JEE Main - B.Planning


Staff member
The case of city planning in India has seen a new dawn with the recent announcement coming from National Testing Agency (NTA) this month. The announcement from NTA that B.Planning will have a separate test in JEE have made planning an option to be an exclusive career choice for students. Students appearing have now an option to appear for all three tests, i.e., Paper 1 for B.Tech or Paper 2 for B.Arch, and Paper 3 for B.Planning, or any two, or one paper, as per their choice.

As per the new pattern :

Paper – 1 : It will be for B.Tech – will consist of Physics, Chemistry and Maths

Paper 2 : It will be for B.Arch – It will consist of Aptitude Test, Mathematics and Drawing Test

Paper 3 (The new B.Planning addition) – It will consist of Aptitude test, Mathematics but the drawing test will be replaced by Computer based MCQ questions on Planning which will test the student’s aptitude and interest in Planning and Development.

For Paper two and three, first two sections will be same – the third segment bifurcates into options of a written Drawing test or a Computer based MCQ test.

The entire B.Planning paper will now be computer based. Also, Students can now select whether they want to pursue a career in Architecture, a five year course which involves completely different set of skills based on design or B.Planning a four year course based on Planning and Urban and regional development.

The new pattern opens the doors of B.Planning for students who have opted not just for sciences but also various diverse disciplines including social sciences with mathematics as the only compulsory subject.

Earlier, the students who were interested in planning had to appear in JEE paper 2 which had maths, aptitude and drawing. It was same as the exam for architecture despite being a very different in its course structure. It also had drawing as a limiting factor for interested students which is now redundant for the course. Also, the JEE paper 2 exam was only open to people with Physics , Chemistry and Maths or Commerce with mathematics as their subjects in 12th. This limited the entry of social science students who had a knack for urban development and an aptitude for social sciences which is an important element and a useful skill for planning.

The Planning community considers it as a welcome move because it will open the doors of b.planning to a greater candidature and hence will attract more talent and expertise. Also, it gives B.Planning a separate identity as course which is not “similar to architecture but of lesser duration” but a course entirely dedicated to understanding city and its dynamics. It will help build the case for B.planning as a needed, interesting and lucrative course for nation development in the future.