The Council of Architecture has changed the exam pattern for NATA 2021. If you are an aspirant for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture, it is advised to be aware of the new pattern to be updated with the details regarding the number of questions, marking scheme, exam duration, exam mode, etc.

As per the new NATA exam pattern, the exam consists of only a single section, which means the questions are asked only from the aptitude section. There is no drawing section in the 2021 exam.

This post takes you through the detailed information about the new paper pattern of the exam.

NATA 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights

The exam conducting authorities have announced a few changes in the NATA Paper Pattern due to the current situation across the globe. Considering the new NATA Paper Pattern, the exam shall be conducted in online mode. 

This year, there is only Aptitude Test which will comprise of questions like Multiple-Choice type (MCQ), Multiple Select types (MSQ), Preferential Choice type (PCQ), and Numerical Answer type (NAQ).

Knowing the exam pattern will help enhance your Last-minute Preparation for the NATA Exam.

Exam Mode Computer-Based Test
Duration 3 Hours
Medium  English
Section Aptitude 
Total Number of Questions 125 Questions
Type of Questions Multiple-Choice type (MCQ); Multiple Select type (MSQ); Preferential Choice type (PCQ); Numerical Answer type (NAQ)
Total Marks 200
Negative Marking No
Marking Scheme The questions will be of 1 or 2 or 3 marks

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NATA Marking Scheme 2021

To understand the marking scheme, you must be aware of the type of questions that will be asked along with the weightage. Solving the previous year's NATA Question Papers can give you an idea on the difficulty level and type of questions asked. 

The question paper consists of 1 mark, 2 marks, and 3-marks questions. However, the Council of Architecture did not specify the number of questions under each mark slab. 

The question paper will have a total of 125 questions for 200 marks.

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As per the NATA Exam Pattern, no marks will be deducted for wrongly answered questions.

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How is your Aptitude accessed by NATA?

As per the Syllabus for NATA 2021, you will be tested on the following topics in the aptitude test.

Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests the ability of logical reasoning, using diagrams and scenarios
Numerical Reasoning Tests mathematical ability through simple problems
Verbal Reasoning Assesses the ability to assess verbal logic
Inductive Reasoning Tests the ability to see patterns and analyze given data
Situational Judgment Tests problem-solving ability
Logical Reasoning Tests ability to recognize patterns, sequences, or relationships between shapes and imagery
Abstract Reasoning Will assess general knowledge, and ability to utilize knowledge in new situations

NATA Tie-breaking Procedure 2021

If you and other students have scored the same marks in NATA Entrance Exam 2021, then the board will decide on whom to consider for admission based on the below-mentioned criteria:

  • The highest marks in mathematics will be taken into consideration.
  • The one with fewer wrong answers in mathematics will be taken into consideration.
  • The highest marks in the Aptitude Test will be taken into consideration.
  • The one with fewer wrong answers in the Aptitude Test will be taken into consideration.
  • Those who have an earlier date of birth will be given first preference.

NATA 2021 Scores Validity

In the aptitude test, you will be allotted marks on the basis of the number of correct answers.

The NATA Score 2021 will be valid only for admission in the session 2021.


Is there negative marking in NATA 2021 exam?

No. As per the NATA Exam pattern, there is no negative marking in the exam.

How many questions are asked in the NATA exam?

There are a total of 125 questions in the NATA exam.

Is the exam pattern the same for NATA 1 and NATA 2?

Yes. The exam pattern is same for both NATA 1 and NATA 2.

What is the time duration of the NATA Exam?

As per the NATA Exam Pattern, the time duration of the exam is 3 hours.

Can I use measuring instruments in drawing test of NATA 2021

No. You have to answer the question in freehand. You are not allowed to use measuring instruments such as scale, compass, etc in the exam hall.

Does NATA have negative marking for unattempted questions?

No. There is no negative marking for unattempted questions.

Can I leave early if I have completed the test?

No. You are not allowed to leave early even if you have completed the test. You have to stay inside the exam hall until the exam gets over.

Is calculator allowed in NATA Exam?

No. calculators are prohibited inside the NATA examination hall.

I belong to PwD category, will I be given any extra time to complete the paper?

No. All candidates including PwD category have to complete the exam in 180 minutes. 

Will the authorities conduct NATA 2021 exam as a home based test?

No. The authorities will conduct NATA 2021 as a computer-based examination.

Can I appear for NATA 2021 in my own language?

No. The NATA 2021 exam will be conducted only in the English language.