Common Tests in India

TESTS FOR ARCHITECTURE


NATA

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) conducted by National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA), academic unit of Council of Architecture, is taken by candidates desirous of seeking admission to the first year of an undergraduate program in architecture from a Government college of architecture or Government aided college, University Department, private un-aided college, including colleges affiliated to self-financed Deemed Universities and Private Universities, or any department of Architecture within a college in India. The test is offered from 1st January till 30th September every year at designated test centers spread across the country.Test Pattern:The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportions, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking and other specific skills related to the field of architecture. It comprises of 2 parts. The first part is a paper based drawing test of two hours duration and the second part in an hour long computer based computer adaptive online test on aesthetic sensitivity. The second paper is administered in computer adaptive format wherein the difficulty level of the questions is adjusted according to the competence of the candidate.

Parts

Topic

Skills Measured

No of Questions

Format

Duration

I

Drawing

  • Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner

  • Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.

  • Sense of perspective drawing.

  • Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form.

  • Creating interesting two dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.

  • Creating visual harmony using colors in given composition.

  • Understanding of scale and proportions.

  • Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences

2

Paper Based

2 hours

II

Aesthetic Sensitivity

  • Visualizing three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings

  • Visualizing different sides of three dimensional objects

  • Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.

  • Analytical reasoning.

  • Mental Ability.

  • Imaginative comprehension and expression.

  • Architectural awareness.
 

Computer Based Online

1 hour


Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates who have completed their 10+2 from a recognized National or State Board with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are eligible to apply for NATA. Those appearing in their 10+2 final examination are also eligible to take NATA; however, they need to have their results before applying to the colleges of architecture.

Application Procedure:

Registration for NATA begins with filling up the Pre-Registration form which can be downloaded from www.nata.in . Further the candidate is required to approach the nearest test centre (list available at www.nata.com and www.niasa.com ) designated by NIASA with the filled in pre-registration form along with attested copy of Std X/High School marks sheet, Std 12/ Intermediate marks sheet (if applicable) and Photo Identity proof , one recent passport size photograph and the test fee of 800 INR to be paid in cash or by a demand draft in favor of the test center. Registration for the test is done on first-come, first-served basis. The student then gets the receipt cum appointment voucher which he/she is required to carry to the test center on the day of test.

The candidates can retake the test any number of times but they required to pay the test fee every time they appear for the examination. The score card will show the average of marks cored by the candidate in his/her last attempt and his/her previous valid score.

The students can also cancel their appointment for the test. If the cancellation is done no later than three full working days prior to the candidate’s test date, the candidate shall receive a refund of 400 INR.

The candidates may also reschedule their test no later than three full working days prior to the candidate’s test date subject to availability of appointment on payment of 200 INR.

Scoring:

Drawing Section:

The drawing papers are scanned and uploaded to NATA server within four hours of completion of examination and are examined by the designated examiners over the internet and the marks are uploaded to NATA server.. NATA administrator reserves the rights to moderate the marks given by the examiners to achieve parity. The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate’s drawing, sensitivity to colors and their composition, imagination and observation skills. In memory drawing, the candidate’s sense of proportion and perspective is evaluated. The candidate receives a single score for his/her performance in the drawing section and a no score if he fails to draw in response to either of the two questions.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Section:

During the computer based test, with adaptive testing, an examinee is administered a set of questions with a difficulty level that is specifically designed to match the examinee's ability level. The mathematical process for calculating a score in this situation incorporates the statistical properties of the questions, the examinee's performance on the questions, and the number of questions that are answered. The candidate’s score will depend on his / her performance on the questions given and on the number of questions answered in the time allotted.

The total score are accorded out of 200.

Score Reporting:

The test taker can collect his score from the test centre where the candidate appeared, in person on the fourth day of appearing for the test or later. Alternatively he/she can request for the score card to be mailed to his/her address by giving a written request to this effect along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to the test-center in-charge.

Final Selection:

Most colleges of architecture in India require a minimum score of 40% (80/200) in NATA for admission to the first year of their undergraduate program in architecture. Once the test taker receives the score card he/she may apply to any of any of the participating institutions.


