Introduction to National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is 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.
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.

NATA is being conducted in terms of the provisions laid down under CoA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 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 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 .


Any person having passed SSC (Std X) or equivalent examination and above can appear for NATA. However , only candidates who have qualified an aptitude test in architecture and have secured at least 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects, shall be eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course. No direct lateral admission is allowed at any year/stage of
B.Arch. course based on any qualification. NATA score shall be valid for a period of two years from the year in which one appeared.

Exam Pattern:

The test is in two parts. A paper based drawing test and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test.

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

This is a two hour paper where candidate has to attempt three questions. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in
  • visually appealing manner .
  • Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast onurroundings.
  • 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

This is computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions.
  • 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 objects.
  • Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.
  • Analytical reasoning.
  • Mental Ability .
  • Imaginative comprehension and expression.
  • Architectural awareness.