To start a career in any field the very first step is to get into a good university. But it is not easy to get into a good university as there are many candidates competing for limited no. of seats. To allot the seats to candidates universities conducted entrance exams. In India, you will find entrance exams for every professional course or degree. Today in this article we are going to discuss such an entrance exam called the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA). The aspirant who wants to pursue a degree in architecture has to give this entrance exam.
This entrance exam is a national level exam. Aspirants from all over India attempt NATA. In this article, we will try to discuss all the important points such as what is NATA, its eligibility, etc. Therefore make sure to read the whole article. This exam tests the aptitude of aspirants which is very necessary for the field of architecture.
What is NATA Exam?
The full form of NATA is the National Aptitude Test in Architecture. This exam is conducted on the national level by the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA). It is a body of the Council of Architecture, New Delhi in India. It is conducted to give admissions in 5 years B.Arch Degree Course in various universities. Many Government, Government Aided, and Unaided universities in India consider NATA scores to give admissions in undergraduate programs in Architecture.
NATA was introduced in the year 2006, prior to this exam candidate had to give various aptitude tests all over the country. But now, due to this test candidates don’t have to give multiple tests. It saves a lot of time and effort for the candidate. This test checks various skills such as a sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, and critical thinking ability in a candidate. Apart from these skills, there is also a very important test of drawing and observation skills in NATA. There are two parts to this exam namely Part A and Part B. Between both these parts, there is an intermission period of 15 minutes.
For the pattern of the exam, the candidate should always check the latest notification. Because many times authorities revise the NATA exam pattern. For example, in the year 2019, the Council of Architecture declared that they will conduct NATA twice a year just like JEE.
Since we have discussed some general things regarding the NATA exam, so now we can talk about NATA 2020 eligibility, application form, and other things. Under this heading, we will discuss things related to NATA 2020 only, because every year there can be some slight changes in the exam pattern and other things. Therefore all the candidates must refer to the official brochure of the exam on nata.in for the latest updates.
Eligibility Criteria for NATA 2020
1. Candidates belonging to any age group can apply for this NATA 2020, there is no age limit specified.
2. The candidate should have passed their 10+2 qualifying examination with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics combined on a qualifying level.
3. The applicant should have passed their 10+2 qualifying exam with a minimum of 50% aggregation overall.
4. Applicants who have completed their 10+3 diploma and have studied mathematics as a compulsory subject can also apply for this test. The minimum aggregation in the 10+3 diploma should be 50%.
5. Candidates who are appearing in their 10+3 qualifying exam (with compulsory Mathematics subject) or 10+2 qualifying exam (with PCM subjects) can also apply for the NATA 2020. However, the candidates still have to fulfill the above criteria.
6. The score of this NATA 2020 will be considered as valid for 12 months only. And this 12 month period starts from the very date when the candidate appears for NATA 2020.
7. There are no different eligibility criteria for NRI candidates. They have to fulfill all the eligibility criteria the same as the Indian candidates.
NATA 2020 Application Process
The applicants could apply for the NATA 2020 online on the official website. The full process could be completed online by registering, filling the application form, and at last by paying the application fee. Following were a few steps that could be used to apply for the exam.
Step 1- To apply for the NATA 2020, applicants were first required to do the registration on the official website. For this registration, they had to enter some details such as name, mobile number, date of birth, and a valid email id. Then they would have to create a username and password which they could later use to login into the website.
Step 2- After the registration, the next step was to login to the website using that username and password. Now there would be an application form on the website in which candidates had to enter details such as personal details, communication, and academic information. Now there was a choice to select three exam centers in preference and the authorities would allot one of them according to the availability.
Step 3- After entering all the details correctly the last step was to upload all the required documents. Then recheck the application form if every detail is filled correctly and then submit it.
So guys this was all the important information regarding the NATA exam. Like every year this exam will be conducted in 2021 as well. By the time we are writing this article, the authorities haven’t released the official brochure regarding the exam. But it is expected that part A or session 1 of the exam will be conducted in the second week of April 2020. Whereas part B or session 2 is expected to be conducted in the first week of July.
The exact date of the exam is released in a notification on the official website of NATA. So make sure to stay updated with it if you are looking to attempt NATA 2021. Apart from that, every B.Arch aspirant should attempt this exam. Because a good score in this test increases their chance of admission into a good institute in India.
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