NATA 2021: Phase 3 Result, Cutoff, Selection Process, Exam Date, Full Form, Login, Colleges, Latest News

Exam Date

Sep 3, 2021

Result Date

Sep 9, 2021

Sep 21, 2021 | Architecture


Looking forward to doing an Architecture course? NATA is an Eligibility Test for Admission into Architecture. To get into renowned Institutions like IIT, NIT, Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai, aspirants must qualify for the exam. Go through our page for more information about the exam and to stay updated with the latest news regarding the examination. 

Latest Updates for NATA:

  • Sep 9, 2021: NATA 2021 Test-3 Results have been released today. Candidates can log in to the official website to check the same or visit NATA 2021 Results for the direct link. 
  • Aug 31, 2021: The admit card for NATA 2021 Test-3 is released today. The exam is scheduled for the coming Friday, i.e., Sep 3, 2021. Candidates must download the admit card before this date to be allowed to enter the examination hall. Visit the NATA Admit card for the direct link to download your hall ticket now!


What is NATA Exam?

The full form of NATA 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. few to be named.  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 September 1, 1972. The Act provides registration of Architects, standards of education, professional conduct standards, and recognized qualifications and etiquette for the architects.

  • NATA is a national-level aptitude test organized in all major cities across India. It will be held twice from the academic year 2019-20. The first phase was organized in April and the second in July.
  • It is both 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.
  • There is no age limit. Candidates should have completed their SSLC and 12th with an aggregate of a minimum of 50%. One who has completed their Diploma should have secured a minimum of 50% to be eligible for this exam.
  • The exam is conducted at designated centers which are discussed below. Candidates who want to find out more information regarding the NATA Exam can read below.

Courses Offered Through NATA

NATA is an Eligibility Test specifically for candidates who wish to take up B. Arch. The examination Scores will be accepted by all top Architecture Colleges in India.

The table down below shows some important highlights regarding the NATA 2021 Exam.

NATA 2021 Highlights
Exam Name NATA
Full Form National Aptitude Test in Architecture
Exam Level National-Level
Conducted by 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 2021 Exam Date

The NATA 2021 Exam will be conducted in three phases. The official notification for the NATA 2021 Exam has been released on March 3, 2021. The NATA 2021 Exam Phase-I was held in April 2021 and Phase-2 in July. The Council of Architecture has also announced the dates for phase-II of the exam and other dates.

The NATA 2021 Exam will be conducted online, and candidates will be given the option to take the exam from their homes. In case they do not have the necessary equipment like the internet, laptop, or webcam, they will be given an option to appear for the exam from the exam centres.

Candidates can take a look at the following table for the important dates for the NATA 2021 Exam.

NATA 2021 Dates
Events Phase-I Dates Phase-II Dates Phase-III Dates 
Application Form Start date Jul 26, 2021 Jul 26, 2021 Jul 26, 2021
Application Form Ends date Apr 1, 2021 Jul 2, 2021 Aug 22, 2021
Admit Card date Apr 7, 2021 Jul 7, 2021 Aug 31, 2021
NATA 2021 Exam date Apr 10, 2021 Jul 11, 2021 Sep 3, 2021 
Result date Apr 14, 2021 Jul 15, 2021 Sep 9, 2021 

Read More: NATA Exam Dates 2021

NATA 2021 Eligibility

Aspirants who will be taking the exam will have first to ensure if they meet the NATA 2021 Eligibility Criteria, which the Council of Architecture defines. Candidates who do not satisfy the NATA 2021 Eligibility Criteria cannot apply for the exam. 

Based on age, educational qualification, nationality, the eligibility of the aspirant is decided.  Candidates must have completed the 10+2 or the 10+3 with Mathematics as a compulsory subject. Candidates coming from the Arts stream can also apply for the NATA 2021 Exam as long as they have qualified Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects in the CBSE level.

Please refer to the table below for the detailed NATA 2021 Eligibility Criteria.

