The Council of Architecture (CoA) has released the exam pattern of the NATA 2021 along with the brochure on the official website. This year, the CoA has made changes in the entrance exam pattern.

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

This post takes you through complete details about NATA Exam Pattern 2021.

NATA Exam Pattern for Aptitude Test 2021

The aptitude test will comprise of questions that could be of the Multiple-Choice type (MCQ), Multiple Select types (MSQ), Preferential Choice type (PCQ), and Numerical Answer type (NAQ).

  • There are a total of 125 questions in the exam. 
  • The question paper will be a combination of 1 mark, 2 marks, and 3 marks questions.
  • The total time duration of the exam is 180 minutes i.e. 3 hours.
  • The exam is conducted in the English language.

As per the NATA Syllabus, 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 Question Papers

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NATA Marking Scheme

To better understand the marking scheme, you must be aware of the type of questions that will be asked along with the weightage.

The question paper consists of 1 mark, 2marks, 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.

As per the brochure, there is no negative marking in the NATA Exam 2021

NATA Tie-breaking Procedure

If you and other student have scored the same marks in NATA 2021, then the board will decide on whom to consider for admission based on the below-mentioned considerations;

  • 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.

In paper 2, i.e. drawing test would be checked by a panel of three examiners independently and an average of marks is taken.

The NATA Score 2021 will be valid only for admission in the session 2021-21.


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 1 exam?

There are a total of 125 questions will be asked in the NATA 1 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.