NATA Syllabus

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NATA Syllabus

Conducted by the Council of Architecture (COA), National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is a national-level entrance examination taken by those wanting to get admission in the 5-year Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) program. The NATA scores form a crucial part of the eligibility criteria for the undergraduate courses offered by the best architecture colleges in India. The exam aims to assess the knowledge of varied theoretical and practical concepts of the academic discipline of Architecture along with analyzing the candidate’s drawing and observation skills, aesthetic sensitivity, analytical thinking and sense of proportion. If you are planning to appear for this exam and don’t know where to begin, here is a comprehensive blog that will walk you through the different aspects of the NATA syllabus as well as the concepts you need to study.

NATA 2022 Exam Pattern

Candidates will be able to check the details regarding the NATA 2022 exam pattern from the table given below:

Particulars Details
Mode Computer-Based Test (Online)
Duration 3 hours
Medium English
Sections Aptitude
Number of Questions 125
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)Preferential Answer Type Questions (PAQ)Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAQ)

Subject Wise Marks Distribution

Subject Number of questions Marks allotted Examination mode
Mathematics 20 40 MCQ (Online)
General Aptitude 40 80 MCQ (Online)
Drawing test 02 80 Paper and Pencil

Marking Scheme

  • 75 Questions – 1 mark will be given for every correct answer
  • 25 Questions – 2 marks will be given for every correct answer
  • 25 Questions – 3 marks will be given for every correct answer

Topics Asked in NATA Exam

It is important that you know the format of the NATA exam. The different sections you are assessed on:

  1. Inductive reasoning – This section is related to how you understand and analyse data. A good example would be how you go about solving a puzzle.
  2. Diagrammatic reasoning – This section is related to your ability in order to understand complex diagrams.
  3. Numerical reasoning – This section is related to your ability in order to solve mathematical problems using basic arithmetic and algebra skills.
  4. Verbal reasoning – This section is related to your ability in order to make sense from a text or paragraph. You can be asked questions on any topic, but you may not be asked multiple-choice questions on grammar or vocabulary.
  5. Situational judgement – This section tests your common sense and practical life skills through its questions. You may be asked hypothetical situations, which may or may not have a correct answer.
  6. Abstract reasoning – This section is similar to puzzles and riddles which test your logical thinking and ability in order to use abstract concepts.
  7. Logical reasoning – It tests your ability in order to recognise patterns, relationships, sequences etc.

Eligiblity Criteria for NATA Exam

  • Qualification: The applicant should pass an examination scheme of 10+2.
  • Necessary Percentage: Applicants must have at least 50 50 percent aggregate marks of physics, chemistry, and mathematics and also, in aggregate, at least 50 percent marks of 10 + 2 or 10 + 3 diploma of the Mathematics as a compulsory subject, with an aggregate score of at least 50 percent.
  • Appearing Applicants: Applicants presenting for the 10 + 2 exam in the current year may also be provisionally identified in the examination.

NATA Syllabus

Before elaborating the NATA syllabus, it is important to understand the structure of this exam. Organised twice a year, this test aims to evaluate candidates on a variety of parameters, i.e. Mathematics, General Aptitude and Drawing. The NATA exam pattern is bifurcated into 2 parts i.e Part A and Part B. Part A includes a written test evaluating candidates on the two sections of Mathematics and General Aptitude whereas Part B tests the drawing skills. 

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NATA Syllabus: Sections Explained

In both part A and B, a total of three sections are covered. To help you understand the concepts they cover, the following paragraphs elucidate these sections of the NATA syllabus in further detail:

1. Mathematics

The section of mathematics holds a vast range of concepts and topics amongst others. the maximum topics of the NATA syllabus. Below we have listed down the varied components covered under this section:

