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
Council of Architecture (CoA)
Part A (Online) & Part B (Offline)
|NATA First Test Exam Date||
April 14, 2019
NATA Second Test Exam Date
July 7, 2019
Help Desk Number
+91 8296744296 (9 AM to 6 PM)
Important Points In NATA Exam
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.
|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.
|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|
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
|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.
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.
|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
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.
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|
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.