NATA Exam Pattern 2020: CoA(Council of Architecture) has released the latest NATA Notification 2020 already. Hence, it is important to go through the NATA Exam 2020 Pattern before applying. This article will provide you with the new NATA Exam Pattern in detail based on the latest NATA information Brochure.

  • Aspirants who fulfill NATA Eligibility Criteria 2020 are invited to appear for NATA Exam 2020
  • The NATA 2020 exam pattern provides accuracy into the structure of the exam like, the mode of exam, subjects from which questions will be asked, and question type.
  • As per the official NATA Exam Pattern 2020, the entrance exam will include Part A(Offline) and Part B(Online)
  • Going through the NATA Previous Year Questions will help you understand the paper in a better way
  • Part A will include a Drawing test that has to be attempted on A4 size paper while Part B will multiple choice type (MCQ) questions
  • Candidates have to clear Paper 1 to get Eligible for NATA  2020 Paper 2

NATA Exam Pattern 2020: Highlights

Managing Authority Council of Architecture (CoA)
Exam Category National Level
Mode Offline+Online
No. Of papers 1. Drawing Test
2. PCM+Aptitude
Duration of exam 3 hours 15 min
Total number of questions 53
Maximum marks 200
Marking Scheme +1.5 in Mathematics and General Aptitude
No negative marking
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NATA Exam Pattern Changes 2020 

There have been new changes in NATA Exam 2020 Pattern. The marking scheme has changed entirely. There have been changes in the number of questions allotted to each section. Let's go through the changes one by one-

  • For the Physics Chemistry Maths(PCM) section, there were 30 questions each of 2 marks which have changed now to 15 questions into 1.5 marks
  • For the Drawing Section, there were 2 questions of 40 marks which have changed now to 2 questions of 35 marks each and 1 question of 55 marks
  • For the General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning Section, there were 30 questions each of 2 marks which have changed now to 35 questions each of 1.5 marks

NATA Exam Marking Scheme 2020

NATA conduct Exam in two sessions, First Session(NATA 1) is held on April 19th, 2020, and Second Session(NATA 2) will be held on May 31st, 2020.aND Both NATA 1 and NATA 2 will consist of two parts-PART A and PART B.Part A consists of Drawing Section of the exam and PART B consists of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics(PCM) and General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning.

Subjects No. of Questions Distribution of Marks Total Marks Mode of Exam
Drawing(PART A) 3 2x35,1x55 70+55=125 paper & pencil
PCM(PART B) 15 15x1.5 22.5 MCQ(online)
General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning(PART B) 35 35x1.5 52.5 MCQ(online)
Total 53 ------------------------------ 200 ---------------------
  • Time Duration: 195 minutes(3 hours 15 min)
  • Total Number of Questions: 53 Questions
  • Total Marks: 200 marks

NATA Exam Pattern for Paper 1 & Paper 2 in gist

The brief of Both the Sessions of NATA 2020 Exam Patterns are below-

NATA PAPER 1- 

Paper 1 includes Drawing Test which is now 2 hours 15 minutes:

  •  In this paper, candidates have to attempt 3 questions
  • Each question will have subsections
  • They have to draw or sketch a diagram in 3D as per their visualization, symmetry and sketching ability
  • Creating interesting 2D compositions using given shapes and forms
  • Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences
  • Candidate’s NATA drawings test his/her imagination, observation skills reflected a sense of proportion and perspective sense and use of color and composition in the drawing
  • Candidates have to complete in the last 135 minutes of the exam and both the questions are of 2 question of 35 marks each and 1 question of 55 marks.

NATA PAPER 2-

This includes General Aptitude and Physics,Chemistry,Mathematics Sections, which is now 45 minutes , read below points for brief:

  • 50 questions are asked in Paper-2, where 15 questions come from PCM section and 35 Questions come from General Aptitude section
  • The paper will consist of the General Aptitude and PCM test
  • Questions raised would be based on imagination, perception, creativity, observation, communication and architectural awareness of the candidates
  • Candidates have to complete in the first 45 minutes of the exam
  • For every correct answer, 1.5 marks will be allotted
  • There is no negative marking or deduction of marks for un-attempted questions

NATA 2020 Scores Validity

NATA 2020 will be of a total of 200 marks, in the case of MCQ (Paper 1), the candidate will score on the basis of the number of correct answers. There is no negative marking for an incorrect answer in NATA but, in a tie-breaking case, candidates have to face disadvantages. Paper 2, i.e. drawing would be checked by a panel of three examiners independently and an average of marks is taken. The NATA Score 2020 will be valid only for the admission in the session 2020-21.

