NATA 2020 Exam Pattern (Revised), Marking Scheme and Section-wise Syllabus

    Himanshi Sharma Himanshi Sharma
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     NATA Exam Pattern 2020 has been revised from this session onwards. The paper consists of two sections, Part A constitutes Drawing test whereas Part B comprises of PCM and General Aptitude. NATA 2020 will be conducted to shortlist students for admission in B.Arch and B.Planning programs. Council of Architecture has released Exam Pattern in the official brochure. 

    • As per the revised exam pattern, total number of questions are reduced from 62 to 53. Questions are increased in drawing section and decreased in Aptitude section.
    • According to NATA Syllabus, Aspirants must know drawing patterns along with mathematical aptitude before preparing for the entrance examination.
    • Similar to JEE Main, NATA will be conducted twice every year by the conducting body. CoA has postponed the exam date for both the sessions. The NATA 2020 Phase 1 exam has been scheduled to be held on August 29, 2020.
    • In order to prepare well for the entrance examination, candidates are advised to have exam analysis of previous years question papers. 

    NATA Exam Pattern 2020 Highlights

    Mode Online mode only
    Maximum Marks200
    Duration3 hours 15 minutes
    Number of sections2 (Drawing section and Aptitude section)
    Marking Scheme1.5 marks will be allotted for each correct answer
    Negative MarkingNo

    ​NATA 2020 Detailed Exam Pattern

    • Mode: Part A and Part B will be conducted in online mode only NATA Syllabusremains the same for both the sessions. Sequence of Part A and Part B is reversed.
    • Maximum Marks: The exam carries atotal of 200 marks (Part A- 125 marks and Part B-75 marks). There is no change in total marks.
    • Duration: The exam will be of 3 hours 15 minutes. First 135 minutes for Part A and Last 45 minutes for Part B. An intermission period of 15 minutes is provided between each paper.
    • Language: All questions will be asked in English language only. 
    • Total Number of Questions: They are reduced from 62 to 53, Questions are increased in drawing section and decreased in Aptitude section.
    • Marking Scheme is revised: 1.5 marks will be allotted for each correct answer in Part B and 35 marks for 2  and 55 marks for 1 drawing question.
    • Negative Marking: There is No negative marking in the entrance examination.
    • Qualifying Marks: Secure minimum 25% marks in drawing portion (32 out of 125 marks) and 25% marks in MCQ portion (18 out of 75 marks).

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    NATA 2020 Updated Exam Pattern at a Glance

    Candidates who wish to pursue B.Arch/B. Planning courses offered at various prestigious institutes have to appear for NATA 2020. Several State Architecture exams have been scrapped with only acceptable score being of the National Aptitude Test. The question paper will contain three sets, i.e. Drawing, PCM and General Aptitude. 

    PartsSectionsNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMode of ExamTotal Time Duration
    Part A (Online)Drawing Test2 x 35 and 1 x 55 = 125 MarksPaper & Pencil BasedFirst 135 Minutes
    Intermission Period of 15 Minutes

    Part B


    PCM1515 X 1.5 = 22.5MCQ (Computer Based)Last 45 Minutes
    General Aptitude3535 X 1.5 = 52.5MCQ (Computer Based)
    Total3 Sections53 Questions200 marksBoth online and offline mode180 minutes (3 hours)

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    NATA 2020 Drawing Exam Pattern

    The drawing test has to be attempted in the first 135 minutes where candidates will be required to attempt a total number of 3 questions. There will be two sub-questions in each question that will be required to be attempted by using  paper and pencil only. A major emphasis is given to drawing skills of the candidate, their imagination and observation. Candidate’s idea of proportionality, colour scheme with a larger perspective are evaluated.

    • To sketch a provided object proportionally and furnishing the same in a visually appealing manner.
    • Candidates will be judged on their drawing perspective.
    • Conceive and draw effects of light on an object and shadows surrounding it.
    • Merging the given 3D objects to form a structure.
    • Generating creative 2D structure from given shapes and forms.
    • Having a sound understanding od shapes and proportions.
    • Understanding of colors, their harmony of a provided composition.
    • Bringing on paper day to day experiences by relying on your memory through pencil sketches. 
    How is Drawing Test Scored? The answers in this section are evaluated by more than one examiner independently and average marks are allotted to the candidate.  

