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This question - which is the best option between NATA and JEE Main has at least haunted every B.Arch aspirants at least once in their life especially when they have appeared in their class XIIth exam and have decided to pursue Architecture as a career in future. Although both JEE Main (Paper-II) and NATA are conducted for admission into the B.Arch programme, yet, it continues till date to confuse the students because of the different institutions these exams lead them for pursuing their dream course, i.e B.Arch.
Let us today go through both these national level exams for B.Arch admissions and try to find out if it is really advantageous to appear in one of these two exams compared to the other.
About NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture)
NATA or National Aptitude Test in Architecture is a national-level entrance exam for B.Arch admissions in various institutions in the country offering this 5-year undergraduate programme in Architecture. NATA is conducted twice every year, usually during the months of April and May. NATA is a gateway exam for the vacant B.Arch seats in various premier institutes in India but the decision regarding final admission to the candidates who appear in NATA lies with the authorities of the respective institutions or colleges.
About JEE Main (Paper-II)
JEE Main is another popular national level entrance examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) every year for students looking for getting admission into programmes such as B.Tech, B.E, B.Arch and B.Planning offered by National Institute of Technologies (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) in the country. For B.Arch admission in these institutes, the aspirants have to appear in the IInd Paper of JEE Main examination. JEE Main is also conducted twice every year like NATA.
Differences Between NATA and JEE Main
The table below contains the basic differences between the two B.Arch entrance exams, i.e NATA and JEE Main -
JEE Main (Paper-II)
Frequency of Exam
Twice Every Year
Twice Every Year
Total Questions in Paper
Total Duration of Exam
Institutes Accepting Scores
Premier Architecture Institutes including the three SPAs
NITs, IIITs and CFTIs
Number of Vacant Seats
More compared to JEE Main
Less Compared to NATA
Which is More Tough - JEE Main or NATA?
This question - is JEE Main tougher compared to NATA, again has haunted many B.Arch aspirants in the past. Although there is no such thing as tough or easy yet, students fall for these kinds of comparisons and pre-determined notions do rarely help in scoring good marks in these kinds of national-level architecture entrance exams.
However, there is one little thing that might make JEE Main (Paper-II) tougher to crack as compared to NATA and that is the number of participating colleges. The number of institutes accepting JEE Main scores for B.Arch admission is far less than the colleges which accept NATA scores for B.Arch admissions. Fewer institutes mean fewer seats and thus fierce competition. Only due to this small reason, talks are everywhere regarding how tough it is to crack JEE Main (Paper-II) as compared to NATA. The experts at CollegeDekho believe that instead of gauging the toughness of the exams, the candidates must devote their entire energy towards preparing to fulfil their dream of pursuing B.Arch from one of these reputed Architecture colleges in the country.
NATA v/s JEE Main (Paper-II) - Syllabus Comparison
As we are talking about either JEE Main or NATA is the best option for an Architecture aspirant in the country, it is time we compare the syllabus of these two reputed national-level undergraduate architecture entrance exams. The following table contains the direct link to the detailed syllabus of NATA and JEE Main Paper-II -
JEE Main Important Dates 2020
You can find all the important dates of JEE Main 2020 in the table below -
JEE Main (April) 2020 Event
JEE Main (Paper-II) Registration Process Begins
07th February 2020
Last Date to Register
02nd March 2020
JEE Main Application Form Correction Process
01st March to 03rd May 2020 (ongoing)
Availability of Admit Cards for JEE Main 2020
17th August 2020 onwards
JEE Main 2020 (April) Exam Date
01st to 06th September 2020
Declaration of JEE Main 2020 Result
18 September 2020 (Click here for JEE Main Paper-II Scorecards)
NATA 2020 Important Dates
Check out the NATA 2020 important dates given in the table below -
NATA April Dates 2020
NATA May Dates 2020
Release of Notification
31st January 2020
31st January 2020
01st February to 16th August 2020
01st February to 06th September 2020
Application Form Correction Window
25th July to 16th August 2020
30th August to 06th September 2020
Release of Admit Card
24th August 2020
09th September 2020
NATA 2020 Exam
29th August 2020
Declaration of Result
04th September 2020 (Click here to Check)
18th September 2020 (Click here to Check)
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