Courses To Join After 12th To Become An Architect In India - Colleges, Admission Processes And Career Prospects

July 15, 2021

Courses To Join After 12th To Become An Architect In India - Colleges, Admission Processes And Career Prospects


Architecture is an evolving and artistic career choice. There is a huge scope in this field. Students can explore various opportunities after gaining knowledge in this field. Some of them are designing/constructing houses and business establishments, designing sites for exhibitions and sports events, creating unique lighting systems, and many more.

Architects explore their field by constructing commercial buildings, malls, highways, etc. with their innovative ideas. This job requires structure specs, managing construction contracts, scaled drawings, either by hand or with computer software.  

Possible Courses after 12th to become an Architect

1.    Diploma Courses: Students can go for Diploma in Architecture after 12th, which is a certificate-level course in the field of Architectural Engineering. The duration of this course is 3 years and students can enroll after the completion of class 10th or 12th. Some of these Diploma Courses are

·         Diploma in Architectural Assistantship

·         Diploma in Architecture Engineering

·         Diploma in Construction Management


  2.   Bachelor's Degree: It is an undergraduate degree in Architecture. The span of this program is  5 years. Students will obtain practical and theoretical knowledge about the area. Some of these courses are:

·         Bachelor of Architecture 

·         Bachelor of Architecture in Landscape Architecture

·         Bachelor in Planning

·         Bachelor of Engineering in Construction Technology

·         Bachelor of Architecture in Building and Construction Management


3. Certificate Courses in India: These are the 3d software design in virtual building design courses using the software applications, Autocad,3Ds, Sketchup, etc.

Admission Process

In India Council of Architecture is the main authority to control all the admissions in the Architecture Colleges, departments, and schools. There are only two main papers that students are supposed to qualify to get admission in Bachelor of Architecture. These exams are JEE Main Paper 2 and NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture).

Eligibility Criteria for the respective Architecture Courses

For Diploma Courses:

·         10+2 is the minimum requirement for the candidates who are willing to pursue diploma courses.

·         Candidates can even apply for an engineering diploma after completing the 10th standard.

For B.Arch:

·         Candidates need to score a minimum aggregate of 50% marks in class 12th with Mathematics and English as compulsory subjects.

·         The applicants who have completed a 3-year diploma after 10th are also eligible to apply for this course.

·         Many colleges require students to clear architecture entrance exams such as JEE Main, JEE Advanced, and NATA.

Top Colleges for Pursuing Architecture

1.     School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

2.    Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

3.    Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

4.    Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai

5.    National Institute of Technology

6.    Jadav University, Calcutta

7.    Birla Institute of Technology, Patna

8.    CEPT, Ahmedabad

9.    Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh

10.  Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi

Career Prospects

There are various job profiles available among Corporate Businesses, Teaching, MNCs, Consulting Firms, etc. in which students can pursue as an Architect after completing the degree. Some of them are mentioned below:

·         Construction Manager

·         Architectural Engineer

·         Architectural Manager

·         Civil Engineers

·         Construction Manager

·         Construction and Building Inspectors

·         Industrial Designers

·         Interior Designers

Hence Architecture is a great career choice, and many big companies provide job opportunities for budding architects. 



Q: Can the B.Arch course be done part time ?

A: No, it can not be done part time.

Q: Is it possible to apply for an Architecture field if one has not studied Science in 12th?

A: No, Maths, Physics and Chemistry are compulsory subjects.

Q: What is NATA?

A: National Aptitude Test in Architecture is a test conducted by the Council of Architecture.

By Swaranshi Chhabra 

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