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.
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
20 Apr, 2020 - 22 Apr, 2020
01 Feb, 2020 - 15 Apr, 2020
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).
1.5 x 3.5 cm
4.5 x 3.5 cm
Community certificate (only by SC/ST candidates)
Up to 1 MB
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.
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:
Number of Questions in Each Part:
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 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.
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
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.
Candidates could fill the application form of NATA 2020 in online mode only.
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.
No, it is not compulsory to appear for both the sessions.
For the first session, the last date of NATA 2020 application was April 15 while for the second session was May 4.
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.
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.
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.
Candidates will have to upload the scanned images of their photograph and signature as per the specifications provided by the authorities.
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).
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