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Career in Architecture: Eligibility, Exam and Job Scope

Akansha Sirohi
Akansha SirohiUpdated On: May 06, 2017
  • Architecture courses are generally a combination of engineering, arts and technology.
  • The most basic requirement for this field is good drawing skills.
  • Candidates can apply for private as well as public sector firms.
Career in Architecture: Eligibility, Exam and Job Scope

There has been a surge of opportunities in the field of Architecture since the past decade. With good colleges and programmes introduced in this field, there is a lot of scope for students who want to make a career in Architecture. This article covers courses, eligibility criteria, entrance exam and job scope in the field of Architecture.

Architecture courses are generally a combination of engineering topics, arts and technology essential to the field. There are various courses offered in the field at different levels, however, B.Arch is the most popular programme. On the completion of this course, candidates can also register for Council of Architecture (COA). Find out more about the field below.

Architecture Courses:

Name of the CourseType of CourseDuration
Diploma in ArchitectureDiploma/ Certificate1 year
Diploma in Architecture EngineeringEngineering Diploma3 years
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)Undergraduate Degree5 years
Masters of Architecture (M.Arch)Post-graduate Degree2 years
Ph.D. in ArchitectureDoctoral Degree2 years

Eligibility and Entrance Exams:

Diploma Courses:

  • Students can apply for engineering diploma after passing class 10 exams.
  • For other diploma courses, 10+2 is the minimum requirement.


  • Students must have completed class 12 with Mathematics and English as compulsory subjects and 50% aggregate marks in board exams.
  • Students who have completed 3-year diploma after class 10 can also apply for B.Arch programme.
  • Most of the colleges also require candidates to clear architecture entrance exams such as JEE Main and NATA. For IITs you will have to qualify JEE Advanced.
  • Private universities may conduct their own architecture entrance exams like BITSAT, SRMJEE, etc.

PG and Doctoral Degrees:

  • For these courses, candidates must have completed B.Arch programmes.
  • Candidates are also required to pass PG entrance exams like GATE and CEED.

Skills required to pursue a career in Architecture:

  • The most basic requirement for this field is good drawing skills and ability to think creatively.
  • Architecture aspirant must also have good observation skills and memory.
  • Good communication skills are also essential for an architect to understand the design requirement of clients.
  • Students are also required to possess some IT skills in order to operate software used for architecture and designing.

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Jobs and Top Recruiters:

There are various opportunities for architects in the construction and designing field. Candidates can apply for private as well as public sector firms. There is a demand for good architects in processes like urban development, interior designing, construction, etc.

After pursuing education from a good college, you can also apply for field jobs ad well office jobs. Many of the architects also work independently after gaining experience and take small freelance projects. After completing your course, you can hunt for jobs based on your skills. You can also apply for overseas jobs in countries like USA, Australia and Dubai.

Top companies offering jobs to architects:

  • Larsen & Toubro
  • Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj
  • DLF
  • Architect Consultants
  • Jindals
  • Manchanda Associates
  • Sahara Group
  • Edifice Architects Pvt.Ltd.
  • Chitra Vishwanath Architects
  • VSA Space Design (P) Ltd.

Salary Scope:

Salaries mostly depend on the colleges from which you have pursued architecture course. Students passing from IITs get the best packages i.e. up to Rs. 18 lakh per annum. However, architecture graduates can expect their starting salary to vary from Rs. 2.5 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh depending on your academic performance and college of graduation.

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You can secure a seat at one of the best architecture colleges with the right preparation and exam guidance. Visit CollegeDekho for exam preparation, college updates, admission information and more.


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