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    • How does one become an Architect in India?
    • How are students ranked to get through B. Arch programmes in India?
    • Architecture Entrance Exam Important Dates and Deadlines
    • Target Scores or Ranks
    • Structure of the Question Papers & Syllabus

    How does one become an Architect in India?

    Career Path

    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.

    They have stipulated that all aspirants must complete a 5 year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) program in architecture from approved institutes only. Aspirants must also answer an aptitude test before they can get admission into the approved architecture school.

    Click Here to find out the status of All Architecture Schools in India

    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 9+ 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.

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

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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

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    Architecture Entrance Exam Important Dates and Deadlines:

    Attempts NATA 2021 JEE Paper 2 (SPA’s, NIT’s etc) AAT (IIT’s)
    Application Start Date (1st Test) Usually January Usually August (previous Year) Usually June
    Application End Date (1st Test) Usually March Ususally September Usually June
    Application Start Date (2nd Test) Usually May Usually January Usually June
    Application End Date (2nd Test) Usually June Usually February Usually June
    Test Date: 1st Attempt Usually March Usually January Usually June
    Declaration of 1st Attempt Result Within 1 Month Within 2 Months Within 1 month
    Test Date: 2nd Attempt Usually July Usually April NA
    Declaration of 2nd Attempt Result / Ranks Within 1 Month Within 2 Months Within 1 Month

    It is highly recommended that students write both NATA & JEE Paper 2 to maximize their chances of getting into a college of their choice.

    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. JEE Paper 2 (Architecture) - 2020 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.

    NATA Question paper pattern

    Distribution of marks
    Total Marks
    Part A
    Cognitive skills for Drawing and Visual Composition Test (10 Questions) 1*17
    Part B
    PCM (15 Questions carrying 1.5 marks each) 15*1.5 22.5
    General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning
    (35 Questions carrying 1.5 marks each)
    35*1.5 52.5
    Total 200

    NATA Syllabus

    Cognitive skills for Drawing and visual composition Test (Part-A)

    Understanding the important visual principles in a composition (2D OR 3D) such as balance, rhythm, direction, hierarchy, etc. Understanding geometry and the ability to visualize shape and solve geometrical puzzles to test spatial intelligence; Understanding color theory and the various terminologies to test color scheme awareness and knowledge; Visual system interpretation and perception to test graphical similarities and other properties; Ability to understand spatial relationship between objects, and to visualize images and scenarios; Tests for cognitive ability: perception, attention, recognition, memory etc.


    Electrostatics- Electric charges and Fields; Electrostatic Potential and Capacitance; Current Electricity; Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism; Moving Charges and magnetism; Magnetism and Matter; Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating currents- Electromagnetic Induction; Alternating Current; Optics- Ray optics and optical instruments, Wave Optics; Dual nature of radiation and Matter; Atoms and Nuclei- Atoms, Nuclei; Electronic devices- Semiconductor Electronics, Materials, Devices and Simple circuits


    Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry; Structure of Atom; Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties; Chemical Bonding and Molecular; States of Matter: Gases and Liquids; Chemical Thermodynamics; Equilibrium; Redox Reactions; Hydrogen; s- Block Elements p - Block Elements; Organic Chemistry: Some basic Principles and Techniques; Hydrocarbons; Environmental Chemistry


    Algebra: Definitions of A. P. and G.P.; General term; Summation of first n-terms of series ∑n, ∑n²,∑n3 ; Arithmetic/Geometric series, A.M., G.M. and their relation; Infinite G.P. series and its sum.

    Logarithms: Definition; General properties; Change of base.

    Matrices: Concepts of m x n (m ≤ 3, n ≤ 3) real matrices, operations of addition, scalar multiplication and multiplication of matrices. Transpose of a matrix. Determinant of a square matrix. Properties of determinants (statement only). Minor, cofactor and adjoint of a matrix. Nonsingular matrix. Inverse of a matrix. Finding area of a triangle. Solutions of system of linear equations. (Not more than 3 variables).

    Trigonometry: Trigonometric functions, addition and subtraction formulae, formulae involving multiple and submultiple angles, general solution of trigonometric equations. Properties of triangles, inverse trigonometric functions and their properties.

    Coordinate geometry: Distance formula, section formula, area of a triangle, condition of collinearity of three points in a plane. Polar coordinates, transformation from Cartesian to polar coordinates and vice versa. Parallel transformation of axes, concept of locus, elementary locus problems. Slope of a line. Equation of lines in different forms, angle between two lines. Condition of perpendicularity and parallelism of two lines. Distance of a point from a line. Distance between two parallel lines. Lines through the point of intersection of two lines. Equation of a circle with a given center and radius. Condition that a general equation of second degree in x, y may represent a circle. Equation of a circle in terms of endpoints of a diameter. Equation of tangent, normal and chord. Parametric equation of a circle. Intersection of a line with a circle. Equation of common chord of two intersecting circles.

    3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry: Direction cosines and direction ratios, distance between two points and section formula, equation of a straight line, equation of a plane, distance of a point from a plane.

    Theory of Calculus: Functions, composition of two functions and inverse of a function, limit, continuity, derivative, chain rule, derivative of implicit functions and functions defined parametrically. Integration as a reverse process of differentiation, indefinite integral of standard functions. Integration by parts. Integration by substitution and partial fraction. Definite integral as a limit of a sum with equal subdivisions. Fundamental theorem of integral calculus and its applications. Properties of definite integrals. Formation of ordinary differential equations, solution of homogeneous differential equations, separation of variables method, linear first order differential equations.

    Application of Calculus: Tangents and normals, conditions of tangency. Determination of monotonicity, maxima and minima. Differential coefficient as a measure of rate. Motion in a straight line with constant acceleration. Geometric interpretation of definite integral as area, calculation of area bounded by elementary curves and Straight lines. Area of the region included between two elementary curves.

    Permutation and combination: Permutation of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Permutation of n things not all different. Permutation with repetitions (circular permutation excluded). Combinations of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Combination of n things not all different. Basic properties. Problems involving both permutations and combinations.

    Statistics and Probability: Measure of dispersion, mean, variance and standard deviation, frequency distribution. Addition and multiplication rules of probability, conditional probability and Bayes’ Theorem, independence of events, repeated independent trails and Binomial distribution.

    General Aptitude

    Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), General awareness of national/ international architects and famous architectural creations.

    Mathematical reasoning: Statements, logical operations like and, or, if and only if, implies, implied by. Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction and contrapositive.

    Sets and Relations: Idea of sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets, Venn diagram, De Morgan's Laws, Relation and its properties. Equivalence relation — definition and elementary examples.

    JEE Paper 2 Question paper pattern

    JEE (B.Arch)
    Sections Questions Marks
    Drawing 2 100
    Aptitude 40 200
    Mathematics 25 100
    Total 77 400

    JEE Paper 2 Syllabus

    Part 1-Awareness of persons, places, Buildings, Materials, Objects, Texture related to Architecture and build environment. Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings. Visualising different sides of three dimensional objects. Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal.

    Part 2-Three dimensional - perception: Understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, building forms and elements, colour texture, harmony and contrast. Design and drawing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil. Transformation of forms both 2D and 3D union, subtraction, rotation, development of surfaces and volumes, Generation of Plan, elevations and 3D views of objects. Creating two dimensional and three dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.

    Sketching of scenes and activities from memory of urbanscape (public space, market, festivals, street scenes, monuments, recreational spaces etc.).landscape (river fronts, jungles, gardens, trees, plants etc.) and rural life.

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