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How To Prepare for JEE Main Paper 2 Aptitude Test?

Last Updated - April 07, 2018

JEE Main Paper 2 is a widely known exam among B.Arch & B.Planning Aspirants. Every year nearly 1.5 lakh candidates appear for Aptitude Test in Architecture.  JEE Mains Paper 2 is scheduled for April 8, 2018 in 112 exam centers in India and abroad.

  • There are approximately 850 B. Arch/ B. Planning seats in various NITs/ Architecture institutes that accept JEE Main Score card.
  • If you are preparing for JEE Mains, you need to work your fingers to the bone.
  • If you are appearing in both papers, your preparation load will be mounted by leaps & bounds.

Start by taking these steps for better management of your JEE Mains Paper 2 study plan:

  1. First, distinguish between Important & less important topics. Separate the topics holding higher marks weightage in Paper 2.
  2. If you need some perspective about the Drawing test section, substantiate your study material with Engineering Drawing books.
  3. Try to analyze objects closely & draw the dimensions.
  4. Drawing test of Architecture entrance exam is more about the design ideas, while on the other hand Drawing test in Arts is more about aesthetics.

Candidates can start preparing for the examination as per the pattern. The detailed pattern of JEE Main Paper 2 is listed below:

Exam ModeOffline 
Number of Questions

Mathematics (Part 1) – 30 Questions

Aptitude Test (Part 2) – 50 Questions

2 Questions in Drawing

Total Marks 390
Type of QuestionsMaths & Aptitude section will be objective while the drawing section will be subjective
LanguageEnglish & Hindi
Duration3 Hours
Marking Scheme+4 marks for each correct answer
Negative Marking1 Mark will be deducted

    Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) JEE Main Paper 2 Syllabus

    If you are desiring to get admission in B.Arch & B.Planning courses through JEE Mains, you need to mind map the prescribed syllabus for result-oriented preparation. There are no changes in the JEE Mains Exam Syllabus in 2018. The Syllabus will remain same as it was in 2017.

    • Freehand drawing: Simple drawing showing the entire object in its right proportion and form, relative location, surface texture, and details of its components in suitable scale, Ordinary domestic or everyday life utilizable objects like equipment, furniture, etc.
    • Geometrical drawing: Activities in geometrical drawing containing lines, triangles, angles, quadrilaterals, circles, polygons, Study of plan (aerial view), elevation (side or front views) of simple solid objects like cones, prisms,  splayed surface holders, cylinders, cubes, etc.
    • Three-dimensional perception: Perception and appreciation of 3D forms with building elements, volume colour, and orientation, Visualization through constituting objects in memory.
    • Imagination and aesthetic sensitivity: Composition activity with given elements, Context mapping, Creativity test through an uncommon innovative check with recognizable objects, Logic of colour grouping.
    • Architectural awareness: General awareness and interest of famous architectural creations – within the country and outside, places and celebrities (architects, designers etc.)
    • Imagination and aesthetic sensitivity: Composition activity with given elements, Context mapping, Creativity test through an uncommon innovative check with recognizable objects, Logic of colour grouping.
    • Architectural awareness: General awareness and interest of famous architectural creations – within the country and outside, places and celebrities (architects, designers etc.)

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    Type of Questions asked in JEE Main Paper 2

    Drawing test in Aptitude Test in Architecture tests a candidate’s drawing skill,s. With that it also checks how well a candidate observes their surroundings and is able to interpret it through drawings. Rather than just colouring skills or artistic capabilities, Paper 2 looks at the transfer of thoughts from mind to paper. 

    • Perception of 3 dimensional. For a given object, building forms and elements candidate has to understand and appreciate scale and proportion of objects with an understanding of colour texture, harmony and contrast. 
    • Design and draw geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil.
    • 2 D and 3 D transformation union, subtraction, rotation.
    • Development of surfaces and volumes
    • Plan generation
    • 3 D elevations
    • 3 D views of objects
    • Create 2 D or 3 D compositions with certain shapes and forms given in questions.
    • Sketch scenes and activities from memory of places usually found in urban areas.

