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Since 2006, the Council of Architecture (COA) has been administering the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), a prerequisite for admission into Bachelor of Architecture programs. In line with maintaining educational standards, the COA introduced the "Council of Architecture (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations" in 1983 and revised them in 2020 with the approval of the Central Government, as mandated by Sections 21 & 45 of the Architects Act, 1972. These regulations stipulate that candidates must pass an Aptitude Test in Architecture, either through the NTA (i.e., JEE) or NATA, conducted by the Council, to qualify for admission into architecture degree courses. However, the actual admissions process is managed by the respective authorities of States/UTs or institutions, who consider the valid NATA scores and the eligibility criteria set by the COA and these authorities.

NATA distinguishes itself from other entrance exams by being an aptitude test that evaluates candidates through various formats. It aims to measure applicants' aptitude for architecture by testing cognitive skills, visual perception, aesthetic sensitivity, logical reasoning, and critical thinking, alongside the knowledge accumulated over previous years of study.

In an effort to accommodate more qualified aspirants in the field of Architecture, the Council has planned to conduct NATA-2024 throughout April to July 2024, offering tests every weekend in two sessions. Candidates may attempt the test up to three times within the academic year, with their highest score being considered for results. The NATA score will be valid for two academic years.

The test will be held in two sessions on weekends from April to July 2024, depending on the number of registered candidates. Preferences for session and city for the examination can be indicated upon registration at the NATA portal (, with the Council allocating test centers and sessions as far as possible based on these preferences. However, the Council's decisions regarding allocations will be final.

Examination Schedule for NATA 2024

  • Start Date: April 6, 2024
  • Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (180 minutes)
  • Session 2: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (180 minutes)

Eligibility for NATA-2024

Candidates are eligible to appear for NATA 2024 if they have:

  • Passed or are appearing in 10+1 examinations with PCM subjects;
  • Passed or are appearing in 10+2 examinations with PCM subjects;
  • Passed or are appearing in 10+3 Diploma examinations with Mathematics as a subject.

Admission to the B.Arch. program will adhere to the eligibility criteria outlined in the "Council of Architecture (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 2020". As per these regulations, candidates must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examinations with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects with at least 50% marks in aggregate or passed a 10+3 Diploma Examination with Mathematics as a compulsory subject with at least 50% marks in aggregate. Any amendments to these criteria will be notified upon approval by the Central Government.

Application Process for NATA 2024

The registration for NATA 2024 will begin on March 1, 2024, with the test being held on all Saturdays and Sundays from April to July 2024 in two sessions across notified cities. Registration is done online at the NATA portal, and candidates can opt to register for one to three tests within the academic year. The application process involves filling out personal details, uploading required documents, and making the fee payment online. Detailed guidelines for filling out the application form and uploading images are provided on the NATA website.

Application Fee for NATA 2024

  • Fee for any Single Test: ₹1750 for General/OBC(NCL) male candidates, ₹1250 for others, and ₹10000 for candidates outside India.
  • Fee for Two Tests: ₹3250 for General/OBC(NCL) male candidates, ₹2250 for others, and ₹18000 for candidates outside India.
  • Fee for Three Tests: ₹4500 for General/OBC(NCL) male candidates, ₹3000 for others, and ₹25000 for candidates outside India.

The application fee is non-refundable, and candidates initially opting for fewer tests can later opt for additional tests, up to three attempts in total. Multiple applications by the same candidate with altered credentials will be rejected.

Qualifying Criteria for NATA 2024

To qualify in NATA 2024, candidates must:

  1. Secure a minimum of 20 marks in PART A.
  2. Secure a minimum of 30 marks in PART B.
  3. Obtain overall qualifying marks of 70 out of 200 as the aggregate of Part A and Part B.

Candidates must meet all three conditions to qualify. For those attempting multiple tests, the best score across all attempts will

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Examination Structure and Scoring Part A - Drawing and Design Test - Manual Test - Duration: 90 Minutes

  • A1: 1 Question – Composition with Color - 25 Marks
  • A2: 1 Question – Sketching & Design (Monochrome) - 25 Marks
  • A3: 1 Question - Three-Dimensional Design - 30 Marks Total: 3 Questions - 80 Marks

Part B - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) - Digital Test - Duration: 90 Minutes

  • B1: 30 Questions x 2 Marks Each - 60 Marks
  • B2: 15 Questions x 4 Marks Each - 60 Marks Total: 45 Questions – 120 Marks Overall Total: Parts A & B = 200 Marks

The test will be conducted in both English and Hindi languages.

