Q I have just completed my Std XII examinations (HSC board) with PCM as the main subjects. I also appeared for the National Aptitude Test for Architecture (NATA) and secured 108/200. Is this score good enough to get into JJ College of Architecture? What are the other requirements and NATA cut-off marks for securing admission? What other institutions are good for studying architecture? What is the scope of architecture in India? Is B.Tech. a better option than B.Arch.?
A Sir J. J. School of Architecture, Mumbai, is considered one of the foremost institutions of architecture in India. Therefore you need good score in NATA to get into this institute. Marks in 10+2 exam is also given due weightage for admission.
Other notable institutes are School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (spa.ac.in);
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur (iitkgp.ac.in); Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee (iitr.ac.in); Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh (cca.nic.in); National Institutes of Technology all over India; School of Architecture, Centre of Environment Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad (cept.ac.in).
Opportunities in this field are highly dependent on the level of local construction. Big cities are developing very fast, and construction of commercial as well residential buildings are going on. Even renovation of old buildings is on the rise. This trend is especially good for architects, as it provides many job opportunities.
B.Tech. is totally based on technology, on the other hand, B.Arch. focuses on designing part of architecture along with technology. To become a good architect you must be a good designer.