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How does one become an Architect in India?

The Council of Architecture (CoA) is charged with the responsibility to regulate the education and practice of the Architecture profession throughout India besides maintaining the register of architects.

To pursue an undergraduate program in Architecture (B. Arch) in India, there are 3 paths that one may tread upon:

To do an undergraduate program in Architecture (B. Arch) in India, there are 3 exams that one may target:

  1. NATA: To get admission into 400+ architecture colleges in India. This test is conducted by CoA. Universities include CEPT Ahmedabad, JJ School of Architecture Mumbai, RV College of Architecture Bangalore etc.
  2. IIT JEE (Paper 2): To get admission into 20+ NIT's and other Centrally Funded Universities providing B. Arch programmes. Universities other than NIT's include SPA (Delhi, Bhopal & Vijayawada)
  3. IIT JEE + IIT Advanced + Architecture Aptitude Test: To get admission into 2 IIT's - Kharagpur and Roorkie which provide B. Arch Programmes.

In all cases, students must have Mathematics and English as mandatory subjects in their 12th board exams. Students with a commerce background can also appear under NATA. For IIT's - Physics and Chemistry are also mandatory.

For more information on Architecture as a Career and the opportunities, the Creative Careers e-book has more information

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DQ Labs Students' Performance:

  • 2000 + Students scored above 120 in NATA
  • 6000 + Students in top Architectural school in India
  • Faculty from IIT,SPA and CEPT
  • Students among top 10 ranks in all states since 2007

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How are students ranked to get through B. Arch programmes in India?

  1. NATA: 50% of 12th Board score + 50% of NATA Score - Applicants will be given a state rank through which they can secure admissions to colleges in each state considering the reservation categories
  2. IIT JEE (Paper 2): 40% of 12th Board score + 60% of JEE Paper 2 - Ranking is provided by each of the universities independently through which they can secure admissions considering the reservation categories
  3. IIT JEE + IIT Advanced + Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT): Ranking will be given based on students completing JEE-Mains + JEE-Advanced and AAT - Applicants will be given an All India Rank (AIR) through which they can secure admissions to universities considering the reservation categories

Download the 2018 brochures of NATA, JEE Main Paper 2 and JEE Advanced / AAT for more detailed information.

Architecture Entrance Exam Important Dates and Deadlines:

NATA 2019:

  1. Test Dates:: NATA Exam will be conducted in the month of April 2019. Our expert counsellors will be able to guide you accordingly.
  2. Declaration of Results: The NATA response sheet of each candidate for part A will be available within a week after taking the test.
  3. Submission of NATA Score Card to CET Cell:The NATA Score Cards must be submitted to the appropriate state CET Cell for Ranking. The submission deadlines vary from state to state. Eg. In Karnataka, the scores need to be submitted to the CET Cell by 24th June / July 2019.
  4. Submission of NATA Score Card to other Counselling groups in each state:The NATA Score Cards must be submitted to the appropriate counselling cells for Ranking. The submission deadlines vary from state to state. Eg. In Karnataka, candidates need to apply separately and submit their NATA scores to COMED-K by the middle of June 2019.

JEE-Paper 2:

  1. Test Dates: January 8th, 2019 for January session and it will be held second time again in the month of April i.e April 6th-20th April. The brochure above has more detailed information
  2. Declaration of Results: The results will be declared on 31st January for January session and for April session the result will be declared on 30th April,2019.
  3. Declaration of All India Rank:May 2019

IIT JEE + IIT Advanced + Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT):

  1. Test Dates - JEE Mains:Expected in June 2019.
  2. Declaration of Results - JEE Mains: Official communication is yet to be anounced. The top 150,000 ranking candidates will be selected for JEE - Advanced
  3. Registration for JEE Advanced: 7th May 2018.
  4. Test Dates - JEE Advanced: 20th May 2018.
  5. Declaration of Results - JEE Advanced: The results will be declared by the 10th June 2018.
  6. Registration for AAT: By 10-11th June 2018.
  7. Test Dates - AAT: 14th June 2018.
  8. Declaration of Results - AAT: The results will be declared by the 18th June 2018.

Target Scores or Ranks:

  1. NATA: A target score of 140+ is what students need to focus on to get a good rank in each state. At DQ Labs, our students target and achieve 150+. Our highest score achieved is 171!
  2. IIT JEE (Paper 2): The ranking is conducted by JoSAA. In the past, the seats at SPA Delhi have closed out within the top 523 ranks. JEE Paper 2 (Architecture)-2017 Cut Off - Closing Ranks (General Merit)
  3. IIT JEE + IIT Advanced + Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT): The top 2,00,000 students who qualify JEE Mains, are eligible to answer JEE Advanced. Those who qualify JEE Advanced, are eligible to answer AAT. Students within the top 9000 ranks have secured admissions into the IIT's for Architecture in previous years.

