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About NATA

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability, that have been acquired over a long period of time, and that are related to specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.

About Eligiblity

Any person having passed SSC (Std X) or equivalent examination can appear for NATA. However, only candidates who have qualified an aptitude test in architecture and have secured at least 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects, shall be eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course. No direct lateral admission is allowed at any year/stage of B.Arch. course based on any qualification. NATA score shall be valid for a period of two years from the year in which one appeared.


Who should take NATA and Why?
Prospective applicants desirous of taking admission to First year of undergraduate course in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) in India take NATA. NATA scores are used by admissions authorities of different Government, Govt. Aided & unaided schools / colleges of Architecture, to provide common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants, for admission in addition to their scholastic performance in 10+2 or equivalent examination.

NATA Syllabus

TEST CONTENT

The test is in Two Parts

The test is in two parts. A paper based drawing test and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test.

The test measures aptitude of the candidate through two sections - a paper based section for drawing and computer based section for aesthetic sensitivity.

1.DRAWING TEST
TIME DURATION - 2 HRS
NO OF QUESTION-3 (50 marks +25 marks+25 marks = Total of 100 marks).


TYPE-Manual

This is a two hour paper where candidate has to attempt three questions. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects -

  • Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in 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.

2. Aesthetic Sensitivity Test-60 MINUTES
TIME DURATION- 1 hr
NO OF QUESTION-40 multiple choice questions.
TYPE-computer based test

This is computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions. The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation,creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of -

  • Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings.
  • Visualising different sides of three dimensional objects.
  • Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.
  • Analytical reasoning.
  • Mental Ability.
  • Imaginative comprehension and expression.
  • Architectural awareness.

Total NATA Test marks - 200.
Minimum qualifying marks: 40% or 80/200.

STATIONARY REQUIRED

  • Set of colours (Water/ Poster colours, crayons, pastels) with appropriate instruments (Brushes, dish, etc.)
  • Geometry instrument box