The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is being conducted by the Council of Architecture, being the competent & final authority for the purpose of fixing norms and standards for architectural institutions and having 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.

NATA is being conducted in terms of the provisions laid down under CoA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983 [published in the Gazette of India in Part III, Section 4 on 26th March, 1983 and 27th August, 1983] and the Revised Guidelines on Admission to 1st year of Five year Degree Course in Architecture approved by the Council at its 45th Meeting held on 28.04.2006. These Guidelines stipulate 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. The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, in the matter of P.A.Inamdar&Ors. Vs. State of Maharashtra &Ors. [Appeal (Civil) 5041 of 2005], in its Judgement dated 12.08.2005 also emphasised on the need for a common entrance test followed by a single window system.

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 while the actual admissions shall be carried out only by the concerned designated 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.


National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is conducted by the Council of Architecture a statutory body which regulates both the profession and Architectural education all over India. NATA also ensures that the eligibility criteria for admission to five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree course, as stipulated in the Regulations by the CoA, duly approved by the Central Government, are strictly to be adhered to and followed all over the country in Architectural Institutions. A student who wants to join B.Arch degree programme has to pass the NATA conducted by the Council of Architecture. Unless and until the student clears the NATA he/she will not be eligible for admission in B.Arch degree programme.

Eligibility Criteria for Candidates

(a) 10+2 or equivalent passed/appearing;
(b) 10+3 Diploma (any stream) passed/appearing recognized by Central/State Govt;
(c) International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of Schooling with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination.

Application Procedure

Stage I – Registration Process :
Step 1: Visit or
Step 2: Click on Register Now button & it will take you to the Login Page for signing up the User Account Registration. Fill-in the mandatory fields & click on Sign up.
Step 3: Once you have successfully signed up. Click on Login to continue.
Stage II – Submission of Application Form
Step 1: Login into NATA- 2018 portal, and Click on Apply Now button.
Step 2: Fill-in the MANDATORY fields which is mentioned in the Appendix III. Entrance examination for B.Arch.
Step 3: Upload the required documents & click on Preview button to preview the filled in application form then click on Submit button. Once the form is submitted, no changes will be entertained, so carefully fill-in the application form.
Step 4: Once the application form submitted, it will be redirected to Payment Gateway page. Kindly provide the required inputs for payment process.
Step 5: Upon successful fee payment, you will get land up in confirmation page contains Application No and Transaction No., kindly take a printout of it as a proof of application form submission.

Image uploading
All candidates are required to upload the following images:
1. Recent Passport size Photograph in Colour
2. Own Signature
3. Community certificate issued by a competent authority in the case of SC/ST candidates only

Details regarding the size and dimension of the documents:
minimum maximum Height Width
Photograph : JPG 4 KB 100 KB 4.5 cm 3.5 cm
Signature :JPG 1 KB 30 KB 1.5 cm 3.5 cm
Community Certificate : 5 KB 100 KB A4 Size (for SC/ ST candidates only)

Application Fee Details
A candidate applying for NATA – 2018 has to pay INR 1800/– as application fee, through ONLINE mode. For SC/ ST candidates the application fee is INR. 1500/– The Confirmation Page is generated upon successful payment of Application Fee. The candidate should take a printout and preserve the confirmation page for future reference. There is no need to send any document to the Council by post. The candidate has to print the Admit Card when issued online as per the time schedule to take the examination.

Result format
Results will be available in the website
The result will be made available as follows:
1. Marks obtained in each component and out of 200.
2. Pass/ Fail

Qualifying marks for NATA-2018 would be based on the following rules: 1. A minimum of 25% must be secured in MCQ portion (30 out of 120)
2. A minimum of 25% must be secured in Drawing portion (20 out of 80)
3. Overall qualifying marks (out of 200) would be based on post-exam statistics and at the discretion of the Council.

Note : A Candidate will not qualify in NATA-2018 unless he/ she satisfy all three conditions mentioned above.

Important Dates
Last date for Registration : 30th March 2018 (15:00 HRS).
Application form Start Date 16.01.2018.
Application form End Date 30.03.2018 (15:00 HRS).
Availability of Admit Card 02.04.2018.
Date and Time of Examination 29.04.2018. (Sunday) 10:30 AM to 01:30 PM)
Publication of Results 01.06.2018.