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    NATA Or JEE Main B.Arch Paper- Which is better option for B.Arch admission?

    Himanshi Sharma Himanshi Sharma
    Exam Prep Master

    For those who are interested in architecture and design courses and want to take admission in B.Arch. have the option of pursuing the course by giving the entrance exams like NATA or JEE Main Paper 2. Both the competitive exams are conducted to provide admission to the students who are looking to pursue a career in engineering and architecture. The only difference lies in participating colleges. Both the exams have different participating colleges. Students can choose to go with anyone among NATA or JEE Main Paper 2 for taking admission in B.Arch. depending on the college for which admission is desired. 

    NATA (National Architecture Aptitude Test) is conducted by Council of Architecture (CoA). The examination ensures the admission to colleges like SPA Delhi and CEPT University, Ahmedabad whereas JEE Main Paper 2 is conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) which ensures admission to the prestigious colleges like IITs, NITs, and GFTIs. Let us look at the comparison between both the exams and which can be considered as a better option for B.Arch. admissions.


    JEE Main Highlights

    JEE Main Paper 2 is conducted to provide admission in the B.Arch. and B. Planning courses in various reputed NITs (National Institute of Technology), and GFTIs (Government-funded Technical Institutes), IIITs (Indian Institute of Information Technology), CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institute). 

    The entrance test is conducted twice a year by National Testing Agency (NTA). A candidate can appear for the examination for three consecutive years, two times a year. To sum up, the candidate can appear in the examination six times.

    The eligibility criteria to appear in the JEE Main examination is that the candidates must have passed Class 12th or other qualifying examination with Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics or diploma students who have completed their degree.


    NATA Highlights

    National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is an entrance examination which is conducted by Council of Architecture (CoA) for admissions in B.Arch. course in the reputed architecture schools throughout the country. Diploma candidates are not eligible to appear for NATA examination. Eligibility criteria for NATA is 12th pass in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. The entrance test is conducted two times a year.


    Difference Between NATA AND JEE Main Paper-2

    DetailsJEE Main Paper 2NATA
    SubjectsJEE Main Paper 2 consists of questions from subjects like General Aptitude, Drawing and Mathematics.The questions in the NATA entrance test also include questions from subjects like General Aptitude, Drawing and Mathematics.
    Frequency of ExaminationThe examination is conducted twice a year by the National Testing Agency (NTA).Council of Architecture (CoA) also conducts examinations two times a year.
    Number of questionsThe test paper includes a total of 83 (Aptitude has 50 questions, and Mathematics has 30 whereas the Drawing section has 2 questions) questions.The paper has a total of 53 (Part A contains 3 questions and Part B contains 50 questions) questions.
    Division of Question PaperThe JEE Main Paper 2 is divided into three parts, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Part I contains questions from Mathematics, Part II from Aptitude and Part III from Drawing.Questions in NATA entrance test consist of 2 sections, Part A and Part B. Part A contains questions from Drawing and Part B from Mathematics and General Aptitude.
    Total MarksJEE Main examination carries 390 marks.The paper consists of 125 marks.
    Mode of ExaminationThe Mathematics and Aptitude section is conducted online while the drawing part is conducted offline.Part A of the test is conducted online while Part B is conducted offline.
    Marking SchemeThe allotment of marks is as given: Every correct answer will fetch you 4 marks. 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer while the questions which will be left unanswered will mark as 0.1.5 marks will be given for every correct answer. There is no negative marking in the paper.
    Participating CollegesThe participating colleges include NITs, IIITs, GFTIs and other government-funded colleges.Admission through NATA is offered in colleges like SPA Delhi, CEPT University.
    Qualifying MarksThere are no fixed qualifying marks for the JEE- Mains examination.The qualifying marks for NATA are fixed for each section. Mathematics and General Aptitude: 30 Marks and Drawing: 20 marks. However, the candidate has to earn 50% of the total marks.
    Pattern Of QuestionsThe paper contains Multiple choice questions for Mathematics and Aptitude section while the drawing section tests the sketching skills of a candidate.Part A is based on the drawing and sketching skills while Part B contains Multiple Choice Questions.
    Duration of ExaminarionThe JEE Main Entrance Test is of 3 hours.The test is of three hours and 15 minutes. (Part A: 135 minutes and Part B: 45 minutes). 
    Language of the PaperEnglish, Hindi and Gujarati for candidates belonging to Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Nagar HaveliEnglish

    JEE Main & NATA Eligibility Criteria

    These were some of the differences between NATA and JEE Main Examination. However, there are few similarities too. Both the entrance tests have the same eligibility criteria. Any candidates who has passed Class 12th or any other qualifying examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as compulsory subjects and scored aggregate of 50% marks is eligible for the entrance test. However, for JEE Main, candidates must have attained minimum age of 17 years as on July 1 on the year of admission while there is no such age limit to appear in NATA.


    Pattern of NATA and JEE Main

    Exam Pattern Of JEE Main Paper 2

    The paper pattern of JEE Main Paper 2 is given below. The paper is divided into 2 parts, Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 consists of questions from Mathematics and General Aptitude. This part consists of 80 questions, 30 from Mathematics and 50 from General Aptitude carrying a total 320 marks. Part 2 of the paper has 2 questions from the Drawing section carrying 70 marks. In total, the paper is of 390 marks.

    PaperSubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarksTotal Marks
    Paper 1Mathematics30 Questions4 marks each120
    Paper 2General Aptitude50 Questions4 marks each200
    Paper 2Drawing2 Questions70 Total Marks70
    ----390

    Exam Pattern Of NATA

    The paper pattern of NATA entrance test is given below. The paper is divided into two parts, Part A and Part B. Part A of the paper has 3 questions from Drawing sections carrying 125 marks. Part B consists of questions from Mathematics and General Aptitude. This part consists of 53 questions, 15 from Mathematics and 35 from General Aptitude carrying total 75 marks. In total, the paper is of 200 marks.

    PaperSubjectNumber of QuestionsMarksTotal Marks
    Part AMathematics15 Questions1.5 marks each22.5
    -General Aptitude35 Questions1.5 marks each52.5
    Part BDrawing3 Questions25 Marks each125
    ----200

    Participating Colleges of JEE Main

    Check Here Detailed NATA Exam Pattern

    Participating Colleges Of JEE Main Paper 2

    The list of some of the top- ranking colleges which offer admission to B.Arch. Courses on the basis of the marks scored in JEE Main Paper 2 is given below:

    CollegeCourse
    National Institute of Technology- CalicutBachelor of Architecture Masters in Planning
    National Institute of Technology- HamirpurBachelor of Architecture Master of Architecture
    Malaviya National Institute of Technology- JaipurBachelor of Architecture Masters in Planning Ph.D.
    National Institute of Technology- PatnaBachelor of Architecture Masters in Urban Planning
    National Institute of Technology- RaipurBachelor of Architecture
    National Institute of Technology- RourkelaBachelor of Architecture M.Tech Architecture and Planning Ph.D.
    National Institute of Technology- TiruchirappalliBachelor of Architecture Master of Architecture Ph.D.
    School of Planning & Architecture- New DelhiBachelor of Architecture Bachelor in Planning Master of Architecture Master in Planning Ph.D.
    School of Planning & Architecture- BhopalBachelor of Architecture Bachelor in Planning Master of Architecture Master in Planning Ph.D.
    School of Planning & Architecture- VijayawadaBachelor of Architecture Bachelor in Planning Master of Architecture Master in Planning Ph.D.
    Chandigarh college of Architecture-ChandigarhBachelor of Architecture
    SRM University-ChennaiBachelor of Architecture Master of Town and Regional Planning Ph.D. Program

    Participating Colleges Of NATA

    Participating Colleges Of NATA

    The list of some of the top- ranking colleges which offer admission to B.Arch. Courses on the basis of the marks scored in NATA is given below:

    CollegeCourse
    Jadavpur University KolkataBachelor of Architecture Master of Architecture
    Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation GunturBachelor of Architecture
    Ramaiah Institute of Technology, BangaloreBachelor of Architecture
    SRM Institute of Science and Technology ChennaiBachelor of Architecture Master of Town and Regional Planning Ph.D. Program
    Vellore Institute of Technology, VelloreBachelor of Architecture
    Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, HosurBachelor of Architecture
    Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, ChennaiBachelor of Architecture Master of Architecture
    BS Abdur Rahman University ChennaiBachelor of Architecture Bachelor of Design Master of Architecture
    GITAM University, VisakhapatnamBachelor of Architecture Master of Architecture
    Hindustan Institute of Science and Technology, ChennaiBachelor of Architecture Master of Architecture
    Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, VirudhunagarBachelor of Architecture Master of Architecture
    Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, VadodaraBachelor of Architecture
    Nirma University, Ahmedabad Bachelor of Architecture Bachelor of Planning PhD Program
    PES University BangaloreBachelor of Architecture
    Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, ChennaiBachelor of Architecture Master of Architecture
    CEPT University, AhmedabadBachelor of Architecture Bachelor of Planning PhD Program
    Chandigarh University, ChandigarhBachelor of Architecture

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    Both NATA and JEE Main Paper 2 are the prestigious examinations in the field of engineering and architecture that opens the door to the Architecture and designing courses in the top-ranked institutes across the country. The differences, similarities, exam patterns, list of top-ranked participating colleges are given above.

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