NATA Sample Papers

NATA Entrance Exam Pattern

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of candidates for Architecture. It is one of the two qualifying exams for admission to B.Arch program in Architecture colleges across India. The other exam is JEE (Paper 2).

# NATA Exam Section # Questions # Marks Time
1 Drawing Section 2 80 90 mins
2 Aptitude Section (MCQ) 40 80 45 mins
3 Mathematics Section (MCQ) 40 40 45 mins
Total Marks 60 200 3 hours

The details of each section are given below.

This section is for 90 minutes, where candidate has to attempt two questions. Each question of the Drawing section is to be given on A4 sized paper. Students should try to get 60 out of 80 marks. The Answer to each question in the 'drawing' paper will be examined by more than one examiner independently and the marks are to be averaged. The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate's drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate's sense of proportion and perspective are also evaluated together with sense for colour and composition.

The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects -

  • Ability to sketch an object proportionately and render it in a visually appealing manner.
  • Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
  • Sense of perspective drawing
  • Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form.
  • Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms.
  • Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition.
  • Understanding of scale and proportions.
  • Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.

  • Aptitude Section will be MCQ type questions.
  • This will be a Computer Based Test.
  • There will be 40 questions for 80 marks (2 marks per question)
  • Students should get at least 60 out of 80 marks.
  • It is made up of 2 main subjects- Architecture Aptitude & General Aptitude and 7 main topics as follows:
# Topic Type of Questions
1 Architecture Aptitude: Visualizing different sides of 3D objects Questions on count the number of oblique surfaces, horizontal surfaces, vertices, vertical lines etc, that an object contains, folding & cutting of paper, water images, mirror images etc
2 Architecture Aptitude: Visualizing 3D objects from 2D drawings Questions on identify right plan for given elevations, right elevation for given plans, right isometric view, right shadow etc.
3 Architecture Aptitude: Awareness about Architectural materials & objects Question can be on Construction Materials, Architectural Terms, Textures etc.
4 Architecture Aptitude: Awareness of World Architecture Most questions will be image based. Topics can be famous architects, buildings, monuments, structures, architectecture etc.
5 General Aptitude: Analytical & Logical Ability Questions can be asked from over 30 topics of Analytical & Logical Reasoning. Topics can be about- Analogy, Classification, Verbal & Non-Verbal Series, Statement & Arguments, Analytical Decision Making, Causes and Effect, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Visual Reasoning etc.
6 General Aptitude: Quantitative Ability Questions are asked on basic arithmetic, algebra and geometry. Topics can be Percentage, Area, Profit & Loss, Interest, Volume & Surface Area, Average etc
7 General Aptitude: English Communication & Comprehension Ability Questions can be asked on topics such as Synonyms, Antonyms, Verbal Analogies, One word substitutes, Spellings, Reading Comprehension etc

  • Maths Section will be MCQ type questions.
  • This will be a Computer Based Test.
  • There will be 20 questions for 40 marks (2 marks per question)
  • Students should get at least 20 out of 40 marks.
  • The syllabus covers topics from XI & XII Std as follows:
XI Std Topics
# Unit Topics
1 3D Geometry 3D Geometry
2 Differential Calculus Limits, Continuity, Derivatives
3 Integral Calculus Indefinite & Definite
4 Differential Equations Differential Equations
5 Applications of Calculus Applications of Calculus
6 Binomial Distribution Basics of Binomial Distribution
7 Mathematical Reasoning Basics of Mathematical Reasoning

XII Std Topics
# Unit Topics
1 Algebra Sequence & Series
2 Logarithms Logarithms
3 Matrices & Determinants Matrices & Determinants
4 Trigonometry Trigonometry
5 2D Geometry 2D Geometry
6 Permutations & Combinations Permutations & Combinations
7 Statistics & Probability Statistics & Probability

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