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NATA 2018- National Aptitude Test in Architecture

Last Updated - July 19, 2017

Council of Architecture conducts NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) every year for admission to B.Arch courses in top architecture schools in the country. 5-year program of B. Arch. (Bachelor of Architecture) is offered through this exam. 

  • Candidates who have passed their 10+2 examination, are allowed to take admission through NATA.
  • NATA 2018 Application Form filling process for will start from December 2017.
  • Admit Cards can be downloaded from nata.nic.in from the 4th week of March 2018.
  • NATA 2018 will be conducted in pen and paper mode.
  • The syllabus comprises Mathematics, General Aptitude and Drawing Test.
  • The exam consists of two papers. While paper one deals with the Mathematics and general aptitude portion, paper two shall be related to drawing. 

The score of NATA stays valid for the period of two years from the year in which one appeared. Various government and private colleges enroll students on the basis of NATA score. This year’s NATA exam is scheduled to take place in April 2018. For those preparing themselves for NATA 2018, we have compiled all the relevant information related to the exam.

NATA 2018 Exam Highlights

Exam Highlights
Exam NameNational Aptitude Test in Architecture
Conducting BodyCouncil of Architecture
Official Websitenata.nic.in
Exam TypeNational Level
Duration of Exam90 minutes each for Paper A & Paper B
Exam DateThird week of April 2018
Eligibility Criteria50% marks in Qualifying Exam
Must have Mathematics as a primary subject
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Score Validity2 years from the year appeared
E-mail IDnata-coa@gov.in

NATA 2018 Exam Dates

Listed below are the tentative date regarding NATA 2018. Candidates must note that the data given below is to give idea about the schedule of the exam. Actual dates for all the events pertaining to the exam shall be available soon.

EventsDates (Tentative)
Start of Online RegistrationFirst week of January 2018
Last Date of Online RegistrationFirst week of February 2018 
Image Upload Last DateFirst week of February 2018 
Fee Payment Last DateFirst week of February 2018 
Availability of Confirmation Page PrintoutLast week of February 2018 
Correction of Application Form WindowThird week of February 2018 
Availability of Admit CardFourth week of March 2018 
Date of ExamThird week of April 2018 
Declaration of ResultSecond week of June 2018 

NATA 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates should have cleared SSC or equivalent exam in order to be eligible for NATA 2018.
  • Candidates who have cleared class 12th or equivalent exam with at least 50% marks in aggregate are eligible to take admission in B. Arch courses. All such candidates must have Mathematics as a primary subject.
  • Candidates with 10+3 (diploma) with the aggregate of 50% marks scored, are also eligible to apply.
  • Students, who have cleared SSC exam and hold an International Baccalaureate diploma passed or are appearing, are also eligible to apply.
  • There is no minimum age limit for appearing in NATA 2018 if the candidate satisfies above criteria.
  • There is not any lateral admission criteria for admission in any stage/year of B.Arch course.

Note: that the eligibility criteria for special category students (SC / ST / OBC) remain unchanged and is same as mentioned above.


NATA 2018 Application Form

The registration process for NATA 2018 shall commence from the month of January next year. The form can be filled online. In order to apply successfully to appear for NATA 2018, a candidate must fulfill all the formalities as mentioned below:

  • Registration for NATA 2018: The candidate has to register themselves online. The registration can be done on the official website of NATA:  www.nata.in.

For Registration process, candidates have to enter his/her email ID and create a Password. Candidates would receive an email on the provided address of confirmation for registration.

  • NATA Application Form 2018: Using the login credentials received in the email while registration process. NATA 2018 application form is to be filled through online mode only.

Once the application form is available to be filled, candidates are required to fill all the details mentioned in the form.

  • Uploading of Scanned Images: Completion of filing of application form is assisted by the uploading of essentials. Candidates have to upload their scanned photograph, Signature and Thumb Impression. The images for each of the above essentials should be in .jpeg/.jpg format. Other necessary details related to the uploading are:
  • The scanned photograph must be less between 4 to 100kb (3.5 cm X 4.5 cm).
  • The signature and thumb impression should be between 1 to 30kb (3.5 cm X 1.5 cm)

Candidates should then click on save and proceed to make payment.

  • Fee Payment: Candidates will be taken to the payment portal once they click on “purchase form button”. NATA Application Fee is INR 1250/- for all candidates. Candidates who opt for Dubai as the exam center have to pay extra INR 7000/-.

Candidates can choose to pay the application fees either via online or offline mode.

Online mode: ICICI Integrated Payment Gateway with the help of Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking.

Offline mode: By paying through e-challan at any pan India branch of ICICI bank.

All these modes of payments incur extra transaction charges. Details of which can be found below:

  • Domestic Credit Card: 1.25% of the NATA Fee plus service tax as applicable
  • Domestic Debit Card: 0.75% of the NATA Fees plus service tax as applicable
  • Domestic Multiple Bank Net Banking Payment Gateway: Rs.15 per transaction
  • Collection through PAN India ICICI Branches in cash (through challan): Rs.30
  • Confirmation Page Download: Once the transaction for the NATA 2018 is complete, candidate can download the prefilled registration form. The downloaded confirmation page has to be printed out. The print out is to be taken to the nearest activated centers as prescribed by NATA. This center will then provide an appointment voucher to the candidate for the examination based upon the availability and the schedule at the NATA test center.

