NATA 2022: Exam Date, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern, Results

Feb 9, 2022 | Architecture


NATA is an eligibility test for getting admission into Architecture programs in the government and private colleges in the country. The Council of Architecture conducts the exam twice every year as Phase 1 and Phase 2. In 2021, there were 3 Phases of NATA, the same might be conducted in 2022 as well. 

The official notification for NATA 2022 is yet to be released by the authorities, however the tentative application dates are set to open in the month of March 2022. Eligible candidates can apply online within the given dates. Phase 1 exam is set to be held in the month of April 2022 and Phase 2 exam is set to be held in the month of June 2022, tentatively. Phase 3 is yet to be decided.

Go through the article below for more information about the exam and stay updated with the latest news regarding the examination. 

Latest Updates for NATA: 

  • Dec 27, 2021: The CoA is expected to open the application portals in the month of March 2022. The official bulletin of NATA 2022 will have the exam dates and schedule and will be released on the website soon. 


About NATA Exam

The NATA full form is the National Aptitude Test in Architecture. NATA is considered one of the most competitive exams for India's Architecture amongst DASA, JEE Mains AAT, etc. It is organized by the Council of Architecture (CoA) for Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch), a 5-year program.

The Government of India established the Council of Architecture (CoA) under the Architects Act's provisions, 1972. This was enacted by the Parliament of India and commenced on Sep 1, 1972. The Act provides registration of Architects, standards of education, professional conduct standards, and recognized qualifications and etiquette for the architects.

NATA 2022

NATA is a national-level aptitude test organized in all major cities across India. It is held twice from the academic year 2021-22. The first phase is organized in April, and the second in July.

It is conducted online, i.e., computer-based tests (CBT), and offline, i.e., pen & paper-based tests (PBT). This test assesses drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, and critical thinking ability of the candidate pursuing Architecture. The exam is conducted at designated centres which are discussed below.

NATA is an eligibility test specifically for candidates who wish to pursue B.Arch. All top Architecture colleges in India accept the examination scores.
The table below shows some important highlights regarding the NATA 2022 exam.

NATA 2022 Highlights
Exam Name NATA
Full Form National Aptitude Test in Architecture
Exam Level National-Level
Conducting Body Council of Architecture (CoA)
Application Mode Online 
Languages English
Exam Mode Online/ Pen-Paper Based
Exam Duration 3 Hours
Official Website
Helpdesk +91 9560707764, +91 9319275557

NATA 2022 Exam Date

The NATA 2022 exam is conducted in three phases. First, the NATA 2022 exam will be conducted online, and candidates will be given the option to take the exam from their homes. If they do not have the necessary equipment like the internet, laptop, or webcam, they are given an option to appear for the exam at the exam centres.

Candidates can check the following table for the important dates for the NATA exam 2022.

NATA 2022 Dates
Events Phase-I Dates Phase-II Dates
Application Form Start date March 2022 March 2022
Application Form Ends date April 2022 May 2022
Admit Card Date April 2022 June 2022
NATA Exam Date 2022 April 2022 June 2022
Result Date Apr 2022 - Third Week Jun 2022 - Second Week

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NATA 2022 Eligibility

Aspirants taking the exam must first meet the NATA 2022 eligibility criteria, which the Council of Architecture defines. Candidates who do not satisfy the NATA 2022 eligibility criteria cannot apply for the exam. 

Based on age, educational qualification, nationality, the aspirant's eligibility is decided. Candidates must have completed the 10+2 or 10+3 diploma with Mathematics as a compulsory subject. Candidates from the Arts stream can also apply for the NATA 2022 exam as long as they have qualified Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects at the CBSE level.

Refer to the table below for the detailed NATA 2022 eligibility criteria.

NATA 2022 Eligibility Criteria
Age There is no age limit for NATA 2022.
Education Qualification A candidate who completed 10+2 or equivalent from the Central or State Board of Examination.
A candidate who graduated in 10+3 diploma from an affiliated university.
Candidate with an international baccalaureate diploma after 10 years of schooling is also eligible to apply for NATA 2022.
Nationality Indian
Lateral Entry There are no lateral admissions in any stage/ year for the B.Arch course.
Minimum Marks Candidates should have a minimum of 50% marks and should have taken Mathematics as one of the main subjects.

