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The National Aptitude Test in Architecture NATA ENTRANCE EXAM is a National level examination for admission to undergraduate courses in Bachelor of Architecture i.e. (B.Arch).

The Council of Architecture (COA) conducts National Aptitude Test in Architecture ( NATA ) entrance exam to measure the aptitude of the applicant for admission to First year of five year B.Arch Degree at all recognized institutions all over India.

The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period of time


Date & Time of Examination Subject and Marks of Examination

16.04.2017 (Sunday)

11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

(Grand Total of 200 marks)

Part-A (FIRST 90 minutes) TOTAL 120 Marks

Mathematics (MCQ) 20X2 = 40 Marks (OMR BASED)

General Aptitude (MCQ ) 40X2 = 80 Marks (OMR BASED)

Part-B (LAST 90 minutes) TOTAL 80 Marks

Drawings (TWO SETS) in A4 Size paper 2X 40 = 80 Marks

N.B. No further examination shall be held under any circumstances for those who will be unable to appear on the scheduled date and time of NATA-2017 examination.


Unified merit list of candidates will be published in NATA-2017. During merit listing, all candidates would get unique rank. Therefore, if more than one candidate gets the same overall marks, tie breaking logic would be applied in the following order:

  1. More overall marks obtained in Mathematics test component
  2. Less wrong answers in attempted ones of Mathematics test component
  3. More overall marks in problems of Aptitude test component
  4. Less wrong answers in attempted ones of aptitude test component
  5.  Earlier date of birth


  • Application has to be filled up ONLINE at the NATA portal of NIC
  • Candidates need to visit the portal and CLICK the requisite link ONLINE APPLICATION NATA– 2017 and thereafter 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. Please see Appendix-IV for detailed guidelines on fields to be entered at the time of online form filling.
  • Candidates need to fill in the first part i.e. PERSONAL DETAILS and will thereafter 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 own record. There is no need to send any document by post.


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 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 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. Candidate has to remember this question-answer pair for prompt retrieval of password in case it is forgotten at later stage.

Once an Application Number is generated and the password is chosen, the candidate may logout of the system.

The candidate will need to enter the system subsequently for various reasons as given below:

  • Accessing and editing personal information (till 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 password in case the candidate forgets the chosen password. So the candidate must note down the security question and answer for future reference.


Irrespective of his/her category and gender, a candidate applying for NATA– 2017 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 webpage containing process of payment of application fee as per the following options. Service charges, as applicable, would be payable along with fees at the bank.


For each Applicant, an Admit Card will be generated indicating the allotted Examination Centre for NATA - 2017 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 License.

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-2017.

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-2017. 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-2017 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 fulfillment of eligibility and other criteria as specified earlier during counseling and physical admission and subsequent registration in respective affiliating institution.


The allocation of examination centre spread across all state capitals and other selected cities subject to availability of at least 250 students in general. Cities will be based on the choices given by the candidate during online form fill-up. However, discretion of the Council in allocation of examination centre shall be final. No request for change of allocated center will be entertained under any circumstances. List of city-wise examination zones


Rules for scrutiny / review of Answer Sheet

After the examination, model answers to MCQ portion would be available in public domain for feedback from all concerned. Thereafter, the answers will be frozen by a set of reviewers not connected with the paper setting / moderation process.

Before publication of results, the response sheets of each candidate will be uploaded along with subject wise mark(s) secured. Candidates may request for rechecking of the machine recorded responses online by payment of 1000 INR per response (Question) within stipulated period of time. Council will consider all such cases prior to result publication.

No review will be available for the drawing test. Further, there will be no provision for post publication scrutiny and /or review and hence will not entertain any such request after the result publication.


Results will be available in the website , and some other websites which will be announced in various electronic/printing media before declaration of results.

The result will be available in three formats:

  1. Marks obtained out of 200 and in each component
  2. Merit listing – unique based on marks and tie breaking rules (mentioned in Section 4 above)
  3. Percentile score based on the merit listing

Qualifying marks for NATA-2017 would be based on the following rules:

  1. At least 25% must be secured in MCQ portion (30 out of 120)
  2. At least 25% must be secured in Drawing portion (20 out of 80)
  3. Overall qualifying marks (out of 200) would be based on post-exam statistics and at the discretion of the Council.

Candidate will not qualify in NATA-2017 unless (s)he satisfies all three conditions mentioned above.


NATA-2017 score shall be valid only for admission in the session 2017-18.


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Date (with time)

1 Availability of information in the public domain From 15th December, 2016
2 Start of Online form fill-up 02.01.2017.
3 End of registration 11.02.2017. (11:59 PM)
4 Image uploads allowed till 12.02.2017. (11:59 PM)
5 Fee payment allowed till 13.02.2017. (11:59 PM)
6 Confirmation page printing available till 28.02.2017. (11:59 PM)
7 Candidate Correction window (based on Council feedback and self-induced errors) along with upload of correct testimonials 20.02.2017. (10:30 AM)


24.02.2017. (11:59 PM)

8 Publication of Downloadable Admit Card in 26.03.2017. (10:30 AM)
9 Date and Time of Examination 16.04.2017. (11 AM to 2 PM)
10 Publication of Results By 10th June, 2017
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