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The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (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. 

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The NATA Exam :

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (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

NATA Exam syllabus:

The test is in two parts. A paper based drawing test and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test. The test measures aptitude of the candidate through two sections - a paper based section for drawing and computer based section for aesthetic sensitivity.

Drawing Test: This is a two hour paper where candidate has to attempt three questions. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects –

  1. Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner.
  2. Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
  3. Sense of perspective drawing.
  4. Combining and composing given three dimensional elementsto forma building or structural form.
  5. Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms.
  6. Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition.
  7. Understanding of scale and proportions.
  8. Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.
    Important Changes in NATA

     Please note that  the following changes are effective for NATA test starting from 1st April 2016.

     1. Starting 1st April 2016 Candidates can attempt NATA for a maximum of 5 (FIVE) TIMES within Two Years from the date of their First attempt.

    2. The best score out of the number of attempts till date will be the “ VALID SCORE ” ( Maximum of 5 ).

    3.  "Best of 5 attempts” system will be applicable for the NATA test given from 1st April 2016 .

    4. “ Validity of the “Best score” will be for 2 years from the date of their first attempt in 2016.

    4. A new NATA Registration form is to be submitted online by the candidate at the NATA website for every attempt and the required Fee to be Paid for Every attempt.

    5. The mark list will show the “ best marks “ scored by the candidate among all his previous attempts  ( Maximum of 5 ) as “VALID SCORE“

    6. For determining the “ best of 5”  for the students who appeared for NATA test before 2016, 5 ( Five ) more attempts will be allowed and their earlier “last valid score” also will be considered for obtaining the Best Score and for such students the validity of their “Valid score” will be 2 years from the date of their First attempt in 2016.

    7. Candidates, while seeking the repeat test appointment must declare their earlier exam details as required in the application form (even if he has appeared in the previous years) while registering for NATA 2016.

    8. If any candidate is found registering afresh concealing the earlier appearance (including registered but exam not given cases ) for NATA test, he / she will forfeit his / her candidature and further his / her all previous scores will be cancelled and he / she will be barred from appearing for NATA again.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Test: This is computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions.

The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of –

  1. Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings.
  2. Visualising different sides of three dimensional objects.
  3. Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.
  4. Analytical reasoning.
  5. Mental Ability.
  6. Imaginative comprehension and expression.
  7. Architectural awareness.

Documents required for Registration

  1. Std. X or equivalent exam marklist - attested copy.
  2. One recent passport size colour photograph, to be pasted on the registration form.
  3. Any valid document of identification bearing photograph and signature of the candidate - attested copy.
  4. Proof towards payment of NATA Fees (i.e. Online Payment or copy of the Challan).
  5. Valid email address. (In case you do not possess one, we suggest you to open email account on one of the free service providers such as yahoo, hotmail, rediffmail, gmail, etc. PLEASE DO NOT REVEAL YOUR PASSWORD TO ANY ONE.)

NATA Exam Registration process:

Step 1: Register Yourself on NATA Student Portal To fill the NATA Registration form online, you need to generate a username and password at

If you have already generated your username and password for NATA Student Portal, you may skip this step.

1. In your browser, open

2. Click on the “Click here to register” button

3. You will be presented with a form to fill. Enter your desired username, password and your VALID email address.

4. While choosing a password, please note that it should be atleast 8 characters long and MUST have atleast 1 non alphanumeric character.

5. After filling the form, click “Create User” Button. 6. You will receive an email on the email address given by you at the time of registration. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your account.

Step 2: Login to NATA Student Portal After you have activated your account, click on the “Login” link at the top right corner of your page in the browser. Enter your Username, Password and Email address to login to the portal.

Step 3: Complete your profile on NATA Student Portal After you login to the Student Portal, you need to complete your profile before you can pay the fees to get NATA Registration form. In order to complete your profile, you will need following things ready: a. Your SSC (Std X) Marksheet b. A jpg file of your Photograph cum Signature. Please refer to Annexure A of this document to understand the how to create a jpg file of your Photo cum Signature.

To complete your profile, follow the steps given below:

1. Click on “Candidate Profile” link in the header menu.

2. You will be presented with a form. Fill up all the information in the form by referring to your SSC (Std X) Marksheet.

