National Aptitude test in Architecture (NATA) is a national level architecture exam conducted by Council of Architecture for admission to 5 year undergraduate courses in Architecture. Though some institutes like Indian Institutes of India (IITs) conduct JEE Main and Architecture Aptitude test (AAT) for admission to B.Arch in the IITs and NITs, admission to rest of the colleges is carried out through NATA.
As mentioned by the Council of Architecture, there are around 458 colleges all over India and with roughly 40-50 seats each, a total of around 18,000 seats are available. The number of candidates taking this exam each year is around 40,000.
The application procedure commences in January and the exam is conducted in the month of April.
Mode of Examination– Offline
Total Marks– 200
Number of Questions– 62
Time Duration– 3 hours
Subjects– Mathematics, Aptitude and Drawing
Marking scheme– +2 marks for every correct answer, no negative marks for wrong answer
|Subject||No. of Questions||Total Marks|
|Mathematics||20 x 2 marks||40|
|Aptitude||40 x 20 marks||80|
|Drawing||2 x 40 marks||80|
This exam is conducted in 2 parts: Part A and Part B. Part A includes Mathematics and Aptitude sections whereas the part B includes Drawing. Each of these parts is allotted 90 minutes of time duration.
The highlights of the syllabus are as follows-
Mathematics– Logarithms, Matrices, Trigonometry, Coordinate geometry, 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry, Theory of Calculus, Application of Calculus, Permutation and combination, Statistics and Probability.
Aptitude– Mathematical reasoning, Sets and Relation
Drawing– Major Topics to study are: Geometric composition, building forms and elements, aesthetics, colour, harmony and contrast. Structuring objects in memory. Drawing of patterns, form transformations in 2D and 3D. Generating different views of objects, creating 2D and 3D compositions, Sketching of urbanscape and landscape, Common day-to-day life objects.
Detailed syllabus can be found here: Syllabus for NATA