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National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

NATA 2017 Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability, that have been acquired over a long period of time, and that are related to specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.Prospective applicants desirous of taking admission to First year of undergraduate course in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) in India take NATA.

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is being conducted by the Council of Architecture. 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 while the actual admissions shall be carried out only by the concerned designated authorities of the respective states/ institutions based on NATA. 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.

Note: Candidates can attempt NATA for a maximum of 5 (Five) times during the period when their latest scorecard is valid. For every attempt, however, a new NATA Registration form is to be submitted online by the candidate at the NATA website

Exam Name: National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)
Commonly called as: NATA
Exam Level: National Level
Conducting Institute: Council of Architecture

Important Dates

The tentative dates of NATA 2017 exam is mentioned below:

Registration start Third week of January, 2017
Exam start First week of April, 2017
Exam last date Second week of August, 2017
Registration last date Second week of August, 2017

Eligibility Criteria

- Any person having passed SSC (Std X) or equivalent examination and above can appear for NATA.
- However, only candidates who have qualified an aptitude test in Architecture and have secured 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects, shall be eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course.
- No direct lateral admission is allowed at any year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification. NATA score shall be valid for a period of two years from the year in which one appeared.

- As per Council of Architecture regulations, a candidate applying to any school / college of architecture in India should have 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with mathematics as one of the subject and as per admission guidelines prescribed by CoA and have achieved 40% score in NATA, i.e. at least 80/200, for consideration of admission into first year of 5-year B.Arch. Degree Course.


Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)

How to Apply

- NATA 2017 Registration form can be filled and submitted ONLINE from this website by payment of NATA fees of Rs. 1250.00 (+ Processing Charges) using Netbanking / Credit Cards / ICICI Isure Bank Challan

- Download the Prefilled Registration form and procure the necessary registration documents.

- Select a Test Center / Region (from the website at a location convenient to the candidate and apply.

Details of the Registration Process for NATA is available separately on our website.

Important Things to Remember When Registering
• Register well in advance. During the peak admission season, Test Centers fill up quickly.
• Take the test as soon as possible to ensure that the candidate's score card / Mark list are ready in time for submission to the admission authorities at the time of applying for admission.
• When registering online, be sure that the spelling of the candidate's name matches the name printed on the identification document(s) the candidate will present at the Test Center. If this information does not match, the candidate will not be permitted to appear in test and his / her test fee will be forfeited. See Identification Requirements (11).
• Information regarding Test Center availability is subject to change. The most current information regarding Test Centers and another registration information is available on the NATA website (

Application Fee

NATA 2017 Registration Form can be filled and submitted online at website by paying fees of Rs. 1250.00 either through credit card / debit card / net banking or the candidate can generate the challan for depositing the payment through cash in any of the branches of the ICICI Bank all over India.

The candidate shall be required to pay additional charges as “processing charges” for the following:-
• Domestic Credit Card:- 1.25% of the NATA Fee plus service tax as applicable
• Domestic Debit Card:- 0.75% of the NATA Fees plus service tax as applicable
• Domestic Multiple Bank Net Banking Payment Gateway:- Rs.15 per transaction
• Collection through PAN India ICICI Branches in cash (through challan) :- Rs.30 per transaction

For International Credit Card / Debit Card, the charges may apply as per the policy of the Bank.

Exam Cities

NATA is offered over major part of admission season at designated Test Centers located at colleges / schools of architecture in India. Updated list of Test centers is given below.

Vijayawada Guntur Bhimavaram
Visakhapatnam Guwahati Raipur
Durg Noida Faridabad
Delhi Gurgaon Sonepat
Panaji Vadodara Ahmedabad
Surat Rajkot Mehsana
Vapi-Sarigam Himatnagar Shimla
Baddi Ambala Karnal
Rohtak Hassangarh Jhajjar
Hissar Ranchi Jamshedpur
Bangalore Hubli Gulbarga
Bijapur Mysore Mangalore
Belgavi Tumakuru Thiruvanthapuram
Thrissur Kozhikode Kottayam
Kolkatta Durgapur Kochi
Ernakulam Palakkad Kollam
Malappuram Nagpur Kolhapur
Mumbai Pune Aurangabad
Nashik Akola Solapur
Jalgaon Gondia Wardha
Pravara Loni Ramtek Amravati
Satara Gwalior Indore
Jabalpur Bhopal Bhubaneshwar
Amritsar Bhatinda Chandigarh
Phagwara Ferozepur Jaipur
Udaipur Newai Hyderabad
Chennai Hosur Ramnathapuram
Thanjavur Salem Coimbatore
Madurai Karur Tiruchirappalli
Villupuram Nagapattinam Ooty
Dindigul Kanyakumari Thirupathur
Karaikudi Erode Srivilliputtur
Dehradun Rudrapur Lucknow
Moradabad Mathura Agra
Muzzafarnagar Gorakhpur Kanpur
Gaziabad Meerut Bulandshahr

Paper Pattern

NATA Exam will be divided into two parts that are the Drawing Teats and Aesthetic Sensitivity Test.

Drawing Test:
It is a 2 hours duration paper, where the candidate has to attempt three questions. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects -
- Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner.
- Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
- The sense of perspective drawing.
- Combining and composing given three-dimensional elements to form a building or structural form.
- Creating interesting two-dimensional composition using given shapes and forms.
- Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition.
- Understanding of scale and proportions.
- Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Test:
It is a computer based test where the candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions. This test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of:
- Visualising three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings.
- Visualising different sides of three-dimensional objects.
- Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.
- Analytical reasoning.
- Mental Ability.
- Imaginative comprehension and expression.
- Architectural awareness.

Admit Card / Hall Ticket

The candidate should verify all the information in the admit card. If any issue is found, then get it corrected with the concerned authority.
The candidates are required to carry the admit card to the examination hall. Without it, you will not be allowed to enter the examination hall. It is also very important to document for the further admission processes.


The Results will be available on NATA website in e-format. Usually, the Results will be posted on the website on the fourth working day after the test. The candidate, after the fourth day, may check his score directly from a website giving his / her candidate ID. The NATA score shall be valid for a period of two years from the year in which the applicant appeared for the NATA Test.

Contact Details

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)
Council of Architecture, India Habitat Centre
Core 6A, 1st Floor, Lodhi Road
New Delhi -110003, India

Phones : (+91) (020) 65731088
Fax : (+91) (020) 22952262
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