NATA 2020 PREPARATION TIPS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
The Biggest Challenge for the students is to prepare for the entrance exam like NATA. NATA is one of the most popular architecture entrance exams in India. In order to crack the exam, students must have an effective preparation plan. Before starting the preparation, candidates are advised to go through the exam pattern and Syllabus of NATA prescribed by the authorities. Check NATA Syllabus
Here is a better opportunity for the aspirants to crack the exam because Collegedunia provides you ample points on how to prepare and qualify the exam with a short span of time. Read the article to know the preparation tips, sectional-preparation tips, and much more.
Due to the postponement of NATA 2020, candidates are advised to stay home and continue with the preparation of the entrance exam. If candidates are preparing for the exam ar home and taking online coaching classes are requested to read the below mentioned important points:
It is advised that candidates must attend all the live classes conducted by the experts.
Do not miss any of the live sessions by the experts.
Candidates can clear their doubts by accessing online videos.
Be attentive while attending online classes.
Prepare notes in advance and clear the doubt during the sessions.
Involve and engage yourself in question/answer sessions and raise queries if any.
|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|
|Part B (Online)||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)|
Nata 2020 is divided into two sections: Section A comprises Drawing Based-Test that a candidate has to take in the offline mode. In Section B, it includes Maths and General Aptitude Section. This section is conducted in online mode. The questions asked are of objective type, i.e. candidates are required to select one correct option. The best part of this entrance exam is that there is no negative marking. Therefore, candidates can attempt all the questions without a fear of marks deduction.
In this paper, candidates are required to attempt three drawing questions in a duration of 135 minutes.
Go for live sketching every alternate day to practice the frequently asked perspective questions from previous years’ sample papers. Practice all the perspective questions which you come across.
Practice human figures as they are an important part of most of the perspective questions.
Get acquainted with all the famous logos and their history. More you pratice, the better you’ll design logos! Play with different colour schemes like primary, complementary, monochrome, analogous, etc.
Learn the shadow, shade and material rendering techniques from online videos.
In this section, an aspirant must keep his/her General Knowledge updated.
A candidate must have a knowledge on various topics such as Important Architects of India and World, Logical Reasoning Ability Questions, Buildings in India and the World, Common Architectural Terminology, Building Materials and Terminology, What is 2D, What are 3 Dimensional objects and their plans and elevations, etc.
Try to solve the non-verbal reasoning section from “A Modern Approach to Verbal and non-verbal reasoning” by RS Agarwal. Solve it using a time limit like 15-30 seconds per question.
For PCM Subject, Candidates can go through CBSE, NCERT Books.
For Mathematics, revise basic math formulas like profit and loss, area, ratio and proportion, percentage, speed and distance, probability, work and remuneration, interest, pipe and cistern, etc.
For Physics, revise topics such as Current Electricity, Optics, Electronic Devices, etc.
For Chemistry, revise topics such as Algebra, Matrices, Permutations and Combinations, Statistics, and much more.
The Mathematics portion is comparatively easy and there will be high chances to score well in this section.
At first, the reviewer will see the correctness in proportions and scale. For example, the proportion of human w.r.t. A shop or a tree or any other object).
How much detail can a candidate add to a particular object/element which shows the observation skills.
Correctness in establishing eye level.
Whether all the lines in your drawing have the correct diverge and perspective to the vanishing point in the right direction.
Try to avoid logotypes.
Logo must be simple, catchy and minimal.
Quality of Colouring
Colour Combinations plays a major role. Always use less number of colours. If not mentioned/specified, don’t use more than 3 or 4 colours.
Innovation in composition from simple design or shapes.
Arrangement and Innovation of various objects.
Scale and proportions of objects with respect to eachother.
Arrangement and Innovation of various objects.
Texture/Finish of the material (If specified)
Correctness in shade and shadow of an object in accordance with angle, type, and direction of light source.
Begin your preparation with the perspective/memory drawing question. Take 5 minutes and decide your eye-level and view. So not begin sketching directly. Try to complete your drawing in 35 minutes. If you are unable to complete it, leave that question and move on to the next question.
For 2 Dimensional, Sketch roughly on a piece of paper first and then on your main drawing sheet. Try no to take more than 10 minutes. Colour it in the next 15 minutes and move ahead to the next question.
For 3 Dimensional, complete the pencil sketch in 10 minutes and the remining 15-20 minutes should be for shadow/texture, etc as per the requirement of the question.
Atlast in 15 minutes give a final touch up or anything which you have left out in any of the questions.Try to solve previous years’ sample papers by setting the time limits. You can adjust and set your time limits as per your convenience.
Aspirants must start their preparation by maintaining a time table. Go through the Syllabus , make a strategy and stay focused and study well.
Understand the Exam Pattern of NATA 2020, the distribution of marks, the pattern of questions, number of questions asked in the exam.
Practice more and more Mock Tests, Previous years’ sample papers/Question papers . As it is said to be an effective success mantra.
By solving mockt tests know your weaknesses, and work accordingly. Prepare according to your strengths and try to maximise it.
While studying any topic, prepare small notes. These small notes help at the time of revision as they save time. Candidates can go throug these small notes anytime and anywhere.
Try to learn good sketching techniques on topics like understanding scale and proportion, effects og light and shadow, sense of perspective drawing, memory drawing, composing 3-Dimensional elements, etc.
Practice sketching, landscapes and common day to day objects from your memory.
Do not take Stress. Taking unnecessary stress will only lead to lack of confidence suring the exam. Aspirants are advised to stay positive and calm, eat healthy.
Another important aspect is to prepare from the right study material. As studying from the right study material will enhance your knowledge and save your time.
There are many books available to preparae for the NATA entrance examination. Some of the best books are tabulated below:
|Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Book||R S Aggarwal|
|A Complete Self-Study Guide||P.K. Mishra|
|B.Arch Entrance Examination Guide||Surendra Kavimandan|
|Higher Algebra||Hall & Knight|
|NATA & B.Arch complete self-studymaterial: Entrance Examination||Ar. Shadan Usman|
|NATA Examination (Engineering Drawing)||N.D. Bhatt and Pancha|
|Introduction to Probability & its Application||Richard L Scheaffer|
|A Visual Dictionary of Architecture||Francis D.K Ching|
|Higher Algebra||Bernard & JM Childo|
|NATA Exam Full Package||LearnX|
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College