National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is the entrance exam for students seeking admission to undergraduate Architecture programmes (5-year BArch) in colleges across India. Top colleges follow NATA scores to offer admission to the most deserving candidates. The Council of Architecture (CoA) conducts this national-level test at multiple locations. The tentative dates for NATA 2024 are April 21, June 3, and July 9, and candidates can register for all or either of these dates. This comprehensive guide offers details about the eligibility criteria, pattern, the application process, and important dates for the exam.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The CoA lists the following eligibility criteria for candidates applying for NATA 2024-

  • Candidates must have completed class 12 from a recognized exam board, with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
  • Candidates currently appearing for the class 12 exam can also apply
  • A minimum score of 50% aggregate is required
  • No minimum age is listed for candidates
  • Lateral entries are not allowed for applications

ELIGIBILITY STREAMS/ COURSES

As stated above, students appearing for NATA must have cleared class 12 with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as their core subjects.

WHAT IS IT FOR?

NATA is an undergraduate-level exam that provides admissions to 5-year Bachelor of Architecture programmes to the qualifying candidates. They can get into top-ranked government or private architecture colleges in the country according to their scores.

EXAM PATTERN

NATA 2024 will be conducted online in English medium in different slots throughout the country. The reason for having multiple slots is that a large number of candidates apply for the exam every year. So multiple sets of paper are released according to the following exam pattern-

  • The three-hour long exam comprises three sections- Mathematics, Drawing, and General Aptitude. There are 125 questions with a total weightage of 200 marks.
  • The questions include MCQs, Numerical questions, and PCQs, with 80% MCQs and calculative sums and 20% preferential choice questions.
  • Two marks are added for each correct answer and there is no negative marking for the wrong ones.
  • Candidates need to score 70 out of 200 marks to qualify.
  • They can prepare basic concepts from NCERT and practice questions from previous years.

ABOUT THE EXAM

IMPORTANT DATES

NATA 2024 Exam Dates have been declared on the official website, nata.in. COA will conduct it in two sessions on each exam date. Session 1 will be from 10 AM to 1 PM and Session 2 will be from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Here are the important dates for NATA 2024-

Tentative NATA 2024 first test dates (April): April 21, 2024, NATA 2024 second test dates (June): June 3, 2024, NATA 2024 third test dates (July): July 9, 2024

Events Dates
Application Form Release Date March 20, 2024
Last Date for Application Form April 13, 2024
Availability of Confirmation Printout window April 14, 2024
Correction Window April 8, 2024 (10:30 AM) to April 10, 2024 (11:59 PM)
Admit Card Release Date April 18, 2024
Exam Date April 21, 2024
Result Declaration April 30, 2024

NATA 2024 second test dates (June)

Events Dates
Application Form Release Date March 20, 2024
Last Date for Application Form May 22, 2024
Availability of Confirmation Printout window May 25, 2024
Correction Window May 20, 2024 (10:30 AM) to May 22, 2024 (11:59 PM)
Admit Card Release Date May 30, 2024
Exam Date June 3, 2024
Result Declaration June 13, 2024

NATA 2024 third test dates (July)

Events Dates
Application Form Release Date March 20, 2024
Last Date for Application Form June 27, 2024
Availability of Confirmation Printout window June 27, 2024 (11:59 PM)
Correction Window June 25, 2024 (10:30 AM) to June 27, 2024 (11:59 PM)
Admit Card Release Date July 5, 2024
Exam Date July 9, 2024
Result Declaration July 17, 2024

REGISTRATION PROCESS & APPLICATION FEES

The application form for NATA 2024 is available on the official website nata.in. Candidates need to fill out the form and provide the essential personal, academic, and contact details. Next, they have to upload the required documents and pay the exam fee online via net banking/credit card/debit card. The fee details are as follows-

General (Male)- INR 2000 (one attempt)/ INR 4000 (two attempts)/ INR 5,400 (three attempts)/ General (Female), SC, ST- INR 1500 (one attempt)/ INR 3000 two attempts) )/ INR 4050 (three attempts)/Outside India- INR 10000 (one attempt)/ INR 20000 two attempts) )/ INR 27000 (three attempts)

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Eligibility for NATA 2024 for international/ NRI students is the same as for Indian nationals. Except for the fees, everything else is the same.

MOCK EXAM

Students can attempt NATA mock tests to get insight into the exam format. Mock tests are available online.

This comprehensive guide is a reliable resource for aspiring architecture and design students looking for a seat in one of the top colleges in India. They can follow the details to register, prepare, and plan their study schedules on time. 

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