B. Arch admission may take place in two ways either through NATA conducted by COA, widely accepted by most B. Arch Colleges or through JEE MAIN PAPER – 2, conducted by CBSE, mandatorily accepted by some prestigious Colleges.


NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture)

NATA is being conducted by COA since 2006, in terms of the provisions of COA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983, published in the Gazette of India. It is implied that a separate aptitude test in .Architecture should be conducted and such test should not be combined with the tests for admissions to Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine and other disciplines. Being the competent authority for fixing norms and standards for architectural institutions, COA has the necessary expertise to hold a Common Aptitude Test in Architecture, at national level to provide a single window system for appearing in aptitude test and to facilitate institutions, students and public at large for admission to First year of 5 year B.Arch. Degree Course at all recognized Institutions all over country.

B.Arch through NATA

Nearly 30 Colleges in Chennai and 60 colleges across Tamilnadu


NATA measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test makes an assessment of drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, Mathematics and critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period of time and are related to the specific field of study. Only candidates who have qualified in NATA with 40% marks and have secured 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects, shall be eligible for the 5 years B. Architecture degree course anywhere in India.

Syllabus and Marks for NATA

Questions and all instructions will be available only in English medium.

Mathematics & General Aptitude Test

Only one option is correct and correct response will yield 2 (two) marks.
There is no negative marking, but wrong answering will be penalized in case of tie breaking.
Answers to both parts must be provided on same OMR sheet, which is specially designed machine readable response sheet.
Answers are to be marked (bubbled) using blue/black ball point pen only on the ‘omr answer sheet

Drawing Test

Candidate has to attempt two questions within 90 minutes. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects –
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 composition using given shapes and forms;
Creating visual harmony using colors in given composition;
Understanding of scale and proportions;
Drawings from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.


The Answer to each question in the 'drawing' paper will be examined by more than one examiner independently and the marks are to be averaged. The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate's drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate's sense of proportion and perspective are also evaluated together with sense for colour and composition.

Tie breaking rules for overall score

Unified merit list of candidates will be published in NATA-2017. During merit listing, all candidates would get unique rank. Therefore, if more than one candidate gets the same overall marks, tie breaking logic would be applied in the following order:

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