The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of an appilcant in specific - for the field of Architecture. The test measures aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking, that have been acquired over a long period of time.


Prospective applicants desirous of taking admission to First year of undergraduate course in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) in India take NATA. NATA test scores are used by admissions authorities of different schools/ colleges of Architecture to provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants.
  • The dates of the NATA test vary, but in general, starts from last week of March till the last week of August every year at designated Test Centers across India.
  • Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The candidate may take NATA a maximum of 5 times on days of their own choice. A test centre will be assigned to the candidate.
  • Applicants will have to wait for the results of their previous attempt, before booking for their next attempt.
  • Full fees will have to be paid for every new attempt.
Yes, the Council of Architects has stipulated that the NATA Test is a mandatory pre requisite for any applicant seeking admission into an architecture college in India. All applicants must clear the NATA Test by securing a minimum of 80 marks.
  • All Architecture schools in India must accept the NATA score.
  • Schools may use the NATA score as an admission criteria. For these schools, a 50% weightage is given to the NATA score and 50% weightage for the 12th Standard board exam scores.
  • Some schools admit applicants on the basis of IIT-JEE Paper 2 (Architecture Aptitude) and some private deemed universities conduct their own entrance exams - However, the minimum NATA score is still a basic requirement to be completed before admission into the architecture school

The NATA test is a 3 hour test. Candidates get 2 hours for the drawing test and 1 hour for the Aesthetic Sensitivity Test.

The Drawing Test has 3 Questions - 2D (25 Marks), 3D (25 Marks) and Theme Sketch (50 Marks).

The Aesthetic Sensitivity Test is a computer Adaptive Test and has 40 questions from topics like - Mental Ability, Architecture Awareness, Mathematics and English

The candidates can attempt NATA for a maximum of 5 times within two years from the date of their first attempt. The implementation of the "Best of 5 attempts” system will be applicable from 1st April 2016. Out of the maximum of 5 attempts till date, the best score will be the “Valid Score”.

The validity of “Best score” will be for a period of 2 years from the date of the first attempt in 2016.

The mark list will show the “best marks “scored by the candidate among all their previous attempts (i.e. maximum of 5 attempts) as “Valid Score”.

In order to determine the “best of 5” for the candidates who appeared for NATA test before 2016, five more attempts will be allowed and the earlier “last valid score” also will be considered for calculating Best Score.

The validity of the “Valid score” will be 2 years from the date of the first attempt in 2016.

While registering for NATA 2016, the candidates are also required to submit their earlier exam details in the application form (even if appeared in the previous years).

If any candidate is found registering afresh concealing the earlier appearance (including registered but exam not given cases) for NATA 2016 test, he / she will forfeit his / her candidature.

On the submission of false information, all previous scores of the applicants will be got cancelled and they he will be barred from appearing for NATA again.
The Aesthetic Senstivity Test is a Computer Adaptive Test - which simply means, that the test adjusts to your level of difficulty. If the student gets an answer right, the next question will be more difficult. Similarly, a wrong answer will lead to an easier question. The higher the difficulty level, the better is the final score in the Aesthetic Sensitivity Test. So although there is no negetive marking, students do lose out for wrong answers.
While the maximum NATA Scores have been 155+, a score about 120+ is considered to be good and must be the targetted score of all students. The ranking for admissions however depends on the students 12th Standard board results as well. Eg. A student with a NATA Score of 125 and 96% in the their 12th standard board exams can get the 1st rank while a student with a NATA score of 135 and a board score of 90% can get the 5th rank. Hence, it is extremely important to do well in both exams.
DQ Labs student Arjun Nair from Pune had secured a NATA Score of 152!

It is critical that you do well in both - your 12th standard board exam and the NATA Test. The advantage of the NATA test is that the score is valid for 2 years. So you can complete the NATA Test before you get into your 12th Standard.

Your preparation depends on how much time you have before you take the NATA Test. At DQ Labs, we always recommend that you start early.

If you are in the 10th Standard:

  • You could take the 2 year preparation course where you will go through the foundation programme and be given multiple levels of exercises of varying intensities covering all topics.
  • You will be free to do this at your own pace and assimilate all the concepts being taught.
  • The most significant advantage is that you can balance your studies, extra curricular activities and the NATA test

If you are in the 11th Standard or starting your 12th standard:

  • You could take the 1 year preparation course where you will go through all the topics that are required for the NATA Test. Additionally, you will be and be given multiple assignments of varying difficulty levels.
  • In the 11th / 12th standard, your focus on your academics is extremely important. Your preparation for NATA must be balanced along with your studies. With the 1 year preparation package, You will be able to prepare for the NATA Test throughout the year. You will also have the time to absorb all the concepts being taught.
  • Ideally, you should answer the NATA Test before you get into the 12th standard.

If you have completed your 12th Standard:

  • Once you complete your 12th standard, students are burdened with Common Entrance Tests (CET) and deadlines to submit their NATA Score Cards to counselling authorities. Hence, there is limited time for preparation. Understanding these limitations, DQ Labs has created programs for you to still score 120+ !
  • You could take the 2 week or 1 month Course where you will go through all the topics that are required for the NATA Test within the time constraints that you have. Additionally, you will be and be given assignments based on the topics that you have covered.

You can also go through the DQ Labs blogs which have a lot of information with respect to preparation for the NATA test.

Mock Tests: DQ Labs provides various mock tests for all our students. Please contact our Expert Counsellor for more details.

The books provided by DQ Labs covers the sections mentioned below
  • Section 1 - Theme sketching
  • Section 2 – 2D composition + 3D composition
  • Section 3 - Freehand drawing
  • Section 4 – Colouring
  • Section 5 – Aesthetic sensitivity and Aptitude development
  • Section 6 – Architectural Awareness
  • Section 7 – English Vocabulary
  • Section 8 – Mathematics
  • Mail us at [email protected] For a detailed contents of the book.

The Full online classroom consists of the following,

  1. Mock test simulations, which are timed and have a similar UI and Graphic as the actual NATA computer based test, so that the student is familiar and prepared before they take the actual NATA test
  2. Question banks for Math
  3. Question banks for Architectural Awareness
  4. Question banks for English
  5. English Vocabulary
  6. Question banks for Mental Ability
  7. Image Banks (access over 1000 images of Architects, Architectural Awareness and History)
  8. Access to our past students Drawing assignments (Drawings evaluated by Architects)

Note: The online drawing questions have been updated to the latest NATA drawing syllabus

Additionally, DQ Labs has created over 200 high quality drawing videos to help students pick up concepts quickly

YES. This book covers all the basics of Architecture and will enable you to score well on NATA. This book infact provides a very good foundation for your career in architecture.

DQ Labs has multiple options to help you ace the drawing exam. You can choose from Home Study options or visit our centres in Bangalore, Chennai or Pune. Our expert faculty can ensure that you understand concepts via online platforms or through our classroom coaching.

We encourage you to interact with us. You can mail your questions to [email protected] and we would answer them. You could also call us on 9591001000 for more information.

Please check the Sample mock test - Click here

For detailed information about the NATA test pattern please go to the DQ LABS online classroom lms and click on "Instructions for the NATA test and the online study material"

Please Register for the Online class room to get a detailed insight and be well practiced for the questions asked in the NATA test clik on NATA study material for more information.

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