Career in Architecture (B.Arch): Courses, Admission Process, Avg Salary & More!!

1. Introduction
2. Courses in Architecture
3. Eligibility Criteria
4. Admission Process
5. Average Salary
6. Top Companies & Recruiters
7. Top 10 Architecture Colleges in India
8. Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)


Architects are the original creators of amazing buildings and constructions. Skyscrapers in metro cities and around the world will not be possible without them. If we talk about the growth and increase of the human race to tall buildings with beautiful designs and glory show the art and creativity of an architect.

Thus, those who want to pursue a career in architecture, read the full article to know more. The rebuilding of ‘Twin Towers’ destroyed in 9/11 incident and other towers and constructions shows the real dint of human talent and excellence, creativity and vision.

The architect profession considered as one of the finest professions, architecture has changed amazingly in the last couple of years where students from various social background, disciplines, and streams have come to join Architecture colleges in India. A career in Architecture is an attractive, handsome pay scale, and has lots of potential in terms of growth. Besides the required criteria, some essential skills are also required for a career in architecture.

Courses in Architecture

To pursue architecture there are various courses in India to build your career in architecture. The following table will show the various courses for architecture in India.

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Bachelor Degree in Architecture

Bachelor Degree Courses in ArchitectureTotal Colleges
B.Arch (Bachelor of Architecture) 336
B.Arch. (Architecture and Regional Planning) 3
B.Arch. (Building and Construction Management) 3
B.Arch. (Interior Design) 25
B.Arch. (Landscape Architecture) 2
B.E. (Construction Technology) 7
B.Plan 17
B.Sc. (Residential Space Design and Management) 1
B.Tech. (Urban & Regional Planning) 2
Bachelor of Construction Technology 1

Master Degree Courses in Architecture

Master Degree Courses in ArchitectureTotal Colleges
Executive Master of Architecture Advanced Design 1
M.Arch. (Master of Architecture) 55
M.Arch. (Advanced Design) 1
M.Arch. (Architectural and Settlement Conservation) 1
M.Arch. (Architectural Conservation) 5
M.Arch. (Architectural Design) 4
M.Arch. (Building Construction and Management) 2
M.Arch. (Computer Applications) 3
M.Arch. (Construction Management) 6
M.Arch. (Digital Architecture) 3
M.Arch. (Environmental Architecture) 4
M.Arch. (Industrial Design) 2
M.Arch. (Interior Design) 3
M.Arch. (Landscape Architecture) 14
M.Arch. (Theory & Design) 1
M.Arch. (Urban Design) 12
M.E. (Housing) 1
M.E. (Landscape Architecture) 1
M.E. (Urban Design) 1
M.Arch. (Architectural and Settlement Conservation) 1
M.Sc. (Urban and Regional Planning) 1
M.Tech. (Urban Planning) 3
Master of Building Engineering and Management 1
Master of Interior Architecture & Design 14
Master of Planning (Environmental Planning) 3
Master of Planning (Housing) 3
Master of Planning (Industrial Area Planning and Management) 1
Master of Planning (Infrastructure) 2
Master of Planning (Regional Planning) 2
Master of Planning (Rural Planning and Management) 1
Master of Planning (Transport Planning) 3
Master of Planning (Urban and Regional Planning) 3
Master of Planning (Urban Planning) 6
Masters in Planning 3

PhD Courses in Architecture

PhD Courses in ArchitectureTotal Colleges
PhD (Architectural Conservation) 1
PhD (Architecture) 13
PhD (Building Engineering and Management) 1
PhD (Environmental Planning) 1
PhD (Housing) 2
PhD (Industrial Design) 1
PhD (Landscape Architecture) 1
PhD (Physical Planning) 1
PhD (Regional Planning) 2
PhD (Transport Planning) 1
PhD (Urban Design) 1
PhD (Urban Planning) 3

Diploma Courses in Architecture

Diploma Courses in ArchitectureTotal Colleges
Diploma in Architectural Assistantship 57
Diploma in Architecture Engineering 55
Diploma in Construction Management (DCM) 4
Diploma in Construction Technology (DCT) 4
Foundation Diploma in Architecture and Design (F.D.A.D.) 1
Post Graduate Diploma in Construction Management 2
Post Graduate Diploma in Town – Country Planning 1

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates those who want to take admission into the architecture course and built a career in architecture, the applicant must fulfill the following eligibility criteria.

