Tests in India
TESTS FOR ARCHITECTURE
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.
- 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.
of perspective drawing.
- Combining and composing given three
dimensional elements to form a building or structural form.
interesting two dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.
- Creating visual harmony using colors in given composition.
of scale and proportions.
- Drawing from memory through pencil
sketch on themes from day to day experiences
three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings
different sides of three dimensional objects
- Identifying commonly
used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.
- Mental Ability.
- Imaginative comprehension
- Architectural awareness.
Computer Based Online
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
score are accorded out of 200.
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.
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.
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.
Subjects|| Type of Questions|
type questions with equal weightage to all the 3 subjects
B Arch/ B Planning
Mathematics-Part 1 Aptitude
Drawing Test–Part 3
Objective type questions
Objective type questions
questions to test drawing aptitude
Application can either be made online or offline through
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.
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.
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
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
Points to remember:
- The candidates can opt for question papers either in English
- Or applying to B Arch/B Planning programs the
candidate must have secured at least 50% in Mathematics at 10+2 level
number of attempts that a candidate can avail is three
Indian National are eligible
- The candidates must meet the
age criteria mentioned in the Information bulletin of the respective year
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.
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.
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.