NATA Exam Pattern 2018

Last Updated - February 12 2018

NATA Exam Pattern 2018

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

The Exam Format of NATA 2018 is decided by Council of Architecture (COA). NATA 2018 exam format offers 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.


Exam Highlights of NATA 2018

NATA 2018 is an offline exam which takes 3 hours to clear. 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:

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

Exam Format of NATA 2018

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

PartSubjectsTotal QuestionsTotal MarksMethod of ExamTotal Time Duration
Part IMathematics3030 X 2 Marks= 60MCQ- OMR BasedFirst 90 minutes
Part IGeneral Aptitude3030 X 2 Marks= 60MCQ- OMR Based
Part IIDrawingTest22 X 40 Marks= 80Paper & Pencil BasedLast 90 minutes
-Total-200 marks-180 minutes (3 hours)

Phase 1: NATA 2018 Mathematics and General Aptitude Test

This Phase of the 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’ period with a total of 60 MCQ (30 from each section). The level of difficulty may increase with the number of accurate attempts made by the aspirants. 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 aspirants. Aspirants will be given only 60-90 seconds for responses each question.

Phase 2: Drawing Test of NATA 2018

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


Marking Scheme of NATA 2018

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

Tie-breaking Process

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

  1. Aspirants who secure the more overall marks in Mathematics test component will get the preference.
  2. Those who attempted less number of wrong responses in Mathematics test component will get the preference.
  3. Aspirants who secure more overall marks in Mathematics test component attempted will get the preference. If tie-breaking still there-
  4. Aspirants who have less wrong response obtained in aptitude test components attempted. If tie-breaking still there-
  5. The participant whose date of birth is previous will get the preference.

Use of Optical Answer Sheet

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

  • Aspirants can use BLACK BALL POINT pen or pencil for darkening the bubbles.
  • Aspirants will be given an optical answer sheet (ORS).
  • Instructions for darkening the bubbles will be printed on the question paper itself.
  • The responses 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).

Syllabus of NATA 2018

While preparing for NATA, aspirants need to know about drawing formats, both geometrical and abstract. Along with this, aspirants 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, colour texture, harmony and contrast. Drawing of formats – both geometrical and abstract. Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory. Perspective drawing, sketching and landscape. Conceptualization and visualization via structuring objects in memory.Analytical reasoning, mental ability, Visualizing various sides of 3D objects, general awareness of national/international architects and popular architectural creations. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, visualizing three-dimensional objects from a 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.

Important Instructions of NATA 2018

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

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


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