NATA 2024 Exam – Application, Dates, Eligibility, Fees, Syllabus

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Overview

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is an Aptitude test conducted by Council of Architecture (CoA) for admission to the first year of 5-year B.Arch. Degree Course at recognized institutions across India. The test measures cognitive skills, visual perception, aesthetic sensitivity, logical reasoning, and critical thinking ability.

Exam NameNational Aptitude Test in Architecture
Also Known AsNATA
Exam CategoryUndergraduate
Exam LevelNational
Exam ModeOffline (Pen-Paper based test) + Online (Computer based test)
Conducted byCouncil of Architecture (CoA)

NEW: The candidates can appear for a maximum of 3 attempts in NATA in one academic year. The best score out of all the attempts shall be considered for declaration of results. NATA test score will be valid for a period of 2 academic years.

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What’s new from NATA 2024?

  • The exam can be attempted 3 times in one academic year.
  • The NATA test score will be valid for 2 academic years.
  • Examination shall be conducted on all Saturdays and Sundays starting from April to July in two sessions per day.
  • There will be a 90 minutes Drawing and Composition Test of 80 marks followed by a 90 minutes Online Aptitude Test of 120 marks.
  • Candidates who have passed or currently studying in class 11th or class 12th with PCM subjects can take the NATA examination.

NATA 2024: Check Eligibility | Check Syllabus


About

Pattern

  • It is an combination of Offline and Online Test of 3 hours duration.
  • Part A will be offline test of 90 minutes consisting of Drawing and Composition Test. There will be a total of 3 questions carrying 80 marks.
  • It will consist of one question each of Composition and Color, Sketching & Composition (Black and White), and 3D Composition.
  • Part B will be online test of 90 minutes consisting of Aptitude Test. There will be a total of 45 questions carrying 120 marks.
  • The question paper will consist of Multiple-Choice type (MCQ).
  • All the Questions and instructions will be available in English medium only.

 

The no. of questions of each mark category is as follows:

Question TypeNo. of QuestionsMarks per QuestionTotal Marks
Part A : Drawing and Composition Test
Composition and Color12525
Sketching & Composition12525
3D Composition13030
Part B : Computer based Online Test
MCQ Type 130260
MCQ Type 215460
Total48200

Schedule

Date of ExaminationAll Saturdays and Sundays from April to July 2024
Timings10.00 AM to 01.00 PM (Session – 1)
01.30 PM to 04.30 PM (Session – 2)
Duration3 Hours

Eligibility

Taking NATA

Qualifying examination

  • Candidates should have passed/ appearing in class 11th or class 12th or any equivalent qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects.
  • OR Candidates must have passed/ appearing 10+3 diploma examination with Mathematics as compulsory subject.

Admission to first year of B.Arch.

Architecture Examination

Candidates must have qualified a recognized aptitude test in Architecture (NATA or equivalent).

Marks in Qualifying examination

  • Candidates must obtain a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics along with a minimum aggregate of 50% in class 12th.
  • OR Candidates must have passed 10+3 diploma examination with Mathematics as compulsory subject with at least 50% marks in aggregate.


Syllabus

Mock Test

  • The official mock test is made available to the candidates appearing for NATA.
  • Candidates can take the Mock Test to understand the pattern of the computer-based test and make themselves familiar with the interface.
  • The mock test is for practice purpose only.

Past Question Papers

See previous year Question Papers and Answers here.

Fees

NATA 2024 Application Fee is as follows:

For examination centre opted in India

One Test Only

General/OBC – Male₹1,750
General/OBC – Female₹1,250
Transgender₹1,000
SC/ST/PwD – Male₹1,250
SC/ST/PwD – Female₹1,000

Any Two Tests

General/OBC – Male₹3,250
General/OBC – Female₹2,250
Transgender₹1,500
SC/ST/PwD – Male₹2,250
SC/ST/PwD – Female₹1,750

All Three Tests

General/OBC – Male₹4,500
General/OBC – Female₹3,000
Transgender₹2,000
SC/ST/PwD – Male₹3,000
SC/ST/PwD – Female₹2,500

For examination centre opted in a Foreign country

One Test Only₹10,000
Any Two Tests₹18,000
All Three Tests₹25,000

Fee Notes

  • The candidates initially opting for single/ two tests may further opt for additional test at a later stage, not exceeding three attempts. However, in such case no concession in fees would be offered.
  • Multiple Application Forms submitted by the same candidate by changing the credentials will be rejected without any refund.

Registration

  • The registrations for NATA 2024 are expected to begin in March 2024.
  • The last date to apply for NATA 2024 examination is yet to be announced.
  • NEW: Check detailed steps for filling the Application Form here.

Application Procedure

NEW: Check detailed steps for filling the Application Form here.

  1. Candidates need to visit the NATA website and fill the prescribed application form.
  2. Upload the required documents including a recent colour photograph, scanned copy of candidate’s signature and community certificate (for SC/ST only).
  3. Pay the Registration Fee through online payment modes.
  4. Save the confirmation page for future reference.

Application Correction

  • Candidates will be provided a facility to make corrections in their application form particulars.
  • It is a one-time facility and is extended to the candidates to avoid any hardship to them.
  • The correction window will open as per schedule.

