GRADUATE ENTRANCE EXAMS
National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is the entrance test for B. Arch seats in engineering colleges all over India. NATA measures the aptitude of the candidate in the field of architecture. The architecture related skills in drawing, observation, aesthetics, sense of proportion, and critical thinking ability are assessed in this test. The Council of Architects, COA, is conducting NATA since 2006. COA is a government instituted specialist body.
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JEE Main Paper 2
Paper 2 of JEE Main is for B.Arch / B.Planning admission and is conducted by National Testing Agency. Part 1 of paper 2 is an objective type computer based test on mathematics. Part II is a pen and paper based offline test to test the drawing aptitude of candidates.
POST GRADUATE ENTRANCE EXAMS FOR ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING
GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level examination that tests the comprehensive understanding on undergraduate subjects in relevant engineering and science area. GATE is conducted jointly by IISc Bangalore and seven IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board under government of India.
GATE score is superior to all other entrance exam scores throughout India, and is considered for most PhD programmes as well for short listing in engineering and certain management programmes. GATE is also recognized by a few foreign institutes. Many public sector undertakings have been using GATE score in their recruitment process.
The validity of the score is 3 years and the test is given once a year. GATE tests the candidates’ bachelor's degree level knowledge of the chosen engineering discipline. For admission to Architecture /Planning candidates have to answer B.Arch /B.Planning level questions.
Graduates /final year students in architecture/planning are eligible to apply for the test to get admission to PG Architecture/Planning. Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UGC/AICTE as equivalent to relevant area are also eligible.
PGCET (Post Graduate Common Entrance Test) is meant for Students who plan to do post graduate professional courses in Karnataka. It is a state level entrance exam conducted by Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) for admission to MBA, MCA, ME, MTech and MArch. The successful candidates in the test can get admission in universities, post graduate colleges, university departments and government & private institutes located in Karnataka.
There are around 178 participating institutes who offer admission to qualified candidates of PGCET. GATE qualified candidates are given first preference for seats and are not required to write PGCET, but should fill in the application form.
Candidates having B.Arch from any institution recognized by the Government of Karnataka with minimum 50% marks are eligible to apply for the test. SC/ST students from Karnataka need only 45% marks to qualify for the test.
The application can be done online through the KEA website. PGCET is a pen & paper test conducted in several cities across the state of Karnataka.