National Aptitude Test in Architecture [NATA]

NATA 2018

Exam Date : 16th April 2018 To 16th April 2018
Result Date : 10th June 2018

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Application form, Dates, Syllabus, Pattern for NATA 2018


What is NATA?

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

Important details for NATA 2018:

Exam Name

National Aptitude Test in Architecture

Referred as

NATA 2018

Exam level




Conducting Authority

NIASA (NATA Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture)

Overview of NATA 2018:

  • The Council of Architecture (COA) has been constituted by the Government of India under the provisions of the Architects Act, 1972, enacted by the Parliament of India, which came into force on 1st September 1972. The Act provides for registration of Architects, standards of education, recognized qualifications and standards of professional conduct and etiquette to be complied with by the architects. The Council of Architecture is vested with the responsibility to regulate the education and practice of profession throughout India besides maintaining the register of architects.
  • For this purpose, the Government of India has framed Rules and Council of Architecture have framed Regulations as provided for in the Architects Act, with the approval of Government of India.
  • The practice of the profession of an architect is regulated under the Architects (Professional Conduct) Regulations, 1989 (as amended in 2003), which prescribe the professional conduct, ethics, and etiquette, conditions of engagement and scale of charges, architectural competition guidelines etc.
  • Pursuant to these Regulations, the Council of Architecture has framed guidelines governing the various aspects of practice. There are about 450 institutions presently imparting architectural education in India leading to recognized qualifications.
  • The standards of education being imparted in these institutions (constituent colleges/departments of universities, deemed universities, affiliated colleges/schools, IITs, NITs and autonomous institutions) are prescribed and monitored by Council of Architecture by way of Regulations and norms & standards prescribed from time to time which set forth the requirement of eligibility for admission, course duration, standards of staff & accommodation, course content, examination etc. These minimum standards as prescribed by the Council are required to be maintained by all the institutions.
  • The COA oversees the maintenance of the standards periodically by way of conducting inspections. The COA is required to keep the Central Government informed of the standards being maintained by the institutions and is empowered to make recommendations to the Government of India with regard to recognition and/or derecognition of a qualification. As per the Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations, qualifying in an aptitude test in Architecture is mandatory for admission to B.Arch. degree course.
  • The Madras High Court order dated 21.07.2003 in W.P.No.9707 of 2003, had held the aptitude test as a mandatory requirement.
  • Any person desirous of carrying on the profession as 'Architect' must have registration with Council of Architecture. For the purpose of registration, one must possess the recognized qualification as appended to the Architects Act, after having undergone the education in accordance with the Council of Architecture Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations. The registration with Council of Architecture entitles a person to use the title and style of Architect, for practicing the profession of architecture.
  • If any person falsely represents or claims to be registered architect or uses any words or letters to suggest that she/he is an architect or misuses title and style of architect, such acts tantamount to committing a criminal offense punishable under the Architects Act, 1972.
  • Being the competent authority for fixing norms and standards for architectural institutions, COA has 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 India.
  • National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is being conducted by COA since 2006, in terms of the provisions of CoA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983, published in the Gazette of India.
  • It is implied 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 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 and to avoid appearing in multiple aptitude tests. However, the actual admissions shall be carried out only by the concerned competent authorities of the respective states/institutions based on NATA.
  • The NATA also ensures that the eligibility criteria for admission to five years 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. NATA measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test makes an assessment of drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, Mathematics and critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period of time and are related to the specific field of study.
  • In order to further strengthen the conduct of the test and to attract more number of bright aspirants into studying Architecture, COA has decided to conduct NATA 2018 for admission to B.Arch. in the academic session 2018 - 18, as a one-day paper based examination all over the country.
  • The vision of conducting this NATA exam is to produce competent architects to serve the society and to build the nation in coming decades, especially in view of the Govt. of India mission of Smart Cities.

