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NATA 2017 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

NATA Exam Pattern 2017 provides details about syllabus, subject-wise marking scheme, time duration etc. The pattern of NATA is defined by CoA (Council of Architecture). The exam is divided into 2 papers namely Paper 1 and Paper 2. National Aptitude Test in Architecture will contain 62 questions in total. It will be conducted in offline mode i.e. pen-paper based test. The duration of both the papers is 90 minutes. Papers of NATA are as follows:

  • Paper 1- General Aptitude & Mathematics and
  • Paper 2- NATA Drawing.

There will be 2 Drawing Questions and General Aptitude & Mathematics will have 30 Questions each. CoA has scheduled NATA 2017 on April 16. The following article gives all the details regarding NATA Exam Pattern 2017 and Syllabus.

CheckChanges in the exam pattern of NATA 2017

NATA Exam Pattern Highlights 

The Council of Architecture has scheduled the national level exam on April 16, 2017. NATA 2017 consists 2 papers. Each paper will be conducted in offline mode. There will be 62 questions. The medium of answering is English. 

NATA Exam Pattern

NATA Exam Pattern 2017

NATA is conducted in two parts i.e. Paper 1- is General Aptitude & Mathematics and Paper 2- is Drawing Test. Both the exam will be conducted in offline mode. The total time duration for NATA 2017 is 3 hours (90 minutes for each paper) and there are 62 questions in total.  To know more about the Exam Pattern of NATA 2017, candidates can go through the following article:

NATA 2017Paper 1-General Aptitude & MathematicsPaper 2- NATA Drawings
Mode of ExamOffline i.e. pen- paper basedOffline i.e. pen- paper based
Duration90 minutes90 minutes
Nature of Questions MCQsPaper and Pencil
No. of QuestionsGeneral Aptitude- 30 Questions and

2 Questions

Mathematics- 30 Questions
Marking Scheme60 Questions*2 marks = 120 marks40 marks* 2 Questions = 80 marks

Time duration of NATA Exam: 180 minutes

Total No. of Questions in NATA Exam: 62 Questions

Total Marks: 200 marks 

PAPER 1: General Aptitude & Mathematics Test 

It is a pen- paper based test. It involves checking the perception, imagination, observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness of candidate. Also, this section will also test the candidate’s Mathematics level in terms of Algebra, Logarithms, Complex numbers etc. This paper consists 60 questions in total that will be time-based.

PAPER 2: NATA Drawing Test 

It is a written exam, where candidate has to draw or sketch a diagram in 3D as per their visualization, symmetry and sketching ability. Through the sketching, the ability of visualization will be tested. It has 2 questions in total and has to be attended in A4 Size paper. It is mandatory to attempt all the questions.

Information about NATA 2017

For the academic session 2017- 18, the exam is to conducted in an offline mode. It is to be conducted as follows:

  • Candidates are given a folder containing MCQ answer sheet (OMR) for each paper.
  • The answer sheets are withdrawn after 90 minutes. 
  • Candidates are required to fill all the details like ‘Question Booklet No’ carefully.
  • They need to fill the bubbles properly.
  • All the questions and instructions are available only in English medium.

For Mathematics & General Aptitude Test

  • Only one option is correct and correct response will reward the candidate 2 marks.
  • The duration of exam is 90 minutes and will have 30 questions in Mathematics and 30 in General Aptitude test.
  • There is no negative marking. But in case of tie-breaking scenario, wrong answer will be penalized.
  • The answers are to be marked using Blue/ Black ball point pen only.

For NATA Drawing Test

  • This section has 2 questions and it is compulsory to answer them both.
  • The answers in this section will be examined by more than one examiner independently and then the marks will be averaged.
  • In this, the candidate’s drawing, imagination, observation skills and sense of proportion are tested.

NATA 2017 Scores

The CoA, conducting body of NATA entrance exam has made some significant changes in the validity of NATA 2017 Score Card and the number of attempts for the exam. 

  • NATA Score is valid only for two years.
  • A candidate can give a maximum of 5 attempts within two years.

Note:Valid Score Card is considered on the basis of candidate’s performance in the exam. The best score of the candidate among all these 5 attempts is considered valid NATA 2017 Score.

Tie-Breaking Rules for Overall Score

Combined merit list of candidates will be released on the website i.e. During merit listing, all candidates will get a unique rank. Therefore, if any candidate gets the same overall marks, tie-breaking standards will be applied in the following order:

  • Overall marks obtained in Mathematics subject
  • Less wrong answers in Mathematics Section
  • Overall marks in General Aptitude test
  • Less Wrong answers in General Aptitude test
  • Date of Birth- one who has an early birth date will be considered.

