NATA 2020 Syllabus (Revised): PCM, General Aptitude and Drawing Test

    NATA Syllabus 2020 is defined by CoA (Council of Architecture). As per the latest notice, Part A Drawing Test and Part B General Aptitude and PCM both will be conducted in Online mode. It is imperative for aspirants to go through the entire syllabus, which will help them create a preparation schedule in precise manner. It consists of all the topics of Mathematics, General Aptitude, Physics, Chemistry, and Drawing from where the questions will be prepared. National Aptitude Architecture Test 2020 (Phase 1) will be conducted on August 29, it has been postponed due to ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. 

    • The Authorities have revised NATA Syllabus for Drawing Test (Part A) and mode of test. CoA has decided to conduct Part A in online mode as well. 
    • NATA Exam Pattern has been revised, it consists of total 53 questions, to be attempted in 3 hour duration. Intermediate time of 15 minutes will be provided between both the papers. 
    • Candidates have to attempt Drawing section in first 135 minutes and PCM-General Aptitude in the last 45 minutes. 
    • Instead of only Mathematics in Part B, Physics and Chemistry questions will also be asked. Thus syllabus for Part A has been updated. 

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    NATA 2020 Syllabus Highlights

    SectionImportant Topics
    Part A: Drawing TestScale & Proportion, Geometric Composition, Colour Harmony, 3D,2D Transformation, Perspective Drawing, Day to Day object drawing.
    Part B: MathematicsAlgebra, Logarithms, Matrices, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, Theory & Application of Calculas, Permutation and Combination, 3D Geometry, Statistics & Probability
    Part B: PhysicsElectrostatics, Current Electricity, Electromagnatic Induction, Optics, Atoms and Nuclie, Electronic Devises
    Part B: ChemistryBasic Concepts, Thermodynamics, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Bonding
    Part B: General Aptitude

    Mathematical Reasoning 

    Sets & Relations

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    Detailed Section Wise Syllabus

    NATA 2020 Detailed Section Wise Syllabus

    Part A is a drawing test of 2 hours 15 minutes. It will test the sketching and visualization ability of a candidate. As it is a drawing exam, hence there is no well-defined syllabus for it. Candidates can practice for the test from NATA 2020 Sample Papers to improve their skills and score well in the test.

    Part B of NATA is General Aptitude and PCM Test. Through this section candidate’s aptitude and mental ability is tested. PCM section questions will be asked from class 10 and 12. One must make sure to brush up all the basic formulas and concepts of Mathematics. 

    Drawing Test Syllabus (Revised)

    NATA Syllabus 2020 for Drawing Test (Revised)

    CoA has revised Drawing Test Syllabus due the prevailing situation of COVID-19. The revised syllabus has been announced by the authorities on the official website. The drawing test aims at judging the sketching, creativity and innovation of the candidate. Candidates are advised to practice questions keeping in mind the following criteria:

    • Understanding the important visual principles in a composition (2D & 3D) such as rhythm, balance, directions, hierarchy, etc.
    • Understanding Geometry and the ability to visualize the shape and solve geometrical puzzles to test special intelligence.
    • Understanding the color theory and the various terminologies to test color scheme awareness and knowledge.
    • Visual system interpretation, and perception to test graphical similarities and other properties; Ability to understand the spatial relationship between objects and to visualize images and scenarios; Tests for cognitive ability perception, attention, recognition, memory, etc.

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    NATA Preparation Books for Drawing

    nata drawing books
    BooksAuthor/ Publisher
    Engineering DrawingN.D.Bhatt
    A Complete Self Study Guide for B. Arch Entrance ExaminationsArihant Publications

    General Aptitude Syllabus

    NATA 2020 Syllabus for General Aptitude

    General Aptitude test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness. Given below is the criteria on which the candidates will be tested:

    Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), General awareness of national/ international architects and famous architectural creations.

    Mathematical Reasoning

    Statements, logical operations like and, or, if and only if, implies, implied by. Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction and contrapositive.

