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National Aptitude Test in Architecture - NATA 2016

About NATA

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) an online examination for admission to 1st Year of 5-year B.Arch. degree course at all COA approved architectural institutions in the country (including Government Institutions, Government Aided institutions, Universities, and deemed universities and private universities established by a central or state legislature and other private institutions) since academic session 2006-2007.

It is mandatory for every student seeking admission to 5 years B.Arch. Degree course in any Council of Architecture approved architectural institution in country to obtain valid NATA score in addition to any other selection procedure whether based on common entrance examination or marks obtained in the qualifying examination. Such scores are valid for a period of two years throughout the country for the purpose of admission to any architectural institution. The evaluation through NATA is a mandatory for students for registration as an Architect on successful completion of 5 year B.Arch Degree course.

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) Examination Pattern

  1. Paper based drawing test
  2. Computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test

1. NATA Drawing Test - 2 Hours

The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects

  • Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering in visually appealing manner.
  • Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
  • Perspective drawing sense .
  • Combining and composing given 3D elements to form a building or structural form.
  • Creating interesting 2D 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.

The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate’s drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate’s sense of proportion & perspective is also evaluated together with sense for colour and composition.


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Our Educational Expert Clarifications

Mar 20, 2012
M C Karnic
IISc Questions

My son is studing in 2nd PUC Commerce with Maths as one main subject. He now wants to take NATA test in March 2013 to get admissions in Architechural Engineering. Is it possible or not?

Your son will be eligible if he has the same mathematics subject equivalent to regular science group students. You can apply for NATA, no harm. After clearing NATA, you need to apply separately with each and every state/Institution separately. The student can appear any number of times for NATA. His score will be calculated as (The total marks obtained/Number of attempts).

Mar 01, 2012
IISc Questions

By giving NATA, do I get automatic admission into any Architectural College in India?

No. NATA is just an Aptitude Test. With the NATA Score Card, the candidate will have to apply seperately for State Govt. Architecture colleges (under Directorate of Technical Education for that state). Notifications will come National & Regional newspapers regarding that. The students can also apply schools of architecture directly with NATA score.

Feb 26, 2012
IISc Questions

Is NATA score mandatory for TamilNadu Architecture admission?

Yes, NATA score is Madatroy for TN Architecture admissions, because appearing NATA is essential for study Architecture course (B.Arch) in India. It is also required to register as an Architect after completion of the course.

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