Council of Architecture (CoA) is the sole authority that is responsible to conduct National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) for candidates seeking B.Arch admissions across its participating institutes. NATA is a national level exam that shall take place twice this year. While the NATA Phase I schedule is declared, Phase II dates are yet to be notified.
The NATA question paper basically consists of two parts –
- Part A – Cognitive Skill Test (Drawing and Visual Composition)
- Part B – Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and General Aptitude
The Council released the official brochure of NATA 2020 on February 01, 2020. Later, the dates of various events were postponed in the view of COVID-19, and a revised brochure was issued.
Click here to download the revised brochure of NATA 2020.
Important Update – As per the revised notification by CoA, NATA application window was reopened on July 25, 2020 (10:30 AM) and will remain active till August 16, 2020 (11.59 PM). In the meantime, candidates can edit the application form through the correction window facility.
The first phase of the NATA 2020 exam is scheduled on August 29, 2020 in two shifts – 10:00 AM to 12 Noon & 12:20 PM to 2:30 PM. This year, Part A shall be followed by Part B with a gap of three minutes between the papers. Both of the papers shall be conducted online. NATA admit card will be available online from August 22, 2020 till the examination date. The council will declare NATA result on September 03, 2020. The sectional score (of both the parts) as well as the overall score is considered for the final result.
No centralised counselling is available for NATA. The admission criteria vary from one participating college to another as per their respective admission cut off scores. Skim through this article to get complete details on the National Aptitude Test in Architecture .
NATA – Key Highlights
Candidates must pay heed to the below given key points pertaining to the National Aptitude Test in Architecture 2020 –
- The registration process for NATA 2020 is open till August 16, 2020.
- Candidates of any age group can apply for NATA.
- International students have the same eligibility criteria as Indian Nationals.
- Any applicant who is found ineligible during the admission process through NATA has to face cancellation.
- NATA application fee can be submitted through online mode only.
- Application correction window is available only once. Candidates cannot edit the information in their application form after the window closes.
- Printout of NATA application form must be retained for further admission process.
- NATA admit card along with identity proof and photograph of the candidate is mandatory at the exam centre.
- This year, examinees can choose to appear for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture either from their place of stay or from a designated exam centre.
- Applicants who choose to appear from their place of stay have to take the NATA exam in the first shift only i.e. 10 AM to 12 PM.
- Examinees shall be given 45 minutes to solve Part B of the exam, which shall be followed by Part A after an intermission of 3 minutes. For Part A, 72 minutes is the maximum time limit.
- As per the qualifying cutoff for NATA 2020, candidates have to score a minimum of 25% marks in both Part A and B.
- CoA releases the overall qualifying cutoff along with the result.
- Over 400 colleges shortlist candidates on the basis of their performance in NATA and their marks in 10+2.
- The validity of the NATA score is one year from the date of the exam.
NATA – Important Dates
CoA has released the NATA 2020 schedule for the first test and applicants must be aware of the same to avoid any last minute hassle. The table given below contains NATA 2020 exam dates –
Schedule for NATA 2020 Phase I
|Events||Dates (Phase I)|
|Release of NATA notification||February 01, 2020|
|Availability of NATA application form||February 01, 2020 (reopened on July 25, 2020 from 10:30 AM)|
|Last date to submit application form||August 16, 2020 (till 11:59 PM)|
|Deadline to upload images and pay application fee||August 16, 2020 (till 11:59 PM)|
|Deadline to take a printout of confirmation Page||August 16, 2020 (till 11:59 PM)|
|Availability of application correction window||July 25, 2020 (from 10:30 AM) to August 12, 2020 (till 11:59 PM)|
|Release of admit card||August 22, 2020|
|NATA 2020 exam||August 29, 2020|
|Result announcement||September 3, 2020|
NATA – Eligibility Criteria
CoA will accept the applications of the eligible candidates only. The authority may cancel the candidature of those who submit the form without paying heed to NATA eligibility criteria. Check out the eligibility conditions laid down by the Council –
Latest Update – As per the CoA recommendation, the Ministry of Education has relaxed the admission criteria through NATA and JEE Main Paper 2 by scrapping the minimum marks requirement of 50% in qualifying exam (10+2 or 10+3 Diploma). The Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal tweeted that 10+2 passed students with PCM or 10+3 Diploma Holders with Mathematics are eligible for admission to BArch in the 2020-21 session once they qualify NATA or JEE Main Paper 2.
