About NATA 2020

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is a national level undergraduate exam which is conducted by Council of Architecture (COA) for admission to 5-year B.Arch programme. Through NATA 2020, candidates can get admission into B.Arch programme offered by Government, Government-aided, Private Unaided, University Departments and Deemed Universities of the country. Previously NATA was conducted once every year, but from 2019, the exam is conducted twice a year - first on April and the second on July. CoA had released application form for NATA 2020 on February 1 and was available till May 4 for second attempt. For the first attempt, the registrations were open till April 15 (extended) while the authorities have announced to soon reopen the registrations for both attempts. NATA 2020 first attempt will now be conducted on August 1 and second attempt on August 29. The admit card of NATA 2020 for the two attempts is released separately. Candidates can appear in one or both the attempts of NATA 2020. If the candidate appears in both attempts, then best of the two scores will be considered. The eligibility criteria of NATA 2020 has also been changed, with diploma candidates currently no longer eligible for admission. The question paper of the exam has two parts- Part A (Drawing test) conducted in offline mode and Part B containing Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) conducted in online mode. 

NATA 2020 Highlights

Full Exam Name National Aptitude Test in Architecture
Short Exam Name NATA
Conducting Body Council of Architecture
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Exam Level National Level Exam
Languages English
Mode of Application Online
Application Fee (General) 2000 Rs [Online]
Mode of Exam Online and Offline
Participating Colleges 328
Exam Duration 3 Hours 15 Minutes

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NATA 2020 Important Dates

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NATA (Session Jul 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events

01 Aug, 2020

Exam - First Attempt | Mode: Online

29 Aug, 2020

Exam - Second Attempt | Mode: Online

Past Dates and Events

09 May, 2020 - 11 May, 2020

Application Correction | Mode: Online

01 Feb, 2020 - 04 May, 2020

Application | Mode: Online

NATA (Session Apr 2020)

Past Dates and Events

20 Apr, 2020 - 22 Apr, 2020

Application Correction | Mode: Online

01 Feb, 2020 - 15 Apr, 2020

Application | Mode: Online

Candidates appearing for the entrance exam need to meet the below mentioned eligibility criteria of NATA prescribed by the authorities. The eligibility criteria includes the parameters like  qualifying examination, minimum marks required, age limit etc:

NATA 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Qualifying Examination: Candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination.

Please note that from the academic session 2019, Diploma holders are no longer eligible for admission to architecture program.

Qualifying Marks: Candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks in mathematics, physics, and chemistry taken together. Additionally, the candidate needs to score minimum 50% marks in aggregate in 10+2.

Age limit: Minimum 17 years of age as on July 31, 2020.

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card

NATA 2020 application form was available in online mode from February 1, however, the authorities have announced to reopen the registration portal soon for both the attempts. Mentioned below are the steps to be followed to fill and submit the application form of NATA which the candidates can check for reference.

NATA 2020 Application Form- Steps to Follow

Step 1 – Register- To fill the application form of NATA 2020, registration has to be done by firstly submitting details like name, mobile number, date of birth, and valid email id. Also, choose a username and create a password for future log-ins.    

Step 2 – Login to fill the application form : Use the username and password to log-in and enter all the requisite details like personal, communication, and academic information. Also, choose three exam centres in order of preference.  

Step 3 – Upload Scanned Images of  Documents: In the prescribed format by the authorities, candidates will have to upload scanned images of their photograph, signature and community certificate (if applicable).    

Documents Specifications                                                                                                                                                                            


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4-100 KB


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Community certificate (only by SC/ST candidates)        


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Step 4 – Generation of Application Number- Once uploading of documents is done, candidates will have to submit the application form. On submission of NATA 2020 application form, an 8-digit application number will be generated.

Step 5 – Pay Application  Fee: Prescribed application fee need to be paid in online mode (credit/debit card, or net banking).   

Step 6 – Take a Print out of Confirmation page: Once all the above-mentioned steps are completed, the application confirmation page will be displayed. Download this the confirmation page and take a printout of it for future reference.

