NATA 2018: Result, Answer Key, Score Card, Cut Off & Admission Process

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is being conducted by COA since 2006, regarding the provisions of CoA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983, published in the Gazette of India. It is implied that a separate aptitude test in. Architecture should be conducted, and such a test should not be combined with the tests for admissions to Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine and other disciplines.

Being the competent authority for fixing norms and standards for architectural institutions, COA has the necessary expertise to hold a Common Aptitude Test in Architecture, at national level to provide a single window system for appearing in aptitude test and to facilitate institutions, students and public at large for admission to First year of 5 year B.Arch. Degree Course at all recognized Institutions all over a country.

NATA 2019 (National Competence in Architecture) will be administered by the Architectural Council (COA). This is a national competency test that is conducted for admission to the architecture program across the country. Through this examination, candidates will receive admission in 5 years of Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch). A NATA Scorecard will be reviewed by private and governmental institutions. Discover this article, we have updated all the details about NATA 2019.

The Architectural Council (COA) is responsible for administering the full admission procedure for NATA 2019. The Authority is conducting this national examination for admission to architectural programs available in many institutes located throughout the country. 

NATA Exam 2019 Dates 

Below, we have mentioned the tentative schedule of NATA 2019:

Events Dates
Online Registration Starts  January 2019
Last Date of Online Registration March 2019 
Admit Card Issued  April 2019
Date of Exam April 2019
Responses release May 2019
Answer key release June 2019
Result Declaration June 2019
Score Card Released June 2019

NATA 2019 Answer Key 

Candidates can get the answer key after a few days of the examination. NATA Answer Key may be released in the month of May 2019.

.   NATA Answer Key is releasing on May 2019. If candidates have any objection to answer key, they can report to the officials. 

NATA Admit Card 2019

Whenever the letter of approval is issued by the authority, we will update it on our site. The NATA 2019 admit card will consist of candidates and examination details such as the candidate’s name, roll number, examination date and time, test centre location, etc. Applicants must bring one of the photo identification tests with the admit card/appointment voucher.

NATA Registration 2019

You can register for NATA 2019 in online mode from 16th January 2019. It will be possible to register until the 2nd March 2019. Applicants must provide personal information and download documents on the form. After completing all the application formalities, candidates do not need to submit their applications to the authority. However, they must be kept for additional admission towers.

The NATA application procedure can be carried out in three steps, including filling in personal information, loading documents and paying fees. After completing the first part of the application, candidates can move to the loading session of the document and the last step would be to pay the fees. Applicants must take the impression of their full application, but they do not need to send it to the competent authority.

  • Applicants must complete their personal information and download documents when completing the online form.
  • Candidates must upload their scanned images, that is, the passport size photograph, the printed thumb of the left hand, and the self-signature in a given format.
  • Keep printing the confirmation page generated after the tax payment for a later process.
  • It is not necessary to send the NATA request form via the offline or by mail.
  • In the event that candidates encounter an error in the application form, the correction window will open in the 3rd week of February 2019.

Instruction Regarding Image Uploading

Candidates have to three documents which are listed below:

  1. Recently taken coloured passport size photograph;
  2. Left thumb impression;
  3. His/her own signature;

All the documents should be in jpg/jpeg format according to the format prescribed below:

List of Documents Storage Size Dimension
Photograph 4 KB 100 KB 4.5 cm 3.5 cm
Signature 1 KB 30 KB 1.5 cm 3.5 cm
Left Thumb Impression 1 KB 30 KB 1.5 cm 3.5 cm

Registration Fee

  • The registration fee is Rs. 1250 for all category candidates.
  • Candidates can make payment through online or offline mode include debit card/credit card/net banking & e-Challan.
  • Candidates, those opt for exam city in Dubai have to pay the extra examination fee of INR 7000 prior to issuance of admit card.

Eligibility 2019 Criteria

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If you don’t know the minimum eligibility need to be fulfilled by candidates for appearing in the exam then please read the information furnished below and unsure whether you are eligible or not.

The eligibility criteria are mentioned below:

Age Criteria:

  • Age Limit: Candidate’s minimum age should be 17 years as on 31st July 2019.

