Architecture Admission Process India

Admission for Architecture in India Admission to B Arch.
The eligibility criteria for admission to 5-year B.Arch. Course and for appearing in the NATA shall be as follows:

Eligibility Criteria for Architecture :
Educational Qualification for Architecture Courses:
In order to secure admission through MASA-CAP to first year of Five year Degree course in Architecture, the candidate should fulfill the following eligibility criteria.

Passed the HSC (Std. XII) examination of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education or its equivalent examination with Mathematics as a subject and secured minimum 50% aggregate marks (45% for backward class candidates from Maharashtra State only) in the HSC (StdXII) examination.


Passed Diploma in Engineering under 10+3 scheme of State Board of Technical Examinations and secured minimum 50% aggregate marks (45% for backward class candidates from Maharashtra state only) in the Diploma Examination.


Hold valid score at National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) conducted by the Council of Architecture for the academic year 2008-2009 (with minimum 40% & 35% for Reserved seats.)


No rounding off of the aggregate % of marks obtained by the candidate in the qualifying examination will be done while deciding the eligibility for MASA-CAP- 2008.

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA): The NATA will consist of question papers in the subject of Aesthetic Sensitivity and Drawing of Max. 200 Marks to test the aptitude of the student for Architecture course. For details of NATA refer website.(

Gol nominees, shall also appear for the Aptitude Test NATA conducted by the Competent Authority for the academic year 2008-2009.

Aspirant Candidates falling under the categories of Gol nominees/ Foreign National / Foreign student / PIO / Children of Indian workers in the Gulf countries/J&K Migrant who have not appeared for the aptitude test mentioned above may be considered for admissions by allowing them to appear for NATA depending upon their number and availability of the seats.

Mandatory Test.

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA).

Candidate shall download and print Application/Registration form the “Download” Section of the Website Maharch and fill in the information required in it. He/She shall then take this form along with the necessary documents to the ARC MASA-Admission Receiving Centre. The ARC will then fill up the form online and generate and Print the final form with an Application Number, which will be signed by ARC Authority and the Candidate. The candidate shall receive a copy of the final form.

The Candidate shall pay the MASA CAP Fee of Rs. 800 by demand Draft in Favour of ‘Maharashtra Association of Schools of Architecture’ payable at Mumbai.

NOTE: No other / additional fees shall be paid by cash other than the one mentioned above for registration for MASA CAP 2008-09 for FY BArch.

Candidate shall fill-up all the different choice codes required to be filled up in blocks provided for the preferences of institutions. Repetition of the same choice code of any one institute in all or more than one the blocks does not give any guaranty of the admission in that particular institute. But by deliberately doing so, such applications shall lead to disqualification and the candidates shall be out of admission process.

Candidate must ensure the admission in allotted institute in Round-I, though it may be at lower preference than his/her choice mentioned in the application, failing which the deserving candidate may be out of the further admission round. Such candidate may be offered higher choice on Merit in Round-II allotment on availability of vacancies in higher choice institutes.

What is Nata?

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

Who Takes It 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 unaided & Govt. aided schools / colleges of Architecture, to provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants.

Where Do People Take It?

NATA is offered year-round at designated Test Centers, usually located at colleges / schools of architecture in India.

Test Fees.

NATA Fees are Rs.800, and are to be paid at the time of Registration and before collection of the appointment voucher from the Test Center. The test fees may be paid in cash or by demand draft in favour of the Test Center. Exact name in whose favour the draft has to be drawn may be obtained from respective Test Center.

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is being conducted throughout the country by the National Institute of Advance Studies in Architecture NIASA a Academic Unit of Council of Architecture as a common Entrance Test for the Admission in 1 st Year of 5 year Degree Course in Architecture in India.

From the year 2006 onwards The National Aptitude Test (NATA) is made mandatory by the Council of Architecture vide their Notifications and Public Notice dated 29 th December,06, 2 nd April,2007,18 th May,2007 respectively.

Following the Council of Architecture Notification Ref.No. CA/5/Academic dated 18 th December,2006,MASA decided to join the NATA-Examinations and to conduct the centralized Allotment Process MASA-(CAP)- 2007 as per the permission of Council of Architecture.

Prior to year 2005the Aptitude test for Architecture was conducted by Directorate of Technical Education for the entire state of Maharashtra. However, in year 2005, the system has undergone major changes due to the Supreme Court full bench decision on Writ Petition No. 317 of 1993 and subsequent G.R. of Directorate of Technical Education Maharashtra State No. 2003/(133/2003/TE-1) dated 16th April 2003. For academic session 2003 – 2004, the admission to first year B-Arch course were done by the individual institutions. It has been observed that the aspiring students had to appear in a number of Aptitude Tests conducted by various Institutions separately thus leading to unnecessary harassment and expenditure. In the year 2005 following directive of the Supreme Court, the Pravesh Niyantran Samiti permitted the MASA to conduct the Common Entrance Test (Aptitude Test) for management and minority quota seats in Architecture for its Member Institutions for the academic session 2005-2006.

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