ARCHITECTURE (B.Arch) Course
Duration: 5 years (10 semesters) inclusive of 1 year (2 semesters) of internship in the 5th year of the course.
No candidate, with less than 50% marks in aggregate, shall be admitted to the architecture course unless he/ she has passed an examination at the end of the new 10+2 scheme of Senior School Certificate Examination or equivalent with Mathematics as subjects of examination at the 10+2 level.
10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognized by Central/ State Governments with 50% aggregate marks.
International Baccalaureate Diploma, after 10 years of schooling, with not less than 50% marks in aggregate and with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination.
All Admissions to Architecture degree course shall be subject to passing of National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) conducted by the Council of Architecture.
Arch Course Evaluation ?
The course evaluation is mainly done by the classroom as well as the field work activities. An Architecture graduate is evaluated mainly by the following.
- Class Tests
- Home Assignments
- Field work
- Practical experiments etc.
Arch Entrance exams in India ?
Some of the prominent entrance tests for the B. Arch course are,
Architecture Vs Civil Engineering.
Architects have their creative visions in the clouds while structural engineers hold fast to data and science, with no compromise for innovation or beauty.
For architecture aptitude is important. If you dont have aptitude in it then you will never be successful in it. You should be good at drawing and imagination skills etc
For civil engg your basic maths concepts should be good along with that you should be fast in calculations.
WHAT IS THE REGISTER OF ARCHITECTS?
The Central Government provides a Register of Architects in India. The Council of Architecture prepares and maintains the Register in accordance with the provisions of the Architect’s Act. The Register includes the following particulars:
- The full name with the date of birth, nationality and residential address of the Architect.
- The Architect’s qualification for registration (B.Arch. or M.Arch etc) and the date on which he obtained that qualification and the authority which conferred it.
- The date of the Architect’s first admission to the Register.
- The Architect’s professional address.
- Further particulars prescribed by rules.
Reasons to be an Architect
- It’s a lifestyle, not a job.
Architects typically tend to think about architecture all the time, I know I do. Not just the big ‘A’ type of buildings or projects, but every little thing from every where I go. I go somewhere and start looking at materials, form, massing, lighting, etc. If I take a trip somewhere, I start by planning it around the buildings I want to visit. Probably 90% of all the books I buy (not including children’s titles) are about architecture – I even put them on my Christmas list.
- People respect architects.
Even if they don’t really understand what we do, there is a perception that architects are ethical and responsible and will endeavor to make the right decision to our own detriment. It’s part of the reason that ‘architect’ is chosen so often as the vocation for title characters in movie and TV roles. Architects aren’t generally viewed as driven by financial rewards like doctors or as scurrilous as lawyers (can be).
- Job is constantly evolving.
Architects are not artists – we have to address building technology and programming. There are constantly evolving materials and construction methods out there and we are required as a profession to address the demands of the public at large (building performance, energy consumption, incorporating recycled materials, etc.). Architects create new design concepts that push how modern day construction is executed. Architecture is one of the few professions that is never static.
- Artistic freedom and personal expression.
As an architect, we are given certain project parameters that help guide the direction of our projects. We are then given the freedom to pursue the artistic embodiment of those parameters. 10 architects with the same client and the same project parameters will provide 10 different solutions. Every time.
- You can be your own boss.
You can be your own firm of one and still be a viable service provider on almost any size project. You can enter contests and win commissions for major projects by yourself – I can’t think of another vocation that can provide similar latitudes. I have also seen a team of 3 people design and prepare construction documents on a mall over 1,000,000 square feet.
- There are tangible (and sometimes euphoric) results.
Anyone who has ever seen a building that they worked get built knows exactly what I am talking about. I am still excited to watch one of my projects getting built – it’s like having your own laboratory where you can experiment and refine things that you consider to be important and worthwhile. It ties into the artistic freedom listed in #4 but architects generally have a sense of ownership on every project they work.
- We can positively impact peoples lives.
It is rewarding to develop a personal relationship with your client, particularly when you know that the process will yield a more fruitful end product. By understanding the process, our clients appreciate the product. By appreciating the product, they are acknowledging the role it plays.
- Experimentation is expected.
