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Paper Pattern for NATA 2016

Published On: 18 May 2012 | Last Updated On: 21 Jan 2016

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is an all India level entrance test which measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. The test measures drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking ability that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are related to specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.

The admission to the B. Arch course is done through the NATA entrance test score. NATA scores are used by admissions authorities of different Government, Govt. aided and unaided schools / colleges of Architecture, to provide common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants, for admission in addition to their scholastic performance in 10+2 or equivalent examination.

Paper Pattern for NATA 2016:

  • The NATA entrance test paper consists of two parts. A paper based drawing test for two hours and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test.
  • The test measures aptitude of the candidate through two sections a paper based section for drawing and computer based section for aesthetic sensitivity.
  • Drawing Test: NATA drawing test is the two hour paper where candidates has to attempt three questions.
    • The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects:
    • 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.
    • Sense of perspective drawing
    • 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
    • Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.
  • Aesthetic Sensitivity Test: The NATA aesthetic sensitivity test is computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions.
    • There is no negative marking in this test.
    • Time allotted to answer the question is between 40 and 120 seconds depending upon the question
    • The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of
    • Visualizing three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings
    • Visualizing 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
How the sections of the test are scored?
  • Drawing Section:
    • The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate's drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate's sense of proportion & perspective is also valuated together with sense for colour and composition.
  • Aesthetic Sensitivity Section:
    • The candidate's score will depend on his / her performance on the questions given and on the number of questions answered in the time allotted.
    • This section is computer adaptive, meaning that the computer selects questions based on the
    • candidate's performance on preceding questions (When correct answer is given, next question will be of higher difficulty level whereas, if wrong answer is given next question is of lower difficulty level) and on the requirements of the test design.

Eligibility Criteria for NATA 2016

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