FAQ – B. Arch

1What is the duration of the B Arch course?
5 years  (10 semesters) inclusive of 1 year (2 semesters) of internship in the 5th  year of the course.
2What are the eligibility conditions for B Arch 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 PCM subjects of examination at the 10+2 level. or 10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognized by Central/ State Governments with 50% aggregate marks. or 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. or 10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognized by Central/ State Governments with 50% aggregate marks. or 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.
3How is the evaluation of the B Arch programme done?
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. Exams Class Tests Home Assignments Field work Internship Projects Practical experiments etc.
4What are the available B Arch Entrance exams in India ?
Some of the prominent entrance tests for the B. Arch course are, AIEEE  AMU Entrance Exam BEEE IIT-JEE KEAM NATA UPTU SEE Exam
5What is the difference between Architecture and 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 don’t 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.
6What is a 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.
7What are the advantages of being an architect or 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 everywhere 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.
8How 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 printout 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.
9What is the pattern of Architecture Entrance ?
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.
10What are the reference books required to be studied for B. Arch Entrance Exam ?
You can refer the textbooks 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.
11What are the options available 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 choose 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)
12What are the other certification courses which one can do 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
13Job Opportunities for Architecture graduates?
Jobs directly related to your degree include: Architect 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
14What are the job and career options after 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,

Employment Areas 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.