No age bar has been specified by CoA to apply for NATA
- Aspirants must have passed 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as core subjects
- Aspirants who possess a 10+3 diploma, with Mathematics as a subject, can also apply for NATA
- Candidates appearing for Class 12 examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics can also apply, provided they furnish a valid marksheet and certificate after result declaration
- No round off of marks is valid while applying in NATA. For instance, 49.9% marks in the qualifying exam would be considered as 49.9% itself and not 50%
- The validity of NATA scores is one year from the time an applicant appears for the exam
Note – The eligibility requirements for international students are similar to that of Indian Nationals. CoA has not prescribed any different criteria for NRI candidates.
NATA – Application Form
NATA 2020 application form is available online and only eligible candidates can proceed for application process that involves the steps like –
- Online registration
- Filling the details
- Uploading scanned images
- Application fee payment
Before starting with the application process of NATA 2020, candidates should be ready with below given pre-requisites –
- Marksheet of qualifying exam, passport size photographs, photo identity proof, Aadhaar number, email address, mobile number, debit/credit card or net banking details etc
- Scanned documents that include the photograph and signature of the applicants in the prescribed jpg/jpeg format
- To login into the NATA account, candidates must use web browsers like Mozilla Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 3.0 and above, and Internet Explorer 8 and above, to avoid technical error
Step 1 – Online Registration
Registration is the primary step of NATA application procedure. Candidates must visit NATA website (nata.in) and enter their basic information like name, date of birth, email ID, and mobile number to generate Application Number and Password. Candidates must retain the application number and password for further login requirements.
Step 2 – Filling details in the Application Form
With the given credentials, registrants must re-login to the NATA account to fill the mandatory details in the application form. The required information includes –
- Basic details like name, date of birth, application number, father’s name, mother’s name, category, contact number, nationality, type of disability etc.
- Communication and permanent address and exam-related information, exam centre preference etc.
- Educational qualification like marks details of Class 10th and 12th
Step 3: Uploading the Scanned Images
After filling the details, candidates need to upload the scanned copies of photograph and signature in the below given format and specifications –
|Photograph||4 KB – 100 KB||4.5 cm – 3.5 cm|
|Signature||1 KB – 30 KB||1.5 cm – 3.5 cm|
Note – Candidates must ensure that the scanned images of photograph and signature are clearly visible.
Step 4 – Payment of Application Fee
Once the details are filled and documents are uploaded online, candidates are redirected to the payment window. The modes of NATA application fee payment could be credit card/debit card or net banking. No offline payment option is available. No candidate is exempted from fee payment on the basis of their gender. However, the authority provides category-wise relaxation in fee amount. The same is specified as under –
NATA Application Fee
|Category||Single Attempt||Both Attempts|
|General||Rs 2000||Rs 3800|
|SC/ST and PwD||Rs 1700||Rs 3100|
|Applicants with test centres in abroad||Rs 10,000||Rs 18,000|
Note – Candidates must take a print out of the confirmation page and retain it for further use.
NATA – Admit Card
NATA admit card will be available online for the registered candidates from August 22, 2020 till August 29, 2020. Candidates can download their admit card from the official website of NATA. Application number and password are required to login and download the NATA hall ticket. Candidates can take the support of technical helpdesk in case of any difficulty in accessing the admit card. It is mandatory for the test takers to carry the NATA admit card along with one valid photo ID proof and passport size photograph.
CoA suggests the applicants to carefully verify the information given in the NATA hall ticket and report the authority in case of any error or discrepancy. NATA admit card contains below specified details –
- Name of the applicant
- Application number
- Father’s name
- Mother’s name
- Date of birth
- Roll number
- Exam centre name and address
- Exam date and timing
- PwD status
- Photograph and Signature
- Exam-related guidelines
Note – Any candidate who presents a torn or mutilated copy of NATA admit card with distorted photograph will be barred from appearing for the exam.
