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Any person desirous of pursuing 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 CoA Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations. The registration with CoA entitles a person to use the title and style of Architect, for working in the profession of architecture and in teaching as well.
As per the Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations, it is mandatory to qualify in an aptitude test in Architecture for admission to B.Arch. degree course. It is implied that a separate aptitude test in Architecture should be conducted and such test should not be combined with the tests for admissions to Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine and other disciplines. Being the competent authority for fixing norms and standards for architectural institutions, CoA has the necessary expertise to hold a Common Aptitude Test in Architecture, at national level to provide a single window system for appearing in aptitude test.
National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is being conducted by the Council of Architecture in order to provide such a single window system to prospective candidates for appearing in a single aptitude test and to facilitate institutions, students and society at large for admission to First year of 5 year B.Arch. Degree Course at recognized Institutions all over the country.
Over the years NATA has gained popularity and is widely accepted as an aptitude test for admission to First year of 5 year B.Arch Degree Course in majority of the recognized Institutions across India. The counselling and admission are carried out only by the concerned designated authorities of the respective States/Institutions based on marks obtained in qualifying examination and the aptitude test.
NATA measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures mathematical skills, general aptitude, drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability that have been acquired over their school days. NATA is also aimed to ensure that eligibility criteria for admission to five year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree course, as prescribed by CoA and duly approved by the Central Government, are strictly adhered to and followed all over the country in Architectural Institutions.
Candidates from the following backgrounds are eligibile to take NATA :
(a) 10+2 or equivalent passed/appearing with Mathematics as one of the subjects
(b) 10+3 Diploma (any stream) passed/appearing recognized by Central/State Govts with Mathematics as one of the subjects of examination;
(c) International Baccalaureate Diploma passed/appearing, after 10 years of Schooling with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination.
Qualifying in NATA does not constitute a right/ guarantee in favour of the candidate for his/her admission to any architecture course unless he/she has fulfilled all the prescribed requirements as specified by respective counselling and admission authorities.
Only candidates who have the following credentials shall be eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course.
No direct lateral admission is allowed at any other year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification.
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