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NATA 2019 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - November 28, 2017

NATA 2019 or National Aptitude Test in Architecture 2019, organized by Council of Architecture or COA is a national-level examination for admission of candidates into the architecture program all over the country. NATA 2019 comprises 2 papers: Paper 1 and Paper 2. The exam will be held in offline mode i.e. it is pen & paper based.

As per NATA Exam Pattern 2019, the question paper will have a total of 60 questions in paper 1 from General Aptitude and Mathematics while Paper 2, i.e. Drawing test will have 2 questions for 40 marks each. The question paper for Paper 1 is MCQ-based while Paper-2 is a drawing test. Candidates can find all relevant information regarding Syllabus and Recommended Books for NATA 2019 in this article.

NATA Exam Pattern 2019 Highlights

Managing AuthorityCouncil of Architecture (CoA)
Exam CategoryNational Level
No. Of papers2; Mathematics and General Aptitude; Drawing Test.
Duration of exam3 hours
Total number of questions62
Maximum marks200
Marking Scheme

+2 in Mathematics and General Aptitude

No negative marking

NATA 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail

NATA 2019 consists of 2 papers, namely Paper-1 and Paper-2. Paper-1 deals with questions from General Aptitude and Mathematics while Paper-2 is a Drawing test.

Candidates can check below the highlights for NATA Exam Pattern 2019 which are tabulated below.

PaperSubjectsTotal QuestionsMarking schemeQuestion typeTotal Time Duration
Paper 1Mathematics3030 X 2Marks = 60MCQ90 minutes
Paper 1General Aptitude3030 X 2Marks = 60MCQ
Paper 2Drawing Test22 X 40Marks = 80Paper & Pencil Based90 minutes
-Total62200 marks-3 hours

Time duration of NATA Exam: 180 minutes

Total No. of Questions in NATA Exam: 62 Questions

Total Marks: 200 marks

Paper 1

60 questions are asked in Paper-1, 30 each from both the sections. The paper will consist of the Aesthetic Sensitivity Test and Mathematics test. Questions raised would be based on imagination, perception, creativity, observation, communication and architectural awareness of the candidates. It has to be completed in the first 90 minutes of the exam. For every correct answer candidates are awarded 2 marks and there is no negative marking or deduction of marks for un-attempted questions.

Paper 2

Candidates will have to attempt 2 questions in this paper. Each question will have sub sections. They have to draw or sketch a diagram in 3D as per their visualization, symmetry and sketching ability. Candidate’s NATA drawings test his/her imagination, observation skills reflected, sense of proportion and perspective, sense and use of colour and composition in the drawing. It has to be completed in the last 90 minutes of the exam and both the questions are of 40 marks each.

NATA 2019 Scores

NATA 2019 will be of a total of 200 marks. Paper 2, i.e. drawing would be checked by a panel of three examiners independently and an average of marks is taken. In case of MCQ, the candidate scores on the basis of the number of correct answers. There is no negative marking for incorrect answer in NATA but, in case of tie-breaking, wrong answer will be penalized.

Tie-breaking Procedure

  1. Highest overall marks in Mathematics.
  2. Less wrong answers in Mathematics.
  3. Highest overall marks in General aptitude.
  4. Less wrong answers in General aptitude.
  5. Date of birth of the candidate- the one who is older will get preference.

Requirements for NATA 2019

It is advisable that candidates must not fail to carry any of the below-mentioned material on the day of NATA exam

  • Official identification documents mentioned on the appointment voucher.
  • The appointment voucher - It is issued to the candidate at the time of registration. The appointment voucher confirms the candidate's test date, time of test and Test Center. The voucher will also show Candidate ID and Appointment Number with Exam Key.
  • Three or four sharpened soft-lead (2B & HB) pencils and a good eraser (Pencils and erasers will not be supplied at the Test Center). Mechanical pencils (Clutch pencils) are not permitted.
  • Set of colors (Water/ Poster colors, crayons, pastels) with appropriate instruments (Brushes, dish, etc.).
  • Geometry instrument box
  • Blue ink pen / Blue ink ball point pen

NATA 2019 Syllabus

Candidates need to clear both the examinations to get a good score to clear the examination. The NATA syllabus for both the papers is mentioned below

General Aptitude

  • Visualizing 3-D objects from 2-D drawing
  • Interpretation of pictorial compositions
  •  Analytical reasoning
  • Mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal)
  • General awareness of national/international architects and famous architectural creations
  •  Mathematical reasoning and sets & relations Objects
  • Textures related to architecture & built environment
  • Visualizing different sides of 3D objects


  • Algebra
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Binomial theorem (positive integral index)
  •  Logarithms
  • Matrices
  • Trigonometry
  • Theory of Calculus
  • Application of Calculus
  • Vectors
  • Sets, Relations and Mappings
  • Probability
  • Permutation and combination
  • Statistics
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry
  • 11th and 12th mathematics

Paper 2- Drawing

  • Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory
  • 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms
  • Understanding scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, aesthetics, color texture, harmony and contras
  • Conceptualization and visualization through structuring objects in memory.
  •  Drawing of patterns – both geometrical and abstract
  • Perspective drawing, sketching and landscape

Candidates must make sure that they go through every topic very well while preparing for NATA exam. They should also refer to books which helps them gain more insights for the topic. Some of the books recommended for NATA 2019 preparation are tabulated below.

Book NameAuthorISBN no.
A complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch Entrance Examination 2017P K Mishra978-9385980909
Nata 2017 Full PackagNata360-
NATA (B.Arch) Guide to Bachelor of Architecture Entrance ExaminationGKP-



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