Information NATA Exam 2018

  • The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of the applicant in the field of Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability.

  • NATA is a very widely accepted entrance test in Maharashtra, considered by almost all the institutes of Architecture. 10+2 students from science stream can pursue NATA provided they secured more than 50% aggregate. 


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.
NATA measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test makes an
assessment of drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, Mathematics and
critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period of time and are related to the specific field
of study.

In order to further strengthen the conduct of the test and to attract more number of bright aspirants into
studying Architecture, COA has decided to conduct NATA-2018 for admission to B.Arch. in the academic
session 2018-19, as a one-day online examination all over the country, which will comprise of two parts: Part
A comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) to be answered online and Part B is paper based drawing.
This would surely be a step towards producing competent architects to serve the society and to build the
nation in coming decades, especially in view of the Govt. of India mission of Smart Cities.