NATA 2016 registration opens on 21st January.

National Aptitude Test in Architecture 2016 (NATA 2016) is conducted by the Council of Architecture (C.O.A). NATA score for admission to the 5 year B. Architecture Degree at all recognized institutions of the country. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability. This is a complete and comprehensive assessment of candidates for undergraduate education in architecture. Admission to all architecture colleges (including government, government-aided, private unaided, university department, deemed universities) in India is done on the basis of NATA score.

NATA 2016 Exam Date

Find below the tentative NATA 2016 Exam Date:

Description Date
Registration Start 21st January, 2016.
Exam Start 1st April, 2016.
Last Date of Exam 20th August, 2016.
Last Date of Registration 18th August, 2016.
Result About a week after exam.

Important Changes in NATA 2016 Exam

Please note that the following changes are effective for NATA test starting from 1st April 2016.

  1. Starting 1st April 2016 candidates can attempt NATA for a maximum of 5 times. These attempts have to be within two years from the date of their first attempt.
  2. The best score out of the number of attempts till date will be considered the Valid Score. So, best of 5 attempts system will be applicable for the NATA test given from 1st April 2016.
  3. Validity of the Best score will be for 2 years from the date of their first attempt in 2016.
  4. A new NATA Registration form is to be submitted online by the candidate for every attempt. The required fee is to be Paid for each different attempt.
  5. The mark list will show the best marks scored by the candidate among all his previous attempts.
  6. Candidates, while seeking the repeat test appointment must declare their earlier exam details as required in the NATA 2016 application form (even if he has appeared in the previous years).
  7. If any candidate is found registering afresh concealing the earlier appearance for NATA test, he / she will forfeit his / her candidature. Further his / her all previous scores will be cancelled. He / she will be barred from appearing for NATA again.

Eligibility for NATA 2016

  1. Any person having passed S.S.C (Std. X) or equivalent exam can appear for NATA.

2. However, only candidates who have qualified an aptitude test in Architecture and have secured 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 of B.Arch. course. NATA score shall be valid for a period of 2 years from the year of appearing.

Steps for NATA 2016 Online Application

After you get to know that you are eligible then you should follow few step to register before the deadline:

1. Application form will be available at

2. Click on ‘register’ button to continue.

3. You will have to fill your name, email I.D. and mobile number to register.

4. You will then receive an email of confirmation. You are required to login. Then fill your personal information, qualification and other details as per the requirement in the form.

5. You will then have to pay the application fees. It can be paid online or offline.

NATA 2016 Application Fees

After the registration you can submit it online at by paying fees of Rs. 1250 (approx). The payment can be made either through credit card, debit card, net banking or through the bank challan. The bank challan can be used for depositing the fee through cash in any of the branches of ICICI Bank all over India.

You will also be required to pay the additional processing charges as follows:

1. Domestic credit card: 1.25% of the N.A.T.A Fee + Service tax.

2. Domestic debit card: 0.75% of the N.A.T.A fee + Service tax.

3. Domestic Net Banking: Rs. 15 per transaction.

4. Cash payment through challan at ICICI branches: Rs. 30 per transaction.

5. For International cards, the charges may apply as per the policy of the Bank.

NATA 2016 Exam Pattern

Section Duration
Section 1
Paper-pen based test                            [For Drawing]
No. of Questions: 3.                                  Total Time: 2 hours.
Section 2
Computer based test
[For Aesthetic Sensitivity]
No. of Questions: 40.
Time Allotted per question: 60-90 seconds.
Total Time: 1 hour.

The test is conducted in two parts. A paper-based drawing test and a computer-based online aesthetic sensitivity test.


This is a paper-pen based test. It is a two hour test. The candidate has to attempt three questions. Drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects –

1. Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner.

2. Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on an object and shadows cast on surroundings.

3. Sense of perspective drawing.

4. Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form.

5. Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms.

6. Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition.

7. Understanding of scale and proportion.

8. Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.


This is computer based test. Here the candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions.

The aesthetic sensitivity test measures –

  • Perception.
  • Imagination.
  • Observation.
  • Creativity.
  • Communication.
  • Architectural awareness.

It also comprises of –

  1. Visualizing three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings.

2. Visualizing different sides of three dimensional objects.

3. Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.

