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NATA 2021 (Phase 3): Result (Out), Scorecard, Counselling, Admission, Cutoff

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Megha Rohilla

University Data Specialist | Updated On - Sep 20, 2021

CoA has successfully conducted NATA 2021 Phase 3 exam on September 3. Around 92% of the registered candidates appeared for the exam at 181 centers across 150 cities in India and 6 cities abroad. CoA released NATA 2021 Result for phase 3 exams by September 8, 2021. Candidates will be able to check their results through the official login using their Login ID, DOB and Security Code. A candidate must score a minimum of 70 marks out of 200 to qualify the exam. A score of 120-150 can be considered as a good score for NATA 2021. Check NATA Cutoff

Because of COVID-19, CoA conducted NATA 2021 in three sessions. Phase 1 exam was held on April 10 while Phase 2 was held on July 11. Candidates who appeared for more than one session must note that the best scores among the three sessions will be considered as the final scores for B.Arch admissions through NATA 2021. Candidates must note that CoA will not conduct any central counselling for admissions. instead, candidates who qualify NATA 2021 are required to apply for admissions to participating colleges after the declaration of results. Check NATA 2021 Admission Criteria

What is NATA? NATA 2021 is a national-level exam conducted and regulated by the Council of Architecture (CoA) for students seeking admission in Bachelor of Architecture programs in colleges across India. The exam is held twice a year since 2019.

NATA 2021 Highlights

The key points about NATA 2021 that candidates must be aware of are highlighted below:

Feature Details Information
Exam Name National Aptitude Test in Architecture Conducted by Council of Architecture
Exam Type University Level Entrance Test For admissions to 5 Year B.Arch Programmes
Exam Timing 180 Minutes First 60 MInutes for Part A Last 120 MInutes for Part B
Application Mode Online
Exam Mode Online as Computer Based Test Part A: Mathematics and General Aptitude (60 Questions) Part B: Drawing Test (2 Questions)
NATA 2021 Exam Dates

NATA 2021 Exam Dates

The official NATA 2021 Exam Dates have been announced by The Council of Architecture.

Events NATA 2021 Phase 1 NATA 2021 Phase 2 NATA 2021 Phase 3
Release of NATA 2021 brochure March 3, 2021
Start date to fill NATA application March 5, 2021 (Open) July 26, 2021
Last date to apply for NATA 2021 April 1, 2021 July 2, 2021 August 26, 2021
Last date to pay application fee April 1, 2021 July 2, 2021 August 26, 2021
Download confirmation page till April 1, 2021 July 2, 2021 August 26, 2021
Application Correction window date March 26 to April 1, 2021 June 20 to July 2, 2021 August 16 to 26, 2021
Release of NATA admit card April 6, 2021 July 7, 2021 August 29, 2021
NATA 2021 exam date April 10, 2021 July 11, 2021 September 3, 2021
Result declaration April 14, 2021 July 15, 2021 Postponed September 8, 2021
NATA 2021 Eligibility Criteria

NATA 2021 Admit Card

The examination authority will issue NATA 2021 Admit Card online on August 29, 2021. Applicants will only be able to download their respective admit cards on entering the Registered ID and Password.

  1. The admit card for NATA 2021 exam will be uploaded on the official website.
  2. After downloading the admit card, the candidates should confirm that the photograph and signature are printed on the admit card.
  3. Every candidate must carry the admit card along with valid Photo Id proof to the exam center.
  4. The information about the exam center will be mentioned on the admit card.

NATA 2021 Eligibility Criteria

There is an eligibility criterion defined by the Council of Architecture for aspirants which must be fulfilled to register for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture. All the programs have different NATA 2021 Eligibility Criteria.

  • On the Basis of Age Limit: There is no age limit to apply. Candidates having qualified 10+2 can apply for the aptitude test.
  • On the basis of Qualifying Exam and Marks: Candidates Passed 12th examinations (10+2) recognized by Central/State Governments. Candidates holding Diploma with minimum 50% marks are eligible to apply. In addition candidates appearing for 10+2 can appear for the aptitude test given they prove their eligibility at the time of admissions.
  • On the basis of Qualifying Subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are compulsory subject combinations to appear for NATA 2021. Diploma candidates should have Maths as one of the compulsory subjects.
  • On the basis of Stream: Candidates of arts stream can apply if they have PCM subjects as one of the optionals provided in CBSE Board.