Despite architecture having to contain building sciences and technology, the final esoteric product does not have a definitively right or wrong answer. Because no two architects will ever come up with the exact same solution given an identical set of parameters, there is a liberating sense that you are here for the purpose of imparting your own personality on the project. We are expected to try new things, explore different materials, and incorporate emerging technologies into every project.
- Longevity of Career.
You can practice the profession of architecture for as long as you want – you’ll always be an architect even when it isn’t your job anymore. Most architects don’t really start to become good until later in life – I’m talking in their 50’s. I imagine that you have to come to some sort of understanding as to who you are as an individual before you can start to be consistent with imparting your imprint onto a building.
- Incredible variety of options within the profession.
Unlike other professions, you graduate with a degree in architecture without having to know what type of architecture you are going to focus on. This is really great because when you graduate, you don’t know enough about the possibilities to know what you want to do. You can float between big and little firms, the role of project architect, designer, or management. You can work on building types from different market sectors like hospitality, residential, civic, retail, etc. and will still be an architect. Your degree will have a marketable value beyond the time of your immediate graduation.
How to fill in B. Arch Entrance Application form ?
The universities/institutions offer both the online and offline facility for the applicant, to register for exam. Students need to check the respective website for the online application. After typing the required information they need to take the print out and sent the form alone with the DD and other documents. For all those going for offline method, will get the application form from the specified centers/institutions. They will also get the brochure which helps the student in filling the application form. Carefully follow the instruction and avoid any type of mistake while filling. Because any error in the form will cost you banned from the exam.
- Arch Entrance Exam Pattern ?
AIEEE and JEE conduct the common exam for both the engineering and architecture graduates. So the entrance exam is of objective type covers the subject Mathematics along with Physics and chemistry. But for the Architecture Graduate there is an addition test, aptitude test along with the drawing test. For the students, preparing for NATA exam, the exam is of three hours and divided into two parts
- Drawing test: 2 hour test evaluates the potentiality and capability in drawing
- Aesthetic Sensitivity test: one hour online based test identifies the applicant visualizing and analytical capability at the given objects.
Reference Books for B. Arch Entrance Exam ?
You can refer the text books of NCRT for physics, chemistry and mathematics or other recommended books in these areas. Here are some books which help the students looking for the B. Arch exam,
- A Complete Self Study Guide For B. Arch Entrance Examinations Of Arihant Book
- Architecture Entrance Book By P.K.Mishra
- B Arch Exam Guide By Pk Mishra
- NATA/AIEE B.Arch. Question Bank-2011
- Verbal & Non Verbal Reasoning Book By R.S. Agarwal.
What to do after B. Arch?
For an Architecture graduate there are mainly two opportunities, to work with any firm or to select further studies. An architecture graduate can work with both public and private entities. They can work with Railways, Postal and telegraph department, private firms like Sahara group, Gammon India, Aeons Constructions etc.
The students who want to do further studies in the field is to chose M. Arch after B.Arch. The higher studies option after B. Arch is
- Master of Technology in Construction of Project Management (M.Tech – CPM)
- Master of Technology in Environmental Planning (M.Tech – EP)
- Master of Technology in Housing (M.Tech. – HSG)
- Master of Technology in Infrastructure Planning (M.Tech – IP)
- Master of Technology in Urban and Regional Planning (M.Tech. – URP)
- Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Design (PGDPD)
Other Certification Courses after B.Arch ?
- Advance training in Application of Computer Techniques in Architectural design Simulation
- Advance training in Building Science
- Advance training in Presentation Graphics and Construction Technology
- Computer Applications in Architecture and Planning
- GIS and Multimedia Applications
- Heritage Studies and Conservation
- Short-Term Course on Green Architecture and Carbon-Free Living
- Visual and Graphic Design
Job Opportunities for Architecture graduates. ?
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Architectural technologist
- Interior and spatial designer
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Building surveyor
- Commercial/residential surveyor
- Higher education lecturer
- Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
- Landscape architect
- Planning and development surveyor
- Production designer, theatre/television/film
- Structural engineer
- Town planner
Job and Career options for B.Arch ?
Since our county is in the developing phase more and more residential and non-residential constructions are needed every year. Some of the job opportunities available for the architecture graduates are,
- Architecture and Building Development Firms.
