NATA 2017 Exam Dates, Eligibility, Registration Procedure

NATA Notification gives us information like exam dates, how to apply, eligibility, result date, etc. National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is an entrance exam organized for admission to first year of Bachelor of Architecture course. This test is a must for getting admission in architecture colleges of India.

Eligibility Criteria and validity of score

1) A candidate who has passed 10th class or equivalent examination is eligible to apply for the test.

2) However, for admission to B.Arch course candidates should have qualified NATA as well as he/ she should have passed 12th class or equivalent examination securing 50% marks. He/ she should have passed in 12th standard examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects.

3) Direct lateral admission to B.Arch. course based on any qualification is not allowed.

4) NATA score is valid for two years.


Last year the Test was conducted from April to August on various dates. For this year dates will be updated soon.

NATA 2017 Exam Date is announced by Council of Architecture. As per notice issued by COA, NATA Exam will be conducted as a single day exam on 16.04.2017. This exam will be offline exam (paper based).


For online registration, the candidate should visit and fill up application form. The Test can be taken on any dates mentioned above. The availability of test center on a particular date varies from time to time. Candidate should apply well before so as get preferred test date. Dates are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis. Remember that the dates scheduled cannot be cancelled or rescheduled. The fee deposited is non refundable in any case.

Note following points while Registering:

  • You should register well in advance to take the Test at preferred exam center and test date.
  • As the score card / Mark list is to be submitted to the admission authorities, take the test early.
  • Fill up the online application form correctly. Fill up spelling of your name as given on the identification document. You will not be allowed to take test in case of any error.
  • Information regarding Test Center availability is subject to change. The most current information regarding Test Centers and other registration information is available on the NATA website (
  • Maximum no of attempts for the Test is 05 (Five).

Know your identification documents required


Exam Fee is Rs. 1250.00 which can be paid through credit card / debit card / net banking or paying cash in any of the branches of the ICICI Bank all over India. There are “Processing charges” which are to be paid by the candidate.

Changes in NATA

  1. Candidates can take the Test for a maximum of 05 times within 02 Years from the date of their first attempt.
  2. Valid score will be the best score out of the number of attempts till date. This system will be applicable for the test given from 1st April 2016.
  3. For every attempt a new online registration form is to be filled up with deposition of test fee.
  4. The mark list will show valid score which will be the “ best marks “ scored by the candidate among all his previous attempts.
  5. The students who appeared for the test before 2016, five more attempts will be allowed. Their earlier “last valid score” will also be considered for obtaining the Best Score. Validity of their “Valid score” will be 2 years from the date of their first attempt in 2016.
  6. Candidate should not register afresh concealing the earlier appearance for the test. If found so his / her candidature will be forfeited and all previous scores will be cancelled. He / she will be barred from appearing for the Test again.


The score cards will be available on official website. Generally, the score cards will be available on the website on the fourth working day after the test. The candidate, after fourth day may check his score directly from website giving his / her candidate ID.

However, print out of score card will be used only for reference and information. Candidate can use this score card while applying for the admission if the admission authority calls for the same. However, admission authority will verify Original score card directly from NATA server. Only the score card stored on NATA server is valid.

NATA Test Admit Card, Appointment Voucher

The candidates will get appointment voucher when they register for the Test. The appointment voucher (Admit Card) contains the candidate’s test date, Test Center, time of test, Candidate ID and Appointment Number with Exam Key.

The candidate is required to keep an acceptable and valid Identification Document (ID) details of which are given on the appointment voucher.

The candidate expected to report to the test center at least 1 hour before scheduled time of test.

The candidate will not be admitted in the Test Center without the required identification documents and appointment voucher.

If the Test Center in-charge is not satisfied with the ID proof of the candidate, the candidate will be required to present additional proof of identity.

NATA Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The test is conducted in two parts. A paper based drawing test and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test. The test measures aptitude of the candidate through two sections – a paper based section for drawing and computer based section for aesthetic sensitivity.

The Answer to each question in the ‘drawing’ paper will be examined by a panel of three examiners independently and the marks are averaged. It may be further subject to moderation.


Drawing test is a two hour paper test. In this test candidate has to attempt three questions. Following aspects are judged-

  • Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner.
  • Sense of perspective drawing
  • Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
  • Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form.
  • Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms.
  • Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition.
  • Understanding of scale and proportions.
  • Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.


Aesthetic Sensitivity Test is a computer based test. In this test candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions. The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of

  • Visualizing three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings.
  • Visualizing different sides of three dimensional objects.
  • Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.
  • Mental Ability.
  • Analytical reasoning.
  • Imaginative comprehension and expression.
  • Architectural awareness.

To get details click here National Aptitude Test in Architecture



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