NATA 2018 - The National Aptitude Test in Architecture or NATA will be conducted by Council of Architecture (COA) on April 29. The examination is conducted for admission to 5-year B.Arch. degree course across all universities and colleges in the country to test the mathematical, general aptitude and drawing skills of Architecture aspirants. Candidates can fill the application form of NATA 2018 from January 18, 2018. In the application form of NATA 2018, candidates will have to provide their personal details which include their name, contact number, address etc. and their academic details like educational qualification, class X and XII scores etc. It should be noted that candidates have to submit the NATA 2018 application form along with the application fee of Rs 1800 (Rs. 1500 for SC/ST category) in online mode. NATA application form will not be accepted without the application fee. The admission procedure of NATA 2018 strictly adheres to the eligibility criteria as prescribed by COA and approved by Central Government, which is mandatory for candidates to follow before applying for the exam. The question paper of NATA 2018 will be divided into 2 sections – one for Mathematics and General Aptitude and other for Drawing. Candidates will be given 3 hours to complete the exam. To know all the details like eligibility criteria, application form, admit card, participating institutes and result of NATA 2018, read through.
Latest: Candidates can fill the NATA application form 2018 till March 2, 2018. The NATA 2018 Mock Test is now available for practice
Quick Facts about NATA
Name of exam
National Aptitude Test in Architecture
Council of Architecture (COA)
Admission to 5-year B.Arch. Degree Course
Pen and Paper based exam
Score/ Grade Validity
Only for admission in 2018-19
Number of Papers
1 with 2 sections
Bachelor's degree level knowledge of the respective engineering discipline or master's degree level knowledge of the chosen science discipline.
Type of Paper
Pen and Paper
Frequency of Test
Once every year
136 in total – 135 in India, 1 in abroad
Number of Questions
Distribution of the Questions
60 questions in Part-1 & 2 questions in Part-2
Rs 1800 (Rs. 1500 for SC/ST Category)
Reservation of Seats
NATA does not have reservation except for the fact that blind people are debarred from taking up the exam.
What's New in NATA 2018
The application fee for General Category has been raised to Rs. 1800 (inclusive of all taxes). Relaxation is provided to SC/ST category candidates as they will have to pay Rs. 1500 as application fee.
Candidates who will be selecting Dubai as their exam centre will have to pay an additional fee of Rs. 8000. Therefore, the total fee to be paid is Rs. 9800 (Rs. 1800 + Rs. 8000)
- The candidates will now be able to pay the application fee online through State Bank of India/Bill Desk payment gateway (debit card/credit card/net banking).
The exam centres of NATA 2018 has been increased to 136 centres - 135 in India and 1 abroad.
Aadhaar Card number has been made mandatory for registrations.
The important dates of NATA 2018 will help the candidates keep a track of all the important events related to the exam. Candidates can check all the important dates of NATA 2018 from the table given below.
NATA 2018 Important Dates
Start date of NATA 2018 Application Form online
January 18, 2018
End date of NATA 2018 Application Form online
March 2, 2018
End date of uploading of image
Fourth week of February 2018 (Tentative)
End date of fee payment
Fourth week of February 2018 (Tentative)
End date of Confirmation Page printing
Fourth week of February 2018 (Tentative)
Date for candidate correction window along with uploading of correct testimonials
March 2018 (Tentative)
Availability of NATA 2018 Admit Card
April 2, 2018
April 29, 2018 (10:30 AM to 1:30 PM)
Availability of NATA 2018 OMR Sheets
Third week of May 2018 (Tentative)
Availability of NATA 2018 Answer Key
Third week of May 2018 (Tentative)
NATA Result 2018
June 1, 2018
Candidates planning to appear in NATA 2018 are required to check the eligibility criteria of the exam before applying for it. The eligibility criteria of NATA 2018 includes age limit, qualifying exam and marks etc. If a candidate is found not adhering to NATA 2018 eligibility criteria, then the application form of such a candidate will not be accepted.
The parameters for NATA eligibility criteria 2018 are:
Candidates appearing in NATA 2018 should have attained 17 years of age as on July 31, 2018.
Note: During any stage of NATA examination or admission, if a candidate is found under age i.e. below 17 years on the above-mentioned date or otherwise ineligible, then his or her NATA 2018 score will become void.
NATA 2018 aspirants must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the compulsory subjects. This applies to candidates appearing in 10+2 or equivalent examination in 2018.
