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.
|Name Of The Exam||
National Aptitude Test in Architecture
Council of Architecture (CoA)
Part A (Offline) & Part B (Online)
|NATA First Test Exam Date||
April 19, 2020
NATA Second Test Exam Date
May 31, 2020
Help Desk Number
+91 9319275557 & 7303487773 (10 AM to 7 PM)
The online test for the NATA first test will be conducted on April 19, 2020. The dates of other important events are given below.
|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|
The online test for the NATA first test will be conducted on May 31, 2020. The dates of other important events are given below.
|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|
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.
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 – www.nata.in
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|
|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.
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.
|General (both first and second test)||INR 3500|
|SC/ST (both first and second test)||INR 2800|
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)|
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.
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.
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|
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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