID aspirants are:-
---- Be passionate and clear about designing and its field.
---- In portfolio even one drawing is sufficient for your selection so choose your best.
---- Prepare your background, honestly.
----IDC and NID is not only the place.
----practice * 1000 times.
----That’s actually my method- just note down all the objects you know or seen then googling it and draw from different angles.

          Further if anyone want more help contact me at        

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Product Design sketches

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Photography samples

July 20, 2014

MIT Product Design sketching notes

MIT Product Design sketching notes are available here
They are the lecture notes for the course "6.810: Engineering Design and Rapid Prototyping"

The notes are pretty basic and does not cover many of the chapters to a good depth, but it does address some of the basic pitfalls that the students studying for CEED may commit.

For example,
Many CEED aspirants dont know about the "sketching warm up". The notes cover the basics of what all exercises to practice to get a free and smooth flow during sketching process.

It also addresses different kinds of sketching. For example, it shows difference between form exploration and engineering style sketches. 

Overall the notes are good source for knowing the basics of sketching. Since they are in form of presentation that will be shown during the lecture, the slides are not self explanatory. Still the notes are worth a read

More resources for this course are available here

July 18, 2014

Four rules for a great score in CEED

In the heat of the CEED exam, almost everyone falls short of time. What do the toppers do to make the most of their time?
There are 4 points that you MUST practice to get good score:
  1. Rough work :
    Read the question thoroughly. And understand what is asked.
    Don't rush to answering the question. Think about what is asked, think about possible ideas and solutions to the problem, select an appealing and innovative idea, think whether your idea is good enough? Think about how well can you express this selected idea and finally imagine how it will appear on the paper. Plan on how will you utilize the space in the answer sheet.
    Do this in 5 minutes flat.
    It needs practice, but is doable
  2. Innovative idea :
    Generally most questions test your ingenuity. Examiners love to test it more than anything else.
    Think something 99 percent candidates, your competition, wont be able to think!
    Practice using attribute method. It works!

  3. Proper sketching :
    Select the right view, sketch functionally, shade only if needed and colour only of it adds more meaning. Does a side view express your idea clearly? Then don't waste your time drawing a perspective view.
    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Keep your representation to bare minimum
  4. Proper labeling :
    Label all your parts and functions clearly in bold and capital letters.
    Write the description likewise. As far as possible avoid using cursive in CEED. It looks good only in love letters, not in CEED exam!
Believe me, it is not difficult to score in CEED through use of these four simple  rules. Yet, these are not hard and fast rules, you should know when to break these. Breaking rules makes a great designer, but do so consciously.

All the best :)

July 17, 2014

Success story : Mitali Bhasin (IIT-K)

We are glad to publish to success story of Mitali Bhasin, who would be joining IIT-K for her MDes this year. She has even shared the work sample that the aspirants will find quite useful.

 I write this while sitting in the train, en route to IIT Kanpur to start with my M.Des. degree very soon. About eight months ago, I was sitting in some corner of my room frantically scribbling sketch after sketch, unsure of whether my hard work would bear any fruit. Without a doubt I credit most of my success in CEED to TeaCup blog, without which my admission to Communication Design at IITK would be impossible.
This was my second attempt at CEED (CEED attempt number 1 was definitely a booster and an eye opener) in which I secured a decent rank (though, believe me, rank makes a very minor difference in the final rounds).

I need not waste your time about how to prepare for CEED, because the blog has enough material to get you through the process perfectly. Though I do have one tip out of my experience: Always mould your answer to show an ability that may be different than the rest. Frankly, I’m not that great at sketching. But I have the ability to write. As a profession and even as a hobby, I have pursued writing for years. In the CEED exam I used witty dialogue boxes, captions and one-liners to explain my work which made my mediocre drawing a little fun to evaluate. Everyone likes a good laugh in the middle of work. One need not be shy of using cheesy or corny explanations, if they make sense, because I’ve seen at IIT they do not judge you for your thoughts and ideas (only if they’re good). So be as crazy in your thinking as possible.
Also, I did my rough work (for each question) properly too. One obviously can’t come up with a great idea in one go. So I prefer mapping my thoughts on paper with keywords and quick doodles. It has absolutely no marks but I think it shows that the idea is thought over and that you’ve considered different options. Like I said, you may not have the best sketching and ideas, but you can show other skills hidden in an answer that make it different than the rest. But that said, please don’t ignore your main work in the exam. TIME IS NEVER ENOUGH FOR A DESIGN QUESTION.

