JEE Main B. Arch Paper Pattern 2020 - A Complete Guide

    Karishma Khatri Karishma Khatri
    Exams Prep Master

    JEE Main is an engineering entrance test conducted in India for admission to various prestigious engineering colleges of the country. NTA started a new trend this year by introducing a separate paper for admission to B. Planning making the B. Arch paper specifically for admission to the course of Architecture. The paper is conducted online for two sections (Mathematics and Aptitude) and offline, for the drawing section.

    JEE Main B.Arch will be administered by the National Testing Agency (NTA) between July 18 - 23, 2020. Through JEE Main 2020 B.Arch paper, students can apply for admission to the B.Arch courses offered at NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, and other colleges. The students must have a 10 + 2 qualification to appear for the exam. The exam will be administered in the CBT mode. Through this article we have tried to cover all the aspects of JEE Main B. Arch paper ranging from the exam pattern to sample questions and exam day tips to career scope and top colleges with JEE Main Cut off


    JEE Main B.Arch Exam Pattern Highlights

    Mode of ExamComputer Based Test The drawing section of the B.Arch paper will be pen and paper-based.
    Marking scheme+4 for the correct answers and -1 for any wrong answer
    Duration of Exam3 hours
    Language of ExamHindi, English, and Gujarati (only for centers in Gujarat, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli)
    Type of QuestionsMCQs and Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
    Sections Mathematics (25 questions - 20 MCQs, 5 NAT) Aptitude (50 MCQs) Drawing (2 questions)
    Total Number of Questions 77
    Total Marks400

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    Why is the knowledge of the exam paper pattern important?

    The knowledge of the B.Arch exam pattern of JEE Main 2020 is extremely important because you will have an understanding of the amount of effort you will have to put in for each section according to the expected number of questions. You can make a strategic timetable for your preparation accordingly. The nature of questions (MCQs, NAT, and drawing) will also aid in effective preparation.

    How are Separate Papers for B. Arch and B. Planning Helpful?

    How are Separate Papers for B. Arch and B. Planning Helpful for the Candidates?

    The existence of separate papers for B.Arch and B.Planning is very helpful for candidates because the sections differ according to the requirements of each course. Students can choose to attempt any one or both of these papers. B.Arch and B.Planning papers have the mathematics and aptitude sections in common because fluency in these topics is essential for admission to both courses. However, the third section differs in both these papers. The B.Arch paper has drawing questions relevant to B.Arch courses while B.Planning has planning-based objective type questions relevant to B.Planning courses.

    B. Arch Paper Pattern - Changes by NTA

    Changes Made in the JEE Main B. Arch Paper Pattern by NTA

    1. Separation of B.Arch and B.Planning papers 

    B.Arch and B.Planning papers were considered one until 2019. A separate exam will be arranged for the candidates who wish to apply for B.Planning courses for the first time in the history of the JEE mains. Thus, JEE Main 2020 will be administered in three sections - 

    • B.Tech / B.E. Paper 1

    • B.Arch Paper 2

    • B.Planning Paper 3

    Now, as per their preference, students have an option to appear for any one, two, or all three papers.

    2. Changes in B.Arch Paper Pattern

    • Unlike the previous years when the total number of questions was 82, Paper 2 of JEE Main 2020 for B. Arch will comprise a total of 77 questions. divided into three sections:

    Section I - Mathematics

    Section II - Aptitude test

    Section III - Drawing Test

    • JEE Main 2020 Paper 2 will have Sections I and II conducted in the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode.

    • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions have been included in Section I without any negative marking.

    • Section III will be pen and paper-based. Earlier, the paper had three questions in this section. This year, there will be only 2 questions.

    SectionNumber of QuestionsType of Questions
    Mathematics25 (20 + 5)20 Objective Type - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and 5 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions
    Aptitude Test50Objective Type - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    Drawing Test2Questions for drawing test

    Note: Mathematics and aptitude papers will be the same for B.Arch and B.Planning papers in JEE Main 2020. 

