What is the eligibility for an architecture course? What is NATA and what does the test paper consists of?

What is the eligibility criterion for an architecture course? What is NATA and what does the test paper consists of?

1. 50% marks in aggregate is a compulsion in XIIth for a candidate to be admitted to the architecture course unless he/she has completed XIIth at the end of the new scheme. 2. 10+3 diploma (any stream) recognised by central/state government with 50% aggregate. 3. International Baccalaureate Diploma, after 10 years of schooling with not less than 50% aggregate marks and with Maths as a compulsory subject of examination. In addition to that all admissions to architecture degree shall be preceded by NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) conducted by the Council of Architecture.

Now moving on, NATA is conducted by Council of Architecture is mandatory for admission to first year B.Arch course for all the institutes/universities in India including, NITs, IITS, government institutes. The test shall consist of 2 papers:

(i) Test – I – Aesthetic Sensitivity – 100 marks – This exam is to evaluate a candidate's perception, imagination and observation and architectural awareness. It comprises of visualising 3D objects, identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities, analytical reasoning, mental ability, imaginative comprehension and expression and architectural awareness.
(ii) Test – II – Drawing – 100 marks – This is judged on the basis of the ability of a candidate to sketch a given object, visualise the effects of light on the object and draw it accordingly. Candidates should have a sense of perspective drawing.
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