Note: NATA does not provide lateral entry to candidates in later years of B.Arch courses.

NATA 2021 Application

NATA 2021 Application Form

This article will help a candidate by guiding them through the stepwise process to register for NATA 2021. The steps for filling up NATA 2021 Application Form are listed below:

Step 1: NATA 2021 Registration and Application Form Filling

  1. Logon to the Official website of NATA and Click on ‘Apply Online’
  2. A candidate is required to fill out their biographical details
  3. On filling out the form, click on the Registration button.

Step 2: Uploading Documents and Images

  1. Upload a recently clicked coloured passport size photograph. The face of the candidate should cover at least 75% of the photograph.
  2. Candidates also need to upload their signature and their left-hand thumb impression.

Step 3: Paying the Application Fee

  1. The application fee can be paid in online mode via a Credit Card or a Debit Card or even through Net Banking.
  2. Candidates making the payment through the card, need to provide card no. expiry date, and the CVV.
  3. Candidates choosing to pay via Net Banking will be redirected to the respective bank’s site where your account details are verified and payment is approved.

Step 4: Confirmation of Form Submission

  1. Upon completing the payment candidates are redirected to the confirmation page.
  2. It is advised to keep a soft copy of the confirmation page for future reference.
  3. A correction window will be open just in case the candidates made any error.

NATA 2021 Application Fee

To appear in the examination candidates need to pay a certain amount depending on which category they belong to as Application Fee. Tabulated below is the application fee for the various categories of applicants:

Category Fee
For One Session
General Rs. 1800/-
ST/ SC Rs. 1500/-
For Both Sessions
General Rs. 3500/-
SC/ST Rs. 2800/-
Kashmiri migrant/ Foreign nationals Rs. 3050/-
NATA 2021 Admit Card
NATA 2021 Exam Centers

NATA 2021 Exam Centers

NATA 2021 Exam centers are located in multiple cities across the country. The state-wise centers are as follows:

State/ Union Territory City
Andaman and Nicobar Island Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Chirala
Assam Dibrugarh
Bihar Arrah
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Bhilai Nagar
Delhi New Delhi
Goa Panaji
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Haryana Ambala
Himachal Pradesh Hamirpur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Bokaro Steel City
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Maharashtra Amravati
Navi Mumbai
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Balasore
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar
Rajasthan Ajmer
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Telangana Hyderabad
Tripura Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Agra
Greater Noida
Uttrakhand Dehradun
West Bengal Asansol
Outside India NATA 2021 will be conducted in Dubai

Check NATA 2021 Exam Centers

Important Note: Candidates cannot opt Dubai as their Second or Third exam center preference. If Dubai is opted as Primary choice of center then additional two centers in India have to opted necessarily.

NATA Exam Pattern 2021

NATA 2021 Exam Pattern

Candidates are advised to be thorough with the Exam Pattern for NATA 2021. This makes them have a clear mind and makes them study just what is needed and not waste time.

  1. Exam Mode: The examination will be held through online mode.
  2. Time Duration: Candidates will get 180 minutes to solve the question paper.
  3. The question paper will comprise of three sections, i.e. Mathematics, Drawing & General Aptitude.
  4. Section-wise Time Duration: Candidates will be given 60 minutes to attempt questions of Part-A (aptitude section) and 120 minutes to attempt Part-B (I.e. drawing section).
  5. Total Number of Questions: Total 60 questions will be asked in the examination and the question paper will be of 200 marks.
  6. Question Type: The question of Mathematics & General Aptitude will be multiple-choice questions.
  7. Marking Scheme: Each correct answer will consist of 2 marks
  8. Negative Marking: No marks will be deducted for incorrect answer.

