NATA 2024 Exam Dates [Official] & Schedule, Eligibility Criteria & Paper Pattern

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : August 14, 2023


Summary: Do you enjoy coming up with innovative ideas and aspire to pursue a career in Architecture? Make your aspirations come true by passing the NATA exam with excellent scores. Let's learn more about the NATA entrance exam.

What is NATA Exam or what is NATA Entrance Exam? NATA exam full form is National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), which is your ticket to the top architecture colleges in the country and is scheduled thrice this year!

The Council of Architecture will conduct the exam in 2 sessions per day. The NATA portal is active to facilitate students registering for the exam. 

The NATA 2024 notification will release all information related to all important dates and events.

Check all the latest information about the NTA entrance exam in this article related to:

  • What is NATA?
  • NATA Full Form
  • NATA Highlights
  • NATA Important Dates
  • NATA Application Process
  • NATA Admit Card
  • NATA Exam Pattern
  • NATA Syllabus
  • NATA Preparation Tips
  • NATA Exam Centres
  • NATA Answer Key
  • NATA Result
  • NATA Cut off 
  • NATA Counselling
  • NATA Colleges

What is NATA?

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture, or NATA, is a national-level entrance exam for admission into undergraduate courses in architecture

It is designed to assess a candidate's aptitude and skills for the field of architecture, measuring understanding in areas such as drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability.

The scores from NATA are used by admissions authorities at different schools of architecture for entrance into their Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree programs.

NATA Full Form: National Aptitude Test in Architecture

NATA 2024 Exam Notification

Particulars Details
Full Exam Name National Aptitude Test in Architecture
Short Exam Name NATA
Conducting Body Council of Architecture
Frequency of Conduct Three times a year
Exam Level National Level Exam
Languages English
Mode of Application Online
Application Fee (General) 2000 Rs [Online]
Exam Duration 3 Hours

NATA 2024 Exam Dates

Now the question comes when will NATA exam conducted or when is NATA exam held? All the aspirants appearing for Board Exams with PCM as their main subject must be looking out for opportunities beyond engineering which is why architecture has become a major!

Given are the NATA exam dates and the NATA entrance exam's last date as per the recent advertisement:

Event NATA 2024 Exam Dates
The application process begins from To Be Notified
Admit Card will be released on To Be Notified
Session 1 Exam Date To Be Notified
Session 2 Exam Date To Be Notified
Session 3 Exam Date To Be Notified
Results will be announced on To Be Notified

Check: NATA Scorecard and Marks List

NATA 2024 Notification [Phase 1, Phase 2 & Phase 3 Dates]

  • The NATA exam information brochure will have all the required details about the NATA Entrance exam procedure and NATA exam dates.
  • The Council of Architecture will release the official NATA exam notification on their official website.

NATA 2024 Eligibility Criteria

You must be aware that the candidature is subject to cancellation if you do not satisfy the eligibility for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture.

Before proceeding with the application form, you must meet the eligibility criteria for NATA.

  • You must have completed 10+2 with 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (or)
  • 10+3 Diploma graduates/appearing with Mathematics as a compulsory exam subject (or)
  • You will be given a 5% relaxation in total Aggregate in 10+2 Level/10+3 Diploma and PCM if you belong to SC, ST, OBC- NCL Category, or PWD(Person with Disability).

Check: NATA Eligibility Criteria

NATA 2024 Application Form

The first step to filling out the NATA Application Form 2024 is registering on the official website. To complete this action, visit the official website and click on the "New Registration" button at the bottom right corner of the page.

Enter all required details, such as name, email ID, phone number, and date of birth, and click the submit button. You will receive a link to the registered mail ID after the completion of verification.

Then, you have to choose a password as per your interest. Select a security question and answer it. Enter the captcha on the screen and click the "Login" button.

  • Fill out the form with personal, academic, and communication details and your preference for 3 exam centres.
  • In the next step, upload your photo and signature as per the specifications given in the official notification. 
  • The last step is paying the application fee online using your debit card/credit card or net banking.

NATA 2024 Application Fees

The below table provides formation about the NATA application fee for the previous year:

Tests GEN/ OBC - Boys GEN/ OBC - Girls Transgender SC/ST/PwD - Boys SC/ST/PwD - Girls Outside India
Fee for individual Test 2000 1500 1500 1500 1500 10000
Fee for any 2 4000 3000 3000 3000 3000 20000
Combined fee for 3 5400 4050 4050 4050 4050 27000

NATA 2024 Admit Card

Candidates must input their application number and password to download their specific admission cards from the official website of NATA 2024. 

The candidates must verify that their photo and signature are printed on the admit card after downloading it.

To the exam centres, each candidate must bring their admit card and a valid photo ID. 

