FAQS for National Aptitude Test in Architecture
Question: By giving NATA, do I get automatic admission into any Architectural College in India?
Answer: No. NATA is just an Aptitude Test. On receiving the Score Card, the applicant will have to contact various admission authorities with NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) Score Card and other details (as prescribed by the respective Admission Authorities). Admission in India lies with the State (usually under Directorate of Technical Education for that state). Usually around summer, Admission Authorities will bring out admission notices in National & Regional newspapers. The applicant may contact schools of architecture directly for information as to when the admission process is scheduled to begin.
Question: Do I have to appear for NATA at the college where I aspire to take admission?
Answer: No. You may appear for NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) at any Test center convenient to you. Based on the score you may seek admission to any college where you are eligible to seek admission.
Question: If I belong to a particular quota (SC/ST/NT/etc.), do I get score waiver for NATA during admission?
Question: Whether old question papers are available?
Answer: No. At NATA, question paper is unique of each applicant hence no old question papers can be made available.
Question: How do I practice for NATA? Where can I take tuitions?
Answer: NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) is designed in such a manner that prior tutelage is not required. COA is aware that the applicants will have no or minimal knowledge of architecture. NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) measures aptitude of the applicant in his / her aesthetic sensibilities (3D visualization, logical understanding, etc.) and drawing skills that are in-built in every applicant and developed right from childhood to the present day. There will be certain questions on architectural awareness wherein applicants may be required to identify building of national or international importance. The applicant is expected to know about these structures through General Knowledge. The applicant may also prefer to update his knowledge on this by some reading, internet browsing or even by talking to architectural students, architects and other knowledgeable persons. In all probability, this will not be required. There will be a model NATA interface available on the NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) website to help applicants get acquainted with the visual format of the test. There will be no model questions available as such. The language medium of the test will be English. Minimal computer skills are required (pointing and clicking Mouse buttons).
Question: I am a foreign student / NRI. Can I take the test from my country of residence?
Answer: No. The applicant will have to register in India and give the test from any of the designated
Test centres of his / her choice in India. The qualification process for giving NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) stands the same. Admission will be given by the respective admission authorities according to the rules laid down by it for students of such category.
Question: Are there any additional fees payable for training, etc?
Answer: No training/coaching is allowed in Test Centres and no other fees payable for this exam. If any centre indulges is such practice or insists on additional fees or participation in the training program, please report such incident to Council of Architecture or NIASA.