NATA – Exam Centres
The Council makes it easier for the candidates to appear for the exam from their place of residence. However, they can also choose any three exam centres (in order of preference) while filling the application form. Some of the exam centres are listed below –
NATA Test Centres
|Andaman and Nicobar||Port Blair|
|Jammu and Kashmir
|Bokaro Steel City|
|Chinchwad – Akurdi|
|Navi Mumbai – Nerul|
|Dubai (Outside India)||Dubai|
NATA – Exam Pattern
NATA 2020 exam will take place in two sessions – Session I – 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and Session II – 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. The paper consists of two parts – Part A and Part B. The pattern of NATA 2020 exam is specified below –
NATA Exam Pattern 2020 – Part A
- Sections – Drawing and Visual Composition
- Mode of Test – Online or Computer based
- Medium of Exam – English
- Type of Questions – Preferential Type Questions (PTQ) and Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
- Number of Questions – 10
- Time Allotted – 72 minutes
- Negative Marking – No
Sectional Weightage of Questions in Part A
|Part A||Number of Questions||Marks||Test Duration (minutes)|
|Drawing and Visual Composition||1 (Section 1)||17||12|
|3 (Section 2)||48||36|
|6 (Section 3)||60||24|
NATA Exam Pattern 2020 – Part B
Highlights of NATA 2020 exam pattern of Part B are as follows –
- Sections – Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning
- Mode of Test – Online or Computer based
- Medium of Exam – English
- Type of Questions – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
- Number of Questions – 50
- Time Allotted – 45 minutes
- Negative Marking – No
Sectional Weightage of Questions in Part B
|Part A||Number of Questions||Marks||Test Duration (minutes)|
|PCM||15||22.5 (1.5 marks each)||–|
|General Aptitude & reasoning Aptitude||35||52.5 (1.5 marks each)||–|
Important Note – Part B will be held first and will be followed by Part A. There will be a time halt of three minutes between both the papers.
NATA Exam Pattern 2020 – Distribution of Marks
The details of marks distribution in Part A and Part B of NATA exam are mentioned below in tabular form –
Distribution of Marks
|Sections||Question wise marks||Type of Questions||Total marks|
Part A (Drawing and Visual Composition)
|1 X 17||PTQ||17|
|3 X 16||PTQ||48|
|6 X 10||MCQ||60|
|Part B (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematic)||15 X 1.5||MCQ||22.5|
|Part B (General Aptitude & logical Reasoning)||35 X 1.5||MCQ||52.5|
NATA 2020 exam pattern and syllabus are significant for the candidates to plan an exam preparation schedule. Syllabus overview of Part A and Part B is as under –
NATA Syllabus for Part A (Drawing and Visual Composition)
|Scale and Proportions of Objects||Geometric Composition||Shape|
|Building Forms and Elements||Aesthetics||Colour Harmony|
|Pattern Drawing||3D and 2D Transformation||Creating Shapes and Forms|
|Surfaces and Volumes||Generating Plan||Perspective Drawing|
|Urban Landscape||Day to Day Object Drawing||Conceptualization and Visualisation|
NATA Syllabus for Part B (PCM and General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning)
|Electrostatics- Electric charges and Fields; Electrostatic Potential and Clearance||Algebra||Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry; Structure of Atom; Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties||Sets and Relations – Idea of sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets, Venn diagram, De Morgan’s Laws, Relation and its properties. Equivalence relation — definition and elementary examples.|
|Current Electricity; Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism; Moving Charges and magnetism; Magnetism and Matter||Logarithms||Chemical Bonding and Molecular; States of Matter: Gases and Liquids||Mathematical Reasoning – Statements, logical operations like and, or, if and only if, implies, implied by. Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction, and contrapositive|
|Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating currents- Electromagnetic Induction; Alternating Current||Matrices||Chemical Thermodynamics; Equilibrium; Redox Reactions; Hydrogen; s- Block Elements p -Block Elements||Objects – Texture related to architecture and built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), General awareness of national/ international architects and famous architectural creations.|