Material Required for NATA 2017

  • Official identification documents mentioned on the appointment voucher.
  • The appointment voucher - It is issued to the candidate at the time of registration. The appointment voucher confirms the candidate's test date, time of test and Test Center. The voucher will also show Candidate ID and Appointment Number with Exam Key.
  • Three or four sharpened soft-lead (2B & HB) pencils and a good eraser (Pencils and erasers will not be supplied at the Test Center). Mechanical pencils (Clutch pencils) are not permitted.
  • Set of colors (Water/ Poster colors, crayons, pastels) with appropriate instruments (Brushes, dish, etc.).
  • Geometry instrument box
  • Blue ink pen / Blue ink ball point pen

Repeating NATA 2017

As a candidate can give a maximum of 5 attempts now, for every attempt they have to register separately. The candidates appearing first time for the examination have to register freshly. 

In case the candidate fails to appear for the last registered NATA 2017 Exam for which the candidate paid the fees then he/she is not eligible for a fresh registration. In that case, the candidates have to get themselves registered under the existing valid candidature details. So the candidates do not have to fill all the details again. Once the candidate mentions that he/she is a registered candidate ID, the personal details will auto- populate and the candidate has to pay the Exam Fee. The new exam center details will be mentioned on the NATA 2017 admit card issued.

NATA 2017 Syllabus

The NATA 2017 comprises of two examinations namely Drawing Test and General Aptitude & Mathematics. The candidates need to clear both the examination to get a good score to clear the examination. The NATA syllabus for both the papers is mentioned below:

Syllabus for NATA Drawings

The NATA 2017 exam paper-1 is 90 minutes. It will test the sketching and visualization activity of the candidate. So there is no well-defined syllabus but it is advised to practice questions on the basis of following criteria:

  • Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner.
  • Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
  • The sense of perspective drawing.
  • Geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, color texture, harmony and contrast.
  • Combining and composing given three-dimensional elements to form a building or structural form.
  • Creating interesting two-dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.
  • Creating visual harmony using colors in given composition.
  • Understanding of scale and proportions of objects.
  • Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.

NATA Syllabus for General Aptitude

Again there is no well-defined syllabus for Paper-2. For NATA 2017, this test will be conducted in an offline mode. The marks will be awarded in case the candidate has answered the question preceding the present question correctly. The General Aptitude test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness. Given below is the criteria on which the candidates will be tested:

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

NATA Syllabus for Mathematics 

This is a sub-part of Paper 2.  It will test the candidate’s level of understanding in the Mathematics Subject. Given below is a detailed information of the Syllabus for the section:


  • Definitions of A.P. and G.P.
  • Arithmetic/ Geometric series
  • A.M. and G.M. and their relation
  • Infinite G.P. series and its sum
  • Summation of first n-terms of series ∑n, ∑n²,∑n3


  • Definition;
  • General properties;
  • Change of base.

Complex Numbers

  • Definition and properties of Complex Numbers
  • Complex conjugate
  • Triangle inequality 
  • Square root of complex numbers
  • Cube roots of unity

Quadratic Equations

  • Quadratic Equations with real coefficients
  • Relations between roots and coefficients;
  • Sign and magnitude of the quadratic expression ax2 +bx+c (where a, b, c are rational numbers and a ≠ 0)
  • Nature of roots
  • Formation of a quadratic equation

Binomial theorem (positive integral index)

  • Statement of the theorem
  • General term, middle term, equidistant term
  • Properties of binomial coefficient


  • : Concepts of m x n (m ≤ 3, n ≤ 3) real matrices
  • Operations of addition
  • Scalar Multiplication and multiplication fo matrices
  • Transpose of a matrix
  • Determinant of a square matrix
  • Properties of determinants ( statement only).
  • Minor, cofactor and adjoint of Matrix.
  • Non-singular matrix.
  • Inverse of a matrix.
  • Finding area of a triangle


  • Trigonometric functions
  • addition and subtraction formula
  • formulae involving multiple and submultiple angles
  • General Solution of Trigonometric equations
  • Properties of triangle
  • inverse trigonometric functions and their properties

Coordinate Geometry of two dimensions

  • Distance formula, Section formula
  • Area of Triangle
  • Condition of colinearity of three points in a plane
  • Polar coordinates
  • Transformation from Cartesian to polar coordinates vice versa
  • Parallel transformation of axes, concept of locus, elementary locus problem
  • Slope of a line.
  • Equation of lines 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 intersection of two lines
  • Equation of a circle with a given center and radius
  • Condition that a general equation of second degree in x, y may represent a circle.
  • Equation of tangent, normal and chord.
  • Equation of common chord of two intersecting circles.

