How does one become an Architect in India?

The Council of Architecture (CoA) is charged with the responsibility to regulate the education and practice of the Architecture profession throughout India besides maintaining the register of architects. NIASA (National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture) is the Academic Unit of the CoA.

To do an undergraduate program in Architecture (B. Arch) in India, there are 3 exams that one may target:

  1. NATA: To get admission into 400+ architecture colleges in India. This test is conducted by NIASA. Universities include CEPT Ahmedabad, JJ School of Architecture Mumbai, RV College of Architecture Bangalore etc.
  2. IIT JEE (Paper 2): To get admission into 20+ NIT's and other Centrally Funded Universities providing B. Arch programmes. Universities other than NIT's include SPA (Delhi, Bhopal & Vijayawada)
  3. IIT JEE + IIT Advanced + Architecture Aptitude Test: To get admission into 2 IIT's - Kharagpur and Roorkie which provide B. Arch Programmes.

In all cases, students must have Mathematics and English as mandatory subjects in their 12th board exams. Students with a commerce background can also appear under NATA. For IIT's - Physics and Chemistry are also mandatory.

For more information on Architecture as a Career and the opportunities, the NATA website has more information

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DQ Labs Students' Performance:

  • 152 + Students scored above 120 in NATA
  • 3000 + Students in top Architectural school in India
  • Faculty from IIT,SPA and CEPT
  • Students among top 10 ranks in all states since 2007

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How are students ranked to get through B. Arch programmes in India?

  1. NATA: 50% of 12th Board score + 50% of NATA Score - Applicants will be given a state rank through which they can secure admissions to colleges in each state considering the reservation categories
  2. IIT JEE (Paper 2): 40% of 12th Board score + 60% of JEE Paper 2 - Ranking is provided by each of the universities independently through which they can secure admissions considering the reservation categories
  3. IIT JEE + IIT Advanced + Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT): Ranking will be given based on students completing JEE-Mains + JEE-Advanced and AAT - Applicants will be given an All India Rank (AIR) through which they can secure admissions to universities considering the reservation categories

Download the 2016 brochures of NATA, JEE Main Paper 2 and JEE Advanced / AAT for more detailed information.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

NATA 2016:

  1. Test Dates: Nata Test shall be conducted from 01.04.2016 to 28.05.2016 and from 06.06.2016 to 20.08.2016. You need to choose the test dates wisely. Our our expert counsellors will be able to guide you accordingly.
  2. Declaration of Results: The NATA Score Card will be available approximately 4 days after taking the test.
  3. Submission of NATA Score Card to CET Cell:The NATA Score Cards must be submitted to the appropriate state CET Cell for Ranking. The submission deadlines vary from state to state. Eg. In Karnataka, the scores need to be submitted to the CET Cell by 24th May 2016.
  4. Submission of NATA Score Card to other Counselling groups in each state:The NATA Score Cards must be submitted to the appropriate counselling cells for Ranking. The submission deadlines vary from state to state. Eg. In Karnataka, candidates need to apply separately and submit their NATA scores to COMED-K by the middle of June 2016.

JEE-Paper 2:

  1. Test Dates: April 3rd2016. The brochure above has more detailed information
  2. Declaration of Results: The results will be declared by the 27th April 2016.
  3. Declaration of All India Rank:By 15th June 2016.

IIT JEE + IIT Advanced + Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT):

  1. Test Dates - JEE Mains: April 3rd2016.
  2. Declaration of Results - JEE Mains: The results will be declared by the 27th April 2016. The top 150,000 ranking candidates will be selected for JEE - Advanced
  3. Registration for JEE Advanced: 4th May 2016.
  4. Test Dates - JEE Advanced: 22nd May 2016.
  5. Declaration of Results - JEE Advanced: The results will be declared by the 12th June 2016.
  6. Registration for AAT: By 13th June 2016.
  7. Test Dates - JEE Advanced: 15th June 2016.
  8. Declaration of Results - JEE Advanced: The results will be declared by the 19th June 2016.

Target Scores or Ranks:

  1. NATA: A target score of 120+ is what students need to focus on to get a good rank in each state. At DQ Labs, our students target and achieve 130+. Our highest score achieved is 152!
  2. IIT JEE (Paper 2): The ranking is conducted by JoSAA. In the past, the seats at SPA Delhi have closed out within the top 400 ranks.
  3. IIT JEE + IIT Advanced + Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT): The top 2,00,000 students who qualify JEE Mains, are eligible to answer JEE Advanced. Those who qualify JEE Advanced, are eligible to answer AAT. Students within the top 9000 ranks have secured admissions into the IIT's for Architecture in previous years.

Structure of the Question Papers & Syllabus:

  1. NATA: 200 marks - 3 hour exam with two parts - Drawing and Aesthetic Sensitivity. Drawing is for 2 hours and has 3 questions (2D, 3D and Theme Sketch). The Aesthetic Sensitivity is a computer Adaptive testing platform which has 40 MCQ's from Mathematics, English, Architecture Awareness and Mental Ability. Difficulty Levels play an important part in the final score of a candidate. Contact our expert counsellors for more information
  2. IIT JEE (Paper 2):You can refer to the JEE Paper 2 Part 1 & 2 and Part 3 of the 2015 Question Paper for more information.
  3. IIT JEE + IIT Advanced + Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT): Refer to the IIT website for the Syllabus and exam structure.

At DQ Labs, our coaching includes preparation for the architecture part of all the tests mentioned above.

Free NATA Sample Mock Test and JEE Paper 2 Question papers (Parts 1, 2 & 3) are available.

