National Aptitude Test in Architecture Exam

What is NATA Exam?

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is an entrance examination conducted by Council of Architecture (CoA) since 2006, in terms of the provisions of CoA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983, published in the Gazette of India.

NATA is a national level entrance examination for admission to undergraduate courses in Architecture. It is believed that a separate aptitude test should be conducted for admission to Architecture which should not be combined with the tests for admissions to Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine and other disciplines.

The purpose of this entrance exam is to provide a single scheme of examination for holding aptitude test and to facilitate prospective students all over the country to apply for admissions in architecture seats in institutions spread across the country and to avoid appearing in multiple aptitude tests.

NATA also ensures that the eligibility criteria for admission to five years Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree course, as prescribed by CoA and duly approved by the Central Government, are strictly adhered to and followed all over the country in Architectural Institutions.

The NATA scores are used by admission authorities of different Government, Govt. Aided & Unaided schools/colleges of Architecture. This test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability.

NATA Highlights 2021

Name Of The Exam

National Aptitude Test in Architecture

Organising Body

Council of Architecture (CoA)

Exam Type


Exam Mode

Part A (Offline) & Part B (Online)

Application Mode

NATA First Test Exam Date

April 10, 2021

NATA Second Test Exam Date

June 11, 2021

Score validity 

One Year

Official Website 

Email ID

Help Desk Number

+91 9319275557 & 7303487773 (10 AM to 7 PM)

Important Points In NATA Exam

  • With an aim of attracting many aspirants for taking up Architecture study, the CoA has decided to conduct the NATA exam twice a year. 
  • The first and second test of NATA will be conducted on a different date as a one-day online examination across the country. The drawing test will be conducted in offline mode. 
  • Candidates can appear for one or both the attempts of NATA. The best of the two scores will be considered if a candidate appears for both the attempts.
  • The duration of the drawing test has been increased from 90 minutes to 120 minutes. However, the duration of the aptitude test has been reduced to one hour. 

NATA First Test 2021

The online test for the NATA first test will be conducted on April 10, 2021. The dates of other important events are given below. 

Event Date
NATA online registration starts March 5th, 2021
End of registration  March 28th, 2021 (11:59 PM)
Candidate correction window March 26th to 28th, 2021
Download of NATA admit card  April 6th, 2021
Date of examination April 10th, 2021
Publication of NATA result  April 14th, 2021

NATA Second Test 2021

The online test for the NATA Second test will be conducted on June 12, 2021. The dates of other important events are given below. 

Event Date
NATA online registration starts March 5, 2021
End of registration  May 30, 2021 (11:59 PM)
Candidate correction window May 25 to May 30, 2021
Download of NATA admit card  June 8, 2021
Date of examination July 11, 2021
Publication of NATA result  July 16, 2021

NATA Eligibility 

Candidates who are aspiring for the entrance exam need to satisfy all the eligibility criteria set by NATA authorities. Candidates must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with a minimum of 50% marks in mathematics, physics and chemistry to apply for the entrance examination. Read the detailed NATA eligibility criteria here. 

NATA Application Process 

Interested candidates can apply online only through the official website. Here are the steps for NATA online application. 

Step 1: Visit the official website of  NATA – 

Step 2: Click on the registration link on the homepage.

Step 3: Candidates will find ''Registration Form''.

Step 4: Go to the ''New Registration''.

Step 5: Enter all the mandatory fields in the online application form. 

Step 6: The application number will be generated. 

Step 7: Upload the scanned photograph and signature. 

Document Storage Size Image Dimension
    Height Width
Photograph 4 to 100 KB 4.5 cm 3.5 cm
Signature 1 to 30 KB 1.5 cm 3.5 cm

Step 8: Pay the prescribed application fee.

Step 9: Check all the details displayed on the confirmation page.

Step 10: Download and take a printout of the confirmation page for future reference.

Click here to apply online for NATA exam

NATA Application Fee 

Candidates applying for NATA have to pay the prescribed application fee through online mode. The application fee for NATA is INR 2000, which is inclusive of service fee charged by the bank. 

Category Application Fee 
General INR 2000
OBC INR 2000
SC/ST INR 1500
General (both first and second test) INR 4000
SC/ST (both first and second test) INR 3000

NATA Exam Pattern

The Council of Architecture (CoA) has made some changes in the exam pattern of NATA. It has increased the time for drawing and reduced the same for general aptitude and mathematics. Check the NATA exam pattern here. 

Part Subject Mode No of Questions Marks Duration
Part A Mathematics Online 20 20x2 = 40 60 minutes
General Aptitude Online 40 40x2 = 80
Part B Drawing Offline 2 2x40 = 80 120 minutes
Total     62 200 180 minutes (3 hours)

NATA Admit Card 2021

Candidates need to download their NATA admit card from the official website to appear for the examination. The CoA will release the admit cards two weeks prior to the examinations. The organising body will release the NATA admit card first test on April 10, 2021 and the second test on June 12, 2021. However, NATA admit card (second test) will be notified soon. 

Click here to download NATA admit card

NATA Result 2021

The Council of Architecture will declare the NATA results two weeks after the examination. The result of NATA will be available in three formats given below. 

  • Marks obtained out of 200 and in each component. 
  • Qualified / Not Qualified

NATA Syllabus 

The CoA has not made any changes to NATA exam over the years. The entrance exam will be conducted for subjects such as mathematics, general aptitude and drawing. Many believe that drawing is the most important section, but one shouldn’t ignore mathematics and general aptitude. Download the NATA syllabus here.

NATA 2021 Phase 3 Result Declared

The CoA has declared the NATA result 2021 for Phase 3 on the official portal - Candidates need to enter their user ID and password to check the NATA result 2021. 

The sources suggest that about 86% of candidates were qualified in the NATA 2021 Phase 2 exam. 

9 September 2021
NATA 2021 Result For Second Test Declared

The CoA has released the NATA result 2021 for the second test. Candidates who have appeared for the written exam held on July 11 can visit the official portal to check the results. 

One should use their login credentials such as email id and password to download NATA result 2021. As per the sources, a total of 11,538 candidates have qualified in the NATA 2021 second test.  

23 July 2021
NATA 2021 Second Test Result Date Announced

The Council of Architecture (CoA) has announced that the second test result of NATA 2021 will be declared on July 15. Candidates who have appeared for the written exams can check their NATA results 2021 on the official website. 

One should enter their email id and password to check the NATA results 2021. The qualifying marks out of 200 is 70.  


13 July 2021
NATA Admit Card 2021 Released For Second Test

The Council of Architecture (CoA) has released the NATA 2021 admit card for the second test. Candidates who have registered for the NATA 2021 exam can download the NATA admit card 2021 from July 7.

The NATA exam admit card will be available on the official website of the National Aptitude Test in Architecture - The CoA will conduct the NATA entrance exam on July 11, 2021. 

6 July 2021
NATA 2021 Second Test Registration Window To Close Today

The Council of Architecture (CoA) will close the NATA 2021 application form for the second test today, i.e., June 30. Candidates who have not yet registered can apply online through the official website.

The CoA has also provided an option to edit or make changes in the NATA application form. The admit card will be released on July 7 and the entrance exam will be held on July 17, 2021. 

30 June 2021
NATA 2021 Application Correction Window Opens
NATA 2021 Second Test Exam Date Revised
NATA Results 2021 Expected Today
NATA 2021 Result For First Test Tomorrow
NATA Answer Key 2021 Released
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