NATA 2020: Admission Process, Application, Exam Date


NATA 2020 or National Aptitude Test in Architecture 2020 is the only National-level Aptitude Test conducted by Council of Architecture for admission to affiliated colleges of COA. Candidates qualifying this exam can obtain admission in B.Arch in numerous reputed colleges all over India. Further, COA will release the notification for NATA 2020 in January 2020. The examination will be conducted twice in a year. NATA scorecard will be valid throughout the country. So the students who are willing to get in a reputed institute for an architecture course must apply for this examination by registering themselves. National Aptitude Test in Architecture will be conducted by Council of Architecture for admission into COA on 29 April 2020 (tentatively). NATA- National Aptitude Test in Architecture is the mandatory aptitude test for admission to B.Arch & its subsidiary courses. Therefore, all the candidates who want to pursue B. Arch from any Indian Institute have to sit for this exam.

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  • No candidate shall be admitted to architecture course (B.Arch) unless the candidate has passed the 10+2 scheme of examination with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and also 50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 level examination.
  • Number of Exams in a year: The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) will be conducted twice a year from 2020-20 Session, as said by President, Council of Architecture.
  • Revision in Pattern: The pattern of the exam is also revised. Earlier Aptitude Test and Drawing Papers, both exams were given an equal duration of exam i.e. 90 Minutes each. Now, from coming exam session, Aptitude test paper would be given 60 minutes and drawing paper would be given 120 minutes.
  • National Level Admission Counselling: The exam conducting body “Council of Architecture” has also proposed that there be a National Level counselling for admissions into architecture colleges.
  • Qualification Criteria: As per the Council of Architecture, NATA 2020 Eligibility Criteria has been revised. Now Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics are the mandatory subjects in 10+2 board exams.
  • JEE Main Paper-2: National Testing Agency is going to conduct (find detailed information here>) JEE Main 2020 Paper-2 in January & April 2020.
  • The NATA registration form has also been modified. Furthermore, COA assigned TCS ION to conduct NATA for the 2020 session.

NATA 2020 Exam Dates

The interested candidates can find the updated important dates for NATA below.

For the First Session:

S. No Events Dates (Tentative)
1 The release of Information Brochure 21 January 2020
2 Start Date of Online Application 24 January 2020
3 Last Date of Registration 11 March 2020
4 Image uploads & fee payment last date 15 March 2020
5 Confirmation page printing available last date 18 March 2020
6 Application Correct Window 12 – 15 March 2020
7 Releasing of Admit Card 01 April 2020
8 Date of NATA Exam (First Session) 14 April 2020
9 Release of Answer Key 15 April 2020
10 Result Declaration 03 May 2020

For Second Session:

Events Dates (Tentative)
Application Form Available 24 January 2020
Application Form last date 12 June 2020
Image uploads and fee payment allowed till 15 June 2020
Confirmation page printing available till 17 June 2020
Application Form correction 15 – 17 June 2020
Admit card download 27 June 2020
Examination date 07 July 2020
Result date 21 July 2020
Responses and Answer Key 22 July 2020

NATA 2020 Result

  • NATA Result has been released on 19 July 2020.
  • The result of NATA has been announced after some weeks from the date of the exam.
  • Candidates have to log in to check their result.
  • They should download the soft copy and print it out.
  • This NATA scorecard will be essential for admission in any college across the nation.
  • The scorecard will be valid only for two years.

NATA 2020 Admit Card

  • The aspirant should download the admit card before the exam. Also, as without the admit card one cannot get the permission to take this exam.
  • Then, the candidate should download the soft copy of the admit card and take the print out of it. Also, it contains the application number, test centre, test time, scanned photograph and signature and some more pertinent information.
  • Further, the candidate should keep the print out of the admit card safe and secure. Also, one should not damage or defile it, in any condition. And it also should contain starkly clear scanned image and signature as well.
  • The student should also bring one ID proof along with their admit card that can be Aadhar card/voter ID card/Pan card/Passport/Driving license etc.
  • One ID proof is also very important to carry with admit card.

How to fill the NATA 2020 Application Form?

Firstly, the online NATA Application Form 2020 is available for the students from 24 January 2020. And the form can be filled in four simple steps:

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  1. Firstly, filling the Online Application Form.
  2. Then, upload the Scanned Images.
  3. Then, the payment of Application Fee.
  4.  Finally, confirmation Page Downloading.

New NATA 2020 Registration Process

The NATA 2020 registration is modified by COA and now TCS ION will be involved in managing the application forms.

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  • Candidates seeking admission into B.Arch course must apply for National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA).
  • In conclusion, aspiring candidates should fill the online application form as per the instructions.
  • An especially relevant schedule is given on this website.

Registration Fee

Following are the point for paying the registration or application fees.

Important Exam Update

  1. Updates Regarding JEE Main 2020
  • Firstly, the NATA test registration fee is Rs. 1800/- for General candidates.
  • And, Rs. 1500/- for Reserved candidates.
  • Therefore, the fee can be paid through online (debit/credit card, net banking). And, the link is available in this article too.
  • Also, the student can pay the fee via Offline mode (Challan at ICICI Bank).

Allocation of NATA Examination Centre

The allocation of National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) examination centre spread across India and covering all capitals of states. And other selected cities subject to choice filling by a minimum number of students is 250 students in general. Center of a city will be based on the choices given by the applicants during online application form filling.

How correction can be made in NATA form?

If in any case corrections are needed in NATA Form, the form correction window will open for a period during which the applicants would be allowed to change some data.

Is lateral admission is allowed in B.arch. Course?

No lateral admission is allowed at any stage of B.Arch. course during 5 years based on any qualification.

