NATA 2020

NATA 2020: The council of Architecture will conduct the National Aptitude Test in Architecture 2020 (NATA 2020) in order to screen the candidates for admission to 1st year of 5-year B.Arch degree course. This is the most prestigious architecture entrance exam in India. The NATA 2020 scores will be considered for admission in some of the top architecture colleges in India. Candidates can start applying for NATA 2020 from 1st February 2020 onwards.

It is a national level entrance exam and the competition is expected to be really high. In this post, we will discuss complete details about NATA 2020 exam such as exam pattern, syllabus, eligibility criteria, application form etc.

Avialable Application Form 2020

Latest update: NATA 2nd test has been released now.

The admit card for NATA 2nd test has been released now.

NATA 1st test result has been declared and the last date to submit application form for NATA 2nd test has been extended.

Part A of the test is no more a paper-based drawing test, but a preferential choice type test which needs to be answered on laptop/computer.

The new exam dates for NATA I has been released now.

NATA 2020 exam postponed, the new date for availability of admit card will be notified soon. Candidates can apply till 15th April 2020.

NATA  admit card is to be available from 8th April 2020 instead of 4th April 2020.

The application form for NATA 2020 has been released on 1st February 2020. The application form has been extended. Read brochure here before you apply:


NATA 2020 Important Dates

As the official notification for NATA 2020 has been released now. Candidates can check out the important dates below:

For First Test to be held on 29.08.2020

Important EventsTentative Dates
Release of official notificationOut
Starting of application form submission1st Feb 2020
Last date to submit application form submission15th April 2020 12th August 2020
Image upload lasts19th April 2020 12th August 2020
Deadline fro fee payment19th April 2020 12th August 2020
Download confirmation page12th August 2020
Form correction20th to 22nd April 2020 Open
Release of Admit card8th April 2020 22nd August 2020
Date of NATA 2020 exam19th April 2020 (10 AM to 01:15 PM)

1st August 2020 29th August 2020

Declaration of Result8th May 2020 4th Sep 2020

For Second Test to be held on (Notified soon)

Important EventsTentative Dates
Release of official notificationOut
Starting of application form submission1st Feb 2020
Last date to submit application form submission4th May 2020 (11:59 PM) 6th Sep 2020
Image upload lasts8th May 2020 (11:59 PM)
Deadline fro fee payment8th May 2020 (11:59 PM)
Download confirmation page11th May 2020 (11:59 PM)
Form correction9th May 2020 (10:30 AM) to 11th May 2020 (11:59 PM)
Release of Admit card21st May 2020 7th Sep 2020
Date of NATA 2020 exam31st May 2020 (10 AM to 01:15 PM) 29th August 2020 12th Sep 2020
Declaration of Result14th June 2020

NATA Eligibility Criteria 2020

The candidates from following background will be eligible to appear for NATA 2020 exam.

  • The candidates having passed 10+2 or equivalent exam will be eligible to appear for NATA 2020
  • Candidates having a 10+3 diploma in any stream can also apply.
  • The students having an international Baccalaureate diploma after 10 years of schooling can also apply.
  • The candidates who will appear for the qualifying exam in the year 2020 can also apply

NATA Registration 2020

The application form for NATA 2020 exam will be filled and submitted online through the official NATA portal. We will also post a direct link to fill online NATA 2020 application form on this page. The candidates have to provide all the mandatory educational, personal and contact details in the application form. After entering the details, the candidates have to upload the scanned images of recent passport size photograph in colour, own signature and community certificate issued by a competent authority in the case of SC/ST candidates.

Candidates should take a printout of confirmation page after submitting the application form for future reference. However, there is no requirement to send the copy of confirmation page to the council’s office.

