NATA 2021: Admit Card (Out), Exam Date, Syllabus, Exam Pattern & Result


The Council of Architecture will release the NATA 2021 admit card for the second session on 7th July 2021. The National Aptitude Test in Architecture is a national-level exam conducted by the Council of Architecture for admission to the 5 years B. Arch Degree Programme. CoA has been organising the NATA exam since 2006, keeping the Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations, 1983, of the Gazette of India. Students appearing in NATA 2021 need not attempt different aptitude tests to get into private and government-aided institutes or universities to pursue a Bachelor of Architecture.

Highlighted Changes in NATA Exam

In the year 2020, the following changes were introduced in the NATA exam:

  • From NATA 2020, the exam is being held twice a year – April and June.
  • CoA will conduct national-level counselling for admission to various architecture programmes.
  • Students of Arts Stream (Humanities) can apply for the exam. However, they must have qualified additional exams (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics with 50% marks) by CBSE.
  • From the year 2021, a variety of questions have been added in the exam pattern viz. Multiple choice questions, multiple select questions, preferential choice questions, and numerical answer types.
  • The number of questions will be 125 and the total marks will be 200. A combination of marking schemes has been adopted with questions of 1, 2, and 3 marks.

NATA 2021 Latest Notification - 

  • NATA 2021 (Session 2) Admit Card will be released on 7th July 2021.
  • The last date for NATA 2021 (Session 2) application form submission is 2nd July 2021.
  • NATA 2021 (Session 1) Admit Card has been released on 6th April 2021.
  • The Council of Architecture (CoA) has started the application process for the NATA 2021 exam on 5th March 2021.
  • The last date for application submission (Session-1) is 1st April 2021.
  • The first session exam will be held on 10th April 2021 and the second session exam will be held on 11th July 2021.

NATA 2021 - Overview

Find the complete details of the exam given below:

Exam Name

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)


Council of Architecture (CoA)


Admission to 5 years B.Arch Degree Programme




Twice (April & July)

Mode of Exam

Online and Offline (Drawing)

Mode of Application


Application Starts

5th March 2021

Official Website

Exam Commences

10th April 2021 (First Session), 11th July 2021 (Second Session)

NATA Exam 2021 Important Dates

The exam dates for the first and second session of the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) 2021 are announced.

NATA 2021 Events

First Session

Second Session

Release of Notification

3rd March 2021

3rd March 2021

Online application starts

5th March 2021

5th March 2021

Last date to submit the online application form (Extended)

01st April 2021

2nd July 2021

Last date for uploading images and fee payment (Extended)

01st April 2021

2nd July 2021

Take printout of the acknowledgement page (Extended)

01st April 2021

2nd July 2021

Correction window opens

26th to 28th March 2021


NATA admit card issuance date

6th April 2021

7th July 2021

Date of exam

10th April 2021

11th July 2021

Announcement of result

21st April 2021


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NATA Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

Candidates appearing in the upcoming exam must be well-versed in NATA exam pattern 2021. The exam will consist of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs), Multiple Select Type (MSQ), Preferential Choice Type (PCQ), and Numerical Answer Type (NAQ). The medium of the NATA 2021 exam is English.



Mode of Exam

Online (Computer-Based)

Number of questions

125 questions

Number of papers

Diagrammatic Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Inductive Reasoning, Situational Judgment, Logical Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning


3 hours (180 minutes)

Scheme of marking

1 mark, 2 marks, and 3 marks

Negative marking

There is no scheme of negative marking

Note: There will be no Drawing exam from 2021 onwards.

NATA 2021 Syllabus

With the new exam pattern for the exam, the changes in the syllabus are as under:

New Topics Introduced

  • Diagrammatic Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Situational Judgment
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning

Other topics

  • Basic Concepts in Mathematics, Physics & Geometry
  • Elements and Principles of Design
  • Language and Interpretation
  • Colour Theory
  • Aesthetic Sensitivity
  • Graphics and Imagery
  • Lateral Thinking & Logical Reasoning
  • Visual Perception and Cognition
  • Basic Techniques of Building Construction & Knowledge Material
  • Building Anatomy and Architectural Vocabulary
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Click Here to Download NATA Exam Syllabus 2021.

