National Aptitude Test in Architecture(NATA): Syllabus, Application, Notification, Questions and More

National Aptitude Test in Architecture, 2023(NATA-2023) for admission into B.Arch. Degree course for the academic session 2023-24 shall be conducted by the Council of Architecture (CoA) as one-day online examination all over the country. 

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National Aptitude Test in Architecture(NATA)

nata 2023 application syllabus questions
The purpose of conducting NATA is to provide a single scheme of examination for holding aptitude test and to facilitate prospective students all over the country to apply for admissions in architecture seats in institutions spread across the country and to avoid appearing in multiple aptitude tests. 

NATA measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test makes an assessment of drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period of time and are related to the specific field of study.

Schedule of Examination 

NATA will be held thrice a year. The first test will be held on 21.04.2023, second test on 28.05.2023 and the third test on 09.07.2023.  Candidates are allowed to appear for up to 3 NATA tests. 
In case a candidate appears for 2 Tests, best of the 2 scores shall be the valid score and in the case of 3 attempts, valid score shall be average of the 2 best scores.

Pattern of Questions

The aptitude test of NATA may comprise questions of 
  • Multiple-Choice type (MCQ)
  • Multiple Select type (MSQ)
  • Preferential Choice type (PCQ)
  • Numerical Answer type (NAQ)
  • Match the following type (MFQ) 
The questions will carry 1 mark, 2 marks or 3 marks and 125 questions have to be answered in 180 minutes. 
The medium of Aptitude test will be essentially English language. Some questions may be in regional languages also. 
Questions could be asked in various topics that assess candidates on basic concepts in mathematics, physics and geometry, language and interpretation, elements and principles of design, aesthetic sensitivity, colour theory, lateral thinking and logical reasoning, visual perception and cognition, graphics and imagery, building anatomy and architectural vocabulary, basic techniques of building construction and knowledge of material, general knowledge and current affairs, etc. and are may not be limited to those outlined

There is no separate entrance exam for admission to B.Arch courses in Kerala. According to the KEAM 2023 Prospectus, students must take the National Aptitude Test in Architecture(NATA) organized by the Council of Architecture (COA). This is mandatory and must be completed on or before 31.06.2023 to be eligible.

Eligibility Criteria for Candidates

Candidates who have completed their 10 + 2 examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics or 10+ 3 Diploma with Mathematics as subject of study can appear for NATA 2023. 
Candidates appearing for 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as subjects of study or 10+3 Diploma with Mathematics in the current year may also provisionally appear for NATA-2023.

Application Procedure

Application has to be filled up ONLINE at the NATA portal.

Application Fee Details

A General/OBC/NCL(Male) candidate applying for NATA– 2023 has to pay Rs.2000 as application fee, through ONLINE mode. For Female/Transgender/SC/ST students the application fee is 1500.

Result Format

Qualifying marks for NATA- 2023 is 70 marks out of 200 marks. NATA- 2023 score shall be valid only for admission in the academic session 2023- 2024.

Syllabus for NATA 2023

The Syllabus for NATA 2023 available in the NATA 2023 Information Brochure

NATA 2023: Important Dates

Sl NoActivityFirst testSecond testThird test
1Online application Submission begins20.03.202320.03.202320.03.2023
2End of online submission10.04.202313.05.202324.06.2023
3Confirmation page printing available till14.04.202316.05.202327.06.2023
4Downloading Admit Card18.04.202321.05.202302.07.2023
5Date and Time of Examination21.04.202328.05.202309.07.2023
6Publication of Results30.04.202305.06.202317.07.2023

Click the below links for National Aptitude Test in Architecture NATA Previous Question Papers, NATA Syllabus, NATA Online Application form and Information Brochure.
NATA 2023 - Information Brochure
NATA 2023 - Online Application Portal

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