NATA 2018 Important Dates

  • The information will be available in the public domain from December 15th, 2016.
  • NATA registration: The NATA registration will begin on and will end on 2nd January 2018 and will end on 11th February 2018.
  • NATA image upload: The last date to upload images for NATA is February 12th, 2018.
  • NATA fee payment: The last date to pay the Application Form fees to NATA is February 13th, 2018.
  • NATA confirmation page: The last date to print the confirmation page for NATA 2018 is February 28th, 2018.
  • Correction window: The correction window for NATA 2018 Application Form is open from February 20th, 2018 to February 24th, 2018.
  • NATA admit card: The NATA Admit Card will be available from 26th March 2018.
  • Exam date: NATA 2018 will be held on 16th April 2018.
  • NATA results: The NATA Results will be published on 10th June 2018.

NATA 2018 Eligibility

  • Candidates should have cleared their Senior Secondary (SSC) or 10th or equivalent examination from a recognised university with minimum 50% marks to be eligible for NATA 2018.
  • Minimum marks: Candidates should have secured 50% marks with Mathematics being one of the main subjects to be eligible for NATA 2018.
  • Diploma: Candidates who have completed their Diploma in any subject with a minimum of 50% marks from the State/Central Government board are eligible for NATA.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: Candidates who have an International Baccalaureate Diploma, after 10 years of schooling, with not less than 50% marks in aggregate and with Mathematics as a compulsory subject are eligible for NATA.
  • Direct admission: Candidates are not eligible for direct admission through lateral entry for B.Tech course through NATA 2018.

NATA 2018 Application Process

Application procedure:

  • Candidates can download the application form from the official website.
  • Click on the register tab to continue and then fill in your personal details and other details.
  • A notification will be sent to the registered email ID.
  • Pay the application fee. The fees can be paid online or offline.

NATA 2018 Application Form Details

  • NATA Application form availability: The NATA application form will be available on the official website.
  • NATA application date: The NATA registration process starts from and ends on 2nd January 2018 and ends on 11th February 2018 
  • Candidates can apply for the test for a maximum of five times.
  • Examination fee: The examination fee is Rs. 1250/-
  • Mode of payment: The payment can be made through debit/credit card or net banking. The fees can be paid through issuing a challan from any branch of ICICI bank.
  • Service tax and 1.25 percent of total NATA fee will be deducted if you are paying through your domestic credit card and Service tax and 0.75 percent of total NATA fee will be deducted if you are paying through your domestic debit card. If you are paying through domestic multiple banking payment gateways then an amount of Rs 15 will deduct for each transaction. 
    If you are issuing a Challan from any ICICI Branch in India, then an amount of Rs 30 will be deducted for each transaction. If you are using an international credit and debit card then deduction may vary depending on the policy of the banks. You are advised to the policy of the bank carefully.

NATA 2018 Admit Card

  • Date: The NATA admit cards will be available on 26th March 2018.
  • Details: The NATA admit card contains details such as candidate’s test date and time, center name and address, etc.
  • Identity proof: Candidates are required to bring their admit card as it is a mandatory document and they are required to bring a photo ID as well.
  • Procedure: Candidates have to register for the NATA exam on the official website. Once the candidate has filled in all the details he/she has to pay the fee. The student will get the link to download the admit card within one week after the registration. Candidates have to download the admit card and check the details.
  • Exemptions: Candidates can apply for the NATA exam five times within two years. The score will be based on the best score. Registration fee has to be paid for every attempt and a new admit card will be issued for each attempt. 

NATA 2018 Exam Pattern

  • Sections: The NATA exam consists of two parts which is the Drawing and Aesthetic Sensitivity Test.
  • Exam mode: The drawing test is conducted through offline mode and the aesthetic sensitivity test is conducted through online mode.
  • Negative marking: There is no negative marking.
  • Number of questions: There will be a total of three questions asked in the drawing test and the candidate will be given two hours to finish them. In the aesthetic sensitivity test, candidates will be asked 40 objective type questions. For every one question in this section 90 seconds will be allotted.

