NATA Syllabus, Paper Pattern, Eligibility


What is NATA?

  • NATA stands for National Aptitude Test in Architecture.
  • Council of Architecture (COA) is responsible for conducting this national-level undergraduate exam.
  • By qualifying for this examination, aspirants can get admission in programs like B.Arch/B.Plan designed by the Government.
  • Candidates, if they want, can enroll themselves in Government aided, Private Unaided, University Departments, and Deemed Universities in India.
  • Candidates who have secured passing marks in class 12 with PCM and 10+3 diploma courses with Mathematics can try for admissions.
  • Aspirants will have the chance to appear two times to take the test of NATA 2021.
  • In case, a candidate chooses to attempt twice. The attempt in which the candidate will score the highest marks will be taken into account for admissions.
  • The NATA syllabus consists of topics like Drawing and visual composition (subtopics like spatial intelligence, cognitive ability, graphical similarities & other properties, 2D & 3D composition, and more).
  • Moreover, there will be questions from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and General Aptitude.

What is exam pattern for NATA

Exam Duration 3 hours
Mode of examination Part A (offline) and Part B (online)
How many times the examination is held in one year? 2 twice a year
Number of questions 125
Total marks allotted for the test 200
Question types Multiple-Choice type (MCQ), Multiple Select types (MSQ), Preferential Choice type (PCQ), and Numerical Answer type (NAQ).
Cost of the application form 2000 INR

Is NATA difficult?

NATA is considered one of the toughest examinations in India. So, you should start preparing for it right from your school years. However, the focus should be on:

  • The entrance test.
  • Get hold of NATA papers from previous years and hone your question-solving skills.
  • Go through the syllabus and make a strategy of learning.
  • With a proper schedule in place, you will be able to get through it.
  • Enough knowledge of free-hand sketching

Nothing is impossible when you are well prepared. You’ll make it!

Download NATA Syllabus PDF




How much time for NATA preparation is enough?

Preparing for NATA can be tricky because it is not a bookish test. The test depends on creativity, skill, and knowledge on some specific topics. So, if you want to crack it. Start preparing as early as you can. Utilize your school years. If you are looking to develop your sketching skills, at least 75 to 100 hours are needed. But, this again depends on person to person.

What are the eligibility criteria for NATA?

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Candidate must be 17 years or more.
  • Must have passing marks in class 12 with PCM and 10+3 diploma courses.
  • The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • Candidate must have Mathematics as his or her compulsory subject in class 12 or 10+3 diploma course.

Is a Mock test needed for the preparation of NATA?

Yes, serious candidates who want to qualify in the examination must take the NATA 2021 mock test. Council of Architecture offers an online mock test on the official website If you want in-depth knowledge about the paper pattern, time management, and more, take the online mock test.    

What are the topics a candidate needs to cover?

Download the syllabus  to get a clearer idea as there are several units under Drawing and visual composition, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and General Aptitude.

Is NATA difficult than JEE?


  The drawing part of NATA is more difficult. They want to test your creativity, aptitude as well as sketching abilities.

In JEE, you will certainly get tougher Math questions.

        The online test for NATA is tougher

Not as tough as NATA

Concepts need to be clear.

Concepts need to be clear.