NATA 2020 is being conducted by the Council of Architecture. The last date to register for NATA is April 15, 2020. Candidates can apply until 11:59 pm of the last date. Note that COA has officially announced that the date for NATA 2020 first test has been postponed due to COVID-19. Therefore the National Aptitude Test in Architecture, which was going to be held on 19 Apr 2020, will not be held and the new exam date will be announced in some time. Candidates can utilize this time to prepare for the exam using syllabus, exam pattern, and drawing questions given on this page.
NATA 2020: Exam Date, Last Date To Register, Complete Schedule
The latest dates for NATA 2020 exam are as follows. Some dates are subject to change as per the decision of COA.
|NATA 2020 Exam||First Test Exam Dates||Second Test Exam Dates|
|Registration start date||01 Feb 2020||01 Feb 2020|
|Registration last date||15 Apr 2020 (11.59 pm)||04 May 2020|
|Image upload deadline||19 Apr 2020 (11.59 pm)||08 May 2020|
|Fee payment deadline||19 Apr 2020 (11.59 pm)||08 May 2020|
|Confirmation page printing available till||22 Apr 2020 (11.59 pm)||11 May 2020|
|Correction window||20 Apr 2020 (10.30 am) – 22 Apr 2020 (11.59 pm)||09 May 2020 (10.30 am) – 11 May 2020 (11.59 pm)|
|Admit card release date||21 May 2020|
|NATA 2020 exam date||31 May 2020 (10 am to 1.15 pm)|
|Declaration of result||14 Jun 2020|
NATA 2020 Registration
Candidates who wish to appear in the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA 2020) need to first register for it. The process is completely online, vide nata.in. There is no offline component to it.
|Category wise fee amount||Unreserved||SC / ST / PWD|
|Fee to appear in one exam||Rs 2000||Rs 1700|
|Fee to appear in both exams||Rs 3800||Rs 3100|
|Fee to appear in one exam outside India||Rs 10000||–|
|Fee to appear in both exams outside India||Rs 18000||–|
PHOTOGRAPH AND SIGNATURE SPECIFICATION
During registration, candidates need to upload scanned copies of their photo and signature. They need to be in a specific format. The same is as follows.
|Document||Size of file||Width by Height|
|Photo||4-100 kb||3.5 cm x 4.5 cm|
|Signature||1-30 kb||3.5 cm x 1.5 cm|
HOW TO APPLY FOR NATA 2020?
Watch this video to understand the registration process.
The steps to apply are as follows.
- Click here to go to the sign up page for NATA 2020.
- Enter name, father’s name, mother’s name, mobile number, email address, DOB, aadhaar number, choose password, security question, security answer to sign up.
- Check your email for a verification link and click it.
- Then login with email and password at nata.in.
- Now you have to fill the NATA 2020 application form. Here, the first set of details to be entered are clubbed under ‘basic details:: personal information’. Enter category, gender, nationality.
- The next group is ‘address and exam details’ where you need to enter address, state of domicile, choice of exam centers, select exam (whether you want to appear in first test, or second test, or both).
- Then the next batch of data to enter are ‘educational qualifications’. Here you need to fill class 10 pass status, course, board name, year of passing, marks, roll number, school name, and same for class 12 (in this you also have to enter PCM marks).
- After that you need to upload a photo and signature.
- Thereafter the application preview is generated.
- And then you have to pay the application fee.
NATA 2020 Postponed, Registration Extended – Official Notice
A slew of exams across India have been postponed due to the COVID-19 / coronavirus situation. COA has gone a step further, and not only decided to postpone the exam, but also extended the registration deadline, thus giving students something to cheer about in the grim situation. Here is the complete official notification.
NATA 2020 Exam Pattern
The NATA exam is quite unique.
Most entrance exams assess hard core technical aspects of a candidate for whichever field they want to get into. However NATA is the entrance exam for architecture admissions. And this field requires creativity as well as technical understanding. Hence the exam is designed to assess the candidates’ skill sets in applications of science, general aptitude, as well as drawing.