For the convenience of applicants NATA provides opportunity to correct the application form for the exam. After the last date of submission of application form expires, candiates are left with 6 day window to make the corrections. For NATA 2018, this date shall be somewhere in the third week of February, 2018. The information can be corrected at the time of NATA Registration Process as well.


Admit Card for NATA 2018

Candidates whose application form has been accepted successfully will be issued with the admit card. The admit card will have to be produced at the examination center during the examination. Candidates will find all the relevant information regarding the exam, such as exam center, timing, instruction etc. written on the admit card.

Admit card for the exam can be downloaded online from the official website. For NATA 2018, admit card will be made available in March, 2018. Admit card can be downloaded by following steps:

  • Visit the NATA official website: www.nata.in
  • Click on NATA 2018 Admit Card link.
  • Enter the required information / credentials: NATA 2018 registration number and submit it.

Download the Admit Card of NATA 2018.


NATA 2018 Exam

NATA 2018 exam will be conducted offline and shall be pen and paper based. It comprises of three sections: Mathematics, General Aptitude and Drawing. The examination is held in two papers. One paper contains questions related to General Aptitude and Mathematics. Drawing is part of another paper.

Both the papers are conducted on the same day. Each paper is allotted the time of 90 minutes to be completed.

In Paper A, which shall ask questions from Mathematics and General Aptitude, each question is worth two marks. There will be total of 60 questions in Paper A. It should be noted that there is no negative marking in questions paper.

Paper B will be of total marks of 80. There will be 2 questions of 40 marks each. It is mandatory for a candidate to attempt both the questions. The paper has to be submitted in 90 minutes of the start of exam.

NATA HighlightsPaper A- General Aptitude & MathematicsPaper B- NATA Drawings
Exam ModeOffline i.e. pen- paper basedOffline i.e. pen- paper based
Time Duration90 minutes90 minutes
No. of QuestionsGeneral Aptitude- 30 Questions & Mathematics- 30 Questions2 Questions 
Marks2 marks each40 marks each
Total120 marks80 marks

Time duration of NATA Exam: 180 minutes

Total No. of Questions in NATA Exam: 62 Questions

Total Marks: 200 marks


NATA 2018 Syllabus

  • Mathematics:

Algebra, Logarithms, Matrices, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry, Theory of Calculus, Application of Calculus, Permutation and combination, Statistics and Probability.

  • General Aptitude:

Analytical Reasoning, Architectural awareness (General Knowledge question about architecture, famous, building etc.), Identifying commonly used material and objects based on their texture, visualizing three dimensional objects through two dimensional drawing, visualizing different sides of three dimensional objects, mental ability, Imaginative comprehension and expression, verbal reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), general awareness of national/international architects and famous architectural creations.

  • Drawing Test:

Understanding scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast, conceptualization and visualization through structuring objects in memory,  drawing of patterns – both geometrical and abstract, form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes. Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms, generating plan, elevation, and 3D views of objects. Perspective drawing, sketching of urban scape and landscape common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory.


NATA 2018 Result

The result for NATA 2018 will be released in the month of June, 2018. The result will be made available on the official website of NATA. Students can download the score card for NATA 2018 when it is available online. The validity of score obtained in NATA is 2 years from the year of the exam taken by the candidate.

Candidates who wish to see their scorecard must follow the below mentioned steps:

  • Visit the official website of NATA: www.nata.in
  • Click on “Download score card for NATA 2018”
  • Login with the credentials: Candidate ID and Password
  • Enter the captcha provided

Download the NATA 2018 scorecard.


NATA 2018 Counselling Process

Candidates who seek admission to the 5 years B. Arch course in different Universities and institutions across India have to appear for NATA Counselling for final admission. The candidates have to register and fill the choice of seats for participating in NATA 2018 Counselling Process. After choice filling, candidates need to appear for document verification process with following documents:

  • Class 10th Mark Sheet
  • Class 12th Mark Sheets
  • NATA Score Card
  • Reservation certificate
  • Birth certificate

Admissions to various institutions through NATA 2018

NATA 2018 is the centralized aptitude test for admission to undergraduate architecture course. Any AICTE recognized institute must obtain approval of CoA (Council of Architecture) for offering admission to B. Arch courses.

The candidate should obtain a valid score in both: qualifying exam and NATA 2018. The total score of the candidate will be evaluated by taking 50% marks from the State Board/ any other equivalent examination with Mathematics as one subject and 50% marks obtained in the NATA 2018.

The candidate must contact the institutes personally for admissions if there is no separate entrance examination apart from NATA 2018.

The NATA 2018 Score Card is considered valid only when the candidate has secured a minimum 25% marks in MCQ portion (30 out of 120) & 25% marks in Drawing portion (20 out of 80) in the exam.


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