You can download the Admit Card for NATA 2024 only from the official website. You can follow the steps given below to download the NATA admit card.

  • Visit the official website of NATA.
  • On the home page, find the direct link to download the admit card and click on it.
  • 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 the Admit card and download the same

Check: NATA Admit Card

NATA 2024 Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

According to the NATA exam pattern, there will be only one section in the exam, which means the questions are asked only from the aptitude section.

The exam is conducted for a total of 200 marks, and the time duration of the exam is 3 hours.

Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests the ability of logical reasoning, using diagrams and scenarios
Numerical Reasoning Tests mathematical ability through simple problems
Verbal Reasoning Assesses the ability to evaluate verbal logic
Inductive Reasoning Tests the ability to see patterns and analyze given data
Situational Judgment Tests problem-solving ability
Logical Reasoning Tests the ability to recognize patterns, sequences, or relationships between shapes and imagery
Abstract Reasoning Will assess general knowledge and ability to utilize knowledge in new situations.

NATA 2024 Marking Scheme

To understand the marking scheme, you must know the questions' type and weightage.

The NATA Question Paper consists of 1-mark, 2, and 3 marks questions. However, the Council of Architecture did not specify the number of questions under each section.

The NATA exam paper will have a total of 125 questions for 200 marks.

As per the NATA 2024 Exam Pattern, no marks for wrongly answered questions will be deducted.

Check: NATA Marking Schema

NATA 2024 Syllabus [Subject-Wise]

The NATA syllabus for 2024 will be published by CoA on the official website. The syllabus will allow candidates to view the courses, themes, and units that must be studied in order to pass the exam.

The candidates can comprehend the crucial concepts and get ready for the impending test by being aware of the syllabus in advance. 

There has been no change in the syllabus over the span of years. As per the NATA exam for architecture, the subject and syllabus are announced and set by the conducting body.

The syllabus includes three subjects: 

  • Diagrammatic Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning    
  • Verbal Reasoning    
  • Inductive Reasoning    
  • Situational Judgment    
  • Logical Reasoning    
  • Abstract Reasoning

NATA Syllabus for Numerical Reasoning

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

The architecture entrance exam NATA syllabus covers topics such as objects or textures 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, 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 shapes and forms generates a plan, elevation, and 3D view of objects. Perspective drawing, Sketching of urbanscape, and landscape common day-to-day life object like furniture, equipment, etc., from memory.

Check: Syllabus of NATA Exam 2024

NATA 2024 Preparation Tips

The following are some of the best Preparation Tips for NATA provided by experts at Creative Edge to help enhance your preparation levels.

  • General Aptitude and drawing are the most critical sections in the exam, which must be given more importance during your preparation.
  • Questions under the Maths section are mainly based on the 12th-grade syllabus. You must solve questions from the CBSE Textbooks for better preparation.
  • You should have strong knowledge of topics like Buildings in India and the World, speed, distance and time, Important Architects of India and the World, Logical and Reasoning Ability questions, General Maths questions like area, volume Mirror Images, Building Materials and Terminology, etc.
  • Make a small thumbnail to plan everything for the drawing section, like placing what and how to utilize the answer sheet.

NATA 2024 Preparation Books [Most Recommended]

There are so many books available for the NATA entrance exam.

However, opting for the right book is important to score good marks in the upcoming exam.

You can refer to the following Best Books for NATA, as these books cover all the topics as per the syllabus.

  • A Complete Self-Study NATA Exam Guide for B. Arch Entrance Examination 2018/19/20 by PK Mishra
  • NATA & B. Arch Question Bank by Ar. Shadan Usmani
  • NATA & B.Arch complete self-study material: entrance examination by Ar. Shadan Usmani

Check: NATA 6 months preparation strategy

NATA 2024 Exam Centers List of Cities

NATA will be conducted across 135 cities in India. Check out the table below for the list of exam centres for the NATA entrance exam 2024.

State City
Andaman and Nicobar Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Guntur
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Dibrugarh
Bihar Bhagalpur
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai
Delhi Delhi
Goa Panaji
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Haryana Ambala
Himachal Pradesh Hamirpur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Bokaro Steel City
Karnataka Belgaum
Kerala Alappuzha
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Maharashtra Ahmednagar
Chinchwad/ Akurdi
Maharashtra Navi Mumbai
Navi Mumbai – Nerul
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Dimapur
Odisha Bhubaneswar
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar
Rajasthan Ajmer
Sikkim Gangtok
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Telangana Hyderabad
Tripura Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Agra
Greater Noida
Uttarakhand Dehradun
West Bengal Asansol

International Cities with Country

Country City
UAE Dubai
Bahrain Manama
Qatar Doha
Kuwait Khaitan
Oman Muscat
Saudi Arabia Riyadh
Sri Lanka
South Africa

NATA 2024 Answer Key

The answer key is an official document released by the exam conducting authority that helps to check your responses before announcing results.

