A good news for the B Arch aspirants as the Ministry of Education has eased criteria to get admission to Under Graduate course of Architecture. As per information, now, the aspirants need to be 12th pass with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) subjects. Even those pursuing three-year diploma become eligible if they score even 35% with Mathematics as one of the subjects.
Till now, for B Arch course, the students were supposed to score minimum 50% aggregate marks in their qualifying examination along with valid National Aptitude Test for Architecture (NATA) scores. Habib Khan, Chairman of Council of Architecture, confirmed the development. He said, “We had recommended to lower down the criteria and accordingly submitted the same to the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD). It gave the approval.” There will be no relaxation as far as the scores and appearance in NATA and Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) are concerned.
This change will be in effect for this year only considering the academic situation arose because of coronavirus pandemic. The relaxation is introduced to help the students who have faced a crisis in their academics due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From next year onwards, the original criteria will continue. CoA never wants to compromise with the quality. CoA will be conducting NATA on August 29 (first examination). Currently, the application form for both first and second attempt is available till August 12 and candidates who are already registered can also correct their details during this period. There is no clarity regarding the date of NATA 2020.