NATA 2020: All you need to know

NATA 2020: All you need to know

Have you always wondered about building your career in architecture? Well then, you are in the right place. To build a career in architecture, you nee

Have you always wondered about building your career in architecture? Well then, you are in the right place. To build a career in architecture, you need to pass this test.

NATA is a short form for the National Aptitude Test for Architecture. All the budding architecture students have to give this test. It includes a lot of maths, but what else does it have? Let’s check it out.

NATA 2020 examination was postponed due to the pandemic, the recent dates for the 2 – phase has been announced by the COA.


  • Phase – 1 – 1st August 2020
  • Phase – 2 – 29th August 2020


Architecture course at undergraduate level is very long. If you can dedicate 5 years to it, you are all set to build an innovative IT park in an IT City, like Pune. BArch is what they call.

After you pass the Class 12th exam, NATA awaits you. Most of the colleges look for these exam scores before they give admission to you. Just like JEE Mains, this exam is also conducted twice for the students by the COA (Council of Architecture).

To become a good architect, you should be good at drawing as well. Don’t worry if you aren’t a good artist yet! Your bachelor’s degree in architecture will make sure you become a good one.

Architecture has become one of the most popular degrees and streams in the past decade, if you ask your parents, you won’t hear many architect stories in your family because since 2000 many colleges have introduced Architecture courses as degrees. Hence the demand is more now.

Types of Degrees in Architecture:

Types of Degrees in Architecture:

Types of Degrees in Architecture:

  • Diploma in Architecture – 1 year
  • Diploma in Architecture Engineering – 3 years
  • Bachelor of Architecture – 5 years
  • Masters of Architecture – 2 years
  • PhD in Architecture – 2 years

More than 300 colleges accept NATA scores during admission, so make sure to give this test before anything else.

Exam Pattern 2020:

Exam Pattern 2020:

Students are graded on 3 subjects and i.e.

  1. Mathematics
  2. General Aptitude
  3. Drawing

There are two parts of the paper:

Part A

  • They are purely based on drawing and consist of 3 questions.
  • 1 question weighs 55 marks 
  • 2 questions weigh 35 marks
  • The total of this section is 125 marks

Part B

  • The questions include Mathematics and General Aptitude
  • For maths, there are 15 questions for 1.5 marks each (15 x 1.5)
  • For general aptitude and logical reasoning, there are 35 questions for 1.5 marks each (35 x 1.5)
  • The total of this section is 75 marks.

This makes the total question paper for 200 marks and you are given 3 HOURS to finish it. You can give the exam in either way, online or offline. 

Top colleges accepting NATA scores:

  • IIT Kharagpur
  • IIT Roorkee
  • NIT Calicut
  • College of Engineering, Trivandrum

So, now you got a clear idea of how the exam proceeds. Next, we will see how you fill the application form and get your admit card online.

How to fill the Application form?

How to fill the Application form

The filling of application form is very user friendly and interactive. You can easily sign up for it.

  1. Visit the official website for NATA 2020 ( and navigate to Online Application 2020.
  2. Fill your details like Name, parent’s name, DoB, correspondence address, 8 digits numeric application number will be created. After this, you have to choose a password and a security question for login.
  3. Login using the credentials are given (application number and password), and then upload your image in the specific format. A scanned colour photo with white background and clear signature is preferred. 
  4. The formats for the photo is:
  • Photograph – 4KB to 100KB (4.5cm X 3.5cm)
  • Signature – 1KB to 30KB (1.5cm X 3.5cm5.

    Mention your academic qualification and scores of the same. Make sure you fill the subjects carefully. 

    6. The last step of the application process is filling the NATA 2020 Application Fee. What is the amount you need to submit?

  • Unreserved – Rs. 2000 (One Attempt)  Rs. 3800 (Both the Attempts)
  • SC/ST – Rs. 1700 (One Attempt)   Rs.3100 (Both the Attempts)
  • Exam center outside India – Rs. 10,000 (One Attempt)   Rs. 18,000 (Both the Attempts)

You can make an online payment using your debit/credit card or net banking. There is no need to send the application form through offline mode like the post.

7. A confirmation page appears after the payment which is proof that you have registered for this exam. It is advised to take a print or screenshot of it for further references. 

NATA 2020 Admit Card

Admit card is the next important thing when it comes to giving the exam at the centre. CoA will issue NATA hall tickets for all the registered candidates to let you appear in Phase 1. A particular date is announced every year when the admit card is available online. The details mentioned in the admit card is:

  1. Candidate’s Name
  2. Candidate’s Photo and Signature
  3. Exam Venue and Reporting Time
  4. Roll Number
  5. Exam Day instructions
  6. Exam Date and Time

There are certain instructions to follow along with the admit card. When you go to your exam centre make sure to take the following things with your admit card:

  1. One Photo ID proof ( aadhar card/pan card/driving license)
  2. Ensure that the photo and signature in your hall ticket are distorted.
  3. If you don’t take your admit card, your application is registered. Make sure to keep it before you even think of keeping a pen in your bag.

NATA 2020 Exam Center

NATA 2020 Exam Center

There are 190 exam centres for the NATA 2020 exam. You can choose the nearest one and it will be given to you subject to availability. This discretion lies with the Council of Architecture. You can choose Dubai as your centre preference but you will have to pay an extra amount for it, say 8,000 bucks.

CoA has the veto power to assign you whichever test centre they want, but mostly your preference is considered.

The schedule of the exam is somewhat like this:

  • Part A – 10 am – 12.15pm 
  • Break – 15 minutes
  • Part B – 12.30pm – 1.15pm

There you go, concluding with the article currently, only the exams date is announced. The other dates for admit card and application processes will be announced very soon. Till then keep studying hard this quarantine and prepare for the best!