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General Online Male ₹ 2000
General, OBC Online Transgender, Female ₹ 2000
ST, SC Online Male, Transgender, Female ₹ 1700

NATA E-books and Sample Papers

NATA 2020 Syllabus

Drawing test-

Drawing test: Unit 01
Understanding of scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast
Drawing test: Unit 02
Conceptualization and visualization through structuring objects in memory
Drawing test: Unit 03
Drawing of patterns
Both geometrical and abstract
Drawing test: Unit 04
Form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, surfaces and volumes
Drawing test: Unit 05
Generating plan
Drawing test: Unit 06
Elevation and 3D views of objects
Drawing test: Unit 07
Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms
Drawing test: Unit 08
Perspective drawing
Drawing test: Unit 09
Sketching of urbanscape and landscape
Drawing test: Unit 10
Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc. from memory


Physics: Unit 01
Electric charges and Fields, Electrostatic Potential and Clearance, Current Electricity, Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism, Moving Charges and magnetism, Magnetism and Matter
Physics: Unit 02
Electromagnetic induction and alternating currents
Electromagnetic Induction, Alternating Current
Physics: Unit 03
Ray Optics and Optical Instruments, Wave Optics
Physics: Unit 04
Dual nature of radiation and matter
Physics: Unit 05
Atoms and nuclei
Atoms, nuclei
Physics: Unit 06
Electronic devices
Semiconductor electronics, materials, devices and simple circuits


Chemistry: Unit 01
Some basic concepts of chemistry
Chemistry: Unit 02
Structure of atom
Chemistry: Unit 03
Classification of elements and periodicity in properties
Chemistry: Unit 04
Chemical bonding and molecular
Chemistry: Unit 05
States of matter
Gases and Liquids
Chemistry: Unit 06
Chemical thermodynamics
Chemistry: Unit 07
Chemistry: Unit 08
Redox reactions
Chemistry: Unit 09
Chemistry: Unit 10
s-Block elements and p-block elements
Chemistry: Unit 11
Organic chemistry
Some basic principles and techniques
Environmental chemistry


Mathematics: Unit 01
Definitions of A. P. and G.P., General tem, Summation of first nterms of series ∑n, ∑n²,∑n3, Arithmetic/Geometric series, A.M., G.M. and their relation, Infinite G.P. series and its sum
Mathematics: Unit 02
Definition, General properties, Change of base
Mathematics: Unit 03
Concepts of m x n (m ≤ 3, n ≤ 3), Real matrices, Operations of addition, Scalar multiplication and multiplication of matrices
Transpose of a matrix
Determinant of a square matrix
Properties of determinants (statement only)
Minor, cofactor and adjoint of a matrix
Nonsingular matrix
Inverse of a matrix
Finding area of a triangle
Solutions of system of linear equations (not more than 3 variables)
Mathematics: Unit 04
Trigonometric functions, Addition and subtraction formulae, Formulae involving multiple and submultiple angles, General solution of trigonometric equations
Properties of triangles, Inverse trigonometric functions and their properties
Mathematics: Unit 05
Coordinate geometry
Distance formula, Section formula, Area of a triangle, Condition of collinearity of three points in a plane
Polar coordinates, Transformation from cartesian to polar coordinates and vice versa
Parallel transformation of axes, Concept of locus, Elementary locus problems
Slope of a line
Equation of lines in different forms, Angle between two lines
Condition of perpendicularity and parallelism of two lines
Distance of a point from a line
Distance between two parallel lines
Lines through the point of intersection of two lines
Equation of a circle with a given center and radius
Condition that a general equation of second degree in x, y may represent a circle
Equation of a circle in terms of endpoints of a diameter
Equation of tangent, normal and chord
Parametric equation of a circle
Intersection of a line with a circle
Equation of common chord of two intersecting circles
Mathematics: Unit 06
3-Dimensional coordinate geometry
Direction cosines and direction ratios, Distance between two points and section formula, Equation of a straight line, Equation of a plane, Distance of a point from a plane
Mathematics: Unit 07
Theory of calculus
Functions, Composition of two functions and inverse of a function, Limit, Continuity, Derivative, Chain rule, Derivative of implicit functions and functions defined parametrically
Integration as a reverse process of differentiation, Indefinite integral of standard functions
Integration by parts
Integration by substitution and partial fraction
Definite integral as a limit of a sum with equal subdivisions
Fundamental Theorem of Integral Calculus and its applications
Properties of definite integrals
Formation of ordinary differential equations, Solution of homogeneous differential equations, Separation of variables method, Linear first order differential equations
Mathematics: Unit 08
Application of calculus
Tangents and normals, Conditions of tangency
Determination of monotonicity, Maxima and minima
Differential coefficient as a measure of rate
Motion in a straight line with constant acceleration
Geometric interpretation of definite integral as area, Calculation of area bounded by elementary curves and straight lines
Area of the region included between two elementary curves
Mathematics: Unit 09
Permutation and combination
Permutation of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n)
Permutation of n things not all different
Permutation with repetitions (circular permutation excluded)
Combinations of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n)
Combination of n things not all different
Basic properties
Problems involving both permutations and combinations
Mathematics: Unit 10
Statistics and probability
Measure of dispersion, mean, variance and standard deviation, frequency distribution
Addition and multiplication rules of probability, Conditional probability and Bayes’ theorem, Independence of events, Repeated independent trails and Binomial distribution

