October 11, 2015

NID 2016-17 admission forms are out!

Dear friends,

NID forms are out for both UG and PG admissions on this link

The deadline for submitting the forms is 27 November 15.

We suggest the candidates not to wait for the last dates, because often during the last days, the servers are observed to swamp with a large number of logins.

Unlike previous years, this years the NID forms have changed their strategy, and have complete online process. Similar to CEED, they have even mentioned the tentative result dates.

Further reading:
How to prepare for NID entrance
How to make a portfolio shown at admission interview

September 18, 2015

How to prepare for CEED : Study Plan

It's already mid-September and CEED is just about a couple of months away. If you are panicking about the fact that you have not began your preparation or disappointed about the rate at which your preparation is progressing, then welcome to the club of more than 5,000 CEED aspirants!  

A sense of positive pressure gets work done. Deadlines are important to build that positive pressure. To set deadlines and milestones to motivate yourself for preparation, all you need are guidelines on how to make a wonderful plan for CEED preparation. For NID preparation, same guidelines can be followed, but with different dates.  

Before making the plan keep these factors in your mind: 
  1. Forget about the portfolio! That’s right! CEED is being held in December, while the interviews won't begin till March. That’s a lot of time to make a killer portfolio. Therefore, while preparing for CEED, just forgot about portfolio! 
  2. Sketch on clean sheets of paper.  Though the tip number one tells you to forget about your portfolio, you never know which one of the sketches would be so good that it might work its way into your portfolio. Hence, always use a clean sheet, not a ruled one or a back-of-used-paper sheet. One simple way to do this is buy a nice pack of A4 sized papers meant to take print-outs on. These cost between Rs. 200 to Rs. 300 a ream (500 pages) which is a good investment  
  3. Buy pencils. Try out different pencils such as 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm, 0.9 mm mechanical pencils as well as regular wooden pencils during the first week of practice. 

The sample CEED plan 
Study area 
1st week 
(Sept 3rd  week) 
  • Sketching straight lines, perfect freehand circles, ellipses 
  • Try out different pencils and techniques 
  • Watching videos on YouTube about these techniques 
  • Buying books and material for practice 
  • Studying perspective sketching 

2nd week 
(Sept 4th week) 
  • Observing and sketching simple products like cell phones, spoons, scissors, etc. 
  • Learning proper shadows and textures 

3rd week 
(Oct 1st week) 
  • Practicing product textures using pencils 
  • Sketching simple products without observation (only by imagination) 

4th week 
(Oct 2nd week) 
  • Practicing sketching architectural buildings and houses using proper perspective 
  • Start by learning how to sketch human figures. Watch videos for the same 
  • Go through old CEED papers and list down the topics covered in Part A of these papers. This is your syllabus.  

5th week 
(Oct 3rd week) 
  • Detailed sketching of human figures in action 
  • Start Part A preparation. Read the information about relevanttopics from the list of topics you have prepared. 

6th week 
(Oct 4th week) 
  • Detailed study of human hands 
  • Study of hands in different postures  
  • Read more topics for Part A 

7th week 
(Oct 5th week) 
  • Study of problem solving techniques such as Attribute Method, SCAMPER, brainstorming, etc. And applying them to solve simple problems of everyday life such as prevent water clogging on roads 
  • Read more topics for Part A 

8th week 
(Nov 1st week) 
  • Solving old CEED papers. Download an old CEED paper from IITB site and then solve it within set time of 3 hours. Spend next day analyzing the paper 
  • Read more topics for Part A 

9th week 
(Nov 2nd week) 
  • Solve more old CEED papers. And when you discover you are finding difficult to attempt certain questions, then analyze and practice those points where you feel you need improvement 
  • Read more topics for Part A where you feel you lack or need focus 

10th week 
(Nov 3rd week) 
  • Practice selectively on the sketching where you feel you really need to improve. Spend rest of the time on preparing for Part A 

11th week 
(Last week before CEED) 
  • Try to get maximum rest. 
  • Sketch and practice as required. 
  • Read as much Part A topics as needed 
  • Practice based on your requirement 

CEED exam this Sunday 
This is a broad study plan. You can modify it as per your requirements. You can shorten or lengthen some elements as you wish to.  

Important resources for the study plan 

And don’t forget the all encompassing D'Source  

August 31, 2015

Success Story: Jithin Rajagopal (IISc)

Dear all design aspirants,

You must have read many success stories in Teacup alone. All are basically the same. So I  am not going to repeat it. I choose design over engineering simply because it gives more freedom and flexibility.
I want to give some little interview tips. This is not my success story, but my experience.

