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How to prepare for JEE Main (Paper 2) in 1 Month

Last Updated - March 27, 2017

JEE Main 2017 Paper 2 is scheduled on May 21, 2017. The entrance exam will be conducted for admission to B. Arch/B. Planning programmes offered by various institutes across India. Every year there are over a million students appear for JEE Main paper 2 to pursue architecture and planning. In order to crack paper 2, we prepared a blueprint of the preparation plan for JEE Main 2017. Before we jump on the preparation plan, it is important to know the structure of JEE Main 2017.

The Joint Entrance Exam is conducted by CBSE to examine & shortlist aspiring candidates seeking admission to engineering, architecture & planning courses in various institutes such as NIT (National Institute of Technology), IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) and other reputed institutes. JEE Main is the first screening test for the IITs. After one cracks JEE Main with a good score gets selected to appear for Advanced which is the ticket to IIT's.

JEE Main 2017 Paper 2 Exam Pattern

JEE Main comprises 2 papers. Paper 1 is meant for B. Tech aspirants while candidates applying for B. Arch course should attempt Paper 2. Candidates who wish to pursue B.Arch & Planning from IIT's, not only need to clear JEE Main & JEE Advanced but also Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT).

The structure of paper 2 in JEE Main is as follows:

Section 1: -  Aptitude Test with 50 Objective Questions for 200 marks

Questions coming in this section test the general awareness, reasoning ability, analytical skills of the students.

Section 2: - Maths Test with 30 Objective Questions for 120 marks.

Section 3: - Drawing test with 2 Questions (Memory, 2D Design) for 70 marks

Note: Drawing Questions have to attempt on the separate drawing sheet placed with the answer sheet.

Syllabus for JEE Main Paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning)

It is crucial to know the syllabus for paper 2 which will help you in preparing for the exam. Following is the detailed syllabus of JEE main Paper 2, with all important topics & units to cover.


  • Sets
  • Relations and Functions
  • Complex Numbers
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Mathematical Induction
  • Sequences and Series
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Continuity and Differentiability
  • Applications of Binomial Theorem, Integral Calculus
  • Differential Equation & Vector Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Co-ordinate Geometry & 3D Geometry
  • Probability & Statistics
  • Mathematical Reasoning

Aptitude test: (Aptitude & Reasoning)

  • Awareness of places
  • Persons
  • Buildings and materials
  • Texture and objects related to Architecture and building environment
  • Visualizing 3D objects from 2D drawings
  • Visualizing different sides of 3D objects
  • Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal)
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Three dimensional – perception and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects
  • Colour texture
  • Building forms and elements
  • Contrast and harmony

Drawing Test

  • Drawing and Designing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil
  • Transformation of forms both 2 D and 3 D union
  • Elevations and 3 D views of objects Rotation
  • Development of surfaces and volumes
  • Generation of Plan
  • Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shapes and forms
  • Sketching of activities from memory of urban scenes (public space, festivals, market, street scenes, recreational spaces monuments, etc.)
  • Landscape (gardens, trees, river fronts, jungles, plants etc.)
  • Rural life.

Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT)

Candidates who desire to study B.Arch/B.Planning from IIT, need to give AAT. Which is a test conducted by IIT's to shortlist the best amongst all.

  • Freehand Drawing
  • Geometrical Drawing
  • 3D-Perceptions
  • Imagination & Aesthetic Sensitivity
  • Architectural Awareness

30 Days Preparation Plan for JEE Main paper 2

There is a very narrow window to prepare for JEE Main 2017, as it takes place just after the 12th Boards on April 2, 2017. One needs to have a proper plan and execute it to be able to score top marks in JEE Main 2017 after doing well in Board exams. Candidates cannot be asked to waste days on the preparation of JEE Main, If you follow our preparation tips then you will be able to cover it all under 30 day's. Following are the tips which will help you at this moment:

30 Days Preparation for JEE Main 2017

Week 1 Plan:

  • Plan & Strategize: You know the syllabus, You know the pattern. Now all you need to do is make a schedule and allot days to each topic.
  • Gather Study Material: Get the right books to study from and do not waste time scrolling for study material online. Books are well curated for your better understanding.
  • Get over with maths: Maths is tough, and It is same as the one you would prepare for paper 1. Do a lot of practice to get your concepts clear. Try to finish it first and then focus on other section of paper 2.
  • Topics to Cover (Maths)
    1. Probability and Statistics
    2. Vector Algebra
    3. Integration
    4. Complex Numbers
    5. Circles and family of circles

Week 2 Plan:

  • Focus on your Strengths: One cannot afford to waste time, with just a few days in your hands. Finish and get over with the topics in which you have good knowledge. This will take off the load from your head and you can focus on studying the rest.
  • Develop a habit of reading newspaper Daily: Stay up to date with the news and have a good awareness of world events for your aptitude test.
  • Do not stress out: Keep healthy and stay focused, You cannot afford to fall ill or be exhausted of stressing out too much. Study efficiently, Keep it calm and organize your schedule accordingly.
  • Start Practice for your Aptitude Section: Once you covered half of your maths section, you can start preparing for aptitude section.
  • Topics to Cover (Aptitude):
    1. Visualizing 3D objects from 2D drawings
    2. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects
    3. Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal)
    4. Analytical Reasoning
    5. Three dimensional – perception and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects
    6. (Other left out topics of Maths)

Week 3 Plan:

  • Practice & cover rest of the aptitude topics
  • Work on your drawing & observation skills for Section 3 of Paper 2: Drawing is not an easy task. Architecture is a subject of precision and you need to have excellent imagination skills as well as observation skills to draw out your thoughts on paper.

Week 4 Plan:

  • Practice makes a man Perfect: Practice as much as you can, solve previous year questions and go through every sample paper.
  • Work on your speed: Calculations, reasoning, and drawing. All the sections are pretty time to consume. So it is important to work on your speed and manage to finish your exam well on time.

Books play an important part in your preparation. Ease of reading useful content can save your time and give you a better understanding of the content at one go. Following are the best book's you can find to prepare for JEE Main Paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning):

S.No.Book NameAuthor/Publication
1Keys to Drawing – Strategies and Exercises for Gaining Confidence and Enhancing your CreativeDodson.
2NATA/JEE B. Arch Study Material Kit PaperbackSilica
3A complete Self Study Guide for B. Arch 2015 Entrance Examination (English)P.K Mishra
4Architecture Question Bank and NATA Sample Papers (sixth edition)M.L Malhotra
5Quantitative Aptitude ebook (ALL Parts Solved) by R S AgarwalR.S Agarwal
6Architecture EntranceP.K Mishra
7B.Arch. & NATA Entrance Exam Solved 6th Edition solved paper till 2017S.K Sharma
8Verbal & Non Verbal ReasoningR.S Agarwal



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