Section 1
Pen-Paper Based Test: For Drawing
Duration: 2 Hours

Section 2
Computer Based Test: For Aesthetic Sensitivity
No. of Questions: 40
Time Allotted per Question: 60-90 seconds
Average Time: 1 Hour



Person having passed SSC (Std X) or equivalent examination and above can appear for NATA. However, only candidates who have qualified an aptitude test in Architecture and have secured 50% marks in NATA 2016 Brochure Page 2 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects, shall be eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course.

No direct lateral admission is allowed at any year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification Application Form: The application form will be available online.

One who wishes to appear for the exam can download the registration form for NATA 2016 after payment of fees in either of these methods available:

  • Net-banking
  • Credit Cards / ICICI Issue

The Application form of NATA 2016 will be available from April 2016 to August 2016. (Tentative, there is no official announcement made yet.)


After filling the registration form, person is required to send it to the test centre of their choice with documents specified in it.

After submission of the registration form, a receipt will be generated which will also act as an appointment voucher.



Registration Form can be filled and submitted online at website by paying fees of Rs. 1250.00 either through credit card / debit card / net banking or the candidate can generate the challan for depositing the payment through cash in any of the branches of the ICICI Bank all over India. The candidate shall be required to pay additional charges as “processing charges” for the following:

  • Domestic Credit Card:- 1.25% of the NATA Fee plus service tax as applicable
  • Domestic Debit Card:- 0.75% of the NATA Fees plus service tax as applicable
  • Domestic Multiple Bank Net Banking Payment Gateway:- Rs.15 per transaction
  • Collection through PAN India ICICI Branches in cash (through challan) :- Rs.30 per transaction For International Credit Card / Debit Card the charges may apply as per the policy of the Bank. CANCELLATION, RESCHEDULING THE TEST APPOINTMENT & REFUND Appointment once scheduled cannot be cancelled or rescheduled.

There will be no refund of NATA test fees under any conditions. REGISTER FOR THE NATA Appointments are schedule



The candidate must have an acceptable and valid Identification Document (ID) details of which are mentioned on the appointment voucher, with signature, and appointment voucher to be admitted to a Test Center. ID requirements are strictly enforced. It is the candidate's responsibility to read and understand the instructions and requirements.

  • Report to the test center at least 1 hour before scheduled time of test.
  • If the candidate arrives at the Test Center without the required identification documents The Test Center in-charge will not admit the candidate and the candidate will not be allowed to take the test .
  • In addition the candidate will forfeit the test fee.
  • NAME CHANGES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. If the candidate's name has changed for any reason, including marriage, the candidate still must present primary identification in the name under which he / she made the appointment, otherwise the candidate will not be permitted to appear in test. Marriage certificates and divorce decrees cannot be used to confirm name differences.
  • If the Test Center in-charge questions the ID proof the candidate presents, the candidate will be required to present additional proof of identity. If positive confirmation cannot be made, the candidate may be refused admission to the Test Center and the candidate will forfeit the test fee paid.
  • Test Center personnel will check the candidate's identification before assigning the candidate a seat at the Test Center. The administrator will check to verify that the candidate is the person in his photo identification. The test center in-charge will repeat this procedure before and after all breaks.
  • Admittance to the Test Center does not imply that the candidate's form of identification is valid or that the candidate's scores will be reported. All reported cases of questionable identification are subject to review and approval by the Competent Authority of Testing Integrityd on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register well in advance to get ar in which one appeared.


