NATA 2021 – Results, Colleges, Admission Process

by | Sep 15, 2021 | ALL, NATA | 23 comments

Council of Architecture has announced the NATA second test exam result on 12th September 2020. Candidates can check their results on

The next step is for students to prepare for the B.Arch (Bachelor of Architecture) program based on their NATA or JEE Paper 2 marks and XII Std aggregate percentage. Here are some frequently asked questions about the B.Arch Admission in Architecture colleges:

Q.1. How to download the NATA 2020 Result? 

Step 1: Visit the official website of NATA 

Step 2: Select the tab designated for NATA second test results

Step 3: Insert required credentials

Step 4: Download and access the NATA 2020 results

Q.2. How to calculate the Merit Combo Score for B.Arch admission in Architecture colleges?

The admission to B.Arch program in Architecture colleges is on the basis of NATA score + XII Std aggregate percentage. The admission is offered on the basis of merit list. The formula for calculation of combo score for merit rank based on NATA marks and XII Std aggregate percentage is as below:

(12th std percentage / 2) + (NATA score / 4) = Combo Score

For example: 

If a candidate has- 12th std percentage = 80% and NATA score = 144

The calculation would be = (80/2) + (144/4) = 76/100

Q.3. What is a good Merit Combo score for B.Arch admission in an Architecture college?

Based on the formula given above, candidates can calculate their own merit score. Here is predicted calculator for which Architecture college you can expect to get admission based on your merit scores:

Merit Score Expected College for Admission
85+ Top 1 or 2 colleges
80-85 Excellent colleges
75-80 Very good colleges
70-75 Good colleges
60-70 Average colleges
Below 60 Below Average colleges

Q.4. Who conducts the admission process for the B.Arch program in Architecture college?

There are 4 types of Architecture colleges in India. The admission process is conducted by different authorities based on the type of Architecture college. Here is the list:

Type of Architecture College Admission Conducting Authority Entrance Exam 
1. State Level Colleges (Aided and Unaided) State Govt. CET Cells

NATA (or) 

JEE Paper 2

2. Private University Colleges The University
3. NITs & SPAs JoSAA  JEE Paper 2
4. IITs JoSAA JEE Paper 1

About 90% of the Architecture colleges across India are State Level Colleges, either Government Aided or Unaided (i.e. Private). For each state there is a different CET cell appointed by the Government which conducts admission to B.Arch programs. Here is the list of admission authorities for few states:

State State CET Cells Website Link
1. Maharashtra MHT CET 
2. Karnataka K-CET
4. Delhi CET Delhi
5. Gujarat GUJCET

Also Check: How Nata NATA Previous Year Question Papers Can Help You Crack Exam

Note: The State CET cells consider either NATA or JEE or higher of the 2 scores for admission. The State CET cell online system will ask candidates to input NATA and JEE Paper 2 scores. The Council of Architecture provides all Admission Authorities with the formula for equivalence between JEE Paper 2 and NATA score. The system calculates and uses higher of the 2 scores.

Note: The admission to NITs, SPAs, IITs, etc are conducted by CBSE appointed JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority). We will publish a separate blog to explain the admission process through JoSAA.

Q.5. What is the admission process for the B.Arch program in Architecture colleges?  

Every student seeking admission to B.Arch program in Architecture colleges, keep checking the respective state’s CET cell websites. For example, students applying for Maharashtra State colleges, must register online through the portal (the link for B.Arch 2020 admission will be active soon). The registration process is fairly simple:

  1. Sign up portal
  2. Enter Entrance exam details
  3. Enter Personal details.
  4. Select nearest FRC center for document verification.
  5. Make payment & further updation.
  6. Wait for notification on CAP rounds

Q.6. What documents are required for B.Arch 2020 Admission through common admission process?

The admission process for B.Arch 2020 has not been announced in most states. But the general documents required every year are:

  • 10th class marksheet
  • 12th class/ Diploma marksheet
  • NATA or JEE Main Score Card
  • School Leaving Certificate (if required)
  • Certificate of Indian Nationality
  • Caste Certificate & Caste Validity Certificate (if caste category)
  • Along with the above documents, additional documents may also be required as per the category of the applicant.