Qualification Criteria:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates have to pass 10+2 or equivalent or 10+2 Diploma (any stream) or International Baccalaureate Diploma, after 10 years of Schooling.
  • Subjects: Pass above examination with mathematics as one of the subjects.
  • Minimum Marks: Secure at least 50% marks in the above qualifying examination.
  • Appearing candidates can also apply.
  • Lateral Entry: There is no process of lateral entry admission into B.Arch course.
  • There is no lower age limit specified by the authority to appear on the entrance test.
  • Candidates must be approved or appear in 10 + 2 or their equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects.
  • They must have completed or will appear in 10 + 3 Diploma in any stream of a recognized institution.
  • Candidates must have an International Baccalaureate Diploma after completing 10 years of Mathematics education.
  • They must have obtained the grade of Mathematics as a required subject.
  • If you have not passed the qualifying examination and are a candidate appearing, then you can proceed to apply.

How to prepare for NATA 2019

  • Candidates must understand their design and creative skills.
  • Prepare a schedule and provide the same time interval for each topic.
  • Aware of the full program and examination profile.
  • Resolve the role of the previous year’s questions for practice.
  • Eat healthy food and stay in shape.
  • Refer to the best study materials and books.

Admission Procedure

The NATA Council will be organized individually by the participating institutions. The COA will not give notice. After the declaration of the results, candidates can apply for admission to B.Arch courses in various institutions and universities according to the NATA Scorecard. The NATA scorecard will only be valid for the school year 2019-2019.

NATA Exam Pattern and Mode of Answering

The prescribed NATA examination model is listed below. All of the information below will help candidates prepare for exams with ease. Candidates may modify the details provided below after notification of their official notification.

The exam pattern is given here:

  • Mode of Exam: The exam will be held in offline mode (pen paper-based).
  • Duration: The duration of the exam will be three hours.
  • Type of Question: The question of Mathematics & General Aptitude will be multiple choice questions.
  • No. of Questions: Total 60 questions will be asked in the examination.
  • Total Marks: The question paper will be of 200 marks.
  • Marking Scheme: For each correct answer, two marks will be awarded to the candidates in Mathematics & General Aptitude test.
  • Negative Marking: No marks will be deducted for incorrect answer.
  • Subjects: The question paper will comprise of three sections, i.e. Mathematics, Drawing & General Aptitude.
  • Qualifying Marks: Secure minimum 25% marks in MCQ portion (30 out of 120) & 25% marks in Drawing portion (20 out of 80).
Subjects Marks
PART A (90 minutes)
Mathematics 40
General Aptitude 40
PART B (90 minutes)
Drawing Two sets in A4 size paper 80

Schedule of Examination

Question Pattern

Questions and all instructions will be available only in English medium.

  • Exam mode is offline;
  • All questions of general aptitude and mathematics will be multiple choice questions only.
  • There will be 60 questions on the exam.
  • The total score on the question paper will be 200.
  • Two qualifications would be given to candidates for each correct answer.
  • There will be no negative mark during the examination.
  • The role of the question will consist of three sections, including mathematics, drawing and general aptitude.
  • To be counted among qualified students, candidates must score a minimum of 25% on the MCQ part and 25% on the drawing part.

All the booklets will be served at the beginning in one folder. MCQ answer sheet (OMR) for Part-A will be withdrawn after 90 minutes. It is to be noted carefully that the candidates must fill in as well as the bubble in.

ALL the relevant information including the “Question Booklet No” at the indicated places on OMR Answer Sheet, Drawing Sheets and Attendance Sheet during an examination.

Questions and all instructions will be available only in English medium.

  • Mathematics of 40 marks
  • General Aptitude of 80 marks
  • Drawing Test of 80 marks

Mathematics & General Aptitude Test

Only one option is correct and correct response will yield 2 (two) marks. There is no negative marking, but wrong answering will be penalized in case of tie-breaking, as elaborated below.

Answers to both parts must be provided on the same OMR sheet, which is a specially designed machine readable.

Drawing Test

The candidate has to attempt two questions within 90 minutes. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects –

  • Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in a visually appealing manner.
  • Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
  • A sense of perspective drawing
  • Combining and composing given three-dimensional elements to form a building or structural form; Creating interesting two-dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.
  • Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition; Understanding of scale and proportions.
  • Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.

