NATA 2018 – Dates, Eligibility, Fees, Registration, Syllabus

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National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is conducted by Council of Architecture (CoA) for admission to first year of 5 year B.Arch. Degree Course at recognized institutions across India. The test measures mathematical skills, general aptitude, drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability.

Exam NameNational Aptitude Test in Architecture
Also Known AsNATA
Exam CategoryUndergraduate
Exam LevelNational
Exam ModeOnline-cum-Paper Based Test
Conducted byCouncil of Architecture (CoA)


  • It is a Online-cum-Paper Based Test of 3 hours duration.
  • The question paper will consist of 2 parts which will carry a total of 200 marks.
  • Part A comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) of Mathematics & General Aptitude which are to be answered online.
  • For Part A, each question will have only one correct option and correct response will yield 2 marks. There is no negative marking.
  • Part B is a paper based test which comprises of 2 Drawing questions of 40 marks each.
  • For Part B, each answer will be examined by more than one examiner independently and the marks will be averaged. The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate’s drawing, imagination and observation skills.
  • All the Questions and Instructions will be available in English medium only.

SubjectNumber of QuestionsMarks
A) Part A (First 90 minutes, Online)
Mathematics (MCQ)2040
General Aptitude (MCQ)4080
B) Part B (Last 90 minutes, Paper-based)



April 29, 2018 (Sunday)


10:30 to 13:30 hrs


Taking NATA

Qualifying examination

Candidates may come from the following backgrounds:

  • 10+2 or equivalent examination passed/appearing with Mathematics as one of the subjects.
  • 10+3 Diploma (any stream) passed/appearing recognized by Central/State Govts with Mathematics as one of the subjects of examination.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of Schooling with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination.

Admission to first year of B.Arch.

Architecture Examination

Qualified a recognized aptitude test in Architecture (NATA or equivalent) in 2018.

Marks in Qualifying examination

Candidates can come with any of the following credentials:

  • Secured 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects.
  • 10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognized by Central/State Govts with 50% aggregate marks with Mathematics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of Schooling with 50% marks in aggregate and with Mathematics as a compulsory subject of examination.

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 (Part A) and make themselves familiar with the interface.
  • Mock test is for practice purpose only.
  • UPDATE: NATA 2018 Official mock test is now available, read more here.


Rs. 1800 (Rs. 1500 for SC/ST)


  • The registration for NATA 2018 will begin on January 16, 2018 January 18, 2018.
  • UPDATE: NATA 2018 Registrations have started, read more here.

Application Procedure

  1. The aspiring candidates need to register on NATA portal here.
  2. Candidates need to furnish all the details in the Online Application and upload the required documents.
  3. Required documents include a recent colour photograph, scanned copy of candidate’s signature and community certificate (for SC/ST only).
  4. Candidates are then required to pay the Registration Fee via online payment modes.
  5. Candidates are advised to save the confirmation page for future reference.

Application Correction

  • The candidate is expected to fill up all details correctly and check the preview of the application before submitting it online.
  • In rare circumstances, if any corrections are to be made, the candidate can send a request to [email protected] via email.

Admit Card

  • For each Applicant, an Admit Card will be generated indicating the allotted Examination Centre for NATA examination.
  • Candidates need to download the Admit Card from the NATA website.
  • A printed copy of the downloaded admit card should be produced at the time of examination along with a photo identity card.
  • Candidates are advised to retain their admit cards carefully in secured place in undamaged condition till the completion of admission procedure.
  • UPDATE: NATA 2018 Admit Cards Released, read more here.

