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How to get admissions to B.Arch Colleges in India?

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : August 31, 2022


Aspiring to pursue a career in Architecture? Well, you need to get admission to Bachelor of Architecture colleges to become a successful Architect. You might be wondering how can I get admission to B.Arch Colleges in India. 

Don't worry!! We will make your path easier. This post shall take you through a detailed process of getting into your dream B.Arch college in India. 

How can I get Admission to B.Arch Colleges in India?

There are few things you need to know if you are willing to have Architecture as a Career.

  • Firstly, it is important to crack the entrance examination conducted across India to offer architecture universities admission. 
  • There are two major exams conducted for Architecture courses: NATA and JEE Main (Paper 2). 
  • By clearing these exams, you can get admission into top universities based on the score.
  • Many government and private colleges accept JEE Main and NATA scores. 
  • Apart from these two exams, there are few university-specific exams that you must take to get admission to the respective institutes or universities.

By now, you have understood the basic step to our career. Let us know in-depth about each exam and its admission process. 

B.Arch Admission through NATA

The Council of Architecture holds the responsibility of conducting the NATA Exam every year. Institutes affiliated with CoA accept NATA scores for admission into a 5-year architecture course.

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If you have cleared class 12th with a 50% aggregate, you can apply for the NATA Exam. The entire application process is online. You need to pay the application fee via online mode to appear for the exam. The application fee varies for each category. 

nata cut off

nata cut off

You need to have few important documents scanned which must be uploaded during the application process. After successful registration and filling the form, you will receive the admit cards to appear for NATA 1 and 2. 

Later, based on the NATA Cut Off Marks you will be shortlisted for the counselling procedure. The cut off marks is decided considering various factors like difficulty level of the exam, number of seats, number of qualifiers, number of participating universities, and previous year cut off marks. 

After the declaration of the result, each college shall conduct a separate counselling procedure. You have to participate in the counselling process with your NATA Scorecard organized by the respective colleges. 

nata mock test

nata Mock test

B.Arch Admission through JEE Main Paper 2

If you wish to study at popular institutes in India like NITs, IIITs, and other centrally funded institutions, then you need to appear for JEE Main Paper 2. You must have cleared 10+2 with a minimum of 50% to apply for JEE Main Exam. 

The National Testing Agency is responsible for conducting the Joint Entrance Examination every year. The exam is conducting in four sessions and out of these four, the best score will be considered for the counselling process. 

The application process is conducted online and the application fee varies for each category. There are few mandatory documents that need to be uploaded in a specified format and size. 

Upon successful application process, you can appear for the examination at the designated exam centres across India. Based on your results you will be shortlisted for the next round. 

You need to score above the JEE Main Cut Off Marks to be eligible for the counselling round. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. If you are an aspirant for an architecture program, you must have a creative mind.
An Architect's average salary ranges from 3 Lac to 10 Lac per annum. 
Some of the best fields for architecture are Interior Designing, Construction, Urban Planning, and Business Education.
The Provisional Answer Key is the first answer key released by the authorities to help you to calculate the approximate scores in the exam. It consists of serial-wise answers for all the questions asked in the exam. You can cross-check your answers with the help of answer key and can raise objections if you find any discrepancy. After the completion of the objection process, the Final Answer Key will be released. 

With the help of final answer key, you can analyze your performance by knowing the number of questions marked incorrectly in the exam. By knowing the expected scores, you will get a rough idea about the colleges in which they can find an admission.

NATA is a national-level entrance examination for undergraduate architecture programmes. NATA is not the only exam for architecture but it is the only one which is made specifically for architecture. You can get into IITs, NITs and SPAs for architecture by appearing for JEE exams but, it is significantly difficult to crack and has fewer options for colleges.
Objectively, NATA is easier than JEE. It contains a drawing paper that demands you to analyse viewpoints (such as a bird's eye view, an ant's eye view, and so on), which can be more difficult than the JEE drawing paper. Apart from the drawing section, NATA is easier in terms of aptitude questions.
Some prominent private universities in India provide direct admission into the B. Arch degree without taking major architecture entrance examinations like NATA, JEE Main, and so on. Although, direct admission will cost you more in terms of fees.


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