NATA 2021 Sectional Exam Pattern

The aptitude test is has two parts Part A and Part B

Subject Number of Questions Distribution of Marks Total Marks
Part A
Mathematics (20 questions) 20 20×2=40 40
General Aptitude (40 questions) 40 40×2=80 80
Part B
Drawing (2 questions) 2 2×40 80
Total 62 200
NATA Syllabus 2021

NATA 2021 Syllabus

Council of Architecture defines the syllabus for architecture aptitude test.

Part A: Mathematics and General Aptitude Test

Important Mathematics Topics
Algebra Permutation and Combination
Logarithms Theory and Application of Calculus
Matrices 3D Coordinate Geometry
Trigonometry Coordinate Geometry
Statistics Probability
Important General Aptitude Topics
Sets and Relations Venn Diagram
Mathematical Reasoning Tautology
Objects 3D Objects
Awareness of Architecture Works Architectural Creations
Analytical Reasoning Mental Ability

Check NATA 2021 Syllabus

Part B: Drawing Test

Candidates will be judged on their sketching skills of the given object accurately and in an attractive manner. Visualisation ability is tested with a sense of perspective as well. Drawing 3D Objects. Harmony of Colours in respect to scale and proportion should be kept in iind. Drawing memory of the candidate is also put to test.

Important Topics for Drawing
Scale and Proportions of Objects Geometric Composition
Shape and Colour Texture Harmony and Contrast
Transformation in 2D and 3D Perspective Drawing
Day to Day Objects Drawing Sketching of Urbanscape and Landscape
Generating Plan Shape
Equipment Aesthetics

Recommended Books for NATA 2021 Preparation

  1. NATA & B.Arch Question Bank written by Ar. Shadan Usmani
  2. NATA & B.Arch complete self-study material: entrance examination written by Ar. Shadan Usmani
  3. A Complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch written by P. K. Mishra
  4. B.Arch Entrance Examination Guide was written by Surendra Kalimantan

Students can also prepare thoroughly from the material provided by coaching centres, some very useful ones include:

  1. NATA Study Material and Online Test Series
  2. Buying the Nata Entrance Books online by Mosaic Institute of Design
NATA Result 2021

NATA 2021 Result

NATA 2021 Results for Phase 3 exam are scheduled to be declared on September 8. Candidates who appeared for the same can download their scores via NATA’s official site. It is suggested for taking a print out of the score while applying for the admission.

  1. Before announcing the results, the authorities have decided to disclose the response sheets of the candidates who appeared.
  2. Please note the response sheets will be uploaded only for Part A. The sheets of Part B will not be uploaded.
  3. On disclosure of the answer sheets, the NATA 2021 Results will be available for everyone to view on the official website.
  4. The qualifying marks will be based on the rule given below:

At least 25% marks must have scored in MCQ part (Part A) – 30 out of 120. A minimum 25% marks in Drawing port (Part B) – 20 out of 80

NATA 2021 Counselling

After releasing the results, one of the most crucial steps of the admission procedure begins. NATA 2021 Counselling is not conducted by the Council of Architecture rather it is undertaken by the participating colleges themselves.

  1. The NATA Score Card will be valid only for the academic year 2021 – 22.
  2. There will be no separate counselling conducted by the official authority for providing admissions. Candidates will have to apply separately in each institution in which they want to apply for admission.
  3. Candidates who want to get admission in B.Arch. courses should appear in separate counselling conducted by each institution.
  4. Candidates have to carry all required documents and their photocopies for the verification process.
  5. Final admission is granted to candidates who will fulfil eligibility criteria completely and have all the required documents verified.

NATA 2021 Participating Colleges

Amidst a wide array of colleges accepting students based on the NATA 2021 Scores, here are a few high ranking colleges that will be participating in the counselling process.

Colleges Accepting NATA 2021 Score


Sinhgad College of Architecture


Rizvi College of Architecture


Department of Architecture, BITS


Sushant School of Art and Architecture


Sir JJ College of Architecture


Chandigarh College of Architecture


Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics, Jamia Millia Islamia

New Delhi

Chitkara School of Planning & Architecture


IES College of Architecture


LS Raheja School of Architecture


Aayojan School of Architecture


Dehradun Institute of Technology


MEASI Academy of Architecture


On gaining a thorough knowledge of the exam, few candidates may have pending doubts about the same. Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions for NATA 2021:

Frequently Asked Questions

NATA 2021 FAQs

Question:What is the judging criteria of the Drawing Section?

