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

    Neha Rani Neha Rani
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    Council of Architecture conducts NATA exam to shortlist students for admission in B.Arch and B.Planning programs. NATA 2020 will be conducted twice a year, the first session will be held in April and second session will be conducted in July 2020. The paper pattern has not seen any changes over the years.  

    NATA exam pattern remains the same for both the phases. The highlights are given below:

    • Sections: The paper consists of two parts. Part A comprises of Mathematics and General Aptitude sections while Part B constitutes Drawing section. Read NATA Syllabus 2020
    • Mode: Part A and Part B will be conducted in online and Offline mode respectively. 
    • Maximum Marks: The exam carries atotal of 200 marks(Part A-120 marks and Part B-80 marks).
    • Duration: The exam will be of 3 hours. 1 hour for Part A and 2 hours for Part B.
    • Language: All questions will be given in English language only. NATA 2020 Sample Papers
    • Marking Scheme: 2 marks will be allotted for each correct answer in Part A and 40 marks for each drawing question. 
    • Negative Marking: No negative marking in the exam.
    • Qualifying Marks: Secure minimum 25% marks in MCQ portion (30 out of 120 marks) and 25% marks in drawing portion (20 out of 80 marks).

    NATA Exam Pattern 2020

    Candidates who wish to pursue architecture as career will have to appear for this exam in order to get admission to B.Arch/B.Planning courses offered at various prestigious institutes. The question paper will contain three sections, i.e. Mathematics, Drawing and General Aptitude. The detailed exam pattern in each section of NATA 2020 is as follows:

    PartsSectionsNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMode of ExamTotal Time Duration

    Part I


    Mathematics2020 X 2 Marks= 40MCQ (Computer Based)First hour/60 minutes
    General Aptitude4040 X 2 Marks= 80MCQ (Computer Based)

    Part II (Offline)

    DrawingTest22 X 40 Marks= 80Paper & Pencil BasedLast two hours/120 minutes
    Total3 Sections82 Questions200 marksBoth online and offline Mode180 minutes (3 hours)

    Part I: NATA 2020 Mathematics and General Aptitude Test

    This Part of exam will be a computer based exam consisting of multiple choice questions. A total of 60 minutes  will be provided 60 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 the exam and the questions asked would be based on the imagination, perception, creativity, observation, communication and architectural awareness of the candidates.

    Phase 2: NATA 2020 Drawing Test

    The drawing test has to be attempted in last 120 minutes where candidates will be required to attempt a total number of 2 questions. There will be two sub-questions in each question which will be required to be attempted by using a paper and pencil only.

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    NATA 2020 Marking Scheme

    The question paper carries 200 marks against 62 questions. For each correct answer, candidates will be scoring 2 marks in Mathematics & General Aptitude test. The drawing paper would be checked by a panel of three examiners independently and an average of marks is taken. Each drawing question weighs 40 marks. There is no negative marking for incorrect answer in NATA 2020, however, in case of tie-breaking, wrong answer will be penalized.

    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 following order:

    1. Candidate who secures more marks in Mathematics component will get the preference.
    2. One who attempts less number of wrong answers in Mathematics 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 tie still remains-
    5. Applicant elder in age will get the preference.

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    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.

    Drawing TestGeneral AptitudeMathematics
    Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms. Understanding scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, aesthetics, color texture, harmony and contrast. Drawing of patterns – both geometrical and abstract. Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory. Perspective drawing, sketching and landscape. Conceptualization and visualization through structuring objects in memory.Analytical reasoning, mental ability, Visualizing different sides of 3D objects, general awareness of national/international architects and famous architectural creations. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, visualizing three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawing. Mathematical reasoning and sets & relations.Algebra Logarithms Matrices Trigonometry Theory of Calculus Application of Calculus Probability Permutation and combination Statistics Coordinate Geometry 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry etc.

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    NATA 2020 Exam Day Instructions

    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 at 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 clip board 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 cancelled 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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    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 exam 2020.

    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 question one has to attempt in Drawing test.

    Ques. Is there any fixed syllabus for NATA?

    Ans. No, there is no official syllabus release 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 free hand. 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.

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    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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