Job Types 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
15Is there any international tie up in Architecture program?
Yes. We have tie up with University of Valladolid, Spain. Both faculty and student exchange programs are happening. As a part of it Ar TM Cyriac, Dean Academics, DC School of Architecture & Design of DCSMAT Institutions, went for a one month faculty exchange program.
16Where 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.)
17What are the distances to the nearest towns for Vagamon?
Moolamattom -13kms Thodupuzha – 35kms Eerattupetta – 35kms Elappara – 30kms
18How should I apply to DCSMAT ?
The application process is through online only. Students have to log in to www.dcsmat.ac.in and submit their application online. Shortlisted applicants will have to appear either in GD/PI at select locations or through online mode.
19How 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. The campus is located away from the hustles and bustles of city life which gives a rejuvenating atmosphere to the inmates. The Open Air Theatre near the entrance of the campus adds to the beauty of the campus.
20How is the accommodation provided for girls and boys?
Separate hostels are provided for boys and girls. Separate security and wardens take care of all the hostels. We have a tunnel connecting the hostels and the campus. We also have a covered foot bridge connecting the B. Arch department directly to the ladies hostel for the ease of access.
21Vagamon being a hill station, are geysers available in hostels?
Yes; with time restrictions.
22Being in a hilly area what about the water and electricity provisions available in the Vagamon campus?
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.
23What 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 hot water supply. Centralized laundry services are also available. There is 24 x 7 Wi-Fi connectivity and TV and DTH facility.
24Is 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.
25What 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.
26Does 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.
27How 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.
28Is 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. We are using a software called INSTOCAMPUZ, through which assignments are regularly given to the students and the marks are published on the same. Each student can access the Uploaded files & also their marks, attendance status, learning materials etc.
29Does 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.
30What 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. The media club organize movie playing on evenings, dance club conducts dance competition once in a while, arts club take initiative for painting, cartooning, drawing competitions. The sports club is very active and our students participate in various inter college Football tournaments. The SSA (Student's Society of Architecture) take initiative to coordinate all the club activities. The SSA is very active in our campus. There is a separate space called SSA room for the students to gather together for meetings regarding the club activities. Cluster activities also add academic and non-academic competitiveness. Social activities through NSS and clubs are well organized.
31Does DCSAAD organize architectural festivals?
Yes. It does. We believe that competing with other colleges in various architectural festivals like NASA, ZONASA, inter college fests etc., fosters confidence amongst the students and help to develop different skills. In fact, for the last consecutive years DCSAAD has emerged as winners in most number of events. Also we are proud to say that we have hosted 60th ANNUAL NASA convention in our campus where more than 5000 students from various Architecture colleges and famous architects around the globe were participated. Our college have also conducted annual college festivals like 72 hours, Latitude, Kerala Architectural Festival (KAF) etc. The KAF for 2019 called SPACES-2019 was a great success. About 300+ speakers and over 150 events was a visual treat as well as it gave a more refined perspective on topics ranging from culture, politics, design etc. for both public and our students.
32Can my parents /relatives visit me?
Yes, but with prior approval from concerned authorities.
33Are there medical facilities available in Vagamon?
We have a Doctor-on call. The college has an ambulance, and first aid facilities. There are 2 clinics available in Vagamon (10 kms) and a private hospital in Moolamattam (12 kms). There is also a government hospital near Moolamattam.
34Is DCSMAT a ragging free campus?
Yes, completely ragging free.
35Are there any kiosk and banking facilities nearby the campus/in the area?
ATM facility is available in the campus. There is an SBT located in Vagamon.
36Is 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.
37Does the college encourage Research and publication?
Yes. Our college always promotes and back up the students and teachers in researches and also publication of books. We have already published a book ' Synagogues of Kerala's, which was an initiative by the faculties and students of DCSAAD.
38Is there any soft skill development program or workshops?
Yes. We have well equipped workshops like handloom, etching, pottery & kiln, carpentry, chithrashala, model making etc. where students and faculties gets hands on experience on various fields and they are trained by industrial professionals on every week. Our sister institution DC College of Management and Technology being co-located, soft skill programmes are regularly conducted.
39Should 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.
40 What are the campus facilities available?
Both campuses are state of the art with modern facilities. Multimedia class rooms, fully equipped library, coffee shop, open air cafeteria, complete Wi-Fi connectivity, free internet connectivity, ATM, play area, multi gym, laundry service (Vagamon), guest houses, canteen with north Indian and South Indian cuisine, Radio DC (Trivandrum), mini market (Vagamon), amphitheater , mobile connectivity, beauty parlour (Vagamon), open air classroom (Vagamon), health care facilities (Vagamon) etc. are some of the facilities available.
41Are there medical facilities available in Vagamon?
Doctor-on call, ambulance, first aid facilities and a hospital near to the campus.
42What does the college canteen provide? Is the mess bill separate? Can the students buy food from other facilities?
In Trivandrum and Vagamon, canteen provides North Indian and South Indian cuisine which the student has to specify in the beginning of the month and should follow throughout the month. Breakfast, lunch, tea with snacks and dinner will be provided. There is a mini market, coffee shop, open air cafeteria available inside the campus (Vagamon). Mess bill is included in the total fees.
43Is DCSMAT a ragging free campus?
Yes, completely ragging free and anti-ragging committees are effectively functioning at both campuses.
44DCSMAT has a large proportion of girls. What is the reason?
Our Institution is much concerned about the safety of the girl students inside the campus. The following actions are being taken to ensure the safety of girls in the hostel as well as in the campus. The entire girls’ hostel is enclosed within a compound wall and there is a 24 x 7 security. No visitors are allowed inside the hostel premises without the proper permission from the concerned authorities and the hostel wardens. The girl’s hostel main entrance gates are closed and locked at 2100 hrs. No unauthorized person is allowed to enter inside the hostel premises. Students whereabouts in/out register maintained by the security guards in the entire hostel under the close and strict supervision of respective hostel wardens. No outside movement of girls is permitted without the permission of parents.
45How far are the classrooms from girls’ hostel?
We have a covered foot bridge connecting the class rooms with the girls hostel. So the distance is very short.
46Are there any facilities available for hair and facial care in the campus?
Our campus has a well-set beauty parlour which provides the necessary grooming services to the girl students in the campus.
47How many lady wardens are there for the hostel?
We have three lady wardens working 24x7 for our hostel.
48Can I visit the campus before I make a decision?
Yes. Kindly coordinate with the Admissions Office for the visit.
49I would like to get updates on DCSMAT Institutions. What are the available options?
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.
50How will the college tackle situations like the present conditions existing around the world due to the outbreak of COVID 19?
Our college is well resourceful to handle the present issues caused by the lockdown and even in the future. We are able to manage the academics by conducting online classes through platforms like ZOOM, MEET etc. and also the college ERP INSTOCAMPUZ. We conduct regular classes on daily basis according to the time table. Reviews and discussions with the students are happening frequently. Along with the academics we conduct SOP sessions with students where faculties interact with their students over online platforms. It helps to handle their stress, sharing their problems, mentoring etc.