NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) Drawing Test 2018

Last Updated - March 10 2018

NATA is a national level examination to assess the aspirant’s aptitude for admission to undergraduate courses in Architecture (5-year B. Arch degree) at all recognised institutions all over India.

NATA assess the aptitude of the participants in Architecture in various areas such as drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking.

  • The overall test including both papers is of 200 marks and the time period is 3 hours. There is no negative marking in this examination.
  • The Aesthetic Sensitivity test contains 40 Multiple Choice Objective type questions in total and time period for Aesthetic Sensitivity test is 1 hour.
  • NATA test consists of two parts - A Drawing test which is paper-based and a computer based online test for Aesthetic sensitivity.
  • Aspirants are given 3 question in the Drawing test with the time period of 2 hours.
NATA HighlightsNATA Drawing TestAesthetic Sensitivity test
Exam ModeOffline (Pen Paper Based)Online
Time Duration2 hours (120 minutes)1 hours (60 minutes)
No. Of Questions3 Questions. (2D, 3D and Theme Sketch)40 objective type questions
MarksFor 2D-25 marks; For 3D-25 marks & For Theme Sketch-50 marks2.5 marks each
Total100 marks100 marks

Paper Structure of NATA Drawing Test 2018

NATA Drawing Test is a two-hour paper-based test consisting of two questions (one question has two sub-questions). It is compulsory for the aspirants to attempt all the questions. In NATA Drawing test, aspirants’ ability to draw or sketch a diagram based on the visualization, symmetry and sketching ability is tested in 3D, 2D and Theme sketch. The clear NATA Exam Format for drawing test is mentioned below.

The first question in the test consists of 50 marks i.e. 50% weightage. The aspirants have to show one or more techniques (based on the question) of the following:

  • Perspective drawing – One point, two points and Three Points
  • Memory drawing
  • Pencil Rendering
  • Accurate Proportions

The second question consists of 25 marks and carries 25% weightage. Question two generally ask for creating a 2-Dimensional composition from given geometric or non-geometric shapes. The aspirants have to show one or more techniques (based on the question) of the following:

  • Creating Logos
  • Colour Schemes
  • Colour Rendering

The third question also consists of 25 marks and carries 25% weightage. The aspirants have to show one or more techniques (based on the question) of the following: Aspirants are asked to Create a 3-Dimensional composition from given geometric or non-geometric forms.

  • Create structural forms from a 3-D element and Create the effect of light and shadow
  • Pencil rendering,
  • Drawing neatly in Paper with unique and creative responses will definitely result in better marks than other aspirants

Syllabus of NATA Drawing Test 2018

Focusing on the preparation and preparing well keeping NATA Syllabus as the base would help the aspirant save time as well as has his/her attention on the important topics. NATA Drawing Test is a two-hour Test where the aspirant has to attempt two questions. One of the questions has two sub-questions.

  • Aspirants’ ability to create visual harmony using colours in given composition.
  • Aspirants’ ability to create interesting 2-Dimensional compositions using given shapes and forms.
  • Combining and composing given 3-Dimensional elements to form a building or structural form.
  • Aspirants’ ability to visualise and draw the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
  • The ability of aspirant to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing attitude
  • Aspirants’ sense of perspective drawing.
  • Aspirants’ understanding of scale and proportions.
  • Aspirants’ ability to draw from memory via pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.
  • NATA Drawing Test does not have any fixed Syllabus, drawing aptitude is judged based on the following aspects–

Most Asked Questions for NATA Drawing Test 2018

Earlier year questions help many of the Candidates to get an idea of what is asked in NATA Drawing Test. However, to lighten aspirants’ burden, all the question mentioned below are chosen after careful research. Most of the Mock Test Papers and Preparation books have Earlier year questions.

