NATA Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

NATA Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
October 1, 2021
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NATA is a nationwide entrance exam for admission to architecture undergraduate programs. In order to take admission to the Architecture course, an aptitude test is designed. The Council of Architecture (CoA) founded NATA in 2006. This exam is an entrance test for the graduate program. The questions are asked on general architecture history, geometry, shapes, materials etc. The question paper is 200 marks all in all.

NATA full form: National Aptitude Test in Architecture

NATA consists of two parts namely, the theory and the drawing test. Applicants can sit in the exam if they qualify for all eligibility criteria. However, the mode of the exam is online.

NATA is designed in a way where it tests the aptitude of the candidate that cannot be taught, learnt or induced. Also, NATA does not guarantee or give any right to the candidate for their admission to any architectural course unless the candidate has fulfilled other requirements as prescribed. 

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NATA Latest News & Updates

CoA successfully conducted NATA 2022. Some of the latest NATA news are as follows-

Below we have mentioned the complete NATA exam schedule:

Events Dates 2022  
For First Paper  For Second Paper For Third Paper
Availability of information bulletin 8th April 2022 8th April 2022 8th April 2022
Starting of online application form 8th April 2022 8th April 2022 8th April 2022
End of registration 23rd May 2022 20th June 2022 11th July 2022
Candidate Correction window 19th – 23rd May 2022 18th – 20th June 2022 9th – 11th July 2022
Hosting of Admit Card 7th June 2022 30th June 2022 21st July 2022
Date and Time of Examination 12th June 2022 3rd July 2022 24th July 2022
Publication of Results 20th June 2022 13th July 2022 3rd August 2022

Change in NATA 2021 because of COVID (Last year)

COVID-19 forced CoA to split NATA 2021 into three sessions. Therefore, the first phase of the exam was held on April 10th. The second phase was held on July 11th. Some candidates attended more than one session. However, only the best of the three determines final B.Arch. admissions. Moreover, there will be no central admissions counselling conducted by the CoA. Successful candidates will apply for direct admission to a participating college.

About NATA Conducting Body

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) was established in 2006. The Council of Architecture (CoA) regulates NATA. Moreover, the CoA functions according to certain provisions. The CoA was established under (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983. The regulations were published in the Indian Gazette.

The architecture field is different from general engineering subjects. Therefore, it is crucial to have a separate aptitude exam for architecture admission. There is a separate test for engineering, pharmacy, medicine, and other areas. This entrance exam establishes a single exam scheme for architectural aptitude tests. Besides, NATA allows students from India to apply for admission in architecture courses. This particular exam is also called the NATA entrance exam for architecture enthusiasts. 

Applicants can avail many institutes without the hustle of several aptitude exams. Thus, NATA is the eligibility criteria for admission to a five-year (B.Arch.) degree program. The CoA, as well as the Central Government, approves these criteria. Therefore, the exam body should strictly adhere to the mandatory rules. Candidates can be admitted to various government, government-aided, and unaided architectural schools and colleges based on their NATA results. This exam evaluates your drawing and observation skills. The applicant’s sense of balance, as well as aesthetic sensitivity, is judged.  Besides, critical thinking abilities are tested as well.

NATA’s Basic Information

NATA assesses an applicant’s aptitude for the field of Architecture. Therefore, NATA evaluates applicants’ cognitive skills, visual perception, and aesthetic sensitivity. Moreover, logical reasoning and critical thinking ability are also tested. In addition to this, the candidate’s learning over the previous few years is assessed. The program provides openings to a larger number of bright candidates.

This year, NATA- 2022 is held thrice for admission in B.Arch. The changes are for the academic session 2022-2023 specifically. The applicants unable to take the initial test can sit in the second test.  However, applicant’s can register for the second test based on their score. Similarly, if a candidate cannot sit for the second round of tests, they can sit in the third test. These exams are held as computer-based exams, but the candidates have to go to the allotted centres and can only appear for an exam. So, these are offline exams. They are held on dates in June and July 2022.