NATA 2021 Eligibility Criteria
Particulars Description
Age There is no age limit for NATA 2021
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 any affiliated university. Candidate with an International Baccalaureate Diploma after 10 years of Schooling is also eligible to apply for NATA 2021.
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.

Read More: NATA Eligibility 2021

NATA 2021 Application Form

Candidates will have to register and submit the application form. The application form was made available on the official website from March 5, 2021. Candidates who were unable to apply for the examination before can now apply for the exam for the third phase. Candidates can follow the steps which were mentioned above. The COA authorities have also opened up a correction window for candidates who have already registered for the NATA 2021 Exam and want to change their NATA 2021 Application. Candidates can go to the official website and make corrections.

Candidates satisfying eligibility criteria can apply for NATA 2021.

Particulars Description
Mode of application  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)
Application Fee For candidates applying from overseas- INR 10,000 (Applying Once)For Candidates applying from overseas- INR 20,000 (Applying Twice)
Mode Of Payment Debit/Credit cards and Net banking only.

NATA 2021 Application Process

The application for the exam can be done online. Candidates will have to fill in details, upload images and pay the application fee in order to apply to the exam. Candidates will have to follow these steps to register for NATA 2021:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website.
  • Step 2: Candidates need to register themselves by clicking on the "Register" option.
  • Step 3: After clicking the register option, you will have to fill in details like Name, Date of Birth, E-mail ID, Phone Number, etc. Make sure that you have created a strong password. After entering the required details, click on the "Sign up" button. After that, you will be getting a username and password on your registered mobile number and email ID.
  • Step 4: Now, you have to enter the credentials you received in your email and mobile number.
  • Step 5: Afterwards you need to fill the form with your educational and other details.
  • Step 6: Upload a recent photograph and signature in the required format.
  • Step 7: 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 have to INR 3500/- (General Candidates) and INR 2800/- (for reserved candidates) respectively.
  • Step 8: Print the application form and fee receipt for future purposes.

Documents to be Uploaded for NATA 2021 Registration

  • Recent Passport size Photograph in Colour
  • Your Signature

Note: Documents have to be in jpg/jpeg format.

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

Documents Minimum Maximum Height Width
Photograph 4 KB 100KB 4.5cm 3.5cm
Signature 1 KB 30KB 1.5cm 3.5cm

Documents Required 

Following documents are required when a candidate is filling up the NATA 2021 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 2021 Exam

  • 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 need to 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 by him throughout the procedure.
  • No instrument is allowed in the exam hall.

Read More: NATA Application Forms 2021

NATA 2021 Exam Centres

NATA 2021 was conducted in 136 centers, out of which 135 centers are in India and one exam center is in Dubai. The exam center was allocated based on the preference of the candidates. Candidates are advised to reach the allotted exam center on or before the reporting time (printed on admit card). A late entry in examination premises will not be allowed.

NOTE: A candidate cannot place a request for a change of exam center and it will not be entertained by conducting authority under any circumstances.

Documents Required on NATA Exam Day

On the day of the exam, candidates will not be allowed to enter the exam hall without certain documents. Following are the documents candidates should carry to 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 material to the exam. Candidates are allowed to carry a clipboard with nothing on it. These instructions should be kept in mind while going for the NATA 2021 Exam.

Read More: NATA Exam Centers 2021

NATA 2021 Admit Card

NATA 2021's Admit Card is released on the official website. Candidates have to login and download Admit Card from the official website. The NATA 2021 Admit card will contain some important rules and guidelines which the candidates must follow strictly.

Candidates need to 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. The NATA 2021 Exam will contain the following details of the candidate.

  • Name of the candidate
  • Mother's name
  • Father's name
  • Application number
  • Admit card number
  • Date of birth
  • Exam center address
  • Exam center code
  • Photo and signature of the candidate
  • Gender
  • PwD status
  • Exam day instructions

The candidate should check all the details on the NATA 2021 Admit Card. If any inconsistency is found, then he/she may 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 2021 Admit Card?

To download the admit card follow the steps below.

