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NATA (NATA - 2016)

Pen & Paper | National Level Exam
Important Dates
Registration Date
Jan 21, 2016
Test Date
Apr 01, 2016
Result Date
Apr 20, 2016

How to Prepare for NATA 2016

Preparation Strategy

Be Creative

Since it is an Architecture exam you need to be creative and artistic. Learn and practice how to sketch a 3D picture on a 2D medium.


An Architect should explore and try to learn from everything. You never know where you can find a beautiful building and at times even an ugly building can be an inspiration. Learn not to make the mistakes that architect made.

If you follow the above rules, road to success is clear for you.

Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a timetable and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.

Concept clarity rather than rote learning

It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basics and concepts before moving on.

Prepare Notes

It is very important to make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.

Solve Previous Years Papers

Solving previous years papers will provide you the idea of not only the type of questions but also the level of difficulty. This will also give you opportunity to practice a lot.

Get it checked

Seeking help from knowledgeable persons is not a bad idea. Unless someone shows you your weak areas by pointing out the mistakes, practicing will only make you perfect in doing wrong things.

NATA 2016 Important Instructions

a) All the students registered for NATA should bring their attested photocopy of Standard 10th Mark sheet and original ID proof as mentioned in appointment voucher while coming for the exam. b) As per the order of the Council of Architecture dated 21 May 2016, the test center at MP05 - SDPS Women's College, Indore stands withdrawn till further orders. Students appearing at this center for NATA Exam on or after 22 May 2016, shall be communicated with the alternate arrangements on their email ids registered with NATA. c) As per the order of the Council of Architecture dated 5th June 2016, the test center at TN07 - School of Architecture Bharath University stands withdrawn till further orders. Students appearing at this center for NATA Exam on or after 5 June 2016, shall be communicated with the alternate arrangements on their email ids registered with NATA. d) As per the order of the Council of Architecture dated 23rd June 2016, the test center at TN39 - RVS Padmavathy School of Architecture stands withdrawn till further orders. Students appearing at this center for NATA 2016 Exam on or after 23rd June 2016, shall be communicated with the alternate arrangements on their email ids registered with NATA. e) The candidate must have an acceptable and valid Identification Document (ID) details of which are mentioned on the appointment voucher, with signature and appointment voucher to be admitted to a Test Center. ID requirements are strictly enforced. It is the candidate's responsibility to read and understand the instructions and requirements. f)Report to the test center at least 1 hour before scheduled time of test. g) If the candidate arrives at the Test Center without the required identification documents h) The Test Center in-charge will not admit the candidate and the candidate will not be allowed to take the test In addition the candidate will forfeit the test fee. i) NAME CHANGES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. If the candidate's name has changed for any reason, including marriage, the candidate still must present primary identification in the name under which he / she made the appointment, otherwise the candidate will not be permitted to appear in test. Marriage certificates and divorce decrees cannot be used to confirm name differences. j) If the Test Center in-charge questions the ID proof the candidate presents, the candidate will be required to present additional proof of identity. If positive confirmation cannot be made, the candidate may be refused admission to the Test Center and the candidate will forfeit the test fee paid. k) Test Center personnel will check the candidate's identification before assigning the candidate a seat at the Test Center. The administrator will check to verify that the candidate is the person in his photo identification. The test center in-charge will repeat this procedure before and after all breaks. l) Admittance to the Test Center does not imply that the candidate's form of identification is valid or that the candidate's scores will be reported. All reported cases of questionable identification are subject to review and approval by the Competent Authority of Testing Integrity.


1) What is NATA?

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period of time, and that are related to specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.

2) Is the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) score considered for the NID entrance test?

No the NATA score is not considered for the NID entrance test. All applicants will have to undergo the Design Aptitude Test (DAT).

3) How to register for NATA?

  • Candidate can apply for registration for NATA online at website by paying fees of Rs.1250.00 either through credit cards / debit cards / netbanking or can generate the challan for depositing the fees by way of cash in any of the branch of the ICICI Bank Ltd. all over India (processing charges extra).
  • Identify a Test Center (from the website at a location convenient to the candidate.
  • Approach the Test Center with the printout of the online form filled alongwith required documents and proof for the payment made.
  • Select convenient date for appearing for the NATA.
  • Request Test Center to register the candidate on the selected date.
  • Procure Receipt cum Appointment voucher.

4) Where to appear for NATA?