    NATA 2020 PCM and General Aptitude Exam Pattern

    This Section of exam will be a computer-based exam consisting of objective type questions (MCQs). A total of 45 minutes will be provided for 50 MCQ. Candidates will be given only 45 seconds for answering each question. The level of difficulty may increase with the number of correct attempts made by candidates. No negative marking will be there in  exam and the questions asked would be based on the imagination, perception, creativity, observation, communication and architectural awareness of the candidates.

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    NATA 2020 Marking Scheme

    The question paper carries 200 marks against 53 questions. For each correct answer, candidates will be scoring 1.5 marks in PCM & General Aptitude test. The drawing paper would be checked by a panel of more than one examiners independently and an average of marks is taken. 2 drawing questions weighs 35 marks and 1 drawing question carried 55 marks. There is no negative marking for incorrect answer in NATA 2020, however, in case of tie-breaking, wrong answer will be penalized.

    SubjectMarks DistributionTotal Marks
    Part A

    2 Questions x 35 Marks

    1 Question x 55 Marks



    Part B
    PCM15 Questions x 1.5 Marks22.5
    General Aptitude35 Questions x 1.5 Marks52.5
    Total53 Questions200 Marks

    NATA 2020 Tie-breaking Procedure

    The below rules will be applicable for candidates securing same overall marks in NATA 2020, In case of tie-breaking preference will be given in the following order:

    1. Candidate who secures more marks in PCM component will get the preference.
    2. One who attempts less number of wrong answers in PCM test component will get the preference.
    3. Candidate who secures more marks in General Aptitude component will get the preference. 
    4. Candidate who attempts less wrong answers in aptitude test component will get the preference. If the tie still remains-
    5. Applicant elder in age will get the preference.

    NATA 2020 Syllabus

    NATA 2020 Syllabus

    While preparing for NATA, candidates are required to know about drawing patterns, both geometrical and abstract. Along with this, candidates must possess analytical reasoning and mathematical aptitude. NATA 2020 Syllabus has been divided into two parts i.e. drawing test and aesthetic sensitivity test.

    Part A: Drawing Test Syllabus

    Important Topics for Drawing
    Scale and Proportions of Objects Geometric CompositionShape
    Building Forms and ElementsAestheticsColour Harmony
    Pattern Drawing3D and 2D TransformationCreating Shapes and Forms
    Surfaces and VolumesGenerating PlanPerspective Drawing
    Urban LandscapeDay to Day Object DrawingConceptualization and Visualisation 

    Part B: Mathematics Syllabus

    Important Topics in Mathematics
    TrigonometryCoordinate GeometryDimensional Co-ordinate Geometry
    Theory of CalculusApplication of CalculusPermutation and Combination
    Statistics Probability-

    Part B: Physics Syllabus

    Important Topics in Physics
    ElectrostaticsCurrent ElectricityAtoms and Nuclei
    Electromagnetic InductionAlternating CurrentsElectronic Devices
    OpticsDual Nature of Radiation and MatterMagnetism and Matter

    Part B: Chemistry Syllabus

    Important Topics in Chemistry
    Basic Concepts of ChemistryAtom StructureChemical Bonding
    State of MatterChemical ThermodynamicsEquilibrium
    Organic ChemistryEnvironmental Chemistry-

    Part B: General Aptitude Syllabus 

    Mathematical Reasoning in Top Colleges Accepting NATA 2020: Statement problems along with logical operations based questions are asked. Understanding of Tautology and converse with contradiction and contrapositive. 

    Sets and Relations: Candidates are tested on their idea of sets, subsets, power sets, complement, union, intersection, and difference of sets. 

    Venn diagram questions, De Morgans’s Laws, Relation and its properties demand good practice on analytical ability. Equivalence relation- definition and elementary examples. 