3. Click on the “Browse” button and select the jpg file of your Photo cum Signature on your computer.

4. Click on “Upload” button. You will see your photo cum signature on the form.

5. Click on “Save” Button. If everything is okay, you will see a “Purchase Form” button at the bottom right corner of your screen.

NATA Exam Eligibility:

Any person having passed 10th Standard or equivalent examination is eligible to take NATA exam.

Prospective applicants desirous of taking admission to First year of undergraduate course in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) in India take NATA. NATA scores are used by admissions authorities of different Government, Govt. Aided & unaided schools / colleges of Architecture, to provide common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants, for admission in addition to their scholastic performance in 10+2 or equivalent examination.

NATA Application 2016 at test centres:

At designated Test Centers located at centers/colleges/ schools of architecture in India. Updated list of Test centers is available at the website

Booking NATA exam date 2016:

1. Candidate can apply for registration for NATA 2016 online at website by paying fees of Rs.1250.00 either through credit cards / debit cards / net banking or can generate the challan for depositing the fees by way of cash in any of the branch of the ICICI Bank Ltd. all over India (processing charges extra).

2. Identify a Test Center (from the website at a location convenient to the candidate.

3. Approach the Test Center with the printout of the online form filled along with required documents and proof for the payment made.

4. Select convenient date for appearing for the NATA.

5. Request Test Center to register the candidate on the selected date.

6. Procure Receipt cum Appointment voucher from the Test Center.

7. Appear for NATA on the registered date.

The NATA Exam Appointment voucher

On submission of the copy of the NATA Form with the Test Centre for granting of appointment, an Appointment voucher will be issued to the candidate by the Test center.

  1. Once registered online for NATA, no corrections are possible. Candidate will have to apply afresh.
  2. The Appointment voucher also shows Candidate ID, Appointment Number and Exam Key. The Appointment Number and Exam Key are used by the candidate to log in at the time of the test.
  3. There are two counterfoils on the appointment voucher. The applicant has to sign the counterfoil in presence of the Hall supervisor at the time of the test, and hand over the same to him / her.
  4. Please do not sign the counterfoil in advance. Sign the counterfoil only when the hall supervisor asks you to. If the hall supervisor finds the counterfoil already signed he may disallow the candidate to proceed with the test and his candidature will get forfeited.
  5. The candidate will be required to sign the Test Center attendance register before and after the test session and any time the candidate leaves or enter the testing room.
  6. Insist on appointment voucher to be handed over to you. In case any test centre refuses issuing of appointment voucher or asks for any additional fees or puts in conditions of any sort, please report to Council of Architecture or its academic unit NIASA immediately by raising a ticket at NATA Help Desk


On the day of NATA exam:

Report to the test center at least 30 minutes before scheduled time of test with Receipt cum Appointment voucher, valid photo ID and drawing material required for the test. Test Center personnel will guide you regarding the further process.

NATA Exam Attempts:

NATA can be given as many number of times as desired by the candidate. For every attempt, however, a new NATA Registration form is to be submitted online by the candidate at the NATA website. The mark list will show the average of marks scored by the candidate in his last attempt and his previous valid score.

  1. Data on such Tests shows that repeaters on an average show a slight score gain. However, this finding is tempered by the observation that repeaters are typically a self selected group who believe that repeating the test will increase their scores.
  2. Unless the scores seem unusually low compared to the other indicators of the candidate's ability, taking a NATA again is not likely to result in a substantial score increase. In fact, there is some chance that the candidate's scores may drop.
  3. Do not register for repeat attempt unless you receive score card for previous attempt.
  4. Candidate, while seeking the repeat test appointment must inform the test center of the previous attempts and present copy of previous Appointment voucher/ Score card. If any candidate is found registering afresh despite earlier appearance for NATA, he/ she will forfeit his/her candidature, his/her all previous scores will be cancelled and he/she will be barred from appearing for NATA again.

NATA  results/ NATA Score card:

The score cards will be available on NATA website in e-format, usually, on the fourth working day after the test.

The candidate, after fourth day may check his score directly from website giving his / her candidate ID. However, print out taken by the candidate of such score card will be only for reference and information. Candidate, however, may use print out of this score card while applying for the admission if the admission authority calls for the same. Original score card will be retrieved and verified by the admission authority directly from NATA server. Only the score card stored on NATA server is valid and no print/ hard copy will be considered valid.

The NATA score shall be valid for a period of two years from the year in which the applicant appeared for the NATA Test.

NOTE: Occasionally, delays in processing may occur. Some scores will not be available on the dates specified. Please check again. Only if the score card is still not seen after 7 days, we suggest the candidate to follow the process mentioned on the website


As per Council of Architecture admission guidelines, a candidate applying to any school / college of architecture in India should have achieved 40% score in NATA, i.e. at least 80/200, for consideration of admission into first year B.Arch.

NATA SCORING PROCESS: The Answer to each question in the 'drawing' paper will be examined by a panel of three examiners independently and the marks are averaged. It may be further subject to moderation.

During the computer based test, with adaptive testing, an examinee is administered a set of questions with a difficulty level that is specifically designed to match the examinee's ability level. The mathematical process for calculating a score in this situation incorporates the statistical properties of the questions, the examinee's performance on the questions, and the number of questions that are answered.

Drawing Section scores

The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate's drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate's sense of proportion & perspective is also evaluated together with sense for colour and composition.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Section

The candidate's score will depend on his / her performance on the questions given and on the number of questions answered in the time allotted. ? This section is computer adaptive, meaning that the computer selects questions based on the candidate's performance on preceding questions(When correct answer is given, next question will be of higher difficulty level whereas, if wrong answer is given next question is of lower difficulty level) and on the requirements of the test design. Test design factors that influence which questions are presented to the candidate include:


  1. The statistical characteristics (including difficulty level) of the questions already answered. ? The required variety of question types.
  2. The appropriate coverage of content.
  3. The final score depends on average difficulty level of all questions and of those questions answered correctly. E.g. person with correct answer for less number of questions of higher difficulty level may score higher marks than someone who answers more number of questions correctly but of lower difficulty level.
  4. Time allotted to answer the question is between 60 and 90 seconds depending upon the question. The time remaining to answer the question is displayed on the screen. The "per second" countdown begins 30 seconds before the allotted time for that question ends. In case no answer is offered till the time ends, the question is skipped and next question appears.
  5. There is no Negative marking in this test.


B.Arch admission based on NATA Score:

A candidate may apply for admission to any of the participating institutions as per the time schedule specified by the respective appropriate admission authority, along with all the documents desired by it.


NATA 2014 Registration Form can be filled and submitted online at website by paying fees of Rs. 1000.00 either through credit card / debit card / net banking or the candidate can generate the challan for depositing the payment through cash in any of the branches of the ICICI Bank all over India.

The candidate shall be required to pay additional charges as “processing charges” to the Bank for the following:-

Domestic Credit Card:- 1.25% of the NATA Fee plus service tax as applicable

Domestic Debit Card:- 0.75% of the NATA Fees plus service tax as applicable

Domestic Multiple Bank Net Banking Payment Gateway:- Rs.15 per transaction Collection through PAN India ICICI Branches in cash (through challan):- Rs.30 per transaction For International Credit Card / Debit Card the charges may apply as per the policy of the Bank.


Appointment once scheduled cannot be cancelled or rescheduled. There will be no refund of NATA test fees under any conditions.


The candidate must have an acceptable and valid Identification Document (ID) details of which are mentioned on the appointment voucher, with signature, and appointment voucher to be admitted to a Test Center. ID requirements are strictly enforced. It is the candidate's responsibility to read and understand the instructions and requirements.

Report to the test center at least 30 minutes before scheduled time of test.