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    Marking Scheme of JEE Main B. Arch Paper

    Marking Scheme of JEE Main B. Arch Paper

    SectionType of QuestionsMarking SchemeMaximum Marks
    Section I - Mathematics20 MCQs and 5 NAT questionsMCQs - +4 for the correct answer, -1 for an incorrect answer, 0 for unanswered questions NAT - +4 for the correct answer, 0 for an incorrect answer100
    Section II - Aptitude 50 MCQsMCQs - +4 for the correct answer, -1 for an incorrect answer, 0 for unanswered questions200
    Section III - Drawing Test2 questions+50 for correct answers 100
    Total77 questions-400

    B.Arch Paper Analysis of JEE Main January 2020 Session

    B.Arch Paper Analysis of JEE Main January 2020 Session

    JEE Main 2020 for B.Arch happened over two shifts in one day i.e. January 6, 2020: 

    ShiftsExam StartExam End
    Shift I09:30 AM12:30 PM
    Shift II02:30 PM05:30 PM

    JEE Main 2020 Shift I - Day 1 (Jan 6)

    The first shift of the JEE Main 2020 January session successfully began on January 6, 2020. 1,38,409 candidates had registered for the B. Arch paper. According to the initial reactions of the candidates, the Mathematics section was found to be the toughest. The general difficulty level of the exam was moderate to difficult. 

    The detailed JEE Main Paper Analysis for B. Arch paper is given below - 

    JEE Main B. Arch Paper Mathematics

    The level of difficulty of Section 1 - Mathematics was found to be very high by candidates. The questions were asked from the maths syllabus of classes XI and XII. However, according to a majority of the test takers, more weightage was given to the class XI syllabus in the Mathematics section. Many questions appeared from topics such as 3D coordinate geometry and distance, to name a few. The number of questions from integration and differentiation was low. 

    JEE Main B. Arch Aptitude

    Compared to the Mathematics and Drawing sections, the Aptitude section was considered to be comparatively easier by the candidates. Mirror image and 3D figures were some of the topics asked. A few specific questions from the Aptitude section were regarding the correct size of a door, the location of the Konark temple, and the texture of a mirror, among others. 

    JEE Main B. Arch Paper Drawing

    The Drawing section was conducted offline. The test-takers had to answer 2 questions in this section. The second question offered 3 choices out of which one was to be attempted by candidates. The questions were based on topics like school playground, cylinder, gymnast, and grandparents' faces, among others. Overall, the Drawing section was considered tough by most of the test takers.

    JEE Main 2020 Shift II - Day 1 (Jan 6)

    The JEE Main 2020 afternoon shift for B.Arch was scheduled between 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM. Quite obviously, candidates found the Mathematics section to be the toughest. The general difficulty level of the paper was moderate to difficult. 

    JEE Main B. Arch Paper Mathematics

    According to students, the Mathematics section was difficult. There were 4 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. Majority of the questions asked were from the Class XI syllabus. The questions from calculus were quite challenging.

    JEE Main B. Arch Aptitude

    The Aptitude section was moderately difficult. Some questions in this section consisted of designs and candidates had to determine how they look from different views. 

    JEE Main B. Arch Paper Drawing

    The Drawing Test section was held offline and was easy but consumed a lot of time. Candidates were asked to draw a landscape in this section. 

    Paper Attempting Tricks

    Paper Attempting Tricks for JEE Main B. Arch 

    Trick 1 - Get a quick overview of the B.Arch paper 

    When you get the JEE main B.Arch paper, read through it and identify the easy and moderately difficult questions. Answer them first so that you do not miss out on a good score later because you failed to attempt the easy questions. It is recommended that you attempt the Drawing section first because although there are only 2 questions, they carry 100 marks in total. 

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    Trick 2 - Do not waste time a lot of time in answering a single question

    It is highly recommended that you do not spend more than 3 minutes on MCQs and NAT questions in the B.Arch paper. Spending too much time on a single question will lead to you lagging behind, unable to answer the entire paper within 3 hours. If you cannot determine the answer to a question, move on to the next. You can try to answer difficult questions at the end of the paper.

    Trick 3 - Keep up your confidence and positivity 

    Stay calm, confident, and positive about your preparation when you are presented with the exam paper. Panicking will make you blank out and your marks will suffer. Believe in the effort that you have put in preparing for the B.Arch paper.

    Trick 4 - Do not make random guesses in MCQs

    MCQs have negative marking in the JEE Main B.Arch paper. Therefore, ensure that you do not randomly answer these questions. Suppose you are unable to find an answer to a question even at the end of the paper, leave it answered. 

    Trick 5 - Read questions attentively 

    Do not let panic come in your way of reading the questions carefully. This holds true for all the three sections of the B.Arch paper. If you fail to understand the questions, you might end up giving the wrong answers or drawing the wrong sketches. 

