National Aptitude Test
The National Aptitude Test (NAT) is an all India level common entrance test, conducted and controlled under the supervision of the Society for Research and Development in Education (SRDE), Delhi. The SRDE is a non-profit organization, which is registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860.
The NAT is a common entrance test, which is conducted by different higher education institutions, thereby fulfilling the basic entrance requirements in order to get admitted in the various non-engineering and non-medical, undergraduate and postgraduate programs, involving vocational and other allied programs, such as, BBA, BCA, MBA, PGDM, etc.
The scope of NAT would be to create a perfect medium for maximum number of students, who are willing to opt for different streams of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Many renowned universities like, Institute of Business Management and Research, Pune; Delhi Institute of Higher Education, Delhi; IPS Academy, Indore… are associated with NAT. In short, it has provided another medium of merit, enabling affordable education to all possible students.
- To provide a cost effective system, thereby making it affordable to numerous students.
- Provision of variety of choices to the students; wide variety of streams to choose from.
- Secured and confidential supply of candidates’ scores to the educational institutions, which they have opted for.
- The question format consists of objective, multiple choice questions, implemented, via Optical Mark Reader (OMR) system. It also comprises multiple series of question sets for confidential exam procedures.
- Acts as a perfect liaison between the candidates and the educational institutions.
- It also provides awards and scholarships via two programs, namely, Smt. Santosh Memorial Merit Scholarships and Dr. S. V. Narayanan Awards; distributing more than Rs. 1, 00, 000 to the students.
NAT – UG Structure
The students at the 10+2 education level would be considered for the entrance test under the UG category.
The students are asked to attempt 170 questions, accounting to a grand total of 170 marks within the allotted time of 150 minutes.
The syllabus comprises of variety of subjects, evaluating students’ reasoning skills, language skills, verbal ability, awareness of country’s economic conditions, etc.
NAT – PG Structure
This is conducted for the students, who are at the 10+2+3 education level.
Here, the students are asked to attend 200 questions, accounting to a grand total of 200 marks in the given time of 150 minutes.
It comprises subjects to evaluate the students’ quantitative abilities, data analysis, critical reasoning capabilities, language power, decision making skills, etc.
There are many entrance schemes for engineering, medical, architecture, etc… but this would be the most significant national level entrance exam for the undergraduate and postgraduate programs, consisting of arts, commerce and its allied courses. The fact that there is some scheme to look after the standards of quality education of non-engineering and non-medical degree courses … is awe-inspiring; such schemes have to be developed at consistent pace!