The National Aptitude Test in Architecture is a national level Entrance Exam conducted by the Council of Architecture (CoA), fairing which candidates get admission to B.Arch./Planning Program in Top institutions across the country.

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NATA 2020 Exam Pattern

The NATA Examination consists of two parts-

Part A– General Aptitude & Mathematics test

Part B– Drawing test

Duration of the Exam (180 minutes or 2 hours)

Part A(MCQ)– 60 minutes

Part B (Drawing test)– 120 minutes 

The marks bifurcation for each division is as below:



No. of questions*marks per question

Total marks

Part A




General Aptitude



Part B




Total —– 62 200

Cut off score to qualify the NATA 2020 Exam

To qualify NATA 2020, the candidates are expected to secure a minimum of 25% marks in both parts of the paper and also meet the total qualifying cut-off.


Cut off  Percentage

Cut off Marks

Section A(MCQs’)

25% 30 out of 120
Section B(Drawing) 25%

20 out of 80


Syllabus NATA 2020

It is advantageous to be familiar with the topics that needs to be covered in order to avoid any surprises on the final Examination day, allowing yourself a good chance of securing a good score in the NATA Examination.

A detailed Syllabus of the NATA 2020 and the topics to pay attention to during your preparation are as mentioned below. Take a close look and make a note.

 Syllabus for General Aptitude

The General Aptitude Exam is conducted to measure your perception, imagination and observation and creativity skills along with the Architectural awareness.

Topics covered under General Aptitude

  • General topics- Objects and texture related to architecture; Interpretation of pictorial compositions, visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing; Visualizing different sides of 3D objects; Analytical reasoning, mental ability, General awareness of national/ international architects and famous architectural creations.
  • Mathematical Reasoning- Logical operations including- and, or, if and only if, implies, implied by; Statements, Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction and contrapositive.
  • Sets and Relations- Sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets, Venn diagram, De Morgan’s Laws, Relation and its properties, Equivalence relation- definition and elementary examples.
Topics covered under Mathematics
  • Algebra- P &A. P terminology, General terms, Summation of the first n terms, A.M &G.M series and their Relations & G.P Series.
  • Logarithms- Definition, General properties, Change of base
  • Matrices- Concepts of m x n real matrices, operations of addition, scalar multiplication and multiplication of matrices, transpose of matrix, Determinant of a square matrix, Properties of determinants, Minor, co factor and adjoint of matrix; Non-singular matrix, advert of a matrix; finding area of a triangle; Solutions of system linear equations.
  • Trigonometry- Trigonometric functions, addition and subtraction formulae, multiple and submultiple angles formulae, General solution- trigonometric function, properties of triangle, inverse trigonometric functions and their properties.
  • Coordinate geometry– Section formula, distance formula, area of a triangle, condition of collinearity of three points in a plane. Polar coordinates, transformation of axes, concept of locus. Slope of a line, Equation of lines in different forms, angle between two lines, Condition of perpendicular and parallelism of two lines, distance of a point from a line, distance between two parallel lines. Lines passing through the point of intersection of two lines. Equation of a circle when the centre and radius are mentioned. The Condition wherein a general equation of second degree in x, y may represent a circle. Equation of a circle, Equation of tangent, normal and chord. Parametric equation of a circle. Intersection of a line with a circle. Equation of common chord of two intersecting circles.
  • 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry Direction ratios and direct cosines, distance between two points and section formula, equation of a straight line, equation of a plane, distance of a point from a plane.
  • Calculus theoryFunctions, composition of two functions and inverse of a function, limit, continuity, derivative, chain rule, derivative of implicit functions and functions defined parametrically. Integration- a reverse process of differentiation, indefinite integral of standard functions. Integration by parts. Integration by substitution and partial fraction. Definite integral as the limit of a sum with equal subdivisions. Fundamental theorem of integral calculus and its applications. Properties of definite integrals. Basic differential equations, solution of homogeneous differential equations, separation of variables method, linear first order differential equations.
  • Application of CalculusTangents and normals, conditions of tangency. Determination of monotonicity, maxima and minima. Differential coefficient as a measure of rate. Motion in a straight line with constant acceleration. Geometric interpretation of definite integral as area, calculation of area bounded by elementary curves and Straight lines. Area of the region between two elementary curves.
  • Permutation and combinationPermutation of n different things taken at a time (r ≤ n). Permutation of n things not all different. Permutation with repetitions (circular permutation excluded). Combinations of n different things taken at a time (r ≤ n). Combination of n things not all different. Basic properties. Problems involving both permutations and combinations.
  • Probability and StatisticsMeasure of dispersion, mean, variance and standard deviation, frequency distribution. Addition, multiplication, rules of probability, conditional probability and Bayes’ Theorem, independence of events, repeated independent trails and Binomial distribution.
Topics Covered Under Drawing Test

The drawing test is conducted to judge the sketching, creativity and innovative skills of the candidate. The following are some pointers candidates need to bear in mind.

  • Understanding of scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast.
  • Conceptualization and Visualization of objects
  • Geometrical and abstract drawing patterns
  • Form transformations like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes in 2D & 3D.
  • Generating plans, elevation and 3D views of objects.
  • Shapes and forms transformed into 2D and 3D compositions.
  • Perspective drawing, Sketching of urban scape and landscape, daily objects like furniture, electricals etc., from memory.

It is crucial for aspirants to be well aware of the entire syllabus, in order to plan and prepare a schedule, to study for the Entrance Exam to avoid any confusion during the Exam Season.

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