This way, you can estimate your scores and know if you are eligible for further stages. Generally, the answer key for NATA 2024 is released the next exam day.

How to Download NATA 2024 Answer Key?

  • Step 1- Visit the official website.
  • Step 2- Click on the “Download Answer Key” link.
  • Step 3- NATA answer key will be displayed on the screen
  • Step 4- Download the answer key
  • Step 5- Calculate the score in advance using the answer key

Check: NATA Answer Key

NATA 2024 Result: Score Card and Merit List

The results will be announced separately for the first and second phases since they are conducted separately. 

The Result for NATA 2024 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

How to Check NATA Result 2024?

  • Visit the official website of NATA.
  • Click on “Download scorecard for NATA 2024.”
  • Login with the credentials: Candidate ID and Password
  • Enter the captcha provided
  • Download the scorecard

NATA 2024 Cut-Off Marks

Cut-off marks are the minimum qualifying marks you need to score to get selected for the next exam round. 

Generally, the Cut Off for NATA will be released after the declaration of the result. Based on the qualifying marks, the NATA Merit List will be prepared. 

Check the table below for the minimum qualifying marks required to clear the entrance exam. The NATA 2024 highest marks depend on the difficulty levels. 

Exam Minimum Qualifying Marks
NATA 70 out of 200

CoA will determine the cut-off marks based on various factors, such as the total number of applicants, the difficulty level of the paper, and the previous year's cut-off marks.

NATA 2024 Counselling

There is no specific or centralized counselling for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture. However, CoA might announce a centralized procedure this year. You will be notified after the announcement of the exam date.

  • Universities/colleges and states that offer B.Arch programs will be conducting separate Counselling for NATA 2024.
  • The authorities begin the counselling right after the declaration of NATA Results.
  • You must satisfy the eligibility criteria to apply for counselling.
  • 400 B.Arch institutes are undertaking the counselling process for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture.

Eligibility Criteria for NATA 2024 Counselling

You must satisfy the below-mentioned eligibility rules for NATA exam to successfully seek admission to your desired college through the National Aptitude Test in Architecture 2024:

  • Secured 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examinations in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry as the subjects; or
  • 10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognized by Central/State Govts with 50% aggregate marks in Mathematics; or
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of Schooling with 50% marks in aggregate and with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination

Check: How to achieve Good Scores in NATA?

NATA 2024 Colleges

400 institutes/universities offer admissions through the National Aptitude Test in Architecture.

Given below are the top NATA Colleges that offer admission to design courses:

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

Check: NATA Government Colleges

Differences between NATA and JEE Main B.Arch Paper

The major difference is that the Council of Architecture conducts NATA while National Testing Agency conducts JEE Main B. Arch. These are National level entrance exams conducted to offer admission into B.Arch programs.

JEE Main B. Arch Paper offers admission to prestigious institutes like IITs, NITs, IIITs, IIEST, and other GFTIs. The National Aptitude Test in Architecture offers admission in NATA score accepting colleges like the School of Planning and Architecture, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, etc. 

Check out the table below for the difference between NATA and JEE Main B.Arch.

Differences JEE Main B. Arch NATA
Subjects General Aptitude, Drawing, and Mathematics Drawing, General Aptitude and Physics, Chemistry, Maths
Number of Questions Total of 83 (Aptitude consists of 50 questions, Mathematics contains 30, and drawing consists of 3 questions) Total of 53 (Aptitude consists of 35 questions, Mathematics contains 15 questions, and drawing consists of 3 questions)
Medium of Examination English, Hindi, and Gujarati belong to Gujarat, Daman & Diu, and Nagar Haveli. English
Exam Duration 3 Hours 3 Hours (Part A- 135 minutes and Part B- 45 minutes)
Mode of Exam

For Mathematics & Aptitude- Online; For Drawing- Offline

For Part A- Offline; Part B- Online

Marking Scheme 4 marks will be awarded for each correct answer, and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer 1.5 marks will be awarded for each correct answer. There is no negative marking
Total Marks 390 marks 200 marks (Part A contains 125 marks, and Part B contains 75 marks)
Qualifying Marks There are no qualifying marks You must secure a minimum of 25% in MCQ and the Drawing section.C

Check: Is NATA exam compulsory for architecture?


In conclusion, the NATA exam is a challenging but rewarding experience. It can open up opportunities for aspiring architects and provides a great foundation for furthering your education. The exam requires a lot of preparation, but it is possible to succeed with the right resources, guidance, and dedication. You can ace the NATA exam and become a successful architect with the right approach and focus.

Also check: NATA Mock Tests

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