AAT architectural aptitude test

aat architecture aptitude test

AAT Architectural Aptitude Test

AAT Architecture Aptitude Test is organized by one of the IITs for offering admission to any of the three IITs that provide architecture courses in India. JEE Advanced Paper II was replaced with the AAT Exam.

This is a common aptitude test for admission to a B.Arch course in IITs.

Admission in B.Arch  is still given on the basis of JEE Advanced AIR but for seat allotment in these two institutes, the AAT examination has been made mandatory. Candidates who have a valid score in JEE Advanced can register for AAT.

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Number of Seats

IIT Roorkee35
IIT Kharagpur45
IIT Varanasi26

Test Centres

You can appear for the AAT at any of the  IITs centres (Delhi, Kanpur, Bombay, Roorkee, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati, Bhilai, Bhubaneswar, Goa, Dharwad, Gujrat, Hyderabad, Indore, Jammu, Jodhpur, Dhanbad, Mandi, Palakkad, Patna, Ropar, Tirupati)


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AAT Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must have obtained a rank in JEE Advanced only then the student can appear in AAT Exam

After passing the JEE Advanced, you have to appear for Architectural Aptitude Test if you wish to pursue B.Arch. You can only pursue B.Arch from IIT Roorkee or IIT Khargpur and IIT Varanasi.

Admit Card

The admit card can be downloaded from the official website

AAT Counselling

Seat in IITs is offered through common counselling named JoSAA.During the process, the candidates have to register and fill in their choices of colleges and courses. The candidate will get the seat on the basis of rank, preferences and availability of seats. After the allotment of seats, the candidates will have to complete the admission process within the given timeline

AAT-Architectural Aptitude Test Exam Pattern

The pattern of the AAT examination will comprise the following details. The examination will be only in English and the duration is 3 hours for answering 16 questions. The details of the AAT 2021 exam pattern are as follows:

  • AAT Language: English
  • Duration:3 Hours (180 Minutes)
  • Total Number of Questions:16


SectionNumber of questions
General Knowledge4
3D Aspects3
Geometry drawing3
Imagination and aesthetic sensitivity3
Freehand drawing3


Freehand Drawing-:It comprises of simple drawing depicting the total object in its right form and proportion, surface texture, relative location and details of component parts in appropriate scale.


Reference-common domestic or day-to-day life usable objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory

Geometrical Drawing

Exercises in geometrical drawing containing lines, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and circles. Study of plan (top view), and elevation (front or side views) of simple solid objects like prisms, cones, cylinders, cubes, splayed, surface holders.

Three Dimensional perception

Understanding and appreciation of 3 Dimensional forms with building elements, colour, volume, and orientation. Visualization through structuring objects in memory.


Imagination and aesthetic sensitivity

Composition exercise with given elements. Context mapping and creativity check through innovative tests with familiar objects. Sense of colour grouping.

Books for the AAT-Architectural Aptitude test

The candidates may refer to the following books-;

  • The Great Ages of World Architecture (With Introduction to Landscape Architecture) by G. K. Hiraskar
  • Basic Drawing Made Amazingly Easy (Made Amazingly Easy Series) by Christopher Hart
  • NATA Solved Drawings by PRECEPT Design Studio

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