NATA 2020 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
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.
|Mode||Offline and Online mode|
|Duration||3 hours 15 minutes|
|Number of sections||2 (Drawing section and Aptitude section)|
|Marking Scheme||1.5 marks will be allotted for each correct answer|
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Similar to JEE Main, NATA will be conducted twice every year by the conducting body. CoA has postponed exam date for first session which was scheduled on April 19 and second session will be conducted on May 31, 2020.
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.
|Parts||Sections||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks||Mode of Exam||Total Time Duration|
|Part A (Offline)||Drawing Test||3||2 x 35 and 1 x 55 = 125 Marks||Paper & Pencil Based||First 135 Minutes|
|Intermission Period of 15 Minutes|
|PCM||15||15 X 1.5 = 22.5||MCQ (Computer Based)||Last 45 Minutes|
|General Aptitude||35||35 X 1.5 = 52.5||MCQ (Computer Based)|
|Total||3 Sections||53 Questions||200 marks||Both online and offline mode||180 minutes (3 hours)|
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The drawing test has to be attempted in 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.
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.
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.
|Subject||Marks Distribution||Total Marks|
2 Questions x 35 Marks
1 Question x 55 Marks
|PCM||15 Questions x 1.5 Marks||22.5|
|General Aptitude||35 Questions x 1.5 Marks||52.5|
|Total||53 Questions||200 Marks|
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:
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.
|Important Topics for Drawing|
|Scale and Proportions of Objects||Geometric Composition||Shape|
|Building Forms and Elements||Aesthetics||Colour Harmony|
|Pattern Drawing||3D and 2D Transformation||Creating Shapes and Forms|
|Surfaces and Volumes||Generating Plan||Perspective Drawing|
|Urban Landscape||Day to Day Object Drawing||Conceptualization and Visualisation|
|Important Topics in Mathematics|
|Trigonometry||Coordinate Geometry||Dimensional Co-ordinate Geometry|
|Theory of Calculus||Application of Calculus||Permutation and Combination|
|Important Topics in Physics|
|Electrostatics||Current Electricity||Atoms and Nuclei|
|Electromagnetic Induction||Alternating Currents||Electronic Devices|
|Optics||Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter||Magnetism and Matter|
|Important Topics in Chemistry|
|Basic Concepts of Chemistry||Atom Structure||Chemical Bonding|
|State of Matter||Chemical Thermodynamics||Equilibrium|
|Organic Chemistry||Environmental Chemistry||-|
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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|Sessions||Date and Time||Time Allocation||Total Marks|
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
Date:May 31, 2020
Time: 100:00 am to 1:15 pm
Part A (Drawing): 10:am to 12:15 pm
Part B (Aptitude): 12:30 to 1:15 pm
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:-
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