The overall distribution of questions will be as follows.
|Subject||Mode of Exam||No. of Qs||Marks Per Qs||Max Marks|
|Drawing test||Pencil and paper based test||3||2 qs of 35 marks each|
1 qs of 25 marks
|General aptitude and logical reasoning||MCQ||35||1.5||52.5|
The paper timings will be divided in three parts
#1. FIRST – Part A
Test: Drawing Test
Timings: 10 am to 12.15 pm
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Timings: 12.15 pm to 12.30 pm
Duration: 15 minutes
#3. SECOND – Part B
Test: PCM, General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning
Timings: 12.30 pm to 1.15 pm
Duration: 45 minutes
NATA Syllabus 2020
DRAWING TEST SYLLABUS: understanding of scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast. conceptualization and visualization through structuring objects in memory. drawing of patterns – both geometrical and abstract. form transformations in 2d and 3d like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes. generating plan, elevation and 3d views of objects. creating 2d and 3d compositions using given shape and forms. perspective drawing, sketching of urban scape and landscape, common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory.
PHYSICS SYLLABUS: Electrostatics, current electricity, electromagnetic induction and alternating currents, optics, dual nature of radiation and matter, atoms and nuclei, electronic devices.
CHEMISTRY SYLLABUS: some basic concepts of chemistry, structure of atom, classification of elements and periodicity in properties, chemical bonding and molecular states of matter: gases and liquids, chemical thermodynamics, equilibrium, redox reactions, hydrogen, s- block elements, p -block elements, organic chemistry, hydrocarbons, environmental chemistry.
MATHEMATICS SYLLABUS: Algebra, logarithms, matrices, trigonometry, coordinate geometry, 3D coordinate geometry, theory of calculus, application of calculus, permutation and combination, statistics and probability.
GENERAL APTITUDE SYLLABUS: objects, texture related to architecture and built environment. interpretation of pictorial compositions, visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing. visualizing different sides of 3d objects. analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), general awareness of national/ international architects and famous architectural creations; mathematical reasoning; sets and relations.
Difference between NATA and JEE Main Paper 2
You have already seen the NATA exam pattern above. The exam tests you on the basis of a drawing test (3 qs of 125 marks), PCM (15 qs of 22.5 marks), and general aptitude and logical reasoning (35 qs of 52.5 marks).
In JEE Main Paper 2 conducted by NTA, the exam pattern is as follows.
In Maths, there are 20 MCQs and 5 numerical value type qs. Whereas in the aptitude test all questions are MCQs. These sections are online computer based. Drawing test is of course drawing based hence subjective and paper based.
Exam duration is 3 hours.
Marking scheme is +4, -1 for MCQs, and +4, 0 for numerical value type questions.
Therefore, we can list the differences as follows.
#1. NATA gives more weightage to drawing questions. While JEE Main paper 2 has 2 drawing questions of 100 marks, NATA has 3 of 125 marks. In JEE, 25% of marks are for drawing test, whereas in NATA, 62.5% of the total marks are on drawing.
#2. NATA tests you on physics, chemistry also. In JEE, maths and aptitude test make up the objective questions. Whereas in NATA there are qs on physics, chemistry, maths, general aptitude and logical reasoning.
#3. The colleges that accept NATA and JEE Main scores are different. While the JEE Main is primarily for NITs, IIITs, CFTIs, NATA has been conducted by COA since 2006; COA is the apex body regulating various aspects of architecture field in India, starting from registration of architects to maintaining standards of architecture education. Colleges that offer B.Arch programs can choose to accept JEE or NATA or both scores as per its guidelines. If candidates have set their eyes on some dream college, then they should first check which exam score is being accepted there. If both are accepted, then they can appear in both tests.
Point to be noted: As per students who have appeared in both the exams in previous years, drawing questions asked in NATA are tougher.
Drawing questions in NATA exam in previous years
You can practice the drawing questions that were asked in the previous year NATA exams. This will help you develop your skills, get familiar with the paper, and also build confidence. On youtube, some coaching classes have published good solutions (proposed sketches) for the questions. They are also provided here for your reference.
NATA Drawing Questions 2019
It is raining and you are looking out of a window from your living room. The window is a wooden panel window with horizontal grills. You can see a playground with play equipment. Some children are playing in the rain and some kids are playing with paper boats in puddles. Beyond the playground there is a tea shop and a hospital. Draw the view using your imagination.
Make a composition involving given geometrical shapes.
Draw a memorable family trip you went, and show at least one family member. The drawing should depict well known place or building or nature.
