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.

1.1 WHAT IS NATA?

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 and 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.

1.2 ELIGIBILITY

The lower age limit of the candidate is 17 years as on 31.07.2017.

Candidates may come from the following backgrounds:
(a) 10+2 or equivalent passed/appearing with Mathematics as one of the subjects of examination;
(b) 10+3 Diploma (any stream) passed/appearing recognized by Central/State Govts with Mathematics as one of the subjects of examination;
(c) International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of Schooling with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination.

NOTE: EVEN AFTER EXAMINATION OR ADMISSION, OR DURING ANY STAGE THEREOF, IF IT IS FOUND ON SCRUTINY THAT AN APPLICANT IS UNDER AGE, i.e. BELOW 17 YEARS AS ON 31.07.2017. OR OTHERWISE INELIGIBLE, HIS/HER NATA-2017 SCORE WILL BECOME VOID.

2. WHO SHOULD TAKE NATA AND WHY?

Prospective applicants desirous of taking admission to First year of undergraduate course in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) in India take NATA. NATA scores are used by admissions authorities of different Government, Govt. Aided & unaided schools / colleges of Architecture, to provide common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants, for admission in addition to their scholastic performance in 10+2 or equivalent examination.

3. WHERE TO APPEAR FOR NATA?

NATA is offered over major part of admission season at designated Test Centers located at colleges / schools of architecture in India. Updated list of Test centers is available at the website http://www.nata.in

4. TEST FEES

Irrespective of his/her category and gender, a candidate applying for NATA— 2017 has to pay INR 1250/- (Rupees one thousand two hundred fifty only) as application fee, through ONLINE mode. The candidate, on successfully uploading the PERSONAL DETAILS and DOCUMENTS; will be directed to the webpage containing process of payment of application fee. Service charges, as applicable, would be payable along with fees at the bank.

1. Payment through ICICI Bank e-Challan: The candidate has to select “ICICI Bank e-challan” to submit the application fee through bank. As soon as he selects it an e-Challan will be generated containing details of the candidate. The candidate has to take a printout of the same and take it to the nearest Core Banking Service (CBS) facility enabled Branch of the Bank for making payment. After payment, the candidate has to login to the system and upload the details written on the e-Challan (Journal No., Branch Name and Date etc.) by the bank official.

2. Only when the payment details are uploaded, the Confirmation Page will be generated.

3. Payment through EPG: The candidate has to select EPG if he/she desires to submit the application fee through electronic payment gateway via debit card, credit card or net banking. As soon as the transaction is completed, a RECEIPT will be generated containing details of the transaction. Upon successful payment, the Confirmation Page will be automatically generated

5. CANCELLATION, RESCHEDULING THE TEST APPOINTMENT & REFUND

Appointment once scheduled cannot be cancelled or rescheduled. There will be no refund of NATA test fees under any conditions.

6. NATA EXAM SCHEDULE

7. IMPORTANT DATES

8. Instructions and Procedure for online submission of Application Form

1. Please read the Information Brochure, instructions and procedures carefully and keep all necessary information ready before you start filling the application form.
2. Candidates of NATA 2017 have to apply ONLINE ONLY.
3. Please ensure that you are filling genuine application form available online at NATA 2017 website (http://www.nata.nic.in).
4. Examination Fees (INR) for NATA 2017 is Rs. 1250/- for all Candidates except the candidates opting for exam city Dubai. Those who are subsequently allotted centre in Dubai shall be liable to pay an additional examination fee of INR 7000 prior to issuance of admit card. Mode of payment of the additional examination fee would be notified in due course.
5. Candidates are allowed to submit only one application form. Multiple applications of a candidate are liable to be rejected.
6. Registration Procedure: 4 Simple Steps to be followed

Step 1: Online filling of Application Form:

Candidates will be required to fill the online application form. After successful submission, an Application number gets generated that will be used for future reference. During form filling, candidate is also required to choose PASSWORD. For subsequent login, system generated Application No. and chosen Password will be used
Step 2: Online Uploading of Scanned Images:

• Uploading of scanned Photograph, Signature and Thumb impression are mandatory for all candidates.
• Scanned Images should be in JPG format. Candidates are required to upload all above images in one-go. Partial uploading is not allowed.
• Size of photograph should be between 4 to 100 kb (3.5 cm X 4.5 cm), Signature and Thumb impression should be between 1 to 30 kb (3.5 cm X 1.5 cm).

Step 3: Fee Payment:

• Payment by Debit Card, Credit Card, Net Banking using BillDesk EPG services: The candidate has to select any one of the above option for fee payment and follow the online instructions to complete the payment process. After successful payment, candidate will be able to print the “Confirmation Page”.