|Optics- Ray optics and optical instruments, Wave Optics||Trigonometry||Organic Chemistry: Some basic Principles and Techniques; Hydrocarbons; Environmental Chemistry|
|Dual nature of radiation and Matter||Coordinate Geometry|
|Atoms and Nuclei- Atoms, Nuclei||3-Dimensional Coordinate Geometry|
|Electronic devices- Semiconductor Electronics, Materials, Devices and Simple circuits||Theory of Calculus|
|Application of Calculus|
|Permutation and combination|
|Statistics and Probability|
NATA Exam Pattern – Exam-Day Instructions
Candidates must follow the below given guidelines related to NATA 2020 exam –
- It is mandatory for the test takers to visit the test centre 30 minutes before the exam timing for biometric verification and other formalities
- NATA admit card is a mandatory document without which candidates cannot get entry inside the examination hall
- Stationery and electronic stuff like study notes, paper sheet, pencil or geometry box, log table, scale, calculator, electronic pen, pen drives, cell phones, pager, bluetooth device, writing pad, digital watch, slide rulers, water or oil colours, cardboard, crayons, etc. are restricted inside the test centre
- Council appoints a proctor for candidates who opt to take the exam from their place of stay
- Candidates appearing from their residence cannot open or browse any application in computer system during the exam hours
- In case of any query or exam-related issue, test takers can take the guidance from the proctor or invigilator
- Invigilator or proctor reserves the right to disqualify the candidates in case of any negligence or deviation from the guidelines or disturbance/misdemeanour inside the test hall
- Exit from the test hall is not allowed before the completion of exam
NATA Preparation Tips
Executing a smart study plan in sync with the exam pattern and syllabus will help the candidates inch closer towards success. Here are some tips that will optimize your preparation plan for NATA 2020.
- Become conversant with NATA syllabus and exam pattern
- Design a day-wise study timetable as per the days left for the exam
- Practice mock tests to get acquainted with the exam pattern and Preferential Type Questions (PTQ)
- Practice previous years’ question papers to mark questions that are repetitive in nature.
- Focus on completing questions in a certain time frame. As per the revised exam pattern, there will be a sectional time limit for each of the two parts (72 minutes for Part A and 45 minutes for Part B) in the National Aptitude Test in Architecture
NATA – Response Sheet
CoA releases the response sheet of NATA and makes it easier for candidates to check all the answers marked by them in the exam. The response sheet is available on NATA website and applicants need to enter their login credentials (application number or hall ticket number and password) to download it.
NATA – Answer Key
Council publishes the NATA answer key on its official website before the final result announcement. The answer key, along with the response sheet, facilitates the candidates to verify their answers and calculate their probable scores. The applicants must visit the website (nata.in) and download the answer key in PDF form. To calculate the probable score through the answer key, candidates must refer to the pre-defined marking scheme.
Candidates can challenge the provisional NATA answer key in case of any error. CoA scrutinizes the objections raised by the candidates and releases the final answer key, which is further used for result evaluation.
Note – Usually, the response sheets and answer sheets are uploaded only for Part B as Part A contains drawing-related questions. But, this year the authority is expected to provide response sheets and answer keys for both the parts.
NATA – Result
NATA Phase I result will be declared by the Council on September 3, 2020. Candidates can check the result on the web portal of NATA (nata.in). Details like sectional and overall marks, qualifying status, etc. are clearly mentioned in the NATA result. The qualifying marks for Part A and Part B of exam are as under –
- Part A – 32 out of 125 (25%)
- Part B – 18 out of 75 (25%)
Candidates must qualify both the parts to clear the NATA exam. The Council will decide the overall qualifying score of NATA depending upon post-exam statistics. The validity of the NATA score is one year.
Note – CoA does not conduct any centralised counselling for NATA. Colleges have their own admission process. Candidates will be offered final admission on the basis of their NATA score.