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    Schedule for NATA 2020

    NATA 2020 Schedule Highlight

    SessionsDate and TimeTime AllocationTotal Marks
    First Session

    Date: To be announced

    Time: 10:00 am to 1:15 pm

    Part A (Drawing): 10:am to 12:15 pm

    Part B (Aptitude): 12:30 to 1:15 pm

    Second Session

    Date:May 31, 2020

    Time: 10:00 am to 1:15 pm

    Part A (Drawing): 10:am to 12:15 pm

    Part B (Aptitude): 12:30 to 1:15 pm


    NATA Exam Day Instructions

    NATA 2020 Exam Day Instructions and Schedule

    The examination hall will open only 30 minutes before the commencement of the test. Each candidate will be allocated a seat indicating their roll No. They are advised to take their seats after the opening of Examination Hall. If candidates do not report on time, they will miss some of the general instructions to be announced in the examination hall. No candidate will be allowed in examination hall after 15 minutes of commencement of test.

    • Carry your original admit card with you.
    • Also bring one passport size photograph, same as the one uploaded and a valid photo id proof with you.  
    • Candidates are advised to bring with them a black ball pen, pencil, eraser, color pencils, and cardboard or a clipboard on which nothing should be written.
    • Candidates are not allowed to carry anything except admit card, Ball pen or pencils, photo, etc.
    • No electronics items are allowed inside.
    • No candidate, without the special permission of the Centre-in-Charge or the supervisor concerned, will leave his/her seat or examination hall until the duration of exam is over.
    • Candidates have to hand over their answer sheet of drawing paper to the supervisor before leaving the hall.
    • Candidates are suggested to maintain silence during the examination.
    • If a candidate is found adopting unfair means, his/her candidature shall be canceled and he/she will be liable to be debarred from taking examination either permanently or for a period according to the nature of offence.

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    Section-wise Preparation Tips for NATA 2020

    NATA 2020 is basically divided into two parts. Part A is a Drawing-based test that has to be done on an A4- size sheet. Whereas, Part B comprises Maths aptitude and analytical reasoning with objective type questions (MCQs) that have to be answered in online mode only. As there is no negative marking in NATA 2020, candidates can attempt all the questions without any fear of marks deduction.

    NATA 2020 Part A: Drawing

    In this section, the number of questions has been increased from the previous year as mentioned in the revised Exam pattern of NATA 2020. Now, candidates have to attempt three drawing questions to be attempted in a duration of 2 hours 15 minutes. Therefore, Candidates will be judged on the following basis:

    • Drawing from day to day experiences

    • Understanding of scale and balance

    • Creating visual harmony using colours in a given proportion

    • Creating an interesting 2-D composition using given shapes and forms.

    • Combining and composing given 3-D elements to form a building and structural form

    • Sense of perspective drawing 

    NATA 2020 Part B: Maths and General Aptitude

    Maths: Aspirants are advised to practice maths through CBSE books. Maths is considered to be a scoring subject until and unless you've studied your CBSE maths book properly. The practice is key to score well in Mathematics.

    Aptitude: It is necessary for the candidates to keep their general knowledge updated. In order to score well in this section, you must know about topics such as Buildings in India and World, Speed, Distance and Time, Logical and Reasoning ability questions, Common Architectural Terminology, 2D and 3D objects and their plans and elevations, etc.

    NATA 2020 Paper Analysis

    NATA 2020: Previous years Exam Analysis

    It is a National level entrance examination for admission to different Government, Government Aided & unaided schools/colleges of architecture. Candidates can check the exam analysis for the year 2018 and 2019 of NATA given below:

    2019 Exam Analysis

    NATA 2019 was successfully conducted on April 14, 2019, by the official body. Most candidates found the paper to be lengthy as many students struggled to complete the Maths section. The General Aptitude section was found to be slightly easier in comparison to maths whereas, Drawing was found to be moderate. The level of difficulty for the exam was moderate to tough. Read the section-wise analysis given below:

    Mathematics Section: This section consisted of questions from Trigonometry, Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Matrices, Statistics, Probability, equation of circle and calculus. According to the students, the questions were easy and calculable. On average, the candidates attempted 15 questions out of 20 questions asked in this section. 

    General Aptitude Section: This section was based on Syllogism, Puzzle-solving, critical reasoning, visualizations, statement assumptions and conclusions, inferential reasoning, etc. Students found the General aptitude section to be tricky and time-consuming. The candidates with good analytical skills could have solved a maximum of 32 to 34 questions out of 40.

