NATA 2013 Test pattern & Syllabus

NATA 2013 Test pattern & Syllabus
Council of Architecture (COA) conducts National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA 2013) for admission into Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) course to all recognized institutions all over the country commencing in the session 2013-14.


NATA 2013 contains two papers. A paper based drawing test and Computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test.

The test measures aptitude of the candidate through two sections.

Drawing Test:

Candidate's have to attempt three questions in this two hour paper. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects:

  • Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and portray the same in a visually attractive manner
  • Ability to visualize and draw the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on its surroundings.
  • Candidate's sense of perspective drawing.
  • Ability to combine and compose given three-dimensional elements to form a building or structural form.
  • Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition.
  • Understanding of scale and proportions.
  • Drawing pencil sketches on themes from daily experiences from memory.
  • Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Test:

This is computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions. which evaluate perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication of the candidate along with architectural awareness.

The test includes:

  • Visualising three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings.
  • Visualising different sides of three-dimensional objects.
  • Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.
  • Analytical reasoning.
  • Mental Ability.
  • Imaginative comprehension and expression.
  • Architectural awareness.

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