JEE MAINS (BARCH) is conducted by the CBSE for all government colleges and state funded universities. It is usually held in the first week of April. NATA exam is conducted by Council of Architecture and was held in mid-April last year.

As an aspiring student for Architecture, it is important for you to start preparing soon for the entrances. There is no set timeline as to when to start, because you need to build a vast knowledge base for this exam. There is lot of study material available nowadays to prepare a student well for the exam, each book having its strengths and negative points. Through this blog, critical analysis has been done for some of the top picks –

A complete Self Study Guide for B. Arch Entrance Examination 2017 Paperback – 2016
by P K Mishra (Author), Seventh (Editor)

The book caters to aspirants for NATA and JEE Mains exam. The present edition has four sections namely- Architecture aptitude, Analytical reasoning, Drawing aptitude and Mathematics. Each section has various chapters and each chapter has examples with questions for better understanding. Some of the questions are repetitive from earlier sample papers, but on the whole, the student gets a fair idea and can refer it along with some other books as well. Like any other book, previous years papers have been incorporated, but drawing part of NATA is not detailed as per requirement.

Steps to Architecture (NATA) B. Arch Entrance Exam Paper Guide Paperback- 2016
by Nimish Madan

This edit is a new version of the same book but with few changes following the pen and paper pattern of NATA 2017. Although a lot of websites now provide last year sample paper for NATA 2017.

Steps to Architecture: B. Arch (NATA/JEE) Main Exam Guide Paperback- 2017
by Nimish Madan

The book is an addition to the list and has been prepared by an exhaustive study of memory drawings, 2D, 3D composition, photos of national/international buildings, and even how to draw perspectives, but is an older version which has been re-edited. Mathematics part needs attention as it doesn’t give the reference for advance maths questions. It serves a good option for aptitude and architecture awareness.

NATA & B. ARCH Complete Self Study Material: Entrance Examination -2017
by Ar. Shadan Usmani

The book has about 600 objective type questions and answers and is a comprehensive guide. It is important for students to understand that this book is a guide to NATA exam and can only give an idea of the exam pattern and questions one cannot expect exact questions to come in NATA exam. Solving different questions increases problem solving abilities.

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Best books for JEE B.Arch 2018 – Study material for Architecture entrance exams
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Best books for JEE B.Arch 2018 – Study material for Architecture entrance exams
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JEE (Main) – 2018 will be having has two papers, Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) and Paper-2 (B. Arch./B. Planning.). Candidates may take Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.), or Paper-2 (B. Arch./B. Planning.), or both as per the course(s) they are seeking admission to.
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