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National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

JEE Main Paper 2 & NATA are two main exams in India for B. Architecture & B. Planning Course The National Aptitude Test in Architecture: NATA, measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period of time, and that are related to specific field of Architecture.

NATA Subjects - Marking Scheme

Subject No. of Questions Marks Mode of Exam
1 Mathematics 20 40 MCQ (OMR Based)
2 General Aptitude 40 80 MCQ (OMR Based)
3 Drawing Test 02 80 Paper & Pencil
Answers to both parts of Mathematics and General Aptitude must be provided on same OMR sheet, which is specially designed machine readable response sheet. Answers are to be marked (bubbled) using blue/black ball point pen only.

NATA Syllabus

1. Mathematics Only one option is correct and correct response will yield 2 (two) marks. There is no negative marking, but wrong answering will be penalized in case of tie breaking, as elaborated below
  1. Algebra: Definitions of A. P. and G.P.; General term; Summation of first n-terms of series ∑n, ∑n²,∑n3 ;Arithmetic/Geometric series, A.M., G.M. and their relation; Infinite G.P. series and its sum
  2. Logarithms : Definition; General properties; Change of base
  3. Matrices : Concepts of m x n (m ≤ 3, n ≤ 3) real matrices, operations of addition, scalar multiplication andmultiplication of matrices. Transpose of a matrix. Determinant of a square matrix. Properties ofdeterminants (statement only). Minor, cofactor and adjoint of a matrix. Nonsingular matrix. Inverse of amatrix. Finding area of a triangle. Solutions of system of linear equations. (Not more than 3 variables).
  4. Trigonometry: Trigonometric functions, addition and subtraction formulae, formulae involving multiple andsubmultiple angles, general solution of trigonometric equations. Properties of triangles, inversetrigonometric functions and their properties.
  5. Coordinate geometry: Distance formula, section formula, area of a triangle, condition of collinearity of threepoints in a plane. Polar coordinates, transformation from Cartesian to polar coordinates and vice versa.Parallel transformation of axes, concept of locus, elementary locus problems. Slope of a line. Equation oflines in different forms, angle between two lines. Condition of perpendicularity and parallelism of two lines.Distance of a point from a line. Distance between two parallel lines. Lines through the point of intersectionof two lines. Equation of a circle with a given center and radius. Condition that a general equation of seconddegree in x, y may represent a circle. Equation of a circle in terms of endpoints of a diameter .Equation oftangent, normal and chord. Parametric equation of a circle. Intersection of a line with a circle. Equation ofcommon chord of two intersecting circles.
  6. 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry: Direction cosines and direction ratios, distance between two pointsand section formula, equation of a straight line, equation of a plane, distance of a point from a plane.
  7. Theory of Calculus: Functions, composition of two functions and inverse of a function, limit, continuity,derivative, chain rule, derivative of implicit functions and functions defined parametrically. Integration as areverse process of differentiation, indefinite integral of standard functions. Integration by parts. Integrationby substitution and partial fraction. Definite integral as a limit of a sum with equal subdivisions. Fundamentaltheorem of integral calculus and its applications. Properties of definite integrals. Formation of ordinarydifferential equations, solution of homogeneous differential equations, separation of variables method,linear first order differential equations.
  8. Application of Calculus: Tangents and normals, conditions of tangency. Determination of monotonicity,maxima and minima. Differential coefficient as a measure of rate. Motion in a straight line with constantacceleration. Geometric interpretation of definite integral as area, calculation of area bounded byelementary curves and Straight lines. Area of the region included between two elementary curves.
  9. Permutation and combination: Permutation of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Permutation of nthings not all different. Permutation with repetitions (circular permutation excluded). Combinations of ndifferent things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Combination of n things not all different. Basic properties. Problemsinvolving both permutations and combinations.
  10. Statistics and Probability: Measure of dispersion, mean, variance and standard deviation, frequencydistribution. Addition and multiplication rules of probability, conditional probability and Bayes’ Theorem,independence of events, repeated independent trails and Binomial distribution.
2. General Aptitude
  1. Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment.
  2. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing.
  3. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects.
  4. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), General awareness of national/international architects and famous architectural creations.
  5. Mathematical reasoning: Statements, logical operations like and, or, if and only if, implies, implied by.Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction and contrapositive.
  6. 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 — definition andelementary examples.
3. Drawing Test Candidate has to attempt two questions within 90 minutes. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects:
  1. Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner
  2. Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings
  3. Sense of perspective drawing
  4. Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form
  5. Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms
  6. Creating visual harmony using colors in given composition
  7. Understanding of scale and proportions
  8. Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences. The Answer to each question in the 'drawing' paper will be examined by more than one examiner independently and the marks are to be averaged. The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate's drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate's sense of proportion and perspective are also evaluated together with sense for color and composition
Questions will be based on:
  1. Understanding of scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, color texture, harmony and contrast
  2. Conceptualization and Visualization through structuring objects in memory
  3. Drawing of patterns - both geometrical and abstract
  4. Form transformations in2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes
  5. Generating plan, elevation and 3D viewsof objects
  6. Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms
  7. Perspective drawing, Sketching ofurbanscape and landscape, Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory

List of top Architecture Colleges in India accepting NATA Score with ranking and cut offs.

  1. Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai 2. Department of Architecture, IIT Roorkee 3. Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh 4. Department of Architecture, NIT Tiruchirapalli 5. Department of Architecture, NIT Calicut 6. Sushant School of Art and Architecture Gurgaon 7. Gurgaon Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics, JMI, Delhi 8. Department of Architecture, BIT, Mersa 9. School of Architecture, R.V. College of Engineering Bangalore 10. Manipal University 11. Sinhgad College of Architecture Pune 12. Rizvi College of Architecture (RCA) Mumbai 13. Chitkara School of Planning & Architecture 14. Bengal Engineering and Science University Shibpur 15. School of Planning and Architecture College of Engineering- Trivandrum 16. SardarVallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology (SVIT) Vasad 17. Apeejay Institute of Technology, School of Architecture & Planning Greater Noida 18. RachanaSansad Academy of Architecture Mumbai 19. IES College of Architecture Mumbai 20. KamlaRahejaVidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies (KRVIA) Mumbai 21. Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai's Campus Pillai's College of Architecture (PICA) New Panvel 22. L S Raheja School of Architecture Mumbai 23. Kavikulguru Institute of Technology and Science (KITS) Ramtek 24. School of Planning & Architecture - Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNA&FAU) Hyderabad 25. Malik Sandal Institute of Art & Architecture Bijapur 26. Jawahar Lal Nehru Engineering College (JNEC) Aurangabad 27. GianiZail Singh College of Engineering & Technology Bathinda 28. College of Architecture, IET Bhaddal 29. RIMT-College of Architecture MandiGobindgarh 30. Aayojan School of Architecture Jaipur 31. Thiagarajar College of Engineering (TCE) Madurai 32. MEASI Academy of Architecture Chennai 33. Tamilnadu School of Architecture Coimbatore 34. Dehradun Institute of Technology (DIT)

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