What is NATA?
Architecture has been steadily growing as a field which Indian students choose for their future studies in current times. While the preference and demand for Architecture is high, there are only a few national level entrance examinations - namely JEE Main Paper 2 and NATA which offer a chance for the students to be allotted to the top architecture colleges and institutes. While JEE Main is a popular entrance examination, many students may be in the dark about NATA. So what is NATA? Careers360 presents an exclusive article to help students understand the details and the entrance examination and to know what is NATA. Read the full article below to know more.
Latest: NATA 2020 first and second attempt to be held on August 1 and August 29. NATA application form and correction portal to reopen soon for both attempts.
Every year, NATA is conducted in April and May. However, NATA 2020 both attempts were postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis so the timeline of the examination is experiencing a change. The NATA first attempt will now be conducted on August 1 and the second attempt will be conducted on August 29.
What is NATA?
So what is NATA? National Aptitude Test in Architecture or commonly known as NATA is a national level entrance exam for admissions into B.Arch courses offered by recognized institutes of the country. NATA is conducted to measure the aptitude of the candidates to check their eligibility for admissions into the undergraduate architecture courses. The exam aims to assess the drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at 10+2 level and critical thinking ability of the candidates.The entrance examination is conducted twice a year and the candidates are allowed to apply for both sessions. This allows the candidates who did not do as well as expected in the first exam to have a second chance. Attempting the second exam is optional.
What eligibility criteria has to be met for NATA?
To be eligible for NATA, there are a few eligibility criteria that has to be met by the candidates. These eligibility criteria of NATA is prescribed by COA and it has to be fulfilled otherwise it can lead to the disqualification of the candidate. The following criteria has to be checked beforehand by the candidate before registering for NATA:
Should be minimum 17 years old as on July 31 of the admission year.
Candidates should have passed 10+2 (or equivalent) qualifying exam from a recognized board.
Minimum 50% aggregate marks should have been scored in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry.
For B.Arch admissions into the preferred institute, a valid NATA score has to be secured along with meeting the above mentioned criteria.
How to apply for NATA?
The application form of NATA is released on the official website at nata.in in online mode. No other mode is used by the authorities to release the application form. For both the attempts, the application form is released at the same time, however the final date to submit the form will be different. Candidates who wish to attempt both sessions can apply at the same time. During the application process, all of the fields related to personal, academic and communication details have to be mandatorily filled. Scanned images of the candidate’s photograph and signature also has to be uploaded and the application fee has to be paid.
What after the NATA application process?
After the application form is submitted, the candidates will be able to download their admit card when it is generated. NATA admit card has to be downloaded and printed out since it will be required when the candidates report to the centres for the examination. If the admit card along with a valid identity proof is not presented at the exam centres of NATA, then the candidates will not be allowed to attempt the examination.
NATA is conducted in both online and offline mode and the entire exam is held in English. The exam pattern of NATA can be checked from the table below for a more detailed understanding.
NATA Exam Pattern
Online and Offline
3 hours 15 minutes
Medium of Exam
Part A - Drawing based questions to be answered in offline mode.
Part B - Multiple choice questions to be answered online.
Total Number of Questions
Part A - Three drawing based questions
Part B - 50 questions from PCM and General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning sections
There is no negative marking
Exam Schedule of NATA
Part A (Paper Based)
Three drawing based questions
10 AM to 12:15 PM
12:15 PM to 12:30 PM
Part B (Online)
50 questions from PCM, General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning sections
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
What is the admission process of NATA?
There is no common admission process of NATA. COA just conducts NATA, which is the entrance examination to provide the eligibility to the candidates for B.Arch admissions. After the conclusion of NATA, the candidates will have to individually apply for admissions into the institutes of their preference. Regarding the admissions, the candidates will have to individually visit the websites of the institutes. Usually, the application process for most of the institutes starts after the result of NATA is announced. It should be noted that the validity of the NATA score is only one year.
State-wise Seat Matrix of NATA
Number of Seats (Approx)
List of Some Institutes Accepting NATA Score
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
Council Of Architecture
India Habitat Centre, Core 6A, 1st Floor,
New Delhi-110003 India
Questions related to NATA
Is cet required for admission or is jee and nata sufficient?
To get into Architecture, JEE and NATA is sufficient. CET and JEE MAINS (AND JEE ADVANCE) are the exams needed to get into Engineering courses. Through cet you can get into pharmacy and Pharma D courses also.
Refer to the website below for more detailed information..
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list of government funded architecture college use NATA scores
Here's a list for government colleges through NATA
- Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara
- Andhra University College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam
- Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra
- Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Delhi
- Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai
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Since JEE & NEET exams are postponed,will NATA 2020 also get postponed?
As of now your NATA 2020 examination has been scheduled to be conducted on 1st August and nothing can said about its postponement as there's no information of its postponement officially
But yes ,.
Now that ,NEET and JEE examination has been postponed due to increase in covid-19, chances are there that your NATA examination may gets postponed too but nothing can be said with surety
If it gets postponed then a notification will be released officially , till then you should focus and concentrate on your NATA preparation
is there any other chance of attending nata second time this year
National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is a national level entrance exam. Through this exam, admission will be offered for Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch). The exam is conducted two times in a year. The exam date for the first session is 1st august 2020. The exam date for the second session is 29th august 2020. For further details about NATA 2020 click the link below
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Not filled NATA and JEE for B Arch Is there any way to go for B Arch
To get admission into b.arch programs in India, NATA is a prerequisite and in some colleges JEE mains paper 2 marks are also considered. But as you have not appeared for both JEE mains paper 2 and NATA, you can get admission into some colleges for b.arch through management quota seats.
Here's a list of some of them
- Bharati Vidyapith College of Architecture, Pune
- BMS College Bangalore
- PES University Bangalore
- R. V College of Architecture, Bangalore
- Dr D Y Patil College of Architecture, Maharashtra