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In a first, TN to hold entrance test for architecture courses

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ANNA University is conducting a State-level entrance examination for architecture courses, called Tamil Nadu National Aptitude Test in Architecture (TNNATA). The exam, being conducted for the first time, will be held on August 12 in six cities - Chen-nai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchy, Tirunelveli and Salem. The last date for online registration for TNNATA is July 31. The exam will be for a total of 200 marks, including 40 marks for mathematics, 80 maths each for general aptitude and drawing test. The marks and valid score will be announced on August 18. The TNNATA score will be used only for admissions to management-quota seats and lapsed government-quota seats.
Till now, admission to architectural courses for both government and man-agement quota seats was entirely based on the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), which is conducted at the national level. "As the NATA exam was conducted in April, many students were not able to write it. Thus, even if they were interested, they would not be able to join BArch courses. So, we made a representation to the State government, following which TNNATA is being con-ducted," the chairman of a private college told Express. `According to Council of Architecture (COA) norms, admission to Bach-elor of Architecture (BArch) courses should be based on the NATA scores, JEE scores, or marks obtained in an examination conducted bya competent authority of the State government.
This year, the government has authorised Anna University to conduct the Tamil Nadu National Aptitude Test in Architecture, which is being held for the first time," said a university source. "In the single-window counselling to be held at Anna University to fill government quota seats, only the NATA score will be considered. The TNNATA score will be used only for the admission to management quota seats and lapsed government-quota seats " said a senior official at Anna University "Even in the case of management quota seats and lapsed government-quota seats, students with NATA score will be considered first and then students with JEE score. If seats are vacant even after that, then students with TNNATA score will be considered," the official explained.
Source: epaper. newindianexpress. com//c/20853611 

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