Application Fee

The application fees of NATA 2020 exam are as follows:

  • For General and OBC: Rs.2000(for one attempt) & Rs.3800(for two attempt)
  • For SC and ST candidates: Rs.1700(for one attempt) & Rs.3100(for two attempt)
  • For abroad centre: Rs.10000(for one attempt) & Rs.18000(for two attempt)

The application fee will be paid via online mode by using a credit card, debit card or net banking.

Exam Pattern

The Question paper of NATA 2020 will be divided into two parts i.e. Part A and Part B.  Part A will be consisting of objective types of questions while Part B will have 2 drawing questions. The details about NATA 2020 exam are as follow:

  • Mode of exam: Both Part A and Part B should be answered online.
  • Type of Questions: Objective Type MCQ (Part A) and sketch making (Part B)
  • Number of Questions: Part A – 3 questions and Part B –50 questions
  • Medium of Exam: English only
  • Marking scheme: The exam will not include negative marking rule.

Subject wise exam pattern is given below:

SubjectDistribution of Marks
Marks in total
Part A
Drawing2 x 35

1 x 55



Part B
PCM15 x 1.522.5
General Aptitude& Logical Reasoning35 x 1.552.5


The syllabus for NATA 2020 is given below:

Mathematics: Algebra, Logarithms, Matrices, Trigonometry, Coordinate geometry, 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry, Theory of Calculus, Application of Calculus, Permutation and combination, Statistics and Probability etc.

General Aptitude: Objects, Interpretation of pictorial compositions, texture related to architecture and built environment, Analytical reasoning, General awareness of national/ international architects, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), Mathematical reasoning, famous architectural creations etc.

Drawing Test: Understanding of scale and proportion of objects, Drawing of patterns – both geometrical and abstract, geometric composition, building forms and elements, Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms, Perspective drawing, Sketching of urbanscape and landscape,, Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory etc.

How to prepare for NATA 2020?

There will be an immense competition in NATA 2020 exam and the candidate need to prepare really well in order to obtain good score in this exam.

Here are some tips that you should follow to perform well in the NATA exam:

  • Practice is the key to success: Be it mathematics, drawing or general aptitude all the sections of NATA requires ample amount of practice to achieve perfection. Always keep timing in your mind while practicing the questions.
  • Mock tests: Mock test will help you simulate the exam. Try to score good marks in mock test this will automatically make you prepare better for the main exam.
  • Sketch in a proper way: Practice sketching as per the exam pattern. You should be proficient in drawing compositions, fore shortening, perspective drawing, graphic design etc.
  • Follow high quality books: Always follow the recommended study material from high quality writers.

Recommended Books

The candidates may follow the below-mentioned help books for their NATA 2020 preparations:

  1. A complete self study guide for B.Arch. entrance examination – Arihant publication
  2. NATA (Satya prakashan) by Prof. S.C. Garg & Dr. Yogesh Garg
  3. NATA & B.Arch Question Bank by Ar. Shadan Usman
  4. Arch Entrance Examination Guide by Surendra Kavimandan

Admit Card

The admit card will be downloaded from the official portal. It will be mandatory for every candidate to carry a hard copy of downloaded admit card at the concerned exam center. Along with the admit card the candidate have to carry any one of following id proof in original – Voter ID/ Pan Card/ Aadhar Card/ Driving Licence/ e- Aadhar. The candidates should keep the NATA 2020 admit card safe till admission process gets completed.


The response sheet of each candidate (only part A) along with subject wise marks will be uploaded within a week of commencement of exam. There will be no provision for re-checking or scrutiny. The NATA 2020 result will consist of marks of the candidates along with the status i.e. pass or fail. The candidate needs to score more than qualifying marks in Part and Part B separately to be successful in the NATA exam.

Official website to check result


The council of Architecture will not organize any common counselling for B.Arch admission. The colleges and universities offering admission on the basis of NATA score will conduct their own counselling separately. The counseling procedure and schedule will be different for all the universities. That’s why it is advised that the candidates should keep their NATA 2020 admit card and score card safe till the B.Arch admission process gets completed.

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