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NATA 2024

NATA 2024
(National Aptitude Test in Architecture)
admission to B.Arch.
conducted by:
National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture
(body of Council of Architecture, New Delhi in India)

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is being conducted by COA since 2006, to qualify for the admission to Bachelor of Architecture. The Council has prescribed CoA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983 and in the year 2020 the Council has prescribed the Council of Architecture (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 2020, with the approval of the Central Government in terms of Sections 21 & 45 of the Architects Act, 1972.

These Regulations prescribe that the candidate needs to qualify an Aptitude Test in Architecture conducted either by NTA (i.e., JEE) or NATA conducted by the Council for admission to the Architecture degree course.

The actual admissions shall be carried out only by the concerned competent authorities of the respective States / UT’s etc., Institutions based on valid NATA score and eligibility criteria prescribed by CoA and concerned authorities.

Unlike any other entrance examination, NATA is an Aptitude test that assesses a candidate’s ability through a variety of testing formats.

With the objective of giving opportunities to a greater number of bright aspirants to join Architecture, Council will be conducting NATA-2024 for admission to B.Arch., in the academic year 2024 - 2025 on all weekends in two sessions starting from April to July, 2024.

    + Schedule of Examination

    The candidates can appear for maximum of 3 attempts in NATA 2024 in one academic year. The best score out of all the attempts shall be considered for declaration of results. The score of NATA Test would be valid for a period of 2 academic years.

    Examination shall be conducted on all weekends starting from April to July, 2024 in two sessions, subject to number of candidates registered for the session. The candidates need to indicate their preference for session & city of examination while registering at NATA portal www.nata. in. The session during which the candidate will take the test as well as the Test Centres, shall be allotted by the Council, as far as possible, on the basis of cities and sessions preferred by the candidate in the application form. However, the decision of the Council in allotting Test Centre and session to candidates shall be final.

    The Tests shall be conducted as per the schedule as given below:
    NATA 2024 Examination commencing from 06-04-2024 onwards
    Session-1: 10:00 A.M. to 01:00 P.M.
    (180 mins/3.0 hours)
    Session-2: 01:30 P.M. to 04:30 P.M.
    (180 mins/ 3.0 hours)

    + Syllabus

    Questions & Marks of Examination
    Part-A - Drawing and Composition Test - Offline Test - 90 Minutes
    A1 – 1 Question – Composition and Color -25 Marks
    A2 - 1 Question – Sketching & Composition (Black and White)- 25 Marks
    A3 – 1 Question - 3D Composition - 30 Marks
    Total 3 Questions - 80 Marks

    Part-B - MCQ - Computer based online Test - 90 Minutes
    B1 - 30 questions x 2 Marks - 60 Marks
    B2 - 15 questions x 4 Marks -60 Marks
    Total 45 Questions – 120 Marks


    The medium of Aptitude test shall be in English and Hindi.

    The aptitude of the candidate will be assessed using some or all of the following:
    Drawing and Composition Test
    This is one and half hour (90 minutes) – 80 Marks Test where candidate has to attempt three questions. The content of the PART A Test is as follows:
    • A1 - Composition and Color -25 Marks:
      Creating suitable compositions for various situations and coloring them appropriately. Re-arranging various shapes in visually appealing manner and coloring it suitably.
    • A2 - Sketching & Composition (Black and White)-25 Marks:
      Ability to draw, visualize, depict a situation, involving buildings / its components, people, environment, products with an understanding of scale, proportions, textures, shades and shadow etc.
    • A3 - 3D Composition-30 Marks:
      Creating interesting 3D composition for the given situation using the provided kit.
    This is one and half hour (90 minutes), 120 Marks Test where candidate has to appear for online test. It shall have two type of Questions viz., B1 – 30 Questions of 2 Marks and B2 – 15 Questions of 4 Marks from the following topics:
    • Visual Reasoning Ability to understand and reconstruct 2D and 3D composition, knowledge about its composition and technical concepts.
    • Logical Derivation Ability to decode a situation, composition, context and generate meaning. Understanding the minute information hidden in a particular situation and drawing conclusions.
    • G.K., Architecture & Design General awareness of architecture and design, current issues, recent episodes etc., Knowledge about important buildings, historical progression, innovation in materials and construction technology.
    • Language Interpretation Ability to correctly & logically generate meaning of words, sentences, understanding about English grammar.
    • Design Sensitivity Ability to observe record and analyze, people, space, product, environment. Critical thinking, reasoning and ability to identify the subtle communications.
    • Design Thinking Ability to understand semantics, metaphors, problem identification and definition, analysis of a given situation.
    • Numerical Ability Basic Mathematics and its association with creative thinking. To unfold a space with use of geometry.