- Department of Post and Telegraph.
- Department of Railways.
- Housing and Urban Development Corporations.
- National Building Organization.
- National Institutes of Urban Affairs.
- Private Construction Organizations.
- Public Works Department (PWD).
- Town and Country Planning Organization.
- Architectural Technician.
- Architectural Theoretician.
- Architectural Conservator.
- Architectural Engineer.
- Architectural Technologist.
- Architecture Critic.
- Architecture Photographer.
- Building Control Officer.
- Building Inspector.
- Remuneration after B. Arch
Due to the higher demand and lower supply of the professional architects, the remuneration part is highly attractive in this industry. The salary package of an Architect depends on the size of the firm, the project he/she handling, Clint and also the experience in the field. Salary of experienced architects in India ranges from Rs.3-5laks/annum. For an entry level one can expect a handsome salary ranging from Rs 1-3laks/annum. There are private firms like DLF, L&T, Eros Group the salary package of an architect’s varies from Rs 1-15lakhs/Annum.
Where is DC School of Architecture located in Vagamon?
DCSMAT is located in a place called Pullikkanam (9 kms from Vagamon towards Moolamattom and 13 kms from Moolamattom towards Vagamon.)
What are the distances to the nearest towns for Vagamon?
Thodupuzha – 35kms
Eerattupetta – 35kms
Elappara – 30kms
How do I get the application form?
You can get it from our Admissions Office at Kottayam, from all DCBooks and Current Books retail outlets and at the venue of the GD / PI on the date of admission process. Alternatively, you can apply online on our website or download the application form from the site.
How are the landscaping and aesthetics of the Campuses?
Both the campuses are designed by TM Cyriac’s Environmental Creations, a team that is well known for their eco- friendly projects.
The buildings are designed in keeping with the natural landscape and the traditional Kerala architecture
How is the accommodation provided for girls and boys?
Separate hostels are provided for gents and ladies. Separate security and wardens
take care of all the hostels.
Vagamon being a hill station, are heaters available in hostels?
Yes; with time restrictions.
Being in a hilly area what about the water and electricity provisions available in the
Sources of water are well maintained and hence there is absolutely no water shortage even in summer.
A power house is located in the campus.
Full generator back up is available both in Trivandrum and Vagamon.
What are the hostels like?
We have twin occupancy and three sharing rooms with tables, chairs, beds and pillows provided with common bathroom facility.
All hostels are equipped with heaters and washing machine.
There is 24 x 7 Wi-Fi connectivity and TV and DTH facility.
Is Wi-Fi available in the campuses?
The Wi-Fi facility is extended throughout the campus.
All the hostels as well faculty and staff quarters are also connected.
The student recreational areas like Activity Centre, Common area for boys and girls are also connected through Wi-Fi.
The ubiquitous Wi-Fi gives full support of the student online needs wherever they are in the campus.
The connectivity also provides recreational avenues such as online games, movies and music. The facilities are also extended to all recreational clubs.
What is the IT support available in the campuses?
DCSMAT uses internet and intranet extensively for all course management; conduct of classes, assignments, feedbacks, online quizzes as well as for projects and research.
It also uses internet for staying connected with alumni, partners, parents, students and faculty.
It is also used for complaint management in the campus.
The resources are used extensively for research by students and faculty.
DCSMAT is having an Intranet which is hosted inside for the community.
The URL of the DCSMAT Intranet is (http://cms.dcschool.net). Intranet is having links to various IT applications/services available in the campus.
The Institute is having high speed Internet access with 8 MBPS leased line connection for the use of the entire community. The Campus has very good network connectivity with Fiber Optics ‘back bone’, IG switches and Campus wide Wi-Fi coverage. DCSMAT provide 24X7 Internet access to all students and faculty through the Wi-Fi and connected LAN wherever available.
The learning Platform Moodle is being used extensively for the course management.
Does the College have video conferencing facilities?
The college is having a high-end Video conference facility with 2 large LCD displays and 2 high definition cameras.
This facility was first installed in 2010.
The video conference facility is available to faculty and students at their disposal whenever it is needed.
