National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) 2019 Entrance Exam – Syllabus, Important Dates and more


Are you interested in exploring a range of design investigations and in confronting the challenges of the built environment while drawing inspiration from a broad body of knowledge? Do you want to boost your employability while enriching your university experience? If you have answered yes, then the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) facilitates your journey to your academic goals.

National Aptitude Test in Architecture(NATA)

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is a national-level joint entrance exam organized and conducted annually by National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA), the first architectural institute established jointly by the Council of Architecture (CoA) and the Center for Development Studies and Activities (CDSA), for admission to the various undergraduate programs in architecture offered by various universities and institutions across the nation. The test aims at evaluating the candidates’ suitability for the applied programs by making a cross-examination of their power of observation, sense of proportion, drawing skills and aesthetic sense, and critical thinking faculties.

Important Dates

Events Tentative Dates
Notification about the exam will be available in the public domain by January first week 2019
The application form will be made available form Jan second week 2019
The last date for the submission of application form March forth week 2019
Admit Cards will be issued by April first week 2019
National Aptitude Test in Architecture April last week 2019
Results will be declared by June first week 2019

Eligibility Requirements

The candidate must have passed any of the following to be eligible for application:

  • The final examination of the 10+2 system conducted by any Central or State Board recognized by the Association Of Indian Universities(AIU) with a minimum aggregate score of 50% with Mathematics as a compulsory subject. Candidates appearing for the qualifying exam this year can also apply.
  • The final examination of 10+3 system in any stream recognized by State/Central Government with Mathematics as a compulsory subject with a minimum aggregate of 50%. Candidates appearing for the qualifying exam this year can also apply.
  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office with Mathematics as a compulsory subject with a minimum aggregate score of 50%. Candidates appearing for the qualifying exam this year can also apply.

Application Procedure for NATA

Documents Required

The following documents are required for successful registration:

  • Scanned copy of the candidate’s recent photograph in JPEG/JPG format with a minimum and maximum size of 4KB and 100KB respectively(4.5cm*3.5cm).
  • Scanned copy of the candidate’s signature in JPEG/JPG format with a minimum and maximum size of 1KBAND and 30KB respectively(1.5cm*3.5cm).
  • Scanned copy of the candidate’s Community Certificate in JPEG/JPG/PDF format with a minimum and maximum size of 5KB and 100KB respectively(A4 format).

How to Apply

Online application forms will be available on the official website by January second week 2019. Visit the NATA portal.  Click ‘Register now’ to sign up the User Account Registration. Fill in the mandatory fields and click ‘Sign up’. Then login using the login credentials including your login ID and password. Click ‘Apply now’ and you will be directed to the online application form. Fill up the form by providing the requested information including your personal details, communication address, educational details and your preferred choice of examination centers. Then you will be directed to the document uploading page. Upload the prescribed documents in the above-stated size and format. After paying the respective application fees as is given in the following table through Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking, take a print-out of the confirmation page.

Application Fees Category 
1800INR General and OBC candidates
1500INR SC/ST candidates

Admit Card Details for NATA 2019

Admit Cards carrying the Examination Roll Number and Examination Center for the successfully registered candidates will be made available on the official website by April first week 2019. Download and bring the hard copy of the Admit card along with one photo-identity card to the examination center.

NATA Exam Pattern

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is a national-level exam spanning three hours, from 10:3a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with a total of 200 marks distributed among the following two parts of equal time duration :

(I) Part A: This section is a 90-minutes online test consisting of Multiple Choice Questions from the following sections:

  • Mathematics: This sub-section has a total of 40 marks. There will be a maximum of 20 questions each of 2 marks. There will be no penalties for wrong answers.
  • General Aptitude: This sub-section has a total of 80 marks. There will be a maximum of 40 questions each of 2 marks. There will be no penalties for wrong answers.

(II) Part B: This section is a 90-minutes offline test to evaluate your drawing, imagination and observation skills where you are required to attend two drawing questions. This section will have a total of 80 marks with 40 marks for each question.

Exam Syllabus

The section-wise detailed syllabus for the exam is as given below:

  • Mathematics: This section has questions pertaining to such areas as 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 the 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, the transformation from Cartesian to polar coordinates and vice versa, parallel transformation of axes, the concept of the 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 center and radius, condition that a general equation of second degree in x, y may represent a circle, the equation of a circle in terms of endpoints of a diameter, the equation of tangent, normal and chord, parametric equation of a circle, the intersection of a line with a circle. Equation of common chord of two intersecting circles), 3-dimensional co-ordinate geometry (direction cosines and direction ratios, distance between two points and section formula, equation of a straight line, equation of a plane, distance of a point from a plane), theory of calculus (functions, 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 a 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, a 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 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 (r ≤ n), permutation of n things not all different, permutation with repetitions (circular permutation excluded), combinations of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n), 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 trails and binomial distribution) and related areas.
  • General Aptitude: This section has questions pertaining to such areas as objects, texture related to architecture and built environment, interpretation of pictorial compositions, visualizing three-dimensional objects from 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 and related areas.
  • Drawing Test: This section has questions pertaining to such areas as 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, and other related areas.

Answer Key

NATA 2019 Answer Key will be available on the official website a few days after the exam.

Exam Results and Cut-off

Exam results will be declared by the first week of June 2019 on the official website. You can access the results online using the login credentials. Keep a print copy of the result for admission procedures.

A minimum cut-off of 25% has to be scored for each of the individual sections. Overall qualifying marks will be determined after the exam considering the post-exam statistics.

For further details and updated notifications, visit the official website:

NATA Official Website

Attempt NATA to be at the forefront of research addressing social, environmental, and architectural challenges locally, nationally and internationally. Good luck with your attempts!

Interior Designing at Hamstech Institute