    Drawing Section: There were two questions of 40 marks each in this section. The questions were asked mainly to check their freehand drawing capability, understanding of proportionality and visualization ability. Candidates having knowledge regarding two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures were expected to score at least 50 marks out of 80.

    2018 Exam Analysis 

    National Aptitude Test in Architecture 2018 was conducted on April 29,2018, by the Council of Architecture. The exam is conducted for candidates seeking admission into top Architecture colleges in India offering 5-year B.Arch degree courses. Candidates can check section-wise analysis of NATA 2018 below:

    Mathematics Section: The questions were asked from various topics like Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Probability, Calculus, Equation of a circle, algebra, etc. Questions were predictable and doable. Also, there was no surprise element in this section.

    General Aptitude Section: In order to check candidate’s logical ability, decision- making capability, analytical thinking, Questions were asked on various topics such as- Logical operations, Venn diagrams, Set Theory, Sets, Union, 3-dimensional figures, Understanding of isometric figures, etc. For cracking the correct answer, it required good analytical skills.

    Drawing Section: In this section, there were 2 questions of 40 marks each. To score 50+ marks, it is required to have a good preparation and understanding of proportionality, comfortable with freehand drawing and good with visualization of 2 dimensional and 3-dimensional figures.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    NATA Exam Pattern FAQs

    Ques. How many questions I have to attempt in Drawing test?

    Ans. There will be two questions of 40 marks each. Candidates have to attempt this section in offline mode.

    Ques. Can you tell me some reference books for preparation of NATA test?

    Ans. For preparation of NATA, Candidates can take help of following section:-

    • NATA (B.Arch) Guide Bachelor of Architecture Ent. Exams by GKP        
    • A complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch Entrance Examination 2017 by PK Mishra 
    • NATA & B. ARCH Complete Self Study Material: Entrance Examination by Ar. Shadan Usmani

    Ques. Will my marks be deducted for a wrong attempt?

    Ans. No, there is no negative marking applicable in NATA 2020. However, in case of a tie break, wrong answer will be penalized.

    Ques. Can you tell me about types of questions asked in Drawing test?

    Ans. Perspective drawing – One point, two points and Three Points, Memory drawing, Correct Proportions, and Pencil Rendering are the types of questions one has to attempt in Drawing test.

    Ques. Is there any fixed syllabus for NATA?

    Ans. No, there is no official syllabus released by the authorities. However, candidates are advised to take help of previous year question papers to get an idea about the type of questions asked in the exam.

    Ques. Do all the questions in Drawing hold equal weightage?

    Ans. No, the first questions hold the maximum weightage i.e. 50 marks, second and third question are of 25 marks each

    Ques. I have heard that if there is a tie between 2 candidates then negative marking will be applicable. Is that true?

    Ans. Yes, if the scores of both the candidates in MCQ section will be equal then their wrong attempts will be taken into account to break the tie.

    Ques. In Drawing test, can I use measuring instruments such as scale, compass etc?

    Ans. No, the candidates have to attempt the questions in freehand. You are not allowed to use scale or any other measuring instrument.

    Ques. I belong to PwD category, will I be given some extra time to complete the paper?

    Ans. No, there will be no extra time for PwD candidates. All the candidates have to complete the exam in 180 minutes.

    Ques. Can I appear for NATA 2020 in my native language?

    Ans. No, the language of question paper will be English only.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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    What is the mark to be scored in each part and overall to pass the examination?

    30 Mar, 2020 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Sunil, this depends on the college/university in which you want to apply for admission as cut off marks vary as per the college and institutes one has applied for.

    30 Mar, 2020 01:18
    jaya kowtil

    after finishing btech in civil engineering what is the way to become an architect? like IIA EXAM ?

    15 Nov, 2019 14:22
    Shamita Kumar

    Do i want to use the mentioned medium of color in question paper Or can we use any medium of color?

    16 Jun, 2018 14:50
    Garima Bansal

    Hi Shamita, you have to use the mentioned medium of color in question paper .

    07 Aug, 2018 15:54
    Ramitha chandhini

    Higher studies in b. Arch??

    18 Feb, 2018 00:20
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Ramitha, You can pursue Masters in Architecture (M.arch)

    22 May, 2018 17:49

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