NATA Exam 2021


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 2021, then this blog will provide details related to NATA Exam pattern, eligibility, syllabus, NATA colleges and a lot more.

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NATA 2021: Highlights

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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Important Dates for NATA Exam 2021

Council of Architecture (COA) has announced dates for the NATA Exam 2021. NATA exam is conducted twice a year and the candidates have the option to appear for both sessions. The first session will be conducted on 10th April 2021 while the second session exam is on 12th June 2021. To give you an idea of the different notifications of this exam, here is a table listing down all the important dates:

For First Test Session:

Start of Online Application 5th March 2021
Fee Submission Last Date1st April 2021
Correction Window Opens26th March to 1st April 2021
Availability of Admit Card 7th April 2021
Exam Date10th April 2021
Result Declaration14th April 2021

For Second Session Test:

Starting of online application5th March 2021
Last date of application submission30th May 2021
Image upload and fee payment30th May 2021
Correction window open25th May to 30th May 2021
Admit card release8th June 2021
Exam dates12th June 2021
Announcement of result16th June 2021

Eligibility Criteria

Those planning to apply for 5-year B.Arch programmes offered by the educational institutes need to fulfil the following 2 types of eligibility criteria:

NATA 2021 Exam

  • The student must have cleared Senior Higher Secondary School (10+2) from PCM stream with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks from a recognized board.
  • The students from the Humanities stream are also eligible if they have qualified PCM subjects conducted by CBSE.
  • The minimum age limit for students must be 17 years of age on the day of the exam.

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NATA Registration

The registration process is online for all candidates. Candidates can appear in one or both sessions. Appearing in the second test is not mandatory and depends on the applicants whether they wish to appear for one or both. The registration for the second test is open for all candidates which is scheduled for 12th June 2021. The best marks secured in either test shall be taken as the valid score for admission to B.Arch. Here is the registration process-

  • The application form is mandatory and available on the official website through this link.
  • The application form consists of categories like personal details, uploading documents and payment of fees.

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. 

Exam Fees 

Candidates must pay the NATA exam fee online. Here are the category-wise application fees for the exams

One TestRs 2000
Both- Session 1 & Session 2Rs 4000
SC/ST, PWD and transsexual category- One TestRs 1500
SC/ST, PWD and transsexual category- Both SessionsRs 3000
Outside Test CentreRs 10,000
Outside Test Centre for both sessionsRs 20,000

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 NATA exam is conducted across the country and abroad countries like Dubai. The exam is conducted in all the states and various exam centres are set up in every state. All exam centres are properly infected and sanitised to protect the students and follows all the state-laid social distancing guidelines.

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NATA Admit Card

The admit card is released prior to the exam day and contains all the relevant details like exam centre, exam timings and details of the applicant. It is treated as an entry ticket to the exam.  


The validity of the NATA score is one year; NATA 2021 score is valid for only the academic year of 2021-2022. Candidates who want to study in the academic year 2022- 2023 must appear for the NATA exam 2022. 

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 2021

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 2021

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 2021 Syllabus

The Council of Architecture (COA) has curated the NATA Exam 2021 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 2021:

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 2021 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 2021

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 2021: Result 

The results for NATA exam 2021 have been announced for both the sessions now.  the result for the first session was made public on 4th September 2021 while the same for the second session was done on 18th September 2021. The result has been announced completely online And will be valid for the academic session of 2021. The result has been put out in two forms, i.e, the candidates have been allotted marks out of 200 as well as Pass/ Fail for every section. Refer to the below-mentioned table to have an idea about minimum marks required to qualify NATA exam 2021- 

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

Last-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. 

Result Date14th April 2021
NATA Cut off Deciding BodyCouncil of Architecture (CoA)
Total number of NATA Participating Colleges319 colleges across India
Highest NATA Cut off 201979.33

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What is the date of NATA exam 2021?

For the year 2021, the first NATA test is scheduled for 10th April 2021 whereas the second one will take place on 12th June 2021.

When can I apply for Nata 2021?

Candidates can apply for the NATA exam on the official website. The application form for the 2nd session is available on the main website and the last date of submission is 30th May 2021.

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 2021, students need at least 25% marks in both the sections.

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