I was nervous while attending IITB transportation interview (though the studio test was simple for all) and I failed.
Then it was IISc.. There were no studio test, only some technical ( +2 maths), objective & subjective stuff along with a Qn to draw Mahindra Reva ( Picture was given). I did it well, and it  gave me a  little confidence. The interview was like testing my industrial knowledge. I failed to answer many of their Qns properly. I had good ideas but they were not complete and I failed to consider all possible situations. But soon it became like an interactive group chat. They taught me many things there itself. They laughed on my funny attitude, me too. I was never nervous and I had  ask them to stop laughing and let me go ( obviously I was smiling while saying that). 

Finally I was in. Class started at IISc. The guy mainly  interviewed me is a legend in the dept. And later I realized that I was in only because I made them entertaining through out my interview and not because of the test in which I performed  well.


August 09, 2015

Success Story : Joni Mazumder (IITG)

Hi this is Joni Mazumder from Silchar,Assam.

I am from Engineering Background (Class of 2013), After completion of my graduation I was in IT industry for more than a year.

Why into Designing? ... Well that’s what I love and my passion (Simple)

This passion led me to appear for CEED 2014 (I skipped 2014 interviews because I wanted a year to explore more) And appeared in 2015 interview for IITG only because I wanted a beautiful campus where I can talk to my thoughts and create more creatively. And Got into IITG design Masters 2015 Batch.

Regarding CEED Examination---
PART A : I don't Prepared anything just got through it and if someone needs more info TeacupBlog has good info.
Part B : Here Practice is key. I took Couple of last year Questions to start with and then made a daily Habit to doodle every day to improve upon my drawing skills. While Preparing I always concentrated on fast sketching, Which again is key in exams. And Unique/good Idea generation is also important- For this I normally used to think about day to day problems and how I can change them with design.

My Rank in CEED 2014 as General was 192

Interview/DAT Exam at IITG:
Question was (SMELLY) to think of any situation where smell creates problem and by sketch illustrate how we can solve the problem.
 Well here I introduced the problem we face due to mosquito coils (Health issues related to it)
And gave a solution to use Natural local herb (having mosquito repelling property) instead of Mosquito coils.

Well when I entered the room I was somewhat shocked by watching a panel of around 10 to 12 Professors.  They asked me a lot of questions and I was busy with replies.
 I made a portfolio which only had Interaction design (As was only interested in Interaction Design) and a Sketchbook. They were more into my Sketchbook.
 Well at the end I had real Great Experience of sitting in a Design interview and was very different

TIP if you are coming for IITG interview-- do Projects mostly in sketches and put all your geart visual senses to create awesome designs and be confident.

Well Thankyou and best of luck!!!

Any queries- Drop me a mail @   joni.srm.arch@gmail.com

August 03, 2015

Success Story : Palash Ghawde (NID - PD)

First of all I would like to sincerely thank Prasanna Sir for his unbounded support and guidance.
This blog itself is self sufficient for preparation for the dream design college you vouch. Still he does every bit to help in whichever way he can whenever you drop him a mail for reviews on your work or on the silliest of your insecurities.

I have rarely come across people with such level of selfless help and pleasing nature as him. I shall be always indebted towards his guidance and support.
 About my success story, well it’s was more of a rollercoaster ride at the end of which I didn’t feel sick but thrilled.

I’m Palash Ghawde born and brought up in Mumbai.I was always a car fanatic since my early years and was always keen to open up things and explore.

I did my Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Saraswati College of Engg.,Kharghar with an average CGPA but some substantial extra circulars. I along with my friends started a SAE club and then started our student racing team “ Prahaar Racing “ wherein we ended up making two race cars for national level events Baja and Supra.I also have worked with Air India for my graduation project.
I hunted for a job and couldn’t find a proper one which lead me to reviving my lost dream of being an Automobile Designer. After bearing the brunt of being from a mediocre college i decided i would only aim for the best. CEED 2015 and NID DAT happened. Sketched alot, solved many questions papers(refer this blog to know what to do ).

I somehow cleared CEED with a bad rank(433) , still got a call for MVD @ IIT B IDC and IIITDM J.I started preparing my portfolio but they were least interested in it when I went for the interview. My first interview at my dream college lasted only for few minutes and i knew I was out the moment i walked out. I was working as an Assistant Professor at an Engineering college in the year gap which i took so that i could support my family. They hence dragged me back to engineering basics and weren’t convinced. I had made a huge blunder.