The college is using this system for International talks and sessions, regional collaborations with other B-Schools. The recent sessions by Prof. William J Baumol of Stern School of Business, New York University and Prof. Arpita Srivastava, (Prof. of marketing) from XLRI Jamshedpur are the examples.
This facility is also used for placement interviews with companies.
The students and faculty are using system for external linkages and cooperation.
How well equipped is the library?
DCSMAT has a well equipped library in both Trivandrum and Vagamon campuses and library staff is well qualified and trained.
We have at present 38,043 textbooks issued 26,025 reference books, 531 journals, 28000 e-journals, 5 relevant databases and 440 multimedia content.
Library uses efficient software and all major newspapers are available daily in the library. Economic Times and Business line are subscribed by students at subsidized rates.
What are the working hours of the Library?
DCSMAT Vagamon being a fully residential campus, the library operates for about fourteen hours every weekday and when required 24×7.
The library opens at 8.00 AM in the morning till 10.00 PM in the night. On Saturdays, the library operates for 9.00 hours (9.00 AM to 6.00 PM) and on Sundays it operates about 9 hours (1.00 PM to 10.00 PM)
The library promotes Open Access System by which students have direct access to all the resources available in the library. After consulting the catalogue the students can directly go to the shelves and browse the collection for their needed copies.
The library has got 90 seats with separate carrels for reading and research. In each floor the library provides UPS supply for connecting student laptops and also Wi-Fi facility for Internet.
DCSMAT Trivandrum also has similar facilities, with extended working hours.
Is there transparency in the Academic activities?
Highest level of transparency is maintained in all academic activities as everything is uploaded in the Moodle.
Schedule is published well in advance.
Examination dates are announced in advance.
Evaluated papers are shown to students.
Internal evaluations are displayed in notice board and students are given an opportunity to clarify their concerns.
There is an online system “DCSMAT Support Center” through which they can represent or make suggestions regarding conduct of exams, internal evaluation, scheduling etc.
Does DCSMAT encourage extracurricular activities?
Yes. We do. We believe that extracurricular activities promote managerial skills in students such as team skills. Leadership skills, organizing ability, time management and so on.
What are the extracurricular activities apart from academics in DCSMAT?
There are several student managed clubs with faculty coordinator as club in charge; these clubs organize several cultural programs as well as competitions within the campus.
Cluster activities also add academic and non-academic competitiveness.
Social activities through NSS and clubs are well organized.
Does DCSMAT encourage participation in management festivals of other
Yes. It does. We believe that competing with other colleges in management events fosters confidence amongst the students and help to develop managerial skills. In fact, for the last consecutive years DCSMAT has emerged as winners in most number of management festivals in Kerala.
Does DCSMAT have its own Management Festival?
DCSMAT hosts a management festival named Luminance. Luminance is one of the biggest management festivals organized by any college in Kerala. In Luminance ’15, 1400 students from 125 colleges participated. The event is entirely student managed.
Can my parents /relatives visit me?
Yes, but with prior approval from concerned authorities
Are there medical facilities available in Vagamon?
Doctor-on call, ambulance, first aid facilities and a hospital near to the campus.
Is DCSMAT a ragging free campus?
Yes, completely ragging free.
Are there any kiosk and banking facilities nearby the campus/in the area?
ATM facility is in the campus. SBT is located in Vagamon.
Is there a dress code followed in DCSMAT?
Decent formals are a must on all working days. Full uniform as prescribed which is provided from college during stipulated days and during major events.
Fees, Bank Loans and Scholarships
Should I pay the fees in a lump sum while joining?
A registration fee of Rs 100000 is required to be paid at the time of confirmation of
seat and balance of the first year at the time of actual joining or earlier.
Do we get to interact with students and faculty before taking admission in DCSMAT?
Mr Suresh 9745607093
Mr Kennedy 9846869231
Mr Madhu 9745302812
Mr. Haridas – 9745302810
Can I visit the campus before I make a decision?
Yes. Kindly coordinate with the Admissions Office for the visit.
I would like to get updates on DCSMAT Institutions. What are the available
You may join our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DCSMAT). You will receive a monthly Newsletter from DCSMAT once you get registered. You may visit the campus as well as the admission office to get connected.