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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.

The NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) is a national level aptitude test organized by Council of Architecture. This exam is organized for those aspirants looking for admission in architecture courses like B.Arch offered by top institutions of the country. This test measures the aptitude of the candidate for the field of architecture. From 2017 onwards, NATA exam will be conducted once in a year on 16th April 2017 via offline mode. NATA score cards are considered by various government, government aided and private colleges or universities for admission in B.Arch programme. Here in this article, we are providing information regarding NATA 2017 including the eligibility criteria, important dates, registration, etc.

NATA 2017 Registration

The NATA 2017 Registration will start from 24th December 2016 and will be open till 29th January 2017.
The registration form will be filled and submitted only through the website.
Candidates are advised to fill the registration form as per the given instructions.
candidates have to upload the scanned images of photograph, signature and thumb impression.
There is no need to send the application by post.

Registration Fee:

The NATA registration fee is Rs. 1250/- for all the candidates. Fee payment can be done through online mode (debit/credit card, net banking) or offline mode (by cash payment in any branch of ICICI Bank).

Eligibility Criteria
Candidates should have completed or appearing 12th or equivalent examination with Mathematics to apply for NATA.
10+2 (diploma) in any stream candidates are also eligible to apply.
International Baccalaureate diploma passed/appearing after 10th are also eligible to apply.
There is not any lateral admission criteria for admission in any stage/year of B.Arch.
The minimum age limit is 17 years as on 31st July 2017.
NATA Exam Pattern
Type of Exam: The NATA exam pattern comprises of three parts, i.e. Mathematics, General Aptitude & Drawing.
Mode: The exam will be conducted through offline mode (pen and paper based).
Questions: Total 62 questions will be asked.
Marking Scheme: In Mathematics & General Aptitude section, 2 marks will be given for each correct response.
Duration: The exam duration will be three hours.
Negative Marking: There is not any provision of negative marking in this exam.

NATA Syllabus

The NATA syllabus has been divided into three parts, i.e. drawing, Mathematics & General Aptitude. The drawing test will measure the ability to sketch a given object, sense of perspective drawing, understanding of proportion and scale, etc. The detailed syllabus is mentioned below:


Algebra, Logarithms, Complex Numbers, Quadratic Equations, Matrices, Binomial Theorem (positive integral index), Trigonometry, Coordinate geometry of two dimensions, Coordinate geometry of three dimensions, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Differential Equations, Application of Calculus, Vectors, Sets, Relations & Mapping, Permutation & combination and Statistics & probability.

General Aptitude:

Objects, textures related to architecture & built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, visualizing three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawing. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal) awareness of national/international architects and their creations. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects.

Drawing Test:

Understanding scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast. Drawing of patterns – both geometrical and abstract. Conceptualization and visualization. Form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes. Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms. Generating plan, elevation, and 3D views of objects. Perspective drawing, sketching of urban scape and landscape.

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