NATA 2020 Eligibility (Relaxed): Qualification,Marks Required, Age Limit, Attempts

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    NATA 2020 Eligibility Criteria has been revised on August 04, 2020, by CoA in consideration with MHRD. Candidates have been relaxed from scoring an aggregate of minimum 50% marks in the qualifying exam to be eligible for admission for session 20-21 in B.Arch courses. They only need pass certificate in Qualifying Exam (Class 12th board or 10+3 Diploma). The Eligibility criteria were released on January 31, 2020, by the exam conducting body. Before appearing for the entrance examination, candidates must fulfil the required eligibility criteria specified by Council of Architecture. Those who do not meet NATA 2020 eligibility criteria will not be able to get admission into 5-year B.Arch program. Candidates who have passed or are appearing in Class 12th with can apply for the exam. NATA 2020 Application form portal will reopen soon for candidates who missed the deadline along with form correction facility. The changes have been implemented owing to COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown. Check NATA Application Process

    Latest Update: COA has postponed exam dates for both the sessions of NATA 2020, the exam will be conducted on August 29 for Phase 1. While, Phase 2 exam dates will be announced soon.

    NATA Eligibility Criteria

    It is mandatory to have Mathematics as one of the main subjects to appear in 2020 session of NATA. The test is designed to assess a candidate’s observation skills, drawing skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and the ability of an applicant to think critically, which are altogether an important concept for getting admission in Bachelor of Architecture.

    NATA 2020 Eligibility Criteria Highlights

    Age LimitNo Age criteria are specified by COA to appear for NATA
    Qualifying ExaminationCandidates Passed/ Appearing in 10+2 exam or 10+3 Diploma Exam
    Qualifying Subjects Required10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as compulsory subjects or 10+3 Diploma with maths as a compulsory subject
    Marks Required (Relaxed for NATA 2020)

    50% marks in Physics, Chemistry Mathematics and at least 50% aggregate marks in 10+2

    50% aggregate marks in 10+3 Diploma 

    NATA 2020 Exam Dates

    NATA 2020 Exam Dates

    Candidates preparing for the entrance exam should know about the dates of NATA 2020. Tabulated below are the tentative dates of the exam. 

    EventsPhase 1 Phase 2 
    Start of Online RegistrationMarch 27, 2020February 1, 2020
    End of Registration ProcessApril 15, 2020May 4, 2020
    Last Day of Fee Payment and Uploading of ImagesApril 19, 2020May 8, 2020
    Availability of Form Correction WindowApril 20 – 22, 2020May 9 – 11, 2020
    Availability of Confirmation Page For Printing TillApril 22, 2020May 11, 2020
    Release of Admit CardTo be notified soonTo be notified soon
    Date of NATA 2020August 1, 2020 August 29, 2020August 29, 2020 (To be announced)
    Announcement of ResultTo be notified soonTo be notified soon

    NATA General Eligibility Criteria

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    NATA Eligibility Criteria 2020

    To become eligible for NATA a candidate is required to fulfill a certain set of eligibility conditions. Mentioned below are the predefined criteria set up by COA:

    • Candidates must have obtained 50% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics and also overall 50% aggregate score at 10+2 level. 
    • Candidates who have passed any 10+3 diploma exam with Mathematics as a subject and scored at least 50% marks are also eligible to apply for the exam.
    • Students appearing in class 12 with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics are eligible to appear in NATA, however, their result will be declared valid after fulfilling the above criteria.  
    • The marks cannot be rounded off, as if the candidate has secured 49.9% marks in his/her qualifying exam then the marks would be counted as 49.9% only.
    • The lower age limit for appearing in NATA has been waived. However, the candidate has to comply with any age constraints that may be specified by the respective Counselling/ Admission Authority.
    • Scores are valid for a period of 12 months i.e. 1 year from the date a candidate appears for NATA exam. 
    • For students of International/ NRI status, NATA 2020 Eligibility remains the same as it is for the Indian nationals. There is no separate set of Eligibility parameters set for international/NRI candidates who want to appear for the exam.