NATA Drawing Questions 2018
You are sitting at a table in front of a tea stall in the early morning sipping a hot cup of tea while your companion is reading a newspaper. The tea stall is located in a park and you are observing a man walking his dog and the beautiful garden landscape around you. Sketch the scenario described above and render light and shade using drawing pencils.
Using all the three shapes given below, create a visually pleasing composition. The shapes are to be used in the same size as illustrated below and they have to be repeated, rotated, interlocked and mirrored to create the composition. Use not more than 3 colors from the analogous color scheme.
NATA Drawing Questions 2017
One late afternoon, you along with your family members were enjoying a boat ride along a river viewed a spectacular sunset. You noticed that the boat was moving from South and all of you were facing north. Suddenly your younger brother shouted and told everybody to see the river bank on your right side. You saw a series of high-rise apartment buildings interspersed with trees. But in the middle, there was a beautiful river ghat, a Garden and small white mosque adjacent to it. Lots of birds were flying around and sitting on its Golden Dome. In the concrete jungle, the small structure seemed to be a nice relief. Develop a colored sketch (use Dry color) of what you experienced.
You are waiting in a railway platform for catching a local train. Some people are also waiting there with small and big luggage. Few people are sitting on wooden benches. There is a small food shop. You noticed that the train is coming and has reached almost midway of the platform. Draw a pencil sketch of what you experienced?
NATA 2020 Preparation Tips
#1. Good drawing skills are not enough to crack the NATA exam. You also need to know the following.
- Effects of light
- Shadow formation
- Perspective drawing
- Scale and proportions
- Drawing from memory
- 3-D objects
#2. Creativity plays an important role. Feed your imagination with whatever sparks your interest, on a daily basis.
#3. Build speed. While expressing creativity cannot be time bound, when it comes to an exam, it has to be that way. So practice on finishing sample drawing questions in a time frame, and to do them excellently.
#4. Solve previous year question papers of NATA. You may or may not have taken coaching. But the best coach is practising from past year NATA question papers and going through their solutions as well.
#5. Absorb general knowledge rather than mugging them. If you have an interest in architects, and what is going on around you, this will not be difficult. However if you sit down with a GK book with the intention of swallowing all information in one day, that will be difficult.
#6. Practice with the right equipments. Use A4 sheet, dry mediums while preparing for NATA. also, whenever you draw, use a light hand to make it easier to correct later.
Top Architecture Colleges in India
Since you are here, looking for NATA 2020 exam details, you should also know about the best colleges for architecture programs. The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has released these colleges to be the best in the field. Here is their latest ranking.
|1||Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur||West Bengal|
|2||Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee||Uttarakhand|
|3||National Institute of Technology Calicut||Kerala|
|4||School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi||Delhi|
|5||College of Engineering||Kerala|
|6||School of Planning and Architecture Bhopal||Madhya Pradesh|
|7||National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli||Tamil Nadu|
|8||Jamia Millia Islamia||Delhi|
|9||School of Planning and Architecture Vijayawada||Andhra Pradesh|
|10||Birla Institute of Technology||Jharkhand|
|11||College of Engineering Visakhapatnam||Andhra Pradesh|
|12||Anna University||Tamil Nadu|
|13||Aligarh Muslim University||Uttar Pradesh|
|14||Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology||Madhya Pradesh|
|15||BMS College of Architecture||Karnataka|
To know the admission process in these colleges, candidates are required to contact the college or visit their official websites.
If you have any queries on NATA 2020, then please ask in comments below.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is NATA?
NATA, or the National Aptitude Test in Architecture, is the national level architecture entrance exam conducted by COA (Council of Architecture). It leads to admission to the 5-yr B.Arch program.
How is NATA different from JEE Main Paper 2 and JEE Advanced AAT?
NATA, JEE Main paper 2, and JEE Advanced AAT are conducted for different colleges. JEE Main paper 2 is for admission to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs. JEE Advanced AAT is for IIT admissions. All other colleges have their own admission guidelines and they accept NATA / JEE paper 2 / AAT scores as per their norms. The exams being different, their exam pattern also differ.
What is the NATA first test and second test?
COA is conducting NATA exam twice this year. The first exam is called the first test, and likewise the next one is the second test.
Is it compulsory to appear in both tests?
No. Candidates can choose to appear in either one, or both tests of NATA 2020.
If I appear in both tests, which score will be considered?
The best of the two scores will be considered for candidates who appear in both tests.