Candidates who have passed or appearing for 10+3 Diploma from any stream recognized by Central/ State Govts with Mathematics as one of the compulsory subjects.
Candidates who have passed or appeared in International Baccalaureate Diploma after 10 years of Schooling with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination.
Qualifying Exam Marks:
Candidates need to have minimum marks in their respective qualifying exams to be eligible for NATA 2018.
It is mandatory for candidates to have secured 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects.
Candidates pursuing or have completed 10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognized by Central/State Govts need 50% aggregate marks with Mathematics to be NATA 2018 eligible.
Candidates appearing or have cleared International Baccalaureate Diploma after 10 years of Schooling with 50% marks in aggregate and with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination need 50% marks in aggregate with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination.
Number of Attempts:
The scores of NATA 2018 will be taken into consideration only for admission to B.Arch. course in 2018-19.
B.Arch. Admission 2018
Candidates can get admission to B.Arch. course by qualifying a recognized aptitude test in Architecture (NATA or equivalent) in 2018 or have qualified in NATA 2017.
Candidates should note that qualifying NATA 2018 exam does not constitute a right or guarantee in favour of the candidate for his or her admission to any Architecture course unless he or she has prescribed requirements as specified by respective counselling and admission authorities.
It is also important to note that no direct lateral admission or entry is allowed at any year/ stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification.
The authorities of the entrance exam have released the NATA 2018 application form for the candidates in online mode on January 18, 2018. Candidates will have to first register before filling the application form of NATA 2018 because without registration, candidates will not be able to fill the application form.
After submitting all the necessary details in the application form, candidates will have to upload the image and documents required and pay the application fees.
Once the payment is done, candidates will have to download the application form of NATA 2018 and take a printout of the confirmation page of the submitted form.
NATA 2018 Application Fees
For General candidates, the application fees is Rs 1800 (inclusive of service fee)
For SC/ST candidates, the application fees is Rs 1500 (inclusive of service fee)
Candidates appearing for the exam in Dubai will have to pay Rs. 9800 (1800 + 8000 [additional fees])
Mode of Application Fee for NATA 2018
Candidates can make the payment of application fees through State Bank of India/Bill Desk payment gateway (debit card/credit card/net banking)
Candidates will have to choose from the prescribed list of NATA 2018 exam centres according to their preference and enter the same in the application form of NATA 2018. The admit card of NATA 2018 will have the name and complete address of the allotted NATA exam centre 2018. It is advisable for candidates to visit the allotted exam centre of NATA 2018 a day or two before the exam, to avoid the hassle and last-minute delays. NATA 2018 will be conducted at 136 exam centres – 135 in India and 1 will be outside the country.
Candidates of NATA 2018 are advised to follow the exam pattern to appear well prepared and confident for the same. The exam pattern of NATA 2018 informs about the type, number, pattern and marking scheme of the question paper.
The question paper of NATA 2018 will be divided into 2 sections – one includes Mathematics and General Aptitude and second includes Drawing.
The entrance exam of NATA 2018 will be held in offline mode for 3 hours (180 minutes). The first 90 minutes would be for Mathematics and General Aptitude and remaining 90 minutes for Drawing.
The Mathematics will have 20 questions and General Aptitude will have 40 questions. The Drawing section will have 2 questions of 40 marks each.
NATA 2018 will not have negative marking.
The syllabus of NATA 2018 has been prescribed by Council of Architecture for candidates who will appear in the exam. NATA 2018 syllabus includes topics and chapters from which the question paper of the exam will be made. NATA syllabus 2018 has been given in brief below:
NATA 2018 Syllabus for Mathematics:
3 Dimensional Coordinate Geometry
Theory of Calculus
Application of Calculus
Permutation and Combination
Statistics and Probability
NATA 2018 Syllabus for General Aptitude:
Visualising different sides of 3D objects
Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment
Sets and Relations
NATA 2018 Syllabus for Drawing Test:
Conceptualization and visualisation
Drawing of patterns - both geometrical and abstract
NATA Sample Papers 2018
The sample papers of NATA 2018 will help the candidates have an idea about the type, pattern and number of questions that will be asked in the exam. Candidates are required to refer to NATA 2018 sample papers to be familiar with the topics and chapters that will be covered in the entrance exam. This way they will help themselves feel prepared and fearless to face the question paper. NATA sample papers 2018 will also help candidates by bringing in their shortcomings in front of them and increasing their speed, efficiency and time management skills. It is advised that candidates must practice NATA 2018 sample papers in abundance before appearing in the exam.
