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Nata assesses the candidate's aptitude for study of Architecture by evaluating various aspects: 

  • Cognitive skills
  • Visual perception and aesthetic sensitivity tests
  • Logical reasoning and critical thinking ability
  • Knowlege & skills the candidate has aquired over the years, particularly those relevant to architecture.

Due to the situations arising as a consequence of the pandemic, Nata Exam for the year 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023 were conducted in online mode only.

But for the year 2024, the old standard pattern ie. "Online + Offline"has been resumed.

And this article, will be a major help providing you details about Nata exam syllabus 2024. 

Before filling Nata exam application form 2024, candidates are advised to check Nata exam eligibility criteria.

Also, going through Nata Entrance Details, helps the candidates to understand the scheme of exam.

Syllabus of Nata


NATA New Syllabus 2024

The aptitude test of Nata will comprise of two parts:

Part A - Drawing & Composition Test

This is an offline test & will be held for a duration of 90 minutes.

This test will have 3 questions carrying 80 marks in total.

Part B - MCQ - Computer Based Online Test

This online test will be held for a duration of 90 minutes.

This test will have a total of 45 questions carrying 120 marks in total.

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Nata Test Pattern

Part A Part B
Pencil & Paper Based Test Computer Based Test
Drawing & Composition Test MCQ Test
Offline Test Online Test
Carry 3 Questions Carry 45 Questions
Duration: 90 Min Duration: 90 Min
Medium: English & Hindi Medium: English & Hindi
Total Marks: 80 Total Marks: 120

A1 - 1 Ques X 25 Marks

A2 - 1 Ques X 25 Marks

A3 - 1 Ques X 30 Marks

B1-30 Ques X 2 Marks = 60 Marks

B2-15 Ques X 4 Marks = 60 Marks

Part A-Drawing & Composition Test

A1 - 1 Ques - Composition & Color

A2 - 1Ques - Sketching & Composition

A3 - 1 Ques - 3D Composition 

Part B-Computer Based Online Test

B1 - MCQs

B2 - MCQs

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

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Nata Subjects

The aptitude of the candidate will be assessed using some or all of the following:

Nata Drawing Test Syllabus


PART - A  Drawing and Composition Test

This is one and half hour (90 minutes) - 80 marks test where candidate has to attempt three questions .

The content of the Part A Test is as follows:

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

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Nata Online Test Syllabus


Part B  Computer Based Online Test

This is one and half hour (90 minutes), 120 marks test where candidate has to appear for online test.

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.
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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Nata 2024 Syllabus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)


Ques 1. What type of questions are asked in Nata exam?

Ans 1. For Computer Based MCQ Test: Questions related to Logical Reasoning, Architectural GK, Architectural Awareness, Material & Construction Study, Understanding of basic Mathematics & English Grammar, Ability to visualize in 2D & 3D, Design Thinking & Design Sensitivity.

For Drawing Test: Questions on Architectural Drawings, Compositions, Buildings, People, Ability to Visualize & Draw in 2Dimension & 3Dimension.

Ques 2. Is Physics and Chemistry included in Nata?

Ans 2. Though questions related to Physics & Chemistry are not asked in Nata exam, candidates should study (compulsory) both the subjects in 10+2 qualifying exam. This qualifying criteria does not apply to Diploma Students, whose qualifying exam is 10+3 Diploma Exam.

Ques 3. What are the subjects in Nata exam?

Ans 3. The subjects from which questions are asked in Nata exam are aptitude based. These subjects are not generally taught in school. Candidates with good aptitude for the field of Architecture are likely to perform well in these subjects. For others, prior preparation is required.

Ques 4. What to study for Nata exam?

Ans 4. For Nata Self Study at home, we at Mosaic have prepared a study pack containing 15 Books & 48 videos (Bonus). VIEW: NATA Full Study material

Ques 5. What is the Syllabus for Nata exam?

Ans 5. Council of Architecture has provided Nata Aspirants the Syllabus for Nata 2024 through Nata Brochure. You can also find the detailed Nata Syllabus here 

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