Step 4: Downloading of Confirmation Page:

• Download and keep a copy of the confirmation page. NO NEED TO SEND TO COA. IT'S MUST KEEP FOR ALL FUTURE REFERENCE.
• Provision for re-printing of Confirmation Page will be provided.

7. The Application No. printed on the computer generated Confirmation Page must be mentioned in all correspondences. It is therefore essential to note down the Application Number printed on the Confirmation Page as well as the chosen password.

8. Examination fee is non-refundable.

9. INFORMATION FOR ALL CANDIDATES

The candidate must have an acceptable and valid Identification Document (ID) details of which are mentioned on the appointment voucher, with signature, and appointment voucher to be admitted to a Test Center. ID requirements are strictly enforced. It is the candidate's responsibility to read and understand the instructions and requirements. 

  • Report to the test center at least 1 hour before scheduled time of test.
  • If the candidate arrives at the Test Center without the required identification documents
  • The Test Center in-charge will not admit the candidate and the candidate will not be allowed to take the test.
  • In addition the candidate will forfeit the test fee.
  • NAME CHANGES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. If the candidate's name has changed for any reason, including marriage, the candidate still must present primary identification in the name under which he / she made the appointment, otherwise the candidate will not be permitted to appear in test. Marriage certificates and divorce decrees cannot be used to confirm name differences.
  • If the Test Center in-charge questions the ID proof the candidate presents, the candidate will be required to present additional proof of identity. If positive confirmation cannot be made, the candidate may be refused admission to the Test Center and the candidate will forfeit the test fee paid.
  • Test Center personnel will check the candidate's identification before assigning the candidate a seat at the Test Center. The administrator will check to verify that the candidate is the person in his photo identification. The test center in-charge will repeat this procedure before and after all breaks.
  • Admittance to the Test Center does not imply that the candidate's form of identification is valid or that the candidate's scores will be reported. All reported cases of questionable identification are subject to review and approval by the Competent Authority of Testing Integrity.

10. ACCEPTABLE PRIMARY IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS

A government-issued identification document that has not expired (including but not limited to passport, permanent driver's license, state ID cards, national identification, UID card) in original. There are some exceptions: see Unacceptable Identification Documents (10.2).

  • Std XII exam admit card with photo and signature (in original) for candidates awaiting.
  • 10+2 or equivalent exam results.
  • Student ID card from the institute where he / she is currently enrolled AND Confirmation of identity letter from the candidate's educational institution (in original).

10.1 ACCEPTABLE SUPPLEMENTAL IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS

If the candidate's primary identification is missing either a photo or a signature, he / she must present one of the following supplemental IDs in addition to the primary ID. Supplemental IDs that can be used to meet the photo and/or signature requirements are:

  • A government-issued identification document that has not expired (including but not limited to passport, driver's license, state ID cards, national identification). There are some exceptions: see Unacceptable Identification Documents (9.2).
  • Confirmation of identity letter from the candidate's educational institution. 
  • The confirmation of identity letter must contain the candidate's date of birth; a recent, recognizable photo; the candidate's signature; and the date issued.

THE CONFIRMATION OF IDENTITY LETTER MUST BE TYPED ON THE ORIGINAL LETTERHEAD OF THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION THE CANDIDATE ATTEND(ED), AND THE SIGNATURE OF THE SCHOOL OFFICIAL AND THE SCHOOL SEAL MUST OVERLAP THE CANDIDATE'S PHOTO. A LETTER OF IDENTITY IS VALID FOR ONLY ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF ISSUE.

10.2 UNACCEPTABLE IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS 

  • Any expired ID
  • Credit card of any kind.
  • Learner's driving license or any temporary identification document.
  • Notary-prepared letter or document.
  • Employee identification card.
  • Photocopies (Attested / unattested) of the acceptable identification documents.

11. WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU TO THE TEST

  • Official identification document mentioned on the appointment voucher.
  • The appointment voucher - The appointment voucher is issued to the candidate at the time of registration. The appointment voucher confirms the candidate's test date, time of test and Test Center. The voucher will also show Candidate ID and Appointment Number with Exam Key. 
  • Three or four sharpened soft-lead (2B & HB) pencils and a good eraser (Pencils and erasers will not be supplied at the Test Center). Mechanical pencils (Clutch pencils) are not permitted. 
  • Set of colours (Water/ Poster colours, crayons, pastels) with appropriate instruments (Brushes, dish, etc.).
  • Geometry instrument box
  • Blue ink pen / Blue ink ball point pen