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The Council of Architecture (COA) has been constituted by the Government of India under the provisions of the Architects Act, 1972, enacted by the Parliament of India, which came into force on 1st September, 1972.

The Act provides for registration of Architects, standards of education, recognized qualifications and standards of professional conduct and etiquette to be complied with by the architects. The Council of Architecture is vested with the responsibility to regulate the education and practice of profession throughout India besides maintaining the register of architects. For this purpose, the Government of India has framed Rules and Council of Architecture has framed Regulations as provided for in the Architects Act, with the approval of Government of India.

Any person desirous of carrying on the profession as ‘Architect’ must have registration with Council of Architecture. For the purpose of registration, one must possess the recognized qualification as appended to the Architects Act, after having undergone the education in accordance with the Council of Architecture

Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations. The registration with Council of Architecture entitles a person to use the title and style of Architect, for practising the profession of architecture. If any person falsely represents or claims to be registered architect or uses any words or letters to suggest that s/he is an architect or misuses title and style of architect, such acts tantamount to committing of a criminal offence punishable under the Architects Act, 1972.

The practice of profession of an architect is regulated under the Architects (Professional Conduct) Regulations, 1989 (as amended in 2003), which prescribe the professional conduct, ethics and etiquette, conditions of engagement and scale of charges, architectural competition guidelines etc. Pursuant to these Regulations, the Council of Architecture has framed guidelines governing the various aspects of practice. There are about 450 institutions presently imparting architectural education in India leading to recognized qualifications. The standards of education being imparted in these institutions (constituent colleges/departments of universities, deemed universities, affiliated colleges/schools, IITs, NITs and autonomous institutions) are prescribed and monitored by Council of Architecture by way of Regulations and norms & standards prescribed from time to time which set forth the requirement of eligibility for admission, course duration, standards of staff & accommodation, course content, examination etc. These minimum standards as prescribed by the Council are required to be maintained by all the institutions. The COA oversees the maintenance of the standards periodically by way of conducting inspections. The COA is required to keep the Central Government informed of the standards being maintained by the institutions and is empowered to make recommendations to the Government of India with regard to recognition and/or de-recognition of a qualification. As per the Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations, qualifying in an aptitude test in Architecture is mandatory for admission to B.Arch. degree course. Hon’ble Madras High Court vide order dated 21.07.2003 in W.P.No.9707 of 2003, had held the aptitude test as a mandatory requirement.


Schedule of Examination:
Date & Time ofExamination Subject and Marks of Examination
10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. FIRST 90 minutes – Part A TOTAL 120 Marks


Mathematics (MCQ) 20X2 = 40 Marks (ONLINE)
General Aptitude (MCQ ) 40X2 = 80 Marks (ONLINE)
(Grand Total of 200 marks) LAST 90 minutes- Part B TOTAL 80 Marks
Drawings (Two questions) in A4 Size paper 2X 40 = 80 Marks



N.B. No further examination shall be held under any circumstances for those who will be unable to appear on the scheduled date and time


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


20 x 2




Mathematics (20 Questions) 40 x 2 80
General Aptitude (40 Questions)
Part B


Drawing (2 Questions)


2 x 40










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 followingaspects –

• 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 examinerindependently and the marks are to be averaged. The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is onthe candidate’s drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate’s sense of proportion andperspective are also evaluated together with sense for colour and composition.


Eligibility Criteria for Candidates

Candidates may come from the following backgrounds:
(a) 10+2 or equivalent passed/appearing;
(b) 10+3 Diploma (any stream) passed/appearing recognized by Central/State Govts;
(c) International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of Schooling.
No direct lateral admission is allowed at any other year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification.