NATA vs JEE Main - Which is the Best Option for B.Arch Aspirants

Abhik Das
Abhik DasPublished On: September 22, 2020

Questions like which is the better option between JEE Main (Paper-II) and NATA for B.Arch aspirants, is JEE Main tougher than NATA etc have been answered in this article. Check out!

JEE Main or NATA -  Which one is better for B.Arch Admission

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 Sections



Total Duration of Exam

3 Hours

3 Hours

Institutes Accepting Scores

Premier Architecture Institutes including the three SPAs


Number of Vacant Seats

More compared to JEE Main

Less Compared to NATA


  • 12th pass students from PCM background with a minimum aggregate of 50% are eligible for NATA

  • Minimum age limit is 17 years for NATA (on 01st of July on the year of admission)

  • 12th pass students from PCM background with a minimum aggregate of 50% are eligible for JEE Main (Paper-II)

  • Students Appearing in the class XIIth exam and those who have passed their qualifying exam in the last two years are also eligible

  • No minimum or maximum age limit to appear in JEE Main (Paper-II)

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 -

NATA Syllabus

JEE Main (Paper-II) Syllabus

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

Application Process

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)

Quick Links to Related Topics

Here are some quick links to some of the topics related to JEE Main (Paper-II) and NATA examinations -

Apply for B.Arch admissions without JEE Main/NATA scoreLooking for free practice papers for JEE Main 2020 along with their answer keys? Click here
Find out how to utilise the lockdown period for JEE Main (April) 2020 Preparation2-Month preparation strategy for JEE Main (April) 2020 exam
Click here to find out the sample papers for JEE Main 2020 preparationFind out what is better - B.Arch or B.Des
Find out the types of drawing questions expected in JEE Main (Paper-II)/NATA 2020 ExamHow many attempts at NATA for a student? Find out here

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