NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
NATA 2021 (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) will be conducted in the 2nd week of April 2021 for the first session and in the 1st week of July for the second session.The exam is regulated by Council of Architecture for students seeking admission in Bachelor of Architecture programs in colleges across India.
The key points about NATA 2021 that candidates must be aware of are highlighted below:
|Exam Name||National Aptitude Test in Architecture||Conducted by Council of Architecture|
|Exam Type||University Level Entrance Test||For admissions to 5 Year B.Arch Programmes|
|Exam Timing||180 Minutes||First 60 MInutes for Part A Last 120 MInutes for Part B|
|Exam Mode||Online as Computer Based Test||Part A: Mathematics and General Aptitude (60 Questions) Part B: Drawing Test (2 Questions)|
The official NATA 2021 Exam Dates are yet to be disclosed, however, the detailed exam lineup will be announced along with the release of the application forms. The table below mentions the tentative dates:
|Events||Dates 2021 (Tentative)|
|Phase 1||Phase 2|
|Availability of information bulletin||3rd week of January||3rd week of January|
|Starting of online application form||4th week of January||4th week of January|
|End of registration||2nd week of March||3rd week of June|
|Image uploads allowed till||3rd week of March||3rd week of June|
|Fee payment allowed till||3rd week of March||3rd week of June|
|Candidate Correction window||2nd week to 3rd week of March||3rd week to 4th week of June|
|Hosting of Admit Card||1st week of April||4th week of June|
|Date and Time of Examination||2nd week of April||1st week of July|
|Publication of Results||1st week of May||2nd week of July|
There is an eligibility criterion defined by the Council of Architecture for aspirants which must be fulfilled to register for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture. All the programs have different NATA 2021 Eligibility Criteria.
On the Basis of Age Limit: There is no age limit to apply. Candidates having qualified 10+2 can apply for the aptitude test.
On the basis of Qualifying Exam and Marks: Candidates Passed 12th examinations (10+2) recognized by Central/State Governments. Candidates holding Diploma with minimum 50% marks are eligible to apply. In addition candidates appearing for 10+2 can appear for the aptitude test given they prove their eligibility at the time of admissions.
On the basis of Qualifying Subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are compulsory subject combinations to appear for NATA 2021. Diploma candidates should have Maths as one of the compulsory subjects.
On the basis of Stream: Candidates of arts stream can apply if they have PCM subjects as one of the optionals provided in CBSE Board.
Note: NATA does not provide lateral entry to candidates in later years of B.Arch courses.
This article will help a candidate by guiding them through the stepwise process to register for NATA 2021. The steps for registering for the exam are listed below:
To appear in the examination candidates need to pay a certain amount depending on which category they belong to as Application Fee. Tabulated below is the application fee for the various categories of applicants:
|For One Session|
|ST/ SC||Rs. 1500/-|
|For Both Sessions|
|Kashmiri migrant/ Foreign nationals||Rs. 3050/-|
The examination authority will tentatively issue NATA 2021 Admit Card in the 1st week of April and 4th week of June via online mode through the website. Applicants will only be able to download their respective admit cards on entering the Registered ID and Password.
NATA 2021 Exam centers are located in multiple cities across the country. The state-wise centers are as follows:
|State/ Union Territory||City|
|Andaman and Nicobar Island||Port Blair|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Jammu|
|Jharkhand||Bokaro Steel City|
|Outside India NATA 2021 will be conducted in Dubai|
Important Note: Candidates cannot opt Dubai as their Second or Third exam center preference. If Dubai is opted as Primary choice of center then additional two centers in India have to opted necessarily.
Candidates are advised to be thorough with the Exam Pattern for NATA 2021. This makes them have a clear mind and makes them study just what is needed and not waste time.
The aptitude test is has two parts Part A and Part B
|Subject||Number of Questions||Distribution of Marks||Total Marks|
|Mathematics (20 questions)||20||20×2=40||40|
|General Aptitude (40 questions)||40||40×2=80||80|
|Drawing (2 questions)||2||2×40||80|
Council of Architecture defines the syllabus for architecture aptitude test.
|Important Mathematics Topics|
|Algebra||Permutation and Combination|
|Logarithms||Theory and Application of Calculus|
|Matrices||3D Coordinate Geometry|
|Important General Aptitude Topics|
|Sets and Relations||Venn Diagram|
|Awareness of Architecture Works||Architectural Creations|
|Analytical Reasoning||Mental Ability|
Candidates will be judged on their sketching skills of the given object accurately and in an attractive manner. Visualisation ability is tested with a sense of perspective as well. Drawing 3D Objects. Harmony of Colours in respect to scale and proportion should be kept in iind. Drawing memory of the candidate is also put to test.
|Important Topics for Drawing|
|Scale and Proportions of Objects||Geometric Composition|
|Shape and Colour Texture||Harmony and Contrast|
|Transformation in 2D and 3D||Perspective Drawing|
|Day to Day Objects Drawing||Sketching of Urbanscape and Landscape|
Students can also prepare thoroughly from the material provided by coaching centres, some very useful ones include:
NATA 2021 Results have been tentatively chosen to be announced on the fourth working day as soon as the test date gets over. Candidates who appeared for the same can download their scores via NATA’s official site. It is suggested for taking a print out of the score while applying for the admission.
At least 25% marks must have scored in MCQ part (Part A) – 30 out of 120
A minimum 25% marks in Drawing port (Part B) – 20 out of 80
After releasing the results, one of the most crucial steps of the admission procedure begins. NATA 2021 Counselling Schedule is not conducted by the Council of Architecture rather it is undertaken by the participating colleges themselves.
Amidst a wide array of colleges accepting students based on the NATA 2021 Scores, here are a few high ranking colleges that will be participating in the counselling process.
Colleges Accepting NATA 2021 Score
Sinhgad College of Architecture
Rizvi College of Architecture
Department of Architecture, BITS
Sushant School of Art and Architecture
Sir JJ College of Architecture
Chandigarh College of Architecture
Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics, Jamia Millia Islamia
Chitkara School of Planning & Architecture
IES College of Architecture
LS Raheja School of Architecture
Aayojan School of Architecture
Dehradun Institute of Technology
MEASI Academy of Architecture
On gaining a thorough knowledge of the exam, few candidates may have pending doubts about the same. Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions for NATA 2021:
Question:What is the judging criteria of the Drawing Section?
Question: What is the reporting time for NATA 2021?
question: Is the NATA Examination Fee refundable?
Question: I did not have Mathematics in my qualifying examination. Can I register or appear for NATA?
Question: Till when is my NATA Score valid?
Question: What items are banned from the NATA Exam Centre?
Question: What information can be found in the NATA 2021 exam pattern?
Question: In case I lose or misplace my admit card at the exam centre, can I download it later?
Question: Is there a requirement for possessing computer skills to appear for NATA 2021?
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College
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