NATA Exam: 2020 Application, Eligibility, Syllabus & Pattern

National Aptitude Test in Architecture [NATA]

NATA - National Aptitude Test In Architecture

NATA or National Aptitude Test in Architecture happens to be a national level aptitude entrance examination which is conducted by Council of Architecture. The entrance examination is conducted for students who are willing to seek admission in different architecture courses such as B.Arch that are conferred by top institutes of the country. The entrance examination weighs the aptitude of the student in the areas of architecture. From the year of 2017, the entrance test will be conducted only every year via offline mode. The score of this entrance examination is taken into consideration by different government aided, government, universities and private institutions for providing admission in B.Arch courses.

It is a prerequisite to fill the eligibility criteria for appearing in the entrance examination. Hence, candidates should check the eligibility criteria to avoid confusion at a later off stage. Candidates who failed to meet the eligibility criteria may be disqualified at a later off stage. Students should be filling the application form for appearing in this examination. The application form of this entrance examination can be availed from the official website of National Aptitude Test.

Payment of the registration fees can be accomplished via net banking, debit card and credit card. There are 2 main parts in entrance test which include aesthetic sensitivity test and drawing test. The drawing test is conducted via offline mode whereas the sensitivity test is an online mode test. Candidates require finishing the entrance question paper within a time period of 2 hours. In accordance with the Council of Architecture Admission Guidelines, candidates who are willing to seek admission in B.Arch courses should score a minimum aggregate of 40% in National Entrance Examination. Candidates should have a fair idea about the syllabus of this entrance test. They require planning their preparation strategy in accordance with that. You should prepare a time table in accordance with a suitable time so that you can prepare for this entrance test. The entrance examination offers admission in 5 years of B.Arch courses.

NATA Exam Date

The last date for filling the application form is 2nd February 2019. Candidates require submitting application fees before 4th February 2019. The admit card can be availed tentatively from 26th March 2019. The NATA entrance test will commence tentatively on 16th April 2019. 


Dates (Tentative)

Registration start

Third week of January, 2019

Exam starts from

First week of April, 2019

Last date 

Second week of August, 2019

Registration last date

Second week of August, 

The complete dates and schedule will be updated as soon as the official notification will be released.

NATA Eligibility criteria

It is a prerequisite to fulfilling the eligibility criteria for appearing in the National Entrance Test. Students should be filling 10th standard or equivalent examination or SSC examination from a recognized board. Candidates should have passed the 12th or equivalent examination with mathematics as a subject. Students require obtaining an aggregate of at least 50 % marks in 10th standard or equivalent examination. There is no provision for admission via a lateral entry in any year or stage of B.Arch. The score card will hold validity for 2 years. Students appearing for International Baccalaureate diploma appearing or passed 10th examination have the eligibility for applying for the entrance examination.

NATA Application Form & fees

Candidates willing to appear in Entrance examination require filling the application form. The application form is available from the official website. Eligible and interested students should apply online before or on the last date of application. Candidates require paying an application fee of Rs. 1250.

Students can pay the application fee through net banking/ debit card and credit card. After submission of personal details, a 7 digit application number will be generated for the candidate. Students may log out of the system after the generation of application number and choice of a password.

NATA Syllabus & Exam Pattern

The test is in two parts. A paper based drawing test and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test. The test measures aptitude of the candidate through two sections - a paper based section for drawing and computer based section for aesthetic sensitivity. 

DRAWING TEST:This is a two hour paper where 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.
  • 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. Understanding of scale and proportions.
  • Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.

The exam pattern of Drawing Test is described below:






2 hours



Theme Sketch



This is computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions. The aesthetic sensitivity 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.

NATA Admit Card

The  admit card will be issued to the students tentatively on 26th March 2019. The admit card is considered to be an integral document of entrance test. The admit card can be downloaded from the official website of examination. The admit card will consist of important information such as name and roll number of the candidate, time, date, and venue of the examination center. It is essential to carry the admit card in the examination hall.

NATA Results & Score Card

The score cards will be available on website in e-format. Usually, the score cards will be posted on the website on the fourth working day after the test. The candidate, after fourth day may check his score directly from website giving his / her candidate ID. However, print out taken by the candidate of such score card will be only for reference and information.

Candidate, however, may use print out of this score card while applying for the admission if the admission authority calls for the same. Original score card will be retrieved and verified by the admission authority directly from server. Only the score card stored on NATA server is valid and no print/ hard copy will be considered valid. The score shall be valid for a period of two years from the year in which the applicant appeared for the Test.

NOTE: Occasionally, delays in processing may occur. Some scores will not be available on the dates specified. Please check again. Only if the score card is still not seen after 7 days, we suggest the candidate to follow the process mentioned on the website

NATA Counselling & Admission

The counseling   will start after the release of results and score card. The counseling procedure will start tentatively in July 2019. Council of Architecture will conduct the entire process. The counseling process will be conducted for filling available seats in the participating institutes.

Candidates who have qualified in the entrance examination need to participate in the counseling procedure. Candidates require appearing for the counseling procedure for a particular university she/he is willing to apply. Candidates require registering and filling the choice of seats during counseling.

NATA Participating Colleges

There are a number of institutes that take the scores of NATA into consideration. There are approximately 100 participating colleges that accept the scores . These participating colleges include Government Aided, Government and unaided colleges of architecture.

NATA Contact Information

Test Centres are grouped together by Regions. Candidates, at the time of filling the form, are required to select a Region and any one of the test centres in that region will be RANDOMLY allotted to candidate.

Few centre in Karnataka:


Council Of Architecture
Core - 6A, 1st Floor, India Habitat Centre,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110003
Nata Website: