NATA 2023: Application Form, Exam Dates (Out), Eligibility

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Every year, lakhs of students appear for the NATA Exam to take admission into the best architecture colleges in India that offer a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture program. National Aptitude Test of Architecture (NATA) is an all India level entrance exam conducted by the Council of Architecture (COA). If you are planning to pursue the B.Arch programme and want to know about NATA Exam 2023, then this blog will provide details related to NATA Exam pattern, eligibility, syllabus, NATA colleges and a lot more.

Name of the ExamNational Aptitude Test of Architecture
Conducted byCouncil of Architecture (CoA)
Exam ModeOnline
Exam FrequencyTwice ( April & June)
Exam FormatOnline (Aptitude Section)Offline (Drawing Section)
Type of QuestionsMultiple-Choice Question (MCQ), Multiple Select Question (MSQ)Preferential Choice Question (PCQ) & Numerical Answer Question (NAQ).
Exam Duration180 minutes
Negative MarkingNone
Total Questions125
Total Marks200
Correct Answer1, 2 and 3 marks/per answer
NATA Colleges300+

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What is NATA Exam?

NATA or National Aptitude Test in Architecture is a national level entrance exam conducted by the Council of Architecture (CoA) for those seeking admission to undergraduate courses in Architecture such as BArch. Candidates seeking admission will have the choice of appearing in one or all exams.

NATA Exam Dates 2023

Check out the important dates for NATA Exam 2023:

NATA Phase IDates 
Beginning of Online Application Process20-March-2023
Conclusion of the Online Registration Process13-April-2023
Last Date to Upload Image/s and Payment of Fee13April-2023
Availability of Confirmation Page for Printing14-April-2023
Correction Window of Application Form8-April-2023 to 10-April-2023
Release of Admit Card18-April-2023
NATA 2023 Phase I21-April-2023
Declaration of Result30-April-2023
NATA Phase IIDates
Beginning of Online Application Process20-March-2023
Conclusion of the Online Registration Process24-May-2023
Last Date to Upload Image/s and Payment of Fee25-May-2023
Availability of Confirmation Page for Printing25-May-2023
Correction Window of Application Form20-May-2023 to 22-May-2023
Release of the Admit Card 30-May-2023
NATA 2023 Phase II3-June-2023 
Declaration of Result13-June-2023
NATA Phase IIIDates
Beginning of Online Application Process20-March-2023
Conclusion of the Online Registration Process29-June-2023
Last Date to Upload Image/s and Payment of Fee29-June-2023
Availability of Confirmation Page for Printing30-June-2023
Correction Window of Application Form25-June-2023 to 29-June-2023
Release of the Admit Card 05-July-2023
NATA 2023 Phase III09-July-2023 
Declaration of Result17-July-2023

NATA 2023 Schedule

Examination shall be conducted in two sessions on the date of the Test, subject to number of candidates registered for the session. The candidates need to indicate their preference for session & city of examination while registering at NATA portal. The session during which the candidate will take the test as well as the Test Centre shall be allotted by the Council, as far as possible, on the basis of preferences provided by the candidate in the application form. The decision of the Council in allotting Test Centre and session to candidates shall be final.

NATA 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Those planning to apply for 5-year B.Arch programmes offered by the educational institutes need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

  • Age Criteria: There is no age limit to apply for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture 
  • Qualifying Examination: Passed in 10 + 2 scheme of examination and 10 + 3 diploma examination. Candidates appearing in 2021 are also eligible to apply.
  • Qualifying Exam Subjects: 10+2 physics, chemistry, mathematics, and 10+3 diploma holders (any stream)
  • Art Stream Candidates: Art stream students are also eligible if they have qualified physics, chemistry, and mathematics subjects conducted by CBSE

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NATA Registration 2023

The registration date for NATA 2023 has been extended up to 29 June, 2023 (up to 11:59 PM) as a last opportunity for those who wish to apply for third session of NATA Test.

NATA Application Form

Candidates must register using their Email ID and Password. The application form is filled out on all the NATA official website. Personal details like name, age, address, category, academic details are compulsory. Applicants must upload an image and signature and pay the fees before submitting the form. 

NATA Exam Fees 2023

After filling the Application Form, candidates are also required to pay the fee online i.e., through net banking/credit card/debit card. Here are the category-wise application fees for the exams:

Fees for any Individual NATA TestFees in INR 
General Category (Male)INR 2000
General Category (Female)INR 1500
For SC/ ST Category INR 1500
TransgenderINR 1500
AbroadINR 10,000

Admission in B.Arch

Qualifying NATA Exam is not only eligibility to get admission into B.Arch courses. The student has to fulfil the eligibility criteria of college admission authorities or respective counselling as well, which includes  

  • Qualify NATA Exam and any other entrance exam accepted by the university.
  • Clearing 10+2 with 50% aggregate marks in PCM and 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics each as well, or
  • The student must have cleared diploma (10+3) with 50% aggregate, taking Mathematics as a compulsory subject in diploma.

