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While students aspire to enrol for a specific field of their liking, there is much more to do other than just filling out and submitting the application form. Some fields suffice with your overall 12th score, but some require you to sit for aptitude exams that ensure that you have what it takes to excel in the field your looking to make your career in and are passionate about it. 

One such field is Architecture. The Council of Architecture (COA) conducts NATA (National Aptitude Test for Architecture) twice every year. It assesses the fellow aspirant’s cognitive skills, logical reasoning, aesthetic sensitivity tests, and critical thinking ability to ensure that the aspirant has what it takes to excel in Architecture. 

NATA entrance exam will be conducted in the second week of April 2023, scheduled by the Council of Architecture. The exam is specially designed for admitting students in 5-year Bachelor of Architecture programs in top-notch colleges and institutes in India. 

Some essential information for candidates applying for NATA 2023

  • The NATA exam will be for a 3 hours duration. It will consist of 3 separate sections namely, Mathematics, General Aptitude, and Drawing.
  • Candidates can simply study from NCERT books and practice the previous year’s NATA question papers online. 
  • Candidates need to clear 10 + 2 with 50% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) to sit for the NATA entrance examination in 2023. 
  • Every college or institute will conduct a separate counselling session for NATA exams as the Council of Architecture does not conduct separate exam sessions. 
  • As per NATA marking scheme, there will be no negative marking on wrong answers and two marks will be awarded for each right answer. 

We have incorporated a few imperative Frequently Asked Questions below. Let’s see what candidates are asking online. 

  • How to prepare for NATA 2023?

The basic NATA preparation that can aid you in clearing the entrance exam are mentioned below:-

  • Give equal preparation time to all the three sections namely, Aptitude, Mathematics, and Drawing. 
  • Collect data on the architectural creation of famous national and international architects. 
  • Try and solve as many NATA sample papers as you can but surely focus on the previous year’s NATA question paper.
  • Practice all topics without giving a break between the sections to ensure you have a constant rhythm. 
  • Focus on the Nata mock tests or sample questions to practice the hardest of questions. 
  • Can I apply for NATA 2023 in offline mode? 

No, candidates can only register for the examination via online mode. The registration process is as follows:

Step 1: Visit the official website of NATA

Step 2: Click on the NATA 2023 registration link.

Step 3: Sign up to fill out the form.

Step 4: Enter your basic details including name, address, mobile number, email id, birth date and security question. 

Step 5: Create your own password and enter the OTP sent to your mobile number. 

Step 6: A unique application number will be allotted to you. Keep it for further usage

Step 7: Fill in the basic information including your name, address, Pan card or Aadhar card number, nationality, date of birth and parent’s name. 

Step 8: Fill up your choice of exam – One or two attempts – depending on your convenience. 

Step 9: Choose the centre as per your location and choice. 

Step 10: Fill up your educational details for the 10th and 12th and you are good to go. 

Step 11: Upload the documents including a passport-sized photograph, signature copy, and category or disability certificate, if applicable. 

Step 12: Pay the fees as per the number of attempts you have opted for.

  • Is there a negative marking in NATA 2023 exam?

   No, as per the NATA marking scheme, there will be no negative marketing for wrong answers. 

  • How can I avail the form correction facility in the NATA exam? 

Candidates can avail of the form correction facility during the correction period wherein the Council of Architecture offers candidates the opportunity to correct their form but only once.

  • What is a good score for NATA?

A score that is greater than or equal to 120 is considered a good score for NATA   candidates. With this score you can get admission is top-notch Architecture institutes in Pan India. 

  • What is the difference between NATA and JEE exams? 

JEE and NATA entrance exams are held for students who wish to pursue careers in either  Engineering or Architecture. But the two exams are extremely different and are conducted for different institutes. 

JEE exams are conducted for students to wish to get admission in B. ARCH and B. Planning in institutes like GFITs, NITs, CFITs, and IIITs. 

Whereas, NATA is conducted for students who wish to get admission in B. Arch only. 


SILICA is a design institute that prepares students for the NATA entrance examination while helping them understand their skills and talent. Whether it’s sketching, planning or designing – our counsellors ensure students find their choice of career prior to applying for the entrance exam. Teachers at SILICA are presently working in the industry helping students to gain information on recent trends in architecture and Interior design, giving them an edge over other NATA candidates.

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