Eligibility Criteria for JEE Main Paper 2: 

JEE Main has two papers:

  • Paper 1: for all undergraduate engineering programs and
  • Paper 2: for Architecture and Planning programs.

As an aspiring B. Arch/ B. Planning student, you have two ways as per the institute you wish to get admissions in:

If you are desirous of pursuing B. Arch. in IIT Kharagpur or IIT Roorkee, you must clear the Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT). The contenders who have secured a rank in JEE (Advanced) are eligible to sit for AAT. The test will be be held only at the seven zonal IITs. This means, in order to get a B. Arch course in these two institutions, one has to clear Paper 1(B. Arch. / B. Planning.) of JEE Main, JEE Advanced and AAT.

For admissions to institutions other than the IITs, JEE Main Paper 2(B. Arch. / B. Planning) scores are taken into account. Paper 2 can be attempted by pen and paper only.

Exam Pattern of B.Arch. JEE:

B. Arch is a 3 hours exam based on Mathematics, Aptitude and a Drawing/Sketching Test. The aptitude test can be written only in English language. You must carry your own colouring and drawing aids. Paper 1 can be attempted in both online and offline mode, whereas,paper 2 can be attempted by pen and paper only.

B.Arch. Syllabus for JEE Mains:

The complete B arch syllabus for JEE Mains and AAT.

1. Maths: Relations and Functions; Sets, Complex Numbers, Matrices and Determinants; Quadratic Equations; Permutations and Combinations; Sequences and Series, Induction, Simple Applications of Binomial Theorem, Integral Calculus, Limit and Continuity, Differentiability, Differential Equation, Co-ordinate Geometry; Vector Algebra, Three Dimensional Geometry; Trigonometry, Statistics and Probability and Mathematical Reasoning.

2. Aptitude Test: Texture related Architecture, Awareness of build-environment, materials, objects, 3D objects visualizing from 2 D drawings, 3D objects visualization, mental ability and analytical reasoning.

3. Drawing Test: 3 D observation, building elements and forms, colour texture, contrast and harmony, Drawing and Design of abstract or geometrical patterns and shapes in pencil, elevations and 3D views of objects, creating 2 D and 3 D compositions using given shapes and sketching of activities and scenes.

How to prepare for B. Arch. JEE:

The best approach to prepare for the exam will be to combine your boards’ preparation with JEE Main paper 2 preparations, though the format may differ but the concepts remain the same.

Tips for B. Arch JEE:

  • Instead of learning by rote, focus on understanding the concept before moving on to the next topic. Refer to both Class XI and XII books for Maths especially.
  • Divide your syllabus in monthly and weekly segments and assign practical targets to achieve them.
  • Work on your observation skills and drawing to prepare for the Aptitude and Drawing tests. You may join a coaching class for drawing practice.
  • Utilize your Engineering Drawing notes for 2D/3D questions’ preparation.
  • Clear your doubt at the earliest to avoid any confusion later.
  • Try to add variation in your daily study schedule, like study Maths, Drawing and Aptitude related topics, to avoid monotony.
  • Make revision notes/flash cards on concepts, formulae, definitions etc. for each topic.
  • Solve enough sample papers and previous years’ tests to develop pace and practice. You can even take online mock tests for practice.

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