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NATA - National Aptitude Test in Architecture

Introduction to NATA - National Aptitude Test in Architecture

The National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA), Pune, an Academic Unit of the Council of Architecture (CoA), is conducting a National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) for admission to first year of 5-year Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) degree course for all architectural institutions in the country, including NITs, NTs, Government Institutions, Government-aided Institutions, Universities, Deemed Universities and Private Universities, established by a Central or State Legislature and other private institutions.

Plus Two students with Mathematics as a subject of examination with the least 50% aggregate marks can opt for this Aptitude Test in Architecture. NATA measures aptitude of the applicant in the field of Architecture. . The test is in two parts. One paper based on drawing test for two hours and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test for one hour. The test measures aptitude of the candidate through two sections - a paper based section for drawing and computer based section for aesthetic sensitivity.

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 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.

The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of:

* Visualising three diemnsional objects from two dimensional drawings.

* Indentifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.

* Analytical reasoning.

* Mental Ability.

* Imaginative comprehension and expression.

* Architectural awareness.

As per COA rules, a candidate applying to any school / college of architecture in India should have achieved 40% score in the total NATA score, i.e. at least 80/200, for consideration of admission into first year B.Arch. The candidate's scores shall be valid for a period of two years for the purpose of admission to any architectural institution.

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