  • Step 1: Visit the official website.
  • Step 2: Click on the "Download NATA 2021 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 2021

NATA 2021 Exam Pattern

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

Highlights of NATA 2021 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

NATA 2021 Syllabus

Candidates are supposed to prepare according to the syllabus prescribed by the Council of Architecture (COA) for NATA. Candidates are supposed to study through the syllabus to prepare for the same. Having a clear understanding of the NATA 2021 Syllabus is essential for students appearing for the exam as it will help them build their preparation strategy. The candidates must also gather all the study materials according to the syllabus. 

NATA 2021 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 should focus on the syllabus to score well in any of the examination phases.

The following are some of the important topics covered in the NATA 2021 Syllabus.

Part A: Drawing

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

Part B: Physics

  • Atoms and Nuclei
  • Electrostatics
  • Current Electricity
  • Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current
  • Optics
  • Electronic Devices

Part B: Mathematics

  • Trigonometry
  • Theory of Calculus
  • Application of Calculus
  • 3D Coordinate Geometry
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Algebra
  • Matrices
  • Log Theory
  • Probability

Part B: Chemistry

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

Part B: General Aptitude

  • Sets and Relations
  • Mathematical Reasoning

Read More: NATA Syllabus 2021

How to Prepare for NATA?

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

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 important sections in this exam.

Quality Study Material: A lot of study materials are available online as well as offline. Candidates should check out the reference books to get knowledge about the exam topics. Apart from a reference book, the most effective 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 it 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 Exam Pattern 2021

NATA 2021 Reference Books

Having a good score is important to get admission to reputed Architecture Colleges. In order to score well in NATA 2021 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 will help students accelerate their NATA preparations. Candidates can read below for a list of important books aspirants should have.

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 Books

NATA 2021 Results

Results have been declared only on the official website of the conducting authority. NATA 2021 Results for Phase I was announced on Sep 9, 2021. Use your registered details and Exam/test Roll number to access results. The NATA 2021 Results will be declared in the form of a scorecard. The NATA 2021 scorecard will contain details such as the status of whether failing or pass, the section-wise marks obtained, and marks obtained out of 200. This score will be valid only for admission in the academic session 2021-22

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 will be based on the following rules such as:

  • 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) will be based on post-exam statistics & at the discretion of the Council.

How to download NATA 2021 Result?

Candidates will have to follow these steps to download NATA results from the official website:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website.
  • Step 2: Click to generate your scorecard.
  • Step 3: Read the instructions given and enter the required details.
  • Step 4: Click on the "Download" option to download your result.
  • Step 5: Candidate can download the original mark sheet from the official website of NATA 2021.

Read More: NATA Results 2021

NATA 2020 Exam Analysis

Phase 1 of the exam was concluded on August 29, 2020 2021, while the Phase 2 exam is scheduled for September 12, 2020 2021. The detailed exam analysis of NATA 2020 has been updated here to help candidates understand the paper and prepare better for the NATA 2021 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 were 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:

Shift Time
Shift- I 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Shift II 12:30 PM 2:30 PM

As per the students who appeared in the exam from the comfort of their homes, they faced few technical issues, but fortunately, the authorities were quickly able to resolve them. 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 2nd 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 2021 Cut Off

The Cut off will be 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 Cutoff of NATA for 2019 is mentioned below in the tabular form. A candidate needs to qualify the exam separately for individual sections.

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

Read More: NATA Cut off 2021

NATA 2021 Selection Process

The selection process and allotment of seats to the candidates will start once the merit list of the exam is out. Only the candidates who qualify for the exam will be called for the counseling process.

NATA 2021 Counselling

The counseling procedure of NATA 2021 will commence after the declaration of the result. Candidates will have to submit original certificates/documents at the time of NATA 2021 Counselling.

For the session, you have to be ready with a 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 would be disqualified.

The procedure for Counseling 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 2021

Contact Details

If the candidates have any queries related to the exam they can contact the official conducting Authority:

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

Mobile: +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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