NATA Entrance Test 2018

National Level Exam

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About the Test

Study Level
Under Graduate
Mode of Test
Conducting Authority
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.
  • Analytical reasoning.
  • Mental Ability.
  • Imaginative comprehension and expression.
  • Architectural awareness.

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Test Format

180 Minutes

Duration of Test


Frequency per year

0 - 200

Score Range

2 Years

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.

Application Fees

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


Selection Rate

Application Process

  • 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.

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Deadlines for Applications

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

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Time required for preparation

6 - 12 months

Preparation Tips

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.

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