You could also check out the DQ Labs NATA and JEE Paper 2 information/FAQ's page for more inforamation

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All the DQ Labs study material and the teaching methodology for Architecture entrance preparation is a result of years of experience we have gained through mentoring thousands of Architecture aspirants at our design studios in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune and Coimbatore. Students can witness tremendous improvement in their aptitude and skills under our mentor-ship. DQ Labs students exceptional results stand a testimony for the quality and individual attention we provide for each of our students.

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Some of DQ Labs' Top scoring students:


  • Arjun Nair
    NATA Score: 152
    Pune

  • Madhu Priyanka
    NATA Score: 144
    Chennai

  • Sainetra Ramesh
    NATA Score: 139
    Karnataka Rank 1

  • Apoorva Sharma
    NATA Score: 139
    New Delhi

  • Naksha S
    NATA Score: 138
    Bangalore

  • Tanya Shah
    NATA Score: 137
    VAdodara

  • Sidarth Bhatia
    NATA Score: 137
    Bangalore

  • Lavanya S
    NATA Score: 135
    Bangalore

  • Vasuda Maiya
    NATA Score: 134
    Mangalore

  • Tonoy Sarma
    NATA Score: 134
    Guwahati

  • Vaishnavi C
    NATA Score: 134
    Karnataka

  • Thangson Tombing
    NATA Score: 134
    Manipur

  • Gayatri Ganesh
    NATA Score: 133
    Bangalore

  • Vraj Agarwal
    NATA Score: 132
    Vadodara

  • Anukrati Kare
    NATA Score: 132
    Gurgaon

  • Mridu Jhangiani
    NATA Score: 130
    Karnataka

  • Simran Vohra
    NATA Score: 130
    Karnataka

  • Tanvi Jain
    NATA Score: 130
    Indore

  • Meher Bhagia
    NATA Score: 130
    New Delhi

  • Indulekha Nair
    NATA Score: 132
    Karnataka

  • Dhrubojyoti Sen
    NATA Score: 128
    Karnataka

  • Harshita G
    NATA Score: 128
    Karnataka Rank

  • Deeksha S
    NATA Score: 126
    Karnataka Rank: 18

  • Nicole R David
    NATA Score: 126
    Karnataka Rank: 36

  • Sai Smruthi S
    NATA Score: 126
    Karnataka

  • Ujjvala Krishna
    NATA Score: 125
    Karnataka

  • Ankita Sinha
    NATA Score: 124
    Karnataka Rank: 4

  • Udiksha N Kapani
    NATA Score: 124
    Karnataka Rank: 3

  • Anusha S
    NATA Score: 124
    Karnataka Rank: 5

  • Akanksha Khanna
    NATA Score: 124
    Karnataka Rank: 10

  • Akhilesh Singhal
    NATA Score: 123
    Karnataka Rank: 19

  • K Kanche Ratadia
    NATA Score: 123
    Karnataka

  • Pratheeka Shetty
    NATA Score: 123
    Karnataka

  • Shreya Rao
    NATA Score: 123
    Karnataka

  • Bhargavi Murthy
    NATA Score: 122
    Karnataka Rank: 17

  • Madhoolika Palaka
    NATA Score: 122
    Karnataka

  • Keerthana Vivin
    NATA Score: 122
    Karnataka

  • Nupur Agarwal
    NATA Score: 122
    Karnataka

  • Meghana Pai K
    NATA Score: 121
    Karnataka Rank: 14

  • Lakshmi Sai P
    NATA Score: 121
    Karnataka

  • Yashas Vishwanath
    NATA Score: 120
    Karnataka

  • Sai Stuthi R
    NATA Score: 120
    Karnataka

  • Sai Meghna
    NATA Score: 120
    Karnataka

  • Irene Sarah
    NATA Score: 120
    Karnataka

  • Shruti M Nair
    NATA Score: 120
    Karnataka

  • Shivani Vinod kumar
    NATA Score: 120
    Karnataka

  • Jai Kalapa
    NATA Score: 119
    Karnataka

  • Aditi Menon
    NATA Score: 119
    Karnataka

  • Akshay G M
    NATA Score: 119
    Karnataka

  • Mahima Rao
    NATA Score: 119
    Karnataka

  • Nithyashree B
    NATA Score: 119
    Karnataka

  • Paromita Bathija
    NATA Score: 118
    Karnataka Rank: 20

  • Nishika Subhash
    NATA Score: 118
    Karnataka

  • Akshatha Rao
    NATA Score: 118
    Karnataka

  • Arpith Mathew
    NATA Score: 118
    Karnataka

  • Shravanthi D S
    NATA Score: 118
    Karnataka

  • Sumedha Mukharjee
    NATA Score: 117
    Karnataka

  • Neha Harsih
    NATA Score: 117
    Karnataka

  • Anagha Vasudevan
    NATA Score: 116
    Karnataka

  • Priyanka C
    NATA Score: 116
    Karnataka

  • Dashar Mohan
    NATA Score: 115
    Karnataka

  • Sarah Mariam Tekay
    NATA Score: 114
    Karnataka

  • Deepthi Ravi
    NATA Score: 114
    Karnataka Rank

  • Sahana Samanta
    NATA Score: 113
    Karnataka

  • Harshitha K M
    NATA Score: 112
    Karnataka

  • Kritika Sanjeev
    NATA Score: 111
    Karnataka

  • Rishika Lodha
    NATA Score: 111
    Karnataka

  • Varsha N M
    NATA Score: 110
    Karnataka

  • Dev Sreerama
    NATA Score: 110
    Karnataka

  • Anmol Uppal
    NATA Score: 109
    Karnataka

  • Dhanashree Arthi
    NATA Score: 108
    Karnataka

  • Monisha G M
    NATA Score
    Karnataka

  • Nivedita Aavindan
    NATA Score
    Karnataka

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    NATA Score
    Karnataka

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