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What is asked in Nata Exam ?


National Aptitude Test in Architecture comprises of two parts:

Part A - Drawing & Composition Test

Part B - Computer Based Online Test

The total marks for Part A & Part B is 200 marks.

NATA Drawing Syllabus

Nata Drawing Test is a 90 minute (one and half hour) paper comprising a total of 3 questions carrying 80 marks.

This is a Pencil & Paper Based Offline Test.

A1 - Composition & Color - 25 Marks: 

Creating suitable compositions for various situations and coloring them appropriately.

Re-arranging various shapes in visually appealing manner and coloring it suitably.

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Question 1

Requires Knowledge of

Composition & Color

  • Composing in 2D with geometric / non geometric shapes
  • Designing Logos / Patterns
  • Good Colour Combinations and Rendering Skills.

A2 - Sketching and Composition (Black and White) - 25 Marks: 

Ability to draw, visualize, depict a situation, involving buildings/its components, people, environment, products with an understanding of scale, proportions, textures, shades and shadow etc. 

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Question 2

Requires Knowledge of

Sketching and Composition

This question generally demands knowledge of perspective drawing

Accurate sense of perspective drawing is the major aspect on which the drawing is judged. Students appearing for Nata should learn and practice the following type of perspectives:

  • 1 point perspective
  • 2 point perspective
  • 3 point perspective
  • 4 point perspective
  • 5 point perspective,

Other aspects to work on :

  • Drawing Skills
  • Composition
  • Human Figures
  • Proportions
  • Pencil Rendering
  • Imagination Skills

A3 - 3D Composition - 30 Marks: Creating interesting 3D composition for the given situation using the provided kit. 

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Question 3

Requires Knowledge of

3D Composition

This question requires understanding of 3 Dimensional forms: both geometric and non geometric.

Composing Aesthetically Pleasing 3D Compositions

Combining 3D forms to form a Structure

Correct Scale and Proportions

Showing the effects of Light, Shade and Shadow.

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NATA Aptitude Syllabus

Nata Computer Based Online Test is a 90 minute (one and half hour) test comprising a total of 45 questions carrying 120 marks.

It shall have two type of questions viz., B1 - 30 questions of 2 marks and B2 - 15 questions of 4 marks from the following topics:

Visual Reasoning: Ability to understand and reconstruct 2D and 3D composition, knowledge about its composition and technical concepts.

Logical Derivation: Ability to decode a situation, composition, context and generate meaning. Understanding the minute information hidden in a particular situation and drawing conclusions.

G.K., Architecture & Design: General awareness of architecture and design, current issues, recent episodes etc., Knowledge about important buildings, historical progression, innovation in materials and construction technology.

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Language Interpretation: Ability to correctly and logically generate meaning of words, sentences, understanding about English grammar.

Design Sensitivity: Ability to observe, record and analyze people, space, product, environment. Critical thinking, reasoning and ability to identify the subtle communications.

Design Thinking: Ability to understand semantics, metaphors, problem identification and definition, analysis of a given situation.

Numerical Ability: Basic Mathematics and its association with creative thinking. To unfold a space with use of geometry.

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Computer Based Online Test

Requires Knowledge of

MCQ Test

  • 3D Visualization
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Architectural GK
  • Analytical Ability
  • Material Study
  • English Grammar
  • Design & Aesthetics
  • Colour
  • Architectural Awareness
  • Mathematics

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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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