The long-held debate about the best Architecture entrance exam continues. Which one is the best option for you? NATA? Or is it JEE Main? So, we’ve decided to end this discussion once and for all. Even though both NATA and JEE Main (Paper-II) are entrance exams that pave the pathway for our architecture students into their B. Arch Programs, the decision to choose one of the two still puts the aspirants into a mid-life dilemma. Mainly because both these entrance exams lead to different institutions and completely different college experiences.
So, how to choose, which one is the best for you? The only answer is to compare and contrast everything about the exams and then decide which one would suit you the best. Here is everything you need to know about NATA and JEE Main (Paper-II), read through it all and decide for yourself which one you should opt for.
National Aptitude Test In Architecture – NATA
NATA or National Aptitude Test In Architecture, as the name suggests, is a national level entrance examination for the aspirants of B.Arch admissions. B.Arch is a five years undergraduate program; honing the skills of dexterous people in architecture. The test measures the various skills of our aspirants in categories mainly as, observation and drawing skills, Sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, and critical thinking ability. NATA Question paper consists of two sections, testing your reasoning and aptitude.
NATA registrations typically start in March every year by the Council Of Architecture. And the examination is conducted twice every year in April and June. But even though NATA is the doorway examination to the B.Arch programs offered by various institutions under NATA, the final admission decision stays with the respective institution authorities.
The best way to prepare for NATA is to solve NATA Mock Tests, and there are also so many NATA Sample Papers available in the market for practice. You can also enroll in some NATA Coaching classes to prepare even better.
JEE Main (Paper-II) –
JEE Main (Paper-II) is another national-level entrance examination for the aspirants of B.Arch admissions conducted by the National Testing Agency or NTA. Similar to NATA, JEE Main is the gateway to programs like B.Arch, B.Tech, B-Planning offered by some of India’s leading institutions consisting of IITs, NITs, and CFITs. The exams are conducted in two sets, mainly Paper I, and Paper-II. Students aspiring to become architects have to appear in the second paper of JEE Main, which is JEE Main Paper-II.
The registration for JEE Main (Paper-II) happens alongside that of NATA and the examinations are conducted twice every year in April and May as well. The test measures student based on their general aptitude, drawing skills, and their mathematics. JEE Main (Paper-II) takes place in two sets – Online Mode (for general aptitude and mathematics) and an offline pen/paper test to measure the aspirant’s drawing skills.
Much like NATA, there are numerous coaching classes and sample papers along with mock tests to help you crack JEE Main (Paper-II). Practice is the key.
Comparison Between NATA And JEE Main (Paper-II) –
|Particulars||NATA||JEE Main (Paper-II)|
|Frequency Of Exam||Twice every year||Twice every year|
|Total No. Of Questions||125||82|
|Total no. Of Sections||2||3|
|Total Duration Of Exam||3 hours||3 hours|
|Institutes Accepting Scores||Premier Architecture Institutes including the three SPAs||IITs, NITs, CFITs|
|Number Of Vacant Seats||More compared to JEE Mains||Less Compare To NATA|
Which Is Tougher? NATA Or JEE Main (Paper – II)?
Another question that has baffled B.Arch aspirants for decades. The harder the paper, the more difficult it is to crack, which means the lesser chances. When we consider two options concerning anything, one of the major deciding factors is always; which has the better odds? Right? Now, how to decide which one is tougher between NATA and JEE Main? To find your answer you need to compare different aspects of both the examinations. What are these aspects you ask?
Well, to start with one of the reasons why JEE Main (Paper-II) is considered a little harder than NATA is the number of participating colleges. There are lesser colleges that give admission through JEE Main, colleges like the IITs, the NITs, and the CFITs. These are some of the best institutions in India. NATA on the other hand has better odds. There are a lot of college options available through NATA which means the number of available seats is much more in NATA than they are in JEE Main (Paper-II).
This is one of the reasons JEE Main is considered the tougher ones. Apart from this the syllabus also plays a role. NATA’s syllabus only has two sections whereas, in JEE Main you have to prepare for three different sections for the same amount of examination duration. Also, unlike JEE Main there is no negative marking in NATA.
You also need to keep in mind which college do you prefer, which college do you want to study in, and see what examination will open the doorway of that college for you.
Important Exam Dates –
NATA 2021 –
|Events||Phase 1 Dates||Phase 2 Dates|
|Release Of NATA Notification||March 03, 2021||March 03, 2021|
|Registration Start Date||March 05, 2021||March 05, 2021|
|Registration End Date||March 28, 2021||May 30, 2021|
|Application Form Correction Window||March 26 – 28, 2021||May 25 – 30, 2021|
|Last Day To Upload Image/ Payment Of Fee||March 28, 2021||May 30, 2021|
|Release Of Admit Card||April 06, 2021||June 08, 2021|
|NATA 2021 Exam||April 10, 2021||June 12, 2021|
|Declaration Of Results||April 14, 2021||June 16, 2021|
JEE Main (Paper-II) Phase 4 –
|JEE Main (Paper-II) Events||Dates|
|Registration Start Date||May 03, 2021|
|Registration End Date||May 12, 2021|
|Availability Of Admit Card||Third Week Of May 2021|
|JEE Main 2021 Exam||May 24 – 28, 2021|
|Declaration Of Results||First Week Of June|
*Rest of the dates are yet to be notified