The mock test of NATA 2018 has been made available for all interested candidates by the admission committee. The candidates can access and attempt the mock test to prepare and know the examination pattern of NATA 2018. The duration of the mock test will be of 180 minutes and the candidates will have to answer each question by selecting the correct response. The candidates will also be able to navigate through the sections. The option of "Mark for Review" will also be provided for the candidates in the mock test. Using the NATA 2018 mock test, the candidates will be able to know the type of questions which may come in the examination along with the paper pattern. Time management can also be learned through the mock test.
The admit card of NATA 2018 will be released by the authorities on April 2, 2018 in online mode. Only those candidates whose application form will be submitted successfully will be able to download the admit card. NATA 2018 admit card will have the following things mentioned over it – candidates' name, roll number, exam name, date, time, allotted centre with complete address, photograph and signature. It is advised that candidates check all the details carefully before downloading the admit card and take a print out of the same. In case of any discrepancies, candidates must immediately contact the concerned authorities and get it rectified before appearing in the exam. Candidates must retain the admit card of NATA 2018 till the admission procedure gets over.
The Council of Architecture will publish the response sheet and answer key of NATA 2018 for all candidates who appeared in the exam. NATA 2018 answer key will be released for candidates to verify their answers they have written in the exam with the ones provided by the experts in the official answer key. This verification of answers will help the candidates to calculate their scores in the entrance exam. Candidates will also be able to estimate their ranks using NATA answer key 2018 and hence foresee their chances of admission. If not satisfied with the responses given in NATA 2018 answer key, candidates can claim correction from the authorities within the stipulated time period.
NATA Cutoff 2018
The cutoff of NATA 2018 will not be provided by Council of Architecture officially because every institute offering B.Arch. Programme and admission on the basis of NATA scores releases its own cutoff for candidates. NATA 2018 cutoff will be basically the minimum marks required for admission in that particular institute and therefore it varies from institute to institute depending on certain factors like the number of seats in the institute, difficulty level of the exam, previous year's cutoff trends etc. Candidate, if scores less than NATA cutoff 2018 in the entrance exam will be denied admission in the institute to their B.Arch. Programme.
For candidates who will appear in NATA 2018 exam, the result will be announced by Council of Architecture (COA) on June 1, 2018 in three formats:
Marks obtained out of 200 and in each component.
Merit listing – unique based on marks and tie-breaking rules.
Percentile score based on the merit listing.
Candidates will be considered as qualified for NATA 2018 only if he or she fulfils all three conditions mentioned below:
Minimum 25% must be secured in MCQ portion (30 out of 120)
Minimum 25% must be secured in Drawing portion (20 out of 80)
Overall qualifying marks (out of 200) would be based on post-exam statistics and at the discretion of the Council.
Note: An attempt will be made to normalize scores (with respect to NATA 2018) the scores of NATA 2018 qualified candidates seeking admission in the session 2018-19 in order to specify their position in order of merit for counselling purposes. Such guidelines would be based on statistical analysis and the Council’s decision would be final in this regard.
NATA Score Card 2018
After checking the NATA 2018 result, candidates will be able to download the score card of the exam. The exam conducting body of NATA will not dispatch the score card of NATA 2018 by any means except online. Candidates are required to take a print out of their NATA result or score card as it will be required during admissions to apply for various B.Arch programmes offered by the various universities and colleges. Candidates will be able to download their NATA 2018 score card from this page as and when it will be released.
There is no common counselling for NATA 2018 for the qualified candidates for the exam, however, most states and universities will conduct their own NATA 2018 counselling for admission to their B.Arch course. Candidates will have to apply to their preferred college to attend the counselling of NATA 2018 and take the admission procedure further.
Institutes accepting NATA 2018 scores
These institutes offer B.Arch. Programme and accept admission on the basis of NATA score 2018.
Institutes accepting NATA scores
Angel Valley School of Architecture, Chhattisgarh
Faculty of Architecture, College of Engineering, Andhra Pradesh
Institute of Architecture, Gujarat
College of Architecture, Vastu Kala Academy, New Delhi
College of Architecture, Holy Mary Institute of Technology & Sciences, Andhra Pradesh