The council of Architecture announces NATA exam to be conducted twice in a year

Top Quote The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), conducted by the council of architecture would be held twice annually from the coming aademic year 2019 to 2020, president of the council Vijay Garg said on Monday. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 15, 2018 - Yes, you heard it right, the council of Architecture, the governing body of Architects in India and the conducting body of NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) has decided to hold exams twice in a year from the coming academic year (2019-2020). This was announced by the president of Council Mr Vijay Garg on Monday in a press meeting.

    The decision was taken by stakeholders, by considering the fact that the date for NATA exam clashed with board exams and some states are asking the council for postponement of NATA exam or have two exams conducted. As the NATA exams were held once in every year, in the month of April. Form 2019, the NATA exam shall be held on April and again in the month of July, where the students could write one or both the exams, and the best score among the two would be considered.

    The pattern of the exam has also undergone a change with the extension of time frame in drawing from 90 minutes to 120 minutes compared to previous pattern of 90 minutes allocated for both drawing and Aptitude. This change has been inculcated due to a high rate of failure in the drawing section. An extension of time in drawing is believed to bring a better improvement in performance.

    Another change includes the counselling process where the earlier process included the students / Architect aspirants had to apply for college admissions separately in different states. One of the demerits that are prevalent in this process is the many seats in Architecture Colleges fall vacant. With the introduction of centralized counselling process, the remaining seats left after filling in with local candidates can be thrown open for the candidates from other states ensuring more opportunity with less causality.

    Clarity on eligibility towards NATA exam has also been announced by Mr Garg, representing the council pointing out 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics mandatory for B. Arch admissions. The reason cited towards this council decision has been primarily on the increasing technology oriented constructions happening in today’s world and necessary understanding of sensitive construction materials can be established though an understanding of these subjects.

    The above mentioned changes should pose as a breeze for students and colleges alike. 2017-18 had seen more than 40,000 students all India appearing for the exams. With Market growing at 18-20% year on year, more number of students can be expected in the year 2019 -2020.

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