NATA i.e. National Aptitude Test in Architecture is a Aptitude test conducted by COA- Council of Architecture, India. It is an entrance exam for admissions to 5 year B.Arch. degree course offered by all institutes / schools / colleges of Architecture in India (including Govt., Govt-aided, Private Unaided, University Depts., Deemed Universities, etc.). The test is conducted to measures an applicant's aptitude for Architecture that includes drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability. 10+2 or PUC students who are desirous of taking admission to first year of undergraduate course in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) in India are required to appear for this test. Official site for NATA is

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 based 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. 


NATA 2019 Exam date and admission procedure is announced by Council of Architecture. National Aptitude test is Architecture (NATA) 2019 for admission into 1st year of 5year B.Architecture degree course at various institutions in India for the academic session 2019-20  shall be conducted by the council twice at Various designated test centres all over India .   First Exam on 14th April, 2019   and Second Exam on 7th July, 2019     
Registration for ExaminationCommencing DateEnd Date
First Test24.01.201911.03.2019
Second Test24.01.201912.06.2019
Subjects & Marks of Examination
FIRST 90 minute  -Part A - TOTAL 120 Marks
Mathematics (MCQ) = 20*2 = 40 Marks (Online) General Aptitude (MCQ) = 40*2=80 Marks (Online)   LAST 90 Minute - Part B - Total 80 Marks Drawing ( Two questions ) in A4 Size paper 2*40 = 80 Marks ( Offline)

Result Format 


Students have to submit their exam scores along with HSC/12th Class/PUC mark lists to the respective state CET cells on or before the dead lines set by them.

Important: Students should keep in mind that usually CET cells of different states sets different deadline date for the submission of the NATA scores to them for short listing the candidates for counselling of B. architecture seats.  So the students must have the knowledge of these deadline dates and give NATA accordindly keeping a atleast a week as buffer time to receive their NATA score cards.


NATA Syllabus/Paper Pattern

NATA Test Centers in India

List of Architectural Colleges in India affiliated with COA

 Sample papers

NATA Important Web Links:
Council of Architecture
National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture


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