NATA is a national level common aptitude test for architecture. It is a qualifying examination for admission into undergraduate architecture programs in all recognized colleges across the country. NATA is organized by Council of Architecture (COA) for admissions into B.Arch Degree courses at all recognized institutes across the country. NATA looks at assessing aspirants drawing and observation skills and reasoning abilities. The test provides a complete review of a students calibre required for architecture programs. Admission to architecture programs across the country (including government, private, deemed universities) is as per students NATA results.

The lower age limit for NATA is 17 years as of 31 st July 2018. Aspirants need to have maths as a subject in 12th Std in their board exams, either passed / appearing. Students who have completed diploma i.e. 10+3 from any stream passed / appearing from a recognized central /state government with mathematics as a mandatory subject in their exams.

IB students passed / appearing after 10 years of schooling with mathematics as a mandatory subject are eligible to apply for NATA.

Candidates are to log in to the official website of NATA to complete the application form. The application fee of Rs.1250 / – is to be paid on the site using credit / debit card or through ICICI Bank e-challan.

About NATA 2018

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 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 base on NATA. 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, Mathematics and critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period of time and are related to the specific field of study.

In order to further strengthen the conduct of the test and to attract more number of bright aspirants into studying Architecture, COA has decided to conduct NATA-2018 for admission to B.Arch. in the academic session 2018-19, as a one-day online examination all over the country, which will comprise of two parts: Part A comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) to be answered online and Part B is paper based drawing. This would surely be 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.

Important Dates

Sr.NoActivityDate (with time)
1Availability of information in the public domainFrom 03/01/2018
2Start of Online form fill-up16.01.2018.
3End of registration02.03.2018.
4Availability of Admit Card02.04.2018.
5Date and Time of Examination29.04.2018. (Sunday) (10:30 AM to 01:30 PM)
6Publication of Results01.06.2018.
7NATA 2018 BrochureClick here to view NATA 2018 Brochure