NATA Exam Centres

The examination centres will be allocated to those candidates who have opted to appear for NATA 2023 examination at a Test centre. The allocation of test centre shall be done on the basis of preferences opted by the Candidate.

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NATA Admit Card 2023

For each Applicant, an Admit Card will be generated according to the schedule notified indicating the allotted Examination Centre for NATA 2023 and a downloadable version of the admit card will be published on the respective webpage of the candidate concerned. An Examination Roll Number will also be generated for each candidate.

NATA Score Validity 

The validity of the NATA score is one year; NATA 2023 score is valid for only the academic year of 2023-2024. Candidates who want to study in the academic year 2023- 2024 must appear for the NATA exam 2023. 

Top Architecture NATA Colleges 

NATA is one of the most popular exams for B.Arch programmes in India. There is a huge list of universities that accept NATA scores. Let us look at the NATA colleges that give admission to inspiring architects through this exam- 

University LocationType of University
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology UniversityAhmedabadPrivate
School of Planning and ArchitectureNew DelhiAffiliated 
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and TechnologyWest BengalPublic University
Sir JJ College of ArchitectureMumbaiPublic- Affiliated University
Jamia Millia IslamiaNew DelhiCentral University
College of Engineering TrivandrumThiruvananthapuramPublic College
Manipal Academy of Higher EducationManipalPrivate
Birla Institute of TechnologyRanchiPrivate
BMS College of ArchitectureBangaloreAffiliated University
Maulana Azad National Institute of TechnologyBhopalPublic Technical University
Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhPublic Central University
Thiagarajar College of EngineeringMadurai, Tamil NaduAutonomous College
School of Architecture and Planning – Anna UniversityChennaiPublic State University
Vellore Institute of TechnologyVellore, Tamil NaduPrivate Deemed University
Javadpur UniversityKolkataPublic University
SRM Institute of Science and Technology ChennaiChennaiPrivate University

Public/Government NATA Colleges 2023

Maharaja Sayajirao University of BarodaVadodara
Andhra University College of EngineeringVisakhapatnam
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha UniversityNew Delhi
Nirma UniversityAhmedabad
School of Planning & Architecture – Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNA&FAU)Hyderabad
Goa College of ArchitecturePanaji
Dayalbagh Educational Institute Agra
Dr MGR Educational and Research InstituteChennai
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, KatraJammu and Kashmir
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of TechnologyKottayam, Kerala
Bundelkhand UniversityJhansi
Mizoram UniversityAizwal

Private Architecture NATA Colleges 2023

Private Colleges Location
Lovely Professional UniversityPunjab
Ramaiah Institute of TechnologyBangalore
Apeejay Institute of Technology, School of Architecture & PlanningGreater Noida, UP
Sushant School of Art and ArchitectureGurgaon
Chandigarh UniversityChandigarh
School of Architecture & Planning, K.R.Mangalam University New Delhi
Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS)Chennai
Amity UniversityNoida
Smef’s Brick School of ArchitecturePune
Koneru Lakshmaiah UniversityGuntur 
Dehradun Institute of Technology (DIT)Dehradun
Pearl Academy New Delhi

NATA Exam Pattern: Overview

  • Number of Sections: 2 sections (Aptitude Section and Drawing Section)
  • Mode of Exam: The aptitude Section will be conducted Online and Drawing Section will be (Pen Paper-based).
  • Time Duration of Exam: 3 hours ( 60 minutes for aptitude section and 120 minutes for drawing section).
  • Marking: 1 mark, 2 or 3 marks are awarded for each correct answer and no negative marking is there in this exam.
  • Total Number of Questions: 125
  • Total Number of Marks: 200

Given below in tabular form is Distribution of Marks in each section in NATA Exam:

SubjectsMarking Scheme Total marks
PART A- Aptitude Section60 Questions 120
Mathematics            20 Questions, 2 Marks Each 40
General aptitude        40 Questions, 2 Marks Each  80
Part –B- Drawing Section    40 Questions, 2 Marks Each 80
200 marks 

NATA Exam 2023 Syllabus

The Council of Architecture (COA) has curated the NATA Exam 2023 with a total of 2 sections that aim to examine candidates on various aspects. Given below is a detailed syllabus for this exam:

PART A- Aptitude Section (Mathematics and General Aptitude)

The aptitude section tests students’ ability to learn, problem-solving, reasoning and critical thinking skills. The Aptitude Section consists of 2 parts – Mathematics and General Aptitude. Below is a list of topics that are covered in this part of NATA Exam 2023:

