NATA 2019
Manashjyoti, 03 Dec 2018

NATA 2019 -The Council of Architecture (COA) will conduct NATA 2019 twice this year - the 1st attempt will be held around mid-April and second around 1st week of July; previously the exam was conducted once a year. Also, diploma candidates won't be eligible to appear in NATA 2019, as eligibility criteria have been changed by making pass in 10+2 with physics, chemistry and mathematics mandatory. NATA 2019 question paper has two parts - Part A includes multiple choice questions (from mathematics and general aptitude subjects) and have to be answered in online mode. The drawing-based Part B have to be answered on A4 size papers. Online application form of NATA 2019 for April attempt will open around 3rd week of January. The result of NATA 2019 will be declared around 1st week of June, in the form of score cards. To qualify in NATA, candidates must score minimum 25% marks in MCQ and Drawing portions, and score equal to or more than overall qualifying marks (out of 200) which will be decided post exam. Candidates who qualify in NATA 2019 will be eligible for admission in recognized Architectural Institutions across the country.

A brief synopsis of NATA 2019:



Name of exam

National Aptitude Test in Architecture



Conducting Institute

Council of Architecture (COA)


NATA Scores are used for admission to 5 year B.Arch. Degree Course at all recognized institutes in the country

Exam Type

  • Part A – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) that have to be answered Online 

  • Part B – Answers have to be entered on A4 Size drawing sheets (Offline)

Exam Duration

3 hours

Number of Questions

Total 62 questions are asked. Part-wise breakup:

  • Part A – 60 questions

  • Part B – 2 questions

Total Marks


Negative Marking




Validity of NATA scores

Scores valid for One year only.

Frequency of Test

Conducted once every year

CounsellingUntil the previous session, COA didn't conduct any counselling and candidates had to apply directly to participating institutes based on NATA 2019 scores. However, from current session, there are plans to conduct a national-level centralized counselling.

In cetralized counselling, candidates don't have to apply separately to participating institutes. Centralized counselling will also reduce wastage of seats, as vacant seats in an institute will be offered to other state candidates after accommodating local candidates.

What is new in NATA 2019?

  • The exam will now be conducted twice a year - once in April and then in July.
  • From the academic session 2019-20, diploma candidates are no longer eligible for admission to architecture program. The MHRD has mandated that candidates need to pass 10+2 exam with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics scoring 50% marks in the three subjects and also in aggregate.
  • Previously, engineering diploma candidates who have passed under 10+3 scheme were eligible.
  • The Council of Architecture (COA) has written to MHRD to review its decision on minimum academic eligibility, and requested it to allow diploma candidates (10+3) with mathematics. It has argued diploma candidates are taught many subjects that are relevant to engineering degree courses. Also, suddenly making the diploma candidates ineligible will adversely impact their careers. 
  • So far the MHRD has not agreed to the request. If it changes its decision, it will be updated on this article.
  • COA is also planning to increase time allotment for drawing test, while reducing it for aptitude and mathematics test.
  • Additionally, there are plans to conduct centralized counselling.

NATA Important Dates 2019

The calendar of events related to the exam are covered in the NATA 2019 important dates, including start of application form to date of exam to counselling schedule. NATA important dates 2019 given in the table below are indicative only, and will be updated once the official notification is published. 

Important dates of NATA 2019





Start of NATA 2019 Application Form

3rd week of January, 2019


Last date to submit application

Last week of March, 2019


Issue of Admit Card

3rd week of April, 2019


NATA 2019 Exam

Last week of April, 2019


Release of NATA 2019 recorded responses

3rd week of May, 2019


Declaration of Result

1st week of June, 2019

NATA Eligibility Criteria 2019

The eligibility criteria of NATA 2019 includes the list of conditions that candidates need to meet in order to be considered for admission to B.Arch. Course. Any candidate who doesn’t meet prescribed NATA 2018 eligibility criteria won’t be considered for admission even if he/she qualifies in the exam. The candidate should therefore ensure they meet all prescribed NATA 2019 eligibility criteria before filling the application.

A Summary of NATA 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  • Background: The candidate must have either passed/appearing in 10+2.

  • Minimum marks: The candidate must have scored minimum 50% marks in aggregate in physic, chemistry and mathematics. Further, the candidate needs to score minimum 50% aggregate marks in the qualifying exam.

  • Age limit: The candidate must be minimum 17 years of age as on July 31, 2019.