At designated Test Centers located at centers/colleges/ schools of architecture in India. 

5) When to appear for NATA?

One-day examination (paper based, OFFLINE) all over the country on 16.04.2017 (Sunday).

6) How to appear for NATA?

Report to the test center at least 30 minutes before scheduled time of test with Receipt cum Appointment voucher, valid photo ID and drawing material required for the test. Test Center personnel will guide you regarding the further process.

7) I am a foreign student / NRI. Can I take the test from my country of residence?

  • Those opting for Dubai as their first choice of Exam city need to fill up two more choices mandatorily.
  • Dubai may be dropped as an exam city in case of inadequate number (less than 300) of candidates.
  • The candidates allotted to exam centre in Dubai as per their first choice, shall be liable to pay an additional fee of INR 7000 per candidate prior to issuance of Admit Card.
  • The mode of payment of aforesaid additional fee would be notified in due course.
  • Dubai cannot be chosen as second or third choice of exam city.

8) Will a candidate have a choice to change the mode of examination?

Yes, but a candidate can change mode of examination from pen and paper examination to computer based examination only.

9) While paying the fee, what a candidate can do in case of failed transaction?

  • If the payment status of online transaction (by credit/debit card) is not communicated by payment gateway in real time then fee payment is not completed. After reconciliation if the amount is found debited, the same will be processed at payment gateway for refund.
  • Candidates are required to pay the fees again either through online transaction or by e- challan and to download the acknowledgement page . Your amount will be refunded back within 7 to 10 days. Use internet explorer 6 or above.

10) In case photograph is not having name and date, would the form be rejected?

Name of the candidate and date on which the photograph is taken is to be mentioned on the photograph, but in case uploaded photograph does not have name and date, the form will not be rejected and no correction is required in such a case and he/she will be issued admit card for appearing in JEE (Main) – 2017 as usual.

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

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

12) 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.

13) 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).

14) 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.  

15) 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.

16) 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).

17) 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.

18) Where is the Score card available?

The score cards will be available on NATA website in e-format.

19) What is the passing score at NATA?

Will be decided based on post-exam statistics,  
Minimum Marks scoring to pass:

  • Min 30/120 in MCQ ( Maths & Aptitude).
  • Min 20/80 in Drawing.

(However 30+20=50 should not be understood as the total qualifying mark).

20) For how long is the NATA score valid?

NATA-2017 score shall be valid only for admission in the session 2017-18.

21) What are the Tie breaking rules for overall score?

During merit listing, all candidates would get unique rank. Therefore, if more than one candidate gets the same overall marks, tie breaking logic would be applied in the following order:

  • More overall marks obtained in Mathematics test component
  • Less wrong answers in attempted ones of Mathematics test component
  • More overall marks in problems of Aptitude test component
  • Less wrong answers in attempted ones of aptitude test component
  • Earlier date of birth.

22) Where can a candidate seek admission on the basis of NATA?

A candidate may apply for admission to any of the participating institutions as per the time schedule specified by the respective appropriate admission authority, along with all the documents desired by it.

23) What is the meaning of Admission Authority?

Admission Authority is a body, authorised by the Central/State Govt. / University to conduct and monitor admissions in that area. This may vary from the Directorate of Technical Education itself, a major University, Institution(s), a body created by an association of Architectural Schools in that State (eg. MASA), or any other Admission Authority recognised by the state. The candidate may be advised to check up in advance with Schools of Architecture where he / she is applying for the details of the admission authority and other information on the exact admission process.

24) If I belong to a particular quota (SC/ST/NT/etc.), do I get score waiver for NATA during admission?

No.,you are not allowed.

25) Are there any additional fees payable for training, etc?

No training/coaching is allowed in Test Centres and no other fees payable for this exam. If any centre indulges is such practice or insists on additional fees or participation in training program, please report such incident to Council of Architecture or NIASA.

26) What are the key provisions of Reservation Policy?

NATA is a qualifying examination where a general merit list will be published along with score of candidate. Reservation is a prerogative of the admission/ counselling authority and this examination has nothing to do with it. However, candidates with specific disability of colour blindness may be debarred from admission to B. Arch. Course, as per the policy of the respective institution/ University.

27) When will the allotment start?

Allotment is expected to start as per schedule published in the prospectus. Details of allotment process such as opening of web site and option registration, etc., will be notified in due course.