Coimbatore: The National Aptitude Test in Architecture, also known as NATA, conducted by the Council of Architecture would be held twice a year from the academic year 2019-2020, President of the council Vijay Garg said on Monday.
The National Aptitude Test in Architecture, popularly known as NATA , is compulsory entrance test for admission to the Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) courses. Till now it was being conducted once a year in April. However there were concerns from students that the NATA dates clashed with board exams.
“Some states asked us to postpone the exam or to have two exams. So we have decided to have two exams, one mid-April and another in the first week of July,” Vijay Garg said while talking to reporters.
"Students can appear in either one or both the exams and the best score among the two would be considered", said Garg.
"The NATA pattern has also been changed. Earlier both Aptitude and Drawing papers each were of 90 minute duration. However, from the 2019-20 academic year, Aptitude Test will be of 60 minutes whereas Drawing paper would be of 120 minutes", Garg said.
“It is found that failure rate is high in the Drawing paper. So, in order to improve the performance, we have decided to increase the time for it from the coming year", he said.
The council has also proposed to have a national-level counselling for admissions into B. Arch courses.
The council's decision to conduct NATA twice a year comes at a time when National testing Agency (NTA) jas also decided to conduct JEE Main - mandatory exam for admission to first year engineering courses, twice in a year. JEE Main, according to NTA, will be held in the months of January and April from 2019 onwards.
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