General aptitude+

General aptitude: Unit 01
General aptitude: Unit 02
Texture related to architecture and built environment
General aptitude: Unit 03
Interpretation of pictorial compositions
General aptitude: Unit 04
Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing
General aptitude: Unit 05
Visualizing different sides of 3d objects
General aptitude: Unit 06
Analytical reasoning
General aptitude: Unit 07
Mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal)
General aptitude: Unit 08
General awareness of national/ international architects and famous architectural creations
General aptitude: Unit 09
Mathematical reasoning
Statements, Logical operations like and, or, if and only if, implies, Implied by
Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction and contrapositive
General aptitude: Unit 10
Sets and relations
Idea of sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets, Venn diagram, De Morgan's Laws, Relation and its properties
Equivalence relationdefinition and elementary examples

NATA exam pattern will enable candidates to know about the marking scheme, duration of examination, type of questions asked, mode of exam and more. Candidate are advised to check the exam pattern before starting their preparation procedure.

NATA 2020 Exam Pattern

NATA question paper will be divided into two part- Part A and B

Questions Type/Mode of Examination: 

  • Part A is drawing carrying subjective type questions that need to be answered in offline mode on the A4 drawing sheet.
  • Part B will carry Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) which candidates need to answer in online mode. 

Number of Questions in Each Part: 

  • Part A will have 3 questions of Drawing.
  • Part B will carry 15 multiple-choice questions from PCM and 35 questions from General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning.

Exam Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes will be allotted to complete the examination  out of which PCM and General Aptitude& Logical Reasoning test will be for 45 minutes while the drawing test will be for 135 minutes.

Marking scheme: In part A, two questions will carry 35 marks and 1 question will be of 55 marks. In part B, each question will carry 1.5  marks and there is no negative marking.

Before the actual exam takes place, NATA 2020 mock test will be provided to the candidates by the authorities. The mock test will be a replica of actual examination. Attempting NATA mock test will help candidates to get familiar with the functionalities of the online exam, type of questions that may be asked and more. 

Candidates will be able to download their NATA 2020 admit card from the official portal by logging in using their application number and date of birth. The admit card will carry information like the name of the candidate, address of the exam centre, admit card number etc. NATA admit card 2020 is an important document. Candidates who fail to carry it to the examination centre will not be allowed to appear for the entrance exam. Also, after the completion of the entrance exam, admit card has to be kept safely till the admission process ends.

NATA 2020 Exam Centers

State City
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Guntur
Assam Dibrugarh
Bihar Muzaffarpur
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bilaspur
Delhi Delhi
Goa Panaji
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Haryana Ambala
Himachal Pradesh Hamirpur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Bokaro Steel City
Karnataka Bengaluru
Kerala Kannur
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Maharashtra Amravati
Navi Mumbai
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Bhubaneswar
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar
Rajasthan Ajmer
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Telangana Hyderabad
Tripura Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Agra
Greater Noida
Uttarakhand Dehradun
West Bengal Asansol
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Manipur Imphal
Sikkim Gangtok

Documents Required at Exam

  • NATA 2020 admit card
  • Valid photo-ID (voter/ PAN card, Aadhar card driving licence, etc)

328 Colleges Accepting Admission
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NATA 2020 result will be released in online mode. To check the result, candidates will have to log-in to their portal using their application sequence number and date password. The result can be downloaded in the form of NATA 2020 score card which carry details like paper-wise marks obtained by the candidate, total marks, and also the qualifying status. Apart from this, it will also carry details like candidate’s name, gender, DOB, category, application and roll number.

NATA 2020 Cutoff

COA prescribes minimum part-wise and overall NATA 2020 minimum marks one needs to score to qualify the entrance exam. The cutoff of NATA for both Part A and Part B are declared before the exam. However, the overall cutoff is decided based on post-exam statistics. 

Its important for candidates to meet NATA 2020 cutoff for all 3 conditions individually to qualify in the exam.

NATA Qualifying Cut off 




Qualifying Marks


Total Marks
















Will be determined by COA based on post-exam statistics      




There will be no common counselling for NATA 2020. COA will only conducted the entrance exam and no common counselling procedure will be held. The universities/colleges and states offering B.Arch programmes will hold their own separate counselling and provide admissions based on scores obtained in NATA 2020. Once the result of NATA 2020 is announced by the authorities, the institutes conduct their separate counselling. 

