Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics will no longer be mandatory for admissions into architecture: AICTE


All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has said in its Approval Process 2022-23 that Physics, chemistry and mathematics will no longer be mandatory for admission to architecture courses.

The technical education regulator has announced last year that students who haven’t studied physics, chemistry or maths in Class 12 would now be able to seek admission to engineering and technology programmes. This caused quite a huge uproar.  

Released on Tuesday, the council has in this year’s approval process identified which particular courses this relaxation will apply to: architecture, fashion technology, and packaging technology. 

The approval book is a document that gives an outline that technical institutions need to follow for their qualifications in order to obtain and maintain the council’s approval. 

“A committee had given its recommendation about which courses can have the PCM (physics, chemistry, mathematics) exception, and on the basis of that, we have named courses in this year’s approval book,” AICTE chairperson Anil Sahasrabudhe said.

Sources in the council said they would add to the list of courses in the coming years. 

For the three selected courses, in place of the PCM requirement, the council has given a list of school subjects. Students who have passed their Class 12 exams in any three of these subjects will be eligible for admission to the programmes. 

In addition to physics, chemistry, and mathematics, the remaining subjects include: computer science, electronics, information technology, biology, informatics practices, biotechnology, technical vocational subject, engineering graphics, business studies, and entrepreneurship.