NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture)


NATA 2023

Notification | Exam Dates | Eligibility | Application Form | Exam Pattern | Admit Card | Syllabus | Results 

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is being conducted by COA (Council of Architecture) for the academic year 2023/23. NATA 2023 is a National Level Examination. NATA is intended to measure the aptitude of the candidates for a specific field of Architecture through assessment of cognitive skills, visual perception, and aesthetic sensitivity tests, logical reasoning, and critical thinking ability.

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Major Features of NATA 2023 at a Glance:

Full form of exam NATA

National Aptitude Test in Architecture

NATA 2023 conducts Agency

Council of Architecture (CoA)

Courses included

5-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)

No.of participating Colleges/Seats

CoA impaneled 377 Institutes that accept NATA scores. 21458 seats are offered across India.

Frequency of NATA

Twice a year/Thrice a year

Date of forthcoming NATA 2023

3 Times (1) 12.06.22 (2) 03.07.22 and

(3) 24.07.2023 depending on availability of candidates.

Duration of NATA 2023

180 Minutes (3 Hours)

Level of NATA 2023

National Level undergraduate program

Medium of NATA 2023


Mode of submission of application


Mode of NATA 2023

Offline at allotted Centres as a Comprehensive Computer-based Aptitude Test.

Application Fee for NATA 2023

Rs.800/-for General Category

Rs.400/- for SC/ST candidates

Mode of Counselling


Official Website


NATA 2023 Exam Dates:

On the day of NATA 2023 for all 3 (three) Tests, there will be two sessions depending on the number of candidates registered. The timings of the 2 Sessions are as under:

First Session (Test-I):

Event Dates 2023 (Tentative)
The registration process begins February 2023
The last date for the registration process April 2023
Last Date for Upload Images & Documents April 2023
 Last date to submit the Application Fee April 2023
Availability of confirmation printout April 2023
Correction in Application form (if any) April 2023
Admit card release May 2023
Exam date May 2023
Announcement of the result June 2023

 Second Session (Test- II):

Events Dates 2023 (Tentative)
Online Registration February 2023
Last date to submit the application form September 2023
Mock Available September 2023
Admit card release date September 2023
NATA 2023 Exam dates September 2023
Announcement of result September 2023

NATA 2023 Eligibility Criteria:

• Must have completed the 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics or the 10+3 Diploma with Mathematics as subjects with at least 50% of marks in aggregate.

• Candidates who appeared for 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics or 10+3 Diploma with Mathematics as subjects for the current year may provisionally appear subject to fulfillment of percentage criterion.

• Relaxation of qualifying marks in respect of reserved candidates has been left to the prerogative of the Admission/Counselling Authority.

• It is optional for the candidates to appear for the Second and Third tests. Hence, candidates can apply for one or more Tests at their discretion by filling out the application form accordingly. 

 NATA 2023 Eligibility Criteria

NATA 2023 Application Form:

Candidates must visit the official Portal of NATA at and the application to be filled up online only. Online filling up of the application form is interactive in nature with guidance to the candidates. Candidates may refer to Appendix IV and Appendix V on the official website for detailed guidelines on filling up the application form.

Application Fee:

Test Number

General/OBC (NCL)




Outside India





Single Test

1 or 2 or 3








Two Tests


Of any two

Out of 3.













The combined fee for all

3 Tests













Mode of Payment:

a) Online mode: Credit/Debit Card/Net Banking.

b) ICICI Bank e-Challan

How to Apply Online:

1) Candidates have to visit the official website of NATA 2023.

2) Candidates have to fill out the application form with their personal and academic details.

3) Upload the required documents and scanned images.

4) Once the images are successfully uploaded, the candidate can pay the application fee or generate an e-challan.

5) When the payment is successful, a “Confirmation Page” will be generated.

6) Candidates have to save and take a printout of the “Confirmation Page”.

7) No need to post-application or any document.

 NATA 2023 Application Form

NATA 2023 Exam Pattern:

• NATA 2023 shall be conducted as a Comprehensive Computer Based Aptitude Test at the allotted Centres in identified Cities in India. Unlike other Common Entrance Tests, NATA aims to assess a candidate’s intrinsic ability through a variety of testing formats.

• NATA 2023 comprises questions based on MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions), MCQs (Multiple Select Questions), MCQs (Preferential Choice Questions), NAQs (Number Answer Questions), and MCQs (Match the Following Questions).

• Each question carries 1 (one) mark, 2 marks, or 3 marks depending on the type of Question.

