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Best Architecture Schools in India That You Should Target

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : August 31, 2022


Architecture is one of the oldest forms of designing that deals with the structural and planning part of a building/city/area or locality.

Architecture is a mix of creativity and engineering design. India has many colleges that offer courses in architecture both in UG and PG.

The architecture Schools are shaping the future of architecture and planning in our country. The courses offered in the field of architecture at UG and PG levels are B.Arch and B.Des programs.

Choosing the right college will better your chances, of having an excellent career. The Best Architecture Schools you can choose to study in India are curated in the article below.

Top Most Architecture Schools in India 

National Institute of Ranking Framework (NIRF) is a government-run institution working under the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India.

It provides the most accurate ranking of colleges in India considering various factors. The following factors are considered while deciding the ranking of colleges.

  • Teaching, Learning, and Resources
  • Research & Professional Practice
  • Graduation Outcomes
  • Outreach and Inclusivity
  • Peer Perception

NATA is the most prestigious exam for Architecture aspirants, as it offers a plethora of career options after B. Arch. Also, the NATA score is widely accepted by many Government as well as private colleges.

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Some of the colleges that accept NATA scores are listed below:

  • KIIT

List of Best Architecture Schools in India

India is home to some of the finest pieces of architecture and their study teaches some of the most intricate teachings in architecture.

The table below consists of the best colleges that accept scores of NATA and JEE Mains.

Serial Number College Name Course Offered Entrance Exam Fees
1 IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee B.Arch, B.Tech in Ocean Engg and Naval Architecture, M.Arch - masters in Architecture and Regional Planning, Ocean Engg and Naval Architecture, M.U.R.P. IIT-JEE INR 82,070 (1st year)
2 NIT Tiruchirapalli, NIT Calicut, NIT Hamirpur
B.Arch, M.Arch, M.Plan,  JEE Mains 1,07,550 (1st year)

School of Planning and Architecture -     ( Delhi, Bhopal & Vijaywada)

B.Arch, M.Arch, M.Plan, Doctorate programs JEE Mains INR Rs.74,000 per semester - 1.22 Lakhs (1st Year Fees)
4 CEPT University Ahmedabad
B.Arch, M.Arch, Bachelors, and masters in Planning NATA INR - 1,89,000/- each semester
5 Sir J J College of Architecture Mumbai
B.Arch, M.Arch NATA/ JEE  INR - 23000 (approx)
6 Birla Institute of Technology
B.Arch NATA/ JEE  INR - 125500
7 Jamia Milia Islamia University
B.Arch, M.Arch, PhD  JMI Entrance Exam, JEE  INR - 156500
8 Chandigarh College of Architecture B.Arch, M.Arch JEE Main INR 52,474 (1st Year Fees)
9 Manipal Institute of Technology
B.Arch, M.Arch, MSAP Manipal Entrance Test (MET) INR 19.45 lakhs
10 Nirma University, Ahmadabad
B.Arch, M.Arch JEE Main and GUJCET INR 11.10 lakh

NATA Online Coaching

NATA Online Coaching

List of Government B. Arch Colleges in India

Here is the list of government architecture colleges in India that you can choose to pursue the B. Arch program.

  • College of Engineering Vishakapatnam
  • Jamia Millia Islamia - JMI
  • Central Building Research Insititute
  • Chhatisgarh Swami Vivekanand Technical University
  • Indira Gandhi Insititute of Technology
  • Academy of Architecture 
  • Gujarat Technological University
  • Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University
  • Barkatullah University
  • Assam Science and Technology University

List of Private Colleges that Accept NATA Score

Apart from the institutes mentioned in the above table, various other private colleges offer architecture courses. 

Check out the table below to know the list of private architecture colleges in India.

Rank Name of the Institute City State
1 Birla Institute of Technology Mesra Jharkhand
2 Manipal Academy of Higher Education Manipal Karnataka
3 L S Raheja School of Architecture Mumbai Maharashtra
4 Rizvi College of Architecture Mumbai Maharashtra
5 Sushant School of Arts and Architecture, Ansal University Gurugram Haryana
6 BMS College of Architecture Bengaluru Karnataka
7 School of Architecture, Vadodra Design Academy Vadodra Gujarat
8 Institute of Architecture & Planning, NIRMA University Ahmedabad Gujarat
9 Narsee Monjee Institute of Technology Mumbai Maharashtra
10 Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research Chennai Tamilnadu

NATA mock test

NATA Mock test

How to Choose the Best Architecture Schools in India?

As said above, there are around 800 architecture colleges in India. However, opting for the best college is most important for your career advancement.

You should keep the following points in mind while choosing architecture schools.

  • Peer Reputation
  • Industry Reputation
  • Academic Standards
  • Quality of Faculty
  • Recruitment Statistics
  • Location
  • Student Community
  • Campus Life
  • IT Infrastructure/Library
  • Quality of Entrance Process
  • Hostel Quality

Frequently Asked Questions

There are more than 50 government architecture colleges in India. You can check out the top 50 architecture government colleges in this post. 
Indian Institute of Technology - IIT Roorkee. Roorkee, Uttarakhand is the topmost government college for architecture in India. 
Yes, there are many government architecture colleges which accept NATA scores. Some of them are listed below, however you can check out the post to know more colleges.
  • Indian Institute of Technology - IIT Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology - IIT Roorkee
  • Andhra University - AU
  • Anna University - Chennai
  • BMS College of Architecture, Karnataka
There are private colleges that accept students on the basis of the NATA score and they are ranked amongst the top ones in private, equivalent to government institutions.
IIT Roorkee, IIT Kharagpur and SPA Delhi take 1st place altogether with their courses.
You need to appear for NATA or JEE Main Paper 2 exams, which are national level entrance exams for admission into top colleges for architecture course.


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