NATA 2017 Application Form, Exam Dates, Syllabus

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA 2017) 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. Careers in architecture offer young professionals a life of discovery, growth and personal development. An architectural education sets in motion a life-long learning process! Architecture is a career for people who love their work and a “job” is not their goal. This is so because as a follower in the studio young architects become leaders on site where drawings are transformed into reality and in society where they have a special lean on eternity.

Unlike fast-track fields, architects just continue to grow and to increase their quality of life. After 50 years of experience, architects form the highest paid group of self-employed professionals, often claiming fees of a Crore Rupees and above for a single commission.

NATA 2017 Exam Summary
Exam Name National Aptitude Test in Architecture
Commonly known as NATA Exam
Exam level National Level
Conducting Authority National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA)
Exam Stream Engineering Entrance Exam

NATA 2017 Application Form

The NATA 2017 Registration form can filled and submitted ONLINE from the NATA 2017 website A payment of INR 1250/- (exclusive of Processing Charges), using Net Banking / Credit Cards / ICICI Bank Challan.


Kindly download the Pre-filled Registration form and procure the necessary registration documents.
After that, select a Test Centre / Region (from the website at a location convenient to the candidate. Approach the Test Centre for Appointment for NATA Exam.

NATA 2017 Eligibility Criteria

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  • Any person having passed the 12th grade or equivalent examination and above can appear for NATA. However, only those applicants who have qualified an aptitude test in Architecture and have secured 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects, shall be eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course.
  • No direct lateral admission is allowed at any year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification. NATA score shall be valid for a period of two years from the year in which one appeared.
  • NATA scores are used by admissions authorities of different Government, Govt. Aided & unaided schools / colleges of Architecture, to provide common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants, for admission in addition to their scholastic performance in 10+2 or equivalent examination.

NATA 2017 Exam Pattern

The NATA 2017 test is in two parts – a paper based drawing test and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test. The test measures aptitude of the applicant through two sections - a paper based section for drawing and computer based section for aesthetic sensitivity.

The DRAWING TEST is a two hour paper where the applicant has to attempt three questions. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects -
Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner, Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings, Sense of perspective drawing, Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form, Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms, Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition, Understanding of scale and proportions, and Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.

The AESTHETIC SENSITIVITY TEST is a computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions. The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of - Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings, Visualizing different sides of three dimensional objects, Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities, Analytical reasoning, Mental Ability, Imaginative comprehension and expression and Architectural awareness.

The Answer to each question in the 'drawing' paper will be examined by a panel of three examiners independently and the marks are averaged. It may be further subject to moderation. During the computer based test, with adaptive testing, an applicant is administered a set of questions with a difficulty level that is specifically designed to match the examinees ability level. The mathematical process for calculating a score in this situation incorporates the statistical properties of the questions, the applicant’s performance on the questions, and the number of questions that are answered.

NATA 2017 Exam Dates

NATA Exam Events Important Dates
NATA 2017 Online Registration for Application Forms March, 2017

NATA 2017 Exam Starts From April, 2017
NATA 2017 Exam Last Date August, 2017

Note: Above mentioned dates are tentative they might change so we advise you to keep a regular check on our website for recent updates

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