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How To Prepare for JEE Main Paper 2 Aptitude Test?

Last Updated - March 24, 2017

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is the national level entrance exam for admissions into the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the NITs, IIITs and other CFTIs. Those who have passed or are appearing in the class XII examination are eligible to apply for JEE Main. JEE Main consists of two Papers, Paper 1 for BE/B.Tech and Paper 2 for B.Arch/B.Plan courses. JEE main is conducted in both online and offline mode, however paper 2 is conducted in offline mode only.

Paper 2 is conducted for students who are looking forward to taking admission in B.Arch/B.Planning courses. It is conducted in paper-pen based mode only. JEE Main Paper 2 (B.Arch./B.Planning) is being conducted on April 02, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.

CBSE conducts JEE Main Paper 2 for admission to undergraduate programs in Architecture and Planning at IITs and other central funded technical institutions. The Council of Architecture prescribes the syllabus and pattern of the JEE Main paper 2.

The exam contains questions related to architecture, and drawing. So, the students need to have an idea about the related topics and exam pattern for JEE Main Paper 2. It will cover 3 sections including Mathematics, Aptitude Test and Drawing test. You can know here, details regarding exam pattern, syllabus and preparation tips for the Aptitude section of JEE Main paper 2.

JEE Main Paper 2 Exam Pattern

JEE Main Paper 2 Exam Pattern 2017 will provide details about the type of questions that come in the paper of JEE Main, marking scheme, topic and chapter-wise distribution of questions, time duration of exam, mode of the exam, etc.

JEE Main Paper 2 will cover 3 subjects including Mathematics, Aptitude Test and Drawing test. It will be 3 hours duration exam. Mathematics section will have 30 objective type questions having weightage of 120 marks. Aptitude Section will consist of 50 objective type questions of 200 marks. Drawing test will be a test having 2 questions for 70 marks on topics of Memory and 2D design. For attempting this section candidates will be given a separate drawing sheet attached to the answer sheet. Negative marking will be applicable only to objective type questions. 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong response.

Mode of ExamPen Paper Mode
Exam Duration180 minutes
Paper Sections3 (Mathematics, Aptitude and Drawing)
Type of QuestionsMathematics- Objective Type Aptitude Test- Objective Type Drawing Test- Drawing or Descriptive
No. of QuestionsMathematics- 30 Aptitude Test- 50 Drawing Test- 2
Marking SchemeObjective Type questions are for 4 marks each Drawing test has 2 questions of 70 marks
Negative Marketing1 Mark will be deducted for every wrong answer in objective type questions
Materials NeededBlue/ Black Ball Point Pen for Part I & II Colour pencils or crayons only for Part III

The candidates who want to pursue B.Arch in the two IITs- IIT Roorkee and IIT Kharagpur, have to appear for a spate test, AAT (Aptitude Awareness Test).  The candidates who qualify in JEE Advanced are eligible to sit for AAT.

For admissions to institutes other than the IITs, JEE Main Paper 2 (B. Arch. / B. Planning) scores are taken into consideration.

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

Medium of Exam

JEE Main paper 2 is conducted in offline i.e. pen paper based mode. Candidates have two options for attempting the JEE Main question paper- English and Hindi. Although, for some states CBSE provides the option of attempting the question paper in the regional languages. 

Candidates from Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli have the option to choose Gujarati as their language of the paper. Similarly, candidates from Maharashtra can choose Marathi and Urdu as their medium of question paper. For the rest of the cities, only English and Hindi are available as medium of paper.

The aptitude test can be written only in English language. You must carry your own Pen and colouring & drawing aids.

Paper 2 Aptitude Test Syllabus

JEE Main 2017 is conducted for students who have passed or are appearing in class 12 exam and seeking admission in undergraduate (B.E./B.Tech, B.Arch/B.Plan) Programmes. So, question paper of JEE Main will cover the syllabus of class XI & XII, as prescribed by CBSE.

