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NATA 2020


Updated: Sep 13, 2020 by Anu Handa  

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is a national level entrance examination conducted by COA, for admission to first year of 5 year B.Arch degree at recognized institutions across India. Council of Architecture (COA) is the competent authority to conduct a Common Aptitude Test in Architecture ie. NATA, to measure aptitude of candidates. COA is conducting NATA since 2006 as a single scheme of examination at national level, so that candidates need not take multiple aptitude tests. The COA controls and regulates the standard of B.Arch education imparted by about 465 institutions which constitute deemed universities, affliated college/school, colleges/departments of universities, IITs, NITs, and autonomous institutions. Since 2006, the difficulty and pattern of the exam has seen multiple changes and finally settled to a 3 hour 15 minute exam comprising online and paper based test.

Latest Updates for Nata 2020 - Dated July 24, 2020

As per the latest notification by COA, the first test of Nata exam scheduled to be held on August 01, 2020 has been postponed to August 29, 2020. The second test will be held on September 12, 2020.

This year both Part A (Drawing Test) and Part B (Test on Scientific Ability and General Aptitude) of Nata 2020 will be held as an online aptitude test. Due to exceptional circumstances, Part A Test has been redevised as a preferential/multiple choice type test to be answered on a computer or laptop. The syllabus for Part A Test has also been revised as Cognitive Skills for Drawing and Visual Composition Test. This substitutes the Paper based test for this year.

Candidates can opt to appear for Nata 2020 from their respective place of residence or at the Council allotted test centre. The candidates will soon be provided an option in their respective login accounts to opt for their preference for examination for Nata 2020 ie. from home or test centre. 

Syllabus for Part A has been revised as under: Understanding the important visual principles in 2D or 3D composition such as balance, rhythm, direction, hierarchy, etc. Understanding geometry and the ability to visualize shape and solve geometrical puzzles to test spatial intelligence. Understanding colour theory and the various terminologies to test colour scheme awareness and knowledge. Visual system interpretation and perception to test graphical similarities and other properties. Ability to understand spatial relationship between objects, and to visualize images and scenarios. Tests for cognitive ability: perception, attention, recognition, memory, etc.

In view of the pandemic Covid-19 and partial cancellation of 10+2 level examinations by various boards/ authorities in the country, the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, based on the recommendations of the Council of Architecture, has relaxed the eligibility criteria for admission to 1st year of 5 year B.Arch Degree course, for the academic session 2020-21, as a one time measure, as under:

1. No candidate shall be admitted to B.Arch course unless he/she has passed in 10+2 scheme of examination with PCM subjects or pass in 10+3 Diploma with Mathematics, as the case may be.

2. The candidates who have qualified the aptitude test ie. Nata or JEE , with pass percentage in 10+2 scheme of examination with PCM or 10+3 Diploma with Mathematics shall be eligible for admission to B.Arch course for the academic session 2020-21.

For further clarification, candidates can call Nata Helpline No. 9319275557, 7303487773 or Email at

Older Updates for Nata 2020 

July 17, 2020: The first test of Nata exam scheduled to be held on August 01, 2020 has been postponed to August 29, 2020.

May 19, 2020: The first test and second test of Nata 2020 exam will now be held on August 1, 2020 and August 29, 2020.

May 7, 2020: The COA has postponed the first and second tests of Nata scheduled to be held on 19th April 2020.

Mar 27, 2020: The COA has postponed the first test of Nata scheduled to be held on 19th April 2020.

Mar 16, 2020: The last date to fill Nata 2020 Application forms has been extended to 23rd March 2020. 

Feb 1, 2020: Information about Nata is released in the public domain by COA. This includes the Nata Brochure, Important Dates and Application Forms for the exams. The Nata exam will be conducted on 19th April 2020 and 31st May 2020.

NATA Exam Pattern

The Nata Drawing Test is a paper based test carrying 125 marks. The test will be of 135 minutes and carries three questions, with a weightage of 35 marks, 35 marks and 55 marks respectively. The test will be held in an A4 size drawing paper. The part B is an online test having PCM and General Aptitude Test (GAT) comprising Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ). The online test will have 15 questions from PCM and 35 questions GAT. All 50 questions carry 1.5 mark each. All questions and instructions will be in English language. The total weightage of Nata exam will be of 200 marks. Candidates aspiring for B.Arch, check Nata Syllabus.

Nata Answer Key 2020

Nata Answer Key to Part B or MCQ portion will be made available in the public domain after the examination.

NATA Exam Day Guidelines

Exam Time Schedule 

  1. Report to the Examination Centre by 8:00 am.
  2. Gate opens to the examination hall at 8:30 am.
  3. A photograph of the candidate and the biometric will be taken at the centre before the candidate is indicated his/her seat for taking the examination.
  4. Registration of Candidate to be completed by 9:45 am.
  5. Gate closes to the examination hall at 9:45 am.
  6. Examination commences at 10:00 am.
  7. Duration of examination: 10:00 am to 1:15pm

What Candidates must bring with them

  1. Nata Admit Card 2020
  2. Original Identity Proof - Aadhar/ Voter ID/ Passport/ Driving License
  3. Pen, pencils, eraser, colour pencils.
  4. A card board or a clip board with nothing written on it.

What is not allowed?

  1. No water/oil colour or crayon. Instruments of any kind including scale are not permitted.
  2. No textual material, printed or written, bits of papers.
  3. Mobile Phones, bluetooth devices, calculators, slide rules, log tables, electronic watches with facilities of calculator.