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NATA 2022 Application Form

Candidates must complete NATA registration and submit the application form. The application form will be available on the official website. Candidates who are unable to apply for the examination before can apply for the exam for the next phase. Candidates can follow the steps mentioned below. The COA authorities will also open up a correction window for candidates who have already registered for the NATA 2022 exam and want to change their NATA 2022 application. Candidates can go to the official website and make corrections.

Candidates satisfying eligibility criteria can apply for NATA 2022.

NATA 2022 Application Form Details
Application Mode Online
Application Fee

General/ OBC- INR 2000; SC/ ST/ PwD (Physically Handicapped) - INR 1500 (Applying Once)
General/ OBC- INR 4000; SC/ ST/ PwD (Physically Handicapped) - INR 3000 (Applying Twice)
Overseas Candidates - INR 10,000 (Applying Once)
Overseas Candidates - INR 20,000 (Applying Twice)

Payment Mode Debit/ Credit Cards and Net banking

NATA 2022 Application Process

The application for the exam must be done online. Candidates must fill in details, upload images and pay the application fee in order to apply for the exam.

How to Apply for NATA 2022 Exam?

Candidates can follow the steps given below to register for NATA 2022.

  • Step 1: Visit the official website.
  • Step 2: Register by clicking on the 'Register' option.
  • Step 3: After clicking the register option, fill in details like name, date of birth, e-mail ID, phone number, etc. Create a strong password.
  • Step 4: After entering the required details, click on the 'Sign up' button. After which a username and password will be sent to the registered mobile number and email ID.
  • Step 5: Now, enter the credentials received in the email and mobile number.
  • Step 6: Afterwards, fill the form with the educational and other details.
  • Step 7: Upload a recent photograph and signature in the required format.
  • Step 8: Pay the application fee of INR 1800/- (General candidates ) and (INR 1500/- for reserved categories) for applying one and the candidates applying for both NATA exams must pay INR 3500/- (General Candidates) and INR 2800/- (for reserved candidates) respectively.
  • Step 9: Print the application form and fee receipt for future purposes.

Image Specifications for Passport Photograph and Signature

The applicants must upload the following to complete the application process.

  • Recent Passport size Photograph in Colour
  • Signature

The documents must be in jpg/ jpeg format.

Following are the details concerning the size and dimension of the documents.

Image Specifications for Passport Photograph and Signature
Image Minimum Maximum Height Width
Photograph 4 KB 100 KB 4.5 cm 3.5 cm
Signature 1 KB 30 KB 1.5 cm 3.5 cm

Documents Required for NATA Registration 2022

Following documents are required when a candidate is filling up the NATA 2022 application form.

  • Mark Sheet of Class 10
  • Photo ID Proof
  • Image file of a Recent Photograph, Signature, and Left Thumb Impression.
  • Debit/ Credit/ Net banking for Fee Payment.

Important Points to Keep in Mind While Applying for the NATA 2022 Exam

The applicants must keep the following points in mind at the time of application.

  • Read the instructions carefully before starting the application.
  • All the details asked in the application should be filled in carefully. If any inconsistency is found later, the candidature may be cancelled.
  • Scanned documents which must be uploaded in the application must follow the mentioned dimensions.
  • The exam centre must be selected cautiously as no change in the exam centre is allowed later.
  • Only a valid mobile number and email ID should be provided since the candidate will be contacted on the details given throughout the procedure.
  • No instrument is allowed in the exam hall.

Read More: NATA Application Form 2022

NATA 2022 Admit Card

NATA 2022 admit card will be released on the official website. Candidates must login and download admit card from the official website. The NATA 2022 admit card has the important rules and guidelines which the candidates must strictly follow .

Candidates must carry the admit card to the exam centre along with one of the photo IDs like Voter ID/ Pan Card/ Aadhar Card/ Driving Licence/ e-Aadhar.

Details Mentioned on NATA 2022 Admit Card

The NATA 2022 exam admit card has the following details.

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Mother's Name
  • Father's Name
  • Application Number
  • Admit Card number
  • Date of Birth
  • Exam Centre Address
  • Exam Centre Code
  • Photo and Signature of the Candidate
  • Gender
  • PwD Status
  • Exam Day Instructions

The candidate must check all the details on the NATA 2022 admit card. If any inconsistency is found, then they must contact the authorities and get it fixed prior to the exam.