JEE Main Paper 2 consists of Mathematics, Aptitude test and drawing test. Aptitude test section comprises of 50 objective type questions. Aptiutude test basically consists of three parts- Part 1 and 2 have objective type questions, while part 3 is for drawing test. The syllabus as prescribed by CBSE for this section is as follows-

  • Mental Ability- Visual, Numerical and Verbal, Analytical 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,
  • Three dimensional – perception and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects,
  • Colour texture, building forms and elements, contrast and harmony,
  • Transformation of forms both 2 D and 3 D union,
  • Development of surfaces and volumes,
  • Generation of Plan, elevations and 3 D views of objects.

Syllabus for paper 2 is not specifically defined as it is for Paper 1. The above mentioned topics are the topics from which questions are generally asked in aptitude objective type section. Candidates are advised to bring pen, pencils, geometry box set, erasers and colour & crayons for the Aptitude and Drawing Test.

Paper 2 Aptitude Important Topics

Although the topics mentioned above are the main topics of aptitude section. Still, among these topics there are some most important topics that cover the most of the paper. Following are the important topics of JEE Main paper 2 aptitude test.

Important topics from Part 1-

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Mental Ability (Visual, Numerical and Verbal).
  • Awareness of persons, places, Buildings, Materials.
  • Objects, Texture related to Architecture and build environment.

Important topics from Part 2-

  • Three dimensional – perception
  • Understanding and appreciation of scale and proportion of objects, 
  • Colour texture, harmony and contrast. 

Paper 2 Aptitude Test Preparation Tips

The best approach to prepare for the JEE Main exam is to combine board exam preparation with JEE Main preparations. Although the format is different, but the concepts remain the same. So for JEE main paper 2, candidates have to keep in mind the following important tips-

  • Understand the Concept- Start focusing on understanding the concept first. Refer to both Class XI and XII books and for Aptitude sections learn the basic concepts of the important topics.
  • Divide the Syallbus- Divide the whole syllabus in monthly or weekly segments and assign yourself the targets to achieve them. This will also help in covering the whole syllabus before the exam.
  • Improve the Skills- The students aspiring to pursue B. Arch or B.Plan must possess a creative mind and drawing skills in order to qualify the exam. Work on your observation skills and drawing skills to prepare for the Aptitude and Drawing tests. You may also join a coaching class for drawing test practice. Engineering Drawing notes and books are best for 2D/3D geometry related questions’ preparation.
  • Revision is Very Important- Clear all your doubts before completing the syllabus to avoid any confusion later. After that, make revision notes on important concepts, formulae, and definitions etc. for each topic.
  • Sample/Mock Tests- Solve as many sample papers as you can and previous years’ tests also to develop pace and practice. You can even take online mock tests for practice.
  • Variation in Schedule- You must add variation in your daily study schedule to avoid monotony. Dedicate equal time for each section- Maths, Drawing and Aptitude test.

Paper 2 Aptitude Test Suggested Books

All the other subjects of JEE Main paper are comprised of syllabi from NCERT books. However, for Aptitude test you need to read some other books too. Few useful reference books apart from  the CBSE NCERTs are:

Name of BookAuthor/Publication
A Complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch Entrance Examination (English)P.K Mishra, Arihant Publications
Verbal & Non Verbal Reasoning BookR.S. Aggarwal
Architecture Entrance BookP.K Mishra

Paper 2 Aptitude Test Online Resources

There are many online resources available for JEE Main paper 2. You can practice the mock tests to test your preparation level. This will also help with time management. Previous year papers of JEE Main paper 2 are also available to have an idea of what type of questions will be asked in the exam.

Following online resources are available for JEE Main paper 2 aptitude test-

  • Free Online Practice Tests
  • Previous Year Questions.

JEE Main paper 2 is going to be conducted on April 02, 2017. So, start preparing according to the time left for the test. Best of Luck!



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