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The Council of Architecture released the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) Notification 2020 in the month of February. NATA is an all India entrance exam conducted for 12th pass students who are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture. Aspirants can go through the complete post to know all the latest updates about NATA 2020 and other exam-related information. 

NATA 2020: Latest Updates 

  • The first phase of NATA was conducted successfully on 29th August 2020. The question paper was moderate to difficult level. All questions were doable. As the second phase is arriving soon, going through the detailed NATA Exam Analysis can help in answering any type of question easily. 
  • 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 Notification 2020

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. Phase 1 was conducted on 29th August 2020 while the NATA 2 is scheduled for 12th September 2020.

  • As the first phase of NATA is concluded, the NATA Registrations are still open for the 2nd phase. Aspirants can fill the forms until 4th September 2020. 
  • 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. It is very important for all candidates for scores above the NATA Cut Off in order to be eligible for further stages.
  • The exam is conducted in 135 cities across India and in Dubai. A score of around 120 or more is considered to be a good score in the National Aptitude Test in Architecture.
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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. The below table explains the NATA Exam Dates for all important events conducted. 

Event Date (Phase I) Date (Phase II) 
Availability of Application Form July 25, 2020  Available
Last Date to Register August 16, 2020 (Till 11:59 PM) September 04, 2020
Last Date to Upload Images August 16, 2020 (Till 11:59 PM) September 04, 2020
Printing of Confirmation Page August 16, 2020 (Till 11:59 PM) September 04, 2020
Form Correction Window (Already registered candidates) July 25 to August 16, 2020 To be notified soon
Availability of Admit Card August 25, 2020 September 07, 2020
Date and Time of Examination August 29, 2020 (10 AM to 12 Noon and 12:30 pm to 2:30 PM) September 12, 2020
Declaration of Result September 03, 2020 September 17, 2020

NATA Eligibility 2020

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 the National Aptitude Test in Architecture. 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 the exam if the candidate satisfies 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 National Aptitude Test in Architecture 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 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 2020?

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

  • Step 1-Visit the official website
  • 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 for queries.

NATA Admit Card 2020: Steps to Download

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

How to Download NATA Admit Card 2020?

  • Step 1-Visit the official website
  • 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 Admit card and download the same

Details on NATA Admit Card 2020

The 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 National Aptitude Test in Architecture 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 Test Cities:

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 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 the 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 Syllabus 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

The 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 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 Exam Timings 2020

Here is the brief information about the exam schedule for NATA 2020. Due to the current situation, Phase 1 (Drawing Test) will be conducted in online mode.

Exam Timing Exam Duration Section/ Part Number of Questions and Marks Total
10 am to 12.15 pm 135 Minutes Part A (Online) Drawing Test 3 questions of 35 marks, 35 marks, and 55 marks 125 Marks
Intermission Period of 15 minutes (12.15 pm to 12.30 pm)
12.30 pm to 1.15 pm 45 Minutes Part B (Online): PCM 15 Questions x 1.5 marks 75 Marks
PART B: General Aptitude-Logical Reasoning 35 Questions x 1.5 Marks

NATA Exam Analysis 2020

The analysis of any exam is prepared by taking feedback from the students who appear for the exam. Going through the analysis will help in knowing difficulty level of the exam, the type of questions asked, and the number of good attempts. Here is the NATA Exam Analysis for the first phase codnucted on 29th August 2020. 

Exam Date Shift  Exam Analysis
August 29, 2020 Shift 1 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • The difficulty level of Mathematics was easy. There were no unexpected or tough questions.
  • The General Aptitude section was tricky. There were some confusing statements, which was time-consuming in understanding and answering.
  • The difficulty level of the Drawing section was tough.
August 29, 2020 Shift 2 - 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM The difficulty level of the second shift was also some. The drawing section was tough.

NATA Answer Key 2020

The answer key is an official document released by the exam conducting authority that helps candidates to check their responses. This way, candidates can estimate their scores and know if they are eligible for further stages. Generally, the NATA Answer Key is released after the exam. 

How to Download NATA 2020 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 and take a print
  • Step 5- Calculate the score using the response sheet and answer key

NATA Result 2020: Score Card and Merit List

NATA Result 2020 will be announced separately for the first and second phases since they are conducted separately. For Phase 1, the declaration of the result is notified soon on the official 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 the National Aptitude Test in Architecture even if the scores are high.

How to Check NATA Result?

Step 1-Visit the official website

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 scorecard.

NATA Counselling 2020

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

  • Universities/colleges and states that offer B.Arch programs will be conducting counseling separately.
  • The authorities begin the 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.Arch institutes undertaking the counseling process for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture 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 National Aptitude Test in Architecture 2020:

  • Have cleared a recognized aptitude test in Architecture (National Aptitude Test in Architecture or equivalent) in 2020 OR qualified in 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:

  • Admit Card
  • 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 National Aptitude Test in Architecture. 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

Differences Between NATA and JEE Main B.Arch Paper

It is a common question that what is the difference between the National Aptitude Test in Architecture and the JEE Main B.Arch paper. Well, the major difference is that NATA is codnucted by the Council of Architecture while JEE Main B.Arch is codnucted by the National Testing Agency. These are National level entrance exam conducted to offer admission into Engineering and B.Arch programs. JEE Main B.Arch Paper offers admission to the qualified candidates in various prestigious institutes like IITs, NITs, IIITs, IIEST, and other GFTIs whereas, National Aptitude Test in Architecture offers admission to the qualified candidates in NATA score accepting colleges like the School of Planning and Architecture, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, etc. The below table explains in-depth differences in these highly competitive exams.

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 consist of 50 questions, Mathematics has 30 and drawing consist of 3 questions) Total of 53 (Aptitude consists of 35 questions, Mathematics has 15 questions and drawing consists of 3 questions)
Medium of Examination English, Hindi, and Gujarati for candidates belonging 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 Candidates have to secure a minimum of 25% in MCQ as well as in Drawing section


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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