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About NATA

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is being conducted by the Council of Architecture, being the competent & final authority for the purpose of fixing norms and standards for architectural institutions and having the necessary expertise to hold a Common Aptitude Test in Architecture, at national level to provide a single window system for appearing in aptitude test and to facilitate institutions, students and public at large for admission to First year of 5 year B.Arch Degree Course at all recognized Institutions all over country.

NATA is being conducted in terms of the provisions laid down under CoA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983 [published in the Gazette of India in Part III, Section 4 on 26th March, 1983 and 27th August, 1983] and the Revised Guidelines on Admission to 1st year of Five-year Degree Course in Architecture approved by the Council at its 45th Meeting held on 28.04.2006. These Guidelines stipulate that a separate aptitude test in Architecture should be conducted and such test should not be combined with the tests for admissions to Engineering,Pharmacy, Medicine and other disciplines. The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, in the matter of P.A.Inamdar & Ors. Vs. State of Maharashtra & Ors. [Appeal (Civil) 5041 of 2005],in its Judgement dated 12.08.2005 also emphasised on the need for a common entrance test followed by a single window system.

The purpose of conducting NATA is to provide a single scheme of examination for holding aptitude test and to facilitate prospective students all over the country to apply for admissions in architecture seats in institutions spread across the country while the actual admissions shall be carried out only by the concerned designated authorities of the respective states/ institutions based on NATA. The NATA also ensures that the eligibility criteria for admission to five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree course, as prescribed by COA and duly approved by the Central Government, are strictly adhered to and followed all over the country in Architectural Institutions

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability, that have been acquired over a long period of time, and that are related to specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.

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1. By giving NATA, do I get automatic admission into any Architectural College in India?
Ans: No. NATA is just an Aptitude Test. On receiving the Score Card, the candidate will have to contact various admission authorities with NATA Score Card and other details (as prescribed by the respective Admission Authorities). Admission in India lies with the State (usually under Directorate of Technical Education for that state). Usually around summer, Admission Authorities will bring out admission notices in National & Regional newspapers. The candidate may contact schools of architecture directly for information as to when the admission process is scheduled to begin.
2. What is the last date for giving NATA?
Ans: The last date for NATA would be 31st August, 2014. The dates on which NATA is available depends on the Test Centre. Candidates may request Test Centres for the preferred dates. If the candidate is available for NATA only on a particular date (or range of dates) that a particular Test Centre is not able to give, the candidate may register at any other Test Centre throughout India that is able to administer NATA on that date / time. TEST CENTRE LOCATION HAS NO BEARING ON CHOICE OF ADMISSION AND APPEARING AT A PARTICULAR CENTER FOR THE TEST DOES NOT IMPLY THAT THE CANDIDATE COULD BE GIVEN ANY PRIORITY FOR ADMISSION TO THAT INSTITUTE. The logical last date for giving NATA for candidates seeking admission this year itself would be 5 days before the last date for submitting application for admission under a particular Admission Authority. This varies from authority to authority.
3. What is the meaning of Admission Authority?
Ans: Admission Authority is a body, authorised by the Central/State Govt. / University to conduct and monitor admissions in that area. This may vary from the Directorate of Technical Education itself, a major University, Institution(s), a body created by an association of Architectural Schools in that State (eg. MASA), or any other Admission Authority recognised by the state. The candidate may be advised to check up in advance with Schools of Architecture where he / she is applying for the details of the admission authority and other information on the exact admission process.
4. How do I practice for NATA? Where can I take tuitions? Ans: NATA is designed in such a manner that prior tutelage is not required. COA/NIASA is aware that the candidates will have no or minimal knowledge of architecture. NATA measures aptitude of the candidate in his / her aesthetic sensibilities (3D visualisation, logical understanding, etc.) and drawing skills that are in-built in every candidate and developed right from childhood to the present day. There will be certain questions on architectural awareness wherein candidates may be required to identify building of national or international importance. The candidate is expected to know about these structures through General Knowledge. The candidate may also prefer to update his knowledge on this by some reading, internet browsing or even by talking to architectural students, architects and other knowledgeable persons. In all probability, this will not be required. There will be a model NATA interface available on the NATA website to help candidates get acquainted with the visual format of the test. There will be no model questions available as such. The language medium of the test will be English. Minimal computer skills are required (pointing and clicking Mouse buttons).
5. I am a foreign student / NRI. Can I take the test from my country of residence?
Ans: No. The candidate will have to register in India and give the test from any of the designated Information Brochure NATA 2014 Page 16/17 Test centres of his / her choice in India. The qualification process for giving NATA stands the same. Admission will be given by the respective admission authorities according to the rules laid down by it for students of such category.
6. If I belong to a particular quota (SC/ST/NT/etc.), do I get score waiver for NATA during admission?
Ans: No.
7. Are there any additional fees payable for training, etc?
Ans: No training/coaching is allowed in Test Centres and no other fees payable for this exam. If any centre indulges is such practice or insists on additional fees or participation in training program, please report such incident to Council of Architecture or NIASA.
8. Do I have to appear for NATA at the college where I aspire to take admission?
Ans: No. You may appear for NATA at any Test center convenient to you. Based on the score you may seek admission to any college where you are eligible to seek admission.
9. Whether old question papers are available?
Ans: No. At NATA, question paper is unique of each candidate hence no old question papers can be made available.



