Goof up in NATA score: CoA to recheck papers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jun 2018 10:01:52


Staff Reporter,

The goof up in the results of National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) conducted for the admissions to Architecture courses, compelled Council of Architecture (COA), Apex body for the Architecture courses in India, to recheck the papers. Of course, COA will not recheck the papers of all the students. It has asked the students to apply for the rechecking and only their rechecking will be done. This is for the first time that COA has come up with the circular saying that it would conduct rechecking.

There are thousands of students who have qualified the entrance test but some students scored less marks in drawing paper. The result was announced on June 4 and the Council of Architecture (COA) admitted technical glitches in presenting erroneous scores on its website

The examination is conducted in two parts-- one is Aptitude test which has 120 total marks while the drawing paper is of 80 marks. The expert who also guides the students to clear NATA Shrikant Tankhiwale told The Hitavada, “This is absolutely anguishing and shocking that meritorious students scored very less marks in NATA. My one student scored 90 marks in Aptitude and he got 8 marks in Drawing paper. How can it be possible? He is scoring more marks in the tests conducted at various levels. He is brilliant student and I have been seeing his performance since long.”

When pointed out to Tankhiwale about the circular that COA issued regarding rechecking of marks he said that NATA never recheck the papers. This time it has to do the same as it has committed mistake, added Tankhiwale.

There is another student who also got less marks. He spent two years preparing only for NATA. He did not even take the JEE Architecture entrance test. Now, if the scores of NATA are not corrected and updated, he might lose year.
In the circular for rechecking the papers says, though the Council had in its brochure had said that no request would be entertained to revaluate the answesheets from students, based on requests from the students, the competent authority of COA had decided to allow the candidates to file review of scores awarded to them with a view to ensure that no meritorious or deserving candidates is put to any inconvenience or deprived of justice due to technical glitch.
One parent welcomed this step of COA.

But raised the question that why the students should bear the cost of rechecking. COA is charging Rs 750 for this rechecking. On one hand, COA admits its fault then they should do it free of cost, argues the parent. COA is in no mood to address this grievance. It will be doing rechecking through different faculty.