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About the Test
Mode of Test
Council of Architecture
The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity & critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are related to specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.This exam is conducted on an all India basis for those candidates wishing to take admission to any of the Architecture colleges listed under NATA. The test is conducted from the month of March till July every year. Students can give their exam any time during these months. The test is conducted in two sections: Drawing Test:This is a two hour paper where candidate has to attempt three questions. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects: Aesthetic Sensitivity Test:This is computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions.
The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of:
Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner.
Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
Sense of perspective drawing.
Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form.
Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition.
Understanding of scale and proportions.
Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.
Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings.
Visualising different sides of three dimensional objects.
Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.
Imaginative comprehension and expression.
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Duration of Test
Frequency per year
0 - 200
Test Score Validity
Candidates who have secured at least 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects, are considered eligible for admission to B.Arch course.
The application fee For General Category Candidates Rs. 1800/- (+ Processing Charges)
The application fee For SC/ST/PHC Rs.1500/- (+ Processing Charges)
Students Appeared Last year
Number of Seats
Applicant needs to register themselves online by paying the exam fees through internet transaction.
Candidate also has to choose one of the test centers to appear for the exam.
After completing online registration the print out of the submitted form has to be taken and submitted in person by the candidate at the chosen examination center to take an appointment for the online examination.
Candidates need to be very careful while choosing the desired examination date, as appointment once scheduled cannot be canceled or rescheduled again.
Select the academic year of your choice to see the deadlines
January 3 , 2018
Availability of information in the public domain
January 16 , 2018
Starting date for NATA online application registration
March 2 , 2018
Application form End Date For NATA
April 2 , 2018
Downloadable Admit Card
April 29 , 2018
Starting date of NATA Exam
June 1 , 2018
Publication of Results
Are you prepared enough to crack the exam?
Time required for preparation
6 - 12 months
In order to secure a good rank in the NATA Entrance Exam, it is advisable for students to enroll with a NATA coaching institute to gain a clear understanding of the pattern of the exam, attempt mock exams to understand the level of its difficulty. Solving practice papers is also an added advantage. As a student, one should consider the option of enrolling with a institute to perfect his/her drawing skills.
It is recommended for applicants short-listed for the interview round to take the Ashoka Test.
The Ashoka test is a multiple choice aptitude test with questions on verbal and analytical reasoning.
The test is conducted online. There are no subject-specific questions and no special preparation is required to take this test.
The Ashoka test will be administered on the day of the interview and will be conducted at the interview venue.
Taking this test makes it possible for an applicant to receive a firm offer of admission even if he/she has not taken the SAT or ACT and is awaiting his/her final class XII board results.
No candidate will be rejected before the final board scores are submitted to Ashoka. Hence, the Ashoka test/ SAT / ACT all assist a student in getting a firm early offer of admission. Thus, taking the Ashoka test is an added advantage.
It is recommended for all short-listed students to take the Ashoka test. In case an applicant does not wish to take the test, he/she will need to formally opt out by signing a form. The applicant cannot change their mind later and ask to write the Ashoka test.