The Answer to each question in the ‘drawing’ paper will be examined by more than one examiner independently, and the marks are to be averaged. The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate’s drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate’s sense of proportion and perspective are also evaluated together with a sense of colour and composition

NATA Eligibility 2019 Criteria

Candidates may come from the following backgrounds:

  • (a) 10+2 or equivalent passed/appearing with Mathematics as one of the subjects of examination;
  • (b) 10+3 Diploma (any stream) passed/appearing recognized by Central/State Govts with Mathematics as one of the subjects of examination;
  • (c) International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after ten years of Schooling with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination.

NOTE: The Lower Age Limit For Appearing In Nata-2019 Has Been Waived. However, the Candidate Has To Comply With Any Age Constraints That May Be Specified By Respective Counselling/ Admission Authority

Admission to the First year of B.Arch. course

Qualifying In Nata-2019 Does Not Constitute A Right/ Guarantee for The Candidate For His/Her Admission To Any Architecture Course Unless He/She Has Fulfilled All The Prescribed Requirements As Specified By Respective Counseling And Admission Authorities.

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

  1. Qualified a recognized aptitude test in Architecture (NATA or equivalent) in 2019 OR qualified in NATA-2016
  1. Have gone through any of the following curricula with marks as prescribed below:
  • (a) Secured 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects; OR
  • (b) 10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognized by Central/State Govts with 50% aggregate marks with Mathematics; OR
  • (c) International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after ten years of Schooling with 50% marks in aggregate and with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination

No direct lateral admission is allowed at any other year/stage of B.Arch. Course based on any qualification.

Reservations under different categories

NATA-2019 is a qualifying examination where a general merit list will be published along with a score of the candidate. Reservation is a prerogative of the admission/ counselling authority, and this examination has nothing to do with it. However, candidates with specific disability of colour blindness may be debarred from admission to B. Arch. Course, as per the policy of the respective institution/ University.

A NATA application Procedure

  • The application has to be filled up ONLINE at the NATA portal of NIC click here
  • Candidates need to visit the portal and CLICK the requisite link ONLINE APPLICATION NATA– 2019 and after that will be directed to the actual 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.
  • Candidates need to fill in the first part i.e. PERSONAL DETAILS and will after that be directed to DOCUMENT UPLOADING. Once the documents are successfully uploaded, the system enters into the FEE PAYMENT.
  • Finally, the candidate must take a printout of CONFIRMATION PAGE generated upon successful fee payment for their record. There is no need to send any document by post. To more info click here

Application Fee Details

  • Irrespective of his/her category and gender, a candidate applying for NATA– 2019 has to pay INR 1250/-(Rupees one thousand two hundred fifty only) as application fee, through ONLINE mode.
  • The candidate, on successfully uploading the PERSONAL DETAILS and DOCUMENTS; will be directed to the web page containing the process of payment of application fee as per the following options. Service charges, as applicable, would be payable along with fees at the bank.

The validity of the NATA-2019 score

  • NATA-2019 score shall be valid only for admission in the session 2019-20.

Application form

  • Filling up of fields will be interactive in nature. As soon as the cursor is taken to a certain field, a cursor tip MESSAGE will be shown to the candidate to assist in filling up.
  •  In the case of difficulty, the HELP icon placed right next to the field will redirect the candidate to that section of the Brochure which deals with the filling up of the said field. Please note that the applicant name, father’s name, mother’s name, postal address and date of birth taken together must be unique for each application.
  • On completion and submission of the PERSONAL DETAILS, the system will generate a unique 7-digit numeric
  • APPLICATION NUMBER for the candidate. The candidate has to choose a PASSWORD and keep it as a guarded secret for all subsequent entries into their domain.
  •  A SECURITY QUESTION AND ANSWER will be captured from the candidate by the system at this stage.
  • The candidate has to remember this question-answer pair for prompt retrieval of the password in case it is forgotten at the later stage. Once an Application Number is generated and the password is chosen, the candidate may log out of the system.
  • The candidate will need to enter the system subsequently for various reasons as given below: Accessing and editing personal information (still going to the document upload stage) Uploading of images.  Printing of e-Challan for Bank/performing fee payment through EPG. Printing of the Confirmation Page. Correction to data during dates specified by the Council, if needed. Viewing of OMR answer sheet and result details after examination.
  • The candidate has to use this system generated Application Number and chosen password for subsequent login to the system for all subsequent accesses to the system. Therefore it is very important for the candidate to note down the application number and password.
  •  It is also important to note the security question and the answer pair for retrieval of the password in case the candidate forgets the chosen password.
  • So the candidate must note down the security question and answer for future reference

