C. Arch.

n exercise of the powers conferred by clauses (e), (g), (h) and (j) of sub-section (2) of Section 45 read with Section 21 of the Architects Act, 1972 (20 of 1972), the Council of Architecture, with the approval of the Central Government, framed the Council of Architecture (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983. These Regulations were published in the Gazette of India, Part III, Section 4, on 26th March, 1983 and 27th August, 1983.
These Regulations prescribe the minimum standards of architectural education to be maintained by colleges or institutions, required for granting recognised qualifications by authorities in India, including admission to the architecture course.
These Regulations stipulate that admission to the 5-year B. Arch. course should be made at 1st year level through an aptitude test specially designed to assess the candidates' aptitude.
These regulations do not provide for lateral admission to any other stage/semester of the 5-year course in Architecture.
In terms of these Regulations and the decision of the Council of Architecture, pursuant to the Regulations:

The conduct of aptitude test is mandatory for admissions to the 5-year B. Arch. course by all colleges or institutions where Architectural Education is given, leading to grant of Recognised Qualification by authorities. Such Colleges or Institutions include a University, its department, its constituent college and its affiliated college; a deemed to be University; institutions established by Act of Parliament; and National Institutes of Technology and institution for higher education declared to be a University.

No admission shall be made under the Minority Institution/Management/Non-Resident Indian/Person of Indian Origin or any another Quota unless a candidate is subjected to the aptitude test in architecture.

A separate aptitude test in Architecture should be conducted and such test should not be combined with the tests for admissions to Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine and other disciplines. Similarly, admission counselling are to be conducted independently.
The candidates admitted to 1st year of a 5-year course without appearing in the aptitude test in architecture and who have been granted B. Arch. degree or other qualifications shall not be deemed to have attained recognised qualification listed in the schedule of qualifications appended to the Architects Act, 1972. Such candidates will not be eligible for registration as an architect with the Council of Architecture.
It has been held by the High Court of Judicature at Madras, vide its Judgement dated 21.07.2003 in Writ Petition Nos. 8806 and 9707 of 2003 [IIA Tamilnadu Chapter, Chennai V/s State of Tamilnadu, Anna University & Council of Architecture and Council of Architecture V/s State of Tamilnadu & Anna University] that guidelines on Admission to Architecture Course prescribed by the Council of Architecture have statutory force.
As per the Judgement, dated 08.09.2004, of High Court of Judicature at Bombay in the case of Shri P.S.M. Boarding House’s College of Architecture, Kolhapur & ors. V/s State of Maharashtra and ors., in Writ Petition No. 5942 of 2004, the Council of Architecture is the final authority for the purposes of fixing norms and standards for architectural institutions.

1.8 As per the Judgement, dated July 12, 2005, of the High Court at Delhi in the case of Ms.Sharmishtha S.Das V/s Union of India and ors. in Writ Petition No.2669 of 2005, the Council of Architecture (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983 shall govern the eligibility for admission to Architecture Courses.

2.0 ELIGIBILITY for Admission

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.

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