    JEE Main Paper 2 Questions with solutions

    We have compiled a list of all JEE Mains Paper 2 Question Papers. To crack any examination, you need to take practice sets, mock tests & previous year papers. Here are some benefits of Solving JEE Mains Paper 2 previous papers:

    • Taking mock tests & JEE Mains papers a few days before the actual exam will bring you closer to the real test environment.
    • It improves your sitting habit, you won’t feel uneasy in the exam.
    • Solving previous years drawing test will help you to know your accuracy & speed in this section.
    • It will help you to get consistent scores in all section & time management while switching among the three sections.
    • JEE Mains Paper 2 Sample paper, Practice papers & Mock tests serves as a microscope to demonstrate JEE aspirant’s strengths and weaknesses.

    Paper 2 Aptitude Important Topics

    Following are the important topics of JEE Main paper 2 aptitude test.

    Part 1Part 2

    Analytical Reasoning

    Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal).

    Awareness of persons, places, Buildings, Materials.

    Objects, Texture related to Architecture and build environment.

    Three dimensional – perception

    Understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects

    Colour texture, harmony and contrast. 

    Tips for B.Arch JEE 

    • Instead of learning by rote, focus on understanding the concept before moving on to the next topic. Refer to both Class XI and XII books for Maths especially.
    • Divide your syllabus in monthly and weekly segments and assign practical targets to achieve them.
    • Work on your observation skills and drawing to prepare for the Aptitude and Drawing tests. You may join a coaching class for drawing practice.
    • Utilize your Engineering Drawing notes for 2D/3D questions’ preparation.
    • Clear your doubt at the earliest to avoid any confusion later.
    • Try to add variation in your daily study schedule, like study Maths, Drawing and Aptitude related topics, to avoid monotony.
    • Make revision notes/flash cards on concepts, formulae, definitions etc. for each topic.
    • Solve enough sample papers and previous years’ tests to develop pace and practice. You can even take online mock tests for practice.

    Books for B. Arch JEE

    Few useful reference books besides the CBSE NCERTs are:

    Name of BookAuthor/Publication
    A Complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch Entrance Examination (English)P.K Mishra, Arihant Publications
    Verbal & Non Verbal Reasoning BookR.S. Aggarwal
    Architecture Entrance BookP.K Mishra


    Ques. What Questions are asked in JEE Main Paper 2 Drawing Section?

    Ans. JEE B.Arch Drawing Section holds 2 questions based on drawings. These questions are to be attempted on a separate Drawing Sheet which will be provided with the question booklet: 

    1. 2-Dimensional Drawing: Draw a free hand (without using ruler/compass) mirror image of the image formed by the composition of Circles, Squares, Triangles and Rectangles.
    2. 3-Dimensional Drawing: Read the question carefully. The question can be asked on light & shadows cast by 3d solids such as Cylinder, Cubes and Sphere.

    JEE Main Paper 2 questions on the drawing may consist of following types of questions. Use Pencil while drawing.

    • Transformation of forms both 2-D and 3-D union.
    • Elevations and 3-D views of objects Rotation
    • Development of surfaces and volumes
    • Generation of Plan
    • Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shapes and forms
    • Sketching of activities from memory of urban scenes such as Public space, Festival, Market, Street Scenes, Recreational Spaces, Monuments
    • Landscape such as Gardens, Trees, Riverfronts, Jungles, Plants and rural life.

    Ques. What Type of Maths Questions are asked in JEE Main Paper 2?

    Ans. The Maths questions asked in Paper 2 are way similar to the questions asked in JEE Main Paper 1. 

    Ques. What type of Aptitude Questions are asked in JEE Main B.Arch Paper?

    Ans. The following types of questions are asked in JEE Main Paper 2 (B.Arch):

    JEE Main B.Arch, JEE Main Paper 2


    JEE Main Paper 2, JEE Main B.Arch



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