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Want to Study Architecture in India? Here’s What You Should Know

If you have a creative bent of mind, an artistic hand, and can handle a decent amount of math and geometry, then a career in architecture is just perfect for you!

Architecture is a creative and fulfilling profession that requires a combination of innovative thinking, practical skills, and technological expertise. There is a growing need for qualified architects all around the globe who can contribute the environment by creating sustainable, green buildings as well as conserving the architectural heritage. A degree in architecture earned in India will give you the much-needed international perspective, an exposure to global trends and hands-on training to make a real difference in the industry.

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So, let’s take you step-by-step.

Most of the Architecture colleges in India offer education in Architecture at an undergraduate level and students with Mathematics at +2 levels are preferred. Preparation for an All India Entrance Exam can be started soon after 10th Class.

Top courses in Architecture in India:

  • B.Arch
  • B.Arch (Interior Design)
  • B.Plan
  • M.Arch
  • M.Arch (Landscape Architecture)
  • Ph.D Architecture

Eligibility for Indian Nationals:

The candidate seeking admission in the Architecture course must have passed 10+2 or equivalent higher secondary/ pre-university examinations in the science group of any recognized University/Board with Mathematics as a subject of examination with at least 50% aggregate marks. The candidate with a good academic background in physics and mathematics is better suited for the study of Architecture, as the work involves complex designing problems, building economies and cost estimations. It is mandatory for every Architectural Institution imparting 5-year B. Arch degree course in the country to join the NATA and to admit students on the basis of valid NATA marks. To know more about NATA, go to

Eligibility for NRI / OCI / PIO, Children of Indian workers in the Gulf countries, Foreign Nationals:

The candidates who have qualified from the foreign boards, universities and recognized institutions as deemed equivalent by the AIU shall be considered. An NRI is eligible if she has studied abroad for five years in the last eight years of the stay and has passed the required qualifying examination from the country.

  • The Candidate should have passed the HSC or its equivalent examination with Mathematics and obtained at least 50% marks in aggregate, 


  • Candidate should have passed Full-time Diploma (10+3) examination recognized by All India Council for Technical Education or Central or State Government or its equivalent examination and obtained at least 50% marks in aggregate. Any other criterion declared by appropriate authority from time to time.

Fee structure:

The government aided institutes has a very nominal fee structure. The fee structure of such institute is between INR 160,000-230,000 (The US $ 2400 – 3500 approx). In the case of the private institute, the fee structure varies from institute to institute and it is between INR 200000-350000 (The US $ 3000 – 5300 approx). These fee structures are exclusive of all other expenses of students like hostel, library etc. The fee charges for diploma course is lesser and it is between INR 130000- 200000 (The US $ 2000 – 3000 approx). Scholarships are being offered to unprivileged meritorious students. Government aided institutes also provide scholarships for the top-ranked students.

Funding/ Scholarship:

60 National Overseas Scholarships are offered to students belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Denotified Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes, etc. US$6,600 per year is the amount which is paid to qualified candidates doing the Masters. However, Ph.D. candidates can get the US $7,700 per year. There are other scholarships which are being offered to unprivileged meritorious students in various government aided institutes. Besides toppers, candidates who top in entrance exams conducted by the private institutes receive attractive discounts in fees. Education loans are available to students from nationalized banks and private banks at attractively low-interest rates.

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Job Prospects

Architects can work with construction companies wherein they are asked to serve as a designer. Initially, an architect is expected to understand specific requirements of clients and strike a right balance between aesthetics and practicality. Additionally, an architect with skills can help clients by his ideas in terms of balancing the requirements of appearance, financial budget, and time frame. Some architects even work independently and earn their livelihood through consultancy fees which entirely depends upon the skills and profile as well as work experience. Architects working independently have ample scope in terms of earning.

A career in Architecture is attractive, high-paying, and has lots of potential in terms of growth. Study in India, take the first step of growth and fly high in your career.

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