Council of Architecture has revised the NATA syllabus due to a shift in the mode of exam from offline to online. Usually, the National Aptitude Test in Architecture comprises an offline drawing test. However, due to the COVID19 disruption this year, COA will replace it with a cognitive skills test in online mode to assess the drawing and visual composition skills of the testtakers.
Candidates preparing for NATA must study in sync with the NATA syllabus to secure admission to the B.Arch programme in a desired institute. The question paper is designed as per the syllabus of NATA (released along with the information brochure). NATA 2020 shall consist of two parts, namely –
The question paper of NATA 2020 (to be conducted on August 29) will include 60 questions that have to be answered within two hours. CoA has also introduced a sectional time limit of 45 minutes for Part B and 72 minutes for Part A. There will be an intermission of 3 minutes in between Part A and B. Read further to gain knowledge on NATA syllabus and exam pattern along with some preparation tips.
Instead of an offline drawing test, Part A of NATA 2020 will be a test based on remoteproctored AI technology to evaluate the cognitive skills of the candidates. Check out the NATA syllabus for Cognitive Skill Test (Part A) below:
The syllabus for Physics section of Part B includes topics that were taught in class 11th and 12th curriculum. NATA syllabus for Physics includes the following topics:
Syllabus for NATA Part B (Physics)
Electric charges and Fields  Electrostatic Potential and Capacitance  Current Electricity  Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism 
Moving Charges and magnetism  Magnetism and Matter  Electromagnetic Induction  Alternating Current 
Dual nature of radiation and Matter  Nuclei  Ray optics and optical instruments  Wave Optics 
Nuclei  Semiconductor Electronics  Materials  Devices and Simple circuits 
The syllabus for Chemistry section of Part B includes some basic concepts of the subject, which were taught in 10+2 level. Topics as per NATA syllabus for Chemistry are as follows:
Syllabus for NATA Part B (Chemistry)
Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry  Structure of Atom  Environmental Chemistry  Hydrocarbons 
Redox Reactions  Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties  Chemical Bonding and Molecular  States of matter – Gases 
Hydrogen  Equilibrium  Equilibrium  States of matter – Liquids 
s – Block Elements  p – Block Elements  Some basic Principles and Techniques of organic chemistry  – 
Unlike Physics and Chemistry, the syllabus for the Mathematics section is vast. Candidates can check the topics and subtopics below to start preparing for Mathematics as per NATA syllabus:
Syllabus for NATA Part B (Mathematics)
Topics  Subtopics 
Algebra 

Logarithms 

Matrices 

Trigonometry 

Coordinate Geometry 

3Dimensional Coordinate geometry 

Theory of Calculus 

Application of Calculus 

Permutation and combination 

Statistics And Probability 

This section mainly includes Mathematics reasoning, seats and relations, etc. Candidates must study the following topics to qualify the section:
Syllabus for NATA Part B (General Aptitude)
Objects  texture related to architecture and built environment  Interpretation of pictorial compositions  Visualizing threedimensional objects from a twodimensional 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  
Statements  logical operations like and, or, if and only if  Understanding of tautology  contradiction and contrapositive 
Converse  –  –  – 
Sets and Relations  
Idea of sets  Subsets  Power set  Complement 
Union  Intersection and difference of sets  Venn diagram  De Morgan’s Laws 
Relation and its properties  Equivalence relation  Shaktiman definition and elementary examples  – 
Apart from the NATA syllabus, candidates must have good knowledge of the exam pattern to create a practical preparation plan. The revised exam pattern for NATA 2020 is as follows.
Sectional Weightage of Questions in Part A
Part A  Number of Questions  Marks  Test Duration (minutes) 
Drawing and Visual Composition  1 (Section 1)  17  12 
3 (Section 2)  48  36  
6 (Section 3)  60  24  
Total  10  125  72 
Sectional Weightage of Questions in Part B
Part A  Number of Questions  Marks  Test Duration (minutes) 
PCM  15  22.5 (1.5 marks each)  – 
General Aptitude & reasoning Aptitude  35  52.5 (1.5 marks each)  – 
Total  50  75  45 
Just knowing the exam pattern and syllabus will not make your preparation any better until you execute a study plan perfectly. Here are some tips that will enhance the preparation tips for NATA 2020.
As per the NATA syllabus, candidates have to take the test in two parts. Part A will be the ‘Cognitive Skill Test’ whereas Part B will have questions from four different sections – Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.
Council of Architecture is conducting Part A as well as Part B of NATA 2020 in an online mode. Candidates will have an option to either take the remotely proctored test either at their place of residence/stay or at their choice of test centre allotted by COA
No. There will be no negative marking in both parts of the test. Hence, it is advisable to attempt all the questions even when the candidate is not sure about the answers for a few.
Candidates need to answer as many as 60 questions out of which 10 questions are from Part A of the exam, whereas Part B accounts for 50 questions in total.
Although Part A of NATA has 10 questions, the marks weightage for Part A is 125. On the other hand, 50 questions from Part B of NATA account for a total of 75 marks (1.5 for each correct response). There shall be no negative marking applicable in both the parts.
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