NATA - National Aptitude Test in Architecture
The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is a test that evaluates a candidate's aptitude to study architecture. Any student who plans to take admission to a Bachelors in Architecture (B.Arch.) course offered by any institute/college of architecture in India (including government, government-aided, private unaided, university departments, deemed universities), should take the NATA.
The NATA is conducted by the Council of Architecture, which is an autonomous statutory body of the government of India and is the competent and final authority that fixes the norms and standards for the architectural institutions. It has the necessary expertise to hold a common aptitude test in architecture at the national level.
NATA would be conducted in all major cities of India. This test will be conducted for one day and it will be a Paper-based test.
Students can appear for NATA Examination tentatively on April 2022(tentative) until further update from the designated test centres. Candidates should register well in advance as the appointments for the test are made on a first come, first served basis. Other important dates such as admit card release date, date of publication of results etc can be found here.
A candidate is eligible to appear for NATA after clearing the class 10 exam (or equivalent). However, in order to apply for a B.Arch. course, the candidate should have cleared the 10+2 exam (or equivalent) with at least 50 percent marks and with mathematics as one of the subjects.
The NATA test fee of Rs.1250 (Rupees one thousand two hundred and fifty only) has to be paid through online mode. After the candidate successfully uploads all the personal documents and details, the candidate will be automatically redirected to a web page containing process of payment of application fee through the options such as (i) Payment through EPG and (ii) Payment through ICICI bank e-challan. Service charges will be applicable and would be paid along with the fees at the bank.
The Application form has to be filled up online at the portal of NATA www.nata.nic.in. Attempts are being made to incorporate 'ICICI Bank e-challan' as another payment option. The application fee will be submitted through ICICI Bank after selecting the option 'ICICI Bank e-challan'. The e-challan will get generated and the candidate can now take a printout of the e-challan at the nearest Core Banking Service facility for making the payment. After that, the candidate has to login to the system and upload all the details mentioned in the e-challan such as Journal No, Branch name, Date etc. The confirmation page will now get generated after uploading all the payment details.
Candidates can also pay the application fee via 'Payment of fee using EPG services' which is a mode of electronic payment via debit card, credit card or net banking. Candidate will be able to take a print out of the final confirmation page after payment of the fee.
The exam pattern for NATA consists of 3 subjects. They are Mathematics, General Aptitude Test and Drawing.
Distribution of Marks
Mathematics (20 Questions)
20 x 2
General Aptitude Test
40 x 2
Drawing (2 Questions)
2 x 40
A candidate planning to apply to any architecture college must score at least 40 percent in NATA (at least 80/200) to be eligible for admission to the B.Arch. course, according to the Council of Architecture admission guidelines.
Scoring process for the drawing test: A panel of three examiners will independently review each answer and the average of the marks they award to each answer will be considered. In this section, a candidate's drawing, imagination and observation skills along with his sense of proportion, perspective, sense for colour and composition will be evaluated.
Scoring process for the aesthetic sensitivity test: This computer-based test has adaptive testing, where the difficulty level of the questions would change according the candidate's ability level. When a correct answer is given, the next question would be more difficult, whereas if a wrong answer is given the next question would be easier. The final score would depend on the average difficulty level of all the questions and of those questions answered correctly. For example, a candidate with correct answers for a lesser number of higher difficulty questions may score more marks than a candidate with a higher number of correct answers for less difficult questions.
The NATA 2022 result will be tentatively published by May 2022 and the July 2022 (tentative) score card can be accessed online on the NATA website.
Before the results get published, the response sheet of every candidate will be uploaded on the website along with subject wise marks secured. The result will be available in three formats i) Marks secured out of 200 in each component (ii) Merit listing based on marks and tie breaking rules and (iii) Percentile score based on Merit listing.
A candidate's original score card can be retrieved by any admission authority directly from the NATA server. Only the score card stored on the NATA server is considered valid and no print/hard copy will be considered valid. However, if an admission authority asks for it, the candidate can use the printout of the score card while applying.
A candidate's NATA score is retained for two years from the date of the test last taken.
NATA Contact Details
Council Of Architecture (COA)
(A Statutory Autonomous Body of Government of India under the Architects Act, 1972)
India Habitat Centre, Core 6-A, 1st Floor, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003
Tel :011-24648415, 24654172,
Fax : 011-2464774
National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA)
CDSA Campus, Survey no. 58 & 49/4, Bavdhan Khurd, Paud-Pirangut Road,
(Before Ambrosia Resort; Off Chandni Chowk)
Pune – 411021
Telephone: 020-6573-1088 (10am - 4pm)
Email : [email protected], [email protected]