Architecture Courses - Career Options, Eligibility, Jobs

Pursuing a career in Architecture is not only interesting and lucrative but also assures longevity. As India’s infrastructural growth is in developing phase and that too at a rapid rate, the scope for students looking to pursue a career in Architecture is vast. However, to undertake a job in the architectural field, one needs to study hard enough. There are basically following stages to become a licensed architect –

  • Completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture.
  • Completing a Master’s degree in Architecture.
  • Gaining relevant experience through an internship.

Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Architect is basically the first step toward becoming an architect. Generally, the duration of Bachelor in Architecture degree (B.Arch) is 5 years. After B.Arch, students can continue with Master’s Degree in Architecture (M.Arch) which may take 2 years more.  

In order to be eligible to apply for undergraduate programmes for studying architecture, a candidate needs to pass the higher secondary school (Class XII) examination with Science subjects such as Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology.

Skills Required

  • Creativity
  • Leadership
  • Responsibility and Accountability
  • Ability to comprehend complicated legal terms related to the profession.
  • Supervisory skills
  • Flexibility and patience

Job Profiles

When a candidate completes his/her degree and/or master course in Architecture, he/she becomes eligible for following job profiles after meeting the required eligibility.

  • Architect
  • Architectural Technologist
  • CAD Technician
  • Interior and Spatial Designer
  • Building Surveyor
  • Construction Manager
  • Structural Engineer
  • Town Planner
  • Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer

Entrance Exam for Career in Architecture

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

Conducted by Council of Architecture (CoA), National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is one of the entrance examinations conducted at the national level for the students seeking admission to Architectural Engineering colleges. A lot of reputed institutions provide admission to students on the basis of the NATA exams. Until 2018, NATA exam was being conducted once a year, from 2019, it will be conducted twice a year.

A candidate appearing for NATA exam is required to have passed 12th or equivalent with Mathematics as one of the subjects. If a candidate has done Diploma (having Mathematics as a compulsory subject) in any discipline are also considered eligible to apply for the exam. Moreover, students who have passed or appearing for the International Baccalaureate after 10 years of schooling (with Mathematics as compulsory subject of the exam) can also appear for NATA exam.

In order to qualify in NATA exam, a candidate is required to meet conditions such as score at least 25% marks in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Drawing section, score equal to or above overall qualifying marks (out of 200).

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