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JEE Main 2022 B.Arch Preparation: General Aptitude, Drawing Test, Sample Questions & Tips

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Karishma Khatri

Exams Prep. Master | Updated On - Oct 20, 2021

JEE Main B.Arch is the entrance test for courses offered by IIT Roorkee, IIT Kharagpur, School of Planning and Architecture and many other architecture colleges. With NATA being considered as the major examination for admission to B.Arch courses by prominent colleges, JEE Main B.Arch Paper (also known as JEE Main Paper 2) is now being considered as a good screening test for admission to this course.

Since last year, a number of changes have been introduced in the JEE Main Examination. Those pertaining to B.Arch paper are as follows: 

1. The Mathematics Paper will have 30 questions out of which 20 will be MCQ & 10 will be numerical type. Out of 10 Numerical value based questions, candidates have a choice to attempt 5.

2. Drawing Paper will have 2 questions instead of 3. Aptitude section will be of 50 questions.

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Highlights 2022

JEE Main 2022 B.Arch Paper Highlights

Exam Name JEE Main – Paper 2 (B.Arch)
Exam Duration 3 Hours
Total Marks 400 Marks
Language of the Paper Hindi, English, and Gujrati
Mode of Exam CBT & Offline Test for Drawing
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B.Arch Exam Pattern

JEE Main 2022 B.Arch Exam Pattern

JEE Main Paper-2 is held partially online and partially offline for the drawing part. JEE Main B.Arch paper is conducted for aspiring architecture candidates applying for UG courses.

Sections of JEE Main Paper-2 (B.Arch)

The total number of questions asked in JEE Main B.Arch is 77. The paper consists of 3 sections:

  • Part I- Mathematics Test
  • Part-II Aptitude Test
  • Part-III Drawing Test
Subjects Maximum Marks Maximum Questions
Mathematics 100 20+10*
Aptitude 200 50
Drawing 100 02

All parts in JEE Main B.Arch paper have equal weightage. For every correct answer, 4 marks are awarded and for every incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted. However the case is different for the numeric value questions. For every correct answer, 4 marks are awarded but no negative marking is done for an incorrect answer.

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General Aptitude

JEE Main 2022 B.Arch Syllabus- General Aptitude

The Aptitude Test will analyse the candidate’s verbal, abstract/conceptual reasoning skills and numerical reasoning. The JEE Main B.Arch section comprises two parts. Candidates can refer to the topics mentioned below for preparing for Aptitude Test.

Sections Topic Name
Part 1 Awareness of Persons, Objects, Places, Buildings, Materials, Texture related to Architecture and build-environment, Visualizing different sides of three-dimensional objects, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings, Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal).
Part 2 Three dimensional- perception : Understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, building forms and elements, colour texture, harmony and contrast. Design and drawing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil, Transformation forms both 2 D and 3 D union, subtraction, rotation, development of surfaces and volumes, Generation of Plan, elevations and 3 D views of objects, Creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms. Sketching of scenes and activities from memory of urbanscape (public space, festivals, market, street scenes, monuments, recreational spaces, etc), landscape (riverfronts, jungles, trees, plants, etc) and rural life. 

Read more: JEE Main B.Arch Syllabus

Note: Candidates are advised to bring pencils, erasers, colour pencils, crayons and own geometry box for the Aptitude Test.

Preparation Tips

JEE Main 2022 B.Arch Preparation Tips

Candidates preparing for JEE Main B.Arch paper can refer to the below mentioned preparation tips to plan out a proper strategy for the paper.

  • The syllabus for Mathematics is exhaustive in comparison to other sections. It is necessary to strengthen conceptual understanding before moving on to the next topic. For this, candidates can refer to both Class XI and XII mathematics books.
  • Candidates should avoid referring to too many books, and refer to only selected reliable sources and books when preparing for the test.
  • The book chosen by the candidates should have both solved and unsolved sample papers for practice.
  • To secure good marks in JEE Main B.Arch paper good knowledge of architecture is necessary.
  • The candidate opting for this paper should be good at Drawing/Sketching to get a good score.
  • All aspiring candidates are advised to practice previous year question papers for the past 10 years.
  • The candidate should prepare for the exam by analyzing the difficulty level of the previous year’s papers.
  • The most important point is to have a good plan and strategy to prepare for the exam.

Recommended Books

JEE Main B.Arch Paper Recommended Books

For the preparation of JEE Main B.Arch examination, undoubtedly NCERT books are a clear winner according to all the toppers and teachers. But a candidate needs some reference books as well to excel in the exam with a qualifying score. You can refer to the books given below for these subjects.

A Complete Self-Guide for B.Arch Entrance Examination – P.K. Mishra (Arihant)

This is a preparation guide for the JEE Main Paper-2 and NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) published by Arihant. The latest edition of the book consists of four sections:

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Architecture Aptitude
  • Drawing Aptitude
  • Mathematics

It is a complete self-guide as mentioned in the name itself. The candidate must study from this book as it covers all the necessary topics needed for preparation of JEE Main B.Arch Paper.

