NATA 2018, Eligibility Criteria, National Aptitude Test in Architecture 2018, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Question Paper, Results, Answer Key

Below You can access the latest updates, procedures, guidance for taking Admission in 2018 for NATA 2018 Architecture Entrance Exam 2018

NATA 2018 Exam Schedule, Important Dates

Important Dates

Sl No Activity Date
1 Availability of information in the public domain From 03/01/2018
2 Application form Start Date 16.01.2018.
3 Application form End Date 02.03.2018.
4 Availability of Admit Card 02.04.2018.
5 Date and Time of Examination 29.04.2018. (Sunday)
(10:30 AM to 01:30 PM)
6 Publication of Results 01.06.2018.

29.04.2018 (Sunday) 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. 


EXAM PATTERN NATA 2018, Pattern of Questions and Mode of Answering

Part A comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) to be answered online and Part B will be answered on A4 size drawing sheets. Syllabus for NATA-2018 is given in APPENDIX I. Questions and all instructions will be available only in English medium.

The distribution of marks is outlined as follows:

Subject Distribution of Marks Total Marks
Part A
Mathematics (20 Questions) 20 x 2 40
General Aptitude (40 Questions) 40 x 2 80
Part B
Drawing (2 Questions) 2 x 40 80

Mathematics & General Aptitude Test

Only one option is correct and correct response will yield 2 (two) marks. There is no negative marking.

Drawing Test

Candidate has to attempt two questions within 90 minutes. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects –

  • 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 more than one examiner independently and the marks are to be averaged. The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate’s drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate’s sense of proportion and perspective are also evaluated together with sense for colour and composition.

Eligibility Criteria NATA 2018

Taking NATA-2018

Candidates may come from the following backgrounds:

  • 10+2 or equivalent passed/appearing;
  • 10+3 Diploma (any stream) passed/appearing recognized by Central/State Govts;
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of Schooling.



Only candidates who have the following credentials shall be eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course.

  1. Qualified a recognized aptitude test in Architecture (NATA or equivalent) in 2018
  2. Have gone through any of the following curriculum with marks as prescribed below:
  • 10+2 or equivalent examination of Central/State Govts. with 50% aggregate marks and with Mathematics as a compulsory subject of examination; OR
  • 10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognized by Central/State Govts. with 50% aggregate marks with Mathematics as a compulsory subject of examination; OR
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of Schooling with 50% marks in aggregate and with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination

No direct lateral admission is allowed at any other year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification.

Reservations under different categories

NATA- 2018 is a qualifying examination for admission into the B. Arch degree program. Reservation is a prerogative of the admission/ counselling authority and does not fall under the purview of this examination.


Subject Questions Marks Mode of Exam
Mathematics2040 MCQ (Online)
General Aptitude 40 80 MCQ (Online)
Drawing test 02 80 Paper and Pencil



Algebra: Definitions of A. P. and G.P.; General term; Summation of first n-terms of series ∑n, ∑n²,∑n3 ;
Arithmetic/Geometric series, A.M., G.M. and their relation; Infinite G.P. series and its sum.
Logarithms: Definition; General properties; Change of base.
Matrices: Concepts of m x n (m ≤ 3, n ≤ 3) real matrices, operations of addition, scalar multiplication and
multiplication of matrices. Transpose of a matrix. Determinant of a square matrix. Properties of determinants
(statement only). Minor, cofactor and adjoint of a matrix. Nonsingular matrix. Inverse of a matrix. Finding area
of a triangle. Solutions of system of linear equations. (Not more than 3 variables).
Trigonometry: Trigonometric functions, addition and subtraction formulae, formulae involving multiple and
submultiple angles, general solution of trigonometric equations. Properties of triangles, inverse trigonometric
functions and their properties.
Coordinate geometry: Distance formula, section formula, area of a triangle, condition of collinearity of three
points in a plane. Polar coordinates, transformation from Cartesian to polar coordinates and vice versa. Parallel
transformation of axes, concept of locus, elementary locus problems. Slope of a line. Equation of lines in
different forms, angle between two lines. Condition of perpendicularity and parallelism of two lines. Distance
of a point from a line. Distance between two parallel lines. Lines through the point of intersection of two lines.
Equation of a circle with a given center and radius. Condition that a general equation of second degree in x, y
may represent a circle. Equation of a circle in terms of endpoints of a diameter . Equation of tangent, normal
and chord. Parametric equation of a circle. Intersection of a line with a circle. Equation of common chord of
two intersecting circles.
3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry: Direction cosines and direction ratios, distance between two points
and section formula, equation of a straight line, equation of a plane, distance of a point from a plane.

Theory of Calculus: Functions, composition of two functions and inverse of a function, limit, continuity,
derivative, chain rule, derivative of implicit functions and functions defined parametrically. Integration as a
reverse process of differentiation, indefinite integral of standard functions. Integration by parts. Integration
by substitution and partial fraction. Definite integral as a limit of a sum with equal subdivisions. Fundamental
theorem of integral calculus and its applications. Properties of definite integrals. Formation of ordinary
differential equations, solution of homogeneous differential equations, separation of variables method, linear
first order differential equations.
Application of Calculus: Tangents and normals, conditions of tangency. Determination of monotonicity,
maxima and minima. Differential coefficient as a measure of rate. Motion in a straight line with constant
acceleration. Geometric interpretation of definite integral as area, calculation of area bounded by elementary
curves and Straight lines. Area of the region included between two elementary curves.
Permutation and combination: Permutation of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Permutation of n
things not all different. Permutation with repetitions (circular permutation excluded). Combinations of n
different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Combination of n things not all different. Basic properties. Problems
involving both permutations and combinations.
Statistics and Probability: Measure of dispersion, mean, variance and standard deviation, frequency
distribution. Addition and multiplication rules of probability, conditional probability and Bayes’ Theorem,
independence of events, repeated independent trails and Binomial distribution.
Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions,
Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects.
Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), General awareness of national/
international architects and famous architectural creations.
Mathematical reasoning: Statements, logical operations like and, or, if and only if, implies, implied by.
Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction and contrapositive.
Sets and Relations: Idea of sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets,
Venn diagram, De Morgan’s Laws, Relation and its properties. Equivalence relation — definition and
elementary examples.