Any person having passed SSC (Std X) or equivalent examination can appear for NATA, however, candidates having minimum 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with mathematics as one of the subject, only are eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course.

Registration of NATA


The Registration Form duly filled in should be submitted to test centre where you wish to take the test and seek registration and appointment.Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register well in advance to get the candidate's preferred test date.


Approach the Test centre located at centres / schools and college / school of Architecture at a location convenient to the candidate with the filled up form and the documents listed below

Documents required for Registration

l Std. X or equivalent exam marklist - attested copy

2 One recent passport size colour photograph, to be pasted on the registration form.

3 Any valid document of identification bearing photograph and signature of the candidate - attested copy

4 Valid email address. (In case you do not possess one, we suggest you to open email account on one of the free service providers such as yahoo, hotmail, rediffmail, gmail, etc. PLEASE DO NOT REVEAL YOUR PASSWORD TO ANY ONE.)

The Appointment voucher

On successful registration and granting of appointment, an Appointment voucher is issued to the candidate by the Test centre.

l The candidate at the time of Registration shall ensure that correct data is entered by the Test Center employee. The candidate should check it carefully to make sure the Name, identifying information and address are correct and are spelt correctly before going to step two of registration and also on receiving the appointment voucher.

2 Once registered, no corrections are possible. Candidate will have to purchase fresh registration form and get registered again.

3 The Appointment voucher also shows Candidate ID, Appointment Number and Exam Key. The Appointment Number and Exam Key are used by the candidate to log in at the time of the test.

4 There are two counterfoils on the appointment voucher. The applicant has to sign the counterfoil in presence of the Hall supervisor at the time of the test, and hand over the same to him / her.

5 Please do not sign the counterfoil in advance. Sign the counterfoil only when the hall supervisor asks you to. If the hall supervisor finds the counterfoil already signed, he / she may disallow the candidate to proceed with the test and his / her candidature will get forfeited.

6 The candidate will be required to sign the Test Center attendance register before and after the test session and any time the candidate leaves or enter the test room. lInsist on appointment voucher to be handed over to you. In case any test center refuses issuing of appointment voucher or asks for any additional fees or puts in conditions of any sort, please report to Council of Architecture or its academic unit

NIASA immediately on the email "".

Repeating NATA


NATA can be given as many number of times as desired by the candidate. For every attempt, however, a new form will have to be purchased from the designated branches of the ICICI Bank Ltd. The mark list will show the average of marks scored by the candidate in his last attempt and his previous valid score.

l Data on such Tests shows that repeaters on an average show a slight score gain. However, this finding is tempered by the observation that repeaters are typically a self-selected group who believe that repeating the test will increase their scores.