AIEEE

All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) is conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education for admission to undergraduate programs in engineering, architecture and planning offered by various institution across India namely National Institutes of Technology (NITs), deemed universities, Institutes of Technology and other government funded institutions. A centralized counseling is held after the test to fill up the All India seats.

Test pattern:

Course Paper Subjects Type of Questions

BE/B TECH

Paper I

Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics

Objective type questions with equal weightage to all the 3 subjects

B Arch/ B Planning

Paper II

Mathematics-Part 1 Aptitude test-Part 2
Drawing Test–Part 3

Objective type questions
Objective type questions
Two questions to test drawing aptitude


Application procedure:

Application can either be made online or offline through post.

Offline Registration:

The candidates can avail the Information Bulletin inclusive of examination and counselling fee for BE/B.Tech only or B.Arch/ B.Planning only from regional offices of CBSE/Designated branches of Syndicate Bank/ other Banks/Designated Institutions on cash payment of 450 INR for General Category and OBC candidates and 225 INR for SC/ST candidates.

Or

The candidates can request for the Information Bulletin by post by sending their request to the Assistant Secretary (AIEEE), CBSE, PS 1-2, Institutional Area, IP Extension, Patparganj, New Delhi - 110092 along with a demand draft of 500 INR (275 INR for SC/ST candidates) in favor of The Secretary, CBSE payable at Delhi and a self-addressed envelope of size 12" * 10".

Candidates appearing for both BE/B.Tech and B.Arch/B.Planning together should send their application form along with additional fee in the form of Demand Draft of Rs. 300/- for General & OBC candidates and Rs. 150/- for SC/ST candidates in favour of Secretary, CBSE payable at Delhi/ New Delhi.

After completion of the form as per the guidelines provided the candidates are required to mail it to the Assistant Secretary (AIEEE), CBSE, PS 1-2, Institutional Area, IP Extension, Patparganj, New Delhi 110092 by speed/registered post and make sure that it reaches before the deadline.

Phase II Off Campus Online Counseling

The candidates are required to report at the designated counseling centre received by them in Phase I where they have to get all their original documents verified, pay the initial deposit of 35000 INR for OP and 25000 INR for SC/ST candidates by a demand draft in favor of Chairman, CCB 2010", payable at Nagpur and fill their final choices of seats online and lock their choices.

On the basis of choices submitted in Phase II, the seat allotment is centrally processed by CCB and the allotment letters are given to the candidates

Eligibility criteria:

The candidate must have passed or must be appearing for any of the following examinations:

  • The +2 level examination in the 10+2 pattern of examination of any recognized Central/State Board of Secondary Examination, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, and Council for Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi 

  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University Examination conducted by recognized Board/University 

  • Final Examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defense Academy

  • Any Public School/Board/University Examination in India or in foreign countries recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to 10+2 system

  • H.S.C. Vocational Examination

  • A pass grade in the Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects

  • 3 or 4-year diploma recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education

Points to remember:

  • The candidates can opt for question papers either in English or Hindi.
  • Or applying to B Arch/B Planning programs the candidate must have secured at least 50% in Mathematics at 10+2 level
  • The number of attempts that a candidate can avail is three
  • Only Indian National are eligible
  • The candidates must meet the age criteria mentioned in the Information bulletin of the respective year


Final selection:

The list of candidates who qualify AIEEE is published in leading newspapers and on the website of AIEEE by Central Counseling Board (CCB) along with their ranks. The candidates are then required to undergo the following procedure for counseling and admission:

Phase I – Off Campus Online Counseling

The candidates are required to give their first choice online at and can exercise their choices from anywhere over Internet. They receive an indicative allotment to make the candidates aware of the possibility of getting the desired college.

Phase II – Off Campus Online Counseling

The candidates are required to report at the designated counseling centre received by them in Phase I where they have to get all their original documents verified, pay the initial deposit of 15000 INR for OP and 5000 INR for SC/ST candidates by a demand draft in favor of Central Counseling Board payable at Allahabad and fill their final choices of seats online and lock their choices.

On the basis of choices submitted in Phase II, the seat allotment is centrally processed by CCB and the allotment letters are given to the candidates.

 

 

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