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JEE Main 2020: Best Books to prepare for B.Arch. exam

Preparing for JEE Mains for the Bachelors of Architecture is not an easy task if you do not know which book to refer to, to get a qualifying score.

So to ease the minds of confused students as to which book to choose, we have discussed some of the best books to prepare for the B.Arch entrance exam.

The JEE Main Paper 2 is one of the biggest Architecture entrance exams for various IITs across India. This leads to their being a large variety of books available in the market.

Some of the things to keep in mind while preparing for the B.Arch Entrance Exam is:

  • NCERT Books should be the primary source of information, it should be your main priority.
  • Do not opt for too many books, only rely on a few reliable sources and accordingly prepare for the exam.
  • The book you opt for should have solved and unsolved sample papers for practice.
  • 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.
  • Have a good plan and strategy to prepare for the exam.


Exam Name JEE Main- Paper-2
Exam Date To be declared after March 31
Exam Duration 3 Hours
Total Marks 400 Marks
Language of the Paper Hindi, English, and Gujrati
Mode of Exam CBT & Offline Test for Drawing
Official Website https://jeemain.nic.in

Best Books to Prepare for B.Arch

Best Books for the B.Arch Preparation

For the preparation of B.Arch, 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. There are a variety of books available in the market for Mathematics, Aptitude, and Drawing. You can refer to the books given below instead of getting confused:

B.Arch/ B. Planning Aptitude Test for J.E.E. (Main) – SC Garg

Candidates preparing for B.Arch and B.Planning courses to institutes other than IITs. The book includes a set of sample papers along with solutions, exercises of objective type questions with answers in their latest edition.

SC Garg has included Model Test Papers for all three parts of the examination:

  • Part-I Mathematics
  • Part-II Aptitude Test
  • Part-III Drawing Test

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B. Arch Books Recommended by Toppers

Some highly recommended books by Toppers for preparation for JEE Main Paper-2 listed below:-

A Complete Self-guide for B.Arch Entrance Examination- P.K. Mishra

A preparation guide for the JEE Main Paper-2 and NATA(National Aptitude Test in Architecture) published by Arihant. One of India’s most trusted publishing companies for entrance exams. The latest edition of the book consists of four sections:

    • Analytical Reasoning
    • Architecture Aptitude
    • Drawing Aptitude
    • Mathematics

A complete self-guide as mentioned in the name. The candidate can study by himself from this book as it covers all the necessary topics needed for preparation.

Steps to Crack Architecture (NATA) B.Arch. Entrance Exam Paper Guide Paperback – Nimish Madan

Designed for students preparing for NATA, the book fulfills the requirements of the candidate to prepare for the exam conducted by the Council of Architecture(COA). Candidates preparing for JEE Main Paper-2 can also refer to the book.

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.

NATA and B.ARCH. Complete Self Study Material- Ar. Shadan Usmani

Candidates looking to test their knowledge can opt for this book. Ar. Shadan Usmani has created this book containing 60 objective (Multiple Choice Questions) questions. The book is known to be a comprehensive guide for aspiring architecture students.

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

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

Candidates can refer to this book for architectural awareness and aptitude but the mathematics section is not up to par.

Candidates can refer to the Best Books for JEE Main 2020 for the best books to prepare for Mathematics.

JEE Main Paper-2 Exam Pattern

JEE Main Paper-2 is conducted twice a year, but due to the COVID-19 breakout, the second paper has been postponed. The paper is held partially online and partially offline for the drawing part. JEE Main Paper-2 is conducted for aspiring architecture candidates applying for UG courses.

  • Sections of JEE Main Paper-2
    • Part I- Mathematics Test
    • Part-II Aptitude Test
    • Part-III Drawing Test
  • No. of Questions- 77
  • Marking Scheme- All the parts have equal weightage. For every correct answer, 4 marks are awarded and for every incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted.
    • But for the numeric value questions, for a correct answer, 4 marks are awarded but no negative marking for an incorrect answer.
Subjects Maximum Marks Maximum Questions
Mathematics 100 25
Aptitude 200 50
Drawing 100 02

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. Candidates are required to stick to the NCERT books for the main preparation. But can refer to the other books for practice and revision.

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 a qualifying mark to get admitted into one of the IITs.

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