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    National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

    The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is a nationwide examination held for the admission to undergraduate courses in Architecture. The National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA) conducts the NATA. It is the most important exam for aspirants who are interested in architecture. Most of the institutes and universities including the state level colleges offer admittance to their undergraduate courses through the scores secured in NATA.

    Structure and pattern of NATA

    The syllabus covers areas such as:
    • Architecture awareness- this includes designing and drawing, architectural terminology, historical and contemporary buildings- their significance, identification of materials used commonly, etc.
    • Aesthetic Sensitivity- this comprises of drawing skills of the aspirant, analytical reasoning, plan generation, creating the 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional compositions using the given shape and form, etc.
    • Creative Sensitivity- this consists of freehand sketching of common objects like furniture, machinery, buildings, playgrounds, exhibition, enlargement and reduction of drawings, mirror images etc.
    Pattern of exam
    The NATA exam is conducted in two parts:
    (a) The Computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test and
    (b) The Paper based drawing test.
    The Computer Based Aesthetic Sensitivity Test is a test of two hours which contains 40 Multiple Choice Questions. Negative marking is not there. This test measures the drawing and observation skills of the candidates, their sense of proportion, critical thinking ability and aesthetic sensitivity.
    The Paper Based Drawing Test is of two hours which consists of two questions with each question containing two sub questions.

    Qualification criteria of NATA
    The aspirants must have passed the standard 12th with Mathematics as a subject or completed their diploma from a recognized university/board with atleast 50% marks. International Baccalaureate Diploma holders with a minimum score of 50% and Math’s as an allied subject are also eligible to apply. The candidate should be an Indian citizen with a minimum age of seventeen years. In addition to that, the candidates must be physically as well as mentally fit during the process of admission.

    Application procedure of NATA
    For writing the NATA exam, a pre-registration must be filled. It is available at the NATA website and the designated test centers. The aspirant should make an appointment from the test centre by paying the required test fees. They will then be given the receipt cum appointment voucher with the time and date from the Test Center.

    Those candidates who are interested in receiving their application forms through post have to send the required letter to the given address. They should mention their registration number at the top of the letter. A specimen of their signature at the back side of the Demand Draft should be provided too.

    Official information of NATA
    • Address: The Council of Architecture, India Habitat Centre, Core 6-A, 1st Floor, Lodhi Road, New Delhi- 110003
    • Tel: 011-24648415, 24654172,
    • Fax: 011-24647746
    • Website URL: http://www.nata.in

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