All About JEE Paper 2 & AAT - Scope, Admissions & Colleges:
Architecture is one of the top-rated courses in India. A very few candidates are eligible to pursue this course. Most candidates under-rate this course by comparing it with professions like engineers and doctors. But, architects always have a demand both in India and abroad. The prime criterion for a candidate to become an architect is to have Good drawing skills and creativity, apart from having technical knowledge. This is because the profession mainly deals with designing buildings for constructions or designing its interiors. It also demands good communication skills like other professions.
Candidates who complete their UG Course can work as a part of either government or private firms. They can also create their startup and do freelancing for small projects. Eligible and excellent candidates also get placed in firms abroad. The job of an architect can be either on the site/Field or in an office.
If you are looking forward to pursue architecture from the top institutes in India, then here are a few quick hints to take:
Bachelor of Architecture is a 5-year degree program. This also includes a training period or internship. Students who have completed their 10+2 school education, with a minimum of 50% are eligible candidates to take up Architecture. Such high school graduates must take an architecture entrance exam – JEE Paper 2.
JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) has two different examinations. The first one is JEE Mains and second JEE Advanced. The students who qualify Mains can only appear for JEE Advanced Exam .
The JEE Mains exam is organised by the National Testing Agency (NTA) whereas, the JEE Advanced exams are organised by one of the7 IIT Zones each year.
Further in this, Jee Mains and Advanced has 2 papers- Paper 1 & Paper 2. Paper 1 is for candidates who wish to pursue a B.E. / B.Tech. degree & Paper 2 is for candidates who prepare to pursue B.Arch or B.Planning courses. Paper 1 is conducted in online mode where as paper 2 is conducted partially online & partially offline (Pen/Pencil and Paper for drawing test).
After clearing JEE Mains Paper 2, the candidates get qualified to take JEE Advanced Paper 2 exam & then Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) so that they can take admissions in the top Architecture Institutes such as IITs & SPAs. Candidates who only clear JEE Mains Paper 2 also get admitted in SPAs for B.Arch courses.
NRI, PIO & OCI Students who qualify JEE Mains Paper-2 can secure a seat in NITs, SPAs,etc under NRI Quota through the MHRD governed DASA / CIWG Schemes.
The JEE Paper 2 & AAT checks the candidate’s skill in Freehand Drawing, Perceptional Drawing, Geometrical Drawing and General Knowledge on architecture. Candidates who have cleared there JEE Advanced Paper 2 can then apply for AAT.
Of all the IITs available, only IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee offer the B.Arch program. These institutes are ranked top in India to study architecture. There are over 300 architecture colleges all over India. Most of the institutes that offer architecture, select candidates based on the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) scores. On an average, 35 institutes in India currently accepts candidates based on the Paper 2 JEE Ranks. The National Institute of Technology(NITs) situated at Calicut, Raipur, Tiruchirapalli, Rourkela and Hamirpur, also selects candidates based on the JEE Rank.
Students who graduate as architects from IITs get an average of 20 lakhs per annum as their package.
Here is a list of other top Institutes that uses JEE Paper 2 scores to select architecture aspirants:
- Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS), Mesra
- School of Planning and Architecture,Bhopal
- School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Jammu and Kashmir
- Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh
- SRM University, Chennai
- Punjab Technical University, Patna
- Gitam Institute of Technology, Vishakhapatnam
- Dehradun Institute of Technology, Dehradun
- ICL Institute of Architecture, Ambala
These are a few top ranked Indian Architecture institutes. The college or university which the individual is a part of also determines the candidate’s ability. It is wise to choose from among these institutes to get the best quality education. Though IITs are quite difficult to crack, with continuous effort, you can make yourself a part of this institute.