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

By Durga Prasana Mishra

The National aptitude test in architecture (NATA) 2020 is conducted by the council of architecture (CoA) for the candidates who are interested in admission to the undergraduate graduate programs in architecture(BArch). 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 2020.

This exam also conducted twice by COA like the JEE Main. The first phase of NATA is held in the second week of April, while the second phase of the exam is conducted in the second week of July. The candidates can decide whether they want to appear one exam or both exams. You can check the important details below.


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NATA 2020 Exam pattern

Part I


Mathematics 20 20 X 2 Marks= 40 MCQ (Computer Based) First hour/60 minutes

Part I


General Aptitude 40 40 X 2 Marks= 80 MCQ (Computer Based) First hour/60 minutes

Part II 


Drawing Test 2 2 X 40 Marks= 80 Paper & Pencil Based Last two hours/120 minutes
Total 3 Sections 62 Questions 200 marks Both online and offline Mode 180 minutes (3 hours)

Distribution of Questions and Marks: 

Part -A

Subjects Distribution of marks Total marks
Mathematics 20*2 40
General aptitude 40*2 80

Part –B

Subjects Distribution of marks Total marks
Drawing 2*40 80
Total 200 200


Exam Minimum Percentage/Marks Total Marks
MCQ Portion 25% 120
Drawing Portion 25% 80


NATA 2020 Preparation Tips

If you are going to appear NATA 2020, 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 2020 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 NATA2020 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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