    NATA Eligibility For B.Arch.

    NATA 2020 Eligibility For Admission to B.Arch. Course

    Qualifying in NATA 2020 does not constitute a right in favor of the candidates for their admission in any Architecture course unless they have fulfilled all the prescribed requirements as specified by respective counselling and Admission Authorities. 

    • A candidate who has qualified a recognized aptitude test in Architecture (NATA or equivalent) in 2020 are eligible for admission in B.Arch course.
    • The candidate must have obtained 50% marks aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics and in overall 10+2 level as well OR
    • The candidate must have passed and attained 50% marks in 10+3 diploma exam with Mathematics as a subject.   
    • There is no change in NATA 2020 eligibility for SC/ST/OBC or any other special category candidates as well. However, students can ask for reservation schemes while applying for admissions under various admission authorities. 
    • Also, the criterion mentioned in the General Criteria is applicable for this as well. 
    Note: Candidates are informed, no direct lateral admission is allowed at any year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification.

    As NATA Score is used by admission authorities of different Government, Government aided and unaided schools or colleges that offer Bachelor's degree in Architecture. NATA is taken to provide a common base to compare the qualifications of the candidates, in addition to their scores in the qualifying examination.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    NATA 2020 Eligibility FAQs

    Ques. What is NATA Eligibility for admission to B.Arch. and can students with mathematics and commerce as their subject are eligible to appear for NATA?

    Ans. The eligibility for admission, it is necessary to have a minimum of 50% marks in 10+ 2 in any stream (Commerce/ PCM) with maths as a subject and 40% marks in NATA Exam.

    Ques. What is the age limit of NATA?

    Ans. There is no age limit to take the admission in NATA. The candidate may have to register any age limit that the admission authority may have decided.

    Ques. What is the educational qualification required?

    Ans. Tabulated below is a brief of NATA Academic Eligibility:


    Minimum marks











    International Baccalaureate Diploma




    Ques. I am not satisfied with my NATA score. Can I apply again for the architecture examination?

    Ans. Yes, the candidate can reappear for NATA for 5 times within the period of the last scorecard, but the candidate needs to register themselves again every time when they reappear.

    Ques. Can an NRI student eligible to take an exam from his/her country of residence?

    Ans. No, the candidate needs to register in India for NATA exam and need to appear from any allocated center in India. Admissions are given to the candidates as per the guidelines.

    Ques. If I belong to SC/ST category. Am I eligible to get score waiver?

    Ans. No, as per the guidelines no waiver is allotted to any candidate.

    Ques. What is the validity of NATA Scores?

     Ans. NATA scores are eligible for only one year.

    Ques. Can a candidate take admission direct through lateral entry in B. Arch?

    Ans. No, the candidate cannot take admission direct through lateral entry in any year of B. Arch.

    Ques. Can the candidate get admission in B.Arch without giving NATA?

    A18. No, if the candidate has not given NATA then he/she will not be able to get admission in any of the architecture colleges in India. They can try for management seats for some colleges and can take admission.

    Ques. Is NATA score compulsory to get admission?

    Ans. Yes, its depends on college to college. but most of the good colleges select the candidates through the marks they got in 12th NATA or JEE Mains paper 2.

    Ques. What is the contact information of NATA 2020?

    Ans. The contact details for NATA 2020 are as follows:

    Council of Architecture:

    India Habitat Centre, Core 6A, 1st Floor, 
    Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 India 

    Tel:  01179412100

    Website: nata -2020

    Email ID:

    *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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    anil sawhney

    Can commerce student with Math subject are eligible for NATA 2021

    15 Apr, 2020 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Anil, sorry but only those students who have done intermediate in PCM are eligible for NATA.

    15 Apr, 2020 00:35

    if i dont have physics and chemisty as my subject in my 12th but if i do have maths as my subject can i still apply for NATA?

    14 Feb, 2020 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Krithi, sorry but you are not eligible for NATA as candidate appearing in this exam must have passed intermediate (PCM) compulsorily.

    14 Feb, 2020 15:51
    Ajay Raghavendra

    is physics and chemistry compulsory? or math is enough?

