National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)
NATA 2012 - Sunday, March 04, 2012
The detailed information of NATA 2012 will be available on this website by 10 March 2012.
WHAT IS NATA
The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability, that have been acquired over a long period of time, and that are related to specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.
Candidates having 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with mathematics as one of the subject, only are eligible for admission to B.Arch.Course.
Who should take NATA and Why?
Prospective applicants desirous of taking admission to First year of undergraduate course in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) in India take NATA. NATA scores are used by admissions authorities of different Government, Govt. Aided & unaided schools / colleges of Architecture, to provide common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants for admission in addition to their scholastic performance in 10+2 or equivalent examination.
Where to appear for NATA?
NATA is offered over major part of admission season at designated Test Centers located at colleges / schools of architecture in India.
HOW TO REGISTER FOR NATA?
The NATA Information Brochure (including Registration Form) is available for sale at a price of Rs.1000.00, which includes Nata Test fees, at the designated branches of “Axis Bank” from 15 March 2012.
The detailed procedure for registration is available in the Registration section on this website. http://www.nata.in
NATA 2012- Brochure http://www.nata.in/www/Portals/0/NATA.pdf
Bank Challan http://www.nata.in/www/Portals/0/Draft%20Pay-In-Slip_Triplicate.pdf
National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), being conducted by the Council of Architecture, for 2012-13, has commenced.
NATA aims at providing a single window system for appearing in Aptitude test and to facilitate institutions, students and public at large for admission to first year of 5 year BArch Degree Course at all recognized Institutions all over country. NATA measures the aptitude of the applicant for Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are related to Architecture.
Those desirous of taking admission to First year of Undergraduate course in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) in India have to take NATA. NATA scores are used by admitting authorities of different Government, Govt. Aided & Unaided Schools / Colleges of Architecture, to provide common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants, for admission in addition to their scholastic performance in 10+2 or equivalent examination.
Eligibility: Those who have passed SSC (Std X) or equivalent examination can appear for NATA. However, only those candidates having 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subject will be eligible for admission to BArch Course.
Test Centers: NATA which includes a Drawing Test and a computer based Aesthetic Sensitivity Test, is offered over major part of admission season at designated Test Centers located at Colleges / Schools of Architecture in India. Updated list of Test centers is available at website http://www.nata.in/public/testcenters.aspx
Registration: Those desirous of appearing for NATA will have to register at one of the Test Centres and then appear for NATA. The Registration Form duly filled in should be submitted to the Test Center where the applicant wishes to take the test to get registered and also get an appointment for taking NATA. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointment once scheduled cannot be cancelled or rescheduled. There will be no refund of NATA test fees.
NATA dates: NATA can be taken on any working day till 31st August, 2012 at one of the designated Test Centers. However, some test centers may open late or stop conducting tests even before this date. This may be checked with the terst centres.
Registration process: Before going to the Test Centre for Registration, the applicant should procure the Information Brochure. The NATA Information Brochure which contains the Registration Form, can be obtained for Rs.1000/- (inclusive of NATA Test Fees), from designated branches of Axis Bank, as per the list available at page 16 of the Information Brochure that can be downloaded from http://www.nata.in/www/Portals/0/NATA.pdf
Applicants should first download and print the Blank Challan to be used to pay money in Axis Bank from http://www.nata.in/www/Portals/0/Draft%20Pay-In-Slip_Triplicate.pdf
Then the applicant should approach any of the designated branches of ‘Axis Bank’, fill in the Challan and pay the Test Fee of Rs. 1000/- at the branch. Applicant should then take the stamped challan to the designated counter at the branch and get the NATA 2012 Brochure cum Application Form.
Finally, the applicant has to take the copy of the Challan and the filled Application Form to the Test Center designated for NATA 2012. There the applicant has to submit the Challan copy, filled Application Form along with the documents listed below.
(i) Std. X or equivalent exam mark list - attested copy
(ii) One recent passport size colour photograph, to be pasted on the registration form
(iii) Any valid document of identification bearing photograph and signature of the candidate - attested copy
(iv) Valid email address. (In the applicant does not possess one, he / she must open an email account)
A valid document of identification means a government-issued identification document that has not expired (including but not limited to passport, permanent driver's license, state ID cards, national identification, UID card) submitted in original. Std XII exam admit card with photo and signature (in original) for candidates awaiting 10+2 or equivalent exam results, Student ID card from the institute where he / she is currently enrolled & Confirmation of identity letter from the candidate's educational institution (in original) are also valid. If the candidate's primary identification does not have either a photo or a signature, he / she must present a valid supplemental ID in addition to the primary ID. Supplemental IDs that can be used to meet the photo and / or signature requirements include a government-issued identification document that has not expired (including but not limited to passport, driver's license, state ID cards, national identification). The confirmation of identity letter must contain the candidate's date of birth; a recent, recognizable photo; the candidate's signature, and the date of issue. The confirmation of identity letter must be typed on the original letterhead of the educational institution the candidate attend(ed), and the signature of the school official and the school seal must overlap the candidate's photo. A letter of identity is valid for only one year from the date of issue.
Unacceptable Identification Documents include any expired ID, Credit card of any kind, Learner's driving license or any temporary identification document, Notary-prepared letter or document, Employee identification card, Photocopies (Attested / unattested) of the acceptable identification documents.