Tie-Breaking process regarding the NATA Scores are as follows-

  • Overall marks secure in the Mathematics test component.Less wrong answers of the candidate in attempted ones of the Mathematics test component will get preference.
  • The overall marks in problems of Aptitude test component.Less wrong answers of the candidate in attempted ones of the aptitude test component will get preference.

NATA Exam Syllabus 2020

Go through the NATA Exam Syllabus 2020 in gist from below for all the sections-

General Aptitude Mathematics Drawing
Visualizing 3-D objects from the 2-D drawing Algebra Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment, etc from memory
Interpretation of pictorial compositions Quadratic Equations 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms
Analytical reasoning Binomial theorem (positive integral index) Understanding the scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, aesthetics, color texture, harmony and contrast
Mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal) Logarithms Conceptualization and visualization through structuring objects in memory
General awareness of national/international architects and famous architectural creations Matrices,Vectors,Matrices, Drawing of patterns – both geometrical and abstract
Mathematical reasoning and sets & relations Objects Trigonometry Perspective drawing, sketching, and landscape
Textures related to architecture & built environment Theory of Calculus , Application of Calculus -
Visualizing different sides of 3D objects 11th & 12th Mathematics etc. -


NATA 2020 Recommended Books

NATA Exam Pattern 2020 recommended some books candidates refer the following book to get more clarity and get more insights into the topic-

Book Name Author ISBN no.
A complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch Entrance Examination 2017 PK Mishra 978-9385980909
Nata 2017 Full Package Nata360 -
NATA (B.Arch) Guide to Bachelor of Architecture Entrance Examination GKP -
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FAQ's

What are the new changes made in NATA Exam Pattern?

There have been new changes in NATA Exam Pattern 2020.The marking scheme have changed entirely.There have been changes in the number of questions alloted to each section.Lets go through the changes one by one-

  • For the Physics Chemistry Maths(PCM) section,there were 30 questions each of 2 marks which have changed now to 15 questions into 1.5 marks
  • For the Drawing Section,there were 2 questions of 40 marks which have changed now to 2 questions of 35 marks each and 1 question of 55 marks
  • For the General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning Section,there were 30 questions each of 2 marks which have changed now to 35 questions each of 1.5 marks

What number of questions will come from each of the sections?

The number of questions from each of the sections are as follows-


Subjects No. of Questions
Drawing(PART A) 3
PCM(PART B) 15
General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning(PART B) 35
Total 53

What is the total marks allotted to each section?

The total marks allotted to each section are as follows-


Subjects Total Marks
Drawing(PART A) 70+55=125
PCM(PART B) 22.5
General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning(PART B) 52.5
Total 200

What is the Mode of Exam for each of the section?

The Mode of Exam for each of the section are as follows-


Subjects Mode of Exam
Drawing(PART A) paper & pencil
PCM(PART B) MCQ(online)
General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning(PART B) MCQ(online)

What is the NATA Exam Paper Pattern for Drawing Section?

The NATA Exam Paper Pattern for Drawing Section is as follows-

Paper 1 includes Drawing Test which is now 2 hours 15 minutes:

  •  In this paper, candidates have to attempt 3 questions
  • Each question will have subsections
  • They have to draw or sketch a diagram in 3D as per their visualization, symmetry and sketching ability
  • Creating interesting 2D compositions using given shapes and forms
  • Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences
  • Candidate’s NATA drawings test his/her imagination, observation skills reflected a sense of proportion and perspective sense and use of color and composition in the drawing
  • Candidates have to complete in the last 135 minutes of the exam and both the questions are of 2 question of 35 marks each and 1 question of 55 marks.

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