National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) – 2018

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) – 2018

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NATA 2018 application portal is open.

What is NATA?

NATA is a National level entrance exam conducted for admission in undergraduate courses of Architecture. The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is being conducted annually every year by COA since 2006. NATA scores are used by many prominent architecture institutes (like Sir J.J School of architecture) in the country except for NITs and IITs. The test is meant for materializing aptitude, drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability of an applicant. In 2017, close to 45K students appeared for NATA.

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Contents of this article

  1. Mode of Answering.
  2. Language of Exam.
  3. Date of Exam.
  4. Eligibility Criteria
  5. Registration fees
  6. How to apply?
  7. Application Procedure.
  8. Admit card.
  9. Results.
  10. List of Books.
  11. Important dates

Mode of Answering

The Part A of NATA 2018 shall be held in Online mode while the Part B shall involve conventional Pen-Paper Mode.

Language of Examination

NATA 2018 will take place strictly in ENGLISH only.

NATA 2018 Exam Date

NATA 2018 will be held on 29th April 2018.

NATA 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Qualifying Examination

  1. 10+2 or equivalent passed/appearing with Mathematics as one of the subjects of the examination.
  1. 10+3 Diploma (any stream) passed/appearing recognized by Central/State Government with Mathematics as one of the subjects of the examination.
  1. International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of Schooling with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination.

For admission to First Year B.Arch Courses, a candidate must have scored 50% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination.

Age Limit

There is no age limit with regards to appearing in NATA 2018.

How to Apply?

NATA 2018 Application form shall be filled up ONLINE at the official portal.

NATA 2018 applications have been released.

Follow the link to apply for NATA exam 2018.

Registration Fee

Examination Fees (INR) for NATA 2018 will be Rs. 1800 for general category students, however, an for SC/ST candidates, the fee shall be Rs. 1500.

Those who are subsequently allotted center in Dubai shall be liable to pay an additional examination fee of INR 7000 prior to issuance of admit card.

The examination fee for NATA 2018 is expected to be paid only via ONLINE modes.

NATA 2018 Application Procedure

There are basically four simple steps to complete your application procedure.

Step 1:  Online filling of Application Form

As mentioned above, you’ll get an application form which is divided into sections and you need to fill that. When you’ll be filling that form, you’ll get an Application Number and you will be asked to choose your password. This is because if you wish to login in future this will help you out. This all is for future reference.

Step 2:  Online Uploading of Scanned Images
  1. Upload the following things: (A) Scanned photograph (B) Signature (C) Thumb Impression.
  2. Scanned Image must be in .jpg format only. Partial uploading is not allowed.
  3. The size of the uploading things must be kept in mind:
  • Photograph: 4 to 100KB – 3.5cm X 4.5 cm.
  • Signature and Thumb Impression: 1 to 30KB – 3.5cm X 4.5cm.
Step 3: Fee payment

The candidate must pay the required registration fee through any of the following modes:

  • Debit Card.
  • Credit Card.
  • Net banking using BillDesk EPG services.

Once you are done with the payment your application form will be submitted.

Step 4: Download Confirmation Page
  • Download this page as stated above for all future reference.
  • Provision for reprinting this page will be provided afterward also.

NATA 2018 Admit Card

Admit cards of NATA 2018 will be made available on the official site in the 2nd April 2018.

NATA Exam Pattern

The table shown gives the basic details about the pattern of the exam.


NATA 2018

EXAM MODEOnline i.e. computer-based test (CBT)Offline i.e. pen-paper based
TIME DURATION1.5 hours (90 minutes)1.5 hour (90 minutes)
NUMBER OF QUESTIONS60 questions2 questions
MARKS PER QUESTION2 marks40 marks
TOTAL120 marks80 marks

The most important thing is that there is no negative marking in this exam.

NATA 2018 Results

The results of NATA 2018 will tentatively be declared on the 1st June 2018.

List of Books

Here are some recommended books to be referred during the preparation of NATA 2018.

  • NATA & B.Arch Question Bank by Ar. Shadan Usmani.
  • NATA & B. Arch complete self-study material: entrance examination by  Ar. Shadan Usmani.
  • A Complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch by P. K. Mishra.
  • Arch Entrance Examination Guide by Surendra Kavimandan.
  • ‘NATA’ – Satya Prakashan – Prof. S.C. Garg & Dr. Yogesh Garg.

Important Dates

Starting date of NATA Registration18th January 2018.
Last date of NATA Registration2nd March 2018
Last date to upload image2nd March 2018
Last date for NATA Fee payment2nd March 2018
Last date to Print Confirmation PageLast week of February 2018
Availability of NATA Admit Card2nd April 2018
Date and Time of NATA 2018 Exam29th April 2018 (10:30 AM – 1:30 PM IST)
Date for NATA 2018 Results1st June 2018.

Information Brochure

Follow the link to download the NATA brochure.

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