2 Unless the scores seem unusually low compared to the other indicators of the candidate's ability, taking a NATA again is not likely to result in a substantial score increase. In fact, there is some chance that the candidate's scores may drop.

3 Do not register for repeat attempt unless you receive score card for previous attempt.

4 Candidate, while seeking the repeat test appointment must inform the test center of the previous attempts and present copy of previous Appointment voucher/ Score card. If any candidate isfound registering afresh despite earlier appearance for NATA, he/ she will forfeit his/her candidature, his/her all previous scores will be cancelled and he/she will be barred from appearing for NATA again.

Nata Test shall commence from 20th March, 2013 and can be given on any working day until further communication at the designated Test Centres. However, some test centers may open late or stop conducting tests even before this date. Please check with the center before you go for registration.

l Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To register, contact the appropriate Test Centre. REGISTER WELL IN ADVANCE TO GET PREFERRED TEST DATE.



The test is in two parts. A paper based drawing test and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test.The test measures aptitude of the candidate through two sections - a paper based section for drawing and computer based section for aesthetic sensitivity.

15.1 Drawing Test

This is a two hour paper where candidate has to attempt three questions. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects -

l Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner.

2 Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.

3 Sense of perspective drawing.

4 Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form. Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and formsCreating visual harmony using colours in given composition.

5 Understanding of scale and proportions.

6 Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day


This is computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions.

The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of -

1 Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings.

2 Visualising different sides of three dimensional objects.

3 Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.

4 Analytical reasoning.

5 Mental Ability.

6 Imaginative comprehension and expression.

7 Architectural awareness.


The Answer to each question in the 'drawing' paper will be examined by a panel of three examiners independently and the marks are averaged. It may be further subject to moderation.

During the computer based test, with adaptive testing, an examinee is administered a set of questions with a difficulty level that is specifically designed to match the examinee's ability level. The mathematical process for calculating a score in this situation incorporates the statistical properties of the questions, the examinee's performance on the questions, and the number of questions that are answered.

How the Sections of the Test Are Scored

Drawing Section

l The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate's drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate's sense of proportion & perspective is also evaluated together with sense for colour and composition.Aesthetic Sensitivity Section.The candidate's score will depend on his / her performance on the questions given and on the number of questions answered in the time allotted.

2 This section is computer adaptive, meaning that the computer selects questions based on the candidate's performance on preceding questions (When correct answer is given, next question will be of higher difficulty level whereas, if wrong answer is given next question is of lower difficulty level) and on the requirements of the test design. Test design factors that influence which questions are presented to the candidate include:

3 The statistical characteristics (including difficulty level) of the questions already answered.

4 The required variety of question types.

5 The appropriate coverage of content.

6 The final score depends on average difficulty level of all questions and of those questions answered correctly. E.g. person with correct answer for less number of questions of higher difficulty level may score higher marks than someone who answers more number of questions correctly but of lower difficulty level.

Time allotted to answer the question is between 60 and 90 seconds depending upon the question. The time remaining to answer the question is displayed on the screen. The "per second"countdown begins 30 seconds before the allotted time for that question ends. In case no answer is offered till the time ends, the question is skipped and next question appears. There is no Negative marking in this test


The score cards will be available on NATA website in e-format. Usually, the score cards will be posted on the website on the fourth working day after the test.

The candidate, after fourth day may check his / her score directly from website giving his / her candidate ID. However, print out taken by the candidate of such score card will be only for reference and information. Candidate, however, may use print out of this score card while applying for the admission if the admission authority calls for the same. Original score card will be retrieved and verified by the admission authority directly from NATA server. Only the score card stored on NATA server is valid and no print/ hard copy will be considered valid.Occasionally, delays in processing may occur. Some scores will not be available on the dates specified. Please check again. Only if the score card is still not seen after 7 days, we suggest the candidate to follow the process mentioned on the website

Cumulative Reporting (Score Retention)

NATA score reporting is cumulative. Current NATA policy states that the candidate's scores are retained for the two years from the date of last test taken.



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