About National Aptitude Test in Architecture

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.

Study Level
Under Graduate
Mode of Test
Conducting Authority
Council of Architecture

Test Format

180 Min

Duration of Test


Frequency per year

0 - 200

Score Range

2 Years

Test Score Validity


Candidates may come from the following backgrounds:(a) Passed 10+2 scheme of examination with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and also 50% marks in aggregate at 10+2 level examination; (those appearing the 10+2 exam with PCM subjects in the current year may also provisionally appear in the exam, however, their result in NATA will be declared valid subject to fulfilling the above criteria)


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Application Fee

Irrespective of his/her gender, a candidate applying for NATA either first test or second test,has to pay INR1800/- (Rupees One thousand and eight hundred
only) as application fee, through ONLINE mode.This is inclusive of service fee charged by the bank. In case the Candidate wishes to appear for both first and second test, he/she shall deposit Rs 3500/- (Rupees Three thousand and five hundred only) as application fees.Candidates belonging to SC/ST category need to deposit Rs 1500/- for either first or second test and Rs 2800/- for appearing in both the test s through online mode.

Application Process

Appearing in second test is not mandatory and is purely at the discretion of the applicants. Candidates can register themselves either for first test or second or both by filling in the application form appropriately. Candidates opting to appear in both the first and second test separately may note that they will be issued with the score card, containing the best of two test’s composite marks (composite marks are the marks secured in both part A and part B taken together in a Test). Application has to be filled up ONLINE at the NATA portal of www.nata.in. Candidates need to visit the portal and CLICK the requisite link ONLINE APPLICATION NATA and thereafter 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 for detailed guidelines on fields to be entered at the time of online form filling.


Required Time: / 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.