    Trick 6 - Use unsoiled rough work

    Ensure that when you are carrying out rough work for MCQs, NAT questions, and drawings, it is done in a comprehensible manner. Haphazard rough work will only lead to further complication of a given question. Mark question numbers for all the rough work that you do to avoid confusion at any time. 

    Trick 7 - Check your answers 

    It is very important that you check your answers to the JEE Main B.Arch paper. This will help you identify any mistakes you might have made while attempting the paper.

    B. Arch Paper - Sample Questions

    Sample Questions for JEE Main B. Arch 

    1. C is a circle with a diameter formed by a line segment of the line 3x + 2y = 6 intercepted by coordinate axes. Which point does C also pass through?

    a) (2,2)

    b) (1,1)

    c) (2,3)

    d) (3,2)

    2. Suppose any tangent to the parabola x-square = 4y intersects the hyperbola xy = 2 at points P and Q, the midpoint of line segment PQ rests on a parabola with axis along - 

    a) x-axis and focus on positive x-axis

    b) y-axis and focus on positive y-axis

    c) x-axis and focus on negative x-axis

    d) y-axis and focus on negative y-axis

    3. What are the symbols on a map that represent physical features on the Earth’s surface known as?

    a) legend

    b) grid

    c) key

    d) scale

    4. When was the Earth Summit held?

    a) 1990

    b) 1991

    c) 1992

    d) 1994

    5. Which among these Indus Valley Civilisation sites is situated on the banks of river Indus in the Larkan District of Pakistan?

    a) Harappa

    b) Mohenjodaro

    c) Mehrgarh

    d) Suktagendor

    6. Find the media​n of given values ( 2,4,3,2,9,75,29 )

    a) 2

    b) 4

    c) 9

    d) 5

    7. Create an image of - 

    a. Grandparents

    b. A gymnastic exercise

    c. A playground

    8. Create an image of - 

    a. A beautiful building

    b. Your mom is looking outside a train window, to a distance

    c. Draw an aesthetic card from an equilateral triangle

    d. Aesthetic card from an equilateral triangle.

    9. Create an image using cylinders.

    JEE Main B. Arch Paper Syllabus

    Syllabus for JEE Main B. Arch Paper 

    JEE Main B.Arch Mathematics Syllabus

    Topic Name
    Sets, relations, and functionsIntegral calculusSequences and series
    Complex numbers and quadratic equationsDifferential equationsLimit, continuity, and differentiability
    Matrices and determinantsCoordinate geometryTrigonometry
    Permutations and combinationsThree-dimensional geometryMathematical reasoning
    Mathematical inductionVector algebra-
    Binomial theorem and its simple applicationsStatistics and probability-

    JEE Main B.Arch Aptitude Syllabus

    Serial NumberTopic Name
    1Awareness of persons, places, buildings, materials
    2Objects, texture related to architecture and built-environment
    3Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings
    4Visualizing different sides of three-dimensional objects
    5Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal)

    JEE Main B.Arch Drawing Syllabus

    Serial NumberTopic Name
    1Drawing and Designing of geometrical or abstract shapes & patterns in pencil
    2Transformation of forms, both 2D and 3D union
    3Elevation and 3D views of objects rotation
    4Development of Surfaces and Volumes
    5Generation of Plan
    6Creating 2D & 3D compositions using given shapes and forms
    7Sketching of activities from memory of urban scenes

    B. Arch Career Scope and Job Opportunities

    JEE Main B. Arch Paper Career Scope

    Good scores in JEE Main B.Arch Paper will let you gain admission into top B.Arch courses in the country. B.Arch is a full-time program spanning a duration of 5 years. Subjects from the fields of engineering, arts, and technology are employed in the professional practice of architecture. 

    What after B.Arch?

    After graduation, candidates can explore the following options: 

    1. Study M.Arch 

    2. Get a Ph.D. in Architecture

    3. Work in Architecture Jobs

    Job Opportunities for B. Architecture

    Owing to the boom in construction and designing fields, the career opportunities in architecture are many. Both government and private organizations demand graduates of B.Arch and M.Arch. You can find job opportunities in the construction, urban development, urban planning, interior designing, and public works departments. Architect firms and consultancy companies can also enhance your career prospects in architecture. B.Arch graduates can work in an office space and a construction site. You can also work to design houses, apartments, colonies, stadiums, shopping complexes, and schools. 