Important Feature of Exam Details Essential Information
Exam Name National Aptitude Test in Architecture Conducted by the Council of Architecture
Exam Type University Level Entrance Test For admissions to 5 Year B. Arch Programs
Exam Timing 180 Minutes Initial 60 Minutes for Part A Last 120 Minutes for Part B
Application Mode Online Visit the official website to fill out the application form.
Application Fee INR 2000/- for general candidates

INR 1500/- for SC ST candidates

Exam Mode Online Read  the new guidelines for NATA 2022
Frequency of Exam Two times a year The exam takes place in two phases. However, NATA 2022 has Three phases.
Exam Conducting Body Conducted by the Council of Architecture (CoA) However, the central government regulates the CoA.
Courses B.arch Bachelor of Architecture. 5-year degree program offered by many universities as well as institutes.
Number of Attempts 2 Candidates can take two attempts at once.
NATA exam Body postal address The Council of Architecture is situated in New Delhi. India Habitat Centre, Core-6A, First Floor, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, 110003
NATA help desk The information on the help desk is available online +91 9560707764, +91 9319275557

NATA Registration: Dates and details 

The Council of Architecture (CoA) released the exam dates for NATA 2022. The exam is conducted in 3 phases. Candidates can appear in all the exams. However, the best score of all is deciding factor. Check the official website of NATA for any updates regarding the NATA registration. The website is updated accordingly.

NATA First Exam

  • Start Date:  8th April 2022
  • End Date: 23rd May 2022

NATA Second Exam

  • Start Date:  8th April 2022
  • End Date: 20th June 2022

NATA Notification

CoA successfully conducted NATA 2022. Some of the NATA news for the year 2022 is as follows-

Below we have mentioned the complete NATA exam schedule:

Events Dates 2022  
For First Paper  For Second Paper For Third Paper
Availability of information bulletin 8th April 2022 8th April 2022 8th April 2022
Starting of online application form 8th April 2022 8th April 2022 8th April 2022
End of registration 23rd May 2022 20th June 2022 11th July 2022
Candidate Correction window 19th – 23rd May 2022 18th – 20th June 2022 9th – 11th July 2022
Hosting of Admit Card 7th June 2022 30th June 2022 21st July 2022
Date and Time of Examination 12th June 2022 3rd July 2022 24th July 2022
Publication of Results 20th June 2022 13th July 2022 3rd August 2022

Some candidates attended more than one session. However, only the best of the three marks determine final B.Arch admissions. Besides, there will be no central admissions counselling conducted by the CoA. Successful candidates will apply for direct admission to a participating college. Previously, COVID-19 had forced CoA to split the  NATA 2022 into three sessions. Therefore, the first phase of the exam was held on April 10th2022. The second phase was held on July 11th 2022.

NATA Eligibility

Candidates should meet the required NATA eligibility criteria to sit in NATA 2022. CoA sets the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria markedly involve the below-mentioned factors-


The minimum age limit for NATA 2022 is 17 years. Therefore, candidates should be 17 years old on the last registration date. There is no maximum age limit for NATA at this time. However, there are no privileges of age relaxation, unlike other exams.


The educational qualification for NATA 2022 is as follows-

  • Candidates who passed 10 + 2 exams with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Similarly, the students with 10+3 diplomas in Mathematics are also eligible.
  • Besides this, candidates enrolled in similar courses are also eligible. Such Candidates can apply for NATA 2022 provisionally.
  • Successful candidates can go for a B. Arch degree. Various universities and institutes offer this course. However, this is possible only if candidates meet the eligibility criteria.
  • However, a minimum of 50% gross marks is required for successful admission.
  • The gross marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics should be 50%.
  • Admission to the first year of the B. Arch. program is by invitation only.

However, the eligibility criteria for the academic year 2022-2023 have certain changes. The CoA revises the rules. The revision is done as per Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations, 2020.  The Central Government approved the criteria accordingly.

NATA Eligibility Criteria

According to the Regulations of 2020, the eligibility criteria for NATA is as follows:

  • Candidates are not allowed to be admitted to architecture programs unless they pass the 10+2 scheme exams. Therefore, candidates must pass the exams with a minimum of 50% gross marks. Moreover, the gross marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics should be 50%. Besides, 10+3 diploma candidates should also have 50% gross marks.
  • Besides this, no straight lateral admission is permitted. Therefore at any stage of the B.Arch. In the program, direct admission is prohibited.
  • Qualifying in NATA-2022 does not ensure admission to any Architecture school. Thus, the candidate should meet all of the necessary eligibility criteria. Various rules are stipulated by the competent bodies accordingly.
  • List of Qualifying Exams- NATA is a single exam for admission in B. Arch. Program. However, various institutes take separate exams for the B. Arch program.

NATA Registration: Process & more

The application is available ONLINE at the NATA official website. Click the ONLINE APPLICATION NATA– 2022 link available on the portal. Check the application form afterwards. The fields are interactive, as well as the form.

The important fields are divided into sub-sections. The fields marked with an asterisk (*) must be filled in. Mandatory information fields are marked as well. Provide the required information; else, the application will be rejected.