The Interview:

Unlike IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur did not have a written aptitude test. Instead, they tested our intelligence and creativity on the spot, in the interview itself. One must be alert and quick in such situations. The point is to test if you can have fun with design and be inventive QUICKLY. Spontaneity is the key.
A guy, who wrote acting as his hobby in the portfolio, was asked to enact a given situation. A girl, who knew German, was asked to speak with one of the interview panelists (who apparently knew German) in the language. One guy, interested in product design, was given a wire and asked to create a cello-tape cutter with it in ten minutes. Architecture and Engineering pass-outs were asked to plot graphs pertaining to their field of work. One girl was asked, “What do you think early man used to clean his ears, before ear-buds were created?” There is no right answer to such questions. Only imaginative answers. Like I said, fun and inventiveness is important. Practice lateral thinking puzzles to open your head.

As for me, my portfolio had an application design assignment of an app to help cook Indian food. Somewhere the word ‘khichri’ came up. I was asked to explain quickly how a khichri is made and even the side-dishes that go with (yes we’re talking raitas, paapad and all). Maybe they wanted to test if I even knew the subject before creating an app about it. Then I was given a blank paper and asked to draw a visual, in 10 minutes, for ‘How To Make Khichri’ for a foreigner who has never tasted the dish. No, my drawing wasn’t even close to good (my plate of khichri looked like goo and my pressure cooker
resembled a balloon) BUT I put an element of humour in with witty headlines and small information
boxes. I addressed khichri as ‘the real 2-min meal’ as a pun on Maggie Noodles. I made a fun-fact box
explaining how the word ‘khichri’ is used synonymous with confusion in hindi and that the coalition
govt. system in India is called a ‘khichri sarkaar’. I even made a box about health benefits, of the same. I
assumed a foreigner might like to know more than just the recipe of an Indian dish. Trivia always
captures people’s interest.

All in all, just remember to enjoy the whole process, right from exam to the final interview. Only a happy
designer can create happy solutions to problems. Be quick and try being creative on a daily basis. Stop
wasting time on which college is the best and what the alumni are doing and how much they’re earning.
Ultimately, it’s what you make of the design degree. Not what the degree makes out of you.


Mitali Bhasin

July 04, 2014

Chetan Yadav (IIT-D)

Dear Design Aspirants!

Hello! I’m Chetan. I’d like to share how I prepared for the admission process of IITs and NID. But before that I’d like to give all the credit to Teacup and Prasanna sir for my selection.

I’ve always been good at sketching but I never thought of taking it professionally. When I was in IVth sem of my engineering, a classmate saw me sketching cars on top margin of my notebook’s page and asked if I ever appeared for NID’s entrance. Being unaware of what NID was, I searched about NID, Design, colleges, etc. Upon searching, I found that this was what I always wanted! I gathered as much information I could, contacted alumni of several batches who never replied. One day, while searching for CEED, I landed up on Teacup…The day was 31st December 2011, Yes, I remember the date. I thoroughly read the blog…every single post and every single comment. This was when I stopped searching Google. Here, I found answers to all my stupid queries. I even subscribed to the comments of all posts on Teacup so whenever someone would comment, I’d get an email.  In the past 2.5yrs of my association with Teacup, I asked Prasanna sir uncountable questions ranging from stupid to serious ones though stupid questions were much more than the sensible ones and he handled them all patiently. Well, salute to his patience! I see many candidates asking him same questions again and again and he answers all the doubtful souls…Kudos to all the help he rendered. I did not opt for any coaching or formal training; Teacup and my passion helped me evolve.


CEED: I aimed only for NID and IITs (primarily Delhi and Bombay).  I practised all the previous years’ papers of CEED and sent their solutions to Prasanna sir for improvements (he even helped me with the IITB’s application). I focussed on sketching with time-constraint; this is very important to score high especially during DATs and Studio Tests. Practised few still-life sketches, common products, comic strips, learned different types of polymers and metals and their respective usage (my mechanical engineering background helped in this), learned about different painting styles (I had Painting as a subject in class12th so this helped too). I didn’t prepare for GK questions specially; I used to read newspaper regularly. 

DAT/Material Test: I brought home some clay and wires to practise model making. Also I practised all possible geometrical shapes (particularly Tetrahedron and Octahedron) with paper cutting-pasting as well as Origami.

