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The Council of Architecture has released the official notification of the NATA 2021 for providing admission to 5-year B.Arch and B.Planning programs at recognized institutions all over the country. This post takes you through all the information related to the NATA 2021 exam.

NATA Notification 2021

The NATA 2021 brochure with important dates for NATA 1 and NATA 2 has been released by CoA on the websites and The official notification includes details like eligibility, selection process, syllabus, exam pattern, and more.

  • You must have passed class 12th with PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Maths) or 10+3 diploma with mathematics to apply for the exam.
  • Your age should be minimum of 17 years to fill the application form.

Click here to download the NATA Notification PDF

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NATA 2021 Exam Highlights

Exam Name National Aptitude Test in Architecture
NATA Official Body Council of Architecture (CoA)
Official Website 
Exam Type National Level
Exam Mode

Part A- Drawing (Online)

Part B- PCM and General Aptitude Test (Online)

Score Validity One Year only
NATA Helpdesk | 01179412100

NATA 2021 Exam Dates

National Aptitude Test in Architecture is conducted twice a year in April and May in the online mode. You can attend one or both the exams as per your interest. The below table explains the NATA Exam Dates for all important events conducted. 

Event Date (Phase I) Date (Phase II) 
Release of NATA Notification 03 March 2021 03 March 2021
Availability of Application Form 05 March 2021 05 March 2021
Last Date to Register 28 March 2021 (11:59 pm) 30 May 2021 (11:59 pm)
Last Date to Upload Images 28 March 2021 (11:59 pm) 30 May 2021 (11:59 pm)
Last Date to make fee payment 28 March 2021 (11:59 pm) 30 May 2021 (11:59 pm)
Last date to take a printout of the confirmation page 28 March 2021 (11:59 pm) 30 May 2021 (11:59 pm)
Form Correction Window (Already registered candidates) 26 March 2021 (10:30 am) - 28 march 2021 (11:59 pm) 25 May 2021 (10:30 am) - 30 May (11:59 pm)
Availability of Admit Card 06 April 2021 08 June 2021
Date and Time of Examination 10  April 2021 12 June 2021
Declaration of Result 14 April 2021 16 June 2021

NATA Eligibility 2021

Before proceeding with the application form, you must meet the NATA Eligibility Criteria. Otherwise, you are not eligible to apply for the exam. 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.

  • You must have 10+2 with 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (or)
  • 10+3 Diploma graduates/appearing with Mathematics as a compulsory subject (or)
  • You will be provided with 5% relaxation in total Aggregate in 10+2 Level/10+3 Diploma as well as PCM if you belong to SC, ST, OBC-NCL Category, or PWD(Person with Disability)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of schooling with Mathematics as a compulsory subject of examination.
  • There are not any lateral admission criteria for admission in any stage/year of the B.Arch course.
  • The qualifying marks for the 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 2021

The Online filling up of the Application is of interactive nature. A cursor Tip message will be shown as you are filling in 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 a User ID later
  • The Security Question and Answer will be captured by the system at this stage. you must remember this Question Answer pair for further Password Retrieval if the password is forgotten by you.

How to Apply for NATA 2021?

Go through the following steps to fill up the NATA Application Form 2021

  • 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 as per the specifications mentioned below
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.1800 for either test/Rs.3500 for both tests
SC/ST/PWD Rs.1500 for either test/Rs.2800 for both tests
Foreign Nationals Rs.10000 for either test/Rs.18000 for both tests

NATA Application 2021 Discrepancy solving

You are required to fill up the details correctly in the application form. You 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 Exam Pattern 2021

Knowing the NATA Exam Pattern 2021 will help you better prepare for the exam. Here is the detailed exam pattern of the NATA 2021 exam.

  • 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 for Part-A and 90 marks for 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 a minimum of 25% marks in the MCQ portion (30 out of 120) & 25% marks in the drawing portion (20 out of 80).

NATA Syllabus 2021

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 2021 and enhance your preparation for the upcoming exam.

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 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, 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 Admit Card 2021

You can download the  NATA Admit Card only from the official website. The document is generated according to the schedule notified indicating the examination center for NATA 2021.

How to Download NATA Admit Card 2021?

  • 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
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NATA Exam Centers 2021: List of Cities

NATA will be conducted across 135 cities in India. Check out the table below to know the list of exam centers of NATA 2021.

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 Answer Key 2021

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

How to Download NATA 2021 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 2021: Score Card and Merit List

NATA Result 2021 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 2021

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?

  • Visit the official website of NATA
  • Click on “Download scorecard for NATA 2021”
  • Login with the credentials: Candidate ID and Password
  • Enter the captcha provided
  • Download the scorecard

NATA 2021 Cut Off

Cut off marks are the minimum qualifying that you need to score to get selected for the next round of the exam. Generally, the NATA Cut Off will be released after the declaration of the result. Based on the qualifying marks, the NATA Merit List will be prepared. 

The cut off marks will be determined based on various factors such as the total number of applicants, the difficulty level of the paper, previous year cut off marks, etc.

  • A minimum of 25% should be obtained in the Drawing Section (20 out of 100).
  • A minimum of 25% should be obtained in the Aptitude Section (30 out of 100).
  • The Qualifying marks (out of 200) is created on post-exam statistics and at the disposition of the Board/Council.

NATA Counselling 2021

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

  • 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.
  • You 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 2021 Counselling

 No direct lateral admission is allowed at any other year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification. you must satisfy the below-mentioned eligibility norms to successfully seek admission to your desired college through the National Aptitude Test in Architecture 2021:

  • Secured 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry as the subjects; OR
  • 10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognized by Central/State Govts with 50% aggregate marks with 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  

NATA Colleges

There are a total of 400 institutes/universities that offer admissions through the 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 conducted by the Council of Architecture while JEE Main B.Arch is conducted by the National Testing Agency. These are National level entrance exams conducted to offer admission into Engineering and B.Arch programs.

JEE Main B.Arch Paper offers admission in various prestigious institutes like IITs, NITs, IIITs, IIEST, and other GFTIs whereas, National Aptitude Test in Architecture offers admission 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 students 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 Youhave to secure a minimum of 25% in MCQ as well as in the Drawing section


How can I apply for NATA exam?

The candidates can visit the official website of NATA, check if the availability of the application form 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 it.

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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