NATA - National Aptitude Test in Architecture

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The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is a test that estimates an applicant's aptitude to study architecture. Any candidates who decides to take admission to Bachelors in Architecture (B.Arch.) programmes offered by any university/institute/college of architecture in India (including government, private unaided, government-aided, deemed universities, university departments), should go for NATA.

NATA is organized and conducted by the Council of Architecture, which is an independent statutory body of the government of India and is the capable and final authority that solves the norms and standards for the architectural organizations. At National level it has the essential expertise to grasp a common aptitude test in architecture.

NATA is conducted in all major cities of India. This test has two parts:

  • Paper-based drawing test
  • Computer-based aesthetic sensitivity test

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Eligibility criteria

Students those who have passed class 10th exam or equivalent are eligible for appearing NATA. But students those who want to apply for B.Arch. programmes then they must have cleared 10 + 2 exams or equivalent with minimum of 50% marks along with mathematics subjects.

Application form

NATA 2014 application form along with brochure which has full information is available and can be purchased from any designated branches of ICICI Bank starting from 15th March, 2014.

Exam pattern

NATA consists of two parts:
  • Paper-based drawing test
  • Computer-based aesthetic sensitivity test

Appointments for the test are made on a basis of First Come and get First Served. Students have to register in advance so that they can get exam date as per their choice.

Exam fees

The fee for the NATA test is Rs 1000 which include the NATA application form and information brochure. This fee needs to be paid at the time of purchasing the NATA application form and information brochure from the designated branches of ICICI Bank.

NATA Scores

Students those who are planning to apply to any architecture college must score at least 40% marks in NATA (i.e, 80/200) to become eligible for taking admission to the B.Arch. course, as per the Council of Architecture admission rules.

Scoring process for the Drawing Test - In this part, a student's drawing, imagination and observation skills along with his sense of proportion, perspective, sense for colour and composition will be examined. There will be three examiners that will separately review each answer and their average marks provided for each answer will be considered.

Scoring process for the aesthetic Sensitivity Test – In this part, difficult level of question will be asked and changed as per the candidate’s ability. If a candidate gives correct answer then the next question will be more difficult, where as if candidates give a wrong answer then the nest question will be easier. The final score will depend on average difficulty level of the entire question asked and of those questions answered correctly.

NATA Result

Students can check their NATA 2014 results online on the NATA websites. A student’s results card will be uploaded on the websites and can be accessed by the fourth working day after the exam.

A Student’s original result card can be recovered by any admission authority directly from the NATA server. Only the result card that is stored on the NATA server will be considered valid and no hard/print copy will be considered as valid. But, candidate can take out printout of the result card, if an admission authority asks for it while applying.

A student’s NATA result is stored and can be retrieved for 2 years from the date of the test last taken.

NATA Contact Details

Council Of Architecture (COA)
(A Statutory Autonomous Body of Government of India under the Architects Act, 1972)
India Habitat Centre, Core 6-A, 1st Floor, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003
Tel :011-24648415, 24654172,
Fax : 011-2464774
E-mail :,

The Director
National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA)

CDSA Campus, Survey no. 58 & 49/4, Bavdhan Khurd, Paud-Pirangut Road,
(Before Ambrosia Resort; Off Chandni Chowk)
Pune – 411021
Maharashtra, India
Telephone: 020-6573-1088 (10am - 4pm)
Tele-fax: 020-2295-2262
Email :,

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