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Sejal Vasani

"Mosaic Institute Of Design has helped me discover my hidden creativity and develop my interest for architecture & design . The teaching process is very good and propagates self - exploration rather than enforcement of ideas. Activities like live outdoor sketching helps a lot in understanding the activities and spaces around us. The study material is very informative and covers everything required for any design / architecture entrance exam."
Sejal Vasani
Nata Score - 130
CEPT ( B.Arch) Rank - 1
CEPT SID Rank - 15
Sejal took Admission in CEPT (B.Arch ) Ahmedabad

Gitesh Gupta

"At Mosaic it was best experience of my student life - With tremendous help from Mosaic & my hard work I have reached my goal. The study material gives A to Z knowledge for our exams. Faculties are very kind & helpful. Thank you very much Mosaic".
Gitesh Gupta
Nata Score - 131
CEPT ( B.Arch) Rank - 1
CEPT SBST Rank - 8
CEPT B.Plan Rank - 4
Gitesh took Admission in CEPT (B.Arch ) Ahmedabad

Pal Parekh

"Study material provided is perfect solution for the online exams."

Pal Parekh

Nata Score - 127
CEPT SID Rank - 17

Pal took Admission in CEPT ( SID ) Ahmedabad

Dhaval Patel

"It was a great decision to choose Mosaic over other institutes. Teaching is good, study material provided is excellent. From the knowledge I have gained over here I have grown to my full potential."
Nata Score - 126

Priyanka Awatramani

"A very good and appropriate atmosphere to prepare for the entrance . Mosaic provides a platform where creativity blossoms."

-Priyanka Awatramani

Nata Score - 119

CEPT ( SBST ) Rank - 1
CEPT ( B.Plan) Rank - 9
Priyanka took Admission in CEPT (B.Arch ) Ahmedabad

Khushbu Patel

"Mosiac Institute Of Design is one of the best learning place for design / architecture entrance. We get thorough & deep knowledge in a disciplined and systematic manner by well experienced faculties. I am really thankful to MOSAIC for giving me this wonderful experience of learning which only led to my admission in School of Interior Design in CEPT University. And for that all the credit goes to the one and only - MOSAIC!!! I am indebted greatly to MOSAIC for the excellent study material provided. Thanks a lot to MOSAIC"

Khushbu Patel
Nata Score - 118
CEPT ( SID) Rank - 6
CEPT ( SBST) Rank - 18
Khushbu took Admission in CEPT (SID) Ahmedabad

Deep Shah

"Very good teaching methodology proper & precise material."

Deep Shah
Nata Score - 116
CEPT ( SID) Rank - 5
CEPT ( SBST) Rank - 1
CEPT ( B.Arch ) Rank - 4
CEPT ( B.Plan ) Rank - 5
Deep took Admission in CEPT (SBST) Ahmedabad

Chandni Nathani

“Study Material - Bookwise topics are well divided and the Question Bank is very helpful.

On MOSAIC - All the expected questions were cleared properly and the staff was also helpful and supportive.”

Chandni Nathani

Nata Score - 112
CEPT ( SBST ) Rank - 1

Chandni took Admission in CEPT ( SBST ) Ahmedabad

Radhika Modi

"Just want to thank MOSAIC for bringing out the best in us with hardwork and preservance. Love the feedback we get in every drawing we do."

Radhika Modi

Nata Score - 110
CEPT ( SBST ) Rank - 5

CEPT ( B.Plan ) Rank - 20
CEPT SID Rank - 8
Radhika took Admission in CEPT ( SID ) Ahmedabad

Rushabh Gandhi

"Mosaic Institute Of Design is one of those places where learning truly meets fun. Creativity is the soul of the place. You step into the studio and your mind automatically change gears to creation. The studio is an exciting fusion of colors and shapes with a cool and comfortable atmosphere which automatically induces creativity. It is very conveniently located in the heart of the city.The Study Material provided to us is like the Bible of Design. It is marvelously compiled and wonderfully planned which guarantees success. That is all that can be said the rest has to be experienced..."

Rushabh Gandhi
Nata Score - 108
CEPT SBST Rank - 17
CEPT SID Rank - 2
Rushabh took Admission in CEPT ( SBST ) Ahmedabad

Kviza Samani

"Mosaic the name itself inspires confidence to get through any entrance exam. The thing that I like the most about this place - The faculties provide equal attention to each and every student."

Kviza Samani
Nata Score - 106

Aakansha Rebello

"For a beginner, Mosaic has been very helpful & has provided thorough in depth knowledge of all aspects needed. It has helped me improve greatly & do better drawings through its visual aids. Teamwork, observation power, creativity of mine has been enriched."

Aakanksha Rebello

Nata Score - 106
CEPT ( SBST ) Rank - 8
CEPT SID Rank - 31

CEPT B.Plan Rank - 22
Aakanksha took Admission in CEPT ( SBST ) Ahmedabad

Kanishka Khanna

"Mosaic is a very good institute as compared to others because here personal attention is given to each & every student & guided accordingly. The study material provided has proved to be very useful for preparing for such entrances."

Kanishka Khanna
Nata Score - 105
CEPT ( B.Arch ) Rank - 12
CEPT ( B.Plan ) Rank - 8
Kanishka took Admission in CEPT ( B.Plan ) Ahmedabad

Prachi Patel

"Mosaic is the best institute as compared to others. The study material provided covers the entire course & is easy to understand also."

Prachi Patel
Nata Score - 105

Udit Parekh

"I like the way faculties teach us. Learning is fun here."

Udit Parekh
Nata Score - 103
Udit took Admission in CEPT ( SID ) Ahmedabad

Ankita Badwal

"I really like the study material provided by Mosaic Institute of Design."

Ankita Badwal
Nata Score - 102
AIEEE (B.Arch) State Rank - 2
All India Rank - 84
Ankita took Admission in S.P.A. (B.Arch) Delhi