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National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) 2017

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is conducted by the Council of Architecture (COA) for admission to first year of 5-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) Degree Course at all recognized institutions all over the country.
Aspirants into studying Architecture, COA has decided to conduct NATA-2017 for admission to B.Arch. in the academic session 2017-18, as a one-day paper based exam all over the country

NATA 2017 National Aptitude Test in Architecture acronym as NATA is held for admission to first year 5 years Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) Degree Course for all Architectural Institutions of repute in the country that includes NITs, IITs Govt. Institutions, Government-aided Institutions, Universities, Deemed Universities

What is NATA?
The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of the applicant for 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 (Architecture)

Eligibility Criteria for NATA-2017

The lower age limit of the candidate is 17 years as on 31st July 2017

Candidates should have passed class 12th with Mathematics as a subject or done diploma from a recognized Institute/university/board with atleast 50% aggregate marks in 12th/diploma

Candidates with International Baccalaureate Diploma having 50% aggregate marks and Mathematics as a subject can also apply

The candidates should be resident of India and should have attained a minimum age of seventeen years as on 01st of July of the ensuring year of the entrance test
Furthermore, the candidates should be mentally as well as physically fit during the admission process

NATA Exam Schedule

Nata Test shall be conducted from 16th April 2017 (Sunday, 11.00 am to 02.30 pm); duration: First 90 minutes; total marks 120; Subjects - Mathematics (MCQ), General Aptitude (MCQ)

NATA Exam Pattern

All the booklets will be served at the begging in one folder. MCQ answer sheet (OMR) will be withdrawn after 90 minutes. It is to be noted carefully that the candidates must fill in as well as bubble in All the relevant information including the "Question Booklet No" at the indicate places on OMR Answer Sheet Drawing Sheets and Attendance Sheet during exam

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:

i. Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner

ii. Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings

iii. Sense of perspective drawing

iv. Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form

v. Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms

vi. Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition

vii. Understanding of scale and proportions

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

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 -

i. Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings

ii. Visualising different sides of three dimensional objects

iii. Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities

iv. Analytical reasoning

v. Mental Ability

vi. Imaginative comprehension and expression

vii. Architectural awareness

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

Who should take NATA and Why?

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 Govt., 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 exam

Where to Appear for NATA?

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 website

Repeating NATA

Candidates can attempt NATA for a maximum of 5 (five) times during the period when their latest score card is valid. 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 best marks scored by the candidate in his previous five attempts. Do not register for report attempt unless you receive scorecard for previous attempt

Registration Process

Details of the Registration Process for NATA is available separately on our website

Important Things to Remember When Registering:

Register well in advance. During the peak admission season Test Centers fill up quickly

Take the test as soon as possible to ensure that the candidate's scorecard/Mark list are ready in time for submission to the admission authorities at the time of applying for admission

When registering online, be sure that the spelling of the candidate's name matches the name printed on the identification document(s) the candidate will present at the Test Center; if this information does not match, the candidate will not be permitted to appear in test and his / her test fee will be forfeited

Information regarding Test Center availability is subject to change; the most current information regarding Test Centers and other registration information is available on the NATA website (

How to Apply

NATA 2017 Registration form can filled and submitted online from this website by payment of NATA fees of Rs 1250.00 (+ Processing Charges) using Netbanking/Credit Cards/ICICI Isure Bank Challan

Download the Prefilled Registration form and procure the necessary registration documents

Select a Test Center/Region (from the website at a location convenient to the candidate. Approach the Test center for Appointment for NATA Exam

For any other questions, please register at NATA website ( and get into "Forum" section. You can post our queries here. Please search before you post the query. It may be already raised by some other candidate and already answered

Important Dates for NATA 2017 Exam

Availability of Information in the Public Domain: 15th December 2016

Start of Online Form fills up: 24th December 2016 (Tentative)

Date of End of Registration: 29th January 2017 (11.59 pm)

Date of Image Uploads allowed till 30th January 2017 (11.59 pm)

Fee Payment allowed till 31st January 2016 (11.59 pm)

Confirmation Page Printing Available till 28th February 2017

Candidates Correction Window): 15th February to 21st February 2017

Publication of Downloaded Admit Card in Web: 26th March 2017 (10.30 AM)

Date of NATA Exam: 16th April 2017 (11.00 am to 02.00 pm)

Publication of Results by 10th June 2017

Council of Architecture, New Delhi

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, Telephone No.: 020-6573-1088, Email: [email protected], Website