Answer: Candidates will be assessed on the following parameters through the drawing test:
  1. Ability to sketch a given object’s proportionately and rendering the same in a visual manner
  2. Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on an object
  3. Sense of perspective
  4. Combing given 3D elements to form a building or structural form
  5. Creating 2D compositions using given shapes and forms
  6. Understanding scale & proportions
  7. Drawing the day to day life experiences based on memory

Question: What is the reporting time for NATA 2021?

Answer: It is advised that candidates must reach the exam centre at least 2 hours 30 minutes before the test begins. This is because of the procedure to verify the candidate’s identity and taking the biometrics before the final allocation of the seat in the examination centre. The entire process of verification will take a minimum of 2 hours if the centres are large.

question: Is the NATA Examination Fee refundable?

Answer: Be it any issue or circumstance, the NATA 2021 exam application fee is non-refundable. The same is mentioned in the application form.

Question: I did not have Mathematics in my qualifying examination. Can I register or appear for NATA?

Answer: No. A candidate not having passed in Mathematics in his/her Diploma or 10+2 examination cannot enrol for the NATA Exam.

Question: Till when is my NATA Score valid?

Answer: On giving the exam, the test scores are valid for 1 complete academic year. This means candidates appearing for NATA 2021 will have their scores valid till 2022.

Question: What items are banned from the NATA Exam Centre?

Answer: Candidates appearing for NATA 2021 are strictly prohibited from carrying mobile phones, books, chits, sheets, electronic gadgets, watches, calculators and other stationery.

Question: What information can be found in the NATA 2021 exam pattern?

Answer: By consulting NATA exam pattern 2021, one can know about exam details like types of question asked, mode of exam, marking scheme, and several questions asked. This information will aid in effective exam preparation

Question: In case I lose or misplace my admit card at the exam centre, can I download it later?

Answer: Yes, you must contact the concerned authorities and report the incident to them. The concerned authorities will assist you in downloading the duplicate admit card.

Question: Is there a requirement for possessing computer skills to appear for NATA 2021?

Answer: You only need to operate a computer mouse. Hence, there is no such requirement directed by the authorities.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


minam muzaffar mir
I'm in 12th standard having physics chemistry and biology as my main subject. So after my board exams are over if I appear for maths examination separately covering whole of the sallybus of mathematics of 10+2.Will i be accepted for NATA examination?
nikita saha

Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are compulsory subject combinations to appear for NATA 2021. So if you have mathematics in your 10+2 marksheet, you can probabluy be eligible for this exam. You can contact the concerned exam authority to confirm the same.

vandana bhatnagar
Plz letme know the dates of nata counselling college wise
nikita saha

Candidates should be aware that there will be no central admissions counselling conducted by the CoA. Instead, when the results are announced, individuals who qualify for NATA 2021 must apply for admission to participating universities. To know more, visit: NATA Admission Procedure

mithran ashok
I am a commerce student i can write nata exam
nikita saha

The Council of Architecture has established an eligibility requirement for aspirants that must be met in order to register for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture. The subject combinations of physics, chemistry, and mathematics are required for NATA 2021. Since you won’t be having physics and chemistry in commerce, you won’t be eligible.

nandola nirav pravinbhai
B arch fees how much and than addmition prosse start
nikita saha

Your B.Arch fees would depend upon the college you take admission for. After qualifying NATA, you have to visit the official website of your preferred college and fill out the application form. You’ll be selected based on the cutoff marks. Visit the official college page to know more.


