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How to prepare for Nata Drawing Test?


COA has re-introduced Drawing Test in Nata 2024.

From this year onwards Nata Drawing Test will be held as a pencil & paper based test along test with the computer based online test. 


This article particularly focuses on 3D Composition Question of Nata, which carries 30 Marks.

VIEW: Nata Syllabus


In this question, students are asked to draw an aesthetically pleasing composition using some given objects.

Also they are supposed to render the composition.


One of the major issues faced by students with such questions is difficulty in 3D Imagination Skills.

If you also wish to improve your output in the above style of questions, the following exercise is definitely for you. 


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Task: You have to collect everyday objects from your home or immediate surroundings. (Max: 5 or 6)       

Try to collect as varied object as you can.

Variety can be in terms of shapes, sizes, colours, textures etc.

The more varied the objects, better will be the outcome.

After you have the objects with you, arrange them in an aesthetically pleasing 3D Composition.

You can also do this as a group exercise with your friends.

Now, draw the 3D object arrangement on paper & render in pencil only.

What will follow will be teamwork, discussions, arrangements, a lot of do – undo – redo until you reach their final composition.

Key Benefits of the Task

  • Since students do the job practically, they have more understanding of the problem….and more freedom to play with the objects.
  • They learn to arrange the objects keeping in mind their size and textural qualities.
  • Even the students with poor imagination skills perform well in this task.
  • The exercise makes learning fun.

You will definitely enjoy working with the objects.

The results will also improve your drawings. 

Let me share with you glimpses of the exercise that was held with a group of Nata Aspirants: 

Attempt 1

Objects Provided: Coffee Mug, Coloured Papers, Spectacles, Coloured Pencil


What went well?


The composition is eye-catching:

1. The fan shaped arrangement & the radial arrangement of the colored pencils demand attention.

2. The coffee mug acts as a cental axis dividing visual weight equally on both sides.

    Alternatively, it can also be viewed as a human head with an overbearing crown.

    In short, a good attempt!!


What could be improved?



 The drawing part certainly needs improvement:

1. The line depicting the table is wobbly.

2. Coffee Mug is in 2D.

3. Pencils are flat, depicted by just lines.

4. The flair of the paper fan is not wide enogh.

Attempt 2

Objects Provided: Water Bottle, Books - 2, Mug, Calculater, Hand Fan, Sun Glasses, Rubiks Cube



What went well?


Its a good composition:

1. Overlapping of elements create interest.

2. The placement of the objects also create interest.

    The bottle & book no. 1 are placed along the vertical axis, but book no. 2 is placed along the horizontal axis.

    Rubiks cube & sunglasses are placed along the diagonal axis

    The calculater is deliberately placed a bit out of the line, towards the left.

    The circular shape of the fan breaks the monotony

    A good attempt!!


What could be improved?



 Good rendering, but some basic problems in drawing:

1. The fan is placed too low.

2. The width of the book lying on the table is too much.

3. Sunglasses look flat, with no hint of 3D.

4. The width of the rubiks cube is too less.

About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.

Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology 


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