The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) 2022 exam official notification has been released by the Council of Architecture. According to the official notification, the exam will be conducted thrice this year, in 2 sessions each. The dates of the NATA exam have also been announced. This year the exam will be conducted on June 12, July 03 and July 24, 2022. The official information brochure will be released anytime now. The application portal for the NATA registration is expected to open soon at nata.in.
NATA 2022 exam to be held thrice this year
In the official notification released by CoA, it is mentioned that the NATA exam will be held thrice this year. until 2018, the exam was conducted only once in a year. In 2019 and 2020, it was conducted twice. However, last year, it was conducted thrice, owing to the COVID pandemic. Even though the exam is conducted thrice, candidates will only be able to appear for a maximum of 2 times. The multiple attempts will give the candidates more chances to ace the exam and improve their scores. It also provides more opportunity to the students, thus ensuring that all eligible candidates get a fair representation.
NATA 2022: No clashes with JEE Main 2022
The Joint Entrance Examination is conducted twice year to test the eligibility of the candidates interested in B.E, B.Tech, B.Arch and B.Planning. The JEE Main Paper 2 A exam is conducted for B.Arch courses. This year, the first session of JEE Main will be held from April 16 to 21, and the second session from May 24 to 29. Thus the NATA exam dates do not clash with the JEE Main exam. This provides the candidates ample time to plan and prepare for both the exams.
What is NATA?
The NATA exam is conducted to provide admissions to eligible candidates for the 5 year B.Arch course offered at various institutes across the country. It is another exam, besides the JEE Main, whose score is considered by many institutions to admit the eligible candidates into B.Arch courses. The NATA is conducted by the Council of Architecture, which comprises of architecture professionals and experts.
NATA exam pattern
Here, candidates can find the last year’s NATA exam pattern. The NATA exam consists of 125 questions carrying a total of 200 marks. The session 1 of the exam is usually held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the session 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are 5 types of questions in the paper- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), Preferential Choice Questions (PCQ), Numerical Answer Questions (NAQ) and Match the following Questions (MFQ). The NATA exam tests the following areas:
- Diagrammatic Reasoning
- Numerical Reasoning
- Verbal Reasoning
- Inductive Reasoning
- Situational Judgement
- Logical Reasoning
- Abstract Reasoning
The exam pattern underwent a change last year, so there will be more clarity on the NATA 2022 exam pattern, once the official brochure is released. The candidates have to secure atleast 70 marks out of 200 to qualify the exam. The candidates who qualify the exam will be able to download the scorecard. In the scorecard, the candidates will be able to find their score and if they have qualified the exam or not.