How to prepare for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)


The National Aptitude Test in Architecture is carried out for the admission of students into the graduate level programs in Architecture. This examination is held by the National Institute of Advanced studies in Architecture, New Delhi. This exam is important for aspirants who would like to join architecture courses. The majority of state level universities consider the NATA scores. The competition of this exam is quite tough for the reason of the huge number of aspirants who appear for his every year.

Structure of the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

  • The time period of this test is 3 hours. The exam has 2 parts.
  • Paper Based Drawing Test
  • Computer Based Online Aesthetic Sensitivity Test
  • Negative marking is absent in this exam. The paper carries a total of 200 marks. Those who secure more than 100 marks will get admittance to the institution of their choice.

Syllabus of the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

As mentioned above, the NATA has two parts.

  • The first part, Paper Based Drawing Test, has duration of two hours. The paper will carry 2 questions. These questions will have two sub questions.
  • The second part, Computer Based Aesthetic Sensitivity Test, has a time period of two hours. The paper will have 40 questions with 3-4 options each.

Reference Books for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

  • Architecture Entrance Book by P.K. Mishra
  • Arihant Book’s A Complete Self Study Guide for B. Arch Entrance Examinations
  • B Arch Exam Guide by PK Mishra
  • NATA/AIEE B.Arch. Question Bank-2011
  • Verbal & Non Verbal Reasoning Book by R.S. Agarwal

Study Plan for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

The basic quality students must have is an interest towards the subject of architecture. They must have an imaginative mind and the passion to draw. Sometimes the students might also be asked questions on architectural awareness. There is also a possibility that they might be asked to identify national and international buildings of prominence. As to answer all these types of questions correctly, students need to have a very good idea on all subjects pertaining to architecture. Students can read newspapers and journals that have good articles on buildings and their structures. They can also refer the internet for more details. Apart from this they can prepare for the written examination by reading reference books and practice on old question papers. This will give students an idea on how the exam is and will give them more confidence to attend the exam without much fear.



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14 Responses to “How to prepare for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)”

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    divya sri:

    sir i’m going to complete my intermediate by next year i’m preparing for aieee.i want to join in b.arch.what can i do further to join in b.arch,describe how to join in there any registration required for nata.pls inform me sir

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  4. 11

    How to register on line for the 2013 NATA exam in Goa n when are the dates.

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    Shruti muley:

    Sir, i scored 53% in 12th and 110 in nata. In which college i’ll get admission in pune. Plz reply

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    Amal joseph:

    Dear sir,
    i want to knw the syllabus of NATA

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    prasanta sarkar:

    when the application form is given…?
    plz e-mail me the nata application form ….

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    Respected Sir/Mam
    I am currently doing Architectural Draughtman (Part Time course) from Sabo Siddique.
    I have cleared my HSC(commerce) last year scoring 53% but without Mathematics.
    For last one & a half years i am working on construction site now i have to make my career in Architecture.

    1)Do i eligible for NATA examination?

    2)Is NATA examination is compylsory to get an admission in Architectural College?

    3)Reply me the nearest NATA center to apply for Entrance exam?

  9. 6

    Can we apprear for NATA test few times. If so can the best score be considerd for B.Arch

  10. 5

    plz send me previous nata nd aieee (arch) 10 years question paprs link wth soltns coz i hav been searchng it fr a lng tym

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    saleem khan:

    sir plez inform me to attaind nata entrans exame and abdate me importent date nata

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  14. 1

    which is the last date to apply for nata 2011