21 February 2016

Resources for JEE Mains paper-2 (B.Arch/B.Planning)

After I staretd writing for NID and UCEEED, I got several requests from our friends to cover JEE and NATA too. So, this post is an attempt to cover as much info as possible that can possibly help you with your JEE preparation. I might have covere less or more topics, hopefully you will identify the best and prepare accordingly. As usual, I will update this page as and when time permits or when I get new materials, so keep watching this page for any updates!

Mathematical Geometry

Like I stated in my earlier post for JEE syllabus, mathematics part (not the aptitude but general math part) is huge and covers wide topics. You must note that the syllabus is actually your intermediate maths and the questions asked are mostly basics. So, if you're a student with math background then its easy for you since a quick recap might hep you, but if you have arts and other background, then you need to do some work on this!

Fortunately Intermediate (11th and 12th text books) covers most of the listed topics, so I'm including available books as of now, but will check for topic specific materials soon -

Textbook on Maths for Mathematics part of JEE

Now we will look into the aptitude part of Maths in JEE. Math aptitude part heavily depends on your imagination and observation skills, which you will get if you understand the basics of solid transformations and different views.  The following set of resources and pdf files will help you to the most for self study.

A very quick and good intro to Engineering Drawing

Check till Page 28 - Engineering Graphics basics

For further exercise and Practice

Here is my latest post - Improve imagination, work with 3D solids and unfolding of solid shapes

Some very good video tutorials that helps you with Solid transformations

source : Maths Online

source : Godcast

Other downloadable materials
Basic Geometry study (Just for reference) -
More - Sectioning of solids from NPTEL
    A very Good guide about - Using Perspective and Vanishing Points

    Observation and Visualization skills

    Check the details in downloadable (Pdf) from working with geometry objects >>

    Learn a way of Solving number of faces on complex objects >>

    3. Hidden words and images

    Check the details in downloadable (Pdf) from here>>

    4. Tessellations

    Generally called as unfolded views, Tessellation is all about unwrapping a solid on a flat surface and drawing the unfolded view on a paper. I also gave easy way of solving tetrahedron tessellation problem in one of my pages. check below links

    My solution for tetrahedron tessellation problem - Tetrahedron Tessellation problem solving here>>

    Geometry representations by Malati - here>>

    Leisure time works

    • A detailed instructions on how to draw a tessellation by David B Sullivan -  here
    • Best tessellations work by Escher from teacherweb - here


    The following links might help you teach/learn on how to draw from memory/imagination

    Here is a blog with few tips on how to draw from memory 

    Here's my guide on

    Leisure time study

    • Superb book for learning sketching techniques and different facets of design (including perspective, shadowing, shading, texture, architectural facts etc) - Design drawing by Francis D.K.Ching
    • A (very famous) complete pdf book "Basic Rendering" from Robert W.Gill, which covers most of the rendering topics including perspective projections (For those wishing to learn sketching/rendering)

    Also check my reply to the first question on "how to improve imagination or hot to improve the skills of drawing from memory" - Common CEED questions and doubts answered 

    I will add more drawing learning materials, tips with practice questions (if possible) soon .....

    Aptitude and General Design Awareness

    Terms and Texture

    Basic terms in design in architectural context 

    Construction Materials - Quickly overview this book. Only study the part listed here - Timeline, Cultural and Material Context, Application, Grand Master

    Texture in wikipedia 

    Good guide on Texture in Architecture 

    Slideshare presentation on Texture 

    Color and pattern in Texture with basic terminology 

    Important terms - Architecture Elements and Principles

    Free time study and for future reference - Detailed Notes on Architecture

    For a list of Famous Architects - check the end of this page to get the list

    List of famous personalities, designers 

    famous artists/painters with their pics 

    Indian cultural GA

    Artistic Media used - Artistic media on Wikipedia

    Here's - a good guide for art movements

    Go through this wiki page in free time about Art movement

    Check more about famous designers - famous designers here 

    Artistic tools, drawing terms and sculpture material

    Color Selection

    Let us now see some pdf files, which may help you choose color at different occasions

    General Topics

    Learn about - Indian epigraphy history
    Learn about - Famous inscription in India
    Learn more about - Pica in wiki page

    Abstract Tests

    Solving Abstract tests will sharpen your observation skills as well as improve your analytical power. So give a try; at least one test (These tests were taken from pscychometric-success.com)

    Like I stated earlier, this is only a few topics, more resources will follow soon!


    1. Thankyou so much for coming up with JEE B.Arch and NATA resources. Sir, where can I find JEE paper 2 Part III - Drawing questions of previous years? Please upload. I have only got one in JEE main website.

      1. Welcome, I haven't come across any previous paper yet, other than what you already have. Will let you (all) know if found. Or will create my own questions based on prev paper pattern.

    2. can u plz give tips for placement of 3d objects in impressive way(drawing part) of mains papers??

      1. orthographic view (3D view) of any object is what I consider as impressive, since it can give you clear information about the details and the form of the object. Actually that is the requirement -- the way/view you draw should give as much detail as possible and the outer form of the object/product should be visible and specific so that anybody looking at it can visualize the object and if possible can understand its functionality too (later is questionable but the former is important). Above things sounds like it involves lot of math in it, but it is quite simple. I will try to give some examples with my answers, if possible soon.

    3. Sir, can you please tell the answers to the surface counting questions in jee main paper 2 2016?

      1. May be soon, I'm caught with some works

    4. hello thank you so much for everything you've been doing. could u pls provide any information related to the movement of the sun.questions related to that topic have been appearing in the exam every year

      1. will look into this after this week (uceed n ceed is happening so bit busy)

      2. no problem thanks for the reply.
        Btw i've also been preparing fr uceed and ur blog has been of real great hlp

      3. In my NID exam I got 53 questions right but not sure abt the marking scheme do u think i'll qualify to the next round.

      4. don't worry about the exam u have already given, just focus on upcoming exam, u said u r writing uceed also, so spend time preparing. Regardless of whether u get good score or not, it's better to have backups and give two or three alternate exams for safer side

    5. thanks a lot sir. ur really great.....

    6. hello sir i just wanted to remind abt my previous request for the problems related to the movement of the sun.
      only a month left approx. for paper 2


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