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National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) 2016

Deadline: 18-Aug-2016

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The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability, that have been acquired over a long period of time, and that are related to specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.

Eligibility

Any person having passed SSC (Std X) or equivalent examination and above can appear for NATA.
However, only candidates who have qualified an aptitude test in Architecture and have secured 50% marks in 
NATA 2016 Brochure
10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects, shall be eligible for admission to
B.Arch. Course. No direct lateral admission is allowed at any year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any
qualification. NATA score shall be valid for a period of two years from the year in which one appeared.

WHO SHOULD TAKE NATA AND WHY?
Prospective applicants desirous of taking admission to First year of undergraduate course in Architecture
(Bachelor of Architecture) in India take NATA. NATA scores are used by admissions authorities of different
Government, Govt. Aided & unaided schools / colleges of Architecture, to provide common measure for
comparing the qualifications of applicants, for admission in addition to their scholastic performance in 10+2
or equivalent examination. 

How to apply?

Application can be done online only.

  1. NATA 2016 Registration form can be filled and submitted ONLINE from this website by payment of NATA fees of Rs. 1250.00 (+ Processing Charges) using Netbanking / Credit Cards / ICICI Isure Bank Challan 
  2. Download the Prefilled Registration form and procure the necessary registration documents. 
  3. Select a Test Center / Region (from the website http://www.nata.in) at a location convenient to the candidate and apply. 

More Information

Careers in Architecture

Careers in architecture offer young professionals a life of discovery, growth and personal development. An architectural education sets in motion a life-long learning process! Architecture is a career for people who love their work and a “job” is not their goal. This is so because as a follower in the studio young architects become leaders on site where drawings are transformed into reality and in society where they have a special lean on eternity.

Salaries start low and grow with age and experience. Unlike fast-track fields, which start with high salaries and then hit a long plateau, and finally the older guys are pushed aside making way for the next generation, architects just continue to grow and to increase their quality of life. After age fifty architects form the highest paid group of self-employed professionals, often claiming fees of a Crore Rupees and above for a single commission!

Adding a post-graduate degree to the five year Bachelor of Architecture Degree is not necessary, as this is a full fledged professional degree and one is well prepared to charge into their career. A graduate may choose a career diversion into urban planning and design, project management, interior design or landscape design, but by doing this they are leaving their core field of practice. Few return to the master craft!

The need of the day in India is infrastructure design and development. This task will dominate the coming century. Architects will be leaders in creating a new India! While all new software will eventually drift into oblivion, architects will leave behind the indelible footprints of their times.

Do not study architecture if your secret agenda is to migrate to developed world under the guise of “further studies!” Studies abroad are a mere form of escapism and extending one’s childhood. After studying abroad at an exorbitant cost, one must work several years to re-pay loans and working nine to five if one is lucky enough to get the job. You are likely to end up some paltry job and you will never return! The reality is; many of the architects from developed world are two trying to find jobs in developing world for survival. The action today lies in developing world rather than developed world. What is needed after graduation is few years of studio and site work, which will create the grounding needed to become an effective practitioner.

While other professionals are narrowing their scope and specializing, architects are continually broadening their horizons, working on a multitude of projects, with a plethora of clients and supporting consultants. This profession is the meeting ground of art, technology, history, economics, social action and performance based design! This is the profession where truth succeeds and falsehood withers in the winds!

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