    Some job profiles for B.Arch graduates include - Data Analyst, Architecture Designer, Architecture Engineer, Interior Designer, Architecture Draftsman, Staff Consultant, Technical Assistant, Project Assistant Manager, Sales/Business Development Manager, Architectural Assistant, Architectural Historian/Journalist, Art Director, Building Contractor, and Landscape Architect

    The top recruiters are - 

    Jones Lang LaSalle MeghrajArchitect Consultants
    L&TVSA Space Design (P) Ltd.
    DLFEdifice Architects Pvt. Ltd.
    JindalsChitra Vishwanath Architects
    IMAXESahara Group

    Pay Scale - As an architect, your starting salary can be around Rs. 4 lacs - 5 lacs per annum, payscale will go up depending on your experience and skills. 

    NATA vs JEE Main B. Arch Paper

    NATA vs JEE Main B. Arch Paper - Which is Better for B. Arch Admission?

    Students who want to get admissions into top B.Arch courses can do so by either taking the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) or JEE Main B. Arch Paper. NATA is conducted by the Council of Architecture (CoA) while JEE Main Paper 2 is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). 

    Both the exams have a similar exam pattern and level of difficulty. Choosing one of the two examinations for B.Arch admission will depend on the college of your preference. Different colleges take admissions through NATA and JEE Main B. Arch Paper.

    NATA tests the drawing observational skills, mathematics, aesthetic sensitivity, and critical thinking ability of students. JEE Main B. Arch Paper tests knowledge in mathematics, general aptitude, and drawing. 

    To know which examination to choose for B.Arch admission, you must know the differences between the two and the colleges that take in students through these examinations. 

    Eligibility Criteria for NATA vs JEE Main B. Arch Paper

    NATAJEE Main B. Arch Paper 
    • Students who have passed Class 12 with a minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, and have 50% aggregate marks are eligible to take NATA.
    • The minimum age requirement to take NATA is 17 years. 
    • Students who have passed Class 12 with a minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, and have 50% aggregate marks are eligible to take JEE Main B. Arch Paper. .
    • Candidates must have either passed Class 12 in 2017, 2018 or appeared for Class 12 examination in 2019.
    • Students should have passed Class 12 with the compulsory subjects of Mathematics and Physics and one among Chemistry/Biology/Technical vocational courses as an optional subject. 
    • There is no minimum or maximum age requirement..

    Exam Pattern of NATA vs JEE Main B. Arch Paper

    Both examinations are conducted for a duration of 3 hours. Questions from Mathematics, Aptitude, and Drawing are asked. The Mathematics and Aptitude segments are conducted online while the Drawing segment is pen and paper-based.

    NATA Exam Pattern 

    PartSubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarks
    Part AMathematics20 Questions (2 Marks Each)40
    General Aptitude40 Questions (2 Marks Each) 80-
    Part BDrawing2 Questions (40 Marks Each)80

    JEE Main B. Arch Paper Exam Pattern 

    SectionSubjectNumber of QuestionsMarks
    Section IMathematics25 Questions (4 Marks Each)100
    Section IIGeneral Aptitude50 Questions (4 Marks Each)200
    Section IIIDrawing2 Questions (50 marks Each)100

    Participation Level of NATA vs JEE Main B. Arch Paper

    Participating colleges are more for NATA, therefore, the number of students is also different from JEE Main Paper 2. The JEE Main Paper 2 has an international reputation with its own standard level of difficulty. NATA is a specialized test that assesses logical thinking and aesthetics of drawing towards architecture planning and geometry. NATA 2018 saw 44,000 students out of which 30,560 qualified. JEE Main Paper 2 of 2018 saw 1,22,543 students.