The NATA registration process is divided into three steps:

Firstly, the PERSONAL DETAILS section. Secondly, documents are uploaded. Lastly, the fee payment section.

Applicants should follow the below-mentioned NATA registration guidelines to register for NATA 2022 successfully-

Step 1: Registration – This is the first step of the NATA 2022 application form. Therefore, first, register yourself by providing the required information. The information generally includes –

  • Applicant’s name
  • Valid mobile number
  • Date of birth
  • Valid email address

By the time of completion of step 1, a username and password are generated. These credentials are required for future login.

Step 2: Fill out the application form by NATA log in – Candidates had to log in with their username and password.  Thereafter, fill out all of the required information. The information includes personal as well as academic details. In addition to this, a selection of exam centres is required. Candidates have three choices in order of preference.

Step 3: Upload Scanned Images of Documents – Upload scanned images of your photograph, signature, and community certificate. Upload the documents in the format specified by the bodies (if applicable).

Step 4: Application Number Generation – Submit the application form only when documents are uploaded.  An 8-digit application number is generated after submitting the NATA 2022 application.

Step 5: Pay the Application Fee – The application fee is paid online (through credit/debit card or net banking).

Step 6: Take a printout of the Confirmation page. – Lastly, The application confirmation page appears. Upon completion of all of the preceding procedures, confirmation is required. Take a printout of this confirmation page for further use.

NATA Correction

Before applying, candidates should ensure that all details are correct.  Check the preview of the application at last. However, Candidates will only have one chance to amend their personal information.

Filling out an online form takes time. Applicants should be cautious while filling out the online application. Applicants should provide authentic information to ensure the successful completion of the process.

If the candidates face any difficulty while filling up the form, there is a help option right beside the particular question, which redirects the candidate to the brochure they can read and get their doubts solved.

In any case, the candidates must fill in only the correct and authentic information. Any discrepancy will not be tolerated and can potentially lead to disqualification of the candidature.

NATA Application fee

The CoA defines the fee structure for NATA. However, the details of the application fee are enlisted below:

Category Application Fee
General Male applicants INR 2000/-
OBC, General applicants, either Male, Female or transgender INR 2000/
Male, Female or transgender  applicants from SC, ST  category INR 1500/

Provide the required documents to avail of fee exemption.

NATA Syllabus 2022

NATA exam syllabus is divided into two parts mainly. Firstly, the Mathematic and general aptitude test. Secondly, the drawing test takes place.

For the first part-

The exam syllabus generally contains basic concepts in mathematics, physics, and geometry concepts. In addition to this, language and interpretation ability is tested. Other Important topics of the NATA syllabus 2022 are as follows-

  • 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 are also tested.
  • The second part is the drawing test.
  • Test of Drawing

Candidates are evaluated based on their ability to draw an object specifically. The test is to precisely and attractively draw the specified object. A sense of perspective is often used to evaluate visualization abilities. Besides this, 3D Object drawing ability is part of this test. Not only drawing but Color harmony, size and proportion analysis are also important. In addition to this, memory-based drawing, the ability is important as well.

Find more about the NATA exam syllabus

NATA Exam Pattern 2022

The proper sense of the NATA exam pattern is very important for applicants. Therefore, the basic information on exam format is explained in this section. However, the NATA website updates any changes in the exam patterns.

  • Major information is available regarding these factors-
  • Duration of the test,
  • Types of questions offered
  • Marking scheme
  • Exam format
  • Mode of Exam

Another key point –

Students can take the NATA 2022 test at exam centres.

  1. Exam Mode: The exam is held in a computer-based mode at offline centres across the country.
  2. Time Duration: 180 minutes is given to solve the question paper.
  3. The question paper has three sections, i.e. Mathematics, Drawing & General Aptitude.
  4. Section-wise Time Duration: Candidates are given 60 minutes to attempt questions of Part-A (aptitude section). A time duration of  120 minutes is there to attempt Part B. More time is given to Part B because it has a drawing section.
  5. Total Number of Questions: A total of 60 questions are asked in the test. The question paper is 200 marks.
  6. Question Type: The question of Mathematics & GA is multiple-choice.
  7. Marking Scheme: Each correct answer will get you two marks
  8. Negative Marking: There is no provision for negative marking for incorrect answers.

NATA Admit Card 2022

The exam conducting board would publish the NATA admit card on its official website. NATA Admit card is available a few days before the test dates. However, Candidates will only be allowed to avail of their admission cards online. All applicants must have their NATA hall ticket with them. Applicants do not have permission to enter the exam hall without admit card. One can download the admit card from NATA ‘s official site.  Applicants must have a valid registration ID firstly, and secondly, a password. NATA hall ticket 2022 for Phase 1 and 2 will be released soon.

