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National Aptitude Test in Architecture 2020

Form Date: 21 Jan - 14 Mar 2020 (Tentative)

Pen & Paper Mode, Computer Based Test

Form Date: 21 Jan - 14 Mar 2020

NATA Basic Information

  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode, Computer Based Test
  • Exam Conducting Body:Council of Architecture (COA)
  • Courses:B.ARCH
  • Streams:Architecture

NATA 2020 - Important Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus

NATA 2020 or National Aptitude Test in Architecture which is conducted by CoA (Council of Architecture) since 2006 and is held annually for all the aspirants of Architecture across India. The purpose of conducting NATA is to provide a single scheme of examination for holding an aptitude test and to facilitate prospective students all over the country to apply for admissions in architecture seats in institutions spread across the country and to avoid appearing in multiple aptitude tests.

The test makes an assessment of drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, Mathematics at 10+2 level and critical thinking ability that have been acquired by the candidate over the past few years and are related to the specific field of study.

CoA has decided to conduct the examination twice a year and this trend was brought into action in the academic year 2020-21. Apparently, students who couldn’t score well in their first examination can give another shot in the second examination and based on that they will be provided admission based on their result.

NATA 2020 Important Dates

NATA 2020 Important Dates are mentioned below:



Dates (Tentative)

Commencement of Application Form

Fourth week of January 2020

End of Application Form

Second week of March 2020

Document Upload and Fee Payment

Second week of March 2020

Confirmation page Printing last date

Second week of March 2020

Correction window

Second or Third week of March 2020

Release of Admit Card

First week of April 2020

NATA 2020 Exam

Second week of April 2020

Declaration for Result

First week of May 2020



Dates (Tentative)

Commencement of Application Form

Last week of January 2020

End of Application Form

Second week of June 2020

Document Upload and Fee Payment

Second week of June 2020

Confirmation page Printing last date

Third week of June 2020

Correction window

Third week of June 2020

Release of Admit Card

Last week of June 2020

NATA 2020 Exam

First week of July 2020

Declaration for Result

Fourth week of July 2020

NATA 2020 Application Form

NATA 2020 Application Form will be released on the Fourth week of January and the Last week of June for Session 1 and Session 2 respectively on the official website. The closing date for Session 1 would be the second week of March 2020 and for Session 2 would be Second week of June 2020. Students are requested to go through this section of the article to get information regarding the Application Form:

  • The form is interactive in nature and the fields required to be filled up are categorized in different sub-sections. The fields super-scribed with * MUST be filled up as they are MANDATORY, otherwise, the application will NOT get submitted.
  • The application form is broadly categorized into three steps:
  • filling of Personal Details
  • Document Uploading
  • Fee Payment
  • E-mail ID and mobile number should remain the same till the admission process is completed otherwise students might not get all the important details.
  • An Email ID once used for Registration online cannot be used again.
  • Ensure that the Online Application Form is filled properly with all complete details.
  • Incomplete/incorrect applications are liable to be rejected at any stage without prior information to the candidate.
  • Multiple application forms from the same candidate will result in confusion leading to disqualification of the candidate.

Application Fee

NATA 2020 Application Fee for Indian Nationals category wise:


Application Fee

For Single Session


General Candidates

INR 1800/-

SC/ST Candidates

INR 1500/-

For Both Sessions


General Candidates

INR 3500/-

SC/ST Candidates

INR 2800/-

NATA 2020 Application Fee for Foreign Nationals:



For Single Session

INR 10000/-

For Both Sessions

INR 18000/-

*As per the candidate's convenience, he/she may select any Mode of Payment to pay the application fee via electronic payment gateway via debit card, credit card or net banking and follow the online instructions to complete the payment process.

NATA 2020 Eligibility Criteria

NATA 2020 Eligibility Criteria is mentioned below based on the educational qualification, age, category, etc. of the applicants and shall be followed:

  • No candidate shall be admitted to architecture course unless she/ he has passed an examination at the end of the 10+2 scheme of examination with at least a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics and also at least a minimum  50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 level examination or passed 10+3 Diploma Examination with Mathematics as compulsory subject with at least a minimum 50% marks in aggregate: (those appearing the 10+2 exam with PCM subjects in the current year may also provisionally appear in the exam, however, their result in NATA 2020 will be declared valid subject to fulfilling the above criteria).
  • Qualifying in NATA 2020 does not constitute a right/ guarantee in favor of the candidate for his/her admission to any Architecture course unless he/she has fulfilled all the prescribed requirements as specified by respective counselling and admission authorities.

Only candidates who have the following credentials shall be eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course.

  • Qualified through the recognized aptitude test in Architecture (NATA or equivalent) in 2020
  • Have gone through any of the following curricula with marks as prescribed below:
  • Secured a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and also a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 level examination:


  • Passed 10+3 diploma examination with Mathematics as compulsory subject with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.
  • Candidates may note that no direct lateral admission is allowed at any other year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualifications.

Reservations under different categories NATA 2020 is a qualifying examination for admission into the B.Arch. degree program.

  • Reservation is a prerogative of the admission/ counselling authority and does not fall under the purview of this examination.

