National Aptitude Test in Architecture



About NATA
What Is It?

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) measures aptitude of appilcant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking, that have been acquired over a long period of time, and that are related to specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.

Who Takes It and Why?

Prospective applicants desirous of taking admission to First year of Five years full time undergraduate course in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) in India take NATA. NATA scores are used by admissions authorities of different unaided & Govt. aided schools / colleges of Architecture, to provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants.

Where Do People Take It?

NATA is offered year-round at designated Test Centers located at colleges / schools of architecture in India.

Who Accepts It?

All schools / colleges of Architecture, Govt., Govt aided, University Departments, private unaided, including colleges affiliated to self-financed Deemed Universities and Private Universities, or any department of Architecture within a college, requires that its applicants take the NATA.

How to register?

Register for the NATA

NATA is offered as a paper based + computer based test.

 The NATA Pre-Registration form is available for download in the "Documents" section. The same is also available at all the Test Centers.

Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to get the candidate’s preferred test date.

Please download and read the NATA Brochure carefully.

Registration Process

Approach the Test Center located at college / school of Architecture at a location convenient to the candidate with the documents listed below and test fees.

Fill up and submit the NATA Pre-Registration form

  • ·         Pay the fees
  • ·         Get the online registration form filled
  • ·         Get  receipt cum appointment voucher with date and time from the Test Center
Documents required for Registration
  • ·         Std. X or equivalent exam marklist – attested copy
  • ·         One recent passport size colour photograph
  • ·         Any valid document of identification bearing photograph and signature of the candidate – attested copy
  • ·         Test fees in cash or demand draft as prescribed in the NATA Brochure

Visit NATA website for registration

Test Pattern

The test has been divided into two parts. A paper based drawing test for two hours and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test for one hour. The test measures aptitude of the candidate through two sections – a paper based section for drawing and computer based section for aesthetic sensitivity.


  • Drawing Test
  • Aesthetic Sensitivity Test

We  conducts coaching classes for the above two test.  The details are as under :

Drawing Test : The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects -

  • 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 interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms.
  • 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.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Test : The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of –

  • Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings.
  • Visualising different sides of three dimensional object.
  • Indentifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities. Analytical reasoning.
  • Mental Ability.
  • Imaginative comprehension and expression.
  • Architectural awareness.