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Author : Palak Khanna

September 3, 2022

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The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), the most popular entrance examination for admissions to Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch) programmes, will be held each year in April. As we know. because NATA is administered by the Council of Architecture (COA), it cannot be combined with the other examinations.

NATA is one of the exams that assess an aspirant's creativity and critical thinking skills. For your NATA exam preparation you need to know that it is divided into two parts:

  • Multiple-choice tests (MCQ)
  • Drawings.

The mathematics and general aptitude questions will be in multiple-choice format.

We have studied specific tips and tricks and expectations to help in your NATA preparation.

What are the evaluators looking for in the Drawing Exam (Part A)?

Drawing in Perspective

  • The reviewer will first notice the correct proportions and scale. For example, the ratio of humans to a store, a tree, or any other object).
  • How much detail can a candidate add to a specific object/element to demonstrate observation skills?
  • Accuracy in determining eye level.
  • Whether all of the lines in your drawing have the correct diverge and perspective to the vanishing point.

Download Free Study Material for NATA Exam by Creative Edge

Logo/Composition/Signage in 2D

  • Try to avoid using logotypes.
  • The logo should be simple, memorable, and minimal.
  • Coloration quality
  • Color combinations are important. Use fewer number colors whenever possible. If not specified, use no more than three or four colors.
  • Compositional innovation is based on simple designs or shapes.

3D or Object Design

  • Organizing and innovating various objects
  • The scale and proportions of objects concern one another.
  • Organizing and innovating various objects
  • The material's texture/finish (If specified)
  • The correct shade and shadow of an object about the angle, type, and direction of the light source.

Also read: NATA Drawing Preparation

How to prepare for NATA exam

NATA Drawing Tips

The most important aspect of this section is to cultivate a vision for observing everyday objects and chores in all their minute details (shape, different views from different heights, scale and size of each concerning the human body, etc.). This will sharpen your observation skills and will undoubtedly help you with perspective sketches and 3D drawings in the long run. Continue to practice!

  1. Begin with the question about perspective/memory drawing. Take 5 minutes to determine your point of view and eye level. Don't start sketching right away. Try to finish your drawing in 35 minutes or less. If you are unable to complete it, disregard it and proceed to the next question.
  2. When sketching in 2D, start with a small piece of paper and then move on to your main drawing sheet. This should take no more than 10 minutes. Color it in the next 15 minutes before moving on to the next question.

OR

In the case of 3D, wrap up the pencil sketch in 10 minutes and the remaining 15-20 minutes for texture/shadow, etc., according to the question's requirements.

So you now have 15 minutes for any final touches or anything you missed in any of the questions. Try solving sample papers within these time constraints.

nata mock test

nata Mock test

General Tips on How to prepare for NATA exam?

  • Aspirants should begin their preparation by creating a timetable. Go over the syllabus, plan your study strategy, and stay focused.
  • Understand the NATA 2023 Exam Pattern, including the distribution of marks, question pattern, and several questions asked in the exam.
  • Continue to practice Mock Tests and previous years' sample papers/question papers. It is said to be a powerful success mantra.
  • Identify your areas of weakness and work around them through getting mock tests. Prepare according to your strengths and make the most of them.
  • Take small notes while studying any topic. These small notes help with revision because they save time. Candidates can review these brief notes at any time and from any location.
  • Try to learn good sketching methodologies on topics such as scale and proportion, light and shadow effects, sense of technical drawing, memory sketching, creating 3-Dimensional elements, and so on.
  • Practice sketching, landscapes, and everyday objects from memory.
  • Avoid stress at all costs. Adding unnecessary stress to the exam will only lead to a lack of confidence. Aspirants are advised to maintain a positive attitude and eat healthily.
  • Another critical aspect is preparing appropriate study materials. Studying from the right test prep will improve your knowledge while also saving you time.

Also read: How To Prepare For NATA In One Month [Preparation Strategy]

Frequently Asked Questions

A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by S.Chand


NATA (B.Arch) Guide Bachelor of  Architecture Ent. Exams by GKP


A complete Self Study for B.Arch Entrance Examination 2017 by PK Mishra.

No. The chemistry syllabus is not included in the syllabus for NATA 2022.

Equipped with previous year’s questions, free monitoring sessions, and full-length prelim papers, NATA mock test papers are the key way to crack the NATA test.

Yes. Going the exam analysis will help you understand the difficulty level of the paper, changes in the exam pattern, type of questions asked, and the expected cut off.
You can click on the NATA question paper link provided in this post and download it. You may take out printouts of the NATA Previous Year question papers and NATA Sample Papers for further reference.
Yes, all the question papers provided above are free of cost and you can download them easily.

You should understand each and every scale and proportion. Bring out your best from day-to-day experience. This will give uniqueness to your drawings.

The evaluator's focus will be on your drawings, imagination and observation skills. So, you should never compromise on the creativity.

As per the previous year analysis, the NATA drawing exam was a moderate level of difficulty. With the right preparation strategy, you can definitely clear NATA drawing Exam with a high score. 
No, you need to score around 120 to 150 out of 200 to get admission in top Architecture universities. 
As per previous year analysis, Maths subject is tough while other sections are easy. All questions are doable. But, with the right preparation strategy you can definitely clear NATA Exam with a high score
Yes. You can use colour pencils in the NATA drawing exam. However, it is advised to use light color pencils as it will be convenient and consumes less time in the exam.
Yes. It is mandatory to attend NATA drawing exam. Otherwise, you are not eligible for the admission process.
As per previous year analysis, the NATA drawing questions were moderate level of difficulty. With the right preparation strategy, you can definitely clear NATA drawing Exam with a high score. 
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Basic Strategies while writing NATA

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : September 3, 2022

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The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), the most popular entrance examination for admissions to Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch) programmes, will be held each year in April. As we know. because NATA is administered by the Council of Architecture (COA), it cannot be combined with the other examinations.

