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What Is The Full Form Of NATA?

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The full form of NATA is the National Aptitude Test in Architecture, which is considered the gateway to the top architecture colleges in the country and is scheduled to happen four times in the current year.

The exam is made to measure a student’s aptitude and skills that are necessary in the field of architecture. It measures understanding in areas like critical thinking, sense of proportion, drawing and observation skills, and aesthetic sensitivity.

The scores of the NATA exams are considered important for admissions by different authorities at the different schools of architecture in their Bachelor of Architecture degree programmes. Let us know more apart from the full form of NATA.

Eligibility Criteria for the NATA Exam.

There are a number of eligibility criteria that a candidate who wishes to appear for the NATA Exam has to fulfil, and they should be aware that their candidature is subject to cancellation if they do not meet the criteria.

The criteria are as follows:

  • 10+2 with 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics is a must (or
  • 10+3 Diploma graduates/appearing with Mathematics as a compulsory exam subject 
  • If a candidate belongs to SC, ST, OBC-NCL category or Person with Disability, they will get a 5% relaxation in total aggregate in 10+2 level or 10+3 Diploma and PCM

Steps to register for the Exam

There are a number of steps that a candidate has to follow in order to register for the NATA exam:

  • The first and foremost important step is to fill out the NATA application form and get registered on their website by clicking the “New Registration” button available on their page.
  • After the candidate has filled out all the required personal details, they will receive a link on their email ID after the completion of their verification.
  • Fill out the form with personal, academic, and communication details and your preference for 3 exam centres.
  • As instructed, upload a photo and signature.
  • In the last step, the candidate has to pay the examination fees online using the option of debit or credit card, and a net banking option is also available.

NATA Exam Syllabus 

NATA exam is comprised of two parts one is the drawing test and the other is general aptitude test, the exam’s curriculum has not changed much throughout the years.

 the candidates can have a look at the syllabus and start their preparations accordingly.

Let us have a look at the syllabus of the two parts of NATA

NATA Syllabus for Drawing Test

AssessmentDescription
Composition and ColorCreating suitable compositions for various situations and colouring them appropriately.
Re-arranging various shapes in a visually appealing manner and colouring it suitably.
Sketching & Composition (Black and White)Ability to draw, visualise, depict a situation, involving buildings / its components, people, environment, products with an understanding of scale, proportions, textures, shades and shadow etc.
3D CompositionCreating interesting 3D composition for the given situation using the provided kit.

NATA Syllabus for General Aptitude

SkillDescription
Visual ReasoningAbility to understand and reconstruct 2D and 3D compositions, knowledge about their composition and technical concepts.
Logical DerivationAbility to decode a situation, composition, context and generate meaning. Understanding the minute information hidden in a particular situation and drawing conclusions.
G.K., Architecture & DesignGeneral awareness of architecture and design, current issues, recent episodes etc., Knowledge about important buildings, historical progression, innovation in materials and construction technology.
Language InterpretationAbility to observe, record, and analyse people, space, products, and environments. Critical thinking, reasoning and ability to identify subtle communications.
Design SensitivityAbility to observe, record, and analyse people, space, products, and environments. Critical thinking, reasoning and ability to identify the subtle communications.
Design ThinkingAbility to understand semantics, metaphors, problem identification and definition, and analysis of a given situation.
Numerical AbilityBasic Mathematics and its association with creative thinking. To unfold a space with the use of geometry.

There are a number of books that are recommended to candidates who are preparing for the NATA exam.

Name Of The BookPublished By
A Complete Self-Study NATA Examination Guide for B. Arch Entrance ExaminationPK Mishra
NATA & B. Arch Question Bank Ar. Shandan Usmani
NATA & B.Arch complete self-study material: entrance examinationAr. Shadan Usmani

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