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NATA 2018 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - April 19, 2017

NATA 2018 will be conducted for total time duration of 3 hours (180 minutes). The exam will be conducted in one day only, across different parts of India. The tentative date of exam is in third week of April 2018. NATA 2018 will be conducted in two phases for all the candidates and the paper pattern for the exam remains the same in both the phases of the examination.

The Exam Pattern of NATA 2018 is decided by Council of Architecture (COA). NATA 2018 exam pattern provides all details about the total number of questions in the test paper, time allotted, nature of questions, sections-wise marking scheme etc. NATA 2018​ paper is divided into 2 parts:

(1) Mathematics and General Aptitude Test and

(2) Drawing Test.


NATA 2018 Exam Highlights

NATA 2018 is an offline exam which takes 3 hours to complete. There are two parts, out of which, 60 questions are asked for 200 marks in total. The highlights of NATA 2018 exam are as follows:

  • Mode of Exam: The exam will be done through offline mode (i.e. using pen & paper).
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Type of Question: Multiple Choice Questions or MCQ will be asked from Mathematics & General Aptitude.
  • No. of Questions: Total 60 questions.
  • Total Marks: The question paper will contain weightage of 200 marks.
  • Marking Scheme: For each correct answer, candidates will be rewarded with 2 marks in Mathematics and General Aptitude test.
  • Negative Marking: No marks will be deducted for incorrect answer in NATA 2018.
  • Subjects: The question paper will contain three sections, i.e. Mathematics, Drawing and General Aptitude.
  • Qualifying Marks: Secure minimum 25% marks in MCQ portion (30 out of 120) & 25% marks in drawing portion (20 out of 80).

NATA 2018 Exam Pattern

NATA 2018 will be conducted in third week of April 2018. Candidates who wish to pursue architecture as career will have to appear for this exam in order to get admission to B.Arch courses offered at various prestigious institutes. The question paper will contain three sections, i.e. Mathematics, Drawing and General Aptitude. The detailed exam pattern followed in each section of NATA 2018 is as follows:

PartSubjectsTotal QuestionsTotal MarksMode of ExamTotal Time Duration
Part IMathematics 3030 X 2Marks = 60MCQ - OMR BasedFirst 90 minutes
Part IGeneral Aptitude3030 X 2Marks = 60MCQ - OMR Based
Part IIDrawing Test22 X 40Marks = 80Paper & Pencil BasedLast 90 minutes
 Total 200 marks 180 minutes (3 hours)

Phase 1: NATA 2018 Mathematics and General Aptitude Test

This Phase of exam will consist of the Aesthetic Sensitivity Test, a computer based exam or OMR based (offline) and multiple choice questions or MCQ. This phase will be of 90 minutes’ duration with a total of 60 MCQ (30 from each section). Candidates will be given only 60-90 seconds for answering each question. The level of difficulty may increase with the number of correct attempts made by the candidates. No negative marking will be there in the exam and the questions raised would be based on the imagination, perception, creativity, observation, communication and architectural awareness of the candidates.

Phase 2: NATA 2018 Drawing Test

This drawing test needs to be attempted for last 90 minutes where, candidates will be required to attempt a total number of 2 questions. There will be two sub-questions in each question which will be required to be attempted by using a paper and pencil only.


NATA 2018 Marking Scheme

In NATA 2018 exam there will be total 60 questions from Mathematics and General Aptitude. The question paper will contain of 200 marks including drawing test also. For each correct answer, candidates will be scoring 2 marks in Mathematics & General Aptitude test. No negative marking for incorrect answer in NATA 2018. The drawing paper would be checked by a panel of three examiners independently and an average of marks is taken. In case of MCQ, the candidate scores on the basis of the number of correct answers that he/she gives. In case of tie-breaking, wrong answer will be penalized.

Tie-breaking Procedure

The below rules will be applicable for the candidates securing same overall marks in the aptitude test, in case of tie-breaking. Preference will be given in following order:

  1. Candidates who secure the more overall marks in Mathematics test component will get the preference.
  2. Those who attempted less number of wrong answers in Mathematics test component will get the preference.
  3. Candidates who secure more overall marks in Mathematics test component attempted will get the preference. If tie-breaking still there-
  4. Candidates who have less wrong answer obtained in aptitude test components attempted. If tie-breaking still there-
  5. Applicant whose date of birth is earlier will get the preference.

Use of Optical Response Sheet

An optical answer sheet is a special type of form used in exams for multiple choice questions.  Optical mark recognition is used to detect answers. Optical answer sheets have a set of blank boxes or ovals that correspond to each question. Bar codes may mark the sheet for automatic processing, and each series of ovals filled will return a certain value when read. So students’ answers can be digitally recorded.

  • Candidates will be given an optical response sheet (ORS).
  • The answers to all the questions should be marked on the ORS sheet by darkening the bubble or bubbles (as per the instructions to be given in the question paper).
  • Candidates can use BLACK BALL POINT pen or pencil for darkening the bubbles.
  • Instructions for darkening the bubbles will be printed on the question paper itself.

NATA 2018 Syllabus

While preparing for NATA, candidates are required to know about drawing patterns, both geometrical and abstract. Along with this, candidates must possess analytical reasoning and mathematical aptitude. NATA 2018 Syllabus has been divided into two parts i.e. drawing test and aesthetic sensitivity test.

Drawing TestGeneral AptitudeMathematics
Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms. Understanding scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, aesthetics, color texture, harmony and contrast. Drawing of patterns – both geometrical and abstract. Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory. Perspective drawing, sketching and landscape. Conceptualization and visualization through structuring objects in memory.Analytical reasoning, mental ability, Visualizing different sides of 3D objects, general awareness of national/international architects and famous architectural creations. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, visualizing three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawing. Mathematical reasoning and sets & relations.Algebra Logarithms Matrices Trigonometry Theory of Calculus Application of Calculus Probability Permutation and combination Statistics Coordinate Geometry 3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry etc.

NATA 2018 Important Instructions

The Examination Hall will be opened only 30 minutes before the commencement of the test. Candidates are requested to take their seats after the opening of Examination Hall. If the candidates do not report at time, they will miss some of the general instructions to be announced in the Examination Hall. No candidate will be allowed in examination hall after 15 minutes of commencement of test.

  • Please carry your original admit card with you.
  • One copy of photo, same as the one uploaded, Black Ball Pen, pencil, eraser, color pencils.
  • Candidates are advised to bring with them a cardboard or a clip board on which nothing should be written.
  • Each candidate will be allocated a seat indicating their roll No.
  • Candidates are not allowed to carry anything except admit card, Ball pen or pencils, photo etc.
  • No electronics items are allowed inside.
  • No candidate, without the special permission of the Centre-in-Charge or the supervisor concerned, will leave his/her seat or Examination Hall until the duration of examination for a paper is over.
  • Candidates should have to hand over their OMR sheet to the supervisor before leaving the hall.
  • Candidates will have to maintain silence during the examination.
  • If a candidate will be found adopting unfair means, his/her candidature shall be cancel and he/she will be liable to be debarred from taking examination either permanently or for a period according to the nature of offence.

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