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Students who want to take admission in B.Arch have option of taking admission either through NATA or JEE Main Paper 2. Both NATA and JEE Main Paper 2 are conducted for offering admission in B.Arch course. The disparity lies in participating colleges in NATA and JEE Main Paper 2. Students can choose to go with anyone among NATA or JEE Main Paper 2 for taking admission in B.Arch depending on the college for which admission is desired. National Architecture Aptitude Test or NATA is conducted by Council of Architecture (CoA) whereas JEE Main Paper 2 is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA). JEE Main Paper 2 opens the door to NITs and GFTIs offering B.Arch course whereas admission in colleges like SPA Delhi and CEPT University Ahmedabad is offered through NATA. Since both the exam are alike in pattern and objective, is there any difference as to eligibility criteria, Which test should you take, What is the syllabus, exam pattern and eligibility criteria? Careers360 brings to you an elaborative guide to help you decide which way to go, NATA or JEE Main Paper 2
Students who want to take admission in B.Arch have choice of taking admission either through NATA or JEE Paper 2. Since both the exam have almost same exam pattern and difficulty level, selecting one among the two becomes dependent on college for which the admission is desired. There are different set of colleges which take admission through NATA and JEE Main Paper 2.
If we look at the two exams, National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is an specialized test meant to test the aptitude of candidates specifically for studying architecture. Questions in NATA are made to test drawing observational skills, aesthetic sensitivity, mathematics and critical thinking ability of students. JEE Main Paper 2 is developed in such as to check the aptitude of prospective students in drawing, mathematics and basic aptitude of student. Students can find the basic difference in NATA and JEE Main Paper 2 in below mentioned table
JEE Main Paper 2
NATA will be held twice a year from 2019 with first phase of NATA to be held in April whereas second phase will be held in July 2019.
Candidates can appear in any one of the two phases or can also appear in both the phases.
NATA Exam consists of questions from Mathematics, General Aptitude and Drawing
The question paper consists of two sections, Part A and Part B. Part A contains questions from Mathematics and General Aptitude and Part B from Drawing
Part A test of NATA is conducted on computer based test while Part B is conducted on paper
Admission through NATA is offered in colleges like SPA Delhi, CEPT University
Number of seats are more as participating colleges are high
Students appearing in NATA is less in comparison to JEE Main Paper 2
NTA will also be conducting JEE Main Paper 2 2019 twice a year in January and April 2019.
The JEE Main Paper 2 exam consists of questions from Mathematics, General Aptitude and Drawing
The JEE Main Paper 2 is categorised into Part I, II and III where Part I contains question from Mathematics, Part II from Aptitude and Part III from Drawing
Part I and II of NATA is conducted on computer based test while Part B is conducted on paper
Participating institute are NITs, GFTIs and many other prestigious colleges
Admission is limited to NITs and GFTIs and so seats are comparatively less
Number of students appearing in JEE Main Paper 2 is high
Difficulty level of JEE Main Paper 2 is promising and paper is quite tough
Eligibility Criteria : NATA and JEE Main Paper 2 have set certain eligibility criteria for appearing in the exam. Student can find all the details regarding eligibility criteria in table below
Students who have passed class 12 with minimum 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics along with 50% marks in aggregate are eligible to appear in NATA
Candidate must have attained minimum age of 17 years as on July 1 on the year of admission.
Students must have passed class 12 with minimum 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics along with 50% marks for appearing in JEE Main Paper 2
Only those students who have passed class 12 in 2017, 2018 or is appearing in 2019 class 12 exam is eligible to appear in JEE Main Paper 2. Candidates who have passed their class 12 exam before 2017 are not eligible to apply for JEE Main exam
Students must have passed Class 12 with Mathematics and Physics as compulsory subjects and one among Chemistry/Biology/Technical vocational course as optional subject
No minimum or maximum age required for appearing in the exam
NATA Exam Pattern : National Aptitude Test in Architecture is a test which is specifically designed for testing the aptitude of candidates in architecture. The exam test carries question from Mathematics,General Aptitude and Drawing. Part A of the test is conducted by online mode while Part B which is a drawing test is conducted on Paper. Both the exam is conducted on a single day on single sitting duration of 3 hour. The detailed exam pattern is shown in table below
2 Marks Each
2 Marks Each
40 Marks Each
JEE Main Paper 2 Exam Pattern
Students can find the complete break-up of marks and questions for JEE Main Paper 2 below
4 Marks Each
Totals Marks 70
List of top colleges who takes admission through National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)
Some of the top ranking colleges which takes admission through NATA providing courses in architecture.
