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JEE BArch exam 2015: It’s time to get started on the drawing board

education Updated: Apr 06, 2015 12:47 IST
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Students intending to join architecture should start preparing for the entrance exam immediately as they will get barely 10 days to prepare for it after the Boards. The JEE bachelor of architecture (BArch) exam is scheduled for April 4, 2015.

Students from science/commerce stream with math can seek admission to the BArch course. There is not a single question from physics, chemistry, or general knowledge in the architecture entrance examinations of JEE (BArch) and NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture).

However, Jamia Millia Islamia conducts its own entrance exam for admission in architecture. They ask questions from physics, chemistry, math, English and general knowledge. Some state exams also follow this pattern for the architecture entrance.

Presently the number of schools offering a five-year BArch degree course in the country are approximately 387 and admission to the course in all schools of architecture is compulsorily through aptitude tests.

The syllabus and pattern of the tests are prescribed by the Council of Architecture. The exam is conducted by some State Boards and Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. JEE (BArch) is conducted by CBSE and approximately 15 colleges accept only JEE (BArch) scores.

NATA is conducted by the Council of Architecture and large number of architecture schools/colleges accept only NATA scores. Some colleges/institutions accept scores of any one of the above exams.

Many students are under the impression that they can get admission on the basis of the architecture entrance exam (JEE) conducted by CBSE. But very few colleges accept the JEE score. Most self-financing and architecture colleges and schools in India accept only NATA score. Unless and until you clear the NATA exam you cannot get admission in these colleges.

The JEE (BArch) is an all- India level entrance examination for both engineering/architecture streams. It comprises of separate question patterns and structure for both the streams. The JEE (BArch) pattern for B Arch/BPlanning comprises of three parts: Part 1 consists of questions from mathematics (30 questions of 4 marks each, total 120 marks) and part 2 consists of aptitude type questions (50 questions of 4 marks each, total 200 marks) and part 3 consists of drawing and sketching of 70 marks. Total marks are 390. For every incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted. In JEE (BArch) exam there is not a single question asked from physics, chemistry or general knowledge.

It includes questions that test the students’ attitude towards people, places and the environment. It is a three-hour offline examination.

NATA consists of two papers. Both are of three hour duration. Paper 1 is an online test that is held for an hour. It is for 100 marks. Paper 2 (drawing and sketching) is for 100 marks and is for two hours.

You can appear for the entrance exam for a BArch provided you have opted for mathematics as a subject in Class 12.

But it is not important to be a science student to appear for this exam. While registration for JEE BArch exam is no longer open, you can still register for NATA exam. The details are available on the website www.nata.in.

Exam plans
# Students from science/commerce stream with math can seek admission to the BArch course
# The number of schools offering a five-year BArch degree course in the country are approximately 387 and admission to the course in all schools of architecture is compulsorily through aptitude tests
# The syllabus and pattern of the tests are prescribed by the Council of Architecture
# The exam is conducted by some State Boards and Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi

The author is a BArch from SPA, New Delhi. He has 36 years of professional experience. He has authored various books on architecture and interiors. He also prepares study material for architecture entrance exams