Note: If there is any discrepancy, it must be brought to the notice of exam authorities immediately.

How to Download NATA 2022 Admit Card?

To download the admit card, the students must follow the steps below.

  • Step 1: Visit the official website.
  • Step 2: Click on the 'Download NATA 2022 Admit Card' link.
  • Step 3: Enter the required login credentials (application number and password).
  • Step 4: Download and take a printout of it.

Read More: NATA Admit Card 2022

NATA 2022 Exam Centres

NATA 2022 will be conducted in 136 centres, out of which 135 centres are in India and one exam centre is in Dubai. The exam centre is allocated based on the preference of the candidates. Candidates are advised to reach the allotted exam centre on or before the reporting time (printed on admit card). A late entry in examination premises is not allowed.

Note: A candidate cannot place a request for a change of exam centre as it is not entertained by the conducting authority under any circumstances.

Documents Required on NATA Exam Day

On the day of the exam, candidates are not allowed to enter the exam hall without certain documents. Following are the documents candidates must carry to the exam hall.

  • Admit Card
  • Photo ID Proof - Voter Card, Adhar Card, PAN Card
  • Passport size Photograph.

Along with these documents, candidates should not carry any instruments or stationery materials to the exam. Candidates are allowed to carry a clipboard with nothing on it. These instructions must be kept in mind while going for the NATA 2022 exam.

Read More: NATA Exam Centers 2022

NATA 2022 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern is decided by COA. All the questions and instructions are given in the English language only. For each correct answer, 2 marks are awarded. There is no negative marking in the exam.

Highlights of NATA 2022 exam pattern are as follows.

NATA Exam Pattern Highlights
Part 1 Subjects Number of questions Total Marks
PCM (MCQ) 15 22.5
General Aptitude (MCQ) 35 52.5
Part 2 Subjects Number of Questions Total Marks
Drawing on A4 Size Paper 3 70+55

Read More: NATA 2022 Exam Pattern

NATA 2022 Syllabus

Candidates are supposed to prepare according to the syllabus prescribed by the Council of Architecture (COA) for NATA. Candidates must go through the syllabus to prepare for the exam. Having a clear understanding of the NATA 2022 syllabus is essential for students appearing for the exam as it helps them build their preparation strategy. The candidates must gather all the study materials according to the syllabus as well. 

NATA 2022 syllabus consists of Mathematics, General Aptitude, and Drawing Test. The subtopics of the syllabus consists of subjects like General Aptitude and Drawing test which carry the marks mentioned above. There are various topics under each subject. Candidates must focus on the syllabus to score well in one of the examination phases.

The following are some of the important topics covered in the NATA 2022 syllabus.

NATA 2022 Syllabus
Subjects Topics

Perspective Drawing
Colour Harmony
2D Transformation
3D Transformation
Scale and Proportion
Geometric Composition
Day to Day Object Drawing


Atoms and Nuclei
Current Electricity
Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current
Electronic Devices


Theory of Calculus
Application of Calculus
3D Coordinate Geometry
Permutations and Combinations
Log Theory


Basic Concepts in Chemistry
Structure of Atom
p-block Elements
s-block Elements
States of Matter
Chemical Thermodynamics
Gases and Liquid
Redox Reaction
Organic Chemistry

General Aptitude

Sets and Relations
Mathematical Reasoning

Read More: NATA Syllabus 2022

NATA 2022 Reference Books

Having a good score is important to get admission to reputed NATA colleges. In order to score well in NATA 2022 exam, candidates must make use of good practice books, study material, mock tests, etc. Even though there is an abundance of preparation material available, it is vital to choose only the best study material as these books help students accelerate their NATA preparations.

Candidates can check the list of important books aspirants must have.

NATA 2022 Reference Books
Subject Book Author
Drawing and General Aptitude
Engineering Drawing N.D. Bhatt
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning R. S. Agarwal
Elementary Mathematics DoroFeev Potapov
Higher Algebra Hall and Knight
B.Arch Exam Guide P. K. Mishra
Problems in Calculus of One Variable Maron
Mathematics XI and XII R. S. Agarwal

Read More: NATA Reference Books

How to Prepare for NATA?

