Schedule of Examination
The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), is conducted by National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA) which is a body of Council of Architecture, New Delhi in India.
What is NATA?
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.
Candidates may come from the following backgrounds: (a) 10+2 or equivalent passed/appearing with Mathematics as one of the subjects of examination (b) 10+3 Diploma (any stream) passed/appearing recognised by Central/State Government with Mathematics as one of the subjects of examination (c) International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of schooling with Mathematics as a compulsory subject of examination
Eligibility for NATA Counselling
Candidates who qualify NATA can participate in NATA Counselling. But, there are other standards that need to be satisfied before appearing for counselling and final admissions. Admission will be based on marks obtained in NATA and marks obtained in the qualifying examination.It is important to score minimum qualifying exam in NATA exam. The minimum qualifying marks in the exam are 50 out of 200.
The Council of Architecture does not conduct the admission counselling. State Colleges/ Universities offering admission in B.Arch course conduct their own separate counselling based on NATA scores. Eligible candidates who score minimum qualifying marks in National Aptitude Test for Architecture will only be eligible for NATA counselling.
NATA Counselling Procedure
Candidate needs to undergo NATA Counselling Process for a particular university he/she wishes to apply in. During the Counselling, a candidate is required to register and fill the choice of seats. Once the filling of choices is completed, document verification process will start. Candidates must carry Class 10th and 12th Mark sheets along with NATA Scorecard for verification. Additional documents like reservation certificate and date of birth certificate must also be carried to the counselling center. A candidate is required to report to their allocated institute with the necessary documents.
Admissions to various institutions through NATA.
It must be noted that appearing for NATA and obtaining a valid NATA Score Card doesn’t entitle to admissions in various Architecture colleges. NATA is just a centralized aptitude test for admission to Architecture course. Any institute that is recognized by AICTE must obtain approval of CoA (Council of Architecture). Thus, NATA is the compulsory exam as per the guidelines given by CoA.
Appear for the state university exam or the exam conducted by the particular university along with the NATA for admissions. The candidate must obtain a valid score card in both. The total score of the candidate will be calculated by considering 50% marks from the State Board/ any other qualifying examination with Mathematics as one subject and 50% marks obtained in the NATA.
The candidate is required to contact the institutes personally for admissions in case no other qualifying examination is required apart from NATA.
The candidate must carry Class 10th and 12th Mark sheets separately along with the printout of the NATA scorecard to the Institute for admission to the architecture program.The NATA Score Card is considered valid only if the candidate scores a minimum of 25% marks i.e. 50/200 in NATA.