Aptitude: Aptitude is considered as a natural ability, natural or acquired skills or disposition of capacity for a specific purpose. It is an estimate of what a person is likely to do.

Need and Importance of NAT

NTA is organizing National Aptitude Test for the age group 13 to 25. The vision for conducting the NAT is that right candidates joining best institutions.

Why a student should appear for the NAT?

The Aptitude test is one of the most difficult Test. Aptitude is hidden. The test is to diagnose and predict. Any test that is not standardized or pilot study not done cannot be used for large administration and predictive purposes. The concerns emerged during various studies revealed that-

(a) 65% of the jobs our students will be doing in the future do not even exist today.

(b) Employers seek abilities like critical thinking, problem solving, innovations and creativity in their human capital but these abilities were deficient in about 70% school pass outs.

(c) Considering skills gap is much evident, including in digital jobs that require graduates with relevant mathematical, science and engineering Backgrounds.

Key Features of National Aptitude Test

National Testing Agency has developed a comprehensive tool with 9 domains which consists of Generic Skills, specific abilities and multiple choice items:


To identify main theme/ key messages in Reading Comprehension and Written Expression


It is the ability to think logically through numbers, with relation between numbers or number series by finding hidden code.


It is the ability to reason with signs and shapes. The observation abilities that enable one to quickly notice accurate details in graphical presentations


It is the ability of critically analyzing the given information to draw a valid conclusion.


It is the ability to visualize shapes and structures against dimensions. i.e. Ability to think in space.


The simplest approach to identifying irregularities in data is to flag the data points that deviate from common statistical properties of a distribution, including mean, median, mode, and quintiles.


It is the ability to quickly and accurately locate differences in print material (both numbers and words).


It is the ability to understand concepts hidden in words, ability to abstract or generalize beyond mere vocabulary recognition.


It is the ability of understanding and application of natural and mechanical forces that are prevalent in the real world.

Four Level Test

Level – 1 (13-15 Years)

Level – 2 (16-18 Years)

Level – 3 (19-21 Years)

Level – 4 (22-25 Years)

Do you know?

 The test is in Internet based mode. The candidates can appear in the test from their place of stay using desktops, mobile phones, laptops etc.

This test consists of 9 Domains. Each domain consists of 10 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).

The medium of the Question paper will be in English only.

Each domain has 10 questions carrying 1 mark each. It will be an Online Test of 2 hours duration. The total is 90 marks.

 Candidates are not allowed to use calculators or any other electronic device.

 Candidates will be awarded one mark for each correct answer. There is no negative Marking.

The test is free of cost

Scope of National Aptitude Test:-Points to Remember

 Many students may not score high on any of the nine domains. This does not mean that they lack the ability to pursue education or training in courses to choose a career. Such students need assistance/opportunities to understand themselves through self-exploration and encouraging participation in various school activities of their interest, in addition to subject of study. Accordingly, s/he needs assistance in knowing future courses and occupations to make the best suitable career choices. To help such students, educational and career planning sessions may be organized and they may also be referred to school/ college counsellor for career counselling.

 Aptitude test scores are only suggestive of a student’s potential. Parents should NOT use these scores to choose subjects for the students.

 Aptitude Test scores obtained are suggestive and should not be used as the only deciding factor for choosing subjects.

If student has any query s/he can write mail to NTA at nat@nta.ac.in or call at 011-40759000

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