Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) is the qualifying exam conducted by Joint Implementation Committee for admissions to B.Arch. course available at IIT Roorkee and IIT Kharagpur only. The exam is aimed at testing architectural capabilities of an aspirant. The allotment of the seats for five year undergraduate course in architecture (B.Arch.) is solely on the basis of the rank secured in JEE Advanced and passing in AAT.
The architecture aspirants are tested further for their drawing/sketching abilities and architectural knowledge thorough AAT. The test is held at one of the seven zonal IITs that are: Delhi, Roorkee, Kanpur, Bombay, Kharagpur, Madras and Guwahati. AAT is subject to standard code of conduct as followed during JEE. Registration for Architecture Aptitude Test commences after the announcement of IIT JEE Advanced results.
Eligibility Criteria for AAT:
- Only the applicants who successfully qualified JEE Advanced can appear for AAT to get admission to B.Arch. courses.
- Only the students who opted for B.Arch. program at either IIT Roorkee or IIT Kharagpur as their preference while filling the online form can sit for AAT.
- Only the students who registered for AAT can take the test.
Exam Pattern for AAT:
It is a three hour duration exam comprising of topics like Geometrical Drawing, Freehand Drawing, Imaging and Aesthetic Sensitivity, and Three Dimensional Perceptions. The test can be taken in English Language only.
Things to note for AAT:
- The candidates must carry their own drawing and sketching aids for the exam as these things will not be provided by the authorities.
- The students must carry their IIT JEE Advanced Admit Card for the exam as no separate Admit card is issued to the students appearing for AAT.
- The students who secure cut-off marks and above are declared passed but the seat allocation is done only on the basis of JEE Advanced ranks.
Syllabus for AAT: The topics included in the syllabus are as follows:
Freehand drawing – This comprises of simply drawing the entire object in its correct proportion, outside texture, virtual location and detailing of its constituents in proper scale. Regular household or commonplace objects like equipment or furniture pieces can be recalled and drawn from memory. Draw activities and scenes of public places, festivals, market, street scenes, recreational spaces, monuments, river fronts, gardens, jungles, trees, plants, and rural life from recollection.
Geometrical drawing – The exercise contains drawing angles, lines, quadrilaterals, triangles, circles and polygons. The study of elevation (front or side view), plan (top view) of simple solid objects such as cubes, cones, prisms, cylinders, etc.
Three-dimensional perception – Appreciation and knowledge Of 3D forms with construction elements, colour, orientation, harmony, contrast, and volume, Visualizing and structuring objects through memory, Visualizing 3D objects from 2D drawings. Create three dimensional and two dimensional compositions using given forms and shapes.
Imagination and aesthetic sensitivity – A composition to be done using the given elements, Context mapping, checking creativity through uncommon innovative test with recognizable objects, Logic of colour combination or relevance.
Architectural awareness – General curiosity and consciousness of renowned architectural establishments in the country and worldwide, places by famous architects and designers in the associated domain.
Books for AAT: Apart from CBSE NCERTs for classes XI and XII, students can refer to the following books:
- Arihant Publications book – A Complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch 2015 Entrance Examination (English) by P.K Mishra,
- NATA/JEE B.Arch. Study Material Kit Paperback
- Keys to Drawing- Strategies and Exercises for Gaining Confidence and Enhancing Your Creativity by Dodson
For a deeper insight of JEE Main and JEE Advanced, read everything about JEE Main. Student may also join a coaching institute, if possible, for sufficient practice and enhancing drawing and sketching skills.