Architecture Aptitude Test - gateway for admission to B.Arch programs in IITs

Are you interested in the field of architecture and eager to seek a career in it? Learn here about the Architecture Aptitude Test conducted by the IITs for admission to their B.Arch programs. Also, learn of the important dates relating to registration for the test and date of exam.

The Architecture Aptitude Test or the AAT is the gateway to enter undergraduate programs in the field of architecture in the IITs. Currently, the B.Arch program is available at three IITs and they are IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee and IIT Varanasi (BHU). The test is conducted by the IITs and has to be registered separately at the JEE Advanced website after the JEE Advanced results are declared. The Architecture Aptitude Test is however, only qualifying in nature. Those who pass the test will be eligible to apply for the B.Arch programs, but their admission and eventual allotment of seats will be based on their JEE Advanced All India Rank. As such, to appear or apply for this test, the aspirants will have to first qualify the JEE Advanced. Those who qualify can only apply for AAT. For the current year, JEE Advanced is going to be held on 27 September 2020 and soon after its results are declared, the registration will commence for AAT. The registration and the test dates for AAT are given as below.

Important dates

  • Registration for AAT opens on – 05 October 2020, 10 am IST (Monday)
  • Registration closes on – 06 October 2020, 5 pm IST (Tuesday)
  • Architecture Aptitude Test date – 08 October 2020 ( 9 am -12 pm IST)
  • Declaration of results, AAT – 11 October 2020 (Sunday)

Eligibility for AAT

  1. The candidate should qualify JEE Advanced
  2. Should have passed class 12 with physics, chemistry and math as the main subjects along with a language and one other subject different from the above four.
  3. Should have opted for AAT while registering for JEE Advanced

Test centres

The Architecture Aptitude Test is conducted at all the 23 IITs in the country. This year, the test will be conducted by IIT Delhi.

Test format

The test is of 3 hours duration and is of single session. The test will be in English language only. It is a pen, pencil and paper based test, where there are theory questions as well as those based on drawings. It is both general knowledge and aptitude-based test. There will be questions related to famous monuments as well as questions where you will have to draw an object or a structure say a flower vase, a bus stop, traffic signals or a school bus full of children. It also checks your sense of perception through questions based on 3D aspects. Your creativity and skills on free hand drawing are tested too. Altogether there will be 16 questions that cover all the above aspects. The syllabus for the test is given as follows.


  1. Free hand drawing – involves basic skills in drawing simple diagrams depicting objects with relation to their surroundings in their correct proportion and form. This will involve simple day-to-day objects at home and external settings to be drawn mostly from memories.
  2. Geometrical drawing – involves mostly geometrical figures like lines, angles, triangles, circles and so on. Also, concepts such as top view, front view and side views for solid objects like cubes, cylinders, cones, etc. are tested through the drawings
  3. Three dimensional perception – it is about 3 dimensional aspects of solid objects and visualizing them for colour, volume and orientation
  4. Imagination and aesthetic sensitivity – it has to do with aspects like creativity, innovativeness and aesthetic sense
  5. Architectural awareness – knowledge about famous national and international monuments, structures, places, architects, designers and other related personalities are tested through this section.

Results and selections

The result of the Architecture Aptitude Test will be declared at the JEE Advanced website itself. Candidates getting marks above a certain cut-off will be declared as pass. The cut-off will be decided by the Joint Implementation Committee of JEE Advanced. The cut-off will be same for all categories of students, irrespective of their caste or category. There would not be any separate ranking for AAT. As mentioned earlier, the test is qualifying in nature and the allotment of the seats will be solely based on the candidates All India Rank in JEE Advanced as per his/her category.

Number of seats for AAT

How to apply for AAT

Following is the procedure for applying for Architecture Aptitude Test being conducted by the IITs.

  • To apply for the test, visit the official website of JEE Advanced on the date when registrations get open. The registrations are likely to open soon after the JEE Advanced results are declared
  • Click on the online application form link and give details such as your JEE Advanced registration number, name, date of birth, etc.
  • Select the option 'Yes', when prompted with the question, 'Are you interested in AAT'.
  • Provide the name of the centre, where you wish to appear for the test.
  • Cross check what you have filled and finally submit the form

Few important points regarding AAT

Following points are to be kept in mind by the candidates before heading to their respective centres for the test.

  • The same admit card that was issued for JEE Advanced has to be used for AAT also. There will be no separate issue of admit cards for AAT.
  • The candidates are to carry their admit card along with a photo identity proof and produce them to the invigilators at the exam centre
  • Candidates will have to carry their own drawing and colouring tools. There will be no such arrangements of issue of drawing or colouring aids at the exam centre.
  • Some of the drawing aids that you need to carry are - a geometry box, pen, pencils, oil pastel/ pencil colours and eraser. Watercolours are to be avoided as they leave the paper wet when applied and can thus damage the test paper.
  • Candidates to report at least half an hour before the test

Article by Dhruv
Dhruv, an electrical engineer by training and profession, loves to dabble in writing during his free time. For the last seven years, he has been a content writer creating content for ISC on topics mostly related to school and college admissions.

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