Evaluation Criteria: Part-A Drawing and Design Test In this 90-minute session worth 80 marks, candidates are required to complete three tasks. The focus areas of Part A are:

  • A1 - Composition with Color - 25 Marks: Task involves creating relevant compositions for given scenarios with appropriate color application. It tests rearranging shapes in an aesthetically pleasing manner with suitable coloring.
  • A2 - Sketching & Design (Monochrome) - 25 Marks: Assessing the ability to sketch, visualize, and illustrate a scene involving buildings or components, people, and the environment, with emphasis on scale, proportions, textures, shades, and shadows.
  • A3 - Three-Dimensional Design - 30 Marks: Developing an engaging 3D design for a specified scenario using a given kit.

Part-B This 90-minute online segment, totaling 120 marks, includes two types of questions: B1 – 30 questions at 2 marks each and B2 – 15 questions at 4 marks each, covering topics such as:

  • Visual Reasoning: Skills in understanding and reimagining 2D and 3D structures, knowledge of composition and technical aspects.
  • Logical Analysis: Ability to interpret a scenario, context, and deduce meanings. Skill in noticing detailed information within a situation and deriving logical conclusions.
  • General Knowledge in Architecture & Design: Awareness of architectural and design principles, current trends, significant buildings, historical milestones, and advancements in materials and construction techniques.
  • Language Comprehension: Proficiency in understanding and interpreting English, including grammar and sentence structure.
  • Design Sensitivity: Observational skills to analyze people, spaces, products, and environments. Includes critical thinking and identification of nuanced messages.
  • Design Thinking: Understanding of semantics, metaphors, problem identification, and analysis in given situations.
  • Numerical Reasoning: Basic mathematical knowledge and its application in creative and spatial reasoning.
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NATA 2024 Examination Timeline

For those gearing up for the NATA 2024, it's crucial to stay updated with the schedule of events related to the exam and admission processes. Below is a detailed timeline for the NATA 2024 examination dates:

First Attempt NATA 2024

  • Registration Opens: March 2024
  • Application Deadline: April 2024
  • Deadline for Image Upload & Fee Payment: April 2024
  • Correction Window Availability: April 2024
  • Admit Card Issuance: April 2024
  • Examination Date (First Attempt): April 6, 2024
  • Answer Key Release: April 2024
  • Revised Answer Key Release: April 2024
  • Results Announcement: April 2024

Second Attempt NATA 2024

  • Registration Period Begins: March 2024
  • Application Form Submission Deadline: May 2024
  • Final Day for Image Upload & Fee Payment: May 2024
  • Correction Window Open: May 2024
  • Admit Card Release: May 2024
  • Examination Date (Second Attempt): June 2024
  • Results Declaration: June 2024

Third Attempt NATA 2024

  • Registration Start: March 2024
  • Application Form Deadline: June 2024
  • Image Upload & Fee Payment Deadline: June 2024
  • Correction Window Availability: June 2024
  • Admit Card Distribution: July 2024
  • Examination Date (Third Attempt): July 2024
  • Result Announcement: July 2024

Fourth Attempt NATA 2024

  • Opening of Registration: August 2024
  • Deadline for Application Form Submission: September 2024
  • Last Day for Image Upload & Fee Payment: September 2024
  • Application Form Correction Window: September 2024
  • Admit Card Issuance: September 2024
  • Examination Date (Fourth Attempt): September 2024
  • Result Publication: September 2024

Keeping track of these dates will help candidates in planning their preparation and ensuring they meet all necessary deadlines for the NATA 2024 examination.

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NATA 2024 Examination Schedule Overview

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) for 2024 will be organized across all Saturdays and Sundays from April to July 2024, divided into two sessions each day. The process for online registration is set to begin on March 1st, 2024.

Key Details of NATA 2024

  • NATA 2024 Application Process: The Council of Architecture (CoA) will make the application for NATA 2024 accessible online. Candidates will need to complete the application by the designated deadline for each of the three sessions, providing accurate information regarding their personal, educational, and contact details.

  • Issuance of NATA 2024 Admit Card: The CoA is responsible for releasing the admit cards for NATA 2024 digitally. Those who have successfully filled and submitted their application forms will be eligible to download their admit cards for NATA 2024.

  • Declaration of NATA 2024 Results: Results for NATA 2024 will be announced in stages on the official website after each exam phase is concluded. The CoA will publish the results for the first phase following the examination. Candidates' scores from the entrance test will be available through the NATA 2024 results for each test (Test 1, 2, 3), corresponding to the specific phase participated in. To view their NATA 2024 results, candidates must log in with their designated credentials.

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The Council of Architecture (COA) will not organize a centralized counseling session for NATA. Instead, candidates must directly apply to the institutions participating in NATA. Admissions will be granted based on the candidates' NATA 2023 scores. To qualify for admission into these institutions, candidates must meet or exceed the minimum qualifying cutoff set for NATA 2023.

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