What are the subjects needed to take the NATA exam?

What are the subjects needed to take the NATA exam
Written by Krutika Lohakare

CoA is going to announce phase 1 NATA 2021 on April 14th. Anyway, a candidate can check the NATA result simply upon logging through their email and password. Primarily, National Aptitude Test in Architecture or NATA is a national level test meant for those seeking 5-year B.Arch. 

Moreover, Council of Architecture of CoA conducts the NATA exam. In 2006, the exam started for greater help of students ensuring they won’t have to appear in several aptitude tests. In fact, the exam is occurring two times a year since 2019. However, the candidate has the option of appearing on any or both tests.      

Subject details and Eligibility Criteria

Good news is that CoA has brought relaxation with eligibility criterion of NATA 2021. However, one needs to fulfill the eligibility criterion prior to applying for the examination. Best part, there is absolutely no age constraint to apply the test. Coming to subjects, it is essential to have Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, or simply PCM as the subjects in 12th. Naturally, the candidate needs to have cleared the 10+2 level test at university level.

Coming to the marks, it is essential for the students to have a minimum of 50% in Physics. Similarly, he/she needs to have 50% marks in Chemistry and Mathematics as well. Most importantly, the candidate needs to have 50% in aggregate in all subjects in 10+2 level examination. However, there is relaxation for the reserve candidates. 

Specifically, the students belonging to SC, ST, and OBC category have this privilege. Similarly, those who belong to PwD also fall under this. PwD here means Persons with Disability. Moreover, these candidates can expect 5 percent relaxation in total marks in aggregation in 10+2 level.  

For 10+3 Diploma candidates

Coming to Diploma holders, those with 10+3 Diploma having Mathematics as a subject fall under this. However, they need to have Mathematics as a compulsory subject. Moreover, the candidates need to have a minimum 50% mark in aggregation to meet the eligibility criteria. Similar is the case with 10+3 diploma examination as well. Coming to qualifying subjects, one needs to have PCM as the compulsory subjects in 10+2. Otherwise, the candidate needs to have Mathematics as a compulsory subject in 10+3 Diploma. Check NATA Study Plan.

Relaxation in subjects

Coming to relaxation terms for NATA 2021, the candidate needs to have 50% in Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry. Most importantly, the candidate needs to have 50% in aggregate in 10+2. Similarly, the eligibility criteria remain 50% in aggregate in 10+3 Diploma. Students who are appearing can also appear for the exam. But, they need to fall in line with the above criterion. 

Percentage to score

It is here to note that there is no round figure marking possible. For example, it is impossible to consider it as 50% for anyone scoring 49.9 percent. Interestingly, there is no lower age limit for the candidates appearing in NATA. But, a candidate is essential to meet age criteria as set by the authorities of the Counseling.  

Irrespective of the score one obtains irrespective of subject, it will remain valid for only 12 months. In short, the validation remains applicable up to 1 year from the date on which he/she applied for the exam. All in all, there is no change in eligibility criterion for the candidates appearing NATA exam. Additionally, there is no distinct eligibility criterion for NRI or global candidates as well. 

For admission into B. Arch courses

One can take admission in B.Arch course through NATA 2021. However, qualification in NATA 2021 doesn’t give right to the candidate to take admission straightway. Rather, they need to meet the norms of the counseling authorities or admission in charge. Most importantly, a candidate needs to qualify for an Architecture aptitude test in 2021 to be eligible in B.Arch. 

Moreover, here the candidate needs to have 50 percent in Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry in aggregate in 10+2 level. In case of a 10+3 diploma, the candidate needs to score 50% in total with Mathematics. However, there is no change in NATA eligibility criterion of SC, OBC, or ST candidates for NATA, 2021. 

Also, there is no change for other special category candidates. Anyway, a candidate can enquire about reservation schemes upon applying for admission. Moreover, they can enquire about it through admission authorities. Here one may enquire about subject aspects as well.          


So, the criterion mentioned above makes a student eligible for NATA exam. Basically, the candidates need to aim at scoring above 50% marks in key subjects like Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Anyway, upon following the norms regarding above subjects, one can easily clear the exam.

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