Test Centres

Test Cities

Test Cities

StateCity
Andhra PradeshVijayawada
Andhra PradeshVisakhapatnam
Arunachal PradeshItanagar
AssamGuwahati
BiharPatna/ Gaya
ChandigarhChandigarh
ChhattisgarhRaipur
DelhiDelhi
GoaPanaji
GujaratAhmedabad/ Surat
GujaratVadodara/ Rajkot
HaryanaFaridabad/ Sonipat
HaryanaGurgaon/ Rohtak
Himachal PradeshShimla/ Kangra
Jammu and KashmirJammu
Jammu and KashmirSrinagar
JharkhandRanchi
KarnatakaBengaluru/ Manipal/ Tumkur
KarnatakaHubali/ Kalburgi
KarnatakaMysore/ Bijapur
KeralaErnakulum/ Kochi
KeralaKannur/ Kollam
KeralaKottayam/ Thrissur
KeralaKozhikode/ Mallapuram
KeralaThiruvanathapuram/ Pallakad
Madhya PradeshBhopal/ Gwalior/ Jabalpur
Madhya PradeshIndore/ Sehore
Madhya PradeshSagar
MaharashtraAhmednagar/ Akola
MaharashtraAmravati/ Ratnagiri
MaharashtraAurangabad/ Thane
MaharashtraKolhapur/ Kalyan
MaharashtraMumbai
MaharashtraNagpur
MaharashtraNashik
MaharashtraNavi Mumbai
MaharashtraPune
MaharashtraSolapur
ManipurImphal
MeghalayaShillong
MizoramAizawl
NagalandKohima
OdishaBhubaneswar/ Cuttack
PuducherryPuducherry
PunjabJalandhar/ Amritsar
PunjabLudhiana/ Mohali
RajasthanJaipur/ Udaipur
Tamil NaduChennai/ Coimbatore
Tamil NaduMadurai/ Thanjavur
Tamil NaduSalem/ Kanya Kumari
Tamil NaduTiruchirappalli/ Vellore
TelanganaHyderabad
TripuraAgartala
Uttar PradeshAgra
Uttar PradeshBareilly
Uttar PradeshGreater Noida/ Jhansi
Uttar PradeshLucknow
Uttar PradeshVaranasi
UttarakhandDehradun
West BengalKolkata
West BengalSiliguri

Note

  • Those candidates opting for multiple Tests shall have to generate new appointment cards for each test after the result of the previous test is published.
  • The candidates applying for the exam centre in international cities will not be given any choice for test centres.
  • International cities cannot be chosen as second or third choice of exam city.

Admit Card

  • For each Applicant, an Appointment Card will be generated indicating the allotted Test Centre, session and Appointment number.
  • Candidates need to download the Appointment Card from the NATA website.
  • Appointment Cards of NATA exam will be available after it’s notified.
  • A printed copy of the downloaded Appointment card should be produced at the time of examination along with a photo identity card.
  • Those candidates opting for multiple Tests shall have to generate new appointment cards for each test after the result of the previous test is published.
  • Candidates are advised to retain their Appointment cards carefully in a secured place in undamaged condition till the completion of admission procedure.

Answer Keys

  • The answer key for the exam will be made available to the candidates.
  • After Answer Key publication, a candidate can opt to view his/her answer script on payment of Rs. 3,000 for a single test.

Qualifying Marks

In order to qualify NATA, a candidate must:

  • Secure a minimum of 20 marks in Part A.
  • Secure a minimum of 30 marks in Part B.
  • Secure a minimum of 70 marks out of 200 marks as aggregate of Part A and Part B.

Result

  • The result of the NATA examination will be declared as per schedule.
  • In case the candidate appears in multiple tests, all the previous scores shall appear on the score card.
  • The best score obtained in all attempts shall be taken as the valid score for NATA.
  • The result will mention whether Qualified/ Not Qualified (Check Qualifying Marks).

Important Information

Candidates must bring the following things to the exam hall:

  • Downloaded Appointment Card
  • Original Proof of Identity – Aadhar/ Passport/ Driving License/ Voter ID/ Valid Photo ID
  • Pencils, Erasers, Dry colors, Scale (upto 15 Cms)

Important Dates

NATA First Test
DetailsDate
Start of online registrationsTBA; Expected: March 2024
End of registrationsTBA
Image uploads allowed tillTBA
Fee payment allowed tillTBA
Application Correction windowTBA
Confirmation page printing available tillTBA
Publication of Admit CardTBA
NATA First TestTBA
Publication of resultsTBA
NATA Second Test
DetailsDate
Start of online registrationsTBA
End of registrationsTBA
Image uploads allowed tillTBA
Fee payment allowed tillTBA
Application Correction windowTBA
Confirmation page printing available tillTBA
Publication of Admit CardTBA
NATA Second TestTBA
Publication of resultsTBA
NATA Third Test
DetailsDate
Start of online registrationsTBA
End of registrationsTBA
Image uploads allowed tillTBA
Fee payment allowed tillTBA
Application Correction windowTBA
Confirmation page printing available tillTBA
Publication of Admit CardTBA
NATA Third TestTBA
Publication of resultsTBA

Contact Information

Candidates can contact NATA through written communication, phone or email.

NATA Contact Information
AddressCouncil of Architecture,
India Habitat Centre, Core 6A, 1st Floor,
Lodhi Road,
New Delhi-110003, Delhi (India)
Helpdesk+91-7406692922
Email[email protected]

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