NATA – Cut Off
NATA cut off score refers to the minimum marks required to qualify the exam. It is mandatory for the test takers to achieve sectional and overall cut off as set by CoA. Candidates must keep the track of the websites of different colleges for NATA cut off. Cut off will depend upon various parameters like –
- Total number of applications
- Total number of test takers
- Category of the applicants
- Availability of seats
Previous year’s cut off of some colleges are as under –
Category wise NATA Cut off 2019
|Name of the Institute||Category||NATA Cutoff Score|
|Vidyamandir College of Architecture, Women||General/Other||53.36|
|Vadodara Design Academy||General/Other||75.5|
|M.S University of Baroda||General/Gujarat Board||72.4|
|General (PH)/Gujarat Board||61.1|
|LJ School of Architecture||General/Other||63.4|
|Parul Institute of Architecture and Research||General/Other||60.15|
|ITM School of Architecture Art and Design||General/Other||61.45|
|Bhagwan Mahavir College of Architecture||General/Other||58.6|
|Anant Institute of Architecture||General/Other||64.75|
|DC Patel School of Architecture (A.P.I.E.D)||General/Other||70.7|
|Sardar VallabhBhai Patel Institute of Technology||General/Other||68.95|
|Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai||General (Male)||107|
NATA – List of colleges accepting NATA Score
Some of the top colleges that accept NATA score are:
Institutes accepting NATA 2020
|S.No.||Name of Institute|
|1||Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh|
|2||Alsalama Institute of Architecture, Malaparamba|
|3||Amity School of Engineering, Gwalior|
|4||Amity School of Engineering, Jaipur|
|5||Amity University, Manesar|
|6||B.S. Abdur Rahman University, Tamil Nadu|
|7||Balwant Sheth School of Architecture|
|8||BVDU College of Architecture, Pune|
|9||CEPT University, Ahmedabad|
|10||College of Architecture|
|11||College of Engineering|
|12||Delhi Technical Campus|
|13||Devaki Amma’s Guruvayurappan college of Architecture|
|14||DIT University, Dehradun|
|15||Dr. K N Modi University, Newai|
|16||East West School of Architecture, Bangalore|
|17||Eranad Knowledge City College|
|18||Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics|
|19||Global Institute of Architecture, Peradikunnu|
|20||Goa College of Architecture, Goa|
|21||Govt. Engineering college|
|22||Holy Crescent of Architecture|
|23||IES College of Architecture|
|24||Integral University, U.P.|
|25||Jagannath University, Jaipur|
|26||K.R. Mangalam School of Architecture and Planning|
|27||Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environmental Studies|
|28||KIIT University, Odisha|
|29||KMCT College of Architecture|
|30||KMEA College of Architecture|
Click here to check the complete list of NATA participating institutes along with the seat intake capacity and other details
NATA – FAQs
✔️ What is the deadline for NATA 2020 application form submission?
Candidates can apply for the NATA exam till August 16, 2020 (11.59 PM) as the registration process was reopened on July 25, 2020 . Only eligible candidates can proceed for the online application process.
✔️ What is the minimum age limit to apply for NATA?
There is no minimum or maximum age bar specified to apply for NATA.
✔️ Is there any availability of an online window for NATA application correction?
Yes, the Council facilitates the candidates to make changes in their application form post submission. The online window for the same is available from July 25, 2020 to August 12, 2020. No further correction facility is provided once the window gets closed.
✔️ What if I forget my NATA application number and password?
Candidates can regenerate their login credentials (application ID and password), if required, by visiting the login page of NATA website and clicking on ‘Forgot Application Number/Password?’ option.
✔️ What are the changes in the NATA exam pattern 2020?
In the wake of COVID-19, CoA has decided to replace the offline drawing test with an online Cognitive Skill Test (based on drawing and visual composition skills) wherein candidates need to answer preferential type questions. Also, examinees can choose whether they want to write NATA 2020 from their place of stay or appear at the test centre for the exam.
✔️ What is the mode and medium of NATA 2020 exam?
NATA 2020 exam will be conducted in online mode and the medium is English only. Candidates must have a basic awareness of the computer operations to take the exam efficiently.
✔️ How many sections and shifts are there in the NATA exam?
NATA exam is divided into two sections, Part A – Drawing and Visual Composition Test and Part B - Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and General Aptitude. The first phase of NATA 2020 exam will take place on August 29, 2020 in two shifts - 10:00 AM to 12 Noon & 12:20 PM to 2:30 PM. Candidates who choose to appear in the exam from their residences will be allotted first shift only.
✔️ What is the counselling process for NATA 2020?
There is no centralised counselling process for NATA. Every participating college initiates its own admission process depending upon the final NATA score and 10+2 marks of the candidates.
✔️ What is the minimum qualifying score of NATA?
Candidates must attain a minimum of 32 out of 125 marks in Part A and at least 18 out of 75 marks in Part B to qualify NATA exam. It is mandatory for the applicants to qualify both the parts. Along with it, qualifying the overall cutoff is also mandatory which shall be released along with the NATA result.