Nata revised exam pattern or will remain the same for 2022 Nata examination?

nikita saha

Candidates should review the NATA test pattern 2022 to get the most up-to-date information on how the exam will be administered. The NATA exam pattern was updated in the preceding session, and the entrance examination was administered entirely as a computer-based test lasting three hours. The authorities are planning to run NATA 2022 as a computer-based test as well. The exam will be divided into only one section, with no drawing section. You can check out NATA exam pattern

s sindhuja
how to apply for counselling
aniket ranjan

You needs to register yourself by visiting the official website for the institute in which you wishes to apply and fill the choice of seats. Once the choice filling is over, the document verification process will start. Counselling will be done for shortlisting based on your score in the entrance exam to offer admission in B.Arch program.

shivkumar dama
Is there any way to check my application form status?
sinbad chongtham

Yes, candidates who have registered for NATA can check their application status by visiting the official website of NATA. You must sign in using your registration number and password to check your application status. 

gouri kumari
How to generate a password during NATA registration?
sinbad chongtham

Candidates applying for NATA must create a login password which should be 8 to 13 characters. The password must contain one alphabet, numeral, special character. You must also set one security question so that you can recover or reset your password in case you have forgotten it. 

neha thasale
What is Electronic Payment Gateway?
sinbad chongtham

NATA accepts application fee payment through the Electronic Payment Gateway only. This is an online payment gateway, in which candidates must have to pay the application fee using a credit card or debit card or net banking. 

What must be the dimensions of my photograph to be uploaded during registration?
sinbad chongtham

Candidates while uploading their photograph in NATA registration must check the required parameters. The photograph should be 4.5 cm in height and 3.5 cm in width. The size of the file should be between 4 KB-100 KB.

sandesh kumar
How much is the application fee for single and both phases of NATA?
sinbad chongtham

The NATA registration fees for the respective categories are mentioned below.

General: Single Attempt – INR 2000, Double Attempt –  INR 4000
SC/ST and PwD: Single Attempt – INR 1500, Double Attempt –  INR 3000
Candidates Opting Exam Center Outside India: Single Attempt – INR 10000, Double Attempt –  INR 20000.

Do SPPU affiliated colleges also participate in NATA?
sinbad chongtham

There are 18 colleges affiliated with Savitribai Phule Pune University that participates in NATA. You can check the list of these colleges from Colleges Affiliated with SPPU Participating in NATA.

ramesh kumar gupta
How many NATA colleges are affiliated to Mumbai University?
sinbad chongtham

There are 22 NATA participating colleges that are affiliated with Mumbai University. Out of these 22 institutes, 21 of them are private institutes and only one of them is a government institute.

Are there any NATA colleges affiliated to Anna University?
sinbad chongtham

Yes, there are 23 colleges affiliated with Anna Univesity that accepts NATA scores for admission. For more information on these colleges, visit Colleges Affiliated with Anna University Accepting NATA.

How many government colleges participate in NATA?
sinbad chongtham

There are 44 government institutes in India that accept NATA scores for admission to the B. Arch programs. You can check the details of these colleges from Government Colleges Participating in NATA. 

rohan bharti
How many colleges offer BPlanning course through NATA?
sinbad chongtham

There are three institutes that offer admission to B. Planning program through NATA. They are Amity Univesity Gurgaon, Amity University Mumbai and NITTE School of Architecture, Planning and Design.

keyur korgaonkar

While studying at DY Patil College, you will acquire the necessary subject-related knowledge and understanding. The college aims to provide high quality and innovative educational experience. It is one of the best institutions in Pune offering Architecture. 

For more details, you can refer to this link: DY Patil College of Architecture Reviews

ankit singh

To be eligible for a Computer Science degree, you must complete class 12th in science stream having studied Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as the core subjects, and from a recognized board with the minimum marks specified by your chosen university.

chirag yogeshwar patil
Can acpc are open again b tech form

ACPC Engineering registration process started on July 26, 2021. The last date for submitting the online application form was August 16, 2021. The registration process is closed for the academic year 2021-22. Kindly visit the official website for more details. 

gudise srivarshitha
what is the validity of course

The maximum permissible period for completing the Bachelor's Degree Programme in Architecture shall be 10 years. The prescribed program duration is of 5 years comprising 10 semesters. 

For more details, you can refer to this link: BArch Course Details