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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 2019

Name Of The Exam

National Aptitude Test in Architecture

Organising Body

Council of Architecture (CoA)

Exam Type


Exam Mode

Part A (Online) & Part B (Offline)

Application Mode

NATA First Test Exam Date

April 14, 2019

NATA Second Test Exam Date

July 7, 2019

Score validity 

One Year

Official Website 


Email ID


Help Desk Number

+91 8296744296 (9 AM to 6 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 2019 

    The online test for the NATA first test will be conducted on April 14, 2019. The dates of other important events are given below. 

    Event Date
    NATA online registration starts January 24, 2019
    End of registration  March 11, 2019 (11:59 PM)
    Candidate correction window March 12 to 15, 2019
    Download of NATA admit card  April 1, 2019
    Date of examination April 14, 2019 (10 AM to 01:15 PM)
    Publication of NATA result  May 3, 2019

    NATA Second Test 2019 

    The online test for the NATA first test will be conducted on July 7, 2019. The dates of other important events are given below.

    Event Date
    NATA online registration starts January 24, 2019
    End of registration  June 12, 2019 (11:59 PM)
    Candidate correction window June 15 to 17, 2019
    Download of NATA admit card  June 24, 2019
    Date of examination July 7, 2019 (10 AM to 01:15 PM)
    Publication of NATA result  July 21, 2019

    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 – 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
        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 2019

    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 1, 2019. However, NATA admit card (second test) will be released on June 24, 2019.  Click here to download NATA admit card

    NATA Result 2019

    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 2019

    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.

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