    Sets and Relations

    Idea of sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets, Venn diagram, De Morgan's Laws, Relation and its properties. Equivalence relation — definition and elementary examples.

    NATA Preparation Books for General Aptitude

    NATA General Aptitude Books
    BooksAuthor/ Publication
    Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning BookR.S. Agarwal
    Quantitative AptitudeR.S. Agarwal

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    PCM Syllabus

    NATA 2020 Syllabus for Mathematics

    It will test a candidate’s level of understanding in Mathematics Subject. Given below is a detailed information of NATA Mathematics Syllabus:


    Definitions of A. P. and G.P.; General term; Summation of first n-terms of series ∑n, ∑n²,∑n3 ; Arithmetic/Geometric series, A.M., G.M. and their relation; Infinite G.P. series and its sum.


    Definition; General properties; Change of base.


    Concepts of m x n (m ≤ 3, n ≤ 3) real matrices, operations of addition, scalar multiplication and multiplication of matrices. Transpose of a matrix. Determinant of a square matrix. Properties of determinants (statement only). Minor, cofactor and adjoint of a matrix. Nonsingular matrix. Inverse of a matrix. Finding area of a triangle. Solutions of system of linear equations. (Not more than 3 variables).


    Trigonometric functions, addition and subtraction formulae, formulae involving multiple and submultiple angles, general solution of trigonometric equations. Properties of triangles, inverse trigonometric functions and their properties.

    Coordinate geometry 

    Distance formula, section formula, area of a triangle, condition of collinearity of three points in a plane. Polar coordinates, transformation from Cartesian to polar coordinates and vice versa. Parallel transformation of axes, concept of locus, elementary locus problems. Slope of a line. Equation of lines in different forms, angle between two lines. Condition of perpendicularity and parallelism of two lines. Distance of a point from a line. Distance between two parallel lines.

    Lines through the point of intersection of two lines. Equation of a circle with a given center and radius. Condition that a general equation of second degree in x, y may represent a circle. Equation of a circle in terms of endpoints of a diameter. Equation of tangent, normal and chord. Parametric equation of a circle. Intersection of a line with a circle. Equation of common chord of two intersecting circles.

    3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry

    Direction cosines and direction ratios, distance between two points and section formula, equation of a straight line, equation of a plane, distance of a point from a plane.

    Theory of Calculus 

    Functions, composition of two functions and inverse of a function, limit, continuity, derivative, chain rule, derivative of implicit functions and functions defined parametrically. Integration as a reverse process of differentiation, indefinite integral of standard functions. Integration by parts. Integration by substitution and partial fraction. Definite integral as a limit of a sum with equal subdivisions. Fundamental theorem of integral calculus and its applications. Properties of definite integrals. Formation of ordinary differential equations, solution of homogeneous differential equations, separation of variables method, linear first order differential equations.

    Application of Calculus 

    Tangents and normals, conditions of tangency. Determination of monotonicity, maxima and minima. Differential coefficient as a measure of rate. Motion in a straight line with constant acceleration. Geometric interpretation of definite integral as area, calculation of area bounded by elementary curves and Straight lines. Area of the region included between two elementary curves.

    Permutation and combination 

    Permutation of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Permutation of n things not all different. Permutation with repetitions (circular permutation excluded). Combinations of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Combination of n things not all different. Basic properties. Problems involving both permutations and combinations.

    Statistics and Probability 

    Measure of dispersion, mean, variance and standard deviation, frequency distribution. Addition and multiplication rules of probability, conditional probability and Bayes’ Theorem, independence of events, repeated independent trails and Binomial distribution.

