National Aptitude Test in Architecture(NATA)

About NATA

NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) will be managed by the Council of Architecture (COA).

It is a national level aptitude test which is conducted for admission into the architecture programme all over the country.  From the year 2017, the NATA exam will be held only one time in a year. Through this exam, candidates will get admission into 5 years of Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) programme.

NATA score card will be considered by private & governments aided colleges or institutions. Check this article, here we have updated the complete details about NATA.

NATA Registration:

  • Candidates can register for the NATA through online mode.
  • The NATA Registration will begin from the 1st week of January.
  • Candidates can register till the 1st week of February.
  • Candidates have to fill their personal details & upload documents at the time of online form filling.
  • Candidates have to upload their scanned images, i.e., passport size photograph, left hand thumb impression & own signature in a given format.
  • Keep the printout of the confirmation page generated after the fee payment for further process.
  • There is no need to send the NATA application form through offline mode or by post.
  • In case, candidates make any mistake in the application form, the correction window will be opened in the 3rd week of February.
Events and Dates
Events Dates (Tentative)
Online Registration Starts 1st week of January 2018
Last Date of Online Registration 1st week of February 2018
Image Upload Last Date 1st week of February 2018
Fee Payment Last Date 1st week of February 2018
Confirmation Page Printout Available Last week of February 2018
Correction Window open 3rd week of February 2018
Admit Card Issued 4th week of March 2018
Date of Exam 3rd week of April 2018
Result Declaration 2nd week of June 2018

           Age Criteria:

  • Age Limit: Candidate’s minimum age should be 17 years as on 31st July .

           Qualification Criteria:

  • Qualifying Exam:  Candidates have to pass 10+2 or equivalent or 10+2   Diploma (any stream) or International Baccalaureate Diploma, after 10 years      of Schooling.
  • Age Limit: Candidate’s minimum age should be 17 years as on 31st July .
  •  Minimum Marks: Secure at least 50% marks in the above qualifying examination.
  • Appearing candidates can also apply.
  • Lateral Entry: There is no process of lateral entry admission into B.Arch course.

Application Form

NATA Exam Pattern

NATA exam will be conducted in the 3rd week of April. The exam pattern is given here:

  • Mode of Exam: The exam will be held through offline mode (pen paper based).
  • Duration: The duration of the exam will be three hours.
  • Type of Question: The question of Mathematics & General Aptitude will be multiple choice questions.
  • No. of Questions:  Total 60 questions will be asked in the examination.
  •  Marking Scheme:  For each correct answer, two marks will be awarded to the candidates in Mathematics & General Aptitude test.
  • Negative Marking:  No marks will be deducted for incorrect answer.
  • Subjects:  The question paper will comprise of three sections, i.e. Mathematics, Drawing & General Aptitude.
  •  Qualifying Marks: Secure minimum 25% marks in MCQ portion (30 out of 120) & 25% marks in Drawing portion (20 out of 80).
PART A (90 minutes) 
General Aptitude60
PART B (90 minutes) 
Drawing Two sets in A4 size paper80

NATA Syllabus

The NATA 2018 Syllabus will consist of three sections include Mathematics, Drawing & General Aptitude.


Algebra, Logarithms, Matrices, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry, Theory of Calculus, Application of Calculus, Permutation and combination, Statistics  and Probability.

General Aptitude:

Interpretation of pictorial compositions, visualizing three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawing. Objects, textures related to architecture & built environment. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), general awareness of national/international architects and famous architectural creations. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. Mathematical  reasoning and sets & relations.

Drawing Test:

Understanding scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast. Conceptualization and visualization through structuring objects in memory. Drawing of patterns – both geometrical and abstract. Form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes.

Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms. Generating plan, elevation, and 3D views of objects. Perspective drawing, sketching of urban scape and landscape. Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory.

Registration Fee

  • The registration fee is Rs. 1250 for all category candidates.
  • Candidates can make payment through online or offline mode include debit card/credit card/net banking & e-Challan.
  • Candidates, those opt for exam city in Dubai have to pay extra examination fee of INR 7000 prior to issuance of admit card.





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