Guide to download admit card 2022-

Admit card is available online. Therefore, follow these steps to download the admit card for NATA 2022.

  • Firstly, go to the official website of NATA
  • Click on the NATA 2022 registration link
  • Enter your email ID and password to log in
  • Admit card is  displayed on the screen
  • Download and take a printout of the same.

Details provided in NATA 2022 Admit Card

The admit card carries the details mentioned below:

  • Name of Candidate
  • Father’s name
  • Gender
  • Category
  • Sub-category
  • Date of birth
  • Application number
  • Course applied for
  • Photograph
  • Signature
  • Date, time and venue of NATA exam centre
  • Exam day instructions

Admit card is an important document for NATA. Therefore, keep the printed copy of admit card with you. Carefully inspect the information on admit card. If there is any error, reach out to CoA. The council will provide the information to reform the issue.

Find more about NATA admit card

NATA Result

NATA releases the NATA  result after completion of the testing process. Moreover, CoA will release the NATA 2022 result for Phase 3. The result is available on the official website. The result was released on September 8. Therefore, Applicants can download the scorecard now. Print it out later as it is important for the admission process.

Major Key points regarding the NATA 2022 exam result-

The bodies disclose the response sheets before the final result.

However, they upload the response sheet only for Part A.

The body has reduced the qualifying score of NATA 2022 from 75 to 70.

The bodies decide the qualifying marks based on the rules given below:

Score At least 25% in MCQ part (Part A) – 30 out of 120. In addition to this, a minimum of 25% marks in Drawing port (Part B). The minimum mark for Part B is 20 out of 80

Candidates can download the result by using a login ID and Password. Therefore, it is crucial to keep your User ID and Password memorised.

Successful candidates can appear in counselling sessions. The CoA officials do not hold a NATA 2022 joint counselling session. Therefore, candidates should apply to each of the participating institutes separately. The admissions are granted according to the score. Candidates must meet the minimum qualifying cut off in the first place. The participating institutes consider only eligible candidates for admission.

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Q1. What is the NATA exam for?

Ans. Every person with an architectural profession must abide by the minimum qualifications as prescribed by CoA. CoA has made it mandatory to qualify for NATA in order to become an architect. However, NATA does not guarantee admission to architectural institutions.

Q2.Who is eligible to compete in NATA 2022?

Ans. Candidates who have passed their 10+2 test.  However, PCM should be a part of the 10+2 syllabus. In addition to this, 10+3 students are eligible as well. Mathematics as a topic of study for diploma students is essential.

Candidates enrolled in a 10+2 or a 10+3 can apply for NATA-2022. However, enrolled candidates can apply provisionally only.

Q3.What are the requirements for admission to the first year of a five-year B.Arch. Degree program?

Ans. The CoA determines the eligibility for admission. Therefore, candidates should follow the MSAE Regulations, 2020. CoA sets these regulations, and the Central Government revise them. “Without a 10+2 qualification certificate, CoA does not allow a candidate for admission to any architecture course. However, a minimum of 50% gross marks in PCM is essential. As well as at least 50% gross marks in the 10+2 level exam. 50% gross marks are mandatory for 10+3 Diploma students.” according to Regulations, 2020.

Q4. If passing NATA 2022 guarantees entrance to a B Arch degree program?

Ans. Qualifying in NATA 2022 does not provide a right or assurance of admission to a B. Arch. Program. The candidate should meet all of the statutory needs.  Various competent admission bodies check the eligibility accordingly.  Not only the institutes but the CoA also mandates eligibility standards.

Q5. What is the maximum number of tests a candidate may take?

Ans. A candidate can only take two tests at a time. The best of the two scores will be taken into consideration. A candidate needs to be well prepared to clear the exam as the competition is fierce and one has to penetrate their way out to succeed in this field.

Q6. Is NATA for IIT?

Ans. No, NATA is not for IIT. The NATA full form is the National Aptitude Test in Architecture. This is the architecture entrance exam for students who want to study architecture. IIT focuses on a completely different domain of study, mainly in the field of science but not architecture.

Q7. Will NATA 2022 be online?

Ans. No, NATA 2022 will be held in offline mode across various centres in the country. NATA means to test the aptitude of the candidates which it believes needs to be done via modern ways of technology but with bare minimum chances of falsifying one’s capabilities. It takes the modern technology of a computer-based exam but in a traditional way with an invigilator.



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