[A statutory body constituted by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, under the Architects Act, 1972]



ATTENTION : Architects, Institutions, Students, Parents and all concerned.

The Council of Architecture (COA), regulates Standards of Architectural Education and profession of an architect under the various provisions of the Architects Act, 1972 (A Special Central Act) and the respective Rules, Regulations and Norms framed therefor.

Registration with Council of Architecture is mandatory for practicing the profession of an architect in India, seeking employment with Government and taking up teaching assignments.

Eligibility for admission to 1st year B.Arch : As per the Minimum Standars of Architectural Education Regulations 1983, 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 sheme of Senior School Certificate Examination or equivalent with Mathematics and English as subjects of examination at the 10+2 level, subject to an Aptitude Test.

No lateral admission : The Regulations 1983, has no provision for lateral admission in 2nd year or at any other stage of the 5 year course in Architecture.

Inspection of existing Colleges/Institutions : Council of Architecture is required to oversee the maintenance of minimum standards of architectural education by way of inspections. The concerned authorities and schools are hereby informed not to admit students in academic session 2004-2005 in excess of the given intake for academic session 2003-2004 unless advised to do so by the Council of Architecture, upon conducting inspections in the current session.

Introduction of new courses/increase in intake : Any institution desirous of introducing a 5-year degree course in Architecture or increase its existing intake or introducing an additional course is advised to get the feasibility of its proposal evaluated by COA to ensure its compliance with Sections 18, 19, 20, 21 and 45 of the Act read with Regulations 1983, for the conduct of the course.

Relevant orders of the Hon’ble High Court of Madras : Hon’ble High Court of Judicature at Madras, vide its interim order dated 15.12.2003, has restrained the All India Council for Technical Education from acting in any manner in interfering with the administration of the existing and establishment of the new institutions by imparting, education in Architecture as they are governed by the Architects Act, 1972 and its regulations pending disposal of the writ petition no.36520 and other similar writ petitions.

Hon’ble High Court of Judicature at Madras, vide its interim order dated 28.11.2003 has restrained the Central Board of Secondary Education from conducting entrance examinations for the course of Bachelor of Architecture by prescribing entry level qualification other than what has been prescribed by the Council of Architecture pending disposal of the writ petition no. 34692 and 34693 of 2003.

For details / clarifications, please contact

Council of Architecture
India Habitat Centre, Core – 6A, 1st Floor, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003.

Phone : 24604806, 24654172, Fax : 24647746

E-mail : [email protected] and Website :

Dated 21.02.2004 Registrar