National Aptitude Test in Architecture


The Council of Architecture (CoA) has been constituted by the Government of India under the provisions of the Architects Act, 1972. This Act was enacted by the Parliament of India and came into force with effect from 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 of maintaining the register of architects on national basis as well as regulating the Architecture education and practice of Architecture profession throughout India.
For this purpose, the Government of India has framed Rules and Council has 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 undergo the education in accordance with the Council of Architecture Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations and possess the recognized qualification as appended to the Architects Act. The registration with Council of Architecture as an Architect 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 of a criminal offence punishable under the Architects Act, 1972. The practice of 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 465institutions 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 a mandatory requirement for admission to B.Arch. degree course. Hon’ble Madras High Court vide order dated 21.07.2003 in W.P.No.9707 of 2003, had upheld passing the aptitude test as a mandatory requirement.

What is NATA?

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. Being the competent authority for fixing the 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 country. 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 valid NATA score. 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. 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, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at 10+2 level and critical thinking ability that have been acquired by the candidate over the past few years and are related to the specific field of study. With the objective of attracting a greater number of bright aspirants for studying Architecture and practicing the same as a profession in future, CoA like every year will be conductingNATA-2020for admission to B.Arch. in the academic session 2020-2021. NATA-2020 shall be conducted twice a year, thus giving opportunity to those students who miss out the first test due to some reason or other or wish to improve upon their NATA score in the first test by re-appearing the second test. Both the first and second test will be conducted on a different date as a one-day online examination all over the country. The test shall consist of two parts: Part A is on Drawing, which is paper based and Part B comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)on Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and general aptitude which is to be answered online. This has been devised as a step towards producing 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, Housing for All and Green and Energy efficient Buildings.

Schedule of Examination

For First Session:

Starting of online application1st February 2020
Last date of application submission15th April 2020
Image upload and fee payment last date19th April 2020
Confirmation page printing available till22nd April 2020
Correction window open20th – 22nd April 2020
Admit card release
Exam dates1st August 2020
Announcement of result

For Second Session:

Starting of online application1st February 2020
Last date of application submission4th May 2020
Image upload and fee payment8th May 2020
Confirmation page printing available till11th May 2020
Correction window open9th – 11th May 2020
Admit card release
Exam dates29th August 2020
Announcement of result

NATA 2020 Application Form​

Candidates must read all the instructions regarding the from below:

  • Application form is available through online mode.
  • Candidates can fill their application form from 1st February 2020 for both sessions.
  • Candidates must fill all the correct details i.e. personal, address or education details in the application form.
  • After filling all the details, candidates have to upload passport size photograph (4 to 100 kb) and signature (1 to 30 kb) in jpg/jpeg format.
  • Candidates also have to upload relevant documents or certificates.
  • Candidates will have make correction in the application form through online mode during the correction period.
  • The last date of filling the online application will be till 15th April 2020 for first session or 4th May 2020 for second session.
  • Candidates must take a printout of the application form for further admission procedure.

Application Fee:

  • The application fee can be paid through online mode using debit card, credit card or net banking.

Here we have mentioned application fee for all categories:

Category/session Application fee
For One Session:  
General candidates Rs. 2000/-
SC/ST candidates Rs. 1700/-
For Both Session:  
General candidates Rs. 3800/-
SC/ST candidates Rs. 3100/-

Candidates who want to appear from test centers outside of India must have to fill following fee for both sessions:

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

NATA 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must fulfill given below before filling the application form:

  • Age Limit: There will be no age limit criteria to apply for the exam.
  • Qualifications: Candidates must pass 12th class from recognized board.
  • Appearing Candidates: Candidates those are appearing in the qualifying exam can also apply.
  • Marks Criteria: Candidates must secure minimum of 50% marks and 50% aggregate in PCM subjects. 5% relaxation is given to SC, ST, OBC-NCL category or PwD (Persons with disability) candidates.
  • Subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are compulsory subjects.
  • Art Stream Candidates: Candidates with art stream are also eligible if they have qualified PCM subjects conducted by CBSE.
  • Diploma: 10+3 Diploma Examination with Mathematics as compulsory subject can also apply.