Preparation tips for the aspirants of the exam are given below. Candidates must understand the importance of the study materials required to prepare for the exam. According to the required syllabus, the candidates must gather all the study materials such as reference books, previous year question papers, study notes, etc.

Plan it Before: Plan your study time effectively and efficiently. Allow sufficient time for all subjects. Prepare a timetable for your everyday tasks.

Get an Idea: Next, check NATA's previous year's question papers and get an idea about the exam pattern and types of questions asked in NATA.

Divide your Time: Candidates should make a proper timetable by dividing time, allotting more time for essential sections in this exam.

Quality Study Material: A lot of study materials are available online and offline. Candidates should check out the reference books to learn the exam topics. Apart from a reference book, the most useful material to study is NATA question papers.

Revise it Over: For a better result, a candidate must do a proper revision after completing each topic.

Attempt Mock Tests: Practice with mock test/ sample test papers and learn from your mistakes by assessing them without anyone's help. Meet people preparing for NATA or your friends to discuss various topics to exchange information and vice versa.

Read More: NATA Mock Test 2022

NATA 2022 Results

Results are declared only on the official website of the conducting authority. The applicants can access their results by using their registered details and exam/ test roll number. The NATA 2022 results are declared in the form of a scorecard. The NATA 2022 scorecard contains details such as the status of whether the student failied or passed, the section-wise marks obtained, and marks obtained out of 200. This score is valid only for admission in the academic session 2022-23.

Apart from those details, the result card also contains the application number, roll number, name, gender, category, and date of birth of the candidate

Qualifying Marks 

Qualifying marks are decided based on the following rules.

  • At least 25% marks must be scored in MCQ-type questions (30 out of 120).
  • At least 25% marks must be secured in Drawing questions (20 out of 80).
  • Overall qualifying marks (out of 200) is based on post-exam statistics & at the discretion of the council.

How to Download NATA 2022 Result?

Candidates must follow the steps given below to download NATA results from the official website.

  • Step 1: Visit the official website.
  • Step 2: Click to generate the  scorecard.
  • Step 3: Read the instructions given and enter the required details.
  • Step 4: Click on the 'Download' option to download the result.
  • Step 5: Download the original mark sheet from the official website of NATA 2022.

Read More: NATA Results 2022

NATA 2021 Exam Analysis

The detailed exam analysis of NATA 2021 has been updated here to help candidates understand the paper and prepare better for the NATA 2022 exam.

Candidates can quickly get an idea about the difficulty level of the exam for this particular paper and the exam pattern in case the conducting authority makes any last-minute changes. 

This year, in lieu of the coronavirus pandemic, candidates are given a choice to appear for the exam from their homes or the exam centres as per their convenience. The details of the exam is given below for your reference.

NATA 2022 Exam Shift Timings
Shift Time
Shift- I 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Shift II 12:30 PM 2:30 PM

The students who appeared in the exam from the comfort of their homes faced few technical issues, but fortunately, the authorities were able to resolve them quickly. Section-wise analysis as per the students’ first-hand observation is given below.

Mathematics: As expected, the difficulty level was quite easy for this section. 

General Aptitude: There were some confusing and twisting statements to test the candidate's aptitude. The second part of the paper was filled with image-based questions which made it a little tricky. Candidates with good analytical skills found it easy or rather interesting.

Drawing: This was probably the more difficult section as there were questions with somewhat confusing figures that increased the level of difficulty.

NATA 2022 Cut Off

The cut off is released on the official website after the results are declared.

NATA cut off determining factors are as follows.

  • The total number of candidates taking up NATA.
  • Level of difficulty of the exam.
  • The total number of seats available.

The minimum qualifying cut off of NATA for 2019 is mentioned below. A candidate must qualify the exam separately for individual sections.

NATA Cut Off for 2019
Sections Qualifying Percentage Total Marks
Mathematics Section At least 25% (Total 30 Marks) 120
Drawing Section At least 25% (Total 20 Marks) 80
Aggregate 70 200

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NATA 2022 Counselling

The selection process and allotment of seats to the candidates start after the merit list of the exam is out. Only the candidates who qualify for the exam are called for the counselling process.

