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 

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Qualifying cutoff for Cutoff Percentage Cutoff Score
Part A  Approximately 25% 32
Part B  Approximately 25% 18
Aggregate  To be displayed with the result To 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:

Category Cut off Marks
General/Other 79.33
General (PH)/Other 61
SEBC/Other 57.62
General/Gujarat Board 74.05
SC/Gujarat Board 66.69
ST/Gujarat Board 51.30
SEBC/Gujarat Board 65.78
ESM/Gujarat Board 57.63
General/CBSE 82

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 Institute Category NATA Cutoff Score
Vidyamandir College of Architecture, Women General/Other 53.36
General/Gujarat Board 58.82
SEBC/Gujarat Board 52.23
General/CBSE 68.75
Vadodara Design Academy General/Other 75.5
General/Gujarat Board 59.2
SC/Gujarat Board 48.68
General/CBSE 66.6
SC/CBSE 50.6
M.S University of Baroda General/Gujarat Board 72.4
General (PH)/Gujarat Board 61.1
General/CBSE 80.95
General/Other 78.09
ST/Gujarat Board 54.66
SEBC/Gujarat Board 68.05
LJ School of Architecture General/Other 63.4
General/Gujarat Board 60.65
SC/Gujarat Board 44.84
SEBC/Gujarat 49.03
General/CBSE 66.75
SC/CBSE 51.75
Parul Institute of Architecture and Research General/Other 60.15
General/Gujarat Board 57.71
SC/Gujarat Board 52.32
SEBC/Gujarat Board 47.32
General/CBSE 74.15
ITM School of Architecture Art and Design General/Other 61.45
General/Gujarat Board 59.53
SC/Gujarat Board 57.5
SEBC/Gujarat Board 46.01
SC/CBSE 59.55
Bhagwan Mahavir College of Architecture General/Other 58.6
General/Gujarat Board 57.51
SEBC/Gujarat Board 50.33
General/CBSE 64.85
Anant Institute of Architecture General/Other 64.75
General/Gujarat Board 61.63
SC/Gujarat Board 54.85
SEBC/Gujarat Board 52.5
DC Patel School of Architecture (A.P.I.E.D) General/Other 70.7
General/Gujarat Board 65.65
SC/Gujarat Board 51.75
ST/Gujarat Board 44.94
SEBC/Gujarat Board 58.15
General/CBSE 73.4
SEBC/Gujarat Board 58.15
General/CBSE 73.4
CPET University General/Other 79.33
General (PH)/Other 61
SEBC/Other 57.62
General/Gujarat Board 74.05
SC/Gujarat Board 66.69
ST/Gujarat Board 51.3
SEBC/Gujarat Board 65.78
ESM/Gujarat Board 57.63
General/CBSE 82
Sardar VallabhBhai Patel Institute of Technology General/Other 68.95
General/Gujarat Board 66.95
SC/Gujarat Board 60.15
ST/Gujarat Board 48.46
SEBC/Gujarat Board 57.9
Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai General (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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