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The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability, that have been acquired over a long period of time, and that are related to specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.
Any person having passed SSC (Std X) or equivalent examination can appear for NATA. However, only candidates who have qualified an aptitude test in architecture and have secured at least 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects, shall be eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course. No direct lateral admission is allowed at any year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification. NATA score shall be valid for a period of two years from the year in which one appeared.
Who should take NATA and Why?
Prospective applicants desirous of taking admission to First year of undergraduate course in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) in India take NATA. NATA scores are used by admissions authorities of different Government, Govt. Aided & unaided schools / colleges of Architecture, to provide common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants, for admission in addition to their scholastic performance in 10+2 or equivalent examination.
The test is in Two Parts
The test is in two parts. A paper based drawing test and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test.
The test measures aptitude of the candidate through two sections - a paper based section for drawing and computer based section for aesthetic sensitivity.
TIME DURATION - 2 HRS
NO OF QUESTION-3 (50 marks +25 marks+25 marks = Total of 100 marks).
This is a two hour paper where candidate has to attempt three questions. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects -
2. Aesthetic Sensitivity Test-60 MINUTES
TIME DURATION- 1 hr
NO OF QUESTION-40 multiple choice questions.
TYPE-computer based test
This is computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions. The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation,creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of -
Total NATA Test marks - 200.
Minimum qualifying marks: 40% or 80/200.