The following questions are frequently asked for the NATA Drawing test:

  • Draw overlapping outlines of hand-gloves of various sizes and colour the same using 4 various colours.
  • Arrange 5 steel buckets from different angles to create a sculpture which would be put under a water fountain for a secondary school.
  • You are in a mirror house in an amusement park. There are concave and convex mirrors. Draw humorous and frightening reflections of yourself.
  • Your friend has just dropped a box containing dozens of bangles of different colours. Create an interesting 2D composition using the shapes of the broken bangles and colour the same using colours of your own choice.
  • Draw a book cover of your favourite story and symbolize the emotions on the fashion of the story of the lover.
  • Make the logo of an industry producing harmful gases in the residential area to warn them.
  • 3D Composition of things establishes in a wallet.
  • Using cubes and cuboidal make a 3D model to depict a high-rise building.
  • Draw a traffic Signal Scene/Market Scene.
  • You are looking out the window of a plane and you see a city. Draw what you will see.
  • Make an interesting composition using 6-12 triangles and colour it using warm colours.
  • A sphere, a cube, a cone is hanging from a tree. Draw an Image
  • You have come to a tailor's shop to give some clothes for stitching - draw view from the reception.
  • In the given rectangle make a 2D composition with outlines of hand gloves.

Important Books for NATA Drawing Test 2018

To prepare for an exam, books are the best source but, an aspirant often faces plenty of problems to choose the right book. These books are detailed and cover each and every aspects and type of questions that can be asked in NATA Drawing Test. The following books are generally advisable for the NATA 2018 participants.

  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Book by R. S. Aggarwal
  • A Clear Self Study Guide for B. Arch Entrance Examinations by Arihant
  • NATA/AIEE B. Arch. Question Bank- 2015
  • Architecture Entrance Book by P. K. Mishra

Preparation Tips for NATA Drawing Test 2018

NATA candidates taking Drawing test often get confused with where to start from? And what should one start with? One of the important steps toward this is to understand what exactly the invigilator is expecting in the response. And how to start it? To gain good marks in the test, the aspirants should have a good exercise.

  • This test focuses primarily on testing the technicality and deep knowledge of sketching like effects of light and shadows, knowledge of scales and idea about proportion, etc.
  • Start practising by sketching simple structures and as you become efficient in doing that increase the level of complexity, start sketching complicated structures like human expressions, try to a draw live object with minute details.
  • For the drawing test, It is very important for a candidate to remember that the test does not aim to test your basic sketching skills only but the aspirant ability to show and understand the technicality behind it.
  • The first and most important step is to go via the NATA Syllabus thoroughly and then plan out the preparation strategy and divide the time. Do not wonder about unnecessary topics.
  • Aspirants should avoid using eraser while sketching and focus on defining the curves and cuts in bold.
  • Learn to draw neat sketches and try to be innovative.
  • Aspirants should learn to manage the time. It is the key to crack any examination. Go via the paper, check the questions and divide your time equally among all, then start attempting.
  • It is also essential to give equal attention and time to the second paper (Aesthetic Sensitivity Test) as well and prepare it with sincerity.
  • Try to exercise the sketching on the computer as well and make yourself comfortable with the mouse/touchpad.

Cut off from NATA Drawing Test 2018

NATA Cutoff is the at least marks or rank need for admission into the Architecture courses in India. Aspirants who score more than or equal to cut off marks are considered for admission into 5 years Bachelor of Architecture courses in India. NATA Cutoff varies with the campus. Council of Architecture publicly releases and discloses the cutoff list of NATA after fourth working day after completion of the exam. NATA 2018 Cutoff will depend on following factors:

  • Last year NATA Cutoff list
  • Aspirants appeared in NATA Exam
  • The difficulty level of question paper
  • Performance of the aspirants in the Exam
  • Number of Seats available in each campus

Note: -In order to get shortlisted for NATA 2018, aspirants have to score at least 50% marks in the last examination passed (10+2 HSC Board). Aspirants required to secure at least marks in each section i.e. in Drawing Test and Aesthetic Sensitivity

The following Table gives a brief idea about NATA Cutoff 2014 in various colleges:

Name of the collegeNATA Score (200)
L.S. Raheja School of Architecture101
Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture87
Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture (Interior Design), Navi Mumbai107
Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture & Environmental Studies120
Padmashree Dr. D.Y.Patil College Of Architecture, Nerul100
Mahatma Education Society's Pillai College of Architecture, New Panvel106
Rizvi College of Architecture (Mumbai University)100
IES College of Architecture111
Late Bhausaheb Hiray S.S.Trust's Dr.Baliram Hiray College of Architecture95
Late Bhausaheb Hiray S.S.Trust's Dr.Baliram Hiray College of Architecture (Interior Design)122
Asmita College of Architecture122
Samyak Sankalpa College of Architecture, Nandivali village, Kalyan91
Viva School of Architecture113


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