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NATA 2020 Exam Date, Registration, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus
NATA 2020 Exam Date, Registration, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus

NATA 2020 Exam Date, Registration, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus

NATA 2020NATA stands for National Aptitude Test in Architecture managed by Council of Architecture or COA. This is a national level based examination commenced every year so that applicable candidates can take admission to the architecture programme into many institutions across the country. Council of Architecture is an autonomous statutory body and is the final authority to set the norms for the architectural institutions. The required expertise holds the CAT examination in architecture at the national level.

NATA 2020 Important Updates

  • NATA 2020 Application Process will be started from 1st week of January 2020. Candidates can Click Here to register for NATA. 

NATA 2020 Important Date

Registration starts from1st week of January 2020
The closing of the registration process1st week of  February 2020
Uploading images in online application1st week of February 2020
Payment of fee1st week of February 2020
Correction window will open from3rd week of February 2020
Correction windows will be closedLast week of  February 2020
Admit Card will be available fromLast week of March 2020
NATA 2020 Exam Starts from3rd week of April 2020
Result2nd week of June 2020

NATA 2020 Registration

  • Candidates are required to register using online mode
  • The registration will start in the month of January
  • The registration gets over by the month of February
  • Fill all the personal info and upload the documents during the time of online form filling process
  • Upload the scanned images like password size photograph, left thumb impression, and signature
  • Take the print out of the confirmation page which is generated once the application form payment is one
  • If any mistake is done while entering the details then candidates can make corrections in the first week of February

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Candidates must have completed their standard 10th or equivalent examination.
  2. For B.Arch programme, students should have passed standard 12th or equivalent exam with mathematics subject.
  3. There is no procedure of lateral admission in any stage/yr of B.Arch.
  4. NATA score card is valid for 2yrs from the yr of appearing.

Application Fee

  • The application fee or registration fee that candidates need to submit is Rs.1250
  • Payment of the application form can be made via modes such as online or offline. The modes are credit card/debit card, net banking, and e-challan
  • Those who have opted for attempting examination in Dubai, need to pay INR 7000 for issuing the admit card accordingly.

NATA 2020 Exam Pattern

  1. Type of Exam: NATA exam pattern consists of 2 parts: Drawing test and aesthetic sensitivity test.
  2. Mode: The drawing test will be conducted via offline mode (pen and paper-based) and aesthetic sensitivity test will be conducted via online mode (computer-based test).
  3. Questions: The drawing test will include three questions.
  4. Duration: Two hours for drawing test.
  5. Questions: In aesthetic sensitivity test, candidates have to answer 40 objective type questions.
  6. Duration: To answer each question total 90 seconds are allotted in CBT mode.
  7. Negative Marking: No negative marking.

Exam Pattern of Drawing Test

12D25 2 hours
3Theme Sketch50

Marks Distribution

NATA Score

The candidates wish to get admission in B.Arch course has to get at least 40% score in NATA (according to Council of Architecture Admission Guidelines).

The procedure of scoring for drawing test

There will be a panel of 3 examiners to review the answers of drawing test and the average marks given by the 3 will be considered. The examiners will evaluate the candidate’s ability on drawing, imagination, observation, sense of proportion, perspective, color sense and composition.

The procedure of scoring for the aesthetic sensitivity test

This is a computer-based adaptive test and the difficulty level of the questions will be changed as per candidate’s ability level. When a candidate gives right answer then the next question will be difficult one, whereas a candidate gives the wrong answer then the next question will be the easier one. The final score will depend on the average difficulty level of all the questions and the given right answers. For example- a candidate attempting less right answers with higher difficulty questions may score more than a candidate attempting more right answers with fewer difficulty questions.

NATA Result

The candidates can check NATA results from the official website. The scorecard can be downloaded from the website by the fourth working day after the test. The original mark sheet can be retrieved by any admission authority directly from NATA server. The mark sheet uploaded from NATA server will only be considered, not the printouts etc. The candidates can use the print out only in case if it is required by the admission authority. The NATA 2020 score card will be valid up to 2 years from the date of the last test taken.

Admission Procedure

  • NATA Counselling will be organized by the participating Institutions Individually.
  • No counselling will be conducted by the COA.
  • Candidates can apply to get admission into B.Arch courses in various Institutions & university, after the result declaration on the basis of the NATA Scorecard.
  • The Score Card will be valid only for the academic year 2019-2020.

NATA 2020 Counselling Process

  • The counselling process will be held for the applicants who have scored minimum cut off marks.
  • On the basis of the cut off marks, the merit list will be prepared.
  • On the basis of merit list, the applicants will get admission to the courses offered by the NATA 2019.

NATA 2020 Syllabus


Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, Algebra, Logarithms, Matrices, 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry, Application of Calculus, Permutation and combination, Theory of Calculus, Statistics and Probability.

General Aptitude:

Visualizing three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawing, Interpretation of pictorial compositions, Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), general awareness of national/international architects and famous architectural creations, Mathematical  reasoning and sets & relations Objects, textures related to architecture & built environment, Visualizing different sides of 3D objects.

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Drawing Test:

Understanding scale and proportion of objects, aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, Drawing of patterns – both geometrical and abstract, Form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes. Conceptualization and visualization through structuring objects in memory, Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms, Perspective drawing, sketching of urbanscape and landscape, Generating plan, elevation, and 3D views of objects, Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory.