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The Council of Architecture, which has released the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) Notification 2020 announced that it has extended the registration date for the First Test of NATA 2020 till 15 April 2020. Candidates who are interested to give NATA Exam can visit the official website to fill the application form. The new Exam Dates of NATA 2020 will be announced after the period of complete lockdown is over. Hence, we are here to provide you with all the information regarding NATA 2020, the direct NATA Application Link,  Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process and many more in this article.

NATA Notification 2020

NATA 2020 is a national level exam conducted for admission to design courses. NATA was initially conducted for a span of 6 months every year with multiple attempts to every student to improve their scores. Candidates have a choice of appearing for anyone of the attempts or both attempts. Now, NATA is scheduled for 2 attempts in one year. The 1st attempt (NATA 1) which was scheduled to be held in the last week of April has been postponed due to the outbreak of Coronavirus.

  • 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 the MCQ section as well as the Drawing section
  • Interested candidates must go through the eligibility criteria before filling up the NATA Application Form 2020.
  • The exam is conducted in 135 cities across India and in Dubai
  • A score of around 120 or more is considered to be as a good score in NATA
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NATA Notification 2020: Highlights

Check all the important information about NATA 2020 in the table given below-

Exam Name National Ability Test for Architecture (NATA) 
Conducting Body Council of Architecture (CoA) 
Official website www.nata.in
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 info.tcsionhub@tcs.com|01179412100

NATA 2020: Latest Updates 

NATA has undergone a few major changes recently. Here is the list of latest news and updates in NATA 2020. The number of questions allotted to each section has changed and the marking scheme has changed as well. Let's go through the changes one by one-

  • For the Physics Chemistry Maths(PCM) section, there were 30 questions each of 2 marks which have changed now to 15 questions of 1.5 marks
  • For the Drawing Section, there were 2 questions of 40 marks which have changed now to 2 questions of 35 marks each and 1 question of 55 marks
  • For the General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning Section, there were 30 questions each of 2 marks which have changed now to 35 questions each of 1.5 marks

NATA 2020 Important Dates

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 2020 and NATA II 2020. NATA I 2020 date will be notified soon on the official website and NATA II will be scheduled in the month of May 2020. Check the NATA 2020 Important Dates from below.

NATA 1 Important Dates

Check for all the important dates for NATA 1 2020 from the table below-

Events NATA 1 Dates NATA 1 (New Dates)
Start of NATA 2020 Application Form 1st February 2020 27th March 2020 (Restarted)
Last date to submit the application 16th March 2020 15th April 2020
Last date to upload image and payment of the fee 20th March 2020 19th April 2020
Confirmation page printing available till 23rd March 2020 22nd April 2020
Availability of correction window 21st-23rd March 2020 20th-22nd April 2020
Issue of Admit Card 4th April 2020 To be Notified Soon
NATA 2020 Exam Last week of April 2020 To be Notified Soon
Declaration of Result 8th May 2020 To be Notified Soon
Counseling June 2020 To be Notified Soon

NATA 2 Important Dates

Check for all the important dates for NATA 2 2020 from the table below-

Events NATA 2 Dates
Start of NATA 2020 Application Form 1st February 2020
Last date to submit the application 4th May 2020
Last date to upload image and payment of the fee 8th May 2020
Confirmation page printing available till 11th May 2020
Availability of correction window 9th-11th May 2020
Issue of Admit Card  21st May 2020
NATA 2020 Exam  31st May 2020(10 AM-1.15 PM
Declaration of Result  14th June 2020
Counseling  July/August 2020

NATA Eligibility 2020

NATA Eligibility is a mandate to apply for NATA 2020. All the interested candidates must go through the NATA Eligibility Criteria 2020 before applying for the examCandidature of any candidate is subject to cancellation if they do not satisfy the eligibility for NATA. Know the eligibility criteria details from the following points-

  • 10+2 with 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics
  • 10+3 Diploma graduates/appearing with Mathematics as a compulsory subject
  • Candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC-NCL Category or PWD(Person with Disability) shall be provided with 5% in total Aggregate in 10+2 Level/10+3 Diploma as well as PCM
  • 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 2020 if the candidate satisfies NATA Eligibility Criteria
  • There are not any lateral admission criteria for admission in any stage/year of the 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 admission

NATA Application Form 2020

NATA Online Registration window is restarted so all the eligible candidates should apply as soon as possible. The Online filling up of the NATA Application is of interactive nature. A cursor Tip message will be shown as you are filling the details. A HELP Icon is placed next right to the fields to provide guidance.

  • While submitting the details, the system prompts to enter the Email Id which will be used as User Id later
  • The Security Question and Answer will be captured by the system at this stage. Candidates must remember this Question Answer pair for further Password Retrieval if the password is forgotten by the candidate

How to Apply for NATA-I/NATA II 2020?

Go through the following steps to fill up the NATA Application Form 2020-

Step 1-Visit the official website of NATA

Step 2-Find the direct link to register for the exam

Step 3-Enter your personal details such as name, email ID, phone number, date of birth, etc. to create the login credentials

Step 4-Set a security question and answer along with the password for future login

Step 5-Note down the 8-digit application number generated

Step 6-After that fill the form with personal, academic and communication details along with your preference of 3 exam centers in the form

Step 7-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

Step 8-Submit the details and move to the payment of the application fee

Step 9- 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) Rs.2000 for either test/Rs.3800 for both tests
SC/ST/PWD Rs.1700 for either test/Rs.3100 for both tests
Dubai Exam Center Rs.10000 for either test/Rs.18000 for both tests

NATA Application 2020 Discrepancy solving

The candidates are required to fill up the details correctly in the application form. They will be provided only a single chance to correct the application details as per Appendix VI.In case of any discrepancy, you should contact the concerning authority as soon as possible. you can call on 011 79412100  or email at info.tcsionhub@tcs.com for queries.

NATA Admit Card 2020: Steps to Download

All successfully registered candidates for NATA 2020 get their NATA Admit Card issued by CoA. The document is generated according to the schedule notified indicating the examination center for NATA 2020.

Steps to Download NATA Admit Card 2020

NATA Admit Card for the First attempt will be issued in April 2020 and for the second attempt, June 2020. Given below are the steps to download the hall ticket for NATA:-

Step 1-Visit the official website for NATA

Step 2-You will find the direct link to download the admit card. Click the link

Step 3-You will be redirected to a new page

Step 4-Enter your registration number and password to log in and view your admit card

Step 5-Check the details on the NATA Admit card and download the same

Details on NATA Admit Card 2020

NATA Admit Card consists of the following details-

Candidate’s Name Exam Date and Time
Candidate’s Photo and Signature Exam Venue and Reporting Time
Roll Number Exam Day instructions
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NATA Exam Centers 2020: 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 2020: Mode and Type of Questions

It is important that the candidates go through the NATA Exam Pattern 2020 before starting to prepare for the exam. 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 MCQ to be answered online and Part B is a paper-based drawing test.
  • Maximum Marks: A 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 the 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 2020

There has been no change in the NATA Syllabus over the span of years. The syllabus is announced and set by the conducting body. The NATA Syllabus 2020 consists mainly of three subjects. We are providing a gist here. Go through the NATA Syllabus 2020 article for detailed information.

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.

NATA Result 2020: Score Card and Merit List

NATA Result 2020 will be announced separately for NATA 1 and NATA 2 since they are conducted separately. For NATA 1, the declaration of the result is notified soon on the official NATA website.

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 2020:

A minimum of 25% must be secured in the MCQ portion (30 out of 120). A minimum of 25% must be secured in a 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. 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?

Step 1-Visit the official website of NATA.

Step 2-Click on “Download scorecard for NATA 2020”

Step 3-Login with the credentials: Candidate ID and Password

Step 4-Enter the captcha provided

Step 5-Download the NATA 2020 scorecard.

NATA Counselling 2020

NATA Counselling will be notified after the announcement of the exam date. 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 2020 counseling separately.
  • The authorities begin the NATA counseling right after the declaration for NATA Result.
  • Candidates do not just have to pick a desired 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 2020 Counselling

 No direct lateral admission is allowed at any other year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification. Candidates must satisfy the below-mentioned eligibility norms to successfully seek admission to their desired college through NATA 2020:

  • Have cleared a recognized aptitude test in Architecture (NATA or equivalent) in 2020 OR qualified in NATA- 2019
  • 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  

Documents Required for NATA Counselling 2020

During NATA 2020 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 2020 Admit Card
  • NATA 2020 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 NATA Colleges that offer admission :

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

FAQ's

How can I apply for NATA exam?

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.

What is the best score in NATA exam?

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.

Who all can apply for the NATA Exam?

 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 2020. 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-2020 will be released valid subject to fulfilling the criteria mentioned above.

For any reason, can the Fee be refunded?

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

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

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

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

Recent Passport size Photographs 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.

How is the NATA Ranking calculated?

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.

What to do after qualifying NATA Exam?

After qualifying the NATA Exam, the counseling 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. 

Is Math compulsory for NATA Exam?

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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