NOIDA- NATA i.e. National Aptitude Test of Architecture will be conducted twice a year from next academic year (2019-2020). The information has been officially declared by Mr. Vijay Garg, President of Council of Architecture, which is the regulatory body for this exam. While addressing après conference, he made this announcement. His statement also indicated that the council is planning to have a national-level admission counselling for B.Arch courses.
Earlier, NATA was conducted once in a year in the month of April every year for the students seeking admission into B.Arch from the top-notch colleges. The major concern behind the decision of conducting it twice is to avoid the instances of any date clash with board exams. Many state boards have requested frequently to change the exam schedule due to clash with the board exam dates. Therefore, the council has decided to organize this exam in two stages- one in mid April and another in 1st week of July.
Students can take up either of the exam or both the exams and their best score would be taken into consideration while applying for the admission. The council gave clarity on this.
The apex body has also decided to tweak up the exam pattern for NATA 2019. In the previous pattern, the time given for aptitude test and drawing test was equal i.e. 90 minutes for each section. From the upcoming year, the students will be provided with 60 minutes for aptitude test and 120 minutes for drawing paper. Garg stated while talking to the reporters.
The council had observed the high failure rate in previous exams and taking this into account, it has been decided to allow more time for this section so that the students get the ample time.
National level counselling for admission into B.Arch courses has also been proposed by the council.
In the present scenario, the students apply for college admission individually in different states. The centralized counselling will definitely make their way much easier to practice the admission formalities.
The counselling policies will be structured keeping the reservation policies of different states into consideration. Mr. Garg concluded with this statement.