Q.7. Which are the top Architecture colleges? What was 2019 admission cut off for these Architecture colleges?

We have identified top Architecture colleges across states in India. You can go through the list for each state at the following link- 

The State CET cells may not publish the cut off lists for admission to the B.Arch program at Architecture colleges. We have researched and uploaded the cut offs for CAP Round 1 & 2 of Maharashtra CET for 2019 Admissions. You can check the cut offs for Maharashtra State candidates (MH) and All India candidates (AI) at the following link- 

Q.8. What are the types of seats available for admission in State Level Colleges?

There are generally 4 types of seats available for admission in State Level colleges. We will take the example of Maharashtra to understand these types in the table below:

Type of Seat / Candidate Explanation
1. Maharashtra State Candidature Seats 65% seats are reserved for this quota. The Candidates having Maharashtra State candidature, can apply for these seats.
2. All India Candidature Seats 15% seats are reserved for this quota. The Candidates having Indian Nationality are eligible under this Category.
3. Minority Quota Seats The Maharashtra domiciled Candidate belonging to a particular Linguistic or Religious Minority Community from within the State and as notified by the Government are eligible under this Category.
4. Institutional Quota Seats 20% of total seats are reserved for this quota. These seats are filled by the institute. These are management quota seats and generally candidates are asked to pay a capitation fee.

Disclaimer: The admission process for B.Arch 2020 has not commenced in most states. All the information provided in this blog is on the basis of B.Arch 2019 admission. There is a possibility that the cut offs, colleges, admission process etc can change due to COVID19 pandemic. 

Also Read: Career Opportunities in Architecture, Eligibility & Criteria

Thanks & Regards,

SILICA Academics Team


  1. Aishwarya Kale

    I would I like to know, as per the notice by coa, this year the 12th % was not going to be added in the admission process. We were informed that a candidate must be pass in 12th/ diploma moreover the jee 2 and nata score will be counted. Waiting for your reply. Thank you.

  2. Advaitaa S Nair

    Pls provide us the link for DTE.


    Please help take admission in any govt. college for B Arch

  4. Rajeev

    Sir, my son has got 148.5 in NATA & 93.2% in CBSE 12th. We are from Bangalore. Can you guide what should be our preference in terms of colleges? I am okay to send him anywhere in India.

  5. Dr.yashoda nayak

    Jee mains paper 2 is percentile and nata is marks…How is it compared?For eg if jee mains percentile is 96 and nata score 120…how can it be compared?

    • SILICA Team

      You will get a JEE score normalised calculator on Jee website itself. Which will convert the percentile score.

      • Dinesh

        Can you please share the link? As far as I can see, there is no such thing on the JEE website.

  6. Rithu pawar

    PLZZ tell about the colleges in Hyderabad also and PLZZ try to help us in knowing the cut off…

  7. Tipparna Surya Chandra Rao

    Kindly Inform the colleges in Andhra Pradesh state

  8. Shivani krushna palekar

    Thank u it is helpfularticle can u give goverment college list with cutoff

  9. Purushottam

    Good information

  10. Debajyoti Konar

    Please help with admission procedure of West Bengal govt Architecture Colleges

  11. Priya

    When MHTCET will open for B.Arch registration ?

    • SILICA Team

      It started from 8th December 2020

  12. shubham kumar

    i got 56 percentile in nata scoreboard i can eligible for the taking admission in any collages of b .architech . how can admission process can be taken .

  13. Vishal Kumar

    Sir, I want to get admission in govt. College

  14. Fatema

    when do you think admissions for barch will start in Mumbai

    • SILICA Team

      It started from 8th December 2020.

  15. Dinesh

    Where can we find the formula for equivalence between JEE Paper 2 and NATA score? There is a column in the Mah. CET Merit list but formula is not provided.


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