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         Posted on :14:25:58 Apr 18, 2015
       Last edited on:18:28:48 Apr 18, 2015
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Students can apply online for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), conducted by the Council of Architecture. NATA is a qualifying test for admission to five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) courses in the country.

The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, and critical thinking ability of the aspirants.

The NATA will be conducted from April 1, 2015 to May 25, 2015 and from June 1, 2015 to August 21, 2015 at designated centres across the country. Those who desire to take the test should register well in advance. Details of the registration process are available in the NATA information brochure which can be downloaded from the website Appointments for participating in the NATA are given on the first-come, first-served basis. The list of test centres is available on the website.

The NATA 2015 registration form can be filled and submitted on by paying a fee of Rs 1,250 either through credit/debit card/net banking or through the computer-generated challan in any branch of the ICICI bank in the country.


Any persons who have passed SSLC, Class X or equivalent examinations and above can appear for the NATA. However, only those who have qualified NATA and secured at least 50 per cent marks in 10+2/equivalent examinations with Mathematics as one of the subjects will only be eligible for admission to B.Arch. NATA score will be valid for a period of two years.

The test is held in two parts. A paper-based drawing test and a computer-based online aesthetic sensitivity test. In the two-hour drawing test, the candidate has to attempt three questions. Drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects.

  • Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in a visually appealing manner
  • Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings
  • Sense of perspective drawing
  • Combing 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

In the aesthetic sensitivity test, the candidate has to answer 40 multiple-choice questions. The test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity, and communication, along with architectural awareness and comprises of

  • Visualising three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing
  • 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

Those who achieve a minimum of 40 per cent score in the NATA (80/200) will be considered as eligible for admission. Admission will be carried out by competent authority based on the marks obtained in the NATA and the qualifying examinations in the ratio of 50:50

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