The Council of architecture (COA), through its academic unit- National Institute of Advanced Studies in architecture (NIASA) at Pune, has been conducting National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA). An online examination, for admission to 1st year of 5-year B.Arch. Degree Course at all COA approved architectural institutions in the country (including NITs, IITs, Government institutions, government aided Institutions, Universalities, Deemed universities and Private Universities established by a Central or State legislature and other private institutions) since academic session 2006-2007. for the current academic session i.e. 2008-09 also, nata is being conducted by COA. It shall be mandatory for every candidate seeking admission to 5-year B.Arch. Degree Course in any COA approved architectural institution in the country to obtain valid NATA score in addition to any other selection procedure whether based on common entrance examination or marks obtained in the qualifying examination. Such scores shall be valid for a period of two years throughout the Country for the purpose of admission to any architectural institution.

The evaluation through NATA is a mandatory requirement for candidates for eventual registration as an architect on successful completion of 5-year B.Arch. Degree course. It is hereby clarified that any aptitude test conducted by individual institution or by any agency or authority holding a common entrance examination where such common entrance examination is mandated shall no longer be valid for the purposes of admission to COA approved architectural institutions in such states.

The eligibility criteria for admission to 5-year B.Arch. Course and for appearing in the NATA shall be as follows:
10+2 or equivalent form a recognized Board/university with Mathematics as a subject of examination with at least 50% aggregate marks. OR
10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognized by Central/State Governments with 50% aggregate marks. OR
International baccalaureate Diploma, after 10 years of schooling, with not less than 50% marks in aggregate and with mathematics as compulsory subject of examination.
The candidates are advised to access the NATA website: to download the Information brochure and list of Test Centres. For Further details and information regarding conduct of NATA please contact, NIASA (Tel: 020-22952262, 65731088, Mob: 09423582528 Email:, ).

The admissions shall be carried out by respective State Government/Competent Authority/Association of Architectural Institutions in the State, based on the valid NATA score and marks secured in the qualifying examination in the ratio of 50:50. The prospective students are strongly advised t o confirm the approval status of institutions form COA website before taking admission.

After admissions, all institutions shall be required to submit a list of students admitted in the B.Arch. course along with their NATA score as well as marks in qualifying examination, to COA.

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