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 2020

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 19, 2020

NATA Second Test Exam Date

May 31, 2020

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 2020

The online test for the NATA first test will be conducted on April 19, 2020. The dates of other important events are given below. 

Event Date
NATA online registration starts February 1, 2020
End of registration  March 23, 2020 (11:59 PM)
Candidate correction window March 23, 2020
Download of NATA admit card  April 4, 2020
Date of examination April 19, 2020 (10 AM to 01:15 PM)
Publication of NATA result  May 8, 2020

NATA Second Test 2020

The online test for the NATA first test will be conducted on May 31, 2020. The dates of other important events are given below. 

Event Date
NATA online registration starts February 1, 2020
End of registration  May 4, 2020 (11:59 PM)
Candidate correction window May 9 to 11, 2020
Download of NATA admit card  May 21, 2020
Date of examination May 31, 2020 (10 AM to 01:15 PM)
Publication of NATA result  June 14, 2020

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 1800, which is inclusive of service fee charged by the bank. 

Category Application Fee 
General INR 1800
OBC INR 1800
SC/ST INR 1500
General (both first and second test) INR 3500
SC/ST (both first and second test) INR 2800

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 Test Day Schedule 

  • Report to the exam center – 8.00 AM
  • Opening gate to the examination hall – 8.30 AM
  • Registration of candidate to be completed by – 9.45 AM
  • Closing gate to the examination hall – 9.45 AM
  • Commencement of examination – 10.00 AM
  • Duration of examination – 10.00 AM to 01.15 pm

NATA Admit Card 2020

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 4, 2020. However, NATA admit card (second test) will be released on May 21, 2020. 

Click here to download NATA admit card

NATA Result 2020

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. 
  • Merit listing based on marks and tie-breaking rules. 
  • Percentile score based on merit listing.

NATA Cutoff 2020

Candidates have to score minimum marks in each subject in order to qualify in the examination. The cutoff score will depend upon the post-exam statistics. The qualifying score for NATA is given below. 

Subject Qualifying Marks Total Marks
Mathematics + General Aptitude  30 120
Drawing 20 80
Aggregate 50 200

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 2020 First & Second Test Will Be Held In August

The CoA has released an important notice regarding the exam dates of NATA 2020 first and second test. According to the official notification, NATA first test will be held on August 1, 2020. The second test of NATA 2020 will be conducted on August 29, 2020. 

Candidates are advised to visit the official website to check the revised NATA brochure which will be uploaded shortly on the website of the Council. The correction window for the tests will be available soon. 

20 May 2020
Last Day For NATA 2020 Online Correction Facility

Council of Architecture (COA) is all set to close the online application form correction facility for the candidates who have registered for the second attempt of NATA 2020. the registered candidates can make the corrections till May 11 (11:59 PM).

Candidates can make changes using their credentials. One should note that the second attempt of NATA 2020 has been postponed due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). It is advised to check the new exam dates on the official website. NATA is conducted for admission to B.Arch courses in the country.  


11 May 2020
NATA 2020 First Test Registration To Close On March 23

The CoA has extended the last date to submit the NATA 2020 First Test application form. Interested candidates who have not yet registered for the exam can apply online till March 23, 2020.

One can pay online until March 27, 2020. The online correction facility will be from March 28 and 30, 2020. The admit card will be available from April 8 onwards. The exam date is April 19, 2020. The declaration of the result is on May 8, 2020. 

18 March 2020
NATA 2020 Registration Process Started

The online application process started for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) 2020. Interested candidates who are aiming for a career in Architecture can register for the NATA 2020 exam on the official website. 

The NATA test will be held twice a year. The application process for the first test will conclude on March 16. The registration process for NATA second test will end on May 4, 2020. 

The sources suggest that the first test will be held on April 19, 2020. The second test is scheduled for May 31, 2020. The admit cards will be available 10 days before the exam date. The result will be released after two weeks. 

3 February 2020
CoA Declared NATA July Result 2019

The Council of Architecture (CoA) has released the result for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) July examination. Candidates who have appeared for the exam on July 7 can visit the official website to access the NATA result. 

Candidates should use their application number and password to access the NATA result. According to the official sources, a total of 35,748 students registered for the NATA April exam. The total number of students who qualified the NATA April exam is 27,232. Out of 35,651 students registered for the July exam, only 18,126 appeared for the test. As many as 14,589 cleared the July exam. 

Click here for NATA result 2019

The Council also mentioned that the July exam result was announced much before the due date. The qualified candidates are now eligible to take admission to the five-year B.Arch degree course.

19 July 2019
NATA Answer Key For July 2019 Exam Released
NATA April 2019 Exam Result Announced
Explore NATA (April) 2019 Answer Key
NATA (April) 2019 Admit Card Released
NATA 2019: First Test Registration To End On March 11
Online Registration Starts For NATA 2019
NATA To Be Conducted Twice A Year: CoA
NATA 2019 Exam Details
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