Structure of the Question Papers & Syllabus:

  1. NATA: 200 marks - 3 hour exam with two parts - Drawing and Aesthetic Sensitivity. Drawing is for 2 hours and has 3 questions (2D, 3D and Theme Sketch). Part A is a computer based test which has 40 MCQ's from Mathematics, English, Architecture Awareness and Mental Ability. Part B, the drawing section is a paper based skill test. Both parts are to be attempted in 90 mins each. Contact our expert counsellors for more information
  2. IIT JEE (Paper 2):You can refer to the JEE Paper 2 Part 1 & 2 and Part 3 of the 2017 Question Paper for more information.
  3. IIT JEE + IIT Advanced + Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT): Refer to the IIT website for the Syllabus and exam structure.

DQ Labs believes in encouraging the talents and nurturing them in the best way possible. For the same reason we bring to you our very own online portal; DQ Edge which has an array of topics, sample papers and test papers to choose from, in order to prepare better. You will also find detailed insights from our expert faculty (unique to each registered student) on topics that you learn online to target the best growth path for you.

Free NATA Sample Mock Test and JEE Paper 2 Question papers (Parts 1, 2 & 3) are available.

You could also check out the DQ Labs NATA and JEE Paper 2 information/FAQ's page for more inforamation

Join the leading Coaching center in India with a faculty of Architects & Designers from IIT, CEPT and SPA

DQ Labs provides training for entrance exams of Architecture papers like NATA, IIT JEE Paper-II (B. Arch) and AAT and Interior Design papers for CEPT-SID / APIED, Civil Construction: CEPT-SBST : CEPT-Planning. To know more about DQ Labs click here.

All the DQ Labs study material and the teaching methodology for Architecture entrance preparation is a result of years of experience we have gained through mentoring thousands of Architecture aspirants at our design studios in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune and Mangalore. Students can witness tremendous improvement in their aptitude and skills under our mentor-ship. DQ Labs students exceptional results stand a testimony for the quality and individual attention we provide for each of our students.

In order to overcome physical barriers and reduce time and energy consumption during NATA exam preparations, we provide online learning platform, DQ Labs' very own product DQ Edge that covers all the topics necessary for NATA Preps. DQ Edge ensures that you learn at your own pace, from a location convenient to its students.

We also provide coaching for Design and Fashion Entrance Exams like NID, UCEED, NIFT and CEED.

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Activities conducted at DQ Labs

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    Design Exploration Program Summer Workshop Inauguration at Rangoli Metro Arts Centre, MG Road Bangalore

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      Some of DQ Labs' Top scoring students:

      • Mrudhulaa CR
        NATA Score: 153

      • Neha Sarah Abraham
        NATA Score: 152

      • Devyani Ramamoorthy
        NATA Score: 147

      • Rishi Kumaran
        NATA Score: 147

      • Sumukh S
        NATA Score: 139

      • Ullas M
        NATA Score: 149

      • Aishwarya P Hegde
        NATA Score: 140

      • Melanie Mary Marshal
        NATA Score: 146

      • Aditi Gunna
        NATA Score: 140

      • Anushree Parkhi
        NATA Score: 144

      • Prakrithi P
        NATA Score: 135

      • Rithika Reddy R
        NATA Score: 132

      • Sanaya Sarah Jacob
        NATA Score: 140

      • Hrithik Shridhar

      • Sanjana Rao

      • Aditi Gangadhar

      • Veeranna K

      • Spandana

      • Vishruthi Sudhakar

      • Sriraksha Venkatrangan

      • Aarshia Chakraborty

      • Aditi

      • Skanda

      • Dhyan Kavan Lobo

      • Lakshmi Kandur

      • Bhumika Prakash

      • Amal Abraham

      • Bhumika N

      • Niharika K

      • Anu B

      • Swetha Ravichandran

      • Priyanka Jain

      • Rahul Raj

      • Rujul

      • Sahana Swamy

      • Sahil Mallya

      • Shashak

      • Shravya Nachappa

      • Spoorthi P Jain

      • Swarnavalli

      • Vibha Sriraksha

      • Neha

      • Rishi


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