    NATA Preparation Books for Mathematics

    nata maths books
    BookAuthor/ Publisher
    Elementary MathematicsDoroFeev, Potapov
    Higher AlgebraHall & Knight
    Mathematics XI & XII R. S. Agarwal

    NATA 2020 Syllabus for Physics

    • Questions on Electrostatics: Electric Charges and Fields, electrostatic potential and clearance.
    • Current electricity, magnetic effects of current and magnetism, moving charges and magnetism, magnetism and matter.
    • Electromagnetic induction and alternmating currents, electromagnetic induction and alternating current
    • Optics, ray optics and optical instruments and wave optics
    • dual nature of radiation and matter
    • atoms and nuclie-atoms and nuclie
    • Electronic devises-semiconductor electronics, materials, devises and simple circuits 

    NATA 2020 Syllabus for Chemistry

    Questions will be mostly asked from basic concepts of Chemistry, structure of atoms, classification of elements and periodicity in properties. Another important chapter that is covered is chemical bonding and molecular, states of matter: gases and liquids.

    Chemical thermodynamics, equilibrium, redox reaction, hydrogen, s-block elements, p block elements too are covered. Importantly organic chemistry questions will be asked comsisting of basic principles and techniques, hydrocarbons, enviromental chemistry.)

    NATA 2020 Exam Pattern

    NATA 2020 Exam Pattern

    Council of Architecture (CoA) has revised the exam pattern for NATA 2020 from this session onward. It consists various details like Mode of the exam, Duration, Marking scheme, number of questions, etc. NATA Aspirants are advised to check NATA Exam Pattern along with the syllabus.

    • NATA 2020 comprises two papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2
    • Questions for Paper 1 are set from- General Aptitude, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry whereas, Paper 2 includes questions from drawing only.
    • As per the marking scheme, 1.5 marks will be allotted for each correct answer. There is no negative marking for unattempted/incorrect answers.
    • Candidates need to attempt all the questions of Part 1 and Part 2 in a duration of 3 hours 15 minutes.

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    NATA 2020 Schedule of Examination

    Exam TimingExam DurationSection/PartNumber of Questions & MarksTotal
    10 am to 12:15 pm135 MinutesPart A (Online) Drawing Test3 Questions of 35 marks, 35 marks and 55 marks125 Marks
    Intermission Period of 15 Minutes (12:15 pm to 12:30 pm)
    12:30 pm to 1:15 pm45 MinutesPart B (Online): PCM15 Questions x 1.5 marks75 marks
    Part B: General Aptitude-Logical Reasoning35 Questions x 1.5 marks

    NATA Preparation Tips 2020

    NATA Preparation Tips 2020

    • Read the instructions given carefully. There might be some changes in the pattern.
    • Never stick on one question. It may lessen your time for the next question. Jump quickly to next questions.
    • Attempt the questions which you find easy to crack initially.
    • Answer all the questions because there is no negative marking.
    • Understand the NATA Exam pattern properly. It saves you from panic when you see your question paper.
    • Do take mock tests twice in a week to check how much have you improved?
    • Know your strengths and weaknesses.
    • After going through your syllabus once, increase the number of mock tests you take. 
    • Also, nowadays there are test series available online too. Join and strengthen your NATA preparation to crack the exam.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    NATA 2020 Syllabus FAQs

    Ques. Is there any fixed syllabus for NATA 2020?

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

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

    Ans. In order to prepare for NATA, Candidates can refer to the following books given below:

    • NATA & B.Arch Complete Self Study Material: Entrance Examination by Ar. Shadan Usmani
    • A complete Self Study for B.Arch Entrance Examination 2017 by PK Mishra.
    • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by S.Chand
    • NATA (B.Arch) Guide Bachelor of  Architecture Ent. Exams by GKP

    Ques.What is the marking scheme of NATA 2020?

    Ans. The question paper consists of 200 marks against 53 questions. Caniddates will be awarded 1.5 marks for each correct answer in PCM and General Aptitude  test. The drawing paper will be rectified by the panel of more than one examiners independently and an average of marks is taken. 2 drawing questions carries 35 marks and 1 drawing question carries 55 marks. There is No negative marking for incorrect answer . However. incase of tie-breaking, wrong answer will be penalized.

    Ques.Is NATA necessary for Architecture?

    Ans. NATA is a compulsory exam for the candidates seeking admission into any Architecture college in India (except NITs and IITs).

    *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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