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NATA 2019: NATA 2019 is a national level exam conducted for admission to design courses. The conducting body of the exam is the Council of Architecture (CoA).

NATA was initially conducted for a span of 6 months every year with multiple attempts to every student to improve their scores.

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NATA Answer Key (2nd attempt): Download the NATA Answer Key (July 09, 2019) released by COA

NATA Paper 2: The NATA Paper 2 has been conducted on July 07, 2019. On the same day, the NATA Exam Analysis for 2nd attempt has been updated.

NATA 2019 Result: The NATA Result for the second attempt will be out on July 21, 2019

Now, NATA is scheduled for 2 attempts in one year. While the 1st attempt (NATA 1) was over, 2nd Attempt (NATA 2) was scheduled to be conducted on July 07, 2019.

  • Candidates have a choice of appearing for any one of the attempts or both attempts.
  • The admission is offered to NATA Colleges for the Undergraduate Architecture courses namely B.Arch and B.Plan (5-year program)
  • To qualify the exam, students must secure 25% marks each in MCQ section as well as the Drawing section.
  • The exam is conducted in 135 cities across India and in Dubai.
  • The last date to apply online for NATA 2 was June 12, 2019. 
  • A score of around 120 or more is considered to be as a good score in NATA
ALERT: NATA 1 Result Announced. View and Download NATA Scorecard. Click Here

NATA 2019: Highlights

Check all the important information about NATA 2019 in the table given below:

Exam Name National Ability Test for Architecture (NATA) 
Conducting Body Council of Architecture (CoA) 
Official website
Courses offered B.Arch/B.Plan
Mode of application Online
Mode of the exam Online (Aptitude and Maths Test) and Offline (Drawing Test)
Exam for Course Level Undergraduate (UG)
Number of Applications Expected 60000+
Number of Exam Center Cities 135 cities across India and 1 city Abroad (Dubai)
The validity of NATA Scorecard One year only
NATA Helpdesk/ Support|01179412100

NATA 2019: Latest Updates and News

NATA has undergone a few major changes this year. Here is the list of latest news and updates in NATA 2019:

  • Candidates can appear for NATA 2019 twice in a year (NATA 1 and NATA 2)
  • Candidates holding a diploma can no longer apply for NATA for the academic year 2019-20.
  • The qualification required to be eligible for NATA is Class XII with Physics, Chemistry, and Maths as main subjects. The minimum score required in Class 12 is 50% for the mentioned 3 subjects.
  • Candidates with an engineering diploma 10+3 cannot apply for NATA anymore.
  • The Council of Architecture (COA) has written to MHRD to review its decision on minimum academic eligibility. It has requested the organization to allow diploma candidates (10+3) with mathematics to apply for NATA.
  • It has argued that candidates appearing for Diploma candidates are taught related subjects to NATA hence, suddenly making the diploma candidates ineligible will adversely impact their careers.
  • MHRD has still not responded to their request. Any changes to the eligibility will be updated soon.
  • There are debates on increasing the time duration for drawing test while reducing the time limit for aptitude and maths test.
  • Additionally, CoA is planning to conduct centralized counseling for NATA. However, for now, students have to directly apply to the recognized colleges for admissions.
  • The exam duration has been revised for each section in the NATA exam. The Aptitude test duration has been reduced to 60 minutes. The duration of the drawing test has been increased to 120 minutes.
  • NATA Application fee has been increased to INR 1800 (from INR 1250) for general category candidates. For SC/ST category candidates, it is now INR 1500 (from INR 950). This fee includes bank charges as well.
  • To choose Dubai as the NATA Exam Center, candidates have to pay an additional amount of INR 8000.
  • Aadhaar Card number is a mandatory requirement to apply for NATA 2019.
  • To qualify in NATA, candidates are required to meet three conditions – score minimum 25% marks in MCQ and Drawing portions, and score equal to or more than overall qualifying marks (out of 200).

NATA Exam Dates 2019 (Both Attempts)

NATA is conducted two times in a year giving an opportunity to students to score well and secure admissions to a good architecture college.

Application and exam dates are different for NATA I 2019 and NATA II 2019. NATA I 2019 was scheduled for April 14, 2019.

Check NATA Exam Dates 2019

NATA II Exam Dates 2019 (Second Attempt)

Online registrations for NATA 2 (second attempt) are closed. The NATA 2 Exam took place on July 07, 2019.

Given below are the important exam dates for NATA 2019 (second attempt):

Events Dates
Start of NATA 2019 Application Form January 24, 2019 (10:00 am onwards)
Last date to submit the application June 12, 2019 (11:59 pm)
Last date to upload image and payment of the fee June 15, 2019 (11:59 pm)
Confirmation page printing available till June 17, 2019 (11:59 pm)
Availability of correction window June 15 to 17, 2019
Issue of Admit Card June 24, 2019
NATA 2019 Exam July 7, 2019 (10:00 am to 1:15 pm)
Declaration of Result July 21, 2019

NATA I Exam Dates 2019 (First Attempt)

NATA I was scheduled for April 14, 2019. The application form for NATA I 2019 is not available anymore. While students can now check the NATA Mock Test Series 2019 to prepare for the exam.

Given below are the important Exam Dates for NATA I:

Events Dates
NATA Application Form will be available from January 24, 2019 (Open)
Last date for NATA Online Registration March 11, 2019 (11:59 pm)
Last date to pay the application fee and upload images March 15, 2019 (11:59 pm)
Last date to print the NATA Application Form (First attempt) March 18, 2019 (11:59 pm)
NATA Form Correction begins from March 12 to March 15, 2019
NATA Admit Card will be available from April 1, 2019
NATA I exam is scheduled for April 14, 2019 (10:00 am to 1:15 pm)
NATA Result for First attempt will be announced on May 3, 2019

NATA Eligibility 2019: Qualifying Marks, Age, and Number of Attempts

NATA Eligibility is a mandate to apply for NATA 2019. Candidature of any candidate is subject to cancellation if they do not satisfy the eligibility for NATA:

  • 10+2 graduates or appearing with Mathematics as a mandatory subject.
  • 10+3 Diploma holders (any stream)/ appearing recognized by Central/ State Government with Mathematics as one of the subjects. 
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of schooling with Mathematics as a compulsory subject of examination.
  • There is no minimum age limit for appearing in NATA 2019 if the candidate satisfies NATA Eligibility Criteria
  • There are not any lateral admission criteria for admission in any stage/year of B.Arch course.
  • The number of attempts has been limited to 2 from this year.
  • The qualifying marks for NATA Admissions are sectional, however, a total of 110 marks out of 300 is considered fair enough for the admissions.

NATA Application Form 2019: How to Apply and Form Correction

NATA Online Registration window has been closed for both attempts.

  • NATA Application Form is not available for the second attempt, anymore
  • The last date to apply for NATA second attempt exam was June 12, 2019.
  • The applications could only be accepted in online mode
  • NATA Application Form Correction window is closed, too

How to Apply for NATA-II 2019?

  • Visit the official website of NATA
  • Find the direct link to register for the exam.
  • Enter your personal details such as name, email ID, phone number, date of birth, etc. to create the login credentials.
  • Set a security question and answer along with the password for future login.
  • Note down the 8-digit application number generated.
  • After that fill the form with personal, academic and communication details along with your preference of 3 exam centers in the form.
  • Upload your photo and signature in the next step.
  • Given below are the specifications for the same.
Document Storage Size Image Dimension
Photograph 4 Kb- 100 Kb 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm
Signature 1 Kb- 30 Kb 1.5 cm x 3.5 cm
Community Certificate 5 Kb- 100 Kb A4 format
  • Submit the details and move to the payment of the application fee.
  • The application fee can be paid in online mode only i.e. Debit card/Credit card or Net banking.
Category Application fee (INR)
General (GEN) 1800
SC/ST 1500
Dubai Exam Center Category Fee + 8000

NATA Admit Card: Steps to Download

All successfully registered candidates for NATA 2019 get their NATA Admit Card issued by CoA. The document is generated according to the schedule notified indicating the examination center for NATA 2019.

Steps to Download NATA Admit Card 2019

NATA Admit Card for First attempt was issued on April 01, 2019 and for the second attempt, June 24, 2019. Given below are the steps to download the hall ticket for NATA:-

  • Visit the official website for NATA.
  • You will find the direct link to download the admit card. Click the link.
  • You will be redirected to a new page.
  • Enter your registration number and password to log in and view your admit card.
  • Check the details on NATA Admit card and download the same.

