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National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

National Aptitude Test in Architecture

Conducted by the Council of Architecture, NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) is a national level common Aptitude Test in Architecture. The exam measures the applicants’ drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability, that have been acquired over a long period of time, and that are related to Architecture.
A single window exam, NATA is used for admissions to first year of 5 year B.Arch Degree Course at all recognized Institutions all over country.
NATA scores are used for admissions to different Government, Govt. Aided & unaided schools /colleges of Architecture, to provide common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants, for admission in addition to their scholastic performance in 10+2 or equivalent examination.
The exam is generally conducted in two phases. While Phase – I is held from March – May; Phase – II is conducted from June – August.
According to the Council of Architecture admission guidelines, a candidate applying to any school / college of architecture in India should have achieved 40% score in NATA, i.e. at least 80/200, for consideration of admission into first year B.Arch.

Pattern

NATA will be divided into two parts – A paper based drawing test and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test.

Drawing Test:
This is a two hour paper where aspirants have to attempt three questions. Given below are the aspects on which this is judged:
• Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner.
• Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
• 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.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Test:
This is computer based test where aspirants have to answer 40 multiple choice questions.
This part measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of –
• Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings.
• Visualising different sides of three dimensional objects.
• Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.
• Analytical reasoning.
• Mental Ability.
• Imaginative comprehension and expression.
Architectural awareness.

Scoring process:
The answer to each question in the ‘drawing’ paper will be examined by a panel of three examiners independently and the marks are averaged. It may be further subject to moderation. The marking of questions on this section is based on the statistical properties of the questions, the examinee’s performance on the questions, and the number of questions that are answered. 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 together with sense for colour and composition.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Section:
Here, 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.
Test design factors that influence which questions are presented to the candidate include:
The statistical characteristics (including difficulty level) of the questions already answered.
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 the question is between 60 and 90 seconds depending upon the question. The time remaining to answer the question is displayed on the screen.
The “per second” countdown begins 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

Examination Centers

Test Center CodeTest Center Details
AP01JNAFAU School Of Planning And Architecture Opp. Mahaveer Marg, Masab Tank Hyderabad – 500028 Phone:040 23317006 , 23300315
AP03CSI Institute Of Technology Opp:Anand Theater, 145, MCINTYRE Road, Secunderabad Secunderabad – 500003 Phone:040 27817548 , 27819021
AP04Sri Venkateshwawa College Of Architecture 86,Madhapur,Hi-Tech City Road Hyderabad – 500081 Phone:040 23113699 , 40207019
AP05S.A.R College Of Architecture Agiripalli (V&M), Vijayawada, Krishna District. Vijayawada – 521211 Phone:08656 224770 , 224727
AP08ANU College Of Architecture & Planning Acharya Nagarjuna University Center For Distance Education Building Right Side Wing Nagarjuna Nagar, Guntur (Dt.) – 522510 Phone:0863 2346525 , 2346526

Syllubus for National Aptitude Test in Architecture

The test would contain certain questions on architectural awareness wherein candidates may be required to identify building of national or international importance. The candidate is expected to know about these structures through General Knowledge. The candidate may also prefer to update his knowledge on this by some reading, internet browsing or even by talking to architectural students, architects and other knowledgeable persons.
National Aptitude Test in Architecture Exam conducted in two sections:

Drawing Test

  1. Aesthetic Sensitivity Test
  2. Drawing Test
  3. Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner.
  4. Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
  5. Sense of perspective drawing.
  6. Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form.
  7. Creating interesting two dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.
  8. Creating visual harmony using colors in given composition.
  9. Understanding of scale and proportions.
  10. Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences

Aesthetic Sensitivity Test

The aesthetic sensitivity test evaluates perception, thoughts and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of:

  1. Visualizing three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings.
  2. Visualizing different sides of three dimensional objects
  3. Indentifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.
  4. Analytical reasoning
  5. Mental Ability
  6. Imaginative comprehension and expression
  7. Architectural Awareness

National Aptitude Test in Architecture Notification

It is brought to the notice of all concerned that National Aptitude Test in Architecture, 2017 (NATA-2017) for admission into 1st year of 5-year B.Arch. Degree course at various Institutions in India for the academic session 2017-2018 shall be conducted by the Council of Architecture (CoA) as one-day examination (paper based, OFFLINE) all over the country on 16.04.2017 (Sunday). The Public Notice in leading newspapers would be issued shortly by CoA, with updates in this website for further details and information about online application at the National Informatics Centre (NIC) web portal.

Eligibility for National Aptitude Test in Architecture

To appear for NATA, aspirants should have passed passed SSC (Std X) or equivalent examination and above.
However, aspirants who have qualified an aptitude test in architecture and have secured at least 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects, can also take the exam.
No direct lateral admission is allowed at any year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification. Please note that NATA score shall be valid for a period of two years from the year in which one appeared.

National Aptitude Test in Architecture Application

The registration forms for NATA are now available online.
To register, aspirants need to fill the application form and submit it online on the official website of NATA. For submission, aspirants need to pay an amount of approx. Rs. 1250.00 (+ Processing Charges) using Netbanking / Credit Cards / ICICI Isure Bank Challan.
Then, they need to download the prefilled registration form and procure the necessary registration documents.
The third step would be to select a test center from the official website at a location convenient to the candidate.
Approach the Test center for Appointment for NATA Exam. After this, procure Receipt cum Appointment voucher from the Test Center and take the exam on the registred date.

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