Career in Architecture

by Ankita Sabharwal

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Career in Architecture - Everywhere we see around there will be a visible sign of the human settlement and their habitats, some small ones and some scarily huge. Since we are continuously heading towards the futurism, we tend to build more futuristic look-alike buildings and infrastructure, The credit for the same goes directly to the creative-cum-smart Architects and Civil Engineers who are toiling hard to get the best results. The Roman, Victorian, and Indian architecture were famous in ancient time, but the world is in the golden era of architecture now, so we have great work of architecture around us as becoming an architect is a profession. A Career in Architecture could be ideal for those students who are interested in constructing and designing residential accommodations, buildings for corporate houses, showrooms, vacation homes, restaurants & hotels, pubs, malls, etc.

Architects blend their vision and dream with materials to erect milestones which leave a powerful imprint on the world. Demands and requirements are increasing day by day for creative architectures which can not only cope with changing times but also design and deliver quality, environment-friendly constructions that can be implemented practically.

Career in Architecture

Architecture considered as one the chic professions and looked as a profession for elite students; architecture has changed tremendously in the last few decades, students from a varied social background, disciplines, and streams have come to join Architecture colleges. A career in Architecture is attractive, high-paying, and has lots of potential regarding growth and creativity. The architect directs, correlates and integrates activities, survey, soil testing, engineering, safety, demonstration and supervision. Professionals, therefore require a sufficient grasp of all aspects of building technology to be able to make the design for various needs under different conditions and to direct and co-ordinate the participation of all the specialists involved in the building process.

Qualities of an Architect

Work of architecture is very diverse so must be the skills and personal qualities of the person who wants to be an architect. The ability to analyse and critically assess a problem are some musts in a person to be an architect. Let's discuss some of the skills required, to become a successful architect the following skills are required:

  • Flexibility and Patience
  • Ability to understand Complicated Legal Language
  • Ability to Sketch
  • Responsibility and Accountability
  • Physical Stamina and Supervisory Skills
  • Good Mathematical Ability
  • Awareness of Current Social and Environmental Issues
  • Keen Observation
  • Creativity
  • Scientific Temper

How to get Admission in Architecture Institutes

To get admission to the reputed Architecture/Planning Colleges and Universities across India, students will have to appear in the listed below two examinations. The Scores of the JEE Main and NATA Exam are accepted by the colleges in India. 

  • JEE Main Paper 2: Students who want to get admission in top national level private and government architecture institutions can appear in an entrance exam named JEE Main Paper 2 which is conducted by the CBSE for undergraduate programmes in B. Architecture and B. Planning. The entrance exam paper consists Mathematics, an Aptitude Test and a Drawing test.
  • NATA Exam: National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is another entrance examination for selection of deserving student for admission in various architecture programs. NATA is an online test withdrawing test conducted by the National Institute of Advanced Studies and Architecture in association with the Council of Architecture (COA). These entrance exams measure aesthetic sensitivity, critical thinking, perception, observation and architectural awareness.
  • AAT: Architecture Aptitude Test ( AAT)is mandatory for the admission to the two most prominent college of India i.e. IIT Roorkee and IIT Kharagpur. Only those students can take the test who have cleared the JEE Main and Advanced Exam both.

Career in Architecture - Top Colleges for B.Arch Course

There are more the 400 Institutes  in India offering the Admission to B.Arch Programme to the Undergraduate students, The list of top colleges among those colleges has been listed below:


Courses Offered  

School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi

Bachelor of Architecture/Planning

School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

Bachelor of Architecture/Planning

School of Architecture CEPT, Ahmedabad

Bachelor of Architecture

The University of Mumbai, Sir J.J College of Architecture, Mumbai

Bachelor of Architecture

Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh

Bachelor of Architecture

Jamia Milia Islamia B.Arch, New Delhi

Bachelor of Architecture

Anna University B.Arch, Chennai

Bachelor of Architecture

IP University B.Arch, New Delhi

Bachelor of Architecture

VIT School of Planning and Architecture, Vellore

Bachelor of Architecture

Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon

Bachelor of Architecture


Eligibility for Architecture Admission (B.Arch)

The B Arch programme is a regular 5-year course which offers students the opportunity to explore the numerous facets of architecture and its scope in society.  Most specialisations are taken up at the post-graduation level and include landscape design, urban design and planning, ecological management, environmental design, urban conservation, heritage management, among many others. The Diploma in architecture is also available in some institutes as either full time or part time courses and the eligibility for the same is given below. 

  • IITs
    •  Class 12 with Mathematics /Physics/ Chemistry subjects.
    • A score within the top 1.5 Lakhs in JEE (main) + JEE (Advanced) + Aptitude test for Architecture. Aptitude test for architecture will be taken by only the students who have qualified JEE Advance.
  • NITs 
    • Class 12 with Mathematics/ Physics/ Chemistry subjects.
    • JEE (Main) Paper II (Aptitude test for Architecture)
  • SPA
    • Class 12 with 50% marks in any stream with Mathematics as one of the Subjects or 3-year Diploma with 50% marks
    • JEE (Main) Paper II (Aptitude test for Architecture)
  • Other institutions
    •  NATA score + Marks of qualifying examination 

Career in Architecture related Quick Links

JoSSA Counselling 
  • Counselling details for the admission to B.Arch Colleges after the JEE Main Paper 2 
NIT Admission Cut-Offs
  • Cutoffs for the admission to the NITs via Paper 2
NATA Participating Colleges
  • Colleges accepting NATA Scores for the Admission to BArch
UPSEE Paper 4
  • For the Admission to UP Architecture Colleges
JEE Main Paper 2 
  • For the Admission to the NITs in India
NATA Exam 
  • For the admission to more than 400 colleges in India
AAT Exam 
  • Exam for JEE Advanced Qualified candidates


Scope in Architecture

Architects always have the option to work with construction companies, builders, independently; consultancies etc. Architects are hired by the government organisations, various other institutes and agencies such as State Departments, Housing Boards. Openings in the private sector exist with the Builders, Architecture Firms, and Consultants etc. Architects with some experience can even set up their own practice or function as Consultants and Contractors.

List of the government organisations:

  • Public Works Department
  • Archaeological Department
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Departments of Railways
  • Post and Telegraphs
  • Public Sector Undertakings
  • National Building Organisation
  • Town and Country Planning Organisation
  • National Institute of Urban Affairs
  • Housing and Urban Development Corporation 

List of Traditional career option in the field of Architecture

  • Architect
  • Urban Designer
  • Landscape Architect1
  • Interior Architect
  • Urban Planner
  • Project Manager
  • Housing Consultant
  • Architecture Teacher 

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