National Aptitude Test in Architecture

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The National Aptitude Test in Architecture is conducted by the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA). NIASA is a body of the Council of Architecture, New Delhi, the Apex body which regulates and administers the profession of Architecture in India.

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture, also known as the NATA, is an aptitude test for all those students aspiring  to be Architects. This test is held on a national level, for admitting students to undergraduate Architecture programs in India

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture is conducted in compliance with the rules and regulations laid down under COA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) and the revised guidelines for the Admission to the 5 year B.Arch degree level.

These guidelines clearly mention and stipulate that a separate aptitude exam needs to be conducted, without any reference to other fields of science such as engineering, medicine. The main purpose of conducting the NATA is to provide a single channel, for admitting the students to the field of architecture across India.

Significance of NATA:

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture measures and evaluates the student’s ability in the areas of drawing, observation, aesthetic activity, sense of proportion as well as critical thinking. All these attributes are considered to be very crucial in the field of architecture.

NATA is considered to be a comprehensive and wholesome perquisite, for students desiring to practice architecture as a profession. All admissions to B.Arch Colleges and Universities are processed on the basis of the assessment of the NATA scores.

Eligibility for NATA 2014/15:

  • All students /candidates who have cleared, or will be appearing (10+2 HSC board exams) with Mathematics or any other equivalent exam are eligible to appear for NATA.
  • NATA Registration / Application Form
  • Candidates who are interested in receiving the registration form through post, must send a request letter to the Council of Architecture (COA) or NIASA, New Delhi.

Following is a simple three step procedure to apply for NATA 2014

  •  Purchase NATA 2014 registration form online from official website by paying Rs 1000 (+online payment charges)using net banking, credit card of ICICI Isure.
  • Download the application form, fill in necessary details and procure necessary documents required for registration.
  • Select a test centre that is nearest to you and approach the test centre for an appointment for NATA exam.

NATA Exam Dates 2014:

From 01.06.2014 to 31.08.2014

NATA 2014 Paper Pattern:-

The test is in two parts.
PART 01: Drawing Test, this is a two hour paper where candidate has to attempt three questions.
PART 02:  Paper based drawing test and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test.

Drawing Test:-

  • Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner.
  • Visualising 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 composition using given shapes and forms.
  • Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition.
  • Understanding of scale and proportions.
  • Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Test

This is computer based test where candidates have to answer multiple choice questions. The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination, observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of-

  • Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings.
  • Visualising 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.

NATA Paper Assessment:

For Drawing Section:

The primary focus in this section would be on the candidates drawing, his imagination, and his creativity and observatory skills. Also the candidate’s sense of proportion & perspective ability would be considered.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Section:
First of all the candidates score would depend upon his performance, such as the no of questions answered within the time allotted to the section.

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