• January 4, 2022

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is a national-level examination conducted to qualify for undergraduate courses in Architecture. It was created in 2006 as a resort to help students give one exam, instead of appearing in multiple aptitude tests. This test is used as a measure to evaluate the aptitude of applicants for the field of architecture, where their skills are tested in areas of observation, drawing, sense of proportion, critical thinking, and aesthetic planning. Attempting NATA exam is crucial for any student looking to create a career in the field of architecture, as stated by the Council of Architecture. This aptitude would make the students eligible to apply for any course in an Architectural college in India. To register for the test, the aspiring candidates must enrol themselves on the official NATA website by adding all the relevant credentials, these are later verified, and NATA admit cards are issued for all the candidates before the examination. NATA result are released after a period of 10 days. 

Exam structure 

NATA examination consists of PCM (physics, maths, and chemistry) and General Aptitude. The exam consists of total 125 questions of 200 marks. The test consists of 75 one mark questions, 25 two marks questions and 25 three mark questions. NATA exam consists of the following types of questions:

MCQ: These are the multiple choice questions where the candidates are provided with four options and the candidates have to select one from them.

MSQ: These are the Multiple Answer Select Type Question where the candidates have to select 4 or 5 options from the 8-10 options provided.

PAQ: Preferential Answer Type question has a rewarded mark. 

NAQ: These questions are the Numerical Answer type Question where no options are given. 


No. of Questions  Marks for each questions  Total marks 
75 1 75
25 2 50
25 3 75
TOTAL 125 200


Who can give NATA? 

Candidates that have completed 10 + 2 with PCM or those who have completed 10 + 3 with Maths subject can appear for NATA. In both the cases, the candidates must have minimum 50% aggregate.  A candidate can appear for NATA only twice. It recommended to keep NATA admit card handy and for checking NATA website regularly regarding examination updates. The national aptitude test in architecture syllabus can be used as a reference to understand the flow of NATA and its examination type. NATA examination has been developed for the students aspiring to gain admissions in B.Arch. degree course. Central government Authorities allocate the admission seats to the candidates based on their NATA score. A candidate needs to secure at least 75 marks to pass the exam. 

Top universities scores 

Each university has a valid selection criterion that is based on the overall performance of students nationwide. After the examination, the scores are set for each college for different sections. The NATA result determines the spot for students in the reputed universities as listed below-

S.No. NATA Colleges
1 Thiagarajar College of Engineering (TCE)
2 Tamilnadu School of Architecture
3 Sushant School of Art and Architecture
4 Sinhgad College of Architecture
6 School of Planning & Architecture – Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNA&FAU)
7 Sathyabama University
8 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology (SVIT)
9 Rizvi College of Architecture (RCA)
10 RIMT – College of Architecture


Strategies for higher score 

Before making a strategy, it is wise to check previous years’ exam pattern to get an idea of the type of questions that can be expected. The drawing section requires the ability and mentality to approach problems with reference to different terminologies such as graphical properties, size and shape, visual composition and etc. The best course of action would be to practise previous set of questions and understand the basic aspects that need attention as per individual capabilities. As for general aptitude and PCM questions are set as a valuating metric to rank students based on their intelligence and presence of mind. The best plan of action should be to weight strength and weaknesses, give mock exams to find out the areas that need attention. Based on that analyse and structure an execution strategy based on the national aptitude test in architecture question papers. This will create a roadmap that can help track development and also help candidates to score high marks in architecture exam 2021. The students are expected to manage time effectively and make full use of the time allotted to them, keep a track of time to ensure that the speed is maintained and all questions are attended.


How KPI will get you prepared for NATA

Knowledge Point Institute is one of the best coaching classes for NATA based in Dubai. KPI has created an ecosystem that creates a nurturing environment for the applicants, by building a course action that keeps them on track and motivated. At KPI, students are trained for different test patterns and exam types to build their experience and get accustomed to the exam atmosphere. We ensure that the students get the right exposure and training they need for their drawing skills. KPI has introduced measures and class training techniques that induce creative thinking and their capacity to enhance their imagination that will further fruit high scores. Applicants are guided by our well-experienced and qualified faculty who help them clear their concepts and build a strong foundation. 

With our innovative methods and attention to each student at a personal level, KPI has emerged to be one of the top institutes that help secure high NATA scores. Students at our institute are guided to achieve success in the long run by studying NATA course online or in physical class. Our campus, exclusive training process, and helping faculty ensure that each student gets the motivation and guidance to crack the toughest of the exams and emerge successful.