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NATA 2021

National Aptitude Test in Architecture

About NATA

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 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, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics at 10+2 level and critical thinking ability that have been acquired by the candidate over the past few years and are related to the specific field of study.

With the objective of attracting a greater number of bright aspirants for studying Architecture and practicing the same as a profession in future, CoA like every year will be conducting NATA-2020 for admission to B.Arch. in the academic session 2020-2021.NATA-2020 shall be conducted twice a year , thus giving opportunity to those students who miss out the first test due to some reason or other or wish to improve upon their NATA score in the first test by re-appearing the second test. Both the first and second test will be conducted on a different date as a one-day online examination all over the country. The test shall consist of two parts: Part A is on Drawing, which is paper based and Part B comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)on Physics,Chemistry, Mathematics and general aptitude which is to be answered online. This has been devised as 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, Housing for All and Green and Energy efficient Buildings.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR NATA 2021 EXAM (First Test) 10.04.2021

IMPORTANT DATES FOR NATA 2021 EXAM (Second Test) 12.06.2021

Eligibility for applying

Candidates may come from the following backgrounds:

(a) 10+2 scheme of examination with at least 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics and also at least 50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 level examination;


(b) 10+3 Diploma Examination with Mathematics as compulsory subject with at least 50% marks in aggregate;

Maximum Marks & Time Frame

Total Marks : 200 marks

Part A : DRAWING (Paper Based): FIRST 135 minutes – 125 Marks

3 DRAWING Questions carrying 35 marks, 35 marks & 55 Marks, respectively

Part B : THEORY (Online) : LAST 45 minutes - 75 Marks

PCM (MCQ) 15 X 1.5 = 22.5 Marks + General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning (MCQ) 35 X 1.5 = 52.5 Marks


Part A will be answered on A4 size drawing sheets and Part B comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) to be answered online. All instructions will be available only in English medium.





Electrostatics- Electric charges and Fields; Electrostatic Potential and Clearance Current Electricity; Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism; Moving Charges and magnetism; Magnetism and Matter Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating currents- Electromagnetic Induction; Alternating Current Optics- Ray optics and optical instruments, Wave Optics Dual nature of radiation and Matter Atoms and Nuclei- Atoms, Nuclei Electronic devices- Semiconductor Electronics, Materials, Devices and Simple circuits


Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry; Structure of Atom; Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties Chemical Bonding and Molecular; States of Matter: Gases and Liquids Chemical Thermodynamics; Equilibrium; Redox Reactions; Hydrogen; s- Block Elements p -Block Elements Organic Chemistry: Some basic Principles and Techniques; Hydrocarbons; Environmental Chemistry



Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), General awareness of national/ international architects and famous architectural creations.


Qualifying marks for NATA-2020 would be based on the following rules:

  1. A minimum of 25% must be secured in PART A : drawing portion (32 out of 135)
  2. A minimum of 25% must be secured in PART B : MCQ portion (18 out of 75)
  3. Overall qualifying marks (out of 200) would be based on post-exam statistics and at the discretion of the council


Application has to be filled up ONLINE at the NATA 2020 portal of

For more details please visit the below mentioned web site :-

NATA Website:

COA Website: