The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is directed by the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture. This examination is a national-level examination. This exam is directed for admission in various undergraduate courses in Architecture. The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is directed twice a year by the Council of Architecture (CoA). This will help students to appear in exams two times a year.

Students have to qualify NATA exam if they want to pursue their career in architecture and want admission in BArch degree courses in various colleges.

  • There are around 357 colleges in which students can get admission for the BArch degree courses by qualifying the NATA test.
  • The NATA 2021 first attempt test will be directed in the second week of April 2021, and the second attempt test will be conducted in the first week of July 2021.
  • The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is directed in 2 parts i.e. Part A – Drawing Test, and Part B – PCM and General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

The candidates have to study well to crack this exam so; studying from the best NATA books will be beneficial for any candidate. Here in this article, you will get all the important NATA books for the preparation of the General Aptitude test.

  • The NATA 2021 first attempt application form was out in the fourth week of January 2021.
  • The NATA 2021 first attempt Test will be conducted in the second week of April 2021.

In this article, you will get all the top recommended, important books, best books for the preparation of NATA test 2021.

NATA Books for Preparation

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture comprises of 2 parts i.e. Part A – Drawing Test and Part B - PCM and General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

  • The Part A – Drawing Test is an offline test of 125 marks. These 125 marks are divided into 3 questions i.e. 2 questions are of 35 marks each and 1 question is of 55 marks. You will get 2 hours 15 minutes time to attempt this examination.
  • The Part B - PCM and General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning is an online test of 75 marks. These 75 marks are divided into 50 questions of 1.5 marks each. PCM consists of 15 questions of 1.5 marks each, and General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning consists of 35 questions of 1.5 marks each. You will get 45 minutes of time to attempt this part.

The table below shows the top recommended, important NATA books for the preparation: -

NATA BOOKS NAME AUTHOR & PUBLISHER
A Complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch Entrance Examination 2018/19/20  P K Mishra
NATA (B.Arch) Guide to Bachelor of Architecture Entrance Examination B.Arch Entrance Examination Guide Surendra Kavimandan
NATA & B.Arch Question Bank Ar. Shadan Usmani
NATA & B.Arch complete self-study material: entrance examination  Ar. Shadan Usmani
Popular Master Guide B.Arch Entrance Examination R Gupta

NATA Books for General Aptitude

The General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning exam comprises 35 questions. The candidates will get 45 minutes of time to complete this examination. 1.5 marks are allotted for every right answer and there is no negative marking for wrong answers. This examination is of 75 marks in total.

The table below shows the best NATA books for the General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning exam:-

NATA Books Name Author or Publisher Price
B. Arch. & NATA Paperback – 1 June 2018 GKP Rs. 355/-
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Book R S Agarwal Rs. 520/-
Quantitative Aptitude R S Agarwal Rs. 380/-
  • B. Arch. & NATA Paperback – 1 June 2018 by GKP - The book has been divided into 6 sections i.e. Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, General Awareness, Architectural Aptitude and Visualizing Different Sides of 3-D objects; all of which have theory and questions based on the latest Syllabus. The book also includes previous year papers for students to understand and thorough themselves with the exam pattern and trend.

In this book you will study various topics that are as follows: -

Part - 1: Mathematics

  1. Algebra
  2. Trigonometry
  3. Two-Dimensional Coordinate Geometry
  4. Three Dimensional Coordinate Geometry
  5. Differential Calculus
  6. Integral Calculus
  7. Ordinary Differential Equations
  8. Probability
  9. Vector
  10. Statistics
  11. Linear Programming

Part - II: Verbal Reasoning

  1. Series Completion
  2. Analogy
  3. Classification (odd one out)
  4. Venn Diagrams
  5. Distance and Direction
  6. Coding-Decoding
  7. Blood Relation

Part - II: Non-Verbal Reasoning

  1. Series
  2. Analogy
  3. Classification
  4. Pattern Perception
  5. Figure Formation and Analysis
  6. Figure Embedded
  7. Paper Folding
  8. Folded Figures
  9. Figure Matrix
  10. Mirror Image
  11. Rule Detection
  12. Chart Logic
  13. Cubes and Cubical Dice

Part - IV: General Awareness

  1. Current Affairs

Part - V: Architectural Aptitude

  1. Some Architectural Terms
  2. Architects and their Buildings
  3. Drawing
  4. History of Architecture of Indus Civilization
  5. Architectural Awareness

Part – VI : Visualising Different Sides of 3-D Object

Visualising Different Sides of 3-D Object

AET–Paper (Aptitude Test)

NATA Drawing Books

The NATA 2021 drawing test comprises 3 questions. Students will get 2 hours 15 minutes time to attempt this drawing test. The students will get 2 questions of 35 marks each, and 1 question of 55 marks. It is an offline test. This examination is of 125 marks in total.

The table below shows the important NATA books for the drawing test: -

NATA Books for Drawing Test Author or Publisher Price
Engineering Drawing N.D. Bhatt Rs. 400/-
A Complete Self Study Guide for B. Arch Entrance Examinations Arihant Publications Rs. 295/-
  • Engineering Drawing by Arihant Publication –

In this book you will study various topics that are –

  1. Elements of Applied Mechanics
  2. Strength of materials
  3. Theory and Analysis of structures
  4. Mechanics of Solid
  5. Understanding concept of structural analysis and drawing
  6. Matrix methods of structural analysis
  7. Experiment in mechanics of solids
  8. Thermodynamics and thermal engineering
  9. Machine Design
  10. Building, planning and drawing
  11. Fluid mechanics and machinery laboratory Manual
  12. Surveying and Leveling
  13. Engineering material
  14. Building construction
  15. Town planning
  16. Railway engineering
  17. Airport engineering
  18. Bridge engineering
  19. Highway engineering

FAQ's

Is there any fixed syllabus for NATA 2021?

No, there is no fixed syllabus for NATA 2021 students are advised to follow the previous year syllabus only. Students should practice from previous year papers only, it helps them to get an idea about the syllabus, pattern and trend of the NATA examination.

What is the marking scheme of NATA 2021?

NATA 2021 examination consists of 2 Parts i.e. Part A – Drawing test and Part B – PCM and general aptitude and logical reasoning exam. The NATA 2021 examination is of 200 marks. These 200 marks are divided into 2 parts i.e. Part A - drawing test comprises 125 marks (2 questions of 35 marks each and 1 question of 55 marks) and Part B – PCM and general aptitude and logical reasoning comprises 75 marks (50 questions of 1.5 marks each).

Is the NATA exam essential for Architecture?

Yes, it is essential, without qualifying the NATA test students cannot get admission in any undergraduate Architecture degree courses.