And as far as my portfolio is concerned, it had almost 30 pages consisting of my ball pen sketches, product concepts, few CAD models (I showed them on my laptop) and my doodles (I had made a collage of the doodles on a chart). When I was in final year, I appeared for CEED’13 and NID’13 (Product and Transportation).  I didn’t qualify CEED’13 but was lucky enough to get interview calls from NID (both disciplines) where I subsequently didn’t get selected. Then, I appeared for CEED’14 and NID’14 (Product and Transportation). I failed at NID this time but got AIR 166 in CEED. Before getting selected at IITD, I got a chance to be interviewed at IITB (PD, VC and MVD) and IITK. NID-PD guys were interested in ergonomics and mechanisms. NID-Transportation guys were more interested in materials and manufacturing processes (mainly concerned with the portfolio). IITB-MVD panel was more interested in asking all the engineering questions-no design questions. IITB-VC panel was in too much hurry-asked me to show the best 3 works of mine (the quickest interview-4minutes). IITB-PD panel was more interested in materials, manufacturing processes and product usability. IITK panel wasn’t interested at all-was only interested in asking my University’s background-they didn’t ask any engineering or design question. IITD panel asked few questions on materials, my passion for design, and since they seemed to have liked my portfolio, they also asked questions related to it. They even appreciated my cartoons which weren’t the part of my portfolio. This year, I didn’t use the folio which I took to NID last year. 


Firstly, read Teacup thoroughly, subscribe to the posts and comments; this blog is more than enough for the aspirants’ need. 

These exams test the candidates’ creativity and since creativity has no limits, one can’t prepare according to any pattern and fixed syllabus. Therefore, no coaching is required. Also, since 2013, CEED pattern has changed a little bit and in 2014, NID completely revamped the entrance. Ideally, candidates should go for the exam with a free state of mind; just don’t expect any question and simply don’t prepare for any particular problem and a solution for it. Be aware of what’s happening around (for GK). Focus on materials; this is the favourite section of examiners and its knowledge would come handy during preliminary entrance, DAT/ Studio Test as well as in the interview. Knowledge of materials is so cool that one can actually impress the examiner and the interviewers. Study: (1) Different architectural styles (of buildings and temples) of India, (2) Painting styles of India, (3) Colour theory and also (4) Learn few terminologies of photography. In CEED, when they ask to explain a scene given, don’t simply write what you see, unleash your imagination and knit out something positive and comic. In Material/Studio Tests when they ask to make something out of the given materials, they expect one to make a ‘neat’ and ‘strikingly different’ product (Focus on making neat products-it’s always written in question paper) but when they ask to sketch, they expect it to be colourful and self-explanatory (draw arrows and finger/hand to show usability). In Material/Studio Tests, a little knowledge of origami might help in finishing the product in time. Whatever one has in her/his portfolio, one should be able to market it, describe how/why different materials have been used, its functionality/ergonomics and how different it is. In portfolio, hand sketches (NID and IITD like them colourful) are enough but if one has few CAD and digital sketches then great-icing on the cake!

And above all, one should have a positive outlook.

Here’s a post I’ve written which has several links I referred while preparing for the entrances and portfolio: 


I can be reached at: chetan.yadav8[at]yahoo[dot]in or

June 24, 2014

Success Story : Vivek Aryan (IITG)

 We are glad to publish the success story and experience of Vivek Arya, who made it through IIT-G this year.

Hello friends.

I am Vivek and I made it to IIT Guwahati M Des program this year. I wanted to share this experience of mine because I think that it might prove helpful to people like me…who don’t have a design background or experience, or very good sketching hands, or a very good CEED rank…but do have some genuine ideas, a will to watch them getting materialized…and above all, imagination.


I am to get my graduation degree this July from a Central University in Chhattisgarh in Mechanical Engineering. I have never had any formal training in sketching or painting, but right since my childhood, I have been drawing things, making silly contraptions and breaking every toy apart to see what’s within it and how it works. My sketching technique is totally wrong, but I somehow manage to generate the effects which I want to. So, if you have been doing these things in your life, M Des is for you. Next most important thing you need is intuition. If you follow your instincts and listen to them, you are good enough. I mean to say, if you have to sketch something in perspective, and your hands automatically draw the lines without any measurements or bothering about angles, or you can see all the six faces of a cube in your mind only, by toggling and rotating it, you have it in you. And sorry to say, these things cannot be generated in one by practice…these things come naturally, these can only be perfected by practice. 

CEED Preparation Tips

Now, let’s come to CEED. For the first part, you need not to prepare anything at all or very little…a month is enough. It’s basic GK and visual perception, and if you keep your eyes and ears open and have that intuition thing in you, you will make it. The second part is somewhat tough…for you need to sketch in it, and sketch it fast. So practice free hand sketching in whatever style and medium you like. I wrote CEED hanging in sleep, having traveled in bus whole night to reach Kanpur in morning. A free mind is the thing you need for the second part. Keep it open to any idea, sketch fast…and concentrate on the mandatory question of your choice. If your concept in that question turns out to be good, your rank will shoot up. I got general rank 237 in CEED, which is not very good. Try to be within 150. If you are opting for product design, try to draw the product in its exploded view. Don’t bother about coloring or painting it beautifully…it’s not any embroidery test after all. Your idea should be clearly visible. If you want to have a still better idea about CEED and how to crack it, refer to the success story of Anumeha Rai, a college friend of mine, who cracked IISc, without whose valuable tips it would have been really difficult for me to crack this nut.