    + Eligibility Criteria for Candidates

    • Taking NATA-2024
      Candidates fulfilling the below criteria prescribed by the Council can appear for NATA 2024:
      • Passed or appearing in 10+1 Examination with PCM Subjects;
      • Passed or appearing in 10+2 Examination with PCM subjects;
      • Passed or appearing in 10+3 Diploma Examination with Mathematics as subjects;
      However, the admission to B.Arch., Course shall be made as per the eligibility prescribed in the Council of Architecture (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 2020 and as stated in para 2 herein below
      Candidates may note that NATA 2024 is the qualifier of Aptitude Test for admission to B.Arch. program offered by Universities / Institutions in the country, subject to the fulfillment of eligibility criteria as prescribed by the Council.

    • Admission to First year of B.Arch. Program
      The eligibility for admission to 1st year of B.Arch. Degree program for the academic session 2024-2025 shall be as per CoA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 2020. The revised eligibility in terms of Amended Regulations, 2020 is as under:
      *No candidate shall be admitted to architecture course unless she / he has passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as compulsory subjects with at least 50% marks in aggregate or passed 10+3 Diploma Examination with Mathematics as compulsory subject with at least 50% marks in aggregate.
      (*proposal for amendment in above Eligibility Criteria has been submitted for approval of the Central Government. The revision in eligibility, if any, shall be notified upon approval).
    • Reservations under different categories
      Reservation as well as relaxation in qualifying marks for the reserved category for the purpose of admission is a prerogative of the Admission / Counselling Authority and does not fall under the purview of this examination.
    • Help Desk
      NATA Help desk details are as under:
      Email ID : To be updated
      Help Desk Number: To be updated

    + Application Procedure

    The NATA test shall be held on all Saturdays and Sundays starting from April to July, 2024 in two Sessions in the notified cities at the allotted Centres and the online form filling shall start from 1st March 2024.

    Appearing in second or third test is not mandatory and is purely at the discretion of the applicants. Candidates can register themselves for one test or maximum of three Tests in one academic year by filling in the application form appropriately.

    Application is to be filled up ONLINE at the NATA portal of Candidates need to visit the portal, generate username & password by entering relevant details and then CLICK the requisite link ONLINE APPLICATION NATA–2024. Thereafter, candidate will be directed to the actual application form. The form is interactive in nature and the fields required to be filled up are categorized in different sub-sections. The fields super-scribed with * MUST be filled up as they are MANDATORY, otherwise the application will NOT get submitted.

    The application form is broadly categorized into three steps: filling of PERSONAL DETAILS; DOCUMENT UPLOADING & FEE PAYMENT. Please see APPENDIX-IV (Information Brochure) for detailed guidelines on information to be entered at the time of online form filling

    Candidates need to fill in the first part i.e., PERSONAL DETAILS and will thereafter be directed to DOCUMENT UPLOADING. Once the documents are successfully uploaded, the system enters into the FEE PAYMENT. Finally, the candidate must take a printout of CONFIRMATION PAGE generated upon successful fee payment for their own record. There is no need to send any document by post.

    + Filling up of Application Form

    The online filling-up of the Application Form is interactive in nature and online guidance will be available to the candidate while filling up the form. Please refer to APPENDIX-IV (Information Brochure) and APPENDIX-V (Information Brochure) for detailed guidelines on filling up the form.
    • Application Form
      Filling up of fields will be interactive in nature. As soon as the cursor is taken to a certain field, a cursor tip MESSAGE will be shown to the candidate to assist in filling up. In case of difficulty, the HELP icon placed right next to the field will redirect the candidate to that section of the Brochure which deals with the filling up of the said field. Please note that the applicant’s name, father’s name, mother’s name, date of birth (as per Class – 10 records) and postal address taken together must be unique for each application.

