Examination Pattern for National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) 2016

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) Examination Pattern

  • Paper based drawing test
  • Computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test

1. NATA Drawing Test - 2 Hours

The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects

  • Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering in visually appealing manner.
  • Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
  • Perspective drawing sense .
  • Combining and composing given 3D elements to form a building or structural form.
  • Creating interesting 2D composition using given shapes and forms.
  • Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition.
  • Understanding of scale and proportions.
  • Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.

The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate’s drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate’s sense of proportion & perspective is also evaluated together with sense for colour and composition.

2. Aesthetic Sensitivity Test - 2 Hours

The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises

  • Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings.
  • Visualising different sides of three dimensional object.
  • Indentifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.
  • Analytical reasoning.
  • Mental Ability.
  • Imaginative comprehension and expression.
  • Architectural awareness.
    • This section is computer adaptive, meaning that the computer selects questions based on the candidate’s performance on preceding questions (When correct answer is given, next question will be of higher difficulty level whereas, if wrong answer is given next question is of lower difficulty level) and on the requirements of the test design. Test design factors that influence which questions are presented to the candidate include:
    • The statistical characteristics (including difficulty level) of the questions already answered
    • The required variety of question types
    • The appropriate coverage of content.
    • The candidate’s score will depend on his / her performance on the questions given and on the number of questions answered in the time allotted.
    • The final score depends on average difficulty level of all questions and of those questions answered correctly. E.g. person with correct answer for less number of questions of higher difficulty level may score higher marks than someone who answers more number of questions correctly but of lower difficulty level.
    • Average time allotted to answer the question is 90 seconds and the countdown begins 30 seconds before the time ends, however, for certain questions depending upon their difficulty level, time allotted to provide the answer may be reduced to 60 seconds or may be extended to 120 seconds.
    • There is no Negative marking in this test.

NATA - Score card / Mark list

The score cards will be available on NATA website in e-format. Usually, the score cards will be posted on the website on the fourth working day after the test.

The candidate, after fourth day may check his score directly from website giving his / her candidate ID. However, print out of such score card will be only for reference and information. Candidate, however, shall use print out of this score card while applying for the admission. Original score card will be retrieved by the admission authority directly from NATA server

NATA - Cumulative Reporting (Score Retention)

NATA score reporting is cumulative. Current NATA policy states that the candidate’s scores are retained for the two years following the testing year in which the candidate tested.

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Our Educational Expert Clarifications

TNEA Questions
For NATA exam what are the things I need to prepare ? name
Gowri Mar 27, 2012

For NATA entrance exams, you should have inters in drawing and design, you can study about the 3 dimensional, 2 dimensional drawings and their views, proportions of real images in paper and about the general knowledge in architecture.

TNEA Questions
How to study for NATA? Where can I take coaching classes ? name
Sachin Cherian Mar 10, 2012

COA knows that the students have no or minimal knowledge of Architecture. NATA testing the student's sensibilities like 3D visualisation, logical understanding and drawing skills that are formed in every student right from childhood. Some questions will be on architectural awareness like buildings of national or international importance from General Knowledge. The stduents can develope these skills reading, internet browsing or even by talking to architectural students, architects and other knowledgeable persons. A model NATA interface available on the NATA website to help students with the visual format of the test. There will be no model questions available as such.