Last Updated On August 2nd, 2016 at 06:49 am
NATA 2018: National Aptitude Test in Architecture is an entrance exam conducted for students who desire to take admission to the architecture’s undergraduate courses. This national level exam is organized and conducted by NIASA or National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture. The NIASA is a part of the Architecture Council in India. NATA is designed to test the candidate’s aptitude for a specific area of study, that is, architecture, in areas such as critical thinking, sense of proportion, observation skills, and aesthetic sensitivity. The Architecture Council has prescribed this exam as a compulsory requirement for taking admission to any architecture course or college in India.
NATA 2018 Eligibility
The eligibility requirements that must be fulfilled by the candidates include the following:
- Candidates, who have cleared SSC or an equivalent exam, and the HSC, will be eligible to apply for NATA 2018.
- For taking admission in the B.Arch course, it will be necessary for the candidates to have cleared class twelfth or equivalent exam with at least fifty percent marks. Mathematics must have been a primary subject in HSC for such candidates. They must also qualify the aptitude test for the same.
- There will be no lateral admission at any year or stage of the study program of B.Arch.
- The score of NATA 2018 will remain valid for two years.
NATA 2018 Application Form
The following steps will be involved while filling the NATA application form.
Candidates will first need to complete the exam registration. For this, they will have to visit NATA’s official website and click on the button named ‘Register as a New User’. The candidates will then need to provide a valid email id as well as the password for creating a new username and password. When the creation of user id gets finished, an email will be received containing the login details. The filling of the application form will be completed through these login details of the candidates.
Online Form Filling
After the completion of self-registration, the candidates will be able to log in with the help of information emailed to them. After logging in, the button labeled ‘NATA profile’ will have to be clicked. There, personal details, along with the candidate’s communication and educational details will have to be submitted. The candidates will need to take utmost care and caution while filling the details. After the submission of the application form is confirmed, they will not be able to alter them.
Payment of Fee
After the confirmation of the online application form submission, the candidates will need to pay the application fee. There will be two modes of fee payment – online and offline.
- In the online payment, the candidates will be able to make the payment through credit/debit card or net banking.
- In the offline mode, a Challan generated by the website will have to be used for paying the fee at any branch of ICICI. The registration fee will be twelve hundred and fifty rupees.
- Procurement of the Appointment Voucher
An appointment voucher will be issued to the candidates on submitting the NATA application form. This voucher is very important, and must be retained since it will contain details like appointment number, exam key, and candidate id. These details will be needed while logging in during the test.
NATA Exam Pattern
NATA exam will consist of two tests. These are the drawing test and the aesthetic sensitivity test, and will be of duration two hours each. The candidates will have to attempt three questions in the drawing test, and forty multiple-choice questions in the aesthetic sensitivity test.
There will be separate scoring for each test. A panel consisting of three examiners will mark the answers of the drawing test independently. Thereafter, these marks will be averaged. The initial response of the candidates will form the basis of the questions of the aesthetic sensitivity test.
Thus, if the answers to the first few questions are correct, then the following questions will have a high difficulty level and vice versa. The number of questions answered correctly by the candidate and their difficulty level will form the basis of the final score of the candidate. The negative marking scheme will not be applied for NATA.
NATA 2018 Admit Card
- The admit card of NATA 2018 must be retained by the candidates since it will contain crucial details like exam key, appointment number, and candidate id. These details will be used for logging in at the test.
- There will be two counterfoils in the admit card. One counterfoil must be signed by the candidate.
- The counterfoil must not be signed in advance. The signing will be done only in front of the supervisor or instructor at the exam hall.
NATA 2018 Result
Within four days after the test is complete, the scorecard or the result of NATA will be released. The NATA’s official website will display the scorecard in the e-format. The candidates will be able to access the scorecard by entering their candidate ID. Candidates may take a printout of their scorecard for their own information and reference. However, only the admission authorities will make the original card accessible to the candidates through the NATA server directly.
Some crucial points pertaining to the counseling procedure of NATA are provided below:
- The counseling procedure of different institutes participating in NATA will be different. The NIASA and Architecture Council, although responsible for organizing the test, does not organize a common counseling in order to admit students to India’s architecture colleges. In fact, these bodies will not involve themselves at all with the admission procedures.
- The following requirements must be met by the candidates who desire to take admission to any architecture schools or colleges in India.
- Candidates must have secured at least fifty percent marks in the class twelfth exam.
- A minimum forty percent score in the NATA will be needed.
- Only the diploma holders who have cleared the NATA and have a two-year work experience will be given admission into the part-time B.Arch course that is offered by JNAFAU, School of Architecture and Planning.
- The documents that must be bought by the candidates in the NATA counseling include the scorecard of NATA 2018, mark sheet of SSC, residence certificate, mark sheet of HSC and caste certificate for candidates of reserved categories.