Everything You Need to Know About NATA
India is growing at a breakneck speed, with the demand for urban living and working spaces increasing exponentially. This fast-paced progress has created an opening for more qualified and experienced professionals all along the entire infrastructure and design market chain. Now, the need for Indian Architecture professionals is providing high-paying and respected job openings for those willing to put in the time and effort.
Every developed space we find ourselves enjoying has been manifested by an architect. All of the parks, buildings, homes, institutions, transportation, and manufacturing centers are facilitated through the expertise of Architects. To start your journey to a bright future in Architecture, you need to pass the NATA exam. India requires this exam for all candidates looking to continue to formal institutional study.
What is NATA?
The National Aptitude Test in Architecture, or NATA, is an entrance exam conducted by the Council of Architecture (CoA) in India. It creates minimum standards in the areas of cognitive skills, visual perception, aesthetic sensitivity, logical reasoning, critical thinking, and more to ensure that all incoming undergraduate students in Architecture have the essential understandings needed to be productive architects in the future.
NATA was created in 2006 to create a common baseline of acceptance and aptitude throughout the country. It does more than just prepare students. It also helps those without the necessary skill set to avoid the hardship and massive cost of pursuing that collegiate degree. This reduces the financial weight many students feel after receiving their degrees and the growing concern of how student debt may affect the overall economy.
Who is NATA Designed for?
NATA is meant for any student wishing to pursue their undergraduate career in the field of studies of Architecture. Think of it as an entrance exam proving you are capable of the work required to complete the degree. All potential candidates need to have passed the class 12th exam. Candidates who have scored a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate in chemistry, physics, and mathematics, and 50% marks in aggregate in class 12th exam or cleared 10+2 diploma exam with mathematics as a compulsory subject with securing 50% marks in aggregate.
What is the Exam Like?
The NATA exam is split up into two major parts. Part A is a drawing test where candidates demonstrate their understanding of scale, the proportion of objects, geometry, building forms, etc. In addition, there is a heavy emphasis placed on visualizing and understand all forms in 2D and 3D.
Part B is split into two sections. The first is called PCM, or physics, chemistry, and mathematics. This test will explore your ability to understand and apply the basic fundamentals of each subject. You will have to demonstrate how these subjects apply to Architectural design and infrastructure. The exam is making sure you were able to remember and internalize this subject matter.
The second section of Part B revolves around general aptitude and logical reasoning. This ensures that you have a practical sense of the theories needed to design and construct integrate structures necessary to everyday life. Again, the council wants to make sure you will not build overly complicated infrastructure that may cause potential risks.
How do I apply for NATA?
You can apply to sit the NATA exam by filling out and submit the application via the official website of NATA at https://www.nata.in/. The council releases the updated form in January for that year’s new set of candidates. You’ll be asked to fill out the application, upload supporting documents of your required credentials, and pay an application fee. The fee varies depending on the sessions you are sitting and whether or not you are located inside India.
You will need a NATA admit card from the official website to sit for the examination. The council will release admit cards around two weeks before your scheduled exam. For 2021, the first card was released April 10, and the second on June 12. The council will release the NATA results two weeks after the examination. They will tell the candidate the marks they obtained for each exam section and whether or not they have qualified. The detailed results are used for acceptance into a qualified undergraduate program.
How do I study for the Exam?
Luckily, there are numerous online resources and books for preparing for the exam before applying. Of course, YouTube is a great place to start for basic instruction. You should also speak to your local university, college, or prep school. They will probably have a set of example papers and questions for you to study.
The best thing you can do to prepare for the NATA is to break down your studying into sections, including what areas to study, managing your time with each unit, dedicating the time you allocate to nothing but studying, and taking mock tests. We also strongly suggest you start early. This is a difficult test, and the earlier you can get a head start studying, the better your overall score will end up being.
Wrapping it Up
India is a beautiful country full of impressive buildings and infrastructure. Every year the population fluctuates, placing new demands on the already spread thin living and working spaces. Qualified architecture students will find a welcome workplace in the future because those external demands are not likely to slow anytime soon.
Taking the NATA in India is an excellent way to begin your path down a career full of exciting work, excellent pay, and respect among the other working professionals of your city. We hope this article has been a valuable guide to getting you started. Please check back on our blog often to see what new topics we cover in the exciting world of design, architecture, and infrastructural concepts.
Nata 1 – alt-image: Preparing for the NATA exam in India for a career in architecture and design at the collegiate level
Nata 2 – alt-image: Taking the time to study and learn about each section of the Indian NATA exam for architecture students
Nata 3 – alt-image: Working with study partners to prepare for the national aptitude test in architecture held in India