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The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is a national level entrance exam conducted by the Council of Architecture (COA) in India. It is mandatory for students seeking admission to five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree programs offered by institutions recognized by the COA.

Unlike other entrance exams, NATA is an aptitude test that assesses a candidate's inherent abilities for the field of architecture. It focuses on skills that are developed over time, rather than knowledge learned in school. These skills include:

  • Drawing and observation skills

  • Sense of proportion

  • Aesthetic sensitivity

  • Critical thinking

  • Logical reasoning

Exam Pattern


The NATA exam is conducted in two parts:

  • Part 1: A paper-based drawing test (offline mode)

  • Part 2: A computer-based aptitude test (online mode)

Part 1: Drawing Test (70 marks)

  • This section tests the candidate's drawing ability, observation skills, and creativity.

  • Candidates are given three questions to answer within a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes.

  • The questions typically involve drawing 3D objects in 2D, creating imaginative compositions based on themes, and completing partially drawn structures.


Part 2: Computer Based Aptitude Test (130 marks)

  • This section is a computer-based test that assesses a candidate's logical reasoning, critical thinking, and understanding of basic architectural principles.

  • The test is comprised of multiple choice questions from the following areas:

Mathematics (30 marks)

Physics (20 marks)

Chemistry (20 marks)

General Aptitude (60 marks) - This section may include questions on logical reasoning, visual perception, mental ability, and architectural awareness.


Educational Qualification:

  • You must have passed a Class 12 (Senior Secondary Examination) or a 10+3 Diploma with Mathematics as a compulsory subject.

  • Students appearing for their Class 12 exams in the current year can also provisionally apply for NATA.

  • There is no specific stream requirement. You can be from any stream as long as you meet the minimum marks criteria.

Minimum Marks:

  • A minimum of 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics is required in your Class 12 exams.

For candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC (specific categories), and Persons with Disability (Mental Retardation or Mental Illness), the minimum marks requirement is relaxed to 45% aggregate.

Other Eligibility Points:

  • There is no age limit to appear for NATA.

  • You should be a citizen of India.




The total duration of the NATA exam is 3 hours.

The exam is typically held multiple times a year, and candidates can choose to appear for one or more test dates.

Preparation Tips 

  • Know the format: Two parts - drawing test and computer based test.

  • Practice drawing: Focus on observation, perspective, and themed compositions.

  • Manage time: Practice mock tests to manage time effectively.

  • Stay calm & focused: Breathe and read instructions carefully.

  • Plan your drawings: Analyze the question before diving in.

  • Review & submit: Double-check your work before submitting.


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