The National Aptitude Test in Architecture NATA conducted by the council of architecture would be held twice annually from the coming academic year 2019-2020.

Online PR News – 20-July-2019 – Hyderabad, Telangana – Students who are preparing for a career in Architecture have more good news to celebrate Diwali this year. Yes, you heard it right, the council of Architecture, the governing body of Architects in India and the conducting body of NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture), has decided to hold exams twice in a year from the coming academic year (2019-2020). This was announced by the president of Council Mr. Vijay Garg on Monday in a press meet. The decision was taken in concern from stakeholders that the date clashed with board exams and some states asking the council towards postponement of exams or have two exams conducted as the NATA exams were held once in every year in the month of April. Form 2019, the exams shall be held on April and again in the month of July, where the students could write both one or both the exams and the best score among the two would be considered.

The pattern of the exam has also undergone a change with the extension of the time frame in drawing from 90 minutes to 120 minutes compared to the previous pattern of 90 minutes allocated for both drawing and Aptitude. This change has been inculcated due to a high rate of failure in the drawing section. An extension of time in the drawing is believed to bring a better improvement in performance. Another change includes the counseling process where the earlier process included the students / Architect aspirants had to apply for college admissions separately in different states. One of the demerits that are prevalent in this process is the many seats in Architecture College's fall vacant. With the introduction of the centralized counseling process, the remaining seats left after filling in with local candidates can be thrown open for the candidates from other states ensuring more opportunity with less causality. Clarity on eligibility towards NATA exam has also been announced with Mr. Garg, representing the council pointing out 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics mandatory for B. Arch admissions. The reason cited towards for this council decision has been primarily on the reasons as for more technology-oriented constructions happening in today's world and necessary understanding of sensitive construction materials can be established through an understanding of these subjects.

The above-mentioned changes should pose as a breeze for students and colleges alike as we can expect the number of students applying for the discipline. 2017-18 had seen more than 40,000 students all India appearing for the exams. With Market growing at 18-20% year on year, the number of students can be expected in the year 2019 -2020.