National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is a national level entrance exam for securing a seat in the topmost Architecture colleges in India. The entrance exam is conducted by the Council of Architecture (CoA). NATA exam is divided into 2 papers: Paper 1: Drawing Test and Paper 2: General Aptitude & Mathematics and is conducted in an offline mode.
Students seeking admission to the five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree course are required to clear NATA exam. Through this exam, a candidate’s aptitude and knowledge in the subject and their drawing and observation skills are tested. The colleges that provide admission through NATA consider students’ NATA score as well as 12th Board marks, (50-50%). For admission into any good colleges providing architecture programme in India one should secure around 65-75%+ aggregate and for the top colleges one should get more than 75-85% aggregate.
According to official record of COA there are about 423 institutions, which impart architectural education in India leading to qualifications. Aspiring architects can secure their seat for the course in the top architecture colleges through NATA entrance exam. Here we have listed the top architecture colleges in India that take admission of the students on the basis of NATA:
- Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Architecture
Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Architecture is one the leading Architecture colleges in India. It is a modern institute with highest quality infrastructure, excellent education and experienced faculty members etc. The institute with its brilliant teaching methodology has achieved a remarkable name in the field of Architecture. The institute offers 5 year Bachelor’s programme and 2 years Master’s programme in Architecture. Students can have a consummate career life if they gain admission in this college.
- Sir J. J. College of Architecture
Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy College of Architecture, located in Mumbai is said to be the first architectural school in Asia. Holding one of the top positions among the best colleges in India, the institute offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Architecture to the students. The B.Arch. degree is five year full-time course, whereas M. Arch is two year full-time course. The courses help students to brush up their skills and expertise which they can later use in their career path to create beautiful designs and buildings.
- Chandigarh College of Architecture
It is one of the leading architectural institutes in Chandigarh, Punjab. Being a recognised architectural college, it provides students with 5 years’ full-time course of B. Arch. Providing excellent pedagogy in the field of planning and designing, the college has been able to gain huge accolades in the architectural industry.
- Sushant School of Art and Architecture
Sushant School of Art and Architecture is one the best-known private Architecture colleges in Gurgaon. The college provides architecture programmes in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It admits students on the basis of their NATA scores and marks secured in their 12th standard.
- R-V School of Architecture (RVCE)
Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE) is affiliated to the Visvesvaraya Technological University, Bangalore. It is an architecture institute par excellence, nurturing academics and promises to produce professionals with creative thinking for architecture. The institute admits students having minimum 50 % marks in aggregate in the NATA exam.