Co-ordinate geometry of three dimensions

  • Distance between two points and section formula
  • Equation of a straight line
  • Equation of a plane and distance of a point from a plane.

Differential calculus:

  • Functions,
  • Composition of two functions and inverse of a function,
  • Limit,
  • Continuity, derivative, chain rule,
  • Derivative of implicit functions and functions defined parametrically.

Integral calculus:

  • Integration as a reverse process of differentiation,
  • indefinite integral of standard functions.
  • Integration by parts.
  • Integration by substitution and partial fraction.

Differential Equations

  • Formation of ordinary differential equations
  • Solution of homogeneous differential equations
  • Separation of variables methods
  • linear first order differential equations

Differential Calculus

  • Functions, composition of two functions and inverse of a function, limit, continuity, derivative, chain rule, derivative of implicit functions and functions defined parametrically.

Read More:NATA Syllabus 

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 constant acceleration.
  • Geometric interpretation of definite integral as area, calculation of area bounded by elementary curves and Straight lines.
  • Area of the region included between two elementary curves.


  • Addition of vectors,
  • scalar multiplication,
  • dot and cross products, scalar triple product.

Sets, Relations and Mappings:

  • Idea of sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets,
  • Venn diagram,
  • De Morgan's Laws,
  • Inclusion / Exclusion formula for two or three finite sets,
  • Cartesian product of sets.
  • Relation and its properties.
  • Equivalence relation — definition and elementary examples, mappings, range and domain, injective, surjective and bijective mappings, composition of mappings, inverse of a mapping.

Permutation and combination:

  • Permutation of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n).
  • Permutation of n things not all different.
  • Permutation with repetitions (circular permutation excluded).
  • Combinations of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n).
  • Combination of n things not all different.
  • Basic properties.
  • Problems involving both permutations and combinations.

Statistics and Probability:

  • Measure of dispersion, mean, variance and standard deviation, frequency distribution.
  • Addition and multiplication rules of probability, conditional probability and Bayes’ Theorem, independence of events, repeated independent trails and Binomial distribution


NATA Sample Papers

Important Changes in NATA Exam

Council of Architecture has changed the mode of exam and has also made few updates. NATA 2017 exam schedule which had a window of 3 months will now be a single day scenario. Both of the papers will take place on the same day. The last date for NATA 2017 Registration is February 11, 2017. Following are the changes which are made in the exam pattern of NATA:

  1. For the year 2017, the exam (Paper 1 and Paper 2) will be conducted in an Offline mode.
  2. Now, in Aesthetic Sensitivity test i.e. General Aptitude Test, mathematics subject is also introduced.
  3. Next, each paper will be of 90 minutes. And the total number of questions will be 62.

Read More:Latest changes in NATA 2017

NATA 2017 Marking Scheme

The marking scheme is cumulative in approach. NATA 2017 Paper 1 is checked by 3 examiners. These examiners give marks independently. During Paper 2, an applicant is provided question matching the ability of the candidate. A Statistical approach is followed for calculation of marks.

Factors on which the sections are scored:

Candidates can score well in NATA 2017 if they focus on the factors on which each section is scored. There will be no re-evaluation conducted and any application asking for a revaluation for any of the section will not be entertained.

For NATA General Aptitude & Mathematics Section- The difficulty level of questions in this section is based on the answer from the previous question. For example, if the answer to a particular question is correct, the next question will be of a higher difficulty level. Similarly, if the answer is wrong, the difficulty level of the next question will be lower. The factors on which the questions are presented to the candidate are as follows:

  • The statistical characteristics (including difficulty level) of the questions that have already been answered.
  • The required variety of question types for NATA 2017 Exam.
  • The appropriate coverage of content regarding Architecture.

For NATA Drawing Section- The drawing section will be assessed on the following factors:

  • The Candidate’s NATA drawings
  • Imagination used in making the drawing in NATA exam.
  • Observation skills which are  reflected through the drawing
  • Candidate’s sense of proportion and perspective in the drawing
  • Candidate’s sense and use of colour and composition in the drawing



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