In general, two types of entrance exams lead to the admission to colleges for an accredited, professional Bachelors in Architecture degree in India.
Exam I – JEE Mains Paper II
JEE Paper II for Bachelors in Architecture admission to the National Institute of Technologies (NIT) and the Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPA).
The aspirants need to clear the Paper II of JEE Main Examination which happens on the first Sunday of April generally, every year. For ranking purpose in the JEE Main for admission to the NITs and SPAs , 40% of marks of XIIth boards contribute to the overall JEE Exam score.
In case the aspirant wants to apply for Bachelors in Architecture in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), JEE Advanced Exams is also required to be taken on passing JEE Mains. The two IIT’s that offer Bachelors in Architecture degree are IIT Roorke and IIT Kharagpur.
Exam II – National Aptitude Test for Architecture (NATA)
The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) conducted by the Council of Architecture, India. The exam is a two part exam conducted at various designated institutes of Architecture across India. Part I of the exam consists of an online test of mental ability, logical reasoning, general knowledge and aptitude.
Part II of the exam tests the aspirants drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability. The exam can be given on a test date chosen by the aspirant between April to August each year.
Architecture Studies Abroad
Aspirants for international Bachelors in Architecture Degree need to apply to the colleges/ universities directly alongwith a portfolio of own works in a digital format or hard copy, as is required by the individual institute in their desired format. A varied portfolio showing the creative abilities and aesthetic sensibilities of the aspirants alongwith a strong statement of purpose & recommendations from teachers & architects is expected by the colleges abroad.
NATA-National Aptitude Test in Architecture
Part-1: Drawing Test
This is a two hour paper where candidate has to attempt two questions. One of the questions has two sub questions. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner.
Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.Sense of perspective drawing. Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form. Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms. Creating visual harmony using colors in given composition.
Understanding of scale and proportions. Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.
Part-2: Aesthetic Sensitivity Test
This is computer based test of one hour where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions.
The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of Visualizing three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings. Visualizing different sides of three dimensional objects. Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities. Analytical reasoning. , Mental Ability. Imaginative comprehension and expression. Architectural awareness.
JEE (B.Arch) OR AIEEE (B.Arch)
Part-1: Drawing Test
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, substraction, 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.
Part 2 Aptitude Test
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
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