• The Drawing Paper has been withdrawn from the NATA 2023 Test. However, Mathematics and Drawing questions will be included in the Aptitude Subject.

• There will be 125 Questions and candidates must answer in 180 minutes for 200 marks. There is no negative marking.
• The detailed NATA 2023 exam pattern is tabulated below, as released by COA.





Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)


Multiple Select Questions (MCQs)


Preferential Choice Questions (PCQs)


Numerical Answer Type (NAQ)


Diagrammatic Reasoning

Numerical Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning

Inductive Reasoning

Situational Judgement

Logical Reasoning

Abstract Reasoning



Total No. of questions


Marking Scheme

1 or 2 or 3 marks depending on the question type.


 NATA 2023 Exam Pattern

NATA 2023 Syllabus:

• NATA is basically intended to measure the aptitude of the Candidates for a specific field of study i.e., Architecture through assessment of cognitive skills, visual perception, and aesthetic sensitivity tests, logical reasoning, and critical thinking ability, etc.,

The following techniques are used to assess the aptitude of the candidates in NATA 2023:

• Diagrammatic Reasoning: This technique is to test the ability of logical reasoning using diagrams and scenarios

• Numerical Reasoning: Tests mathematical ability through simple problems.

• Verbal Reasoning: Assesses the ability in verbal logic.

• Inductive Reasoning: This technique is intended to test the ability to see patterns and analyze given data.

• Situational Judgement: This technique tests the ability problem-solving ability.

• Logical Reasoning: Intended to test the ability to recognize patterns, sequences, or relationships between shapes and imagery.

• Abstract Reasoning: This technique will assess General Knowledge and the ability to utilize knowledge in new situations.

• Questions are expected from various topics that assess basic concepts in mathematics, Physics and Geometry, Language and Interpretation, Elements and Principles of Design, Aesthetic Sensitivity, Colour Theory, Lateral Thinking, Logical Reasoning, Visual Perception and Cognition, Graphics, and Imagery, Building anatomy and architectural vocabulary, basic Techniques of building construction and knowledge of the material, General Knowledge and current affairs, etc. and not necessarily limited to these topics.

NATA 2023 Syllabus

NATA 2023 Admit Cards:

• On the scheduled date, Admit Cards will be made available on the official website of NATA 2023.

• Candidates are required to download a soft copy of the Admit Card and must carry a hard copy to the Test Centre along with a personal Photo Identity Card (Voter’s Card/PAN card/Aadhar Card/Driving Licence).

• Candidates are required to retain the Admit Card in good condition till the completion of the admission process.

NATA 2023 Qualifying Marks:

Candidates have to secure at least 25% of marks in Part-A Multiple Choice Questions part i.e. 30 marks out of 120 marks and 25% of marks in Part-B Drawing part i.e. 20 marks out of 80 marks. Overall qualifying marks out of 200 will be based on post-exam statistics and at the discretion of the Council.

NATA 2023 Results & Rank Card

Score Card/Rank Card will be displayed online on the official website. Every Score Card will have the following data:

1. Scores received in the attempts (one, two, or three)
2. For two Tests Score, the best of 2 shall be taken as the valid score
3. For three Tests Score, the average of the 2 best scores will be taken
4. Qualified/Not qualified.

Score Card/Rank Card shall be valid for the academic session 2023/24.

Tie-breaking rules:

All candidates would get a unique rank at the time of merit listing based on their marks. If more than one candidate gets the same marks, the tie is broken by applying the below logic:

1) Considering marks obtained in Mathematics test

2) If a tie still exists, fewer wrong answers in attempted ones in Mathematics tests will be considered.

3) If a tie still exists, marks obtained in Aptitude Test will be considered.

4) If a tie still exists, fewer wrong answers in attempted ones in the Aptitude test will be considered.

5) If a tie still exists, the earlier date of birth will be considered.

Result Format:

The result will be in three formats:

1) Marks obtained out of 200 in each section

2) Merit Listing: unique based on marks and tie-breaking rules mentioned above

3) Percentile score based on merit listing.

NATA 2023 Counselling Process

• As there is no centralized Counselling process through NATA 2023 for admission to B. Arch programs, candidates must apply for the participating Institutes/Colleges separately.

• Besides the eligibility criteria of COA, candidates must also fulfill the eligibility criteria of the respective participating Colleges/Institutes.

• Candidates who scored the highest NATA score will get admission to B. Arch in top Colleges/Institutes.

• All the participating institutes consider NATA scores along with the class 12th marks of the candidates

• Candidates must report at the institute as per the admission cut-off and get their documents verified in accordance with the counseling schedule.


NATA 2023 Test Centres