I was quite shell shocked and that continued as my application didn’t clear most of the IIT’s. Meanwhile I cleared IIITDM J for Product Design, the interview went well and the faculty was receptive and took effort to interact and understand my work and me(Unlike IIT B).
I was happy but not elated I wanted to pursue the course from the best. I was called for interview at MIT Pune for Transportation Design .Gaurang Sir (HOD and ex NIDian) was impressed with my Product Design works which I had included for Jabalpur and referred me to their Product Design panel. Funny thing is I was selected Product and not for Transportation.

I was shell shocked again when I cleared NID DAT and got a call for both Product and Transportation design. I gave the best I could do for preparing for Studio tests and updating my portfolio. A few seniors whom i knew guided me during this time.

I had secured admission at IIITDM Jabalpur but NID was amongst my dream colleges. When i visited the college for the selection process I was so mesmerised by the whole atmosphere (not the climatic one, Ahmedabad is unbearably hot)  that i was confused should I take another year drop to make it here. The Studio tests didn’t go so well, I could have done better but the interviews were good.
After a long wait the results were out only for me to realize that I will have to wait longer.

I was on Waitlist 1 for Transportation and WL 2 for Product Design. I tell you guys that were the most frustrating and most hopeful feeling ever both at the same time. I had literal sleepless confused nights for a month, torn in-between whether to book tickets for Jabalpur or Ahmadabad.
Finally the last date arrived I called them up. They told me there were no vacancies left.
I was in shock, after coming so close I was rejected. I sat at the same spot for two hours only to get a call from them again to say that I have cleared my waitlist 2 for Product Design.

Today Im writing this as I sit at NID’s Paldi campus , my course starts next week .It’s a wonderful feeling, a dream come true. But it’s only a start the real learning and struggle starts now.
I haven’t written details about my portfolio or interview because i feel if you have the will power you will clear through it.

All the best for your preparations, you can mail me at palashghawe@gmail.com if you need any help.

My only advice would be to have faith in yourself and give your best.
You hardly have any control over how things work.
You need to work at your best ,hope for the impossible, and leave the rest.

“Whatever has to happen will happen.”

July 06, 2015

Success Story : Aditya Patil (NID PD)

Hello Everyone :)
I am aditya.
Just want to share my experience with you all.

Well..it all started april 2013 when I was in my last year of engineering preparing for CEEd n NID entrance exams but soon I decided to take a break coz I got a job at a very reputed company. I decided to start over again after an year after gaining some experience. Believe me stopping the preparation completely is the worst thing an NID / CEED aspirant could take. It was very difficult to concentrate back again, preparing for such a competitive exam especially after an year. Soon I got the news of my friend cracking NID last year. This motivated me and also gave me a hope. This was the time (June) when I really started taking Ceed and Nid entrances seriously. 
Abt entrance exams, well I must say I found Ceed entrance exam slightly tougher over NID. Especially the aptitude test. But I must say my experience was very similar to 'Slumdog Millionaire' for MCQs as I could answer most of the questions jus coz I had observed things around, noticed them. For eg there was one question in which they had asked abt the author of the book Accidental Prime Minister. I never read that book, but yes my friend did and I saw that book lying ob his bed for a week.


Talking about preparation well I went through famous paintings, artists, monuments, designers, books etc. Along with some history, Ramayan, Mahabharat. Believe me doing this will surely help coz while searching abt these things many random things will come to ur mind. Note them somewhere and search them too. Maintain a book to note down things. ( 50 PAGES MAX else it will be BORING AND YOU WILL NEVER GO THROUGH IT AGAIN) . Please don't mug ;)

Observe things around you, Sketch a lot, ask you friends to throw any question at you about any product they want to see.This will be very Random but believe me the more Random questions you will face , More Creative you will be. More prepared you will be.

Whatever work you do, show it to your NID / IDC seniors. Also show your artwork (especially products) to your friends who are from some other field say MBA or any other field. This will give you an idea about how a NON DESIGNER thinks.Will give you a different perspective all together. It will help you to make your designs better.
I feel, this is just to check how you handle the materials around you. Try making something innovative out of  thermocol, thin Wooden sheets, barks, perfume bottle paper box(or any box), clay, MAKE GREETINGS using only colored papers etc.

Exactly one year back I was just like you. I was nowhere in the race, completely lost, tensed. But if its meant to be then it will happen no matter know. I am just an ordinary guy and I dont really know how many hours one should prepare but always remember. WHATEVER YOU DO DO IT WITH YOUR FULL HEART.
At the end I just feel, If an ordinary guy like me can crack both CEED & NID then you all definitely can !! Everyone is gifted, everyone is special. Believe in your efforts and next year even you will be sharing your experience like this :)

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July 02, 2015

Why You Might Fail To Clear CEED 2016 (Guest post by Launchpad Academy)

CEED (Common Entrance Examination for Design) is that one examination which has been deciding the future of aspiring designers in India from many years. An all-India examination conducted by the Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay, it is one of the hardest design entrance exams to clear. Though clearing CEED doesn’t guarantee admissions into design schools, CEED is definitely the gateway one needs to get through before seeking admissions in IITs, IISc and other reputed design schools.