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Steps to Architecture (NATA) B.Arch. Entrance Exam – Nimish Madan

Designed for students preparing for JEE Main Paper 2 as well as NATA, the book fulfils the requirements of the candidate to prepare well for the exams. Though it is heavily used by NATA aspirants, candidates preparing for JEE Main Paper-2 can also refer to the book considering the similarity of questions asked in both the papers. Major focus should be on Aptitude and Drawing section only.

The book covers all the aspects needed for an aspiring architecture student to prepare for the exam like:

  • History of Architecture in India
  • Architecture Glossary of Present Day
  • Availability of required Drawings and Sketches
  • Previous Year Papers

The book covers all the aspects a candidate might need with illustrations provided with each topic for better understanding.

B.Arch/NATA/JEE Main – Offline Drawing Test – Nimish Madan

This book will assist candidates in preparing for the Drawing Section of JEE Main Paper 2. The major content in the book revolves around Drawing and Architecture with solved and unsolved sample papers of NATA as well as JEE Main Paper 2.

Candidates will find explanatory 2D and 3D images all over this book to work on pencil sketches. This book is recommended by a large audience for preparation of B.Arch entrance exams.

Complete Architecture Entrance Guide – Ashok Goel and Arjun Kamal

The book depicts a detailed study of memory drawings, photos of national & international buildings, 2D & 3D composition, along with drawing perspectives.

Students appearing for B.Arch paper can refer to this book for architectural awareness and aptitude. However, the mathematics section is not up to par.

Candidates will come across a large question bank from previous year papers of NATA and JEE Main Paper 2 in this book.

In conclusion, there is a vast variety of study material available online and offline in the form of books, articles, or videos for the B.Arch Entrance Examination/JEE Main Paper 2. Candidates are advised to prepare using the online mocks and previous year papers for this examination. If a candidate finds books for JEE Main Paper 2 weak for preparation purposes, try using books for NATA as well.

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A candidate can refer to as many books as they want to but in the end, it is their hard work and time management that will help them score the qualifying marks to get admitted into one of the best architectural institutes of the country.

Sample Questions

JEE Main 2022 B.Arch Sample Questions

Ques 1. What is an intermediate floor between two floors overlooking a floor beneath?

(a) Ground Floor

(b) First Floor

(c) Mezzanine Floor

(d) Top Floor

Ques 2. What is the full form of JNNURM?

(a) Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission

(b) Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Revival Mission

(c) Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Missionary

(d) Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Regeneration Mission 

Ques 4. Find the city which has its master plan laid out in the form of a galaxy?

(a) Jaipur

(b) Panchkula

(c) Auroville

(d) Secunderabad

Drawing Sample Questions

JEE Main B.Arch Paper - Drawing Sample Questions

Ques 1. Imagine that your size has been reduced and currently you are sitting inside a ladies purse. The purse contains 1 mobile phone, 1 telephone diary, comb, a chit of paper, and some cosmetics. Draw the view as described above and render in pencil.

Ques 2. Make a 2D composition using the shapes of different leaves. You can intersect and overlap the shapes as you see fit. Color the composition in warm colors.

Ques 3. Imagine you are in an art gallery with paintings all around. You are standing at the center of an exhibition hall. There is nobody inside. Draw a pencil sketch.

Ques 4. You are a bird in a city with skyscrapers. You have made a nest on the top of one of the skyscrapers, as you look down you can see your nest with your baby bird in it and further down you can see buildings and very very small people and cars on the road below. Sketch the scene.

B. Arch Preparation FAQs

JEE Main 2022 B. Arch Preparation FAQs

Ques. Is the maths section in JEE Main B. Arch paper the same as the engineering paper?

Ans. Yes, JEE Main B. Arch, B. Planning and B. Tech/B.E all share the same mathematics section.

Ques. What will JEE Main B. Arch General Aptitude section consist of?

Ans. The Aptitude Test will analyse the candidate’s verbal, abstract or conceptual reasoning skills and numerical reasoning.

Ques. Is pre existing knowledge of architecture necessary to crack JEE Main B. Arch?

Ans. Both the mathematics and drawing sections can be easily done without any pre existing knowledge of core architecture. However, the general aptitude section will ask a few specific architecture based questions along with other general questions. Thus a decent understanding of the field will give you an advantage over candidates who do not have that.

Ques. What are the best books to prepare for JEE Main B. Arch?

Ans. The following books will aid you in your preparation

Book Author/Publisher
A Complete Self-Guide for B.Arch Entrance Examination P.K. Mishra (Arihant)
Steps to Architecture (NATA) B.Arch. Entrance Exam Nimish Madan
B.Arch/NATA/JEE Main – Offline Drawing Test  Nimish Madan
Complete Architecture Entrance Guide Ashok Goel and Arjun Kamal

*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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