Candidates will still have to meet the eligibility criteria of the university/college to which they are applying. There are more than 400 institutes that accept NATA scores. Based on the NATA scores and choices opted, allotment of seats will be made.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: How can I fill NATA 2020 application form?


Candidates could fill the application form of NATA 2020 in online mode only.

Question: What is the eligibility criteria of NATA 2020?


Candidates must have passed 10+2 examination with at least 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics (PCM) and also at least 50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 level examination or have passed 10+3 Diploma with Mathematics as compulsory subject with at least 50% marks in aggregate. There is a relaxation of 5% for SC/ST candidates.

Question: Is it compulsory to appear for both the sessions of NATA 2020?


No, it is not compulsory to appear for both the sessions.

Question: What is the last date of application of NATA 2020?


For the first session, the last date of NATA 2020 application was April 15 while for the second session was May 4.

Question: What is the application fee of NATA 2020?


The application fees of NATA 2020 is different for candidates appearing for only one session and those appearing for both the sessions. NATA 2020 application fee for a general candidate appearing in only one session is Rs 2000 while for a candidate appearing for both the sessions is Rs 3800. There is a relaxation for SC/ST candidates, they will have to pay Rs 1700 for one session and Rs 3100 for both the sessions.

Question: What is the mode of NATA 2020 exam?


NATA 2020 will be conducted in both online and offline mode. Part A of the exam i.e. Drawing test will be offline while Part B (PCM and General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning) will be online.

Question: What is the total marks of NATA 2020?


The total marks of NATA 2020 is 200 marks. Drawing Test will be of 125 marks and PCM and General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning will be of 75 marks.

Question: What documents are to be uploaded while filling NATA 2020 application form?


Candidates will have to upload the scanned images of their photograph and signature as per the specifications provided by the authorities.

Question: How can I make correction in NATA application form 2020?


Candidates were able to make corrections in NATA 2020 application form through "Candidate correction window". For the first session, the window was available from April 20, 2020 (10:30 AM) to April 22, 2020 (11:59 PM) while for the session was available from May 9 (10:30 AM) to May 11, 2020 (11:59 PM).

Questions related to NATA

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how much percentile is needed to get admission in sir j j college of architecture, Mumbai ? which test marks is accept JEE /nata ? what is cut off?

Aditi amrendra Student Expert 26th May, 2020

Admission in Sir JJ College Mumbai takes place on the basis of JEE mains B.arch (paper 2) as well as NATA examination.You can apply for both the examinations and both of them takes place twice every year.

I hope this helps

Is NATA necessary for KEAM? Is KEAM valuable without NATA?

NILUTPOL Student Expert 26th May, 2020
Admission through KEAM B. Arch 2020 will be purely based on the performance of candidates in NATA 2020 and qualifying exam only. Authorities will not conduct any separate entrance exam for KEAM B.Arch. The Authorities will prepare the KEAM B.Arch 2020 rank list by giving equal weightage to the marks obtained in theNATA , conducted by the Council of Architecture, and the marks in the qualifying examination. So youust appear for NATA. To get a seat through KEAM.
For more details please visit this link

Hope it helps

how much score i need to get in nata to get admission in university of mysore

ag12345545 Student Expert 25th May, 2020
In order take admission in Mysore school of Architecture in Mysore University a candidate need to be first eligible for counselling for that you need to  have at least 50% marks in the qualifying examination and there is relaxation of 5% for backward class candidate, overall to be eligible for counselling a candidate need to have at least 70 marks out of 200, now if you are expecting your admission then totally your marks that you need to score depends upon your class 12th percentage, if your percentage is not good that means you need to score maximum in NATA, if your percentage in 12th is good that means average marks in NATA would work.
Best of luck.

If i have a aggregate of 33 percent in PCM and if i have registered for the nata 2020 exam already will i be able to give the test

Aditya Kumar Student Expert 21st May, 2020

You will be able to give the NATA examination as your results are not checked on the day of examination

But yes even if you clear NATA examination you will not be able to take admission as with your class 12th board results you fail to fulfill NATA eligibility criteria which says that to be eligible you must have secured at least 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Also, you must have got at least 50% marks in aggregate in your 10+2 examination.


I have a aggrigate of 33 marks in PCM am i eligible to apply for nata 2020

Aditya Kumar Student Expert 21st May, 2020

I am extremely sorry to tell you dear but with aggregate marks of only 33 in PCM you are not eligible for NATA examination.

This is because,

As per the eligibility criteria of NATA,
to be eligible you must have secured at least 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Also, you must have got at least 50% marks in aggregate in your 10+2 examination.

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