The candidate at the time of Registration should ensure that correct data is entered by the Test Centre employee. The candidate should check carefully and ensure that the Name, identifying information and address are correct and are spelt correctly before going to step 2 of registration and also on receiving the appointment voucher. Once an applicant is registered, no corrections are possible. Candidate will have to purchase fresh registration form and get registered again.
The Test Center Coordinator will verify the documents and enter the form into the NATA System and issue an Appointment Voucher.
Appointment voucher: On successful registration and granting of appointment, an Appointment voucher will be issued to the candidate by the Test center. The Appointment voucher will show the Candidate ID, Appointment Number and Exam Key. The Appointment Number and Exam Key are used by the candidate to log in at the time of the test.
There will be two counterfoils on the appointment voucher. The applicant has to sign the counterfoil in presence of the Hall supervisor at the time of the test, and hand over the same to him / her. Candidates should not sign the counterfoil in advance. It has to be signed only when the hall supervisor asks the candidates to do so. If the hall supervisor finds the counterfoil already signed he / she may disallow the candidate to proceed with the test and his / her candidature will get forfeited. The candidate will be required to sign the Test Center attendance register before and after the test session and any time the candidate leaves or enter the testing room.
The candidate must have an acceptable and valid Identification Document with signature, details of which are mentioned on the appointment voucher and the appointment voucher to be admitted to a Test Center. Candidates should also carry three or four sharpened soft-lead (2B & HB) pencils and a good eraser (Pencils and erasers will not be supplied at the Test Center, Mechanical pencils are not permitted), set of colours (Water / Poster colours, crayons, pastels) with appropriate instruments (Brushes, dish, etc.), Geometry instrument box, Blue ink pen / Blue ink ball point pen. Candidate should report to the test center at least 30 minutes before scheduled time of test. If the candidate arrives at the Test Center without the required identification, the Test Center in-charge will not admit the candidate and the candidate will not be allowed to take the test.
Test Content: NATA is conducted in two parts. The first part is a paper based drawing test for two hours and the second, a computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test. In the Drawing Test, candidate has to attempt three questions. The drawing aptitude is judged on the ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner, Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings, Sense of perspective drawing, Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form, Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms, Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition, Understanding of scale and proportions, Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.
The Answer to each question in the 'drawing' paper will be examined by a panel of three examiners independently and the marks awarded will be averaged. It may be further subject to moderation.
The Aesthetic Sensitivity Test is computer based where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions. The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of (i) Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings (ii) Visualising different sides of three dimensional objects (iii) Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities (iv) Analytical reasoning (v) Mental Ability (vi) Imaginative comprehension and expression (vii) Architectural awareness.
In the computer based test, with adaptive testing, an examinee is administered a set of questions with a difficulty level that is specifically designed to match the examinee's ability level. The mathematical process for calculating a score in this situation incorporates the statistical properties of the questions, the examinee's performance on the questions, and the number of questions that are answered.
NATA includes an optional 10-minute break after the Drawing section. This break time cannot be exceeded. When the test gets disrupted because of failure of internet connectivity or electricity supply failure, candidate can resume the test from the point of disruption onwards if resumed within four hours. In case disruption lasts for more than four hours the candidate may have to give entire test again.
Score Card: The score cards will be available on NATA website in e-format. Usually, the score cards will be posted on the website on the fourth working day after the test. The candidate, after fourth day may check the score directly from website giving his / her candidate ID. However, print out taken by the candidate of such score card will be only for reference and information. Candidate, however, may use print out of this score card while applying for the admission if the admission authority calls for the same. Original score card will be retrieved and verified by the admission authority directly from NATA server. Only the score card stored on NATA server is valid and no print / hard copy will be considered valid.
Cumulative Reporting (Score Retention): NATA score reporting is cumulative. Current NATA policy states that the candidate's scores are retained for the two years from the date of last test taken.
Repeating NATA: NATA can be given as many number of times as desired by the candidate. For every attempt, however, a new form will have to be purchased from the designated branches of the Axis Bank. The mark list will show the average of marks scored by the candidate in his last attempt and his previous valid score. Candidate, while seeking the repeat test appointment must inform the test center of the previous attempts and present copy of previous Appointment voucher / Score card. If any candidate is found registering afresh despite earlier appearance for NATA, he / she will forfeit his / her candidature, his / her all previous scores will be cancelled and he / she will be barred from appearing for NATA again.
Applying to institutions for admission: As per Council of Architecture regulations, a candidate applying to any School / College of Architecture in India should have 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subject and have achieved 40% score in NATA (at least 80 / 200), for consideration of admission into first year of 5-year B.Arch. Degree Course. The admissions shall be carried out by the Competent Authority (Government or University, or such Authorities / Institutions Concerned (School / College of Architecture) / Association or Federation of Institutions (Schools / College of Architecture)) as approved by the Government / University, based on the marks obtained in NATA and the qualifying examinations in the ratio of 50:50. The reservation policy for admission as applicable from time to time by the Central / State Government shall be followed.
After receiving score card / Mark list and HSC / Std XII results, the candidate may apply for admission to any of the participating institutions as per the time schedule specified by the appropriate admission authority, along with all the documents desired by it.
More details can be had from the Information Brochure :