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.

Name of the Exam National Aptitude Test of Architecture
Conducted by Council of Architecture (CoA)
Exam Mode Online
Exam Frequency Twice ( April & June)
Exam Format Online (Aptitude Section)Offline (Drawing Section)
Type of Questions Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ), Multiple Select Question (MSQ)Preferential Choice Question (PCQ) & Numerical Answer Question (NAQ).
Exam Duration 180 minutes
Negative Marking None
Total Questions 125
Total Marks 200
Correct Answer 1, 2 and 3 marks/per answer
NATA Colleges 300+

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NATA Exam 2021 

Following are the latest updates on NATA exam 2021: 

  • July 1, 2021: Second test registration extended till July 2 as last opportunities
  • June 20, 2021: NATA form correction window till June 30
  • May 20, 2021: NATA test 2 exam date postponed by 1 month
  • May 20, 2021: NATA admit card release date pushed back
  • April 22, 2021: NATA 2021 response sheet for the first test is out
  • April 20, 2021: NATA result 2021 for test 1 is released at the candidates’ login portals on the official website

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NATA Exam Dates 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 Date 1st April 2021
Correction Window Opens 26th March to 1st April 2021
Availability of Admit Card  7th April 2021
Exam Date 10th April 2021
Result Declaration 14th April 2021

For Second Session Test:

Events Dates
Starting of online application 5th March 2021
Last date of application submission 30th May 2021
Image upload and fee payment 30th May 2021
Correction window open 25th May to 30th May 2021
Admit card release 8th June 2021
Exam dates 12th June 2021
Announcement of result 16th June 2021


However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may possible that the exam proceedings may change. Candidates must note the NATA 2021 exam phase 1 (Drawing Test) will be conducted in online mode:

Exam Timing  Exam Duration  Section/Part Number of Questions & Marks Total
10 am – 1.15 pm 135 minutes Part A (Online) Drawing Test 3 questions of 35 marks, 35 marks, and 55 marks 125 marks

Intermission Period of 15 minutes ( 12.15 pm – 12.30 pm)

Part B (Online): PCM 15 Questions x 1.5 Marks
12.30 pm – 1.15 pm 45 minutes Part B: General Aptitude  – Logical Reasoning  35 Questions x 1.5 Marks 75 marks

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

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 Test Rs 2000
Both- Session 1 & Session 2 Rs 4000
SC/ST, PWD and transsexual category- One Test Rs 1500
SC/ST, PWD and transsexual category- Both Sessions Rs 3000
Outside Test Centre Rs 10,000
Outside Test Centre for both sessions Rs 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  Location Type of University
Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University Ahmedabad Private
School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi Affiliated 
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology West Bengal Public University
Sir JJ College of Architecture Mumbai Public- Affiliated University
Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi Central University
College of Engineering Trivandrum Thiruvananthapuram Public College
Manipal Academy of Higher Education Manipal Private
Birla Institute of Technology Ranchi Private
BMS College of Architecture Bangalore Affiliated University
Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology Bhopal Public Technical University
Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh Public Central University
Thiagarajar College of Engineering Madurai, Tamil Nadu Autonomous College
School of Architecture and Planning – Anna University Chennai Public State University
Vellore Institute of Technology Vellore, Tamil Nadu Private Deemed University
Javadpur University Kolkata Public University
SRM Institute of Science and Technology Chennai Chennai Private University

Public/Government NATA Colleges 2021

University Location
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Vadodara
Andhra University College of Engineering Visakhapatnam
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University New Delhi
Nirma University Ahmedabad
School of Planning & Architecture – Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNA&FAU) Hyderabad
Goa College of Architecture Panaji
Dayalbagh Educational Institute  Agra
Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute Chennai
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra Jammu and Kashmir
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology Kottayam, Kerala
Bundelkhand University Jhansi
Mizoram University Aizwal

Private Architecture NATA Colleges 2021

Private Colleges  Location
Lovely Professional University Punjab
Ramaiah Institute of Technology Bangalore
Apeejay Institute of Technology, School of Architecture & Planning Greater Noida, UP
Sushant School of Art and Architecture Gurgaon
Chandigarh University Chandigarh
School of Architecture & Planning, K.R.Mangalam University  New Delhi
Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS) Chennai
Amity University Noida
Smef’s Brick School of Architecture Pune
Koneru Lakshmaiah University Guntur 
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:

Subjects Marking Scheme  Total marks
PART A- Aptitude Section 60 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
Total   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

Units Topics Covered
Algebra A. P. and G.P, Arithmetic/Geometric series, A.M., G.M., General term, etc.
Logarithms Definition; General properties; Change of base
Matrices Concepts 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.
Trigonometry Trigonometric functions, Addition and subtraction formulae, Properties of triangles, Inverse trigonometric functions and their properties, etc.
Coordinate geometry Distance 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 geometry Direction cosines and direction ratios, Equation of a straight line, Equation of a plane, Distance between two points, etc.
Theory of Calculus Functions, 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 Calculus Tangents and normals, Conditions of tangency, Determination of monotonicity, maxima and minima, Differential coefficient as a measure of rate, etc. 
Permutation and combination Permutation 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 Probability Measures 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-

Book Author
NATA Exam Guide LearnX
Self-Preparation Guide B.Arch. Entrance Examination GK Publications
NATA Examination (Engineering Drawing) by  N.D.Bhatt and Pancha
A Visual Dictionary of Architecture Francis D.K Ching
Popular Master Guide B.Arch Entrance Examination  R Gupta
Nata Mock test Series 2020-21 SPA Alumni and CEPT Alumni
NATA & B.Arch complete self-study material: entrance examination Ar. 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 Examination PK Mishra
Higher Algebra Hall & 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- 

Exam Minimum Percentage/ Marks  Total Marks
MCQ 25% ( 32 Marks) 120
Drawing Exam 25% ( 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 Date 14th April 2021
NATA Cut off Deciding Body Council of Architecture (CoA)
Total number of NATA Participating Colleges 319 colleges across India
Highest NATA Cut off 2019 79.33

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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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