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. Further, the Council has prescribed the Council of Architecture (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 2020, with the approval of the Central Government in terms of Sections 21 & 45 of the Architects Act, 1972. The Regulations were published in the Gazette of India on 11.08.2020 and came into force w.e.f. 01.11.2020. These Regulations prescribe that the candidate needs to qualify an Aptitude Test in Architecture conducted by the Council for admission to the Architecture degree course. The actual admissions shall be carried out only by the concerned competent authorities of the respective states/institutions based on valid NATA score. The NATA 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. NATA 2021 will be conducted as a comprehensive online aptitude test at the Council allotted centres in identified cities in the country. Unlike any other entrance examination, NATA is an Aptitude test that assesses a candidate’s innate ability through a variety of testing formats and cannot be taught, learnt or induced. Therefore, attending coaching classes will not substantially improve the aptitude of a candidate. NATA measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture, through assessment of cognitive skills, visual perception and aesthetic sensitivity tests, logical reasoning and critical thinking ability, etc., besides the learning that the candidate has acquired over the past few years and is related to the specific field of study. With the objective of giving opportunities to a greater number of bright aspirants, Council announced the conduct of NATA- 2021 for admission to B.Arch. in the academic session 2021- 2022 twice this year. This was to enable candidates who miss out the first test due to some reason or other or wish to improve upon their NATA score can register for the second test. Both the first and second test were conducted on different dates as computer-based examinations and it was communicated in NATA brochure Ver 1.0 released on 03.03.2021 that a candidate shall be allowed to appear for NATA 2021 for a maximum of two times. Due to the pandemic situation and containment restrictions, the Council has considered the conduct of a third test on 03/09/2021, in order that some of the candidates who may not have been able to take either of the two tests can register for the third test or have taken one test but wish to improve their score by appearing for a second time in the third test. The maximum number of attempts for a candidate in NATA 2021 shall remain two.
NATA ENTRANCE EXAM - SCHEDULE
Examination shall be conducted in one session on the date of the test. Second session for examination may be considered in the event of any restrictions imposed by the Government on the number of candidates appearing in a single session due to social distancing norms owing to pandemic Covid-1 Examination shall be conducted in one session on the date of the test. Second session for examination may be considered in the event of any restrictions imposed by the Government on the number of candidates appearing in a single session due to social distancing norms owing to pandemic Covid-19. The session during which the candidate will take the test will be allotted by the Council and Centre allotment will be done on the basis of choice provided by the candidate in the application form for preferred city for taking examination. The candidates need to indicate their preference for city of examination at their respective login accounts at NATA portal www.nata.in The first and second tests were held on 10/04/2021 and 11/07/2021 respectively. The schedule of the third test is given below 9. The session during which the candidate will take the test will be allotted by the Council and Centre allotment will be done on the basis of choice provided by the candidate in the application form for preferred city for taking examination. The candidates need to indicate their preference for city of examination at their respective login accounts at NATA portal www.nata.in The first and second tests were held on 10/04/2021 and 11/07/2021 respectively. The schedule of the third test is given below
Date & Time of Examination
Questions & Marks of Examination
Third NATA Examination
03/09/2021 (Friday) Session 1 10.00 am to 1.00 pm (180 mins/ 3.0 hours) Session 2 (if required) 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm (180 mins/ 3.0 hours)
Questions 125 Marks 200
NATA ENTRANCE EXAM - SYLLABUS
The aptitude test will comprise of questions that could be of the Multiple-Choice type (MCQ), Multiple Select type (MSQ), Preferential Choice type (PCQ) and Numerical Answer type (NAQ) and Match the following type (MFQ)
The questions will carry either 1 mark, 2 marks or 3 marks and 125 questions have to be answered in 180 minutes.
The medium of Aptitude test will be the English language.
The aptitude of the candidate will be assessed using some or all of the following techniques:
- Diagrammatic Reasoning – Tests the ability of logical reasoning, using diagrams and scenarios
- Numerical Reasoning – Tests mathematical ability through simple problems
- Verbal Reasoning – Assesses the ability to assess verbal logic.
- Inductive Reasoning – Tests the ability to see patterns and analyze given data
- Situational Judgment – Tests problem-solving ability.
- Logical Reasoning – Tests ability to recognize patterns, sequences or relationships between shapes and imagery.
- Abstract Reasoning – Will assess general knowledge, and ability to utilize knowledge in new situations.
Questions could be asked in various topics that assess candidates on basic concepts in mathematics, physics and geometry, language and interpretation, elements and principles of design, aesthetic sensitivity, color theory, lateral thinking and logical reasoning, visual perception and cognition, graphics and imagery, building anatomy and architectural vocabulary, basic techniques of building construction and knowledge of material, general knowledge and current affairs, etc. and are may not be limited to those outlined
NATA ENTRANCE EXAM - ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Candidates who have completed their 10 + 2 examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics or 10+ 3 Diploma with Mathematics as subject of study can appear for NATA 2021. Candidates appearing for 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as subjects of study or 10+3 Diploma with Mathematics in the current year may also provisionally appear for NATA-2021 Candidates may note that NATA 2021 is the qualifier for admission to B.Arch. program offered by Universities/ Institutions in the country, subject to the fulfilment of eligibility criteria as prescribed by the Council. The eligibility criteria are outlined in Clause 5.2 of this brochure. QUALIFYING IN NATA- 2021 DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A RIGHT/ GUARANTEE IN FAVOUR OF THE CANDIDATE FOR ADMISSION TO ANY ARCHITECTURE COURSE UNLESS THE CANDIDATE HAS FULFILLED ALL THE PRESCRIBED REQUIREMENTS AS SPECIFIED BY RESPECTIVE COMPETENT AUTHORITIES IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE ELIGIBILIY CRITERIA LAID DOWN BY THE COUNCIL
ADMISSION TO FIRST YEAR OF B.Arch. PROGRAM
In view of the threat of Pandemic Covid-19, the Council with the approval of the Central Government, has relaxed the eligibility for admission to 1st year of 5-year B.Arch. Degree Course as prescribed under Regulation 4(1) of the Council of Architecture (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations 2020, for the academic session 2021-2022 and the same shall be as under: “No candidate shall be admitted to architecture course unless she/ he has passed an examination at the end of the 10+2 scheme of examination with Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics subjects or passed 10+3 Diploma Examination with Mathematics as compulsory subject.” Candidates may note that no direct lateral admission is allowed at any year/semester/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification.