NATA Preparation Tips, Strategy, How to prepare NATA exam?

By Durga Prasana Mishra

The National Aptitude Test in architecture (NATA) 2021 is conducted by the Council of Architecture (CoA) for the candidates who are interested in admission to the undergraduate graduate programs in architecture(BArch). This exam is conducted twice a year. Registration of NATA 2021 has been started on 5th March, 2021 and will be closed on 1st April, 2021.NATA 2021 admit card will be released on 6th April 2021. The exam is scheduled to be held on 10th April, 2021 and 12th June, 2021. Candidates need to go through the exam pattern and syllabus throughly to crack the exam with ease. The government of India establishes this council for registration of architects, standards of education, recognized qualifications, and standards of professional conduct and etiquette.

The main objective of NATA is to provide a single scheme of examination, facilitating prospective students all over the country for admission to architecture programs. NATA was first started in 2006 to help the students for avoiding appearing multiple-aptitude exams. The eligibility for the admission in the bachelor of architecture (BArch) will be decided through the NATA 2021.

You can check the important details below.


Know more : Top Architecture Colleges in India


NATA 2021 Exam pattern

NATA Exam Pattern consists of Multiple-Choice type (MCQ), Multiple Select type (MSQ), Preferential Choice type (PCQ) and Numerical Answer type (NAQ). The question paper consists of  either 1 mark, 2 marks, 3 marks questions. Total of 125 questions will be present which needs to be answered in 180 minutes. The medium of question paper will be in English language. 

The aptitude of the candidate will be assessed using some or all of the following techniques:
• Diagrammatic Reasoning – Tests the ability of logical reasoning, using diagrams and scenarios
• Numerical Reasoning – Tests mathematical ability through simple problems
• Verbal Reasoning – Assesses the ability to assess verbal logic.
• Inductive Reasoning – Tests the ability to see patterns and analyse given data
• Situational Judgment – Tests problem-solving ability.
• Logical Reasoning – Tests ability to recognise patterns, sequences or relationships between shapes and
• Abstract Reasoning – Will assess general knowledge, and ability to utilise knowledge in new situations.

Questions can be asked from the topics like mathematics  physics, and geometry, language and interpretation, elements and principles of design, aesthetics sensitivity, color theory, ateral thinking and logical reasoning, Visual perception and cognition, graphics and imagery, building anatomy aand architectural vocabulary, basis techniques of building construction nd knowledge of material, general knowledge and current affairs., etc. that will assess the student on basic topics. 

Type of Questions 

Multiple-Choice type (MCQ) 

Multiple Select type (MSQ)

Preferential Choice type (PCQ)

Numerical Answer type (NAQ)

Marking Pattern  1 mark, 2 marks, 3 marks questions 
Total number of Questions  125 Questions 
Total Duration of the Exam  180 minutes
Medium of Question 

English language 


NATA 2021 Preparation Tips

If you are going to appear NATA 2021, then you have to keep some things in mind. And you have to fully prepared for it so that you can clear the exams. Here are some tips regarding NATA 2021 mentioned below that will help you with your preparations.


Study & Practice Every Day

This is the most important thing that you have to keep in mind while preparing for the exam. If you are going to appear any exams, you have to be fully prepared, and for that, you have to study and practice every day. You can take the help of the study material, or you can through the previous year's questions to know what kind of plan to need to clear it.

The candidates must not take their time off for days because they can forget things they would have studied. We all know that there is no shortcut to hard work, so a candidate must dedicate themselves so that they can clear exams with good results.

Practice on Old Question Papers

First, you should go through the previous exam question and make a plan. After making a plan, now focus on practice old question papers. You can get the idea and format about the exams from the older version of the test.

Candidates can go through the NATA2021 syllabus and decide which books to follow and what materials they need and collect it in advance so that they can start preparing early.


Consult your Teachers/Tutors

Ask help from your teaches about your doubts. They can guide and tell where you are making mistakes and on which area you need to focus on. Interact with your teacher to get over the obstacles while preparing for exams. The professors can easily point out the spot where an individual is having a problem.


Make a Better Time-Table

Prepare a time table and make sure to dedicate a sufficient amount of time to each component, such as completing the syllabus, revision of the part you have finished, preparing on the older question papers, etc.

The candidates must give equal importance to each component and maintain a balance so that they can achieve success. An individual must give 5-6 hours per day to clear the exam.


Check official website regularly 

Checking the official website is important because they update important dates, and things related to the exam like change in exam pattern, the new syllabus, new syllabus include or exclude. So check the official website at a regular interval.


Additional Tips for Preparation 


Here are some additional preparation tips a candidate can follow, which will give him advantages in so many ways.


Patience is the key, and a candidate must keep patience while preparing for exams.

  • Practicing on mock tests can help them
  • Prepare the short notes and take a look at it every day
  • Take quality amount or rest to avoid stress
  • Exercise daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle 

Things to Remember


Some things a candidate should remember while appearing entrance examination. Here are some things you should follow

  • Focus on memorizing the important concepts of the topics.
  • Keep practicing on the paper because it helps in memorizing in a better way.
  • Try not to skip any topic on your syllabus
  • You can form a study group so that it will be easy for you to learn things from the group members.

You have to be fully prepared so that you can clear the entrance exam. The more you put effort into preparation, the more you can score in the exam.

Read more : NATA 2020 Application form, Exam Result and Cut Off


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