Career in Architecture : NATA


NATA: National Aptitude Test in Architecture is an entrance examination conducted for admission to first year of 5-year Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) degree course for all architectural institutions in the country, including NITs, IITs, Government Institutions, Government-aided Institutions, Universities, Deemed Universities and Private Universities, established by a Central or State Legislature and other private institutions

(NATA) measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability, that have been acquired over a long period of time, and that are related to specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.


  • 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized Board/University with Mathematics as a subject of examination with the least 50% aggregate marks.
  • 10+3 Diploma(any stream) recognized by Central/State Governments with 50% aggregate marks

Test Structure

NATA is offered as a paper based + computer based test. It’s a Drawing test PAPER BASED TEST

No. of Questions 3 Questions
Duration 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Marks 100 marks

Online Exam

No. of Questions 40 Questions
Duration Each Question 60 seconds

Test Centers

NATA is offered over major part of admission season at designated Test Centers located at colleges / schools of architecture in India. Updated list of Test centers is available at the

Test Dates

NATA runs continuously from 1st January till 30th September, usually on working days. The dates on which NATA is available depends on the Test Centre. Candidates may request Test Centres for the preferred dates. If the candidate is available for NATA only on a particular date (or range of dates) that a particular Test Centre is not able to give, the candidate may register at any other Test Centre throughout India that is able to administer NATA on that date / time. TEST CENTRE LOCATION HAS NO BEARING ON CHOICE OF ADMISSION AND APPEARING AT A PARTICULAR CENTER FOR THE TEST DOES NOT IMPLY THAT THE CANDIDATE COULD BE GIVEN ANY PRIORITY FOR ADMISSION TO THAT INSTITUTE. The logical last date for giving NATA for candidates seeking admission this year itself would be 5 days before the last date for submitting application for admission under a particular Admission Authority. This varies from authority to authority.

How To Approach For Admission

NATA is just an Aptitude Test. On receiving the Score Card, the candidate will have to contact various admission authorities with NATA Score Card and other details (as prescribed by the respective Admission Authorities). Admission in India lies with the State (usually under Directorate of Technical Education for that state). Usually around summer, Admission Authorities will bring out admission notices in National & Regional newspapers. The candidate may contact schools of architecture directly for information as to when the admission process is scheduled to begin.

Who Accepts It?

All schools / colleges of Architecture, Government aided, University Departments, private unaided, including colleges affiliated to self-financed Deemed Universities and Private Universities, or any department of Architecture within a college, requires that its applicants take the NATA.

Test Fees: Rs.800

How To Apply

The test fees are to be paid by Demand draft/ banker’s cheque drawn in favour of ‘Council of Architecture’, payable at New Delhi. Candidate has to carry filled registration form, support documents & D/D to the Test center for Registration & appointment.
The NATA 2010 Pre-Registration form is available for download at website:
Or Visit test Center and Fill up and submit the form,Pay the fees,Get the online registration form filled,andGet receipt cum appointment voucher with date and time from the Test Center.

Documents required for Registration

  • Std. X or equivalent exam marklist - attested copy
  • One recent passport size colour photograph, to be pasted on the registration form.
  • Any valid document of identification bearing photograph and signature of the candidate - attested copy
  • Test fees in the form of demand draft in favour of 'Council of Architecture' payable at New Delhi.
  • Valid email address.

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For online exam demo
National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture,
CDSA, Survey no:58 & 49/4, Bavdhan Khurd, Paud Road,
(Before Ambrosia Resort; Off Chandni Chowk),
Pune - 411021
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