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  • 10+2 or equivalent with minimum 50% marks along with the compulsory subject of maths.
  • 10th + 3 year’s diploma in any stream from a recognized university/ board/ institution.
  • Cleared NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) with the 80% marks conducted by Council of Architecture

Admission Process

Candidates can take admission in architecture course through NATA entrance exam and make Career in Architecture. Every college or university has different criteria or admission process. Moreover, state or region has another impact on admission. Break up of seat quota is different in each state, here we have an example of Gujarat and Chandigarh:

Seat quota for Gujarat50%Seat quota for Chandigarh27 seats
All India quota35%All India Quota:5 seats
NRI quota15%Sportspersons (2% of sanctioned intake)1 Seat
Ward of Kashmiri Migrant1 Seat
Ward of Direct Descendents of Kargil Martyrs1 Seat
Nominee of deficient States/Union Territories5 seats

Average Salary

Job ProfilesAverage Salary (in Rs lakh)
Project Architect5
Architecture Designer6
Principal Architect18.50
Interior Designer4
Assistant Professor6
Senior Interior Designer7.50
Senior Project Architect10
Project Manager9.50
Design Manager10
Interior Architect5.50
Urban Planner5.50
Senior Principal Architect19.40
Landscape Architect5
Design Architect4

Top Companies & Recruiters

Architect Hafeez ContractorGaursons India
Dar Al HandasahC P Kukreja Associates
RSP Architects LtdOscar & Ponni Architects
ArcopKembhavi Architecture Foundation
Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd.Shilpa Architects
DLFChristopher Charles Benninger Architects
Raj Rewal AssociatesSomaya & Kalappa Consultants

Top 10 Architecture Colleges in India

Here is the Complete Updated list of Top 10 Architecture Colleges in India.

RankInstitute NameFees (Approx)
1.IIT Kharagpur – Indian Institute of Technology (IITKGP)₹ 10.41 Lakh
2.IIT Roorkee – Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee₹ 10.51 Lakh
3.NIT Calicut – National Institute of Technology₹ 6.40 Lakh
4.SPA Delhi – School of Planning and Architecture₹ 1.67 Lakh
5.College of Engineering Trivandrum – COE Trivandrum₹ 67,200
6.SPA Bhopal – School of Planning and Architecture₹ 2.50 Lakh
7.NIT Trichy – National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (NITT)₹ 9.28 Lakh
8.Jamia Millia Islamia – JMI₹ 3.23 Lakh
9.SPA Vijayawada – School of Planning and Architecture₹ 2.79 Lakh
10.BIT Mesra – Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra₹ 14.84 Lakh

Similar Exam Links

JEE MainJEE AdvanceAMU B.Arch

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NATA Preparation TipsClick Here
NATA Important TopicsClick Here
NATA Exam Day GuidelinesClick Here
Top 10 Architecture Colleges in IndiaClick Here
Top 10 Architecture Colleges in India Accepting NATAClick Here
Top Architecture Entrance Exams in India: ListClick Here

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Q. How can I apply for Nata 2020?

A. One should follow these simple steps to apply for the NATA 2020 Admission form
Step-1: Login into NATA- 2020 portal with chosen credentials, and Click on Apply Now button which will be directed to the application form.
Step-2: Fill-in the MANDATORY fields which are mentioned in Appendix III.
Step-3: Upload the required documents and click on the Preview button to preview the filled in application form
then click on the Submit button to submit the form. Once the form is submitted, no changes will be entertained, so carefully fill-in the application form.
Step 4: Once the application form submitted, it will be redirected to the Payment Gateway page. Kindly provide
the required inputs for the payment process.
Step 5: Upon successful fee payment, you will get land up in confirmation page contains Application No and Transaction No., kindly take a printout of it as a proof of application form submission.

Q. How can I prepare for Nata 2020?

A. One can Follow given Important Prepare Steps-
1. Aspirants have to understand their drawing & creative skills.
2. Make a time-table & give an equal interval of time to each subject.
3. Aware of the complete syllabus & exam pattern of the examination.
4. Solve previous year question paper for practice.
5. Eat healthy food & stay fit.
6. Refer best study material & books.

Q. Is Nata necessary for architecture?

A. NATA is a compulsory exam for taking admission to any Architectural College in India (Except NITs & IITs) and is an eligibility test for admission into the Architecture Course.

Q. Which is better Nata or JEE?

A. JEE Main is conducted by CBSE whereas NATA is conducted by Council of Architecture. The institutes that give admission on the basis of JEE Main paper 2 are NITs and GFTIs whereas by NATA you get admission into Private colleges and State level colleges, other than NITs and IITs

Q. What is the highest NATA score 2019?

A. The maximum NATA Score is 156+.

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