About NATA Exam:
NATA is National aptitude test in architecture. 10+2 or PUC students who want to pursue a career in architecture will have to qualify NATA for securing an admission in any of the architecture colleges in India. NATA is conducted by COA – Council of Architecture.
Taking the NATA test
- NATA can be given from 1st January till 30th September every year at designated Test Centers.
- Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The candidate may take NATA any number of times subject to availability of appointment at the Test Centers. However, full fees will have to be paid for every new attempt.
Important: Keep in mind the CET cells of each state may each have a different date as a deadline for the submission of the NATA scores to them in order to qualify the aspirants for counseling of B arch seats for that state. For example assume if the Karnataka CET cell has set May 10th as the last day for receiving of NATA scores. So the students have to be aware of this deadline and plan to take NATA before the Specified date by the respective State CET cells keeping a buffer time for at least a week to receive their NATA score cards.
NATA can be taken any number of times in a year. This means if a student gets less score he can retake the test to improve his score by re-registering for the NATA by paying fees again. However NOT the best score BUT the average of the scores is taken into consideration. For example a student scores 80/200 marks in the first attempt and 110/200 marks in the second attempt his over all score is (80+110)/2 = 95 marks. If in the second attempt he managed to score only 50/200 then his over all score would get reduced to (80+50)/2 = 65. So it is always better to prepare well for the exam and get good scores in the first attempt itself. NATA scores are valid for 2 years.
How to register for the test?
you need to carry the following documents when you go for the registration for NATA
- Std. X or equivalent exam marklist – attested copy
- One recent passport size colour photograph, to be pasted on the registration form.
- Any valid document of identification bearing photograph and signature of the candidate – attested copy
- Test fees of Rs. 800/- in the form of demand draft in favour of ‘Council of Architecture’ payable at New Delhi.
- Valid email address.
Go to a nearest test centre for you. (A list of test centers all over INDIA are available on www.nata.in or click on NATA Test Centers in India ) and give them the above mentioned documents to register for the NATA.
Important Things to Remember When Registering
- Register well in advance. During the peak admission season Test Centers fill up quickly.
- Take the test as soon as possible so the candidate’s score card / Marklist will be received by the candidate in time to be submitted with the application or in time for the deadline of each of the CET cells of individual states to submit your NATA score cards.
- When registering, be sure that the spelling of the candidate’s name matches the name printed on the identification document(s) the candidate will present at the Test Center. If this information does not match, the candidate will not be permitted to test and his / her test fee will be forfeited. See Identification
- Information regarding Test Center availability is subject to change. The most current information regarding Test Centers and other registration information is available on the NATA website.
Note: Incase you feel you are not ready for taking NATA you have the option of postponing / rescheduling of the exam by paying Rs 200/-
The test contains 2 sections.
Section 1 is paper based Drawing test. It has 3 questions. (50 marks +25 marks+25 marks = Total of 100 marks). Test duration 2 hours
Section 2 is online computer based test on aesthetic sensitivity for 100 marks. Test Duration 1 hour.
Total NATA Test marks is 200. Minimum qualifying marks: 80/200.
*Note: You may take the following aids when appearing for the NATA test
• Set of colours (Water/ Poster colours, crayons, pastels) with appropriate instruments (Brushes, dish, etc.)
• Geometry instrument box
For detailed information about the NATA test please go to the DQ LABS online classroom http://nata.dqlabs.in/lms/ and click on "Instructions for the NATA test and the online study material" - you would have to create an Free account for yourself by clicking on login and create new account, before you are able to view the information given.
Students have to submit their NATA scores along with HSC / 12th class / PUC mark lists to the respective state CET cells on or before the deadlines set by them in the case of government seats, or in the case of management / private seats as per the rules set by the college managements for each college / state.
Identification documents for Nata
Acceptable Primary Identification Documents
- A government-issued identification document that has not expired (including but not limited to passport, driver's license, state ID cards, national identification, or military identification) in original. There are some exceptions: see Unacceptable Identification Documents
- Std XII exam admit card with photo and signature (in original)
- Student ID card from the institute where he / she is currently enrolled AND Confirmation of identity letter from the candidate’s educational institution. (in original)
Acceptable Supplemental Identification Documents
- If the candidate’s primary identification is missing either a photo or a signature, the he / she must present one of the following supplemental IDs in addition to the primary ID. Supplemental IDs that can be used to meet the photo and/or signature requirements are:
- A government-issued identification document that has not expired (including but not limited to passport, driver's license, state ID cards, national identification, or military identification). There are some exceptions: see Unacceptable Identification Documents.
- Confirmation of identity letter from the candidate’s educational institution The confirmation of identity letter must contain the candidate’s date of birth; a recent, recognizable photo; the candidate’s signature; and the date issued. The confirmation of identity letter must be typed on the original letterhead of the educational institution the candidate attend(ed), and the signature of the school official and the school seal must overlap the candidate’s photo. A letter of identity is valid for only one year after the date issued.
Unacceptable Identification Documents
- Any expired ID
- Credit card of any kind
- Learner's permit or any temporary identification document (e.g., Learner’s driving license)
- Notary-prepared letter or document
- Employee identification card
- Photocopies (Attested / unattested) of the acceptable identification documents