NATA (NATA - 2017)

Pen & Paper | National Level Exam
Application Fee - General / SC / ST - Rs.1250
Important Dates
Registration Date
Jan 02, 2017
Admit Card Date
Mar 26, 2017
Test Date
Apr 16, 2017
Result Date
Jun 10, 2017

NATA 2017 - Exam Pattern

Exam Paper Type : Pen & Paper    |     Exam Duration : 3.0 Hr

Section Duration Marks # Questions
Part - A Mathematics 35 Minutes 40 20
Part - A General Aptitude 55 Minutes 80 40
Part - B Drawings (TWO SETS) in A4 Size paper 90 Minutes 80 2
  • Total Marks- 200
  • Test Duration- 3 Hours.
  • Marking System – There is no negative marking, but wrong answering will be penalized in case of tie breaking




NATA 2017 Syllabus

  1. Visualizing three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings
  2. Visualizing different sides of three dimensional objects
  3. Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities
  4. Analytical reasoning
  5. Mental Ability
  6. Imaginative comprehension and expression
  7. Architectural awareness
  1. Memory drawing
  2. Perspective drawing
  3. Correct Proportions
  4. Pencil Rendering
  5. Creating 2-Dimensional composition from given geometric or non-geometric shapes
  6. Colour Rendering
  7. Creating Logos
  8. Colour Schemes
  9. Creating 3-Dimensional composition from given geometric or non-geometric forms
  10. Creating the effect of light and shadow
  11. Creating structural forms from 3- D elements.
  12. Pencil Rendering

NATA Exam Prepartions FAQ

1) Whether the Hindi Medium paper will come in both the languages?

Yes, Hindi medium paper will be bilingual in English and Hindi medium.

2) What is the eligibility criterion for admission?

Candidates may come from the following backgrounds:

  • 10+2 or equivalent passed/appearing with Mathematics as one of the subjects of examination;
  • 10+3 Diploma (any stream) passed/appearing recognized by Central/State Govts with Mathematics as one of the subjects of examination;
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of Schooling with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination.

3) How do I practice for NATA? Where can I take Nata tuitions?

  • NATA is designed in such a manner that prior tutelage is not required. COA/NIASA is aware that the candidates will have no or minimal knowledge of architecture.  
  • NATA measures aptitude of the candidate in his / her aesthetic sensibilities (3D visualisation, logical understanding, etc.) and drawing skills that are in-built in every candidate and developed right from childhood to the present day.  
  • There will be certain questions on architectural awareness wherein candidates may be required to identify building of national or international importance.  
  • The candidate is expected to know about these structures through General Knowledge.  
  • The candidate may also prefer to update his knowledge on this by some reading, internet browsing or even by talking to architectural students, architects and other knowledgeable persons.  
  • In all probability, this will not be required. There will be a model NATA interface available on the NATA website to help candidates get acquainted with the visual format of the test. There will be no model questions available as such.  
  • The language medium of the test will be English. Minimal computerskills are required (pointing and clicking Mouse buttons).

4) Whether old question papers are available?

  • No. At NATA, question paper is unique of each candidate hence no old question papers can be made available.
  • For any other questions please register at NATA website ( and get into 'Forum' section. You can post your queries here. Please search before you post the query. It may be already raised by some other candidate and already answered.  

5) What are HSC vocational courses?

Different states can have different HSC vocational courses, so students of different states will have to verify it from their particular state.

6) If a candidate has passed in 2015/2016 and has appeared for improvement in 2017, what he will fill in the academic details section?

Select the year of passing class 12th as 2015/2016 and enter the roll number, name of the board and other details of 2015/2016 in the application form. Select ‘yes’ in the column – appearing for improvement examination. The roll number of improvement examination 2017 may be filled in the month of March at the time of downloading admit cards of JEE (Main).

7) What is the State of Eligibility for the Improvement Candidates/Institution Abroad/NIOS?

If a candidate has passed Class 12th/ Equivalent qualifying examination from one state but appeared for improvement from another state, his/her state code of eligibility will be from where he/she has originally passed Class 12th/ Equivalent qualifying examination and not the state from where he/she has appeared for improvement. Indian nationals passing the equivalent qualifying examination from an institution abroad, the State of Eligibility will be determined on the basis of permanent address in India as given in the Passport of the candidate. Candidate passed/appearing class 12th from NIOS should select the State of Eligibility according to the state in which the study Centre is located. The State of Eligibility is not applicable for the candidates belonging to Nepal /Bhutan/Foreign/OCI/PIO.