Jadavpur University Kolkata
Bachelor of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation Guntur
Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore
SRM Institute of Science and Technology Chennai
Master of Town and Regional Planning
Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore
Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, Hosur
Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai
BS Abdur Rahman University Chennai
Bachelor of Design
GITAM University, Visakhapatnam
Hindustan Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai
Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, Virudhunagar
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara
Nirma University, Ahmedabad
Bachelor of Planning
PES University Bangalore
Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai
CEPT University, Ahmedabad
Chandigarh University, Chandigarh
List of top colleges participating in admission through JEE Main Paper 2 for B.Arch
National Institute of Technology- Calicut
Masters in Planning
National Institute of Technology- Hamirpur
Malaviya National Institute of Technology- Jaipur
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology- Nagpur
National Institute of Technology- Patna
Masters in Urban Planning
National Institute of Technology- Raipur
National Institute of Technology- Rourkela
M.Tech Architecture and Planning
National Institute of Technology- Tiruchirappalli
BITS - Mesra
School of Planning & Architecture- New Delhi
Bachelor in Planning
Master in Planning
School of Planning & Architecture- Bhopal
School of Planning & Architecture- Vijayawada
Chandigarh college of Architecture-Chandigarh
ICL Institute of Architecture- Ambala
GITAM University- Visakhapatnam
Faculty of Technology and Engineering- Vadodara
Comparison by Difficulty Level
Number of students who appear in NATA and JEE Main Paper 2 varies a lot as participating colleges are more with NATA. JEE Main exam is an exam of international repute with its own standard and level of difficulty. NATA is designed specifically to analyze the aesthetics of drawing and logical thinking towards geometry and architecture planning. If we look at statistics, out of 44,000 students who appeared in NATA 2018, 30,560 students were qualified. In JEE Main Paper 2 2018 total number of students appeared was 122543.
NATA Qualifying Marks
Students who are appearing for NATA have to score the minimum qualifying marks in order to take admission in any of the participating college. Council of Architecture (CoA) has fixed the minimum cutoff marks for individual section in NATA exam while the overall cutoff mark for merit is decided by the exam conducting body on the basis of students appeared in exam and past cutoff marks.
Mathematics & General Aptitude
Overall Qualifying Marks 2018
50% of Total marks
JEE Main Paper 2 Qualifying Marks 2018
National Testing Agency (NTA) did not pre-fix any qualifying marks for JEE Main Paper 2 exam
and minimum qualifying marks is decided every year on the basis of number of students appeared or as deemed necessary by NTA.
JEE Main Cutoff Marks for Top Colleges
The JEE Main Paper 2 cutoff is released in the form of opening and closing rank for state and national quota. Students have to score minimum qualifying marks along as well as should meet the minimum cutoff mark of the college for which admission is desired. Student can find college wise cutoff list for JEE Paper 2 exam below
Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur
Closing Rank (Open Category, Home State)- 2401
Closing Rank (Open Category, Other State)-1263
Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal
Closing Rank (Open Category, Home State)-3235
Closing Rank (Open Category, Other State)-1629
National Institute of Technology, Calicut
Closing Rank (Open Category, Home State)-1141
Closing Rank (Open Category, Other State)-1323
National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur
Closing Rank (Open Category, Home State)-11202
Closing Rank (Open Category, Other State)-1902
NATA Cutoff Ranks for Top Colleges
The overall rank for NATA is calculated on the basis of class 12 Marks and NATA score. Institutes which take admission through NATA follows cutoff for admission as per the marks scored in class 12 and in NATA exam.
Closing Rank (Open Category, Home State)-10026
Closing Rank (Open Category, Other State)-20001
Closing Rank (Open Category, Home State)-10044
Closing Rank (Open Category, Other State)-20003
Admission to B.Arch in Indian Institute of Technologies (IIT’s)
IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee offers bachelor degree course in architecture. Students who want to take admission in B.Arch course in any of these two IIT’s have to appear in Architecture Aptitude Test (AAP). Students have to first appear and qualify JEE Main Paper I and JEE Advanced and qualify with high rank. Students then have to register for Architecture Aptitude Test (AAP) conducted by IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee in the month of June. Applications forms are submitted online in respective IIT after the announcement of JEE Advanced result. There will be a single question paper with questions from aptitude of architecture related to monument and a drawing test. Result of Architecture Aptitude Test (AAP) is declared online in the website of respective IIT only.
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