Constructing a Career with Information about NATA 2021

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National Aptitude Test in Architecture, (NATA) is a national level entrace exam, conducted by Council of Architecture (CoA) to provide admission into various Architecture and Design Courses in India. NATA 2021 exam is scheduled to be held on 10th April, 2021 and 12th June 2021.


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Who can apply for NATA 2021?

All the candidates looking for admission into the 5-year B Arch (Bachelor of Architecture) full time for the academic session 2021-26 across institutes will have to apply. What a student will need to do is keep track with the latest information about NATA 2021 on a regular basis. New developments and updates will be visible every week, if not on a daily basis. 

NATA 2021 exam highlights:

NATA is conducted two times every year. Once a student qualifies through this exam, he or she will need to apply to individual institutes for undergraduate courses. Here is the major information about the exam that has been released so far:

Event Date
Exam Name National Aptitude  Test in Architecture (NATA)
Conducting Body  Council of Architecture (CoA)
Level Of Examination National 
Category of Examination  Undergraduate 
Mode of Examination Online 
Duration of Exam 3 Hours
Frequency of Exam  Twice a Year
Registrations begin 5th March, 2021
Registrations end 1st April, 2021
Availability of Admit Card  6th April, 2021
Exam date for Phase-I 10th April, 2021
Exam date for Phase-II 12th June 2021
Final NATA Answer Key To be announced
Results  14th April, 2021
Official Website

NATA measures the following skills and knowledge with respect to:

  • Aesthetic sensitivity
  • Observation and drawing skills
  • Critical thinking ability
  • Sense of proportions

Eligibility criteria

Candidates willing to apply for NATA 2021 will have to comply with the minimum eligibility criteria. CoA is the main authority which establishes eligibility criteria for this exam across the country. Writtten below is the details about the eligiblity criteria about NATA 2021:

Candidates who have completed their of study can appear for NATA 2021. Candidates appearing for 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as subjects of study .

  • Students having passed 10+2 with PCM as a combination of subjects or 10+3 Diploma with Mathematics in the current year may also provisionally appear for NATA-2021can apply. 
  • Those who are appearing 10 + 2 examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics or 10+ 3 Diploma with Mathematics as subject also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates can choose whether they wish to appear for one or both sessions in a year.
  • There is no specified age limit, as long as the candidate has passed 10+2.

The syllabus for the exam encompasses knowledge about Elementary Mathematics, Drawing, and General Aptitude, tested over 3 hours. Students in the General, EWS, and OBC categories have to pay INR 1800 as application fees and those in SC/ST category pay INR 1500. Similarly, students who choose Dubai as center have to pay INR 8000 more. 

How to attempt the paper

This test is for a total of 200 marks, and is in 2 parts- Part A and Part B. 125 marks is allocated to the 1st part and 75 marks to the 2nd. One will need to study geometric composition, building forms, urban landscape, color harmony, and perspective drawing for Part B. Similarly, one can practice for Part B by solving a number of puzzles and brain teasers. Of course, it does without saying that time management is important for both.        

Read also : Architecture Career: What are the career options it have?


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