  • Logarithms: General Properties; Change of Base; Definitions
  • Trigonometry: Addition and Subtraction Formulae, Functions of Trigonometry, Solutions of Trigonometric Equations, Properties of Triangles, Formulae involving Multiple and Submultiple Angles
  • Algebra: General Terms; Definitions of A.P. and G.P.; Geometric/Arithmetic Series; A.M, G.M and their Relations; Summation of first n terms of series Σn, Σn^2, Σn^3;  Infinite G.P. series and its Sum
  • Matrices: Operations of Additions; Scalar Multiplication; Concepts of m x n (m≤3, n≤3); Real Matrices; Determinants of Square Matrices; Transport of Matrix; Inverse of Matrix; Non-singular Matrix; Area of a Triangle; Properties of Determinants (statement only); Minor Cofactor and Adjoint of a Matrix; Solution of System of Linear Equations (not more than 3 variables)
  • Coordinate Geometry: Section Formula; Condition of Collinearity of Three Points in a Plane; Area of Triangle; Distance Formula; Polar Coordinates; Parallel Transformation of Axis; Transformation from Cartesian to Polar Coordinates; Concept of Locus; Elementary Locus Problems; Equations of Lines in Different Forms; Angle Between Two Parallel Lines; Distance Between two Parallel Lines; Equation of a Circle with a Given Radius and Centre; Lines through the Point of Intersection of Two Lines; Equation of a Circle in Terms of Endpoints of a Diameter. 
  • Application of Calculus: Conditions of Tangency; Tangents and Normals; Determinants of Monotonicity; Differential Coefficient as a Measure of Rate; Maxima and Minima; Motion in a Straight Line with Constant Acceleration; Calculation of Area Bounded by Elementary Curves and Straight Lines; Geometric Interpretation of Definite Integral as Area.
  • 3-Dimensional Coordinate Geometry: Distance between two points and Section Formula; Equation of Straight Line; Direction Cosines and Direction Ratios; Distance from a Point and Plane; Equation of Plane
  • Theory of Calculus: Composition of Two Functions and Inverse of a Function; Continuity; Limit; Functions; Chain Rule; Integration as a Reverse Process of Differentiation; Definite Integral as a Limit of a Sum with Equal Subdivisions; Integration by Parts; Derivatives of Implicit Functions and Functions Defined Parametrically; Properties of Definite Integrals; Solution of Homogeneous Differential Equations; Linear First-Order Differential Equations.
  • Permutation and Combination: Permutation of ‘n’ things which are not different; Permutation with repetition (circular Permutation excluded); Permutation of ‘n’ different things taken ‘r’ at a time (r ≤ n), problems involving both Permutation and combinations.
  • Statistics and Probability: Measure of dispersion, variance, mean and standard deviation, frequency distribution, conditional probability and Baye’s theorem, Measure of dispersions, addition and multiplication rules of probability

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2. General Aptitude

This section of NATA syllabus covers the textures, objects related to architecture and built environment, interpretation of the pictorial composition, visualizing different sides of 3-D objects as well as from the perspective of two-dimensional drawing, general awareness of national/ international architects, mental ability (numerical, visual and verbal), analytical reasoning, amongst others. Further, it contains two sub-sections:

  1. Sets and Relations: Intersection and Difference of Sets; Idea of Sets; Complement and Union of Sets, Subset, Power of Sets, De Morgan’s Law, Relation and its Properties, Venn Diagram, Equivalence Relation.
  2. Mathematical Reasoning: Logical operations like ‘or’, and, ‘if and only if’, ‘implied by’, ‘implies’, ‘statements’, ‘understanding of tautology’, ‘converse, contradiction and contrapositive’.

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3. Drawing Test

This section of NATA syllabus is organised as a pen and paper test which evaluates the creative and aesthetical skills of the candidates. It aims to assess the aspirants on varied parameters such as understanding of geometric compositions, shape, building forms, objects, aesthetics, colour, textures, contrast, building forms and elements, form transformation in 2D and 3D like union, drawing of patterns-both geometrical and abstract, creating 2D and 3D composition using given shape and forms, conceptualization and visualization through structuring objects in memory. This section of NATA syllabus is organised as a pen and paper test which evaluates the creative and aesthetic skills of the candidates. 

  • It aims to assess the aspirants on varied parameters such as understanding of geometric compositions, shape, building forms, objects, aesthetics, colour, textures, contrast, building forms and elements, form transformation in 2D and 3D like union, drawing of patterns-both geometrical and abstract, creating 2D and 3D composition using given shape and forms, conceptualization and visualization through structuring objects in memory. 
  • Spatial intelligence-Geometry and visualise the shape as well as geometrical puzzles
  • Colour scheme awareness and knowledge
  • Cognitive ability

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Tips to Crack NATA Exam

  1. Read the bulletin carefully and understand the instructions given in it. This will be very helpful in saving time and effort.
  2. Practice drawing human figures. Besides, Drawing skills are an important part of most of the prospect questions.
  3. Develop the skill in order to solve the question.
  4. Understand the problem: Some questions can be solved just by reading them; others may need you to understand them fully, before you can sketch anything related to it. Therefore, read the problem statement carefully and try to visualize it clearly in your mind before you start sketching anything related to it.
  5. Material rendering: It is important to learn how materials reflect and absorb light, especially from natural sources such as sun or moonlight, or artificial sources such as a lamp or lightning; so that you can create shadows accordingly.
  6. Shadow, shade way: Besides, Various online sources are there for the same. However, as far as the Nata exam is concerned, we prefer practicing drawing figures only with no shadows at all! If you have time left over after practicing figure drawings with shadows, then practice drawing figures without them! This will be very helpful in saving time.

Reference Books for NATA 2022

 Given below are some of the best books that can be considered to get a great score in Nata exam 2022:

Books Links
1NATA Entrance Exam Guide Click Here to Buy!
Study Guide for B.Arch 2022 Click Here to Buy!
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning  Click Here to Buy!
Quantitative Aptitude Click Here to Buy!
Higher Algebra Click Here to Buy!

Hence, we hope that this blog has helped you comprehend the NATA syllabus. If you are aspiring to pursue a degree in architecture and don’t where to begin, take the help of Leverage Edu’s AI tool to browse through an array of courses and universities in this field and find an ideal combination that suits your interests and aspirations. Further, sign up for a 30-minute free career counselling with our experts and we’ll guide you throughout the application process of your chosen program to ensure that you get successfully selected and take the right step towards your dream career in architecture.

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