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The world of job opportunities has radically changed over the years and unconventional courses have come to be regarded with increased importance as the demand for experts in the market is increasing. Courses like Architecture and Planning has seen such acquiescence as they are catalysts to assist market of real estate and settlement to accommodate the huge demands with the limited resources. While they are both professional courses, the study of B.Arch provides knowledge of the basic to the most advanced aspects of Architecture and B.Planning deals with the ultimate planning techniques for Human settlements in areas including Metropolitan cities and small towns and villages.

In recent times, the economic demand of both Architects and Planners is very high in government as well as private sector undertakings and Job opportunities radically increase after going for higher studies. Architects can also practice independently after their B.Arch.

Since these courses provide a plethora of opportunities and a promising career, it is vital to assess if it’s the right course for you! The following is a summary of the details of B.Arch and B.Planning courses, their future prospects and admission details:


B.Arch

B. Arch is a 5-year program is the basic course of architecture but is regardless of a professional course for designing and constructing buildings. After competition of this course, the individuals are eligible to obtain a licence and can practice independently. The course is tough since high precision and accuracy is required but students who have an interest in it, find it very rewarding.

As the role of an architect is becoming increasingly vital in today’s economy, there are a large number of opportunities in the market. Many national and multinational architecture firms are renowned having a large clientele and at the same time, many emerging firms are also having a huge demand since many firms in the market need the services of a skilled architect. The job opportunities in India as well as abroad is blooming.

The architectural course includes preparing construction's blueprints and designing models of buildings including the construction of flyovers, residential houses and buildings, commercial complexes etc. The topics taught in the course of 5 years includes Theory of structures, History of architecture, Architectural Drawing, Computer and Software Lab, Workshop Practice, Architectural Drawing and Architectural appreciation.

The most prestigious institutions offering Bachelor of Architecture includes IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, School, CEPT University, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai among others. The fees for the course differ for different institutions but the average fee for private institutions is approximately Rs. 2.5-5 lacs and Rs. 1.5-2.5 lacs for public institutions. Regardless, B.Arch proves to be a promising investment as the starting salary for the graduates range from Rs. 3.5-5.5 lacs.

To be eligible for pursuing B.Arch., a student must have completed standard XII with 50% marks along with Mathematics as a subject and be a minimum of 17 years old as on 31st July 2019. The student must then appear for National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) conducted by the Council of Architecture with 80% marks. The test shortlists the candidates by testing their skills and aptitude relevant to pursuing Architecture. There are various colleges that give admission to the students through NATA. The applications, available at a fee of Rs. 1800 only must be filled before 12th June 2019 through online or offline mode and the exam shall be conducted on 7th July 2019. The dates are approximately the same every year. The results are issued soon and the admission procedure begins as soon as the rank list is released.

After B.Arch, a person can specialize by pursuing M.Arch. (Masters in Architecture) and other courses including M.Tech.

 B.Planning

The B.Planning is an undergraduate course that can be pursued after completing Standard XII from a recognized educational Board. It is a 4-year course, spread over 8 semesters comprising of a serious study of advanced planning skills and techniques. Planning a construction is as vital as the construction itself. Since a lot of people are unaware of the course, there is a huge demand for planners in cities and towns. B.Planning involves the study of various subjects like Evolution of Aesthetics, Technology and Culture, Fundamentals of urban and regional planning, Basic Architecture Design, Ecology etc. The program is designed to offer specialization in engineering, managing and designing challenges in relation to urban human settlements. This is ensured by a curriculum involving intensive study and requirement of completing a research-based dissertation.

There are various specializations offered after B.Planning including Transport, Environmental, Housing, Landscape and Urban Planning.

The eligibility of the course requires the student to score a minimum of 50% aggregate in Higher Secondary Class, having Maths as a subject. The admission for the course is Examination based. Few entrance exams conducted for the admission to B.Planning include JEE Main,  UPSEE (Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam), NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture), TANCET (Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test) and JUEE (Jadavpur University Entrance Exam).

As per 2019 Rankings, based on various factors including the placement stats, the quality of education, specializations offered, faculties etc, the Top B.Planing colleges in India include School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi; Ansal University, Gurgaon; Nirma University, Ahmedabad; Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal and GD Goenka University, Gurgaon. Although the fees differ for various colleges, the average course fee is 1-2 Lacs per annum.

The Top recruiting companies include the State Town & Country Planning Department and NITI Aayog as well as Multi-National Corporations like JLL, Feedback Infra and E&Y. The high course fee is set off against a creamy starting package that ranges from 3-6 lacs per annum. Various Job positions that can be chosen after B.Planning include Urban Planner, Regional Planner, Project Planner etc.

The admission in your desired college will be based on your performance in the entrance test and Personal Interview. Some colleges provide admission based on the marks obtained in Standard XII. The procedure for admission after qualifying the entrance test is relatively simple. Various documents including 2 passport size photographs, 12th certificate of qualifying the examination, Age proof, Caste Certificate and Medical Certificate are generally required.

These are the relevant details for the scope of the course, the career opportunities, the eligibility, admission requirements and skills required. If you are inclined towards option for Architecture or Planning as a career, these points will guide you in pursuing your dream. Both courses provide a promising career but the decision must be made keeping in mind your capabilities, interests and talents. After all, success comes easy when you love what you do. Make sure to find your Ikigai and chase it!

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