Mathematics Syllabus

UnitsTopics Covered
AlgebraA. P. and G.P, Arithmetic/Geometric series, A.M., G.M., General term, etc.
LogarithmsDefinition; General properties; Change of base
MatricesConcepts of m x n (m ≤ 3, n ≤ 3) real matrices, Transpose of a matrix, Properties of determinants (statement only), Solutions of system of linear equations (Not more than 3 variables), Inverse of a matrix, Finding area of a triangle, etc.
TrigonometryTrigonometric functions, Addition and subtraction formulae, Properties of triangles, Inverse trigonometric functions and their properties, etc.
Coordinate geometryDistance formula, Section formula, Area of a triangle, Slope of a Line, Equation of lines in different forms, Angle between two lines, Distance between two parallel lines, Lines through the point of intersection of two lines, etc
3-Dimensional Coordinate geometryDirection cosines and direction ratios, Equation of a straight line, Equation of a plane, Distance between two points, etc.
Theory of CalculusFunctions, Composition of two functions and inverse of a function, Limit, Continuity, Integration as a reverse process of differentiation, Indefinite integral of standard functions, etc.
Application of CalculusTangents and normals, Conditions of tangency, Determination of monotonicity, maxima and minima, Differential coefficient as a measure of rate, etc. 
Permutation and combinationPermutation of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n), Permutation of n things not all different, Basic properties, Problems involving both permutations and combinations, etc.
Statistics and ProbabilityMeasures of dispersion, Mean, Variance and Standard Deviation, Frequency distribution, etc.

General Aptitude Syllabus

The questions which are to be framed under the NATA Exam 2023 under this section are around the following topics:

  • Texture related to architecture and built environment
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Visualizing three-dimensional objects from a two-dimensional drawing
  • Analytical reasoning
  • General Knowledge of national/international architects and famous architectural creations
  • Sets and relations
  • Visualizing different sides of 3d objects
  • Interpretation of pictorial compositions

PART B- Drawing Section

  • 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.
  • Perspective drawing, urbanscape and landscape sketching.
  • Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment, etc., from memory, etc.

NATA Study Material

NATA Exam is one of the most competitive exams for architecture in India. The exam syllabus includes topics like general knowledge, maths, reasoning, language proficiency and drawing section. Let’s look at some of the reference books and NATA study material that will help you prepare for the exams-

NATA Exam GuideLearnX
Self-Preparation Guide B.Arch. Entrance ExaminationGK Publications
NATA Examination (Engineering Drawing) by N.D.Bhatt and Pancha
A Visual Dictionary of ArchitectureFrancis D.K Ching
Popular Master Guide B.Arch Entrance Examination R Gupta
Nata Mock test Series 2020-21SPA Alumni and CEPT Alumni
NATA & B.Arch complete self-study material: entrance examinationAr. Shadan Usman
B.Arch Entrance Examination Guide Surendra Kavimandan
NATA & B.Arch Question Bank Ar. Shadan Usmani
A Complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch Entrance ExaminationPK Mishra
Higher AlgebraHall & Knight
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning R.S Aggarwal
NATA Examination (Verbal / Non- Verbal / Reasoning) R.S. Agarwal
NATA / AIEE B.Arch Question Bank

NATA Guidelines for Exam 2023

Candidates must follow the NATA guidelines laid down by CoA on the exam day to avoid undue stress and disqualification. Here are all the rules that candidates must follow and the essential documents to be carried to the assigned test centre-

  • Reporting to the exam centre at 9 am on the exam day is essential for registration. The exam duration is 10 am to 1 pm. Students will not be allowed to enter the exam hall after 10:15 am.
  • Must carry Admit Card and valid ID proof
  • Candidates can not carry any books, electronics or study material inside the exam centre.
  • Special covid- 19 instructions and protocols will be followed for the exam and hand sanitisers will be placed around the centre. All candidates will go through thermal screening and are required to wear masks.

NATA 2023 Result 

CoA will release the NATA result 2023 in online mode. To check the NATA result 2023, the candidates will have to log in using their credentials. The obtained scores and qualifying status will be available through the NATA 2023 result. Candidates who will qualify NATA 2023 will be able to apply for admission into the Architecture colleges of India.

ExamMinimum Percentage/ Marks Total Marks
MCQ25% ( 32 Marks)120
Drawing Exam25% ( 32 Marks)120

Previous-Year Cut-Offs 

Once the results have been declared by the official bodies, the next step is launching the cut off list. Through the cut-off lists, candidates can have an idea about how marks have been demanded by a particular university to allow students in seeking admission in their BArch program. Factors like the total number of seats, candidates appeared in the exam, difficulty level of the exam are put into consideration while calculating the cut-off list for Universities. The qualifying Cut-Off list of 2020 released by CEPT University is as depicted below:

CategoryCut off
General (PH)/Other61
General/Gujarat Board74.05
SC/Gujarat Board66.69
ST/Gujarat Board51.30
SEBC/Gujarat Board65.78
ESM/Gujarat Board57.63

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What is the date of NATA exam 2023?

For the year 2023, the first NATA test is scheduled for 9th July, 2023 (third session).

Is calculator allowed in Nata?

Mobile Phones, Bluetooth devices, Calculators, Slide Rules, Log Tables, Electronic Watches with facilities of Calculator are not allowed in the Examination Hall as stated on the official website.

What is the passing marks for Nata exam?

To qualify NATA 2023, students need at least 25% marks in both the sections.

What is the full form of NATA?

NATA or National Aptitude Test in Architecture is a national level entrance exam conducted by the Council of Architecture (CoA) for those seeking admission to undergraduate courses in Architecture such as BArch.

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