    B. Arch Top Colleges and Cut off

    Top Colleges that Offer Admission Through JEE Main B. Arch Paper 

    College NameCourse Name
    National Institute of Technology- CalicutBachelor of Architecture Masters in Planning
    National Institute of Technology- HamirpurBachelor of Architecture Master of Architecture
    Malaviya National Institute of Technology- JaipurBachelor of Architecture Masters in Planning Ph.D.
    Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology- NagpurBachelor of Architecture Master of Architecture Ph.D.
    National Institute of Technology- PatnaBachelor of Architecture Masters in Urban Planning
    National Institute of Technology- RaipurBachelor of Architecture
    National Institute of Technology- RourkelaBachelor of Architecture M.Tech Architecture and Planning Ph.D.
    National Institute of Technology- TiruchirappalliBachelor of Architecture Master of Architecture Ph.D.
    BITS - MesraBachelor of Architecture Masters in Urban Planning Ph.D.
    School of Planning & Architecture- New DelhiBachelor of Architecture Bachelor in Planning Master of Architecture Master in Planning Ph.D.
    School of Planning & Architecture- BhopalBachelor of Architecture Bachelor in Planning Master of Architecture Master in Planning Ph.D.
    School of Planning & Architecture- VijayawadaBachelor of Architecture Bachelor in Planning Master of Architecture Master in Planning Ph.D.
    Chandigarh College of Architecture-ChandigarhBachelor of Architecture
    SRM University-ChennaiBachelor of Architecture Master of Town and Regional Planning Ph.D. Program
    ICL Institute of Architecture- AmbalaBachelor of Architecture
    GITAM University- VisakhapatnamBachelor of Architecture Master of Architecture
    Faculty of Technology and Engineering- VadodaraBachelor of Architecture

    Cut-off Ranks for Top Colleges through JEE Main B. Arch Paper 

    College NameCut-off Rank
    Malviya National Institute of Technology, JaipurClosing Rank (Open Category, Home State)- 2401 Closing Rank (Open Category, Other State)-1263
    Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, BhopalClosing Rank (Open Category, Home State)-3235 Closing Rank (Open Category, Other State)-1629
    National Institute of Technology, CalicutClosing Rank (Open Category, Home State)-1141 Closing Rank (Open Category, Other State)-1323
    National Institute of Technology, HamirpurClosing Rank (Open Category, Home State)-11202 Closing Rank (Open Category, Other State)-1902

    Frequently Asked Questions

    JEE Main B. Arch Paper FAQs

    Question: How can I prepare for JEE Main B.Arch?

    Ans. To prepare for JEE Main B.Arch, you must - 

    • Refer to textbooks of Classes XI and XII for the Mathematics section. 

    • Categorize topics in weekly and monthly segments. Set practical goals.

    • Practice your observation skills and drawing to ace the Aptitude and Drawing sections.

    • Use your engineering drawing notes for the preparation of 2D/3D questions.

    • Make flashcards and revision notes. 

    • Solve sufficient previous years’ papers and take mock tests. 

    Question: What are the best books for JEE Main B.Arch?

    Ans. Some of the best books for JEE Main B.Arch are - 

    a. CBSE NCERT books of Classes XI and XII are very useful for the Mathematics section.

    b. ‘A Complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch 2018 Entrance Examination (English)’ by P.K Mishra, Arihant Publications

    c. ‘Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Book’ by R.S. Aggarwal

    d. ‘Architecture Entrance Book’ by P.K. Mishra.

    Question: Is JEE Main Paper 2 easy?

    Ans. JEE Main Paper 2 has a difficulty level that ranges from moderate to difficult. The Mathematics section is generally very challenging with MCQs and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. The Aptitude section is moderately difficult. The Drawing section is usually quite easy but takes a lot of time to answer. 

    Question: What are the qualifying marks for JEE Main Paper 2?

    Ans. JEE Main Paper 2 has no minimum qualifying marks. The cut-off is generally based on the number of JEE Main Paper 2 candidates and their performance in the examination. The rank you obtain in this paper is important. As evident by the pattern of the previous years, if you obtain a score of 70% and above, you may get admission to any top B.Arch course.

    Question: What comes in B.Arch paper?

    Ans. B.Arch is the Paper 2 of JEE Main. The JEE Main B.Arch has three sections. Section I is the Mathematics Section. 25 MCQs and 5 Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions are asked in this section. Section II is the Aptitude section. 50 MCQs are asked from this section. Section I and II are conducted in the Computer-Based Test (CBT) Mode. Section III is the Drawing Test section which consists of 2 questions. This section is conducted offline and will require you to draw with a pen on a paper.

    Question: Does JEE Main B.Arch have negative marking?

    Ans. Yes, JEE Main B.Arch has a few questions with negative marking. The paper has three types of questions - MCQs, Numerical Answer Type(NAT), and Drawing. MCQs are asked in the Mathematics and Aptitude sections. 4 marks are awarded for the correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for an incorrect answer. NAT questions and drawings do not have any negative marking.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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