NATA Exam 2021 Eligibility

Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria for appearing in the NATA exam:

  • Should have passed 12th with 50% marks in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics
  • Should have scored 50% marks in aggregate at 10+2 level exam
  • Candidates appearing in the 12th exam with PCM subjects can also provisionally give the test

New Changes Made:

  • Students with a 10+3 diploma in Mathematics can apply for the first year B.Arch course for the 2020 session.
  • The relaxation in the B.Arch Admission eligibility criteria has been made as a one-time exception to the rule, taking into account the special circumstances that have emerged in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the official Information Bulletin, “QUALIFYING IN NATA-2021 DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A RIGHT/ GUARANTEE IN FAVOUR OF THE CANDIDATE FOR  HIS/ HER  ADMISSION  TO  ANY  ARCHITECTURE  COURSE  UNLESS  HE/ SHE  HAS  FULFILLED  ALL  THE PRESCRIBED REQUIREMENTS AS SPECIFIED BY RESPECTIVE COUNSELLING AND ADMISSION AUTHORITIES.” It further adds, “Candidates may note that no direct lateral admission is allowed at any other year/ stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification.”

NATA Exam 2021 Application Process

The application process for the NATA 2021 has started on 5th March 2021 for both sessions. The last date for application submission is 1st April 2021 (first session) and 2nd July 2021 (second session). Candidates can fill and submit the online application form at the official website. Candidates who have applied for the NATA exam have an opportunity to register themselves for the first and second test. However, “appearing in the second test is not mandatory and is purely at the discretion of the applicants.” If the candidates appear in both the tests, they must note that the Authority will issue the scorecard, ‘containing the best of two test’s composite marks.’

Application Procedure of NATA 2021 –

The NATA application 2021 will be filled in online mode at the website – Applicants need to select the link ‘Online Application NATA-2021 and get directed to the application form filling page. All fields marked with * ‘must be filled up as they are mandatory, otherwise, the application will not get submitted.’ The entire application procedure of NATA 2021 is divided into three steps –

  • Filling of Personal Details
  • Document Uploading (Photograph Size – 4 kb to 100 kb and signature size – 1 kb to 30 kb)
  • Fee Payment

 After the submission of the application form, the candidates must take a print of the Confirmation Page. This is the proof of Registration.

Application Fee –


Application Fee

General Candidates

Either First Test or Second Test – ₹ 2,000/-

General Candidates

Both First and Second Test – ₹ 4,000/-

SC/ ST, PWD, and transsexual applicants

Either First Test or Second Test – ₹ 1,500/-

SC/ ST, PWD, and transsexual Applicants

Both First and Second Test – ₹ 3,000/-

Applicants seeking exam venues outside India must pay –

  • ₹ 10,000/- for either first or second test
  • ₹ 20,000/- for both first and second test

NATA 2021 Application Correction Window

CoA will activate the correction facility for NATA 2021 potential candidates. Those who want to make some changes in their application form can participate in the NATA 2021 correction process through the following steps:

  • Open the official link of NATA at
  • On the available home page, click on the link, which says “NATA 2021 Correction”.
  • Click on the link and complete the login procedure.
  • Once it is done, make the changes in the application form and click on submit.
  • Keep a hard copy of the same for further references.

The application correction window will open from 26th to 28th March 2021 (for the first session) and from 25th to 30th May 2021 (for the second session).

Other Details

NATA 2020 Exam Centres –

The exam conducting authority will administer the test in 158 cities across India and 1 overseas destination (Dubai). The exam-takers will have to choose the NATA 2021 exam centre as per their feasibility while filling in the NATA 2021 online application.





Andaman and Nicobar

Port Blair


Andhra Pradesh

Guntur, Kakinada, Kurnool,  Rajahmundry, Tirupathi,  Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam


Arunachal Pradesh




Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Silchar



Bhagalpur, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea






Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur









Ahmedabad, Anand, Daman, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara



Ambala, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hisar, Karnal,  Narnaul, Rohtak, Sonepat


Himachal Pradesh

Hamirpur, Shimla


Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu, Srinagar



Bokaro Steel City, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh,  Jamshedpur, Ranchi



Belgaum, Bellary, Bengaluru, Davangere, Gulbarga, Hubli, Mangalore, Mysore, Udupi



Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Kannur, Kollam,  Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Trivandrum


Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Ratlam, Rewa, Sagar, Ujjain



Ahmednagar, Akola, Amravati, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Chinchwad, Chinchwad/ Akurdi,  Jalgaon, Kalyan, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Navi Mumbai – Nerul, Panvel, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Solapur












Dimapur, Kohima



Bhubaneswar Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur






Amritsar, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala



Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sriganganagar, Udaipur





Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Nagercoil, Salem, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Vellore



Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Warangal





Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bilaspur, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut,  Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Noida, Varanasi



Dehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee


West Bengal

Asansol, Durgapur, Howrah, Kolkata, Siliguri

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NATA 2021 Admit Card –

Candidates who have successfully submitted the application form will be entitled to receive the NATA 2021 admit card. They have to download the soft copy of the hall tickets of NATA 2021 from the official website and appear in the test with a printed hard copy of the same at the concerned exam centre. Also, carry one original photo ID card – driving license/ Aadhaar card, pan card, voter ID, etc. The admit card for the first session has been uploaded on 6th April and for the second session on 7th July 2021.

To make the process of downloading the NATA entrance exam admit cards easier for the candidates, steps are listed here:

  • Step 1: Visit the official NATA 2021 website i.e.
  • Step 2: Find and click on the “Admit Card” link.
  • Step 3: Enter the Application number and password.
  • Step 4: Click on the “Submit” button.
  • Step 5: NATA admit card 2021 will be displayed on the screen.
  • Step 6: Download the admit card and take a print out.

The NATA 2021 admit cards will carry all the necessary details including the candidate’s name, roll number, allotted exam centre address, parents’ details, exam details, etc.

NATA Answer Key 2021 –

NATA answer key is a medium, which helps students to analyse their answers and predict their overall scores in the exam. The NATA 2021 answer key for both tests will be released separately. To pass the NATA exam 2021, candidates should score at least 25% marks in Drawing and 25% marks in MCQ.

NATA 2021 Result –

Candidates will be intimated about NATA 2021 results through various electronic/ printing media. The result will comprise marks obtained by the candidates in each section and the qualifying status. The result for the first session has been announced on 21st April 2021 and for the second session, the result is scheduled to be released on 21st July 2021.

How to check NATA 2021 Results online?

The NATA 2021 scorecard will be made available on the official website. To avoid facing any problems or technical glitches while accessing the results, candidates are advised to follow the simple steps listed below:

  1. Visit the official website
  2. Locate and click on the link for NATA 2021 Result
  3. Log onto the exam portal using your credentials
  4. Locate Link for NATA 2021 result and click on it
  5. Your result will be displayed on the screen as a scorecard
  6. Download the Result Scorecard in PDF format
  7. Take a printout for future reference

NATA 2021 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The application process for the NATA 2021 exam is active on the official website. Here are the frequently asked questions related to the exam.


Q: When will the registration process for the NATA 2021 exam be started?

A: The NATA 2021 application process is active for both sessions from 5th March 2021 onwards.

Q: Is the official notification released? If yes, when will the exam be conducted?

A: The official is released on 3rd March 2021. The exam is scheduled to be held on 10th April 2021 (first session) and 11th July 2021 (second session).

Q: Is it compulsory to appear in the June exam?

A: No, it is not mandatory.

Q: Where and how can I submit the application form?

A: Online, at the official website of NATA. The application process is mentioned above along with the website name.

Q: What about the application fee?

A: Check the table below -



Application Fee

General Candidates


Either First Test or Second Test – ₹ 2,000/-

General Candidates


Both First and Second Test – ₹ 4,000/-

SC/ ST Applicants


Either First Test or Second Test – ₹ 1,500/-

SC/ ST Applicants

Both First and Second Test – ₹ 3,000/-

 Q: What is the mode of the exam?

A: The NATA 2021 exam will be conducted in online mode only.

Q: Who can apply for NATA 2021?

A: Applicants with 12th pass certificate (50% marks in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics).

Q: When will be the result of the April examination declared?

A: The result will be declared on 14th April 2021 for the first session and 16th June 2021 for the second session.

Q: Where should candidates get the answer key?

A: The answer key and response sheet of NATA 2021 will be updated on the official website after the completion of the exam. The answer sheet can be downloaded by using Application Number, Date of Birth and Password.

Q: What is the admission process?

A: CoA will conduct national-level counselling for admission to various architecture programmes.