The issue of Admit Card

For each Applicant, an Admit Card will be generated indicating the allotted Examination Centre for NATA – 2019 and a downloadable version of the admit card will be published on the respective webpage of the candidate concerned. An Examination Roll Number will also be generated for each candidate.

Candidate has to download the soft copy of the Admit Card from the website and has to appear in the examination with a printed hard copy at the concerned Examination Centre indicated in the downloaded Admit Card on production of the same along with Identical one copy of (a) Original photograph (same as uploaded) and (b) One photo identity card e.g. Voter Card, Pan Card, Aadhar Card, Driving Licence.

Candidates must ensure that the photograph and signature printed on the admit card are not mutilated / distorted/soiled even by accident. Candidates with such mutilated/distorted/soiled admit cards will not be allowed to appear in NATA-2019.

Candidates are advised to retain their admit cards carefully in secured place in undamaged condition in all respects as stated above till the completion of admission procedure.

All applicants who appear to be prima facie eligible shall be provisionally permitted to sit for NATA-2019. If, after scrutiny at any stage, it is found that an applicant is otherwise ineligible, his/her candidature shall be cancelled even if he/she has appeared in NATA-2019 and secured a position in the merit list.

The candidature shall also be cancelled if he/she fails to produce any of the required documents in original for the fulfilment of eligibility and other criteria as specified earlier during counselling and physical admission and subsequent registration in a respective affiliating institution



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 an 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 sub-multiple angles, the 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 collinearity of three points in a plane. Polar coordinates, a transformation from Cartesian to polar coordinates and vice versa. Parallel transformation of axes, a concept of a locus, elementary locus problems. The slope of a line. The equation of lines in different forms, angle between two lines. The condition of perpendicularity and parallelism of two lines. The distance of a point from a line. The distance between two parallel lines. Lines through the point of intersection of two lines. The equation of a circle with a given centre and radius. A condition that a general equation of second degree in x, y may represent a circle. The equation of a circle regarding endpoints of a diameter. The equation of tangent, normal and chord. Parametric equation of a circle. The intersection of a line with a circle. The equation of the common chord of two intersecting circles.

3-Dimensional Coordinate geometry: Direction cosines and direction ratios, a distance between two points and section formula, an equation of a straight line, an equation of a plane, the distance of a point from a plane.

Theory of Calculus: Functions, a composition of two functions and inverse of a function, limit, continuity, derivative, chain rule, derivative 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 the 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, the 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 the 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 (rn). Permutation of n things not all different. Permutation with repetitions (circular permutation excluded). Combinations of n different things taken r at a time (rn). The 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 trials and Binomial distribution


Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from the 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 contrapositive.

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.


Understanding of scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, colour 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

Moto behind the NATA Exam

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The purpose of conducting NATA is to provide a single scheme of examination for holding 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. However, the actual admissions shall be carried out only by the concerned competent authorities of the respective states/institutions based on NATA. The NATA also ensures that the eligibility criteria for admission to five years Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree course, as prescribed by CoA and duly approved by the Central Government, are strictly adhered to and followed all over the country in Architectural Institutions.

NATA measures the aptitude of the applicant for a specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test makes an assessment of drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, Mathematics and critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period and are related to the specific field of study.

To further strengthen the conduct of the test and to attract a number of bright aspirants into studying Architecture, COA has decided to conduct NATA-2019 for admission to B.Arch. In the academic session 2019-18, as a one-day paper-based examination all over the country. This would surely be a step towards producing competent architects to serve the society and to build the nation in coming decades, especially given the Govt. of India mission of Smart Cities.


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