Any student aspiring to do Architecture as an Undergraduate degree programme in India, should have the subjects Mathematics & English compulsively as Majors in their Plus Two / Diploma curriculum of their respective board syllabus.
As per the Indian Parliament’s Architects’ Act of 1972, each aspirant should necessarily undertake the CoA (Council of Architecture) designated / approved Aptitude Test in Architecture & graduate in the same within the prescribed age limits, in order to apply for Architecture Admissions irrespective of whether it is a merit or a management seat in the country.
In 2006, the CoA implemented the NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) under its academic wing – NIASA (National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture). Since the academic calendar of 2007, the CoA has laid the compulsive guideline that all architecture aspirants in the country should have to undertake the NATA & score a minimum of 80 marks against a total of 200 marks in order to graduate in the same. The NATA is a highly competitive & tough exam which demands a qualitative sense of perception, intuition & imagination, coupled with an analytical focus, awareness on architecture & drawing ability. The NATA is a combination of a paper based & an online test.
The CoA has convenienced the aspirant in many ways regarding appearing for the NATA. The student has the freedom to choose the date of the exam, the centre and the session for appearance – subject to availability. The student can also appear again for the test, in case he feels his score is not competitive. The student can cancel or reschedule his appearance for the test, at least three full working days before the registered date of exam, with an additional charge. Any student who has completed Class X can appear with an attested copy of the Class X board exam mark sheet. The NATA score is valid for two years from the date of NATA exam in which he has graduated. The CoA has instituted regional centres for holding the NATA.
The AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Exam) has two components – Paper One for the Engineering Stream & Paper Two for the Architecture Stream.
The Paper Two has two divisions:-
Part 1: Objective questions in Mathematics
Part 2: Objective questions on General knowledge in Architecture & also tests drawing & visualisation skills.
The admission for the Undergraduate degree programme in Architecture is for the Central Universities like the SPA, NITs etc based on the individual’s rank in the AIEEE – Paper Two.