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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 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.

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 mandatory.

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

Our blogs have crossed 1 million hits! Visit NATAsketches.com blog and DQ Labs Blogspot to see how DQ Labs evaluates and trains their students to crack NATA, NID, NIFT, CEED & UCEED.

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 2020 brochures of NATA, JEE Main Paper 2 and JEE Advanced / AAT for more detailed information.

Architecture Entrance Exam Important Dates and Deadlines:

NATA 2020:

  1. Test Dates:: NATA Exam will be conducted in the month of April 2020. 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.
  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.

JEE-Paper 2:

  1. Test Dates: Between January 6th, 2020 - January 11th, 2020 for January session and it will be held second time again in the month of April i.e April 3rd-9th April. The brochure above has more detailed information
  2. Declaration of Results: The results will be declared on 31st January 2020 for January session
  3. Declaration of All India Rank:TBA

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

  1. Test Dates - JEE Mains: Between January 6th, 2020 - January 11th, 2020 for January session and it will be held second time again in the month of April i.e April 3rd-9th April.
  2. Declaration of Results - JEE Mains: The results will be declared on 31st January 2020 for January session The top 150,000 ranking candidates will be selected for JEE - Advanced
  3. Registration for JEE Advanced: TBA
  4. Test Dates - JEE Advanced: 17th May 2020
  5. Declaration of Results - JEE Advanced: 8th June 2020
  6. Registration for AAT: TBA
  7. Test Dates - AAT: 12th June 2020
  8. Declaration of Results - AAT: 16th June 2020

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)-2019 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:

NATA
Exam Structure
Math Aptitude Drawing Total
NATA
No of Questions 20 40 2 62
Marks 40 80 80 200
Syllabus
Mathematics:

Algebra, Logarithms, Trigonometry, 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry, Theory of Calculus: Application of Calculus, Permutation and combination, Statistics and Probability.

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.

Drawing Test:

Understanding of scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast. Conceptualization and Visualization through structuring objects in memory. Drawing of patterns - both geometrical and abstract. Form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes. Generating plan, elevation and 3D views of objects. Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms. Perspective drawing, Sketching of urbanscape and landscape, Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory.

JEE Paper 2 (B.Arch)
Exam Structure
Math Aptitude Drawing Total
JEE Paper 2
No of Questions 25 50 2 77
Marks 100 200 100 400
Syllabus
Mathematics:

Algebra, Logarithms, Trigonometry, 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry, Theory of Calculus: Application of Calculus, Permutation and combination, Statistics and Probability.

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.

Drawing Test:

Understanding of scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast. Conceptualization and Visualization through structuring objects in memory. Drawing of patterns - both geometrical and abstract. Form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes. Generating plan, elevation and 3D views of objects. Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms. Perspective drawing, Sketching of urbanscape and landscape, Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory.

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.

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

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

DQ Labs provides training for architecture entrance exams 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 exam 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, Mangalore & Thrissur. 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 offer online learning platform, DQ Labs' very own platform DQ Edge that covers all the topics necessary for NATA exam Preparation. DQ Edge ensures that they learn at their own pace, from a location convenient to them

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

Fashion Draping workshop at LISAA School of Design, Bangalore

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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
        NATA

      • Sanjana Rao
        NATA

      • Aditi Gangadhar
        NATA

      • Veeranna K
        NATA

      • Spandana
        NATA

      • Vishruthi Sudhakar
        NATA

      • Sriraksha Venkatrangan
        NATA

      • Aarshia Chakraborty
        NATA

      • Aditi
        NATA

      • Skanda
        NATA

      • Dhyan Kavan Lobo
        NATA

      • Lakshmi Kandur
        NATA

      • Bhumika Prakash
        NATA

      • Amal Abraham
        NATA

      • Bhumika N
        NATA

      • Niharika K
        NATA

      • Anu B
        NATA

      • Swetha Ravichandran
        NATA

      • Priyanka Jain
        NATA

      • Rahul Raj
        NATA

      • Rujul
        NATA

      • Sahana Swamy
        NATA

      • Sahil Mallya
        NATA

      • Shashak
        NATA

      • Shravya Nachappa
        NATA

      • Spoorthi P Jain
        NATA

      • Swarnavalli
        NATA

      • Vibha Sriraksha
        NATA

      • Neha
        NATA

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        NATA

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