Details on NATA Admit Card 2019

NATA Admit Card consists of the following details;

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Candidate’s Photo and Signature
  • Roll Number
  • Exam Date and Time
  • Exam Venue and Reporting Time
  • Exam Day instructions

Important Points related to NATA Admit Card 2019

  • One Photo ID Proof – Voter ID, Pan Card/ Aadhar Card/ Driving Licence/ e-Aadhar have to be carried along with the admit card to the exam center as a mandatory document.
  • Check that the photo and the signature on the admit card is not distorted or mutilated. If they are not printed properly, carry a copy of your application form to be on the safer side.
  • Preserve the hall ticket until the admission process for NATA is over.
  • Any candidate is subject to cancellation of candidature in case they fail to produce the admit card or any other important document.
  • In case of any discrepancy, call on 011 79412100  or email at

NATA Exam Centers 2019: List of Cities

NATA will be conducted across 135 cities in India. However, this year as well NATA is scheduled for candidates abroad.

Apply for NATA to be conducted at the Dubai exam center outside India. Given below are the list of states for NATA Exam Centers:

NATA Exam Centers NATA Exam Centers
Andaman and Nicobar Andhra Pradesh
Assam Bihar
Chandigarh Delhi
Goa Gujarat
Haryana Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir Jharkhand
Karnataka Kerala
Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra
Meghalaya Mizoram
Nagaland Odisha
Puducherry Punjab
Rajasthan Tamil Nadu
Telangana Tripura
Uttar Pradesh Uttrakhand
West Bengal

NATA Exam Pattern: Mode and Type of Questions

NATA 2 is scheduled for July 7, 2019. The exam pattern for NATA has been explained below:

  • Mode: The exam will be conducted through online mode.
  • Sections: It will be comprised of two sections. Part A comprises of MCQ to be answered online and Part B is a paper-based drawing test.
  • Maximum Marks: Total of 200 marks questions will be asked in the exam. 120 marks of Part-A and 90 marks of Part-B.
  • Duration: The complete exam will be of 3 hours. 90 minutes for Part-A and 90 minutes for Part-B.
  • Language: All instructions will be given in English language only.
  • Marking Scheme: 2 marks will be allotted for each correct answer.
  • Negative Marking: No negative marking in the exam.
  • Qualifying Marks: Secure minimum 25% marks in MCQ portion (30 out of 120) & 25% marks in drawing portion (20 out of 80).

NATA Syllabus: General Aptitude, Maths, and Drawing Test

There has been no change in the NATA Syllabus over the span of years. The syllabus is announced and set by the conducting body. 

NATA Syllabus for Maths

NATA Syllabus for Maths includes topics from basic and elementary maths. The questions are usually based on the direct formula but can be calculative. Given below are the important topics from NATA Syllabus:

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

NATA Syllabus for General Aptitude

  • Objects or texture related to architecture and the built environment.
  • Interpretation of pictorial compositions, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from a two-dimensional drawing.
  • Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. 
  • Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), General awareness of national/ international architects and famous architectural creations.

Syllabus for Drawing Test

  • Understanding scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, color 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 a plan, elevation, and 3D views of objects. Perspective drawing, sketching of urbanscape and landscape common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment, etc., from memory.

Ques. What is the procedure to give marks or judge the drawing aptitude of a candidate?

Ans. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects:

  • Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in a visually appealing manner; 
  • Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings;
  • A sense of perspective drawing;  
  • Combining and composing given three-dimensional elements to form a building or structural form;
  • Creating an interesting two-dimensional composition using given shapes and forms;
  • Creating visual harmony using colors in the given composition;
  • Understanding of scale and proportions; 
  • Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences. 

Note: The answer to each drawing question will be examined by more than one examiner independently. 

NATA Result: Score Card and Merit List

NATA Result will be announced separately for NATA 1 and NATA 2 since they are conducted separately. For NATA 1, the result will be announced on May 03, 2019.

The results will be available as follows:

  • Marks obtained in each Part i.e. Part A and Part B
  • Marks obtained out of 200
  • Qualifying status i.e. Pass or Fail

Qualifying Marks for NATA 2019:

  • A minimum of 25% must be secured in MCQ portion (30 out of 120)
  • A minimum of 25% must be secured in Drawing portion (20 out of 80)
  • Overall qualifying marks (out of 200) would be based on post-exam statistics and at the discretion of the Council

Note: Any candidate who fails to satisfy the above mentioned qualifying criteria shall not be considered qualified for NATA even if the NATA scores are high.

How to Check NATA Result?

  1. Visit the official website of NATA.
  2. Click on “Download scorecard for NATA 2019”
  3. Login with the credentials: Candidate ID and Password
  4. Enter the captcha provided
  5. Download the NATA 2019 scorecard.

