National Aptitude Test in Architecture [ NATA ]

By Srushti Pargat Last Updated: December 04th, 2020

NATA 2021

NATA is a national-level examination, also known as National Aptitude Test for Architecture is the gateway examination for architectural aspirants throughout the country. The official information of this examination is expected to be released by The Council of Architecture (CoA) on the official website for the NATA The NATA is conducted twice a year.

The CoA makes sure that candidates from all over the country are able to apply for admission in the 5-year B.Arch courses in institutions across the country without having to appear for multiple admission tests. Candidates should apply separately to the institute of their choice for admission for the undergraduate course in Architecture separately after they have qualified the examination.  More than 30,000 candidates appeared for NATA in the previous years.

Particulars Details
Name of examination NATA or National Aptitude Test in Architecture
Also Known As NATA
Conducting Body for Examination Council of Architecture (also know as COA)
Level of Examination National level examination
Category of Examination Undergraduate examination
Mode of Examination Mode shall be Online which is Computer Based Test
Duration of Examination 2 hours
Medium of Instruction English
Validity of the NATA Scores One year
Frequency of Examination Two times a year
Purpose of Examination Provides the opportunity to candidates for th admission into the B.Arch courses offered by the recognized institutes in the country
Counselling process There is no common counselling procedure that is conducted by the authorities.Candidates can apply separately to each institute using their NATA scores for admission.
Official Website

Important Updates for NATA 2021

Events Tentative Dates – First Paper of NATA 2021 Tentativie Dates – Second Paper of NATA 2021
Information bulletin made available 3rd week of January 3rd week of January
Online application form made available 4th week of January 4th week of January
Registration ends 2nd week of March 3rd week of June
Final date for uploading images 3rd week of March 3rd week of June
Deadline for fee payment 3rd week of March 3rd week of June
Deadline for confirmation page printing 3rd week of March 4th week of June
Correction window for candidates 2nd  week to 3rd  week of March 3rd week to 4th week of June
Admit Card is hosted 1st week of April 4th week of June
Date and Time for the examination 3rd week of April 1st week of July
Results Declaration Date1st week of May 2nd week of July

Application Procedure and Fee details

Candidates must go through the following details regarding the NATA 2021 before filling in the application form as there are several details that are to be taken seriously:

· The application form will be made available in online mode and has to be filled in online mode as well on the NATA portal.

· The NATA 2021 application form filling is expected to start from the third week of January.

·Candidates should make sure to fill in the correct and most recent details such as their personal and educational documents and complete the fee payment properly.

·Candidates will have to take a printout of the confirmation page which will be generated after the application fee payment is complete.

·Candidates must carefully fill in all the details in the application form. The candidates will be given only one more chance to correct their information in case of any discrepancies.

        Details for the Application Fee:

·The payment of the application fee can be maid in online mode using a debit card, credit card or though net banking.

The application fee various categories of candidates is mentioned below:

Category Application fee
For One Session:
General category candidates Rs. 1800
SC/ST category candidates Rs. 1500
For Both Session:
General category candidates Rs. 3500
SC/ST category candidates Rs. 2800

Candidates who are looking to appear for the examination from a test center outside India will have to fill in the following fees for both sessions:

Sessions Fee
For one session Rs. 10,000
For both sessions Rs. 18,000

Specifications for uploading of Scanned Images

Specifications Photograph Signature Community Certificate (Only SC/ST candidates)
File Size 4 to 100 KB 1 to 30 KB Upto 1 MB
Dimension 4.5 X 3.5 cm 1.5 X 3.5 cm A4 size

Eligibility Criteria for NATA 2021

Before beginning to fill the application for the NATA 2021, it is advised that the candidates go through the following eligibility criteria to avoid the rejection or cancellation of the application form:

·Educational Qualification: Candidate should pass 10+2 or equivalent examination.

·Minimum Percentage: Candidate must have a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in PCM i.e. Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics and also attain a minimum of at least 50% marks in aggregate of their 10+2 level examination or passed a 10+3 Diploma Examination with Mathematics as a compulsory subject with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.

·Appearing Candidates: Candidates that are yet to appear or are  appearing for the 10+2 examination in the current year will also be allowed to provisionally appear in the exam.

·Note: Direct lateral admission is not allowed at any other year of any B.Arch. course based on any qualification.

Exam Pattern of NATA 2021

You can view the complete examination pattern and marking scheme for NATA 2021:

·No. of Parts: Part A will comprises of MCQs from the subjects Mathematics and aptitude which is supposed to be answered in online mode whereas Part B comprises of drawing which will be in pen paper mode.

·Marks: In the first part that is in online mode, the question paper will be of 120 marks and in the second part that is in offline mode, the question paper will be of 80 marks.

·Language of Instruction: The question paper medium will be in English.

·Marking Scheme: 2 marks are awarded for each correct response.

