NATA - National Aptitude Test in Architecture

NATA 2015 - National Aptitude Test in Architecture acronym as NATA is held for admission to first year of 5-year Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) degree course for all architectural institutions of repute in the country that includes NITs, IITs, Government Institutions, Government-aided Institutions, Universities, Deemed Universities and Private Universities, established by a Central or State Legislature and other private institutions. This test is conducted by The National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA), Pune, an Academic Unit of the Council of Architecture (CoA).


NATA Eligibility

The minimum academic qualification for admission through NATA is a pass in the final examination of 10+2 (Class XII) or its equivalent. Those appearing in 10+2 (Class XII) or equivalent examination may also appear in NATA Aptitude Test.

For B. Arch or B. Planning one needs to have mathematics as compulsory subject with at least 50 % marks in aggregate at 10+2 level. 

NATA Exam Syllabus

NATA Syllabus or main contents of NATA exams are as follows:


Design and drawing of geometrical or abstract shapes and patterns in pencil, Architectural Awareness, architectural terminology, Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities and color. Historical and contemporary buildings of Architectural importance, Architects and their Works, Awareness of persons, places, buildings etc. of Architectural importance.

Section- B

Aesthetic, Sensitivity and Drawing Skills, Analytical reasoning Mental ability, Elements of Design: Lines, Form, Mass, Solid etc, Generation of plan, elevations and 3D views of objects. Creating two dimensional and three dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms, Development of 3 Dimensional objects from two-dimensional shapes Or vice versa, Visualizing different sides of Three Dimensional objects, theory of colors, Principle of Design, Harmony, Balance, etc.

Section- C

Scale and proportion, Freehand sketching of objects and Activities commonly seen in the rural or urban/suburban context such as Furniture, Machine, landscape, Buildings, kitchens, Playground, Markets, Railway Platform, Bus Stop, Exhibitions etc, Enlargement & Reduction of Drawings, Mirror image etc.


NATA Exam Pattern

National Aptitude Test in Architecture is a two-part test including

  1. a paper-based on drawing test of two hours of duration
  2. a computer-based online aesthetic sensitivity test of one hour duration.


NATA Exam Dates

NATA Entrance Exam is normally held in the month of Jan every year.


NATA Exam Fee

NATA Fees is Rs.800 which has to be paid at the time of Registration.


How to make the payment for the NATA Exam? 

The test fees are to be paid by Demand draft/ Postal order/ banker's cheque drawn in favour of 'Council of Architecture'.


NATA Test Centres

NATA test is conducted at various CoA approved architectural institutions in the country.  However test centre keeps on changing thereby making it mandatory to confirm from its official website.


NATA Exam Contact Details

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

Phone: 020-6573-1088
E-mail: admin.nata@gmail.com

Website: www.nata.in

NATA 2015

NATA 2015 Important Dates

Date of Notification

  • Mar, 2015

Last Date of Filling of Application Form

  • Mar, 2015

Date of Exam

  • Apr, 2015

NATA 2014 was held on:

  • 14th Mar 2014
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