National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is being conducted by COA since 2006, in terms of the provisions of CoA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983, published in the Gazette of India. It is implied 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. Being the competent authority for fixing norms and standards for architectural institutions, COA has 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 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 and to avoid appearing in multiple aptitude tests. However, the actual admissions shall be carried out only by the concerned competent 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.
Candidates may come from the following backgrounds:
(a) Passed 10+2 scheme of examination with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and also 50% marks in aggregate at 10+2 level examination; (those appearing the 10+2 exam with PCM subjects in the current year may also provisionally appear in the exam, however, their result in NATA-2019 will be declared valid subject to fulfilling the above criteria).
Only candidates who have the following credentials shall be eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course
i). Qualified through the recognized aptitude test in Architecture (NATA or equivalent) in 2019
ii). Have gone through any of the following curriculum with marks as prescribed below
(a) Secured 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and also 50% marks in aggregate at 10+2 level examination;
The syllabus has been divided into three parts, i.e. drawing, Mathematics & General Aptitude. The drawing test will measure the ability to sketch a given object, sense of perspective drawing, understanding of proportion and scale, etc. The detailed syllabus is mentioned below:
Algebra, Logarithms, Matrices, Trigonometry, Coordinate geometry of two dimensions, Coordinate geometry of three dimensions, Theory of Calculus, Application of Calculus, Permutation & combination and Statistics & probability.
Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), General awareness of national/ international architects and famous architectural creations.
Statements, logical operations like and, or, if and only if, implies, implied by. Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction and contrapositive
Idea of sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets, Venn diagram, De Morgan’s Laws, Relation and its properties. Equivalence relation — definition and elementary examples
Understanding of scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast. Conceptualization and Visualization through structuring objects in memory. Drawing of patterns – both geometrical and abstract. Form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes. Generating plan, elevation and 3D views of objects. Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms. Perspective drawing, Sketching of urban scape and landscape, Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory
NATA 2019 exam pattern is released by CoA (Council of Architecture). The exam pattern for NATA has recently changed. The duration of the Drawing test has increased from 90 minutes to 120 minutes. While the time duration of the Aptitude test has been reduced to 60 minutes. Earlier both Aptitude test and Drawing test were of 90 minutes each. NATA 2019 will be divided into two parts - Part A and Part B:
|Subject||Distribution of Marks||Total Mark|
|Mathematics (20 Qs) - Part A||20 x 2||40|
|General Aptitude (40 Qs) - Part A||40 x 2||80|
|Drawing (2 Qs) - Part B||2 x 40||80|
1.A4 Size Sketch book- 2 numbers ; 1 for Class-work, 1 For Home-work
2. Pencils: 2B,3B,4B,6B, and clutch pencils 0.5mm, 0.7mm, 0.9mm, Colour Pencils
4. Rough quality paper
2. Practice sketches for references
3. Question bank for each topic separately
4. Test Series after completion of course with proper guidance and comments
5. Previous year question papers.