NATA Eligibility Criteria 2021 (Relaxed): Age limit, Educational Qualification

Exam Date

Apr 10, 2021

Result Date

Apr 15, 2021

Apr 7, 2021 | Architecture


Candidate should be aware of the NATA eligibility criteria before applying for NATA 2021. All candidates must meet the NATA 2021 Eligibility criteria in order to appear for the NATA 2021 exam. The Union Education Minister has brought about certain changes pertaining to the minimum score required by the aspirants to qualify the NATA 2021 eligibility criteria. All of which is discussed extensively below. 

NATA Eligibility 2021 Highlights

NATA is an entrance test which is conducted by the Council of Architecture for BArch courses. It is a computer-based test that examines the drawing abilities and reasoning, mathematical skills of the candidate. The Council of Architecture which is the conducting authority of the exam decides the eligibility criteria for the exam. Candidates who are interested in appearing for the NATA 2021 exam must have studied Mathematics as a compulsory subject at 10+2 level and must secure a pass class in the same. 

The NATA eligibility criteria has been relaxed from the previously set 50% aggregate score requirement to the newly revised NATA 2021 eligibility criteria which requires candidates to secure a  pass class in the 10+2  level subjects, including Mathematics. Requirement of pass class holds good for diploma students of any stream with Mathematics as a compulsory  subject. The eligibility  relaxations are brought due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The change in the NATA eligibility criteria is applicable for the academic year 2021-2022 only. 

 All the details of the eligibility criteria are described below. If a person has satisfied all the mentioned criteria then he or she may read the NATA Syllabus and begin his or her preparation. Details of Eligibility Criteria for NATA 2021 are tabulated below.

NATA 2021 Eligibility Criteria
Qualification of Exam Minimum Marks Compulsory Subjects Status
10+2 or equivalent exam Pass  Mathematics qualified/appearing
10+3 Diploma (any stream) Pass Mathematics qualified/appearing
International Baccalaureate Diploma after 10 years of Schooling Pass Mathematics qualified/appearing 

Changes in NATA Eligibility Criteria 2021 

The latest changes in the eligibility criteria is in regard to the minimum marks requirement for students to possess before attempting the NATA 2021 examination. Relaxations have been brought to cater to the circumstances of the year 2021. You can find the changes and note them accordingly below. 

  • The Union Education Minister has relaxed the minimum marks requirement to be Pass Class in the Senior Secondary Examinations (10+2) or equivalent examinations.
  • Candidates who have passed 10+3 diploma with Passing class in any stream from Central/ State Government are also eligible to apply for NATA. Mathematics is a compulsory subject for this as well. 
  • He/she must have secured at least Pass mark in aggregate in SSC/10+2 or equivalent examination. Marks cannot be rounded off, as if the candidate has secured 34.9% marks in his/her qualifying exam then the marks would be counted as 34.9% only.
  • NATA score 2021 is valid for 12 months i.e. 1 year from the date a candidate appears for the NATA exam. After that he/she has to again register for next NATA exam and has to get a valid NATA Score/Rank
  • For students of international/ NRI status, NATA exam Eligibility 2021 remains the same as it is for the Indian nationals. There is no separate set of eligibility parameters set for international/NRI candidates who want to appear for NATA 2021. 
  • Lower age limit for appearing in NATA has been waived. However, the candidate has to comply with any age constraints that may be specified by the respective Counselling/ Admission Authority.
  • To fill ‘Total Marks’ and ‘Obtained Marks’ fields for Class 10th has become Optional now. 
  • Given 10th Std Grade cards from which marks are not easily obtainable, Application Form fields "Total Marks", "Obtained Marks" are made Optional.

NATA Eligibility Criteria for B.Arch

Clearing the NATA examination with qualifying marks is not the soul factor required to be recieving a gaurenteed B.Arch seat. The admission into the state level Architecture colleges depends upon the requirements laid down by the concerning authorities. The state level admission NATA eligibility criteria is discussed below.

KCET Board

  • Candidate must be a citizen of India
  • Candidate must have completed 2nd PUC or 12th Board examination with a score of 50%
  • Candidates who belong to the SC/ST and subcategories must have secured 45% in the same.
  • Candidates with disabilities must also secure a score of 45% for admission.


  • Candidate must be a citizen of India
  • Persons of Indian Origin/Overseas Citizen of India are eligible for admission.
  • Candidates should have passed 10+2 examinations securing minimum 50% marks Or Candidates must hold a 3-year diploma with minimum 50% marks Or Candidates should have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, after 10 years of schooling, securing 50% marks.
  • Candidates must have Mathematics as a compulsory subject. 


  • Candidates must be citizens of India
  • Candidates must have completed their 12th examination from recognized Boards with a score of 45% with Mathematics as a compulsory subject.
  • Candidates must have completed a 3 year diploma course in any recognized institution with a minimum of 50% marks and Mathematics as a compulsory subject. 

Himachal B.Arch Admission

  • Candidates must have completed 12th examination with 50% aggregate marks with Mathematics as a compulsory subject. 45% aggregate marks for candidates under reserved category.
  • Candidates must have completed a 3 year diploma course with 50% aggregate marks and mathematics as a compulsory subject. 45% aggregate marks for Reserve category candidates.

The NATA eligibility criteria for B. Arch program has been shared below, there are no special reservations in NATA. However, candidates will be asked for the following qualifications and documents during the admission process.

  • A candidate who has qualified a recognized Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA or equivalent) in 2021 is eligible.
  • There is no provision of direct lateral admission in any year or at any stage of B. Arch. course, under any circumstances or based on any qualification.
  • There are no special reservations for SC/ST/OBC category candidates apart from the points mentioned above. However, students can ask for reservation schemes while applying for admissions under various admission authorities. 
  • Also, the criterion mentioned in the General Criteria is applicable for this as well. 

Note: Candidates are informed about no direct lateral admission is allowed at any year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification. NATA Syllabus 2021 will help you prepare for NATA in a better way. 


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