NATA Cut off 2019: Previous Year Cut off 

NATA Counselling 2019

NATA Counselling is expectedly scheduled for July 2019. There is no specific or centralized counseling for NATA, however, CoA might announce a centralized procedure this year.

  • Universities/colleges and states that offer B.Arch programs will be conducting NATA 2019 counseling separately.
  • The authorities begin the NATA counseling right after the declaration for NATA Result.
  • Candidates do not just have to pick a desired a college or university but they must satisfy the eligibility criteria for the same.
  • There are a total of 400 B.rch institutes undertaking the counseling process for NATA separately.

Eligibility Criteria for NATA 2019 Counselling

Candidates must satisfy the below-mentioned eligibility norms to successfully seek admission to their desired college through NATA 2019:

  • Have cleared a recognized aptitude test in Architecture (NATA or equivalent) in 2019 OR qualified in NATA- 2018


  • Have gone through any of the following curricula with marks as prescribed below:
  1. Secured 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry as the subjects; OR
  2. 10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognized by Central/State Govts with 50% aggregate marks with Mathematics; OR
  3. International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of Schooling with 50% marks in aggregate and with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination

Note: No direct lateral admission is allowed at any other year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification.  

Documents Required for NATA Counselling 2019

During NATA 2019 Counselling, candidates are checked on their eligibility for admission. They need to carry the original as well as the photocopies of the following documents:

  • NATA 2019 Admit Card
  • NATA 2019 Score Card
  • Class 10 and 12 Mark sheet and passing certificate
  • Category Certificate (if applicable)
  • Medical Certificate (only for PwD candidates)

NATA Colleges

There are a total of 400 institutes/universities that offer admissions through NATA. Given below are top architecture colleges that offer admission through NATA:

Sir JJ College of Architecture Department of Architecture, IIT Roorkee
Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh Department of Architecture, NIT Tiruchirappalli
Department of Architecture, NIT Calicut Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon
Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics, JMI Department of Architecture, BIT, Mesra
R-V School of Architecture, RVCE, Bangalore Faculty of Architecture, Manipal University

NATA FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

The candidates ask a lot of questions regarding the exam. Some of them are answered as below, all candidates must check:

Q. Is there any negative marking in NATA exam?

A. No, there is no negative marking in the NATA exam. 

Q. How can I apply for NATA exam?

A. The candidates can visit the official website of NATA, check if the availability of application forms is there then candidates can fill the form and submit it. Otherwise, they can check when the next time application form is going to be released and they can fill, then.

Q. What is the best score in NATA exam?

A. A good NATA score keeps varying every year according to the level of competition among candidates. While the maximum NATA Scores have been 155+, a score of around 120+ happens to be good and is the target score for many students.

Q. Who all can apply for the NATA Exam?

A. All the students who have already cleared 10+2 scheme of exam with at least 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics (separately) and also 50% marks in total at 10+2 level exam and want to register for the 1st year of 5-year B.Arch. degree course should write NATA 2019. Those who are appearing the 10+2 exam with PCM subjects in the ongoing year may also provisionally appear in the exam, however, their result in NATA-2019 will be released valid subject to fulfilling the criteria mentioned above.

Q. For any reason, can the Fee be refunded?

A. No. There is no procedure of fee refund in any scenario when it comes to NATA exam

Q. Where can I take the test? How will I get to know about the NATA Exam Centres?

A. When the admit card is released, the exam center details are always mentioned on every candidate's admit card. The admit card will be released 10-15 days prior to the exam is scheduled

Q. What are the documents which are required when it comes to the form filling?

A. Recent Passport size Photograph in Colour b and Own Signature Documents have to be in jpg/jpeg format are the main things to be uploaded. Besides that, the candidate needs an identity proof, school certificates, etc.

Q. How is the NATA Ranking calculated?

A. The total score secured in NATA has to be calculated by 2 and then add the board percentage (out of 100), then divide by 2 again. This is, now, the final merit score. 

Q. What to do after qualifying NATA Exam?

A. After qualifying the NATA Exam, the counselling process takes place in which the candidates are allotted colleges that they wish to join. The whole effort is to allocate the best colleges to students where they can learn architecture with the best faculty and staff. 

Q. Is Math compulsory for NATA Exam?

A. Yes, math is compulsory for this exam. This subject is necessary for the students to have in their high secondary education. 


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