How to get into architecture in India|Ar. Mohsin Sheikh

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Welcome back to the blog. We are here with yet another blog on again an interesting topic. This blog will be useful for students who are planning for get into architecture. If you are someone who has just completed 12th standard and wants to get into architecture this blog is for you and if you are not a student then you can send this someone who needs this piece of information. Now without wasting any time lets get straight into the blog.

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Before we get into this blog if you haven’t read THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE JOINING ARCHITECTURE this blog, please do. Because this is going to give you clarity and help you make a decision. The decision is always important as many aspects revolve around this. Even if you lack in some skills this decision of yours will fuel your motivation and help you get through the difficult process of the exam.

Here we’ll be covering topics such as who’s the competent authority, what is NATA, basic requirements for getting into architecture, eligibility, who should take NATA, where to appear for NATA, and Registration for NATA.

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As per Council of Architecture regulations, a candidate applying to any school/ colleges of architecture in INDIA should have 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with minimum 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and 40% score in NATA, i.e. at least 80/200, for consideration of admission into first year of 5-year B.Arch. degree course.

Architecture is 5-year degree course, which has an entrance exam along with 10+2 exams. This entrance exam checks whether you have the aptitude, skill and potential to become an Architect. These are some basic skills which can be developed if you are starting at the right time.

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Now after hearing NATA for so many times you might be thinking what is this?? Let me first solve that. The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is conducted by Council of Architecture (COA). It measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period of time, and that are related to specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.

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The candidates who have passed 10+2 level examination with at least 50% aggregate marks in physics, Chemistry & Mathematics (PCM) and also at least 50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 level examination or passed 10+3 Diploma Examination with Mathematics as compulsory subject with at least 50% marks in aggregate, shall be eligible to appear for NATA.

The candidate appearing for 10+2 examination with PCM or 10+3 Diploma with Mathematics in the current year may also provisionally appear for NATA, subject to fulfilling the above criteria.

The candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC – NCL category or PwD (Person with disability) shall be provided a relaxation of 5% marks in total aggregate in 10+2level/ 10+3 Diploma as well as PCM.

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Prospective applicants desirous of taking admission to First Year of undergraduate course in Architecture (B.Arch.) in India take NATA. NATA is offered over major part of admission season at designated Test Centres located at colleges/ schools of architecture in India. Updated list of test centres is available at the NATA website.

After having registered for and given the NATA exam, there will be Centralised Admission Process in which you will be given a state rank and based on the ranking admissions will be carried out and you will get into First year Architecture course. This is just the first step to become an Architect in India. These 5 years are going to be long and hectic after successfully clearing of these you will be known as an Architect.

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Now that you know what is NATA next thing will be the registration process. This is a complete online process and details for the application is given in the NATA brochure. Earlier this exam could have been given at the student’s convenience but this is not the case now. There’s a proper timetable for everything and the similar is followed. This score is valid for one year only i.e. if you are giving for academic year 2020 – 2021 it will be valid for this year only and cannot be carried forward.  

This process normally starts in February, but there are two exams one in April and May consecutively. So according to your preference you can choose between the two. I’ll be writing a detailed blog on NATA in the next segment of our Education series of our Blog. We will also cover topics of exam in NATA, and will be having a series of blogs. We are focussing on free NATA education for students.

These are some recommendation of books for preparation of NATA. I have provided the Amazon link below you can buy from these to get ready for NATA.



B.Arch. / NATA Question Bank

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38 thoughts on “How to get into architecture in India|Ar. Mohsin Sheikh

    1. Surely we ll do one blog on masters of architecture. But can we know your thoughts about what would be useful for you in terms of masters of architecture. Thanks for commenting we really appreciate your effort.


      1. Thanks for replying. My son is in his final year of B.Arch. In Mumbai, there is no scope in architecture career nowadays. And frankly, he does not want to do his Masters. He wants to start earning. He is excelling in his present BArch studies. It is his passion and his faculty is saying he will excel in career too. But he has seen his senior toppers too just working hours for 10k re or doing Masters spending lakhs. So he is worried. We as parents finally have told him to concentrate on job, even if it is a government unrelated post. Parttime, he can think of a business in architecture. I have written long 😊
        Moreover he excels in paintings, photography, illustration, etc too.

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      2. I understand your concern man but you see there are various aspects to this.
        1. Economy – when it hits recession real estate is the first Industry that gets affected and when regaining it’s the last to recover. The reason I am telling you this is because in this difficult situation after your son gets graduated next year he ll face problems to get a 10k job also if you don’t have connections.
        2. Architecture as course and industry is so vast that even if you graduate you don’t know real life problems because they don’t teach that in colleye. Once you are out of college it takes 5 yrs just to understand every aspect of building process.
        3. Masters – in this also 2 options are there.
        Like some people are interested in Urban design, landscape architecture, town planning, sustainable architecture, so they select one expertise and do that, frankly speaking you don’t need spend lakhs of your son’s work is good eventually he LL get work.
        Then there are another set of people who move abroad planning not to come back to India they earn a handsome amount of money but then investment is a big part of it.
        To end this I would like to conclude if your son is willing to work let him work for 5yrs after graduation, let him gain the complete knowledge and after that he can definitely start his own practice. Don’t focus on 10k right now.

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    1. Surely not man you are not troubling. There are no placements in architecture. Very few colleges offer placements. Now name of college really matters alot, JJ use to have it now it is not there the charm has gone. If pratiks CGPA is more than 7.5 I would suggest 1. CEPT 2. SPA – DELHI 3. IIT – KHARAGPUR
      Now these are quite general ideas, like if you ask me best colleges for masters these will be top 3. If he wants to get into construction/ project management then that’s completely different.


      1. I have been teaching students for preparation of architecture for a decade now and I have met very few parents who are so involved in the process. Feels really great, pratik is blessed to have parents like you man. Had fun talking with you, really enjoyed. Stay tuned to our blog and I ll surely write a blog on masters of architecture.

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      2. Yes, that’s my passion (Teaching) we have segment in our blog which focuses on Education in Architecture. You can check out that as well. Also we ll be putting up free NATA coaching blogs so if anyone’s preparing for architecture you can send them our blogs link. THANKS

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