How To Prepare For B.arch Admissions

September 29, 2021

How To Prepare For B.arch Admissions

 The bachelor of architecture (B.arch) is a dignified undergraduate degree that deals with planning and design. In India, this is a five-year duration course offered by many reputed institutions nationwide with both theoretical and practical practices that enable students to learn this beautiful art of designing.


Duration of course: five years Undergraduate Programme

Examination pattern: Semester system (10 semesters)


Eligibility criteria

  •  10+2 with Maths and physics mandatory with 50% in 12th for the general category and with 45% in 12th for reserved category
  •  10+3 ( Diploma in any stream) with 50% 
  •  Minimum age limit: 17 years


Entrance exams


These are the main entrance exams conducted for B.arch aspirants, other private intuitions and states also conduct exams for the admissions.

NATA exam format(2021)

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Mode of exam: online
  • Medium: English
  •  No. of questions: 125
  • Total marks: 200 marks

Syllabus for NATA

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry 
  • Drawing sections

All these sections will consist of 1 mark, 2 marks, and 3 marks questions of format multiple-choice questions MCQs, multiple select questions MSQs.

JEE paper 2 format

  •  Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Mode of exam: offline

           Mathematics, aptitude test, and Planning questions in online mode and Drawing test in offline mode.

  • Medium: English
  • Questions: 82 for B.arch and 105 for B.planning
  • Total marks: 400 marks



For B.arch

  • Mathematics-30 Questions
  • Aptitude-50 Questions
  • Drawing-2 Questions


For B.planning

  • Mathematics-30 Questions
  • Aptitude-50 Questions
  •  Planning-25 Questions


 AAT (Architecture Aptitude Test 2021) format

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Mode of exam: offline
  • Medium: English
  • Questions: five sections based on drawings
  • Total marks: 200 marks


  •  Geometrical Drawing
  • Freehand Drawing
  • Imagination and Aesthetic Sensitivity
  •  Architectural awareness
  • Three-dimensional perceptions.

JoSAA Counselling (Joint seat allocation authority) manages seat allotment and combined counseling process for all national institutes. ( IITs, NITs,)


Top 20 Colleges

NIRF Ranking 2021 (National Institutional Ranking Framework by Ministry Of Education)

1.      Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

2.      National Institute of Technology Calicut

3.      Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

4.      School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

5.      Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University

6.      School of Planning and Architecture Bhopal

7.      National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli

8.      School of Planning & Architecture

9.      Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology

10.  Jamia Millia Islamia

11.  College of Engineering Trivandrum

12.  Lovely Professional University

13.  Aligarh Muslim University

14.  Birla Institute of Technology

15.  BMS College of Architecture

16.  Chandigarh University

17.  Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology

18.  Faculty of Architecture, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal

19.  Thiagarajar College of Engineering

20.  Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology

21.  Chitkara University

22.  Anna University

23.  National Institute of Technology Hamirpur

24.  Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University

25.M. G. R. Educational and Research Institute

These are the rankings provided by the NIRF.


Other similar courses and their durations


Bachelor of Planning B.plan: This is an undergraduate four-year course of 8 semesters.

Bachelor of science Construction Management: This is a three-year architecture undergraduate construction management program.

Bachelor of Architect Barch Interior design: This is a five-year graduate-level architecture course.

Bachelor of Architecture B.arch Landscape Architecture: This is a three-year program.

Bachelor of Architecture B.arch Building Construction Technology: This is a basic architecture program of 3 years in construction and technology.

Diploma In Architecture: Those students who want to pursue a diploma in architecture, also have various stream options.


Foundation Diploma in Architecture and Design

  • Diploma in Architecture Engineering
  • Diploma in Architecture and Assistantship
  • Diploma in Construction Technology
  • Diploma in Construction Management


Job profiles

  • Architecture Designer
  • Architecture Engineer
  • Architectural Draftsman
  • Architectural Assistant
  • Architectural Historian/Journalist
  • Technical Assistant
  • Project Assistant Manager
  • Art Director
  • Building Contractor
  • Landscape Architect
  • Sales/ Business Development Manager
  • Interior Designer


Preparations strategies

  • Syllabus: Follow the syllabus thoroughly, cover all the subjects including mathematics, physics, chemistry, and its topics. The students should focus on concepts and practice.
  • Aptitude: This is a section included to analyze the thinking capabilities of students. Give attention to logical and reasoning aptitudes and practice on a daily basis for at least 2 hours.
  • Mock Test: Analysing yourself is very important and mock tests would help you to analyze, take repeated mock tests and correct your mistakes.
    Practice test papers: various authentic books are readily available in the market that includes some practice tests as well as previous years format papers. Try to manage your time by solving these papers.
  • Previous year's questions: This is very important to understand the format and from which topic questions can be formed and previous year's papers will help you to understand each exam format. Analyze frequently asked questions in exams and prepare well. Do as many questions as you can practice.

            Discipline and time management is the first key to clear all exams. Make a routine and follow it regularly.

By Mithila

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