NATA 2018 Syllabus

  • The syllabus is divided into two sections which is the Drawing test and the Aesthetic Sensitivity test.
  • Drawing Test:
    Duration: The drawing test is for a duration of 2 hours.
    Exam mode: The drawing test is an offline test.
    Number of questions: The drawing test has three questions which are the Two-dimensional drawing (2D) question, the Three-dimensional drawing (3D) question and the Theme Sketch question.
    Mark allocation: The Two-dimensional drawing (2D) question is for 25 marks, the Three-dimensional drawing (3D) question is for 25 marks and the Theme sketch question is for 50 marks.
    The syllabus is based on the Perspective drawing sense of an Individual, The capability of an individual to draw the given object proportionately and make it in visually appearing manner, A good understanding of Proportional and Scale, The way of Drawing day to day experiences using pencils, etc.
  • Mathematics Syllabus: The Mathematics syllabus for NATA consists of questions from Algebra, Logarithm, Matrices, Trigonometry, Coordinate geometry, 3D Coordinate geometry, Theory & Applications of Calculus, Permutations and Combinations, Statistics and probability.
  • General Aptitude Syllabus: This session of NATA holds questions from various fields in Architecture, Mathematical Reasoning, Sets and Relations.

NATA 2018 Results

  • NATA result date: The NATA results will be published on 10th June 2018 
  • Procedure: The NATA results will be published on the official website. The candidates have to click on the "Generate the scorecard" button and enter their candidate ID. Candidates can click on the download button to download the scorecard.
  • Incase a candidate has written the NATA exam more than once the last generated score card will be displayed as well.
  • Validity: The NATA scorecard is valid for two years.

NATA 2018 Counselling

  • Candidates can apply for the counselling process of NATA on the basis of their marks they have scored.
  • Admissions to all institutions for architecture will depend on the marks scored in NATA and in the qualifying examination. It should be in the ratio of 50:50.

Colleges which accept [NATA]

Varshini B.Tech (Textile), batch of 2020
28 Jun 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • The eligibility criteria at BMS Institute of Technology, [BMSIT] Bangalore is a minimum of 50% in 10+2.
  • The admissions are done on the basis of CET & NATA ranks.
Hammad B.arch, batch of 2017
19 Jun 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • The eligibility criteria to get into RKDF University is to pass class 12
  • NATA examination score is taken into consideration for admission on campus
Gulam b.arch, batch of 2021
30 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • For taking admission in MS university b.arch course, one should have passed 10+2 with Mathematics as a subject or 10+3 Diploma with the subject of mathematics with minimum marks of 50%.
  • The student has to clear NATA entrance test of 200 marks from which the minimum marks have to obtained are 80.
Palvi, b.arch,, etc, batch of 2021
30 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • To get into Maharishi Markandeshwar University one should have secured a minimum of 50 % in HSC.
  • A 3-year Diploma in any stream after 10th in Central/ State Government recognised college with 50% aggregate marks would also suffice.
  • NATA is the required entrance exam.
Shweta Architecture, batch of 2021
24 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • For Architecture, you have to give NATA(National Aptitude test of Architecture).
  • There is an entrance exam which you need to clear for .getting admission at Academy of Architecture.
  • For getting good colleges like Academy of Architecture, J J School of Arts, etc your total marks should be above 150.
  • For reserved category, the cutoff is less at Academy of Architecture
Shruti B.Tech, batch of 2022
16 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • The student must pass NATA with a good percentage to get an admission at Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture. 
Kishore B.arch, batch of 2022
14 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

Admission into Mcgan's Ooty School of Architecture is according to the marks obtained in NATA. The cutoff is usually 80 marks. 