Though thousands of design students write CEED every year, only a handful are able to clear the exam. Unlike Engineering in India, Design is a very exquisite educational domain, having fewer colleges and fewer seats. Hence, for students who are aiming to get into the best design schools in India, it is going to be tough to fight it out amongst thousands and make it to the top. Though it is easy to clear CEED with dedication, hard work and the right approach towards design, there are plenty of reasons why you might fail to clear CEED 2016. Here’s a list.

1. You are depending on your CEED coaching center
Creativity, imagination, analytical thinking, problem solving and many such innate qualities can’t be forced into you, they have to be cultivated instead. It is simply impossible to develop a designer’s approach within 3 months as the centers promise. You can’t clear CEED if you can’t think like a designer, it’s as simple as that.

2. You are treating CEED like IIT JEE
Design unlike engineering is not technical in nature, doesn’t rely on formulas and mathematical interpretations. If you want to clear CEED 2016, take out that marks-oriented approach from your head and most importantly, stop thinking like an engineer! Instead take time to observe design as a concept, implement your ideas, keep experimenting and keep improving your skills. Think beyond marks!

3. Your drawing and sketching skills are poor
Design is in fact the process of giving a visual representation to your ideas and if your drawing and sketching skills are too poor to represent your ideas, it is very likely that you won’t clear CEED. Though design is not technical, it’s not entirely about imagination and ideas either. Proportions, angles, ideations, aesthetics, packaging, user-function… knowledge of these things matter too.

Sketching skills

4. You are lacking analytical thinking
The whole intention of design is to make things more functional and simpler to use, to make ideas more relatable and understandable. As a designer, you must be able to identify design problems quickly and offer solutions instantly. CEED question papers emphasize heavily on these analytical thinking problems and even if you are good at sketching, if you lack analytical thinking, it is going to be tough to clear CEED.

5. You don’t know how well prepared you are
In case of IIT JEE you will know how well prepared you are as the questions are straight forward, methods definitive and results measurable. But that’s not the case in CEED. If you fail to interact with other students and expert designers in online communities and get their opinions on you skills and works, you will never know your mistakes and instead come to the conclusion that you are simply well prepared.

6. You are not working on your portfolio
CEED is only half the race to seek admissions in design schools. CEED is followed by a much more difficult studio test and personal interview where you are supposed to present your design portfolio and explain yourself as a designer. If your preparation is all about clearing CEED and not 
creating your own design portfolio, you will never gain entry into a design school. A portfolio is a collection of your works.

A typical portfolio

7. You are not taking studio tests seriously
If you are capable enough to clear the studio tests, you are certainly capable enough to clear CEED 2016. Rather than prioritizing CEED before the studio test that follows, do the opposite in fact. It takes great amount of knowledge, skills and confidence to face studio tests, and if you have it all, CEED will be a cakewalk for you!

8. You are not solving enough previous year question papers
Though the pattern of CEED is completely unpredictable, it is wise to solve as many previous year question papers as possible. It gives you a brief insight over what kind of questions would be asked and lets you easily prioritize the things you are supposed to learn. All the previous year CEED question papers can be easily found on the internet, along with the solutions.

9. You are not exploring enough
As said before, design is not about rules, formulas and mathematics. There’s no definitive syllabus like engineering where you can limit your horizons of learning. Learning is an endless process if you are a designer and anything related to design could be asked in CEED 2016. The more you explore, the more you know and the more you learn. Make good use of the resources and technology you are provided with.

Using online resources
10. You don’t have a design mindset
A design mindset is what differentiates people who clear CEED and ones who don’t. Evaluators of studio tests and personal interviews specifically look for the love and passion you have for design. Your works need to speak a consistent design language and reflect a solid design approach. If you don’t possess a design mindset as such and just focus on clearing CEED, sooner or later you will realize design was not for you.

This article is not intended to discourage or demotivate anybody who is planning to write design entrance exams like CEED, UCEED or NID’s entrance exam. The article is just giving you a list of things you shouldn’t be doing over the next six months while you prepare for CEED 2016, which is likely to be conducted in the month of December, 2015.

Kushal Babu writes for Launchpad Academy, a design institute located in Bangalore. Launchpad offers online design courses that help in skill development and portfolio preparation for design schools. For more design related articles from Kushal Babu, visit Launchpad’s Blog.