NATA Exam Pattern 2020

Zemima Khan Updated On: 27 Sep, 2019 14:36 IST

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NATA 2020 Exam Pattern

The NATA 2020 exam pattern is released by the Council of Architecture (COA) before the NATA exam each year. Every year the COA releases the NATA 2020 information brochure tentatively in the month of January. The NATA exam pattern provides an idea about the NATA exam pattern. This gives a proper insight towards the exam pattern of NATA 2020. Candidates who wish to apply for B.Arch and B. Planning programme must appear for the NATA and hence they are advised to check the NATA 2020 exam pattern. 

To prepare and qualify in NATA 2020, test-takers must understand the NATA 2020 exam pattern in a detailed way. The NATA 2020 will be conducted in both online and offline mode, the question paper of NATA 2020 will have multiple-choice questions in Part-A and drawing questions in Part-B. The time allotted for completing the NATA 2020 will be 90 minutes for Part-A and 90 minutes for Part-B. 

Candidates must first check the exam pattern and strategize accordingly and then proceed with the preparation. This will help the candidates be absolutely ready with whatever is apt is necessary to appear for the NATA 2020 examination.

Highlights of NATA 2020 Exam Pattern

  • NATA 2020 will be conducted in both Online and Offline modes.

  • The medium of question paper of NATA 2020 will be English.

  • NATA 2020 question paper will have two parts, i.e. Part A and Part B.

  • There will be 62 questions in total, 60 questions in Part-A and 2 questions in Part-B.

  • The total time duration of NATA 2020 will be 3 hours, 90 minutes each for Part-A and Part-B.

  • For every correct answer, 2 marks will be awarded to the candidates.

  • There will be no negative marking in NATA 2020.

Detailed Exam Pattern of NATA 2020




Marks Per Questions


Part- A





General Aptitude




Part- B





Tie-Breaking Rules in NATA 2020

The tie-breaking rules will be applied when two or more candidates get the same score in the examination. The merit list of the candidates who appear for the NATA 2020 is going to prepared based on their entrance exam score. However, tie-breaking rules are helpful in cases where two or more test takers end up getting the same score.

The tie-breaking rules will be applicable in the following order: 

  • The one who has scored more overall marks in the Maths section will be given preference.
  • The one with less wrong answers in the Maths section will be given preference.
  • The one who has scored more overall marks in the Aptitude Test will get preference.
  • The one with less wrong answers to the attempted questions in the Aptitude test will be given preference.
  • The candidate who has an earlier date of birth will get preference.

Note: While no marks are deducted in the exam for incorrect answers, wrong answers are considered in case of a tie-breaker. Hence, candidates should select their answers carefully.

NATA 2020 - Parameters for Judging Drawing Aptitude

There are certain parameters basis which the candidates would be scored on their drawing ability. We have discussed the parameters in details here for the applicants to understand and follow them to fetch the maximum marks. 

  • The NATA drawing aptitude test will be conducted in pen and pencil mode of examination. 

  • In the drawing aptitude test, the candidates will have to maintain a proportionality while drawing for the NATA Dwaring Aptitude Test 2020. 

  • Candidates must have a good vision towards the visualisation of light and shadow effects in the drawing made during the examination.

  • Test-takers must provide with a perspective while drawing for the NATA 2020.

  • Structures