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

August 29, 2020

NATA Second Test Exam Date

September 12, 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 August 29, 2020. The dates of other important events are given below. 

Event Date
NATA online registration starts July 25, 2020
End of registration  August 12, 2020 (11:59 PM)
Candidate correction window August 5 & 12, 2020
Download of NATA admit card  August 24, 2020
Date of examination August 29, 2020 (10 AM 12 Noon & 12:30 PM to 02:30 PM)
Publication of NATA result  September 03, 2020

NATA Second Test 2020

The online test for the NATA Second test will be conducted on September 12, 2020. The dates of other important events are given below. 

Event Date
NATA online registration starts February 1, 2020
End of registration  September 4, 2020
Candidate correction window August 30 to September 4, 2020
Download of NATA admit card  September 9, 2020
Date of examination September 12, 2020
Publication of NATA result  September 17, 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 2000, which is inclusive of service fee charged by the bank. 

Category Application Fee 
General INR 2000
OBC INR 2000
SC/ST INR 1700
General (both first and second test) INR 3800
SC/ST (both first and second test) INR 3100

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 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 August 22 and the second test on September 9, 2020. However, NATA admit card (second test) will be notified soon. 

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 2021 Brochure Released

The CoA has released the NATA 2021 Brochure. Candidates who are aspiring for the exam can check the official website to download the NATA Brochure. 

The NATA entrance exams will be held twice on April 10 and June 12, 2021. The online registration of NATA 2021 will begin on March 5. Candidates can apply online till March 28. The last date to apply for the second test is May 30, 2021. 

4 March 2021
NATA 2021 Test 1 Exam Dates Announced

The Council of Architecture (CoA) has released the NATA 2021 exam dates for both tests. As per the reports, NATA exam dates 2021 for test 1 and test 2 announced.

NATA Test 1 Exam Date - April 10, 2021 

NATA Test 1 Exam Date - June 12, 2021 

The CoA is likely to release the official brochure of NATA 2021 with all important dates soon. 

27 February 2021
NATA Second Test Result 2020 Declared

The CoA has released the NATA second test result 2020. It has conducted the exam on September 12, 2020. Candidates should login to their account to check the NATA result and download the score card. The score card is valid for one year. 

Click Here For NATA Result 2020

A total of 30,999 aspirants registered for the NATA Second Test, out of which a total of 22,289 (71.9%) candidates have appeared for the NATA 2020 second session exam.

19 September 2020
NATA 2020 Result To Be Released Soon

The Council of Architecture (CoA) is all set to release the NATA result 2020 for the first attempt. The sources suggest that NATA result will be declared tomorrow, i.e., September 3.

Candidates who have appeared for the written exam can visit the official website to check the result. One should use their login credentials to check the NATA result.  The qualified candidates will be eligible for admission in B.Arch courses across the institutes in the country. 

NATA 2020 second attempt will be conducted on September 12. The admit card will be issued on September 9 and the result will be released on September 17.

2 September 2020
NATA 2020 Second Test To Be Held On September 12

The Council of Architecture (CoA) has announced the exam date of NATA 2020 second test. The sources confirm that the NATA 2020 exam will be held on September 12. Candidates who have registered for the NATA exam can visit the official site to check the details. 


The NATA 2020 registration window for the second test will remain open until September 4. One can take the exam based on their choice - exam centre or home. 

The admit card for the second test will be released on September 9 and the result will be released on September 17, 2020. 

27 August 2020
NATA Admit Card 2020 Released
NATA 2020 Application Deadline Till August 16
NATA 2020 Eligibility Criteria Relaxed
NATA 2020 Exam To Be Held On August 29
NATA 2020 First & Second Test Will Be Held In August
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