It must be clarified here that meeting the eligibility criteria is only the first stage of the admission process, as the candidate has to next qualify in NATA 2019 entrance exam. Admission to B.Arch course will then be based on NATA scores. 

NATA Application Form 2019

Admission authorities will release application form of NATA 2018 in online mode tentatively in 3rd week of January. The first stage of filling NATA 2019 is registration, during which one has to enter details like name, valid email id and mobile number. Post successful registration, fill relevant sections of the form, upload documents, and pay the application fee. Only correct details should be entered for filling the NATA application form 2019, as each detail will be thoroughly verified; if discrepancies are found, the candidate may be barred from admission.

Steps to fill NATA 2019 application form

  • Step 1 – Registration: The candidate has to get registered using details like valid email id, mobile number, date of birth, and user name. The candidate will also be required to choose a user-name and create password for future log-ins.

  • Step 2 – Log-in to account to fill application form: After logging in, candidates have to enter their personal, communication, and academic details. The exam centres (three options have to be chosen) also have to be chosen in this step.

  • Step 3 – Uploading of document: In this step, the candidate has to upload their photograph, signature and community certificate (if admission is sought under reserved category). The uploaded documents have to meet the specifications outlined in the table below.


File Size




4-100 KB

4.5*3.5 cm



1-30 KB

1.5*3.5 cm


Community certificate (only by SC/ST candidates)

Up to 1 MB

A4 Size



  • Step 4 – Submission of form: After uploading the documents, the candidate has to submit the application form, upon which a 7-digit application number will be generated. Please note that once the application is submitted, it cannot be edited any further.

  • Step 5 – Payment of application fee: In the penultimate step, application fee of Rs. 1800 ( Rs. 1500 for SC/ST candidates) has to be paid. The fee can be paid online using credit card, debit card, or net banking. 

  • Step 6 – Printing of confirmation page: If the payment is successful, the application confirmation page will be displayed. The candidate needs to download and take a printout of it.

NATA Exam Centres 2019

At time of filling the application form, the candidate has to compulsorily choose three exam centres in the order of priority. Last year the exam was conducted in 136 centres – of these 135 were in India, and remaining 1 in Dubai. The list of NATA exam centres 2019 will be updated on this page once it is announced. Details relating to the exam centre of NATA 2019 allotted to the candidate will be mentioned on the admit card, including address of the exam centre.

NATA Exam Pattern 2019

When preparing for the national-level exam, it is important that the candidate is aware of the exam pattern of  NATA 2019. It is because by going through the NATA exam pattern 2019, the candidate will get to know many important facets of the exam including types of questions asked, mode of the exam, and marking scheme. Also, this session there are plans in plans to change the exam pattern. 

Some of the highlights of NATA 2019 Exam Pattern 

  • Number of papers: Candidates will have to appear in one paper consisting of two parts: Part A and Part B

  • Types of Questions asked and Mode of exam – The question type and mode is different for each part.

  1. Part A: This part will include multiple choice questions only which have ton be answered online. Part A will have 60 questions from Mathematics and General Aptitude sections.

  2. Part B: Subjective questions will be asked in this part which have to be answered on A4 Size drawing sheets (offline). This part will have two questions only (Drawing-based).

  • Marking scheme: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) each carry 2 marks. The two questions in Part B each carries 40 marks. 

  • Duration: Each part will be of 90 minutes, and the total duration will be 180 minutes (3 hours)

NATA Syllabus 2019

Candidates must follow the official syllabus of NATA 2019 released by Council of Architecture for exam preparation. The NATA 2019 syllabus will include the topics covered in both Part A and Part B. In case of Part A, the syllabus includes section-wise topics for Mathematics and General Aptitude.

NATA 2019 Syllabus




Part A


Logarithms, Algebra, Matrices, Trigonometry,

Coordinate Geometry, 3 Dimensional Coordinate Geometry, Theory of Calculus, Application of Calculus, Permutation and Combination,

Statistics and Probability

General Aptitude

Visualising different sides of 3D objects, Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment,

Mathematical Reasoning, Sets and Relations

Part B -Drawing Test


Conceptualization and visualisation, Drawing of patterns - both geometrical and abstract

NATA Mock Test 2019

The exam conducting authorities will arrange for a mock test of NATA 2019 before the exam so that candidates get familiar with the functionalities of the online exam. The NATA 2019 mock test will be designed along the lines of the online test, so candidates can use it for practice and also check out how the exam is laid out. The NATA mock test 2019 will include a question palette on the right hand corner of the screen indicating the status of questions – answered, unanswered, marked for review. To navigate between sections and parts, the candidate simply needs to click on that section or part.