NATA 2020 Admit Card

NATA 2020 Admit Card will be released online on the official website of NATA on the First week of April 2020 and last week of June 2020 for Session 1 and Session 2 respectively. Applicants are requested to follow the below-mentioned guidelines:

  • Downloaded Admit Card of NATA 2020.
  • Original Proof of Identity- Aadhaar/ Passport/ Driving License/ Voter ID.
  • Pen, pencils, eraser, color pencils (No water/oil color or crayon). Instruments of any kind including scale are not permitted.
  • Candidates may bring with them a cardboard or a clipboard on which nothing should be written.
  • Candidates must show on demand the Admit Card (NATA 2020) for entry to the Examination Hall. A candidate not possessing print out of the downloaded admit card and valid photo identity shall not be allowed to enter the Examination Hall by the Center-in-Charge.
  • A photograph of the candidate and the biometric will be taken at the Centre before the candidate is indicated his seat for taking the examination. The seat will be randomly allotted to the candidate on completing the procedure.
  • Candidates found carrying any textual material, printed or written, bits of papers or any other material except those mentioned above inside examination Hall will be debarred from appearing the examination.
  • Mobile Phones, Bluetooth devices, Calculators, Slide Rules, Log Tables, Electronic Watches with facilities of Calculator are not allowed in the Examination Hall. Possession of such items during the Examinations may lead to cancellation of candidature.
  • No candidate, without the special permission of the Centre-in-Charge, will leave his/her seat or Examination Hall until the duration of examination is over.

NATA 2020 Exam Pattern

NATA 2020 Exam Pattern is given below:

Mode of Examination

Online (CBT) For Part A of the Examination i.e. Mathematics & General Aptitude

Drawing on A4 size paper for Part B

Duration of Examination

180 minutes (3 hours)

First 60 minutes for Part A

Last 120 minutes for Part B

No. of Questions asked

Mathematics (MCQ) 20 Questions

General Aptitude (MCQ) 40 Questions

Type of Questions

MCQ (Objective) & Drawing (Paper & Pencil)

Marking Scheme

+2 for Correct and NO Negative Marking (for Part A)

Medium of examination


Total Marks


120 Marks for Section A

80 Marks for Section B



 Section-wise Distribution of Subjects


Distribution of marks

Total Marks

Part A


20 x 2


General Aptitude

40 x 2


Part B


2 x 40




NATA 2020 Syllabus

NATA 2020 Syllabus for all the subjects is given in detail and should be followed by all the students to score a good record in the NATA 2020 Examination:

Syllabus for Mathematics

  • Algebra: Definitions of A. P. and G.P.: General term: Summation of first n-terms of series ∑n, ∑n²,∑n3: Arithmetic/Geometric series, A.M., G.M. and their relation: Infinite G.P. series and its sum.
  • Logarithms: Definition: General properties: Change of base.
  • Matrices: Concepts of m x n (m ≤ 3, n ≤ 3) real matrices, operations of addition, scalar multiplication and multiplication of matrices. Transpose of a matrix. The determinant of a square matrix. Properties of determinants (statement only). Minor, cofactor and adjoint of a matrix. Nonsingular matrix. The inverse of a matrix. Finding the area of a triangle. Solutions of system of linear equations. (Not more than 3 variables).
  • Trigonometry: Trigonometric functions, addition and subtraction formulae, formulae involving multiple and submultiple angles, general solution of trigonometric equations. Properties of triangles, inverse trigonometric functions, and their properties.
  • Coordinate geometry: Distance formula, section formula, area of a triangle, condition of co-linearity of three points in a plane. Polar coordinates, the transformation from Cartesian to polar coordinates and vice versa. Parallel transformation of axes, the concept of locus, elementary locus problems. The slope of a line. Equation of lines in different forms, angle between two lines. Condition of perpendicularity and parallelism of two lines. The distance of a point from a line. Distance between two parallel lines. Lines through the point of intersection of two lines. Equation of a circle with a given center and radius. A condition that a general equation of second degree in x, y may represent a circle. Equation of a circle in terms of endpoints of a diameter. Equation of tangent, normal and chord. Parametric equation of a circle. The intersection of a line with a circle. Equation of common chord of two intersecting circles.
  • 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry: Direction cosines and direction ratios distance between two points and section formula, equation of a straight line, equation of a plane, a distance of a point from a plane.
  • Theory of Calculus: Functions, the composition of two functions and inverse of a function, limit, continuity, derivative, chain rule, derivatives of implicit functions and functions defined parametrically. Integration as a reverse process of differentiation, indefinite integral of standard functions. Integration by parts. Integration by substitution and partial fraction. Definite integral as a limit of a sum with equal subdivisions. The fundamental theorem of integral calculus and its applications. Properties of definite integrals. Formation of ordinary differential equations, solution of homogeneous differential equations, separation of variables method, linear first-order differential equations.
  • Application of Calculus: Tangents and normals, conditions of tangency. Determination of monotonicity, maxima, and minima. Differential coefficient as a measure of rate. Motion in a straight line with constant acceleration. Geometric interpretation of definite integral as area, calculation of area bounded by elementary curves and Straight lines. Area of the region included between two elementary curves.
  • Permutation and combination: Permutation of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Permutation of n things not all different. Permutation with repetitions (circular permutation excluded). Combinations of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Combination of n things not all different. Basic properties. Problems involving both permutations and combinations.
  • Statistics and Probability: Measure of dispersion, mean, variance and standard deviation, frequency distribution. Addition and multiplication rules of probability, conditional probability and Bayes’ Theorem, independence of events, repeated independent trails and Binomial distribution.

