NATA Eligibility 2020: Qualification Marks, Age Limit, Attempts

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    NATA 2020 Eligibility Criteria has been revised last year. These are the set of rules that a candidate is required to satisfy in order to appear in NATA exam. These criteria are laid out by the Council of Architecture (CoA). It is necessary to satisfy the standards in order to fill in NATA Application Form

    NATA Eligibility Criteria

    • Candidate must have graduated or appeared in class XII in order to appear in NATA Exam
    • It is mandatory to have Mathematics as one of the main subjects in Class XII.
    • Special category candidates are eligible to participate in the counselling procedure after providing their category certificate. Check NATA Counselling

    NATA 2020 is conducted by CoA (Council of Architecture). It is a national level entrance exam that measures a candidate’s aptitude in the field of Architecture. The exam is taken for admissions to the 5 years B. Arch. Programs offered by NATA Scores accepting Institutes. Successfully registered candidates who meet the criteria are allowed to take the test. 

    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. 

    Availability of NATA Application FormJanuary 23 – June 10, 2020 
    Availability of NATA Admit CardApril 1, 2020
    Date and Time of Examination

    April 13, 2020

    Declaration of NATA ResultMay 2020

    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.
    • A score of NATA 2020 is 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 NATA 2020

    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.

    Who can take NATA 2020?

    NATA 2020 is an entrance test for candidates seeking admission into the first year of the undergraduate degree course in Architecture in India.

    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. A student must possess these qualities to qualify NATA 2020 with a good score.

    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.

    NATA 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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    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

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