  • If the candidate arrives at the Test Center without the required identification:
  • The Test Center in-charge will not admit the candidate
  • The candidate will not be allowed to take the test
  • The candidate will forfeit the test fee.
  • NAME CHANGES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. If the candidate's name has changed for any reason, including marriage, the candidate still must present primary identification in the name under which he / she made the appointment, otherwise the candidate will not be permitted to appear in test. Marriage certificates and divorce decrees cannot be used to confirm name differences.
  • If the Test Center in-charge questions the ID proof the candidate presents, the candidate will be required to present additional proof of identity. If positive confirmation cannot be made, the candidate may be refused admission to the Test Center and the candidate will forfeit the test fee paid.
  • Test Center personnel will check the candidate's identification before assigning the candidate a seat at the Test Center. The administrator will check to verify that the candidate is the person in his photo identification. The test center in-charge will repeat this procedure before and after all breaks.
  • Admittance to the Test Center does not imply that the candidate's form of identification is valid or that the candidate's scores will be reported. All reported cases of questionable identification are subject to review and approval by the Competent Authority of Testing Integrity.



Dress so that you can adapt to any room temperature.

  • Friends or relatives who accompany the candidate to the Test Center will not be permitted to wait in the Test Center or be in contact with the candidate while he / she is taking the test.
  • Except for COA-authorized observers, visitors are not allowed in the testing room while test is in progress.
  • ID verification at the Test Center may include thumb printing, iris scan, photographing, videotaping, or other form of electronic ID confirmation. If the candidate refuses to participate, he / she will not be permitted to appear for the test and the candidate will forfeit the test fee. This is in addition to the requirement that the candidate must present acceptable and valid identification.
  • Other than ID, personal items are not allowed in the testing room. Before the test, the candidate will receive instructions from Test Center staff regarding where the candidate must deposit items such as mobile phones, PDAs, digital music players, MP3 players, calculators, or any other electronic devices with memory, handbags, and study materials. The candidate may also be asked to empty his/ her pockets. The candidate may not have access to his/ her personal items during the test or break.
  • Test Centers assume no responsibility for personal belongings.
  • The test administrator will assign the candidate a seat.
  • Electrical supply failure, internet connectivity failure, weather conditions or other circumstances beyond the test administrator's or COA's control may require a delayed start or the rescheduling of the test appointment. In the event that it is then necessary to cancel the test session, or if it is later determined that the candidate's marks could not be reported, the candidate will be offered the opportunity to schedule another test appointment free of charge. No candidate will be admitted after test materials have been distributed. ? On reporting for the test and establishing the candidate's identity, he/ she will be asked to log on into the computer system and request test.
  • A question paper consisting of two questions - free hand drawing and memory sketch, will be generated and printed for the candidate. Test Center supervisor will hand over the print out along with drawing paper (Answer sheet) with preprinted barcode to the candidate and lead him / her to the testing room.
  • Paper of any kind, other than officially distributed, is not permitted in the testing room.
  • The candidate must have the supervisor's permission to leave the room during the test. Any time lost cannot be made up.
  • The candidate may wish to pace himself / herself with his / her own watch, but the supervisor is the official timekeeper. The candidate will not be permitted to continue the test or any part of it beyond the established time limit. Watch alarms and clocks on mobile phones are not permitted.
  • At the conclusion of the test the candidate will be required to return the answer sheet (drawing paper) and question paper to the test supervisor. These materials are the property of COA.
  • The candidate shall attempt the question on the drawing paper supplied by the test center on the side where barcode is printed. The Appointment number, Candidate ID and test center stamp with supervisor's signature shall be on the reverse side of the paper. Computer based test will be given after completing the Paper based test. It begins at login and ends at log-out.
  • The Test center in-charge will provide the candidate with rough paper that may be replaced after the candidate have used all pages of the rough paper initially given to the candidate. The candidate may not take his/ her own rough paper to the test, nor may the candidate remove rough paper from the testing room at any time. Rough paper is provided to assist the candidate in working out problems and for appropriate note taking during timed sections of the test.
  • If the candidate needs to leave his / her seat at any time, he / she must raise his / her hand for permission; timing of the section will not stop.
  • If at any time during the test the candidate has a problem with his / her computer, or for any reason needs the attention of the administrator, the candidate shall raise his/ her hand.
  • Test centre premises are subject to videotaping and/ or any other type of electronic surveillance.
  • NATA includes an optional 10-minute break after the Drawing section. This break time cannot be exceeded.
  • When the test gets disrupted because of failure of internet connectivity or electricity supply failure, candidate can resume the test from the point of disruption onwards if resumed within four hours. In case disruption lasts for more than four hours the candidate may have to give entire test again.


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