The works of great architects have shaped cities around the world. Some of the world’s most impressive architecture attracts visitors far and wide and can evoke a range of emotion. Successful architects need a combination of natural talent, practical skills, and certain personal qualities. Some of these abilities can be taught in good architecture colleges, and some could be an innate part of your personality. If you aren’t blessed naturally with some of the qualities needed, it’s well worth working to develop them.
An Architecture college nurtures and trains a person with all the qualities to become a successful architect. There are the following three categories of Architecture Colleges in India:

  • IITs, (Indian Institute of Technology)
  • NITs (National Institute of Technology) and SPAs (Schools of Planning & Architecture)
  • Other Institutions

Out of the three the IITs and NITs are considered to be one of the top colleges in India. Now the question arises “How does one get admitted into any of these colleges”.

The following would be the basic qualifications required:

  • IITs : 10 +2 pass with Mathematics /Physics/ Chemistry subjects scoring top 20 percentile in the board Exam
  • NITs and SPAs : 10+2 pass with Mathematics/ Physics/ Chemistry subjects
  • Other institutions : 10+2 pass with 50%(min) marks with Mathematics as one of the Subject OR
    3 year Diploma with 50%(min) marks

Along with the basic qualifications the selection process would be based on :

  • IITs :A score with in the top 1.5 Lakhs in JEE (main) + JEE (Advanced) + Aptitude test for Architecture ( 60% weightage for entrance and 40% on + 2 marks)
  • NITs &SPAsJEE (main) Paper II (Aptitude test for Architecture) ( 60% weightage for entrance and 40% on + 2 marks)
  • Other institutions : NATA score + marks of qualifying examination

This makes the picture very clear saying JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) is one of the very important qualifying exams if one wants to get admitted into a top Architecture College in India.

JEE Main is the first stage of the Joint Entrance Examination and the paper 2 is mainly for architecture. It is divided into 3 parts :
Part 1- Mathematics
Part 2- Aptitude Test
Part 3- Drawing Test

JEE Advanced consists of an AAT (Architectural Aptitude Test) which comprises of the following topics:

Architectural awareness
General interest and awareness of famous architectural creations – both national and international, places and personalities (architects, designers, etc.) in the related domain.

Imagination and aesthetic sensitivity
Composition exercise with given elements. Context mapping, Creativity check through innovative uncommon test with familiar objects, Sense of colour grouping or application.

Three-dimensional perception
Understanding and appreciation of three-dimensional forms with building elements, colour, volume and orientation.
Visualization through structuring objects in memory.

Geometrical drawing
Exercises in geometrical drawing containing lines, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles etc.
Study of plan (top view), elevation (front or side views) of simple solid objects like prisms, cones, cylinders, cubes, splayed surface holders etc.

Freehand drawing
This would comprise of simple drawing depicting the total object in its right form and proportion, surface texture, relative location and details of its component parts in appropriate scale. Common domestic or day-to-day life usable objects like furniture, equipment, etc., from memory.

Thus a candidate needs to sharpen all these skills to crack these exams.

– Ar. Nivedita Desai
M.Arch (Urban Design)


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