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National Aptitude Test in Architecture 2020, NATA 2020

About NATA 2020:

Council of Architecture
India Habitat Centre, Core 6A, 1st Floor,Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003
NATA Help Desk No.: 9319275557, 7303487773
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National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is being conducted by COA since 2006, in terms of the provisions of CoA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983, published in the Gazette of India. It is implied that a separate aptitude test in Architecture should be conducted and such test should not be combined with the tests for admissions to Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine and other disciplines. Being the competent authority for fixing the norms and standards for architectural institutions, COA has the necessary expertise to hold a Common Aptitude Test in Architecture, at national level to provide a single window system for appearing in aptitude test and to facilitate institutions, students and public at large for admission to First year of 5 year B.Arch. Degree Course at all recognized Institutions all over country. The purpose of conducting NATA is to provide a single scheme of examination for holding aptitude test and to facilitate prospective students all over the country to apply for admissions in architecture seats in institutions spread across the country and to avoid appearing in multiple aptitude tests. However, the actual admissions shall be carried out only by the concerned competent authorities of the respective states/institutions based on valid NATA score. The NATA also ensures that the eligibility criteria for admission to five year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree course, as prescribed by CoA and duly approved by the Central Government, are strictly adhered to and followed all over the country in Architectural Institutions. NATA measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test makes an assessment of drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at 10+2 level and critical thinking ability that have been acquired by the candidate over the past few years and are related to the specific field of study.  

With the objective of attracting a greater number of bright aspirants for studying Architecture and practicing the same as a profession in future, CoA like every year will be conducting NATA-2020 for admission to B.Arch. in the academic session 2020-2021. NATA-2020 shall be conducted twice a year, thus giving opportunity to those students who miss out the first test due to some reason or other or wish to improve upon their NATA score in the first test by re-appearing the second test. Both the first and second test will be conducted on a different date as a one-day online examination all over the country. The test shall consist of two parts: Part A is on Drawing, which is paper based and Part B comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) on Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and general aptitude which is to be answered online. This has been devised as a step towards producing competent architects to serve the society and to build the nation in coming decades, especially in view of the Govt. of India mission of Smart Cities, Housing for All and Green and Energy efficient Buildings.

Pattern of Questions and Mode of Answering

Part A is to be answered on A4 size drawing sheets and Part B comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) to be answered online. Syllabus for NATA-2020is given in Brochure APPENDIX – I. Questions and all instructions will be available only in English medium.


The distribution of marks is outlined as follows:


Distribution of Marks

Total Marks

Part A

Drawing (3 Questions)

2 x 35

1 x 55

70 55

Part B

PCM (15 Questions carrying 1.5 marks each)

15 x 1.5


General Aptitude& Logical Reasoning (35 Questions carrying 1.5 marks each)

35 x 1.5





Drawing Test

Candidate has to attempt three questions within 135 minutes. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects -

·         Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner;

·         Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings;

·         Sense of perspective drawing;

·         Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form;

·         Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms;

·         Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition;

·         Understanding of scale and proportions;

·         Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.

The Answer to each question in the 'drawing' paper will be examined by more than one examiner independently and the marks will be averaged. The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section will be on the candidate's drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate's sense of proportion and perspective will also be evaluated together with sense for colour and composition.

Test on PCM and General Aptitude

There shall be 50 questions for which four options will be given. Out of the four options, only one option is correct and the correct response will yield 1.5 marks. There is no negative marking.


NATA 2020 is a qualifying aptitude test for admission into the B. Arch degree program, subject to fulfillment of eligibility criteria prescribed by the Council. The candidates who have passed 10+2 level examination with at least 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics (PCM) and also at least 50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 level examination or passed 10+3 Diploma Examination with Mathematics as compulsory subject with at least 50% marks in aggregate, shall be eligible to appear for NATA-2020.

The candidates appearing for 10+2 examination with PCM or 10+3 Diploma with Mathematics in the current year may also provisionally appear for NATA-2020, subject to fulfilling the above criteria.

The candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC-NCL category or PwD (Persons with disability) shall be provided a relaxation of 5% marks in total aggregate in 10+2 level/10+3 Diploma as well as PCM.