Test Centres

Test Cities

Test Cities

  • Agartala
  • Agra
  • Ahmedabad
  • Aizawl
  • Ajmer
  • Aligarh
  • Allahabad
  • Ambala
  • Amravati
  • Amritsar
  • Anand
  • Arrah
  • Asansol
  • Aurangabad
  • Balasore
  • Bareilly
  • Bengaluru
  • Berhampur-Ganjam
  • Bhatinda
  • Bhilai Nagar
  • Bhopal
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Bikaner
  • Bilaspur
  • Bokaro Steel City
  • Chandigarh
  • Chennai
  • Chirala
  • Coimbatore
  • Cuttack
  • Darbhanga
  • Dehradun
  • Delhi
  • Dhanbad
  • Dhenkanal
  • Dibrugarh
  • Ernakulam
  • Gandhinagar
  • Ghaziabad
  • Gorakhpur
  • Greater Noida
  • Gulbarga
  • Guntur
  • Gurgaon
  • Gurugram
  • Guwahati
  • Gwalior
  • Haldwani
  • Hamirpur
  • Hazaribagh
  • Hisar
  • Hooghly
  • Howrah
  • Hubli
  • Hyderabad
  • Indore
  • Jabalpur
  • Jaipur
  • Jalandhar
  • Jalgaon
  • Jammu
  • Jamshedpur
  • Jhansi
  • Jodhpur
  • Jorhat
  • Kakinada
  • Kannur
  • Kanpur
  • Karimnagar
  • Karnal
  • Kohima
  • Kolhapur
  • Kolkata
  • Kota
  • Kozhikode
  • Kurnool
  • Kurukshetra
  • Lucknow
  • Ludhiana
  • Madurai
  • Mangalore
  • Meerut
  • Mehsana
  • Mohali
  • Moradabad
  • Mumbai
  • Muzaffarnagar
  • Muzaffarpur
  • Mysore
  • Nagpur
  • Nanded
  • Nashik
  • Navi Mumbai
  • Nellore
  • New Delhi
  • Noida
  • Panaji
  • Patiala
  • Patna
  • Port Blair
  • Puducherry
  • Pune
  • Raipur
  • Rajahmundry
  • Rajkot
  • Ranchi
  • Roorkee
  • Rourkela
  • Sagar
  • Salem
  • Samba
  • Sambalpur
  • Satna
  • Shillong
  • Shimoga
  • Sikar
  • Silchar
  • Siliguri
  • Surat
  • Tezpur
  • Thrissur
  • Tiruchirappalli
  • Tirunelveli
  • Tirupathi
  • Trivandrum
  • Udaipur
  • Udupi
  • Ujjain
  • Vadodara
  • Varanasi
  • Vijayawada
  • Visakhapatnam
  • Vizianagaram
  • Warangal



  • Dubai


  • Those opting for Dubai as their first choice of Exam city need to fill up two more choices mandatorily.
  • The candidates choosing exam centre in Dubai as per their first choice, shall be liable to pay an additional fee of INR 8000 per candidate during the application process.
  • Dubai cannot be chosen as second or third choice of exam city.

Answer Keys

  • The response sheet of each candidate for Part A will be uploaded on NATA website along with subject wise mark(s) secured.
  • Candidates can review their answer sheet and challenge it (if any).
  • No review will be available for the drawing test (Part B).

Qualifying Marks

In order to qualify NATA, a candidate must satisfy following conditons:

  • At least 25% must be secured in MCQ portion (30 out of 120)
  • At least 25% must be secured in Drawing portion (20 out of 80)
  • Overall qualifying marks (out of 200) would be based on post-exam statistics and at the discretion of the Council.


The result will be declared on June 1, 2018 on the NATA website.

It will be available as:

  • Marks obtained out of 200 and in each component
  • Pass/Fail

Important Information

Candidates must bring the following things to the exam hall:

  • Downloaded Admit Card of NATA – 2018
  • Proof of Identity – Aadhar / Passport / Driving License / Voter ID / e-Aadhar
  • Pen, pencils, eraser, colour pencils (Not water/oil colour or crayon).

Note: Instruments of any kind including scale are not permitted.

Important Dates

Start of online registrationsJanuary 16, 2018 January 18, 2018
End of registrationsMarch 2, 2018 March 30, 2018 (3 PM)
Publication of Admit CardApril 2, 2018 April 16, 2018
NATA examinationApril 29, 2018
Publication of resultsJune 1, 2018

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