- About NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture)
- About JEE Main (Paper-II)
- Differences Between NATA and JEE Main
- Which is More Tough - JEE Main or NATA?
- NATA v/s JEE Main (Paper-II) - Syllabus Comparison
- JEE Main Important Dates 2021 (April & May)
- NATA 2021 Important Dates (Phase 2)
- Quick Links to Related Topics
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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, 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 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. 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 -
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
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
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