4.  Analytical reasoning.

5. Mental Ability.

6. Imaginative comprehension and expression.

7. Architectural awareness.

How the Sections of the Test are Scored?

Drawing Section

The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate’s drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate’s sense of proportion & perspective is also evaluated. This is taken together with sense for colour and composition.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Section

The candidate’s score will depend on his / her performance on the questions given and on the number of questions answered in the time allotted.

This section is computer adaptive. This means that the computer selects questions based on the candidate’s performance on preceding questions. So when the question answered is correct, the next question will be of higher difficulty level. If the question answered is wrong, the next question is of lower difficulty level. Test design factors that influence which questions are presented to the candidate, include:

  • The statistical characteristics of the questions already answered. It includes the difficulty level of the questions.
  • The required variety of question types.
  • The appropriate coverage of content.

The final score depends on average difficulty level of all questions and of those questions answered correctly. E.g. person with correct answer for less number of questions of higher difficulty level may score higher marks than someone who answers more number of questions correctly but of lower difficulty level.


Time allotted to answer each question is between 60 to 90 seconds depending upon the difficulty. The time remaining to answer the question is displayed on the screen. A countdown would begin 30 seconds before the allotted time for that question ends. In case no answer is offered till the time ends, the question is skipped and next question appears.

There is no negative marking in this test.

NATA 2016 Colleges

  1. Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai.
  2. Department of Architecture, I.I.T Roorkee.
  3. Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh.
  4. Department of Architecture, N.I.T, Tiruchirapalli.
  5. Department of Architecture, N.I.T, Calicut.
  6. Sushant School of Art and Architecture, Gurgaon.
  7. Gurgaon Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics, J.M.I, Delhi.
  8. Department of Architecture, B.I.T, Mersa.
  9. School of Architecture, R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore.
  10. Manipal University (M.U.).
  11. Sinhgad College of Architecture, Pune.
  12. Rizvi College of Architecture (R.C.A.), Mumbai.
  13. Chitkara School of Planning & Architecture.
  14. Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur.
  15. School of Planning and Architecture College of Engineering, Trivandrum.
  16. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology (S.V.I.T.), Vasad.
  17. Apeejay Institute of Technology, School of Architecture & Planning, Greater Noida.
  18. Rachana Sansad Academy of Architecture, Mumbai.
  19. I.E.S College of Architecture, Mumbai.
  20. Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (K.R.V.I.A.), Mumbai.
  21. Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai’s Campus Pillai’s College of Architecture (P.I.C.A.), New Panvel.
  22. L.S. Raheja School of Architecture, Mumbai.
  23. Kavikulguru Institute of Technology and Science (K.I.T.S.), Ramtek.
  24. School of Planning & Architecture – Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (J.N.A.F.A.U.), Hyderabad.
  25. Malik Sandal Institute of Art & Architecture, Bijapur.
  26. Jawahar Lal Nehru Engineering College (J.N.E.C.), Aurangabad.
  27. Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering & Technology, Bathinda.
  28. College of Architecture, I.E.T Bhaddal.
  29. R.I.M.T College of Architecture, Mandi, Gobindgarh.
  30. Aayojan School of Architecture, Jaipur.
  31. Thiagarajar College of Engineering (T.C.E.), Madurai.
  32. M.E.A.S.I Academy of Architecture, Chennai.
  33. Tamil Nadu School of Architecture, Coimbatore.
  34. Dehradun Institute of Technology (D.I.T.).

Tips to crack NATA 2016

Tip 1: It is very important to understand that just because you can draw, it does not mean that you would automatically clear this exam. Along with drawing skill, you need to have good perception, visualization skill, observational ability, general awareness and analytical ability.

Tip 2:  While preparing for NATA, one should not ignore 12th board exam. Grade level drawing examinations in school can be added advantage for students wishing to enroll for Architecture courses.

Tip 3: Practice is the key to success. While practicing use A4 size sheet rather than A3 size. This is because, you would be provided A4 size sheet in the exam.

Tip 4: Solve previous year question papers. This would familiarize you with the type of questions. Look at the questions from architectural awareness sections. You could have to prepare for this section specially. Also, it will help you to develop accuracy in drawing.

Tip 5: Avoid distraction like social network, television etc. Instead listen to music, do meditation or spend time with their friends, when you decide to take breaks.

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