NATA is one of the exams that assess an aspirant's creativity and critical thinking skills. For your NATA exam preparation you need to know that it is divided into two parts:

  • Multiple-choice tests (MCQ)
  • Drawings.

The mathematics and general aptitude questions will be in multiple-choice format.

We have studied specific tips and tricks and expectations to help in your NATA preparation.

What are the evaluators looking for in the Drawing Exam (Part A)?

Drawing in Perspective

  • The reviewer will first notice the correct proportions and scale. For example, the ratio of humans to a store, a tree, or any other object).
  • How much detail can a candidate add to a specific object/element to demonstrate observation skills?
  • Accuracy in determining eye level.
  • Whether all of the lines in your drawing have the correct diverge and perspective to the vanishing point.

Download Free Study Material for NATA Exam by Creative Edge

Logo/Composition/Signage in 2D

  • Try to avoid using logotypes.
  • The logo should be simple, memorable, and minimal.
  • Coloration quality
  • Color combinations are important. Use fewer number colors whenever possible. If not specified, use no more than three or four colors.
  • Compositional innovation is based on simple designs or shapes.

3D or Object Design

  • Organizing and innovating various objects
  • The scale and proportions of objects concern one another.
  • Organizing and innovating various objects
  • The material's texture/finish (If specified)
  • The correct shade and shadow of an object about the angle, type, and direction of the light source.

Also read: NATA Drawing Preparation

How to prepare for NATA exam

NATA Drawing Tips

The most important aspect of this section is to cultivate a vision for observing everyday objects and chores in all their minute details (shape, different views from different heights, scale and size of each concerning the human body, etc.). This will sharpen your observation skills and will undoubtedly help you with perspective sketches and 3D drawings in the long run. Continue to practice!

  1. Begin with the question about perspective/memory drawing. Take 5 minutes to determine your point of view and eye level. Don't start sketching right away. Try to finish your drawing in 35 minutes or less. If you are unable to complete it, disregard it and proceed to the next question.
  2. When sketching in 2D, start with a small piece of paper and then move on to your main drawing sheet. This should take no more than 10 minutes. Color it in the next 15 minutes before moving on to the next question.

OR

In the case of 3D, wrap up the pencil sketch in 10 minutes and the remaining 15-20 minutes for texture/shadow, etc., according to the question's requirements.

So you now have 15 minutes for any final touches or anything you missed in any of the questions. Try solving sample papers within these time constraints.

nata mock test

nata Mock test

General Tips on How to prepare for NATA exam?

  • Aspirants should begin their preparation by creating a timetable. Go over the syllabus, plan your study strategy, and stay focused.
  • Understand the NATA 2023 Exam Pattern, including the distribution of marks, question pattern, and several questions asked in the exam.
  • Continue to practice Mock Tests and previous years' sample papers/question papers. It is said to be a powerful success mantra.
  • Identify your areas of weakness and work around them through getting mock tests. Prepare according to your strengths and make the most of them.
  • Take small notes while studying any topic. These small notes help with revision because they save time. Candidates can review these brief notes at any time and from any location.
  • Try to learn good sketching methodologies on topics such as scale and proportion, light and shadow effects, sense of technical drawing, memory sketching, creating 3-Dimensional elements, and so on.
  • Practice sketching, landscapes, and everyday objects from memory.
  • Avoid stress at all costs. Adding unnecessary stress to the exam will only lead to a lack of confidence. Aspirants are advised to maintain a positive attitude and eat healthily.
  • Another critical aspect is preparing appropriate study materials. Studying from the right test prep will improve your knowledge while also saving you time.

Also read: How To Prepare For NATA In One Month [Preparation Strategy]

Frequently Asked Questions

A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by S.Chand


NATA (B.Arch) Guide Bachelor of  Architecture Ent. Exams by GKP


A complete Self Study for B.Arch Entrance Examination 2017 by PK Mishra.

No. The chemistry syllabus is not included in the syllabus for NATA 2022.

Equipped with previous year’s questions, free monitoring sessions, and full-length prelim papers, NATA mock test papers are the key way to crack the NATA test.

Yes. Going the exam analysis will help you understand the difficulty level of the paper, changes in the exam pattern, type of questions asked, and the expected cut off.
You can click on the NATA question paper link provided in this post and download it. You may take out printouts of the NATA Previous Year question papers and NATA Sample Papers for further reference.
Yes, all the question papers provided above are free of cost and you can download them easily.

You should understand each and every scale and proportion. Bring out your best from day-to-day experience. This will give uniqueness to your drawings.

The evaluator's focus will be on your drawings, imagination and observation skills. So, you should never compromise on the creativity.

As per the previous year analysis, the NATA drawing exam was a moderate level of difficulty. With the right preparation strategy, you can definitely clear NATA drawing Exam with a high score. 
No, you need to score around 120 to 150 out of 200 to get admission in top Architecture universities. 
As per previous year analysis, Maths subject is tough while other sections are easy. All questions are doable. But, with the right preparation strategy you can definitely clear NATA Exam with a high score
Yes. You can use colour pencils in the NATA drawing exam. However, it is advised to use light color pencils as it will be convenient and consumes less time in the exam.
Yes. It is mandatory to attend NATA drawing exam. Otherwise, you are not eligible for the admission process.
As per previous year analysis, the NATA drawing questions were moderate level of difficulty. With the right preparation strategy, you can definitely clear NATA drawing Exam with a high score. 

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