Pranjal B. ARCH, batch of 2021
08 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • At Guwahati College of Architecture, Guwahati, the Minimum is 60% in HSLC with Science stream and one must clear NATA (National Aptitude Test for Architecture) with a minimum 90 marks should be obtained.
Azleen B.Arch, batch of 2015
26 Apr 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • NATA entrance exam is required for getting into Mohamed Sathak AJ Academy of Architecture.
  • The eligibility criteria is 12th pass in PCM with minimum 60% marks.
  • The cut-off is quite high.
Himanshi Bachelor of architecture, batch of 2021
09 Apr 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • The Eligibility criteria are for the NATA Exam with the 12th pass out the minimum and a 50% aggregate in the non-medical exams and I scored 102 in the NATA Exam in Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, [DCRUST] Sonepat.

Discussion Forum View all 76 Questions

We need NATA Application Form. And we need to know the last date of Entries of Application to NATA.

Asked By: Rithik,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The last date for submitting your duly filled NATA Application Forms is on the 11th of February.

The Board provides and an extra day to upload your photograph/signature/thumbprint or any other images to your NATA Application Form, which will be until the 12th of February.

The NATA Application Form Fees can be paid until the 13th of February.

A Window of Correction for the Application Form will be provided by NATA for anyone who needs to make any necessary corrections to specific fields on their NATA Application Form from the 20th to the 24th of February.

The NATA Application Form Confirmation Page will be available for Download on the Official Website of NATA until the 28th of February.

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Can you give me a brief about NIASA?

Asked By: Adith Nayak,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA), the Academic Unit of Council of Architecture, was instituted in July 2005, as the first institute of architecture initiated jointly by the Council of Architecture (COA) and the Centre for Development Studies & Activities (CDSA). It is a national level institute of excellence that facilitates advanced research in various fields of architecture, to teachers of architecture, professionals and individuals/students. NIASA was operating from Pune, Maharashtra, lovingly called the Oxford of the East.

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QNATA 2017 Purpose

Why is the NATA exam conducted?

Asked By: Isha Manohar,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The NATA exam is conducted for students seeking admission in B. Arch courses in several institutes of India. The main objective of the examination is to test a candidate’s ability to draw, observe, sense of proportion, critical thinking, and aesthetic sensitivity.

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What is the full form of NIASA?

Asked By: Alvin Mathew,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The full form of NIASA is National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture.

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Are there any additional fees payable for training for NATA 2017?

Asked By: Naga,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

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 a training program, please report such incident to Council of Architecture or NATA.

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I am a foreign student / NRI. Can I take the test from my country of residence for NATA 2017?

Asked By: Shilpa S,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No. The applicant will have to register in India and give the test from any of the designated

Test centres of his / her choice in India. The qualification process for giving NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) 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.

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QPractice for NATA 2017.

How do I practice for NATA? Where can I take tuitions?

Asked By: Singhvee S,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) is designed in such a manner that prior tutelage is not required. COA is aware that the applicants will have no or minimal knowledge of architecture. NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) measures aptitude of the applicant in his / her aesthetic sensibilities (3D visualisation, logical understanding, etc.) and drawing skills that are inbuilt in every applicant and developed right from childhood to the present day. There will be certain questions on architectural awareness wherein applicants may be required to identify building of national or international importance. The applicant is expected to know about these structures through General Knowledge.

The applicant 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 (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) website to help applicants 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).

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Do I have to appear for NATA at the college where I aspire to take admission?

Asked By: Nilesh D,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No, You may appear for NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) at any Test centre convenient to you. Based on the score you may seek admission to any college where you are eligible to seek admission.

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By giving NATA, do I get automatic admission into any Architectural College in India in NATA 2017?

Asked By: Naresh C,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No. NATA is just an Aptitude Test. On receiving the Score Card, the applicant will have to contact various admission authorities with NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) 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 applicant may contact schools of architecture directly for information as to when the admission process is scheduled to begin.

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Are there any additional fees payable for training, etc to NATA exam?

Asked By: Shyam Sharma,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No training/coaching is allowed in Test Centres and no other fees payable for this exam. If any center indulges is such practice or insists on additional fees or participation in the training program, please report such incident to Council of Architecture or NIASA.

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