Portfolio Tips

The next most important thing is the portfolio. You need ample time to prepare a good portfolio, which I did not have being a fresher. I prepared for GATE too, then there were college tests, our HOD grilled us in project submission and then there were the end sem exams and some unprecedented events which prolonged it. For interview at Kanpur, I had only two products to show. I could not get selected. For Delhi, it was four…again rejected. But for Guwahati, I was ready. I knew that it was the best I could get with my rank, and it was a do or die situation for me. Finally, my portfolio had 6 products and the number of pages in it was 16...and this very humble portfolio got me selected. So here are some tips which I think you might find helpful while preparing yours:

  1. Originality of ideas is the main thing. Never borrow any idea. How so ever bad, or ridiculous, or infeasible it might seem to be, stick to it once it comes to your mind. Try to make it better.
  2. You can make a number of products but it is at last those one or two products which strike them and which get you selected. So, the first impression of your product must be so attractive that it compels them to look into the details. So, do the best sketching you can to draw the final conceptualization of your product and keep it on the first page with a short description. You can describe it part wise on the next pages. Give every product two or three pages.
  3. Design small products…like a case, or a jug, or a juicer, cellphone. But bring in something new with it and it should be feasible.
  4. Detailing is the single most important aspect of your portfolio. The parts and assemblies and processes should be so well labeled and described that the panel does not find any need to ask you how the thing works.
  5. Don’t bother about the visual appeal of your portfolio. I saw a lot of fancy 100 pages, beautifully printed and spiral bound portfolios being rejected there. I stuck to pencil sketching. I wrote the description with 6B pencil, and I cut and pasted the printouts of the CAD drawings I had prepared on those papers of A4 size. One of the pages even got smudged due to bad quality of the glue….but still, it worked.
  6. Believe me…exploded views work. Pencil drawing attracts. Charcoal makes them say wow. Cad adds extra spice. But at last, it’s the originality and detailing which will get you through. 


      Design Aptitude Test (DAT)

Next is the DAT. I was very frustrated after rejection in Delhi, because they did not even bother to have a look at what I had made. So this time I had decided that selected or not, I will do only that thing which pleases me and not someone else. I had nothing to lose…the maximum they could do with me was to reject me. And I really enjoyed the DAT of Guwahati with this attitude. There were two questions and in both we were asked to draw. In the first question, there was a figure of a hand pump and we were asked to create an environment around it. In the second question, we were supposed to choose three to five words from a wheel of 20 or so words and to do something creative, like a sketch, a painting or a poetry with those words as theme. So to tackle this type of questions, stick to your instincts. Think, and do whatever your heart wishes to…do the first thing which comes to your mind and your mind can reason, because you may be asked to explain it in the interview. Always keep the perspective in mind and that how much it allows you to draw in the sketch. Do the best fast sketching you can. Don’t bother about colors…your sketch should convey your idea. If you have enjoyed your DAT, you have done it right. 

IIT-G Interview and selection

And finally, it’s the interview. The panel in Guwahati was very supportive and I was really enjoying being interviewed by them. Never get shy…speak up whatever you want to, they will let you. When you are asked to explain, take your time, and describe things coolly. Prepare every aspect of your products well and be ready to answer. Don’t waste your time between DAT and interview. Rather use it in preparing the explanation for your DAT drawings….what, why and how. Prepare a secondary portfolio to showcase your pervious creative works like sketches, paintings, photographs and do show it to them. They even ask questions from that, and who knows, something in that might interest them enough to be impressed by you. But keep it short…15 pages maximum, we don’t have to bore them. If you have a sketch of Madhubala in it, you must know who she was, why she…and so on. Be confident on what you have with you. If you are not from design background, like me, you will get to see a lot of nicely prepared professional looking portfolios, three or four in number with each guy. You will meet guys with work ex…talking things you won’t understand. Don’t get frustrated…I was a little, with my little A4 size file, with the sketches of my hands which have never got any training in formal sketching. But even if you have a portfolio in a leaf file, all hand sketches, all black and white and only five products to show… take it from me, you can do it. If you are from a Hindi background, and are not that fluent in conversational English, do use Hindi where ever you need to (my background is that of Saraswati Vidya Mandir). I used it to describe the ARDHA-NAARISHWAR SWAROOP of Lord Shiwa. Be honest…don’t try to fool them ever…you can’t. Enjoy the interview…smile, laugh, answer their jokes, impress them…come out smiling. If you have it in you, you will be selected.


I hope all this babbling may prove to be of some help for the CEED aspirants to take the upcoming CEED examinations. Feel free to mail me at: , .

Have confidence in yourself…if someone like me can do it, you all can.

Best of Luck.