Syllabus for General Aptitude

  • Objects, texture related to architecture and the built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), General awareness of national/international architects and famous architectural creations.
  • Mathematical reasoning: Statements, logical operations like and, or, if and only if, implies, implied by. Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction and
  • Sets and Relations: Idea of sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets, Venn diagram, De Morgan's Laws, Relation and its properties. Equivalence relation — definition and elementary examples.

Syllabus for Drawing

  • Understanding of scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, color texture, harmony, and contrast. Conceptualization and Visualization through structuring objects in memory. Drawing of patterns - both geometrical and abstract. Form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces, and volumes. Generating plan, elevation and 3D views of objects. Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms. Perspective drawing, Sketching of urbanscape and landscape, Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment, etc., from memory.

NATA 2020 Preparation Tips

NATA 2020 Preparation Tips are mentioned below:

  • Students must include the time distribution, management of resources and various other important factors before they start their preparation.
  • Daily revision is an important aspect.
  • An ample amount of sleep is a must as grasping new things and the ability to think faster and to focus will also get worse if sleep and rest are not enough.
  • Give time for recreation which is an important part as it helps to release stress from time to time.
  • Solving questions will give an idea of the exam pattern.

DOs & DON’Ts - NATA 2020                          


  • Read the online instructions carefully before filling-in of the Application Form online.
  • Specify all personal information, address, and date of birth correctly.
  • Remember the application number, security question/answer, and password.
  • Choose the examination zones correctly.
  • Upload color photograph and signature of specified size only as rest would not be accepted.
  • Retain a copy of the Confirmation Page as a proof of submission of the application form.
  • Follow the time schedule as mentioned in the brochure and Admit Card.
  • Enter the examination hall only with the Admit Card and Photo ID.
  • For drawings, use pencils and colored pencils nothing else.


  • Don’t divulge the application number, security question/answer, and password to anybody.
  • Don’t give wrong/unused mobile number and e-mail ID during form fill up otherwise there is a possibility of missing out on important information for which the authorities won’t be held responsible.
  • Don’t upload poor quality scanned photograph and signature.
  • Don't send duly filled in Confirmation Page or any document through the post to the CoA office.
  • Don’t spoil the hard copy of the downloaded admit card.
  • For drawings, use of crayons, water, and oil paints prohibited, only bring the above-mentioned material to the examination center.
  • Don't bring Mobile Phone, Calculator or any other electronic gadget inside the Examination Hall.
  • Don’t bring any instruments including a scale inside the Examination Hall.

NATA 2020 Result

NATA 2020 Result will be announced on the official website on the First week of May 2020 and last week of July 2020 for Session 1 & Session 2 respectively. Following are some of the key points regarding the NATA 2020 Result which the students can follow up:

The result will be available in the following formats:

  • Marks obtained out of 200 and in each component
  • Pass/Fail

Qualifying marks for NATA 2020 would be based on the following rules:

  • A minimum of 25% must be secured in Mathematics & General Aptitude i.e. MCQ section (30 out of 120)
  • A minimum of 25% must be secured in Drawing portion (20 out of 80)
  • Overall qualifying marks (out of 200) would be based on post-exam statistics and at the discretion of the Council.
  • A Candidate will not qualify in NATA 2020 unless he/ she satisfies all three conditions mentioned above.
  • The result would only be valid for the forthcoming Academic session i.e. 2020-21.

NATA 2020 Counselling

NATA 2020 Counselling will commence after the result declaration and students who have made it through the examination will be given an opportunity to participate in the counselling and as per their choice preferences will be allotted colleges under the NATA 2020 Counselling.

All the eligible candidates after counselling will be needed to block their seats before the last date otherwise their seat will be considered vacant and might get allotted to some other student.

Centralized counselling would be conducted for all the candidates who have qualified the examination and shall be granted admission based on their overall performance.

NATA 2020 Highlights

Exam Name

NATA 2020

Conducting Body

Council of Architecture (COA)


National Level


B.Arch Degree Courses 

Official website

Exam Mode

Online (CBT)

Exam Purpose

To offer admission in B.Arch Courses across India through a centralized examination


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NATA Important Dates

NATA 2020 Form Date21 Jan - 14 Mar 2020 (Tentative)
Application correction08 Mar - 21 Mar 2020 (Tentative)
NATA 2020 Admit card01 Apr - 08 Apr 2020 (Tentative)
NATA 2020 Exam Date05 Apr - 11 Apr 2020 (Tentative)
NATA 2020 Result01 May - 07 May 2020 (Tentative)

National Aptitude Test in Architecture 2020 Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

3 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:


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Paper 2
Exam Duration:

3 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :


Negative Marking: