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Nata 2024 measures the aptitude of the candidate for specific field of study, ie Architecture, through assessment of cognitive skills, visual perception and aesthetic sensitivity tests. It also tests your logical and critical thinking, besides the learning the candidate has acquired over the past years. Since 2006, the Council of Architecture (COA) has been organizing the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (Nata). This test is required for getting admission to the Bachelor of Architecture program. However, the actual admissions are carried out only by the concerned competent authorities of the respective States/UT's etc., Institutions based on valid Nata score and eligibility criteria prescribed by CoA and concerned authorities. 

Nata Exam Details


Name of the Exam National Aptitude Test in Architecture
Conducted By Council of Architecture (CoA)
Mode of Exam Online & Offline
Score Validity Two academic years
Exam Medium English & Hindi
Maximum Attempts 3
Participating Colleges Approx 300
Mode of Application Online
Exam Duration 180 Minutes
Official Website
Email ID
HelpDesk No 08045549467

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Nata Exam Registration 2024


Nata registrations started on 1 March, 2024 & the exams will commence on April 6, 2024. Nata 2024 exam will be held every weekend from April to July 2024, two sessions per day. However the closing dates for form filling have not been announced yet. Nata Application Form can be filled online at the Nata portal of The online application form is interactive in nature & is broadly categorized into three steps: personal details, document uploading & fee payment. 

The candidate can take Nata 2024 exam upto 3 times, in one academic year. Participation in the second or third test remains optional & lies solely with the discretion of the applicants. Candidates are eligible to enroll for either one test or a maximum of three tests within a single academic year by duly completing the application form. The best score out of all the attempts will be used to determine the results. Nata Test score will be valid for two academic years. 

Qualifying in Nata 2024 does not guarantee in favour of the candidate for admission to B.Arch Course in any Institute or College, unless the candidate has fulfilled all the prescribed requirements as specified by respective competent authorities in compliance with the eligibility criteria laid down by the council. 

Nata Exam Date 


Forthcoming Exam Dates
Nata 2024 Exam Start Date 6 April, 2024
Nata 2024 Application Form Closing Date  
Nata 2024 Exam Closing Date  
Previous Exam Dates
Nata 2024 Application Form Start date 1 March, 2024

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NATA Exam 2024 - Schedule of Examination

Nata 2024 Examination commencing from 6-04-2024 onwards, on all weekends from April to July 2024, in two sessions

Date & Time for Nata Exam Questions & Marks of Examination

Session 1

10.00 am to 1.00 pm 

(180 mins/3.0 hours) 

Session 2

1.30 pm to 4.30 pm 

(180 mins/3.0 hours)

Part A - Drawing & Composition Test

 90 Min, 3 Questions, 80 Marks


Part B - Computer Based Online Test

 90 Min, 45 Questions, 120 Marks


Syllabus for Nata Exam

The Syllabus for Nata 2024 includes a comprehensive range of topics, outlining what the candidates must acquaint themselves with, for the entrance examination. It is designed to effectively evaluate the aptitude & reasoning skills of each candidate. To ready themselves adequately, aspirants are encouraged to acquaint themselves thoroughly with the Nata exam pattern and syllabus  before the exam. 


Eligibility Criteria for Nata 

Candidates appearing in the Nata exam 2024 are advised to go through nata criteria, before applying for Nata.

For 10+2 Students:

  • Qualifying Exam: 10+1 exam or 10+2 exam passed/appearing
  • Subjects Required: Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are mandatory subjects
  • Age Limit: No Age Limit Specified to Appear for Nata

For Diploma Students:

  • Qualifying Exam: 10+3 Diploma Examination passed/appearing
  • Subjects Required: Mathematics subject is mandatory
  • Age Limit: No Age Limit Specified to Appear for Nata

However, candidates should note that the above eligibility criterias are only for appearing in Nata exam.

Aspirants need to fulfil further criterias in order to be eligible to get admission to B.arch course.

Nata Admit Card


Nata Admit Card will be available on the official website Each candidate can download their Nata Appointment Card/Nata Admit Card, which will detail their assigned Nata Test Centre, session & Appointment number for Nata 2024, as per the provided schedule. Candidates must ensure to download a soft copy from the website & bring a hard copy to the Nata Test Centre, along with an original photo ID such as Voter Card/ Pan Card/ Aadhar Card/ Driving Licence/ Passport. It is crucial that the photo & signature on the Appointment Card are clear & undamaged. Candidates with damaged Appointment Cards will not be permitted take Nata 2024. It is advised that candidates keep their Appointment Cards safe untill the completion of the admission procedure.


Nata Results 2024

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The Qualifying Marks for Nata 2024 would be based on the following rules:

1. A Minimum of 20 marks must be secured in Part A.

2. A Minimum of 30 marks must be secured in Part B.

3. Overall qualifying marks for Nata 2024 shall be 70 marks out of 200 as aggregate of Part A and part B.

A candidate will not qualify in Nata 2024, unless all 3 conditions mentioned above are satisfied. In case the candidate appears in multiple tests, all the previous scores shall appear on the score card.

The best score obtained in all attempts shall be taken as the valid score for Nata 2024.

Nata 2024 score shall be valid for two academic years from the year in which appeared.


Nata Counselling

The Council of Architecture (CoA) does not organize a centralized Nata Councelling process. Instead, candidates who have qualified will need to apply to their chosen colleges separately for B.Arch Admissions. There are around 300 universities & colleges across India, that recognize Nata scores for admission into their 5 year B.Arch programs. Here is a compiliation of some of the Best B Arch Colleges in India.

Nata 2024 Exams Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)


Ques 1. Does Nata have negative marking?

Ans 1. Nata 2024 does not have negative marking. Hence, it is a good opportunity for all the aspirants to attempt maximum number of questions, as there is no fear of losing marks in negative marking.


Ques 2. Is Nata exam tough?

Ans 2. The answer to this question may vary from candidate to candidate. As Nata measures your aptitude in the field of Architecture, aspirants may find it tough or easy, based on their inherent aptitude for the respective field.


Ques 3. What is Nata entrance exam?

Ans 3. Nata is conducted by Council of Architecture every year, to measure the aptitude of the candidate for field of Architecture. The test is required to get admission to first year of 5 year B.Arch program in Architecture Colleges across India.


Ques 4. Is Nata MCQ based?

Ans 4. Nata exam is divided into two parts: Online & Offline exam. The online test consists of 45 MCQs carrying 120 marks. The offline test consists of 3 Drawing questions carrying 80 marks.


Ques 5. Is 100 a good score in Nata?

Ans 5. 100 is an average score in Nata. To get admission into a good B.Arch college, as a Nata Aspirant, you need to aim higher.


Ques 6. Nata is conducted by _______?

Ans 6. Nata is conducted by Council of Architecture (CoA), the authorized body responsible for setting standards in architectural education at national level.


Ques 7. Is Nata exam online?

Ans 7. Nata exam is conducted as a combination of "online + offline" test. The online test is a Computer based MCQ Test & the offline test is a Paper & Pencil based drawing Test.


Ques 8. What to do after Nata exam?

Ans 8. Candidates who have qualified Nata, need to follow the admission schedule & apply to their chosen colleges for B.Arch Admissions. 


Ques 9. How many attempts for Nata 2024?

Ans. Candidates can register themselves for either one test or a maximum of three tests for Nata 2024 in an academic year?


Ques 10. Is calculator allowed in Nata?

Ans 10. No, calculators, mobile phones, bluetooth devices etc are not allowed in the examination hall.


Ques 11. How many seats does Nata have?

Ans 11. There are around 300 colleges in India offering B.Arch, that accept Nata scores.


Ques 12. Why Nata exam?

Ans 12. Nata exam is conducted by CoA to evaluate aptitude in the field of Architecture for B.Arch Aspirants. The exam is required to get admission to first year of 5 year B.Arch program in Architecture Colleges across India.


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About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology.