National Aptitude Test in Architecture Exam

NATA Examination Pattern

Candidates who are aspiring for NATA exam should get familiar with the exam pattern. Explore the NATA exam with the schedule of examination. 

NATA Schedule of Examination

Date & Time of Examination Questions & Marks of Examination
First NATA Examination  

10th April, 2021 (Saturday)

Session 1

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (180 mins / 3.0 Hours)

Session 2 (If required)

2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (180 Mins / 3.0 Hours)

Questions 125 Marks 200
Second NATA Examination  

12th June, 2021 (Saturday)

Session 1

10.00 AM to 1.00 PM (180 mins / 3.0 Hours)

Session 2 (If required)

2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (180 Mins / 3.0 Hours)

Question 125 Marks 200

NATA Exam Pattern:

The exam is going to be conducted in April and June, 2021. The exam is going to be held in two parts, i.e. Part A and Part B.

Part A comprises of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) with a total no of 60 questions of total 120 marks to be answered online mode within 90 minutes.

Part B will be answered on A4 size drawing sheets. So, a candidate has to attempt two questions within 90 minutes. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects:

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

Procedure To Be Followed In The Examination:

Report to the Examination Centre 7:00 AM
Opening Gate to the Examination Hall 7:30 AM
Closing Gate to the Examination Hall 8:30 AM
Commencement of Examination 9:30 AM
Duration of Examination 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Mobile Phones, Bluetooth devices, Calculators, Slide Rules, Log Tables, Electronic Watches with facilities of Calculator are not allowed in the Examination Hall. Possession of such items during the Examinations may lead to cancellation of candidature.

Candidates found carrying any textual material, printed or written, bits of papers or any other material except those listed under. SL.No.-2 inside examination Hall will be debarred.

There will be no further examination shall be held under any circumstances for those who will be unable to appear on the scheduled date and time of NATA-2018 examination.

The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate's drawing, imagination and observation skills. 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.

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