Admission to First year of B.Arch. course

Only candidates who have the following credentials shall be eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course.

i.              Qualified through the recognized aptitude test in Architecture (NATA or equivalent) in 2020

ii.             Have gone through any of the following curriculum with marks as prescribed below:

(a) Secured at least 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) and also at least 50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 level examination;

(b) Or passed 10+3 diploma examination with Mathematics as compulsory subject with at least 50% marks in aggregate.

Candidates may note that no direct lateral admission is allowed at any other year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification.

Reservations under different categories

Reservation as well as relaxation in qualifying marks for the reserved category for the purpose of admission is a prerogative of the admission/ counselling authority and does not fall under the purview of this examination.

How to Apply:

Application Procedure

The First Test will be held on 19.04.2020 and the Second Test is scheduled to be held on 31.05.2020.

Appearing in second test is not mandatory and is purely at the discretion of the applicants. Candidates can register themselves either for first test or second or both by filling in the application form appropriately. Candidates opting to appear in both the first and second test may note that they will be issued with the separate score card for each test. The score card for Second test shall contain the marks secured in First & Second Test and also the best marks secured in either of the Tests as valid score for admission to B.Arch. Course. Application has to be filled up ONLINE at the NATA portal of Candidates need to visit the portal and CLICK the requisite link ONLINE APPLICATION NATA– 2020 and thereafter will be directed to the actual application form. The form is interactive in nature and the fields required to be filled up are categorized in different sub-sections. The fields super-scribed with * MUST be filled up as they are MANDATORY, otherwise the application will NOT get submitted.

The application form is broadly categorized into three steps: filling of PERSONAL DETAILS; DOCUMENT UPLOADING & FEE PAYMENT. Please see in the Brochure Appendix-IV for detailed guidelines on fields to be entered at the time of online form filling.

Candidates need to fill in the first part i.e. PERSONAL DETAILS and will thereafter be directed to DOCUMENT UPLOADING. Once the documents are successfully uploaded, the system enters into the FEE PAYMENT. Finally, the candidate must take a printout of CONFIRMATION PAGE generated upon successful fee payment for their own record. There is no need to send any document by post.

Application Fee Details

Irrespective of his/her gender, a candidate applying for NATA– 2020, either first test or second test, has to pay INRRs.2,000/-(Rupees Two thousand only)as application fee, through ONLINE mode. In case the Candidate wishes to appear for both first and second test, he/she shall deposit Rs 3800/- (Rupees Three thousand and eight hundred only) as application fees. Candidates belonging to SC/ST and PWD category need to deposit Rs 1,700/- (Rupees One thousand seven hundred only) for either first or second test and Rs 3,100/- (Rupees three thousand one hundred only) for appearing in both the tests through online mode. Candidates opting to appear from test centres outside the territory of India have to deposit Rs.10,000/- (Rupees Ten thousand only) for either first or second test and Rs. 18,000/- (Rupees Eighteen thousand only) for appearing in both the tests through online mode. The candidate, on successfully uploading the PERSONAL DETAILS and DOCUMENTS; will be directed to the webpage containing process of payment of application fee as per the following options.

1.    Payment through EPG: The candidate has to click “Payment of fee using EPG services”, the system will automatically redirect to available payment gateway page, displayed at the web site. As per the candidate's convenience, he/she may select any of the options to pay the application fee through electronic payment gateway via debit card, credit card or net banking and follow the online instructions to complete the payment process. After successful payment, payment gateway will redirect the candidate to home page that will show the status of fee payment. Upon successful payment, the candidate will be able to print the final "Confirmation Page"

Confirmation Page (A proof of REGISTRATION)

The Confirmation Page is generated upon successful payment of Application Fee. Its generation means that the candidate has been successfully REGISTERED. The candidate should take a printout and preserve the confirmation page for future reference. There is no need to send any document to the Council by post. A print out of the Confirmation page will not provide admittance to the Test Centre to take the examination. The candidate has to print the Admit Card when issued online as per the schedule.

Closing Date:

Start of Online form fill-up: 1st February, 2020

End of registration: 16th March, 2020 (11:59 PM)

Fee payment allowed till: 20th March, 2020 (11:59 PM)

Publication of Downloadable Admit Card: 4th April, 2020

Date and Time of Examination: 19th April, 2020 (10 AM to 01:15 PM)

Publication of Results: 8th May, 2020


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