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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What is NATA?

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

Application form, Dates, Syllabus and Pattern for NATA 2018

  • In 1st September 1972, Government of India under the provisions of the Architects Act, 1972, enacted by the Parliament of India established The Council of Architecture (COA) .
  • 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.
  • 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 s/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.
  • 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. Hon’ble Madras High Court order dated 21.07.2003 in W.P.No.9707 of 2003, had held the aptitude test as a mandatory requirement.
  • Since 2006 National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is conducted by COA, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • NATA makes an analysis on the candidates drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, Mathematics and critical thinking skills, creative thinking ability, 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 main aim of conducting this NATA exam is to produce the best architects which will help in the growth of India as well as achieve the dream of building smart cities in India as per Govt of India.

Exam Summary of NATA 2018:

Exam Name

National Aptitude Test in Architecture

Referred as

NATA 2018

Exam level



B. Arch

Conducting Authority

NIASA (NATA Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture)

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