List of New Changes in NATA 2024

Ritoprasad Kundu

Updated On: April 06, 2024 01:44 pm IST | NATA

NATA 2024 information brochure has been released by Council of Architecture on December 26, 2023. The CoA in its brochure has introduced a few changes in the NATA 2024 exam which has been highlighted here in this article. 

List of New Changes in NATA 2024

List of New Changes in NATA 2024: National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is conducted by the Council of Architecture every year since 2006 for admission of interested candidates in the Bachelor of Architecture course. CoA has released NATA  Admit Card 2024 on it's official website last night. The exam commenced today, April 6, 2024 and will be conducted every weekend till the month of July. The Council of Architecture has released the information brochure of the NATA 2024 exam on its official website on December 26, 2023. With the release of the information brochure, significant changes in the syllabus, exam pattern, maximum number of attempts in one academic year, and application fee have been brought into the limelight from this academic year. Every intrinsic detail regarding the changes in the NATA 2024 exam has been highlighted here in this article for the benefit of aspiring students. 

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Revised Number of Attempts

According to the information brochure of the NATA 2024 exam as released by the Council of Architecture, a candidate can appear for a total of 3 attempts in NATA 2024 in one academic year. When results are announced, the attempt with the highest score will be taken into account and the NATA test score will be valid for a total period of 2 years.

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NATA 2024 Exam Schedule: Exam on Every Weekend

Moreover, the Council of Architecture has also informed via its brochure that the NATA exam will be conducted on all the weekends commencing from April to July 2024 in two sessions. Candidates aspiring for the NATA exam must mark their preference for the exam city and session while registering themselves for the exam. The NATA 2024 exam schedule has been provided in the table below:

Exam Date & Sessions 

Exam Timings

NATA 2024 Exam DateApril 6th Onwards

Session 1

10 AM - 1 PM

Session 2

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Revised NATA 2024 Application Fee

The NATA 2024 application fee has also been revised for all categories. Candidates can check the revised application fee structure mentioned in detail in the table below. 

Number of Tests Opted by Candidates

In India

Outside India

General / OBC (NCL)

SC / ST / EWS / PwD






Single Test







Two Test







Three Test







Drawing Test Reintroduced in NATA 2024: Exam Pattern & Marks

There have been some changes introduced to the NATA 2024 exam pattern. The NATA 2024 exam will have 2 parts i.e. Part A and Part B. Part A will consist of a Drawing and Composition test and Part B will consist of the questions from the aptitude section. 

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Part A - Drawing and Composition Test (Reintroduced)

The Council of Architecture for the academic year 2024-2025 has reintroduced the Drawing and Composition test for a total time duration of 90 minutes / 1 Hour 30 Minutes. The drawing test has not been conducted in the last 2 years but has been reintroduced this year. The Drawing and Composition test will be for a total of 80 Marks distributed across 3 questions. NATA 2024Drawing and Composition Test will be conducted as an offline exam. 

Candidates can check the detailed number of questions to be asked and the division of marks here in the below table.


Number of Questions

Marks Per Question

Composition and Colour



Sketching and Composition (Black and White)



3D Composition



Total Number of Questions and Marks



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Part B 

This section will consist of questions in the MCQ format. Part B of the NATA exam will be conducted in the online mode as a computer based exam for a total time duration of 90 minutes / 1 hour 30 minutes. There will be a total of 45 questions divided into two parts B1 and B2 comprising 30 questions from B1 and 15 questions from B2. The total mark allotted in Part B is 120. 

Candidates can check the detailed number of questions to be asked from this section in the below table.


Number of Questions

Marks Per Question

Total Marks









Total Number of Questions



Revised NATA Syllabus 2024

In the latest addition for the academic year 2024-2025, the Drawing and Composition test has been reintroduced in the NATA syllabus. 

Part A - Drawing and Composition Test Syllabus 

The Drawing and Composition test syllabus comprises the following sections-

  • A1 - Composition and Colour: Creation of suitable compositions for various situations and colouring them appropriately. Re-arranging various shapes in a visually appealing manner and colouring them suitably.

  • A2 - Sketching and Composition (Black and White): Ability to draw, visualise, depict a situation, involving buildings or its components, people, environment, products with an understanding of scale, proportions, textures, shades and shadow, etc.

  • A3 - 3D Composition: Creating interesting 3D composition for the given situation using the provided kit

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Part B Syllabus

The part B of the NATA 2024 syllabus comprises of 

  • Virtual Reasoning : Ability to understand and reconstruct 2D and 3D composition, knowledge about its composition and technical concepts

  • Logical Derivation : Ability to decode a situation, composition, context and generate meaning. Understanding even the minute information hidden in a particular situation and drawing conclusions from it

  • GK, Architecture and Design : General awareness of architecture and design, current issues, recent episodes etc., Knowledge about important buildings, historical progression, innovation in materials and construction technology

  • Language Interpretation : Ability to correctly & logically generate meaning of words, sentences, understanding about English grammar

  • Design Sensitivity : Ability to observe, record and analyse people, space, product, environment. Critical thinking, reasoning and ability to identify the subtle communications

  • Design Thinking : Ability to understand semantics, metaphors, problem identification and definition, analysis of a given situation

  • Numerical Ability : Basic Mathematics and its association with creative thinking. To unfold a space with use of geometry

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Is NATA syllabus changed?

The Council of Architecture (CoA) has implemented several modifications to the exam structure and curriculum for NATA 2024. The Drawing section has been reintroduced in the NATA 2024 syllabus. The current NATA pattern comprises two sections: Drawing and Composition, as well as MCQ sections. It is highly recommended that candidates thoroughly prepare according to their syllabus in order to excel in the examination.

Has NATA exam pattern been revised?

The exam pattern for NATA 2024 has been updated, with the question paper now divided into two sections. The first section is Drawing and Composition, which will be conducted as an offline test. The second section is the MCQ section, which will be conducted as an online test.

Will there be drawing in NATA 2024?

Yes, the entrance examination for NATA 2024 will consist of two sections: the Drawing and Composition Test and the MCQ section. Candidates will be allotted a total of 3 hours to complete the examination.

What is the entrance exam for architecture in 2024?

NATA 2024 is scheduled to take place on weekends starting from April 6, 2024 until July. Each candidate will have the opportunity to participate in up to three NATA 2024 tests, with the highest score being taken into consideration for admission. The authorities will administer the entrance examination in both computer-based and offline formats for all eligible candidates.

How many attempts for NATA 2024?

Candidates are allowed to take up to 3 attempts in NATA 2024 within a single academic year. The highest score obtained from all attempts will be taken into account for result declaration. The NATA Test score will remain valid for a duration of 2 academic years.

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