      At the time of submitting the PERSONAL DETAILS of a candidate, the system will prompt the candidate to enter his email address which shall be the user name. The email of the candidate shall be verified by the system by sending a link. The candidate has to choose a PASSWORD and keep it secured and confidential for subsequent use. A SECURITY QUESTION AND ANSWER will be captured from the candidate by the system at this stage. Candidate has to remember this question-answer pair for prompt retrieval of password in case it is forgotten at later stage. The candidate needs to login into account using email and password. The system generated NATA Unique ID number and login credentials shall be emailed to the candidates. The candidate will need to login into their account for the following:
      • Accessing and editing personal information (till going to the document upload stage).
      • Uploading of images.
      • Submit fee payment through EPG.
      • Printing of the Confirmation Page.
      • Correction of data if needed.
    • Image uploading
      All candidates are required to upload the following images:
      • Recent Passport size Photograph in Colour with both ears visible and front view only - jpg / jpeg format.
      • Candidate Signature- jpg / jpeg format.
      The Photograph/ Signature should be as per below:
      Document Storage size Image dimension
      Minimum Maximum Height Width
      Photograph 4 KB 100 KB 4.5 cm 3.5 cm
      Signature 1 KB 30 KB 1.5 cm 3.5 cm
    • Application Fee Details
      Application Fee for NATA 2024:
      Payment Options based on
      number of tests opted for
      In India (in Rs.) Outside
      (in Rs.)
      General/OBC(NCL) SC/ST/EWS/PwD Transgender
      Male Female Male Female
      Fee for any Single Test 1750 1250 1250 1000 1000 10000
      Fee for Two Tests 3250 2250 2250 1750 1500 18000
      Fee for Three Tests 4500 3000 3000 2500 2000 25000
      • The Application Fee shall be non-refundable in all cases.
      • 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. The Council reserves the right to take appropriate legal action against such candidates.
      The candidate, on successfully uploading the PERSONAL DETAILS and DOCUMENTS; will be directed to the webpage containing process of payment of application fee as per the following options:
      • Payment through EPG: The candidate has to click “Payment of fee using EPG services”, the system will automatically redirect to available payment gateway page, displayed at the website. As per the candidate’s convenience, he/she may select any of the options to pay the application fee through electronic payment gateway via debit card, credit card or net banking and follow the online instructions to complete the payment process. After successful payment, payment gateway will redirect the candidate to home page that will show the status of fee payment. Upon successful payment, the candidate will be able to print the final “Confirmation Page”.
    • Confirmation Page (Proof of REGISTRATION)
      The Confirmation Page is generated upon successful payment of Application Fee. Its generation means that the candidate has been successfully REGISTERED for NATA 2024. The candidate should take a printout and preserve the confirmation page for future reference. A print out of the Confirmation page will not provide admittance to the Test Centre to take the examination. The candidate is required to select city and session for finalizing the Test slot and generate Appointment.
    • Discrepancy and Correction
      The candidate is expected to fill up all details correctly, check a preview of the application before submitting the same online. Candidates will be provided only one opportunity to correct their personal details as per APPENDIX-VI (Information Brochure).

    + List of Probable / Tentative Cities of Test Centers

    Sl. No. State City
    1 Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
    2 Visakhapatnam
    3 Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
    4 Assam Guwahati
    5 Bihar Patna / Gaya
    6 Chandigarh Chandigarh
    7 Chhattisgarh Raipur
    8 Delhi Delhi
    9 Goa Panaji
    10 Gujarat Ahmedabad / Surat
    11 Vadodara / Rajkot
    12 Haryana Faridabad / Sonipat
    13 Gurgaon / Rohtak
    14 Himachal Pradesh Shimla / Kangra
    15 Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
    16 Srinagar
    17 Jharkhand Ranchi
    18 Karnataka Bengaluru / Manipal / Tumkur
    19 Hubali / Kalburgi
    20 Mysore / Bijapur
    21 Kerala Ernakulum / Kochi
    22 Kannur / Kollam
    23 Kottayam / Thrissur
    24 Kozhikode / Mallapuram
    25 Thiruvanathapuram / Pallakad
    26 Madhya Pradesh Bhopal / Gwalior / Jabalpur
    27 Indore / Sehore
    28 Sagar
    29 Maharashtra Ahmednagar / Akola
    30 Amravati / Ratnagiri
    31 Aurangabad / Thane
    32 Kolhapur / Kalyan
    33 Mumbai
    34 Nagpur
    35 Nashik
    36 Navi Mumbai
    37 Pune
    38 Solapur
    39 Manipur Imphal
    40 Mizoram Aizawl
    41 Meghalaya Shillong
    42 Nagaland Kohima
    43 Odisha Bhubaneswar / Cuttack
    44 Puducherry Puducherry
    45 Punjab Jalandhar / Amritsar
    46 Ludhiana / Mohali
    47 Rajasthan Jaipur / Udaipur
    48 Tamil Nadu Chennai / Coimbatore
    49 Madurai / Thanjavur
    50 Salem / Kanya Kumari
    51 Tiruchirappalli / Vellore
    52 Telangana Hyderabad
    53 Tripura Agartala
    54 Uttar Pradesh Agra
    55 Bareilly
    56 Greater Noida / Jhansi
    57 Lucknow
    58 Varanasi
    59 Uttarakhand Dehradun
    60 West Bengal Kolkata
    61 Siliguri
    Note: Final retention of city depends on availability/requests.
    • (*)The candidates applying for Test centre in international cities will not be given any choice for test centres.
    • (#)The Test Centre(s) at the concerned foreign country shall be subject to availability of sufficient number of candidates.
    • International cities cannot be chosen as second or third choice of exam city.
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