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.

Schedule of Examination

# Date & Time of Examination Subject and Marks of Examination
11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
(Grand Total of 200 marks)

Part A -[First 90 Minutes] - Total 120 Marks

Mathematics - [MCQ] - 20x2 = 40 Marks [OMR Based]

General Aptitude -[MCQ] - 40x2 = 80 Marks [OMR Based]

    Part - B [Last 90 Minutes] - Total 80 Marks
    Drawing [Two Sets] in A-4 size paper 2x40 = 80 Marks

No further examination shall be held under any circumstances for those who will be unable to appear on the scheduled date and time of NATA-2017 examination.


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.

Application Procedure

Application has to be filled up ONLINE at the NATA portal of NIC Candidates need to visit the portal and CLICK the requisite link ONLINE APPLICATION NATA–2017 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.

Candidates need to fill in the first part i.e. PERSONAL DETAILS and will thereafter be directed to DOCUMENT UPLOADING. Once the documents are successfully uploaded, the system enters into the FEE PAYMENT. Finally, the candidate must take a printout of CONFIRMATION PAGE generated upon successful fee payment for their own record. There is no need to send any document by post.

Application Fee details

Irrespective of his/her category and gender, a candidate applying for NATA–2017 has to pay INR1250/-(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 as per the following options. Service charges, as applicable, would be payable along with fees at the bank.



The competent authority of Council of Architecture has taken the following decisions with regard to Registration process for NATA‐ 2017.

  • The lower age limit for appearing in NATA‐2017 has been waived.However, the candidate has to comply with any age constraints that may be specified by respective Counselling/Admission Authority.
  • The last date of Online Registration has been extended till 11th  Feb., 2017.
  • The last date of Image uploading has been extended till 12th Feb., 2017.
  • The last date of Fee payment has been extended till 13th Feb., 2017.
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.