NATA 2020 Exam Pattern

  • Mode of Exam: Exam will be conducted through online mode and part A will be based on drawing test (pen paper based).
  • Time Duration: Total time duration will be of 3 hours & 15 minutes. 45 minutes for aptitude section and 135 minutes for drawing section.
  • Total Questions: Question paper will consist of 125 marks.
  • Sections: Exam will comprise of two sections, i.e. Aptitude Section & Drawing Section.
  • Marking Scheme: 1.5 marks will be awarded for each correct answer (MCQ section).
  • Negative Marking: There will be no negative marking in the exam.

Candidates can check the distribution of marks from the table given below:

Subject QuestionsMarksMode of Exam
Drawing Test 3125Paper & Pencil

Test on Scientific ability and
General Aptitude

PCM1522.5MCQ (Online)

General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning

3552.5MCQ (Online)

NATA 2020 Syllabus

Here we have mentioned for both sections:

  • Mathematics: Mathematics will include question from Logarithm, Algebra, Coordinates Geometry, Trigonometry, Dimensional Co-ordinate Geometry, Application of Calculus, Statics and Probability, Sets and Relations and Mathematical Reasoning etc.
  • General Aptitude: Questions will be asked from the topics i.e. General reasoning, Interpretation of pictorial composition, general awareness, texture related to architecture and built environment etc.
  • Drawing Test: Syllabus of drawing test will be comprises topics like Generating Plan, common objects like furniture etc., Geometrical compression, shapes, building forms and elements, drawing of patterns for both abstract and geometrical, form transformation in 2D and 3D etc.

Exam Centers

Here we have mentioned some examination cities of NATA 2020 examination:

Dubai, Agra, Raipur, Delhi, Silchar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Chandigarh, Patna, Hamirpur, Shimla, Jammu, Ranchi, Hubli, Mysore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Kannur, Kottayam, Indore, Mumbai, Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Kohima, Dimapur, Cuttack, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ludhiana, Mohali, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Madurai, Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow etc.

NATA 2020 Admit Card

NATA Admit Card will be available through online mode. Candidates can download their admit card for first session from the month of July 2020 and for second session from July 2020.

Admit card will include details like candidates name, address, examination center, exam date, time etc. Candidates can download the admit card from the website by entering the required details. Candidates must bring the admit card on the day of examination with valid ID proof. Keep it secure till the completion of admission procedure.

NATA 2020 Answer Key

Exam authority will release the NATA Answer Key after few days of examination. Candidates can check the answer key through online mode. Answer key will contain correct answers of the questions asked in the examination.

Through the answer key candidates can calculate their expected marks of the examination. The answer key will be available in the PDF format. The authority may also provide the opportunity to challenge against the answer key.

 NATA 2020 Result

The NATA Result will be released through online mode. Candidates can check their results for first session from the month of September 2020. For second session, it will be released on September 2020.

The result will be published in two formats, i.e. Marks obtained out of 200 and in each component and status of pass/fail. NATA 2020 score card will be valid for only 2020-21 sessions. Candidates can check their results by entering application number and password.

 NATA 2020 Cut off

Authority will publish the NATA Cut off through online mode. Cut off will be the minimum marks which candidates have to obtained to qualify the examination. Cut off will be published by the exam conducting authority.

NATA 2020 cut off will depend on various factors like total seats, difficulty level of exam, total number of appeared candidates and etc. Candidates must have to obtain following cut off marks in the examination:

ExamMinimum Percentage/MarksTotal Marks
MCQ Portion25% (32)120
Drawing Portion25% (18)80

 NATA 2020 Counselling

Candidates will have to apply separately in institutions to get admission. The authority will not conduct any centralized NATA 2020 Counselling for providing admission. Candidates who want to get admission in B.Arch. courses have to apply separately in institutions.

Candidates are advised to bring all required documents and their photocopies for the verification process. Each institute will conduct their own counselling for providing admission. Final admission will be provided to those candidates who will fulfill eligibility criteria completely.

Candidates can Apply for NATA by visiting

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