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NATA 2020: Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Application Form

The Council of Architecture (COA) will be organizing NATA 2020 for the candidates who aspire to get enrolment in B.Arch courses. The qualified candidates will be eligible for admissions into architecture degree programmes offered by various institutes situated all over the country. The interested candidates can submit their application form in online mode hopefully from the month of January 2020.

The applicants who wish to clear this exam need to practice a lot of drawing and sketching. Along with this, the practice of aptitude is also very important of NATA preparation. This article provides certain tips and tricks to help the candidates in preparing for their exam. Other details related to NATA 2020 such as application form, eligibility criteria, etc are also given in this post.

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Important Dates related to NATA 2020

The tentative dates related to NATA 2020 are given in the table below. The exact date related to the exam will be updated after the official announcement.

EventExpected Date
Notification release1st week of January 2020
Availability of application form3rd week of January 2020
Last date to submit the application form1st week of March 2020
Issue of admit card1st week of April 2020
Examination dateLast week of April 2020
Announcement of result1st week of June 2020

NATA 2020 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for NATA 2020 is given below:

  • Mode of exam: Online
  • Duration of test: 180 minutes
  • Type of questions: Part A- MCQ and Part B- Drawing
  • Total marks: 200
  • Marking scheme: Each question of Part A will carry 2 marks and each question of Part B will carry 40 marks. There will be no negative marking.
PartTopicsNo. of questionsTotal marks
Part AMathematics2040
General Aptitude4080
Part BDrawing280

NATA 2020 Syllabus

The syllabus of NATA covers topics from Mathematics, General Aptitude and Test for drawing. The details of the syllabus are given as:

  • Mathematics: Algebra, Logarithms, Matrices, Trigonometry, Coordinate geometry3-Dimensional Co-ordinate Geometry, Theory of Calculus, Application of Calculus, Permutation and Combination, Statistics and Probability
  • General Aptitude: Interpretation of Pictorial Compositions, General Awareness of National/ International Architects and Famous Architectural Creations, Analytical Reasoning, Mental Ability, Mathematical Reasoning, Sets and Relations, etc
  • Drawing Test: Understanding of Scale and Proportion of objects, Geometric Composition, Shape, Building Forms and Elements, Aesthetics, Color Texture, Harmony and Contrast, Drawing of Patterns- Both Geometrical and Abstract, etc

How to Prepare for NATA 2020?

The basic preparation strategies that can help the candidates in clearing their NATA are given below:

  • All the topics involved with NATA exam require rigorous practice. Whether you prepare for Mathematics, Aptitude or Drawing, practicing is very important.
  • Time management is also very important for your exam preparations. Give proper time to all the 3 sections of study: Mathematics, Aptitude and Drawing.
  • Solve the previous years’ question papers to get a detailed idea of the exam.
  • Try to read and collect information about the famous national and international architects and architectural creations.

Recommended Books

Some of the most recommended books for NATA 2020 preparation are:

  • NCERT Books for Mathematics
  • Verbal and Non Verbal reasoning By RS Aggarwal
  • NATA & B.Arch Question Bank by Ar. Shadan Usmani
  • A Complete Self Study Guide for B.Arch by PK Mishra (Arihant Publication)

NATA Application Form 2020

The candidates who wish to appear for NATA 2020 can submit their application form in online mode. The candidates will first have to register themselves to generate login id and password. Using these credentials, the candidate will have to login into the NATA portal to fill the admission form. In the application form, the candidates will have to provide their personal, communication and educational details and upload the scanned copies of the required documents. After providing all the details, the form can be submitted finally.

Application fee:

After the final submission of form, the applicants will have to make payment of application fee. The application fee will be Rs. 1800/- (Rs. 1500/- for SC/ ST candidates) and will be submitted through online mode (via debit card/ credit card or net banking). Upon successful payment of fee, a confirmation page will appear which should be downloaded and kept safe for future reference.

NATA 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for taking NATA:

The following candidates are eligible for appearing in NATA:

  • The candidates who have passed their 10+2 or equivalent exam are eligible.
  • Those who have passed 10+3 Diploma in any stream recognized by Central/ State Government can apply too.
  • The applicants who have passed the International Baccalaureate Diploma passed after 10 years of schooling are also eligible.
  • The appearing candidates can apply too.

Eligibility for admission to B.Arch courses:

The candidates who have passed (or appearing in) their 10+2 exam or 10+3 Diploma or International Baccalaureate Diploma or equivalent with at least 50% marks in aggregate and have cleared NATA test are eligible for admission to B.Arch courses.

NATA 2020 Admit Card

The NATA admit card 2020 will be made available in online mode. The applicants will be able to download their admit card by login into their respective account. The details of the exam center will be mentioned in the admit card. The candidate should download the admit card and take it to the exam center along with a valid identity proof. An examination roll number of the candidate will also be generated along with the admit card.

NATA Result 2020

Around one week after the test, the response sheet of each candidate (for Part A) will be uploaded along with subject wise mark(s) secured. The result of NATA 2020 will be made available on the website learning.tcsionhub.in and the candidates will be able to see their result by login into this website. Along with the marks secured in each subject, the total marks obtained out of 200 and the qualifying status of the candidate (pass/ fail) will also be mentioned in the result.


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