Revised Eligibility Criteria for NATA 2020

Qualifying Exam:

  • Firstly, candidates should have completed Senior Secondary Board (class 12th) or equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics are the mandatory subjects in 10+2 level. (As per the COA, revised eligibility terms)
  • Candidates with 10+3 years diploma program in mathematics as one of the subjects can also appear for the NATA exam.
  • Also, Candidates studying in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program after 10 years of Schooling in Mathematics as a compulsory subject.
  • Further, please find detailed information on the NATA website.

Age Limit: Students appearing for NATA 2020 exam must complete 17 years of age as on 31 July 2020.

NTA COA Notification Regarding NATA Eligibility
NTA COA Notification Regarding NATA Eligibility

Lateral Entry:  There is NO lateral admission for B.Arch, 5 years degree course.


Eligibility Criteria for Diploma Holders

How to Download the NATA 2020 Syllabus PDF Online?

The examination will consist of two papers- Mathematics and General Aptitude and Drawing Test. Furthermore, NATA 2020 syllabus PDF is prescribed by the Council of Architecture.

  • Mathematics Syllabus: Logarithms Algebra Complex Numbers Binomial Theorem (Positive Integral Index) Quadratic equations.
  • General Aptitude Syllabus: Visualising different sides of 3D objects Objects, texture related to architecture and the built environment.
  • Drawing Test Syllabus: Conceptualisation and visualisation Drawing of patterns – both geometrical and abstract.
Syllabus of NATA 2017
Syllabus of NATA 2017

Download Syllabus PDF with subject wise weightage Here.

NATA Exam Pattern

The paper pattern is given in the table below:

Mathematics 20 20*2=40 MCQs (OMR based)
General Aptitude 40 40*2=80 MCQs (OMR based)
Drawing Test 2 40*2=80 Paper and Pencil
Total  62 200

How to Apply for National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)?

The following steps are given below for registration in the exam.

  1. Search for NATA official website or
  2. Find the link “How to Apply” and click on that.
  3. Also, keep ready with required documents to upload.
  4. Fill the online form carefully.
  5. And Pay the required fees.
  6. Finally, take the printout and keep it safe for future reference.

What is NATA?

The following points will clear your understanding of the test.

  • NATA: National Aptitude Test in Architecture is an admission test that determines the aptitude of the candidates for the specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.
  • And it is being conducted by COA since 2006. Before last year it was conducted on various dates and slots. From last year it is conducted in a single day.
  • Also, the purpose of conducting NATA is to provide a single platform and to facilitate the aspirants of architecture education all over India. So that candidate can apply for admissions in architecture seats in institutions spread across the country and to avoid appearing in multiple aptitude tests.
  • However, the actual admission counselling shall be carried out only by the concerned competent authorities of the respective states/institutions based on NATA scores.

Read more about COA Nata Information Brochure 2020 PDF

Public Notice for Candidates who have opted Dubai as Exam Centre

The candidates who opted the Dubai exam centre need to submit the application fees of    Rs. 7000/- in Council of Architecture Bank account.  The issue of admit card will take place from April 2020.

NATA Dubai Centre
NATA Dubai Centre

National Level Counselling

  • As per the recent announcement by President of Council of Architecture, COA proposed a National Level counselling for admissions into architecture colleges.
  • As of now, students apply to colleges individually.
  • So, the council has floated a proposal for holding a centralised counselling to make admission procedure smooth.

How to get Admission in B.Arch.?

An important article is published by us regarding this here.

How to get admission in B.Arch at Architecture College of India?

Council of Architecture (COA): A Brief Introduction

  • The government of India constituted Council of Architecture under Architects Act, 1972 validated by Parliament of India.
  • And the act came into existence from 1st September 1972.
  • Whereas the main aim of this act is to provide for the Architects registration number, standards of education, recognised qualifications and standards of professional conduct and etiquette to be complied with by the architects.

Telephone Numbers of the Council of Architecture has been changed from 011-79412100 to 011-49412100 (30 Lines)

JEE Main 2020 Paper-2 for B.Arch Admission

  • The Admission to Architecture course at NIT, IIT and Colleges under CBSE managed JEE Main is made through Joint Entrance Examination (Paper 2).
  • JEE Main Paper-2 conducted every year as offline exam along with JEE Main Paper-1. Read detailed information JEE Main Paper-2 here.

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  1. if I have scored 63 % in 12th class board and got 6025 AIR in Jee mains paper 2,and want to go for SPA Delhi (as it except only Jee mains) so am I eligible for it ,if this year not can I go for next year 2018??

    • Dear Manveer,
      As per SPA, Delhi website notification. Candidates are eligible only if they have obtained at least 50 percent marks in aggregate with Mathematics as a subject in the Class 12th or qualifying examination for admission to the First Year of the Bachelors’ Degree program in Architecture or Planning at SPA. please look into the detailed eligibility criteria Here

      • you are not able to aggregate marks are above 50% and I have very well cleared jee mains as they only need to jee mains paper 2 for b arch.but I am confused that will they give me admission or not.

          • I have gone through that website and knew each and every thing …and they are also not replying to the mails I have sent it on 12 September and yet now there is no response. now what should I do 😢😢😢😢??

  2. Hey! So I filled up my NATA form today for 2018. I passed 12th in 2017 with a 68.2% so I am appearing for improvement this year. What should I write in my NATA 2018 form as my CBSE 12th status? Passed or Appearing!

  3. Hello,
    i am an indian and a uae resident planning on writing the Nata exam in dubai. Kindly help me find a centre and know more about the exam?

  4. hi, i have cmpltd my diploma in architecture and only in first yr of diploma includes maths and science. second and third yr were all architecture subjects. I m eligible for nata 2019 or not.