NATA Admit Card 2019

The admit card of NATA 2019 will be released in online mode around the 3rd week of April. The NATA 2019 admit card is an important document that is required not only for sitting in the entrance exam, but also completing other admission formalities. The NATA admit card 2019 will be able in downloadable pfd format an can be downloaded by logging into the admit card download portal. But before downloading the admit card, the candidate needs to ensure the details mentioned on it are correct, or else the candidate must approach CoA authorities immediately.

How to download NATA 2019 admit card

  • Click on admit card download link (will be updated here once it is available)

  • Log-in to the portal using using NATA 2019 application number and date of birth

  • After logging in, the candidate has to select 'National Aptitude Test in Architecture' option

  • Click on the “Download” button to download the admit card.

NATA Answer Key 2019

Candidates who appear in the exam will be able to check their answers using the answer key of NATA 2019. After comparing the answers, the candidate will also be able to calculate probable scores by following the marking scheme of the exam, and thus assess their chances of getting admission. It may be noted that the Council of Architecture usually releases the NATA 2019 answer key only for Part A. To download the answer key of NATA 2019, the candidate has to log-in using their application number and password.

NATA Result 2019

The result of NATA 2019 will be declared by COA tentatively around the 1st week of June. The NATA 2019 result will include the (overall) qualifying cutoff, and also subject-wise minimum marks for qualification. To qualify in the exam, the candidate needs to score minimum 25% marks in both MCQ and Drawing portions. The overall qualifying marks (which is out of 200), however, would be decided by the Council after examining post-exam statistics. Unless a candidate meets all the three conditions, the candidate will be deemed unqualified.

How to check NATA 2019 Result

  • Go to the result portal

  • Log-in using applications sequence number and date of birth

  • Upon successful log-in, the result would be displayed on screen. Download and take a printout of the result.

NATA Score Card 2019

Candidates who have appeared in the exam will be able to download the score card of NATA 2019 when results are declared. The NATA 2019 score card would include details like paper-wise marks obtained by the candidate, total marks, and also the qualifying status. Additional details include – name of the candidate, gender, DOB, category, application and roll number. Candidates must remember that the NATA 2019 score card will be valid for the academic session 2019-20.

NATA Cutoff 2019

To qualify in the exam, the candidate needs to meet the minimum subject-wise and overall NATA 2019 cutoff marks as prescribed by the Council. While the NATA cutoff 2018 for MCQ portion and Drawing portion have been fixed, the overall qualifying cutoff though is decide post exam. Candidates are required to meet the cutoff of NATA 2019 for all three conditions individually to qualify in the exam.

It is important for candidates to make a distinction between the qualifying cutoff and the admission cutoff, which is considered to be the minimum marks required for admission. The admission NATA 2019 cutoff is determined based on parameters like number of seats available in the institute the candidate has sought admission at, applications received, and also category of the candidate.

NATA 2019 Qualifying Cut off


Qualifying Marks

Total Marks








Will be determined by COA based on post-exam statistics


NATA 2019 Counselling

While COA is the exam conducting authority, it will not conduct any common counselling for candidates who qualify in the exam. Instead, participating institutes and others that use NATA scores for admission will have their own unique counselling processes. So, after declaration of NATA results, the candidates needs to fill counselling forms of their favorite institutes where they plan to get admission.

Institutes accepting NATA 2019 scores

All recognized institutes in the country use NATA scores for admission to B.Arch. course. A few institutes that will use NATA score 2019 for admission have been listed below.

Some institutes that accept NATA scores for admission

S. No



School of Architecture, CSI Institute of Technology, Andhra Pradesh


Guwahati College of Architecture, Assam


Angel Valley School of Architecture, Chhattisgarh


Faculty of Architecture, College of Engineering, Andhra Pradesh


Institute of Architecture, Gujarat


Dignity College of Architecture, Chhattisgarh


S.A.R. College of Architecture, Andhra Pradesh


College of Architecture, Vastu Kala Academy, New Delhi


College of Architecture, Holy Mary Institute of Technology & Sciences, Andhra Pradesh


Sri Venkateswara College of Architecture, Hyderabad

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