    06 Feb, 2020 12:45
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Ajay, candidates seeking admission in this course must have studied Mathematics as one of the compulsory subjects in intermediate. However, Physics and Chemistry are not mandatory to appear in this exam.

    06 Feb, 2020 13:05

    Can a student from commerce background with maths can opt for NATA

    30 Aug, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Nidhi, no, commerce students cannot apply for NATA.

    30 Aug, 2019 11:46
    cristiano messi

    Hello sir, as per your information 10 3 Diploma students are also eligible for Nata 2019 examination but in the application form there's no option available for 10 3 (Diploma). So can you please guide me ?

    29 Jan, 2019 18:51
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Cristiano, kindly visit the official website of NATA to get the required information.

    31 Jan, 2019 11:56
    pratik singh

    I have completed 10 3 diploma in civil engg including maths for 2 consecutive years so m i eligible for nata as per revised eligibily critera for nata 2019? Plzz.reply in "yes or no"

    24 Jan, 2019 00:20
    Sarthak Mahajan

    Hi Pratik, Yes you are eligible for NATA 2019 if you have 50% marks in aggregate in any stream from Central/ State Government. Mathematics is a compulsory subject for this as well.

    24 Jan, 2019 13:10
    Cristiano messi

    Hi pratik, did you get any information about 10 3 Diploma students eligibility ?

    04 Feb, 2019 14:14

    I got 58% in 12th with mathematics Can I eligible for Nata exam?

    22 Jan, 2019 00:20
    Sarthak Mahajan

    Hi Amrita, You may please check as mentioned above for getting the NATA eligibility 2019 for the relevant information.

    22 Jan, 2019 12:08
    Lalita R P

    My daughter is appareling final year for Diploma in civil with Mathematics in this year.Can she will give a NATA Exam?

    15 Jan, 2019 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Lalita, You may please check as mentioned above for getting the NATA eligibility 2019 for the relevant information.

    15 Jan, 2019 12:33

    When will the application form be out for NATA 2019

    14 Jan, 2019 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Havra, You may please check the official website to know about the Application status.

    15 Jan, 2019 12:32
    Farhan Ahmed Khan

    Hello sir im diploma architecture student, my course was complete but there is no math subject in my e scheme syllabus. this time MSBTE give me a chance for giving mathematics paper .Now can i appear for NATA and can i get my admission on basis of diploma in architecture assistenship.

    17 Oct, 2018 20:19
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Farhan, As per the COA, NATA 2019 Eligibility has been revised. Now Physics, Chemistry

    18 Oct, 2018 11:59

    can i appear for nata with no chemistry as a subject in class 12th

    17 Oct, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Khushi, The basic eligibility is Candidates who have passed his/her Senior Secondary Examination (12th) or equivalent exam, having Mathematics as one of the subjects are eligible to appear for NATA 2019.

    17 Oct, 2018 10:54
    Jyotsna Hanji

    My daughter is studying in 3rd year diploma architecture presently n she wants to appear for nata 2019 n pursue for B.arch can she go for it?

    19 Sep, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Jyotsna, The eligibility for admission, it is necessary to have a minimum of 50% marks in 10+2 in any stream (Commerce/ PCM) with maths as a subject and 40% marks in NATA Exam.

    19 Sep, 2018 12:53

    I've completed 3yr architecture diploma and 2 commerce without maths. Is it Okay as per the revised eligibility criteria?

    24 Jan, 2019 10:53
    Sarthak Mahajan

    Hi Adil, The new eligibility criteria is candidates who have passed 10 3 diploma with 50% marks in aggregate in any stream from Central/ State Government are also eligible to apply for NATA. Mathematics is a compulsory subject for this as well.

    24 Jan, 2019 18:14
    sandra sunil

    my SSC examination result is in Grade.Then how can I register for NATA ??

    06 Mar, 2017 12:00
    Shubhangee Sharma

    Can my daughter appear for NATA after passing Class XII CBSE in Commerce stream with Mathematics in 2018

    06 Mar, 2017 12:00

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