Understanding of scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and
elements, aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast. Conceptualization and Visualization through
structuring objects in memory. Drawing of patterns – both geometrical and abstract. Form transformations in
2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes. Generating plan, elevation and 3D views of
objects. Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms. Perspective drawing, Sketching of
urbanscape and landscape, Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory


Application Procedure

Application has to be filled up ONLINE at the NATA portal of Candidates need to visit the portal and CLICK the requisite link ONLINE APPLICATION NATA– 2018 and thereafter will be directed to the actual application form. The form is interactive in nature and the fields required to be filled up are categorized in different sub-sections. The fields super-scribed with * MUST be filled up as they are MANDATORY, otherwise the application will NOT get submitted.

The application form is broadly categorized into three steps: filling of PERSONAL DETAILS; DOCUMENT UPLOADING & FEE PAYMENT. Please see Appendix-IV for detailed guidelines on fields to be entered at the time of online form filling.

Candidates need to fill in the first part i.e. PERSONAL DETAILS and will thereafter be directed to DOCUMENT UPLOADING. Once the documents are successfully uploaded, the system enters into the FEE PAYMENT. Finally, the candidate must take a printout of CONFIRMATION PAGE generated upon successful fee payment for their own record. There is no need to send any document by post.

Application form

Filling up the application form is in two stages as outlined:

Stage I- Registration Process

Stage II- Submission of Application form

Stage I – Registration Process

Step 1: Visit NATA portal at or

Step 2: Click on Register Now button and it will take you to the Login Page.

Step 3: Again click Register Now button for signing up the User Account Registration. Fill-in the MANDATORY fields and click on Sign up.

Step 4: Once you have successfully signed up. Click on Login to continue, login with your chosen credentials.

Note: To create your credentials candidates are required to provide a login ID and password.

Stage II Submission of Application Form

Step 1: Login into NATA- 2018 portal with chosen credentials, and Click on Apply Now button which will be directed to the application form.

Step 2: Fill-in the MANDATORY fields which is mentioned in the Appendix III.

Step 3: Upload the required documents and click on Preview button to preview the filled in application form then click on Submit button to submit the form. Once the form is submitted, no changes will be entertained, so carefully fill-in the application form.

Step 4: Once the application form submitted, it will be redirected to Payment Gateway page. Kindly provide the required inputs for payment process.

Step 5: Upon successful fee payment, you will get land up in confirmation page contains Application No and Transaction No., kindly take a printout of it as a proof of application form submission.

Image uploading

All candidates are required to upload the following images:

  • Recent Passport size Photograph in Colour
  • Own Signature
  • Community certificate issued by a competent authority in the case of SC/ST candidates only

Note: The SC/ ST certificate is subject to verification. If not found authentic the candidature for NATA- 2018 will be cancelled and Admit Card to take the examination will not be issued.

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

Document Type Storage size Image dimension
minimum maximum Height Width
Photograph JPEG or JPG 4 KB 100 KB 4.5 cm 3.5 cm
Signature JPEG or JPG 1 KB 30 KB 1.5 cm 3.5 cm
Community Certificate
(for SC/ ST candidates only)
JPEG/ JPG / PDF 5 KB 100 KB A4 format


Application Fee Details

A candidate applying for NATA– 2018 has to pay INR 1800/- (Rupees One thousand and eight hundred and only) as application fee, through ONLINE mode. This is inclusive of service fee charged by the bank.

For SC/ ST candidates the application fee is Rs. 1500/- (One thousand and five hundred only). This is inclusive of service fee charged by the bank.

The candidate, on successfully uploading the PERSONAL DETAILS and DOCUMENTS; will be directed to the webpage containing process of payment of application fee as outlined below.

Payment through EPG: Payment of fee can be made through State Bank of India/ Bill desk payment gateway. As per the candidate’s convenience, he/she may select any of the options to pay the application fee through electronic payment gateway via debit card, credit card or net banking and follow the online instructions to complete the payment process. After successful payment, payment gateway will redirect the candidate to home page that will show the status of fee payment. Upon successful payment, the candidate will be able to print the final “Confirmation Page”.

Confirmation Page (A proof of REGISTRATION)

The Confirmation Page is generated upon successful payment of Application Fee. Its generation means that the candidate has been successfully REGISTERED. The candidate should take a printout and preserve the confirmation page for future reference. There is no need to send any document to the Council by post. A print out of the Confirmation page will not provide admittance to the Test Centre to take the examination. The candidate has to print the Admit Card when issued online as per the time schedule (Appendix VI) to take the examination.

Filling up of Application Form

The online filling-up of the Application Form is interactive in nature and the candidate while filling up the form. Please refer to APPENDIX-III and on filling up the form.

online guidance will be available to APPENDIX-IV for detailed guidelines

Discrepancy and correction

The candidate is expected to fill up all details correctly, check a preview of the application before submitting the same online. Corrections will not be entertained, however in rare circumstances, in case corrections are needed, they will be addressed on a request by the candidate. Such requests may be emailed to

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