NATA 2022 Selection Process

The counselling procedure of NATA 2022 commences after the declaration of the result. Candidates must submit original certificates/ documents at the time of NATA 2022 counselling.

For the session, the applicants must be ready with the NATA admit card, score card, class 10 and 12 marks sheets and passing certificate, category certificate (if applicable), medical certificate for PwD certificate. In case of any invalid documents, candidates are disqualified.

The procedure for counselling is mentioned below. 

  • Online Registration
  • Online Choice Filling and Choice locking
  • Seat Allocation and Document Verification
  • Reporting to the Allotted Institute.

Read More: NATA Counselling 2022

NATA 2022 Contact Details

If the candidates have any queries related to the exam they can contact the official conducting authority.

India Habitat Centre,
Core 6A, 1st Floor, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi-110003 India.

Mobile Number: +91-9073301301

Email: [email protected]


What is NATA?

NATA stands for National Aptitude Test in Architecture and is conducted by CoA. It is a single entrance exam for admission to the architecture course.

How is NATA rank allotted?

Rank for this exam is allotted based on the 12th Board and score obtained by a candidate in the exam. Based on which candidates will be given admission in B.Arch programs at various colleges.

What can be considered as a good score for the NATA Exam?

The definition of a good score in NATA Exam can change every year according to the NATA Cut Off for that year. But generally, score anywhere between 120 to 140 can get you into good colleges if it is paired with a good score in class 12. So a candidate scoring around 130 and having 90% in the boards can definitely get into a top college. If the board score is not very good then candidates should score above 140+ to get admission in top colleges.

What is the age limit for this exam?

There is no age limit to apply for this exam.

What is the validity of the NATA score?

It is valid only for one year after the date of the NATA Exam. If a candidate wants to apply to colleges after one year then he/she will have to appear for the NATA Exam again.

Is there a lateral entry for the B.Arch course?

No, there is no lateral entry.

Are NATA scores mandatory to get into Architecture (B.Arch)?

Yes, the NATA score is mandatory to seek admission for Architecture (B.Arch).

When to apply for NATA 2021?

Candidates can register online on the official website. The application form will be tenatively available from Januaru 2021 till March 2021.

Why to go for NATA?

Candidates who want to pursue Architecture (B.Arch) should write NATA.

What is the NATA 2021 Exam Pattern?

There will be two sections. Mathematics and general aptitude will be conducted in online mode and drawing tests will be conducted in offline mode.

What are the documents required for NATA 2021 Counselling?

Candidates need to carry NATA Admit Card, Score Card, Class 10th and 12th marks sheet and passing certificate, Category Certificate (if applicable), Medical Certificate for PwD Certificate.

What kind of drawing instruments are allowed in NATA 2021?

No instruments are allowed as the illustration should be freehand drawing.

Can I edit the NATA 2021 Application Form after submission?

Candidates should note that the application form once submitted cannot be altered. Candidates are instructed to fill the form carefully.

Is mathematics subject compulsory to appear for NATA 2021?

Yes, mathematics is a compulsory subject for NATA Exam. Students can check the NATA Syllabus which is given above.

Is there any fee concession for Reserved category students in NATA 2021?

Yes, candidates belonging to a reserved category should pay INR 1500 as an application fee.

Can the NATA Exam be rescheduled?

No, the NATA Exam cannot be rescheduled under any circumstance. The right to reschedule the dates remains solely to the conducting authority. 

How should I prepare for NATA Exam?

When preparing for the NATA Exam, practice is key. Candidates can refer to the different study material available like practice books, study guides as well as NATA Exam\'s previous year question paper. Before starting preparation for the NATA Exam, candidates should understand the NATA Syllabus and the NATA Exam Pattern and then come up with a plan of action. Candidates should start practicing well before the NATA Exam so that they get enough time to complete the NATA syllabus and revise all the material.

What is the NATA Cut Off?

The NATA Cut Off is the minimum marks a student must score in order to qualify the NATA Exam. The NATA Cut Off Marks are calculated by the Council of Architecture, New Delhi [COA]. The COA authorities will release the NATA Cut Off along with the NATA Result for that year. The NATA Cut Off changes every as it is dependent on some factors. These factors can be number of candidates that appeared for the NATA Exam, the difficulty level of the NATA Exam, and a few other factors. The NATA Cut Off for each college/university will be different. 


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