NATA Preparation Plan (30 Days): Check Revision Plan, Tips & Tricks

    Himanshi Sharma Himanshi Sharma
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    Do you want to know how to crack NATA 2020 in 30 days? If yes, then you have come to the appropriate place. NATA 2020 entrance examination is round a corner, and aspirants must have already started the revision. Since not enough time left for NATA Phase 1 and 2 exams, it is important for the aspirants to cover the entire syllabus in a short span of time.

    Latest:  NATA 2020 is scheduled to be held on August 29, 2020, for Phase 1.

    Aspirants with a basic interest in architecture can prepare for the entrance examination with ease. Collegedunia presents some of the important ways to prepare for NATA 2020 in 1 month. Following these points will help the students to make an effective preparation strategy to score high rank in both the phase. Read the article to know tips and strategies to prepare for NATA 2020.

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    Division of Syllabus for NATA 2020 

    Candidates must divide the syllabus before starting the preparation for the entrance examination like NATA. For this purpose, it is necessary to go through the NATA 2020 Syllabus. Aspirants can check the total number of chapters asked in all the sections:

    SubjectsTotal No. of Topics for Revision (Approx.)
    General Aptitude08

    Section-wise weightage for NATA 2020

    PartsSectionsNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time Duration
    Part A (Offline)Drawing Test2 x 35 and 1 x 55 = 125 MarksFirst 135 Minutes
    Intermission Period of 15 Minutes
    Part B (Online)PCM1515 X 1.5 = 22.5Last 45 Minutes
    General Aptitude3535 X 1.5 = 52.5
    Total3 Sections53 Questions200 marks180 minutes (3 hours)

    Check  NATA 2020 Exam Pattern

    NATA One Month Study Plan

    Read the below-mentioned points to have an idea about the one-month study plan for NATA 2020:

    • NATA 2020 will be conducted on August 1, 2020 (Phase 1) and August 29, 2020 (Phase 2).
    • Aspirants are advised to study 8 hours per day to crack the entrance examination. 
    • The Division of Hours should be like 2+2+2+2=8 Hours
    • For First Phase (2 Hours)- Practice at least two drawing topics/questions
    • For Second Phase (2 Hours)- Revise one topic from General Aptitude
    • For First Phase (2 Hours)- Revise one topic from Mathematics
    • For First Phase (2 Hours)- Revise one topic from Chemistry or Physics.

    NATA Revision Time Table for 30 days

    NATA Revision Time Table for 30 days

    Candidates can go through the revision Timetable that has been divided on a weekly basis:

    Week 1: Start with the most important topics

    DayDrawingGeneral AptitudePhysicsChemistryMathematics
    Day 1Understanding the scale and proportion of objectsObjects, Textures related to Architecture and EnvironmentElectrostaticsBasic Concepts of ChemistryAlgebra
    Day 2Geometric CompositionInterpretation of pictorial compositionsCurrent ElectricityChemical Bonding and MolecularLogarithms
    Day 3Shape, Building, forms, and ElementsVisualizing three-dimensional objects from a two-dimensional drawingMagnetism and MatterChemical ThermodynamicsMatrices
    Day 4Aesthetics, Color texture, harmony, and contrastVisualizing three different sides of three-dimensional objects Dual Nature of Radiation and MatterOrganic ChemistryTrigonometry
    Day 5Conceptualization and Visualization through structuring objects in memoryAnalytical ReasoningAtoms and NucleiInorganic ChemistryCoordinate Geometry
    Day 6Drawing of patterns- both geometrical and abstractMental Ability (visual, numerical and verbal)Electronic devicesStates of MatterCoordinate Geometry
    Day 7Form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, surfaces, rotation, and volumesGeneral Awareness of national/international architects and famous architectural creationsSimple CircuitsRedox Reaction3-Dimensional Coordinate Geometry

    Week 2: Read News Chapters and previously studied topics

    DayDrawingGeneral AptitudePhysicsChemistryMathematics
    Day 8Generating plan, elevation and 3D views of objectsMathematical ReasoningDevicesStructure of AtomTheory of Calculus
    Day 9Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shapes and formsMathematical ReasoningMaterialsStructure of AtomApplication of Calculus
    Day 10Perspective DrawingSets and RelationOpticsHydrogenPermutation and Combinations
    Day 11Sketching of urbanscape and landscapeSets and RelationPractice TestS-block elementsStatistics and Probability
    Day 12Common day to day life objects like equipment, furniture, etc. from memoryPractice TestPractice TestP-block elementsPractice Test
    Day 13Understanding the scale and proportion of objectsPractice TestPractice TestEnvironmental ChemistryPractice Test
    Day 14Geometric CompositionPractice TestPractice TestHydrocarbonsPractice Test

    Week 3: More focus on revision and practice mock tests

    DayDrawingGeneral AptitudePhysicsChemistryMathematics
    Day 15Shape, Building forms and ElementsPractice TestPractice TestHydrocarbonsPractice Test
    Day 16Aesthetics, color, texture, harmony, and contrastPractice TestPractice TestGases and LiquidPractice Test
    Day 17Conceptualization and Visualization through structuring objects in memoryPractice TestPractice TestPractice TestPractice Test
    Day 18Drawing of patterns- both geometrical and abstractPractice TestPractice TestPractice TestPractice Test
    Day 19Forms transformation in 2D and 3D like subtraction, union, rotation, surfaces, and volumePractice TestPractice TestPractice TestPractice Test
    Day 20Generating plan, elevation and 3D views of objectsPractice TestPractice TestPractice TestPractice Test
    Day 21Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and formsPractice TestPractice TestPractice TestPractice Test

    Week 4: Final Revision

    DayTopics for Revision
    Day 22Drawing: Perspective drawing Sketching of Urban space and landscape Common day to day life objects like equipment, furniture, etc from memory Practice with drawing questions
    Day 23General Aptitude: Mental Ability (visual, numerical and verbal) General Awareness of national/international architects and famous architectural creations Analytical Reasoning
    Day 24Physics: Optics Magnetism and Matter Electrostatics Electronic Devices
    Day 25Chemistry: Environmental Chemistry Structure of Atom S-block elements Gases and Liquid
    Day 26Mathematics: Permutation and Combinations Statistics and Probability Theory of Calculus
    Day 27Solve previous year question papers/Sample Papers
    Day 28Solve previous year question papers/Sample Papers

    To-do list for the last two days

    DayThings to do
    Day 29Accumulate all the short notes and go through them. Go back to your weak areas and revise accordingly
    Day 30Revise all the formulas. Take rest 

    Section-wise Revision Strategy for NATA

    NATA 2020 is basically divided into two parts: Part A is a Drawing-based test which will be conducted on offline mode. Part B comprises Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and General Aptitude Section with Objective type questions (MCQs) that have to be answered online. There is no negative marking in NATA entrance examination. Therefore, candidates can attempt all the questions without any fear of marks deduction. The section-wise revision strategy is given below:

    NATA 2020 Part A: Drawing Test In this section, candidates will be required to attempt 3 questions in 135 minutes. Your marks and performance will be accumulated on the following basis:

    • Drawing from day-to-day experience.
    • Creating visual harmony using colors in a given quantity
    • Understanding of scale and balance.
    • Sense of perspective drawing.
    • Combining and composing given 3-D elements to form a building or structural forms
    • Creating an interesting 2D Composition using given forms and shapes.

    NATA 2020 Part B: General Aptitude & PCM Aptitude: Aspirants must keep the General Knowledge updated and must have knowledge on topics such as Buildings in India and World, speed, distance, and time. Logical and Reasoning Ability questions, Important Architects of India, General Mathematics questions like area, and volume. Mirror Images, Common Architectural Terminology, Building Materials and Terminology, 2D and 3D objects and their plans and elevations, etc. Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (PCM): For preparing PCM Subjects, candidates are advised to go through CBSE Textbooks. The Mathematics section is usually easy and one can score well in this section if you’ve studied NCERT Books properly. 

    Important Books for Preparing NATA

    Important Books for Preparing NATA 2020

    There are many books available to prepare for the NATA entrance examination. Some of the best books are tabulated below:

    Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning BookR S Aggarwal
    A Complete Self-Study GuideP.K. Mishra
    B.Arch Entrance Examination GuideSurendra Kavimandan
    Higher Algebra Hall & Knight
    NATA & B.Arch complete self-study material: Entrance ExaminationAr. Shadan Usman
    NATA Examination (Engineering Drawing)N.D. Bhatt and Pancha
    A Visual Dictionary of ArchitectureFrancis D.K Ching

    Quick Tips to prepare for NATA

    Quick Tips to prepare for NATA 2020

    Focus and Complete your Syllabus: One of the most important aspects while preparing for NATA is to know the exam pattern and syllabus. While preparing a timetable, candidates must ensure to cover all the topics and pay attention to the key topics.

    Be Creative and Innovative: When you're preparing for architecture, a candidate must know that creativity is the key. If you aspire to get into the best architecture college, you must practice drawing, because sketching is the key to this entrance exam. Start with the simple ones and then move ahead to the harder ones.

    Time Management: Keeping track of your time is the most important aspect while appearing for the entrance examination. Candidates must find different ways to manage time well in the exam. One of the best ways to do it is to take and practice mock tests on a regular basis. This will eventually enhance your test-taking speed.

    Practice Mock Tests: In order to get aware of the exam pattern, time management, and types of questions asked in exams one should practice with the sample papers. To boost your confidence, aspirants must take mock tests as they can give you an insight into your understanding of the basic concepts.

    Focus of Online Test: Apart from drawing or sketching, candidates should also be prepared for taking the online test, which includes aptitude and mathematics.

    Prepare Short Notes: While you’re studying, prepare small notes alongside. These short notes will help you in revising the topics without wasting much time. Having short notes prepared not only helps you to save time but will help you in keeping the topics fresh in mind. Aspirants can go through those short notes anytime and anywhere. 



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