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B. Arch is a very popular course in the stream Architecture and the 5-year undergraduate programme does attract a good number of students who complete their 10+2 studies from Science background. One of the few things that an Architecture graduate knows is that there are many options that open up once they obtain their B.Arch degree from a reputed Architecture institute. In this article, we are going to discuss those career options that a B.Arch student can target after completing his/her studies.
Before diving into the details of best career prospects after completing B.Arch, we must provide you with a brief overview regarding how to get admission into the 5-year undergraduate B.Arch programme in the first place.
There are several ways of getting admission to the B.Arch programme. B.Arch aspirants have to appear in an architecture entrance exam like NATA, JEE Main (Paper-II), JEE Advanced AAT (for B.Arch admissions in IITs only) and secure valid ranks to be able to study B.Arch in India. There are some reputed institutions as well which conduct their own B.Arch entrance exam like KIITEE, AMU B.Arch admission test, GITAM Admission Test, HITSEEE etc.
During the entire duration of the programme, certain qualities of the candidates which differentiate a good architect from a normal architect are enhanced such as creativity, imagination skills, communication skills, ability to assess things critically etc.
Although Architecture graduates have many opportunities to go for a desirable job yet many stay out for a while to pursue a higher degree after completing their B.Arch study. The table below has a list of all those higher study options that a candidate after completing his/her B.Arch can opt for -
Name of Programme
It is a 2-year postgraduation degree programme in which the students imbibe qualities like improved thinking skills etc
Candidates must have a B.Arch degree from a recognised University (50%) and should have a valid score in an entrance exam like GATE
Lovely School of Architecture and Design, Fourth Dimension Group etc
INR 5 LPA to INR 6 LPA
Master of Urban Design (M.Des)
This postgraduate degree programme teaches the students how to create and invent new design for customers
Candidates with a B.Arch degree from a recognised University with a 50% aggregate at least and should have a valid score in a design entrance exam like CEED, NIFT Entrance Exam etc
Diverse Lynx India Pvt Ltd, PORUS Technologies, Qualcomm India Pvt Ltd etc
INR 3 LPA to INR 5 LPA
In this programme, the students learn a great deal about how urban development can be made by keeping in mind both public and private interests
B.Plan graduates from a recognised University with a minimum of 50% aggregate or B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch candidates with a 55% aggregate are eligible for this programme provided the applicants have a valid score in the GATE exam.
INR 5 LPA to INR 5.50 LPA
|M.Arch in Architectural Conservation||Architectural Conservation is a branch of Architecture that deals with a wide range of challenges affecting our architectural heritage resources such as historic structures, groupings of buildings historic regions, heritage cities and cultural landscapes||Applicants with a B.Arch degree from a recognized university or equivalent qualification are eligible for this programme. Merit-based admissions, as well as entrance-based admissions, are available for this pg Architecture programme||02 Years||Architecture Agencies, Consultancies, NGOs and Government Bodies||INR 50k to INR 80k per month|
|M.Tech in Construction Engineering and Management||M.Tech in Construction Engineering and Management is a 2-year postgraduate degree programme where special training is offered that is intended to assist engineering graduates in honing their management abilities||Candidates aspiring to take admission into the M.Tech in Construction Engineering and Management course must have a B.E/B.Tech/B.Sc degree with at least 40% to 50% aggregate score from a recognized institute||02 Years||Gammon, R Infra, Punj Lloyd, S&P, L&T, Architectural Firms etc||INR 4 LPA to INR 8 LPA|
|M.Des in Industrial Design||Industry design as a career allows professionals to create consumer-centric goods and systems in a variety of industries including medical, electronics computer and the environment among others. The master’s programme is intended to develop a critical mind with fundamental design, visualization, communication and engineering abilities||Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in interior design, engineering, architecture or design from a reputed university can apply. Candidates with a design diploma/certificate in the 10+2+4 format can also apply||02 Years||Vera Wang, Betsey Johnson, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen etc||INR 3 LPA to INR 12 LPA|
|Masters in Design Engineering|
Masters or M.Tech in design engineering is a 2-year postgraduate degree programme aimed at preparing candidates for leadership posts in Engineering Industries’ Research & development or Design activities
|B.E/B.Tech degree holders with a 60% minimum aggregate score from a recognized university and a 60% aggregate at the 10+2 level in the PCM subject-group stream||02 Years||Safran Engineering Services Pvt Ltd, IP Infusion, Wipro, TATA Advanced Materials etc||INR 2 LPA to INR 12 LPA|
|Masters in Project Management||Masters in Project Management of MBA in Project Management is a 2-year curriculum that focuses on how to operate more profitably and efficiently in the corporate sector||A bachelor’s degree in business administration or an equivalent bachelor’s degree from a recognized university is required of a candidate||02 Years||Infosys, HDFC Bank, ITC India, ONGC, TCS etc||INR 8 LPA to INR 10 LPA|
Some other higher study options for an architecture graduate has been provided below -
M.Arch in Landscape Design - Under this specialisation, designers take into account factors such as economic outlook, social statistics etc before getting involved in larger-scale territories
M.Des in Interior Architecture - This masters’ degree programme teaches the students how to change the existing structures via internal interventions
Masters in Graphic Design - Architects work with various graphic design software which lends them awareness regarding the same that can be deployed in a beneficial manner with the right kind of keenness
After completing their B.Arch study, the students can easily become an essential cog in an organisation if they choose to pick either of the following job options -
An Architecture graduate or a post-graduate can easily apply for Government jobs in departments such as Housing, Transportation Planning etc. There are also job opportunities available at various Ministries like Railway Ministry, Defence Ministry alongside some quasi Government bodies like HUDCO, CIDCO etc.
Delhi Development Authority, Highway Development Authority, Municipal Councils & Corporations etc
INR 4 LPA to INR 5 LPA
There are several project management firms like C B Richard Ellis, Cushman Wakefield etc which hires architects. However, it is desirable that the candidates should also possess a Postgraduate Diploma in project management from a reputed Institution like NICMAR to be picked up by one of these firms. A B.Arch degree with a postgraduate diploma in project management from a renowned institution can open up the scopes of being picked up for an overseas project as well.
Shapoorji Pallonji, Larsen & Toubro, Jones Lang LaSalle, CB Richard Ellis, Cushman Wakefield etc
INR 4 LPA to INR 10 LPA
An urban designer is a person who is responsible for designing and planning every aspect of a city. An urban designer not only takes care of urban buildings but also public parks, transportation systems, landscaping, streets etc.
Eureka Moment Design Company Private Limited, Axis Architects and Urban Planners, Aelius Venture Pvt. Ltd, Exetera INC etc
INR 2.5 LPA to INR 6 LPA
Landscape Designers are also somewhat similar to Urban Designers who design residential areas, playgrounds, gardens, public parks etc which look attractive.
Cherry Garden and Landscapers, Perikali, Xanadu Organic Gardens, Paudha etc
INR 2 LPA to INR 4 LPA
For those who have a graduate or postgraduate degree in Architecture and also have a flair for writing, Architectural Journalism is a rapidly growing sector and a viable option for them. Such students can render their services in various magazines, websites, journals etc which are dedicated to the Building, Interior Design and Architectural industry.
Architecture Update, Architecture Digest, IA&B, WFM etc
INR 3 LPA to INR 5 LPA
There are several other job opportunities like Architectural Model Maker, Lighting Designer, Architectural Photographer etc which can offer great opportunities to the students who either have a B.Arch or M.Arch degree.
Presented below are some of the renowned B.Arch colleges located across India -
Name of College
Type of College
Average Fee (In INR)
Integral University, Lucknow