After much hue and cry, the much awaited second National Aptitude Test for Architecture (NATA) is scheduled to conduct on today. There will be two sessions–10 am to 12 noon and 3 pm to 5 pm. Some of the aggrieved students who faced some problems on August 29 test, are given second chance in Saturday test and they will appear in first session. Meanwhile, taking all due care, Council of Architecture (COA) have changed all the problematic centres where students appeared during first NATA on August 29. Some aggrieved students will appear in first session — 10 am to 12 noon.
The candidates who are willing to improve their score of August 29 test can write NATA second time and will take the same in second session — 3 pm to 5 pm. Those appearing in first session can again appear in second session. In that case they have to stay for the complete day at the centre. Some parents appealed Council of Architecture (COA) to postpone the second session to some other day as students have to stay for the whole day at centre. According to information provided by COA, a total of 30,245 candidates applied for the first NATA, of which 22,843 candidates appeared for the first test of which 13,245 candidates appeared for the test at the designated centres and 9598 candidates opted for ‘writing from home’. COA has given a choice to students of on-line and off-line examinations. There is Home Based Test candidate (HBT) or Centre Based Test candidate (CBT). COA received a very few complaints regarding poor connectivity, network and power issues from the students. COA has decided to give second chance to those aggrieved ones who faced genuine difficulties. NATA is conducted for the admission to First Year of 5-year B.Arch. Degree Course. The Test is conducted online twice a year.