NATA Cutoff – Qualifying Score for Part A & B, Previous Years’ Cutoffs

Council of Architecture (CoA) determines the NATA qualifying cutoff score separately for Part A & B. It is mandatory to meet the sectional as well as the aggregate cutoff score of NATA 2021 to satisfy the eligibility criteria for admission to B.Arch programmes. 

As per the qualifying cutoff for NATA 2021, candidates who score a minimum of 25% marks in both Part A and B are eligible for B.Arch admissions via the NATA scores. Additionally, the overall or aggregate cutoff will be released along with the NATA result. Besides the qualifying cutoff, the participating institutes of NATA will also release their individual cutoffs for B.Arch admissions. However, out of the 463 participating institutes, some may or may not release the admission cutoff.

Multiple factors will be considered while determining the cutoff. These include the number of seats in participating institutes, difficulty level of exam, previous year’s trends, etc. Read this article to get insightful information on NATA cutoff 2021.  

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NATA Cutoff 2021 – Key Highlights

  1. The qualifying cutoff score for NATA refers to the predetermined minimum marks criteria, as indicated in the information brochure.
  2. On the other hand, the aggregate or overall cutoff is released along with the declaration of the NATA result.
  3. The overall as well as part-wise or section-wise NATA cutoff (for Part A and Part B) will be determined and released by the Council of Architecture (COA) .  
  4. Admission cutoff shall be released individually by the participating institutes. (depends upon the selection process of the institute).
  5. Multiple factors will influence the increase or decrease of the cutoff score in a particular year.

Factors Determining NATA Cutoff

COA and the participating institutes will determine the qualifying and the admission cutoff respectively. Following are the variables that influence both kinds of cutoff scores each year:

  1. Difficulty level of exam
  2. Number of test-takers
  3. Seats available for admission
  4. Previous year’s cutoff trends
  5. Change in the exam pattern 

The qualifying cutoff for Part A and B is fixed and will not change. The above factors are considered while determining the aggregate/overall qualifying cutoff and the admission cutoff by the institutes.

NATA Qualifying Cutoff 

Candidates need to obtain the following score in Part A and Part B of NATA to be in the race of B.Arch admission process at different participating institutes. Apart from the sectional cutoff, the table below also mentions the aggregate cutoff.

Qualifying cutoff for NATA 

Qualifying cutoff forCutoff PercentageCutoff Score
Part A Approximately 25%32
Part B Approximately 25%18
Aggregate To be displayed with the resultTo be displayed with the result

NATA Cutoff 2020 (Qualifying)

The NATA cut off 2020 was published by CEPT University. The category-wise NATA cut off is tabulated below:

CategoryCut off Marks
General (PH)/Other61
General/Gujarat Board74.05
SC/Gujarat Board66.69
ST/Gujarat Board51.30
SEBC/Gujarat Board65.78
ESM/Gujarat Board57.63

Previous Year’s NATA Cutoff – Institute-wise

The previous year’s trends of NATA cutoff helps candidates in predicting the cutoff score for the current academic year. All the participating institutes do not necessarily release the admission cutoff. The table below comprises previous year’s admission cutoff for some of the top institutes that validate NATA score.

NATA Cutoff 2019

Name of the InstituteCategoryNATA Cutoff Score
Vidyamandir College of Architecture, WomenGeneral/Other53.36
General/Gujarat Board58.82
SEBC/Gujarat Board52.23
Vadodara Design AcademyGeneral/Other75.5
General/Gujarat Board59.2
SC/Gujarat Board48.68
M.S University of BarodaGeneral/Gujarat Board72.4
General (PH)/Gujarat Board61.1
ST/Gujarat Board54.66
SEBC/Gujarat Board68.05
LJ School of ArchitectureGeneral/Other63.4
General/Gujarat Board60.65
SC/Gujarat Board44.84
Parul Institute of Architecture and ResearchGeneral/Other60.15
General/Gujarat Board57.71
SC/Gujarat Board52.32
SEBC/Gujarat Board47.32
ITM School of Architecture Art and DesignGeneral/Other61.45
General/Gujarat Board59.53
SC/Gujarat Board57.5
SEBC/Gujarat Board46.01
Bhagwan Mahavir College of ArchitectureGeneral/Other58.6
General/Gujarat Board57.51
SEBC/Gujarat Board50.33
Anant Institute of ArchitectureGeneral/Other64.75
General/Gujarat Board61.63
SC/Gujarat Board54.85
SEBC/Gujarat Board52.5
DC Patel School of Architecture (A.P.I.E.D)General/Other70.7
General/Gujarat Board65.65
SC/Gujarat Board51.75
ST/Gujarat Board44.94
SEBC/Gujarat Board58.15
SEBC/Gujarat Board58.15
CPET UniversityGeneral/Other79.33
General (PH)/Other61
General/Gujarat Board74.05
SC/Gujarat Board66.69
ST/Gujarat Board51.3
SEBC/Gujarat Board65.78
ESM/Gujarat Board57.63
Sardar VallabhBhai Patel Institute of TechnologyGeneral/Other68.95
General/Gujarat Board66.95
SC/Gujarat Board60.15
ST/Gujarat Board48.46
SEBC/Gujarat Board57.9
Sir JJ College of Architecture, MumbaiGeneral (Male)107
General (Female)52
OBC (Male)531
OBC (Female)228

NATA Counselling 2021

All the candidates who meet the NATA qualifying cutoff score will be eligible to participate in the counselling process. Unlike various other national entrance exams, there is no centralised counselling for B.Arch admission through the National Aptitude Test in Architecture. Qualifiers can participate in the individual selection processes of the COA recognised institutes. The one common requirement for admission through NATA score is meeting the qualifying cutoff (aggregate as well as sectional). 

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NATA Cutoff – FAQs

✔️ Is meeting the sectional cutoff enough for B.Arch admission on the basis of NATA scores?

No. Apart from the sectional cut off, candidates also need to satisfy the aggregate cutoff of NATA. Moreover, each of the participating institutes will also release their own NATA cutoff marks for admission. To get admission in Bachelors of Architecture, candidates must obtain a score greater than or equal to the NATA cutoff.

✔️ Will the qualifying cutoff for NATA vary for different categories?

No. The qualifying cutoff remains the same irrespective of the categories of the candidate. However, the admission cutoff might differ depending upon the reservation criteria of the respective institute.

✔️ What are the factors that determine the NATA cutoff score?

Factors that determine the NATA cutoff score include the number of examinees, performance of the candidate in NATA, seat intake through NATA and the previous year's trends.

✔️ What is the aggregate NATA cutoff 2021?

The aggregate cutoff for NATA 2021 will be announced along with the declaration of the result. As of now, the sectional cutoff has been set at approximately 25% for each part of NATA 2021.

✔️ Does class 12th marks matter along with NATA score for admission?

Yes, the participating institutes consider the aggregate score obtained in Class 12th and the NATA score to grant B.Arch admission. Usually, similar weightage is given to both the scores while preparing the admission list.

✔️ What is a good score for NATA and what is the highest recorded NATA score?

The highest recorded score of NATA is 156/200, from the 2019 academic year. Candidates who obtain 120 marks in NATA with a 90 percentile in boards shall be counted among the top scorers as per the previous year's admission statistics.

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