  • Official identification document mentioned on the appointment voucher.
  • The appointment voucher - The appointment voucher is issued to the candidate at the time of registration. The appointment voucher confirms the candidate's test date, time of test and Test Center. The voucher will also show Candidate ID and Appointment Number with Exam Key.
  • Three or four sharpened soft-lead (2B & HB) pencils and a good eraser (Pencils and erasers will not be supplied at the Test Center). Mechanical pencils (Clutch pencils) are not permitted.
  • Set of colours (Water/ Poster colours, crayons, pastels) with appropriate instruments (Brushes, dish, etc.).
  • Geometry instrument box
  • Blue ink pen / Blue ink ball point


A test center in-charge/supervisor is authorized to dismiss the candidate from a test session and/or the candidate's marks may be cancelled by COA for actions such as, but not limited to:

  • Attempting to take the test for someone else or having someone else take the test for the candidate.
  • Failing to provide acceptable identification.
  • Obtaining improper access to the test, a part of the test, or information about the test.
  • Using a telephone or mobile phone, personal digital assistants (pda), digital music players, mp3 players, or any other electronic device having memory during the test session or during breaks.
  • Using any aids in connection with the test, such as: mechanical pencils, pagers, beepers, calculators, watch calculators, books, pamphlets, notes, rulers, highlighter pens, stereos or radios with headphones/ earphones, telephones, cell phones, watch alarms (including those with flashing lights or alarm sounds), stop watches, dictionaries, translators, and any hand-held electronic or photographic devices.
  • Creating a disturbance (disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated; the test administrator has sole discretion in determining what constitutes disruptive behavior).
  • Attempting to give or receive assistance - or otherwise communicate in any manner with another person about the content of the test during the administration, during breaks or after the test.
  • Removing or attempting to remove test content from the Test Center. Under no circumstances may test content or any part of the test content be removed, reproduced, and/or disclosed by any means (e.g., hard copy, verbally, electronically) to any person or entity Tampering with a computer.
  • Attempting to remove rough paper from the computer-based testing room.
  • Bringing a weapon or firearm into the Test Center.
  • Bringing food, drink, or tobacco into the testing room.
  • Leaving the Test Center vicinity during the test session or during breaks.
  • Leaving the testing room without permission.
  • Taking excessive or extended unscheduled breaks during the test session. Test Center supervisors are required to strictly monitor unscheduled breaks and report the candidates who take excessive or extended breaks.
  • Referring to, looking through, or working on any test, or test section, when not authorized to do so, or working after time has been called.
  • Failing to follow any of the test administration regulations contained in this bulletin, given by the test administrator or specified in any test materials.
  • If the counterfoils of the appointment voucher is already signed.

TEST CONTENT (syllabus)

The test is in two parts. A paper based drawing test and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test. The test measures aptitude of the candidate through two sections - a paper based section for drawing and computer based section for aesthetic sensitivity.


This is a two hour paper where candidate has to attempt three questions. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects:

  • 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.

This is computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions. The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and 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.


The Answer to each question in SCORING PROCESS The Answer to each question in the 'drawing' paper will be examined by a panel of three examiners independently and the marks are averaged. It may be further subject to moderation. 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.


Drawing Section The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate's drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate's sense of proportion & perspective is also evaluated together with sense for colour and composition.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Section
  • 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.
  • This section is computer adaptive, meaning that the computer selects questions based on the candidate's performance on preceding questions (When correct answer is given, next question will be of higher difficulty level whereas, if wrong answer is given next question is of lower difficulty level) and on the requirements of the test design. Test design factors that influence which questions are presented to the candidate include:
    • The statistical characteristics (including difficulty level) of the questions already answered.
    • The required variety of question types.
    • The appropriate coverage of content.
    • The final score depends on average difficulty level of all questions and of those questions answered correctly. E.g. person with correct answer for less number of questions of higher difficulty level may score higher marks than someone who answers more number of questions correctly but of lower difficulty level.
    • Time allotted to answer the question is between 90 seconds depending upon the question. The time remaining to answer the question is displayed on the screen. The "per second" countdown begins 30 seconds before the allotted time for that question ends. In case no answer is offered till the time ends, the question is skipped and next question appears.
    • There is no Negative marking in this test. NO REVALUATION IS POSSIBLE FOR EITHER OF THE TESTS. the 'drawing' paper will be examined by a panel.

Registration Date
21st January'2016

Exam Start
1st April'2016

Last Date of Exam
20th August'2016

Last Date of Registration
18th August'2016

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