·Negative Marking: There is no negative marking scheme.

Subjects Distribution of Marks Total marks
Part A    
Mathematics 20 X 2 40
General Aptitude 40 X 2 80
Part B    
Drawing 20 X 4 80
Total No. of Marks200

Syllabus for NATA 2021

The syllabus for NATA 2021 has been designed in a way to test the drawing and observation abilities, aesthetic sensitivity, sense of proportion, and Mathematical ability at the 10+2 level as well as the critical thinking ability that is usually acquired by the candidate over the past years. Candidates should make sure to study the 11th and 12th class syllabus as well.

Syllabus for Part A

·  Understanding of color theory and various terminologies such as color scheme perception and knowledge.

·  Understanding of Geometry and capacity to visualize shapes and resolve geometrical puzzles as a test of spatial intelligence.

·  Understanding of important visual principles in composition (2D/3D) such as rhythm, direction, hierarchy, balance, symmetry etc.

·  Visual interpretation and perception to check the graphical similarities and other properties.

·  Ability to understand the spatial differences between objects, and to visualize images and scenarios.

·  Tests for cognitive ability include recognition, memory, perception, attention etc.

Syllabus for Part B (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)


· Electrostatics

· Current Electricity

· Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism

· Moving Charges and Magnetism

· Magnetism and Matter

· Electromagnetic induction and Alternating Currents

· Ray Optics

· Wave Optics

· Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter

· Atoms and Nuclei

· Electronic Devices


· Basic concepts of Chemistry

· Atomic structure

· Classification of elements and periodicity in properties

· Chemical and Molecular Bonding

· States of Matter

· Gases and Liquids

· Chemical Thermodynamics

· Equilibrium

· Redox reactions

· Hydrogen

· s-block & p-block elements

· Organic Chemistry

·  Hydrocarbons

·  Environmental Chemistry


· Algebra

· Logarithms

· Matrices

· Trigonometry

· Coordinate Geometry

· 3-Dimensional Coordinate Geometry

· Theory of Calculus

· Application of Calculus

· Permutation and Combination

· Statistics and Probability

Part B (General Aptitude)

· Mathematical Reasoning

· Sets and Relations

Preparation Tips for NATA 2021

Candidates should go through the following preparation tips and follow them to score well in the NATA examination.

· It is advised that candidates should go through the complete exam pattern and syllabus prescribed by the officials much before the day of the exam.

· Candidates should also solve previous year question papers and sample papers to get exposed to the different types of questions and the examination pattern while also getting used to the time restrictions.

· Candidates should also remember to make an efficient study timetable that gives them the right amount of time to prepare without getting stressed out. They should make sure they follow it on a regular basis.

· Another key factor to remember is that candidates should maintain a fit and healthy mind and body during the preparation as well as a few days before the examination.

· Along with working towards their strategy for the exam, applicants should also watch out for simple mistakes they can make that could cost them heavily. From carrying the right documents, reaching the examination centre on time to avoiding calculation errors, all these are small things every applicant should keep in mind.

· Keeping the time limitations in mind, it is expected that the applicant should not spend too much time on a single question but also not rush through the questions as it could cause panic.

· Skipping questions that require more time is the smarter thing to do compared to playing a guessing game as the examination does have a negative marking scheme.

Books for the preparation of NATA 2021

· Study Guide for B.Arch 2020   

· NATA Exam Full Package  

· NATA Preparation: Road to Becoming An Architect Begins Here  

· NATA/B.ARCH. Architecture Entrance Question Bank

· NATA Mock Test Series 2020-21      

· NATA & B. ARCH Complete Self Study Material: Entrance Examination         


Q: Where do I appear for the NATA?

A: The examination centres are allocated in a way that candidates across India will be able to attend the examination in all the state capitals and also many other selected cities which varies upon the availability of a minimum of about 250 students in general. Cities will be decided upon the basis of the choices given by the candidate during the filling in of the application form.

Q: What is the expected passing score of NATA?

A: As per the COA (Council of Architecture) regulations, candidates that are applying to any school or college of architecture in India, they need to attain the qualifying marks for NATA-2021 that would be based on the following regulations:

· Atleast 25% must be secured in the MCQ portion i.e. around 30 out of 120

· Atleast 25% must be secured in the Drawing portion i.e around 20 out of 80

·Overall qualifying marks should be around 70 out of 200

Q: Where and when can students take the NATA?

A: NATA can be taken up by candidates on any working day except for any of the national holidays. The NATA is expected to be conducted in a single attempt at one of the designated test centers.

Q: What do I do if I need guidance to prepare for the drawing sections in the NATA & JEE Test?

A: There are several coaching institutes across the country that offer classes which are meant to help in developing sketching and perspective drawing skills. These classes are taken by a group of well experienced tutors.

Best Wishes to all NATA Candidates from Collegemarg Team

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