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

Abhik Das
Abhik DasPublished On: June 14, 2021

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, it continues till date to confuse the students because of the different institutions these exams lead them to pursue their dream course, i.e B.Arch.

Today, let us 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 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 the 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. NATA is conducted twice every year. JEE Main, also used to be conducted twice a year, now is conducted 4 times a year. 

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

Quarterly (4 times a 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

  • The 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 a 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. Due to this small reason, talks are everywhere regarding how tough it is to crack JEE Main (Paper-II) 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 2021 (April & May)

You can find all the important dates of JEE Main 2021 in the table below -

JEE Main (April & May) 2021 Event


JEE Main (Paper-II) Registration Process Begins

25th March 2021

Last Date to Register

04th April 2021

JEE Main Application Form Correction Process

25th March to 04th April 2021

Availability of Admit Cards for JEE Main 2021


JEE Main 2021 (April & May) Exam Date


Declaration of JEE Main 2021 Result


The phase III and IV of the JEE main 2021 exam has been postponed due to the postponement of various class XIIth Board examinations. The new schedule for the JEE Main 2021 (Phase 3rd and 4th) examination will be released soon. 

NATA 2021 Important Dates (Phase 2)

Check out the NATA 2021 important dates given in the table below -


NATA Phase 1 Dates 2021

NATA Phase 2 Dates 2021

Release of Notification

03rd March 2021

03rd March 2021

Application Process

05th March to 1st April 2021

05th March to 30th June 2021

Application Form Correction Window

1st April 2021

20th June to 30th June 2021

Release of Admit Card

06th April 2021

07th July 2021

NATA 2021 Exam

10th April 2021

11th July 2021

Declaration of Result

20th April 2021 (Click here to Check)

15th July 2021 (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 2021 along with their answer keys? Click here
Find out how to utilise the lockdown period for JEE Main (April & May) 2021 Preparation2-Month preparation strategy for JEE Main (April & May) 2021 exam
Click here to find out the sample papers for JEE Main 2021 preparationFind out what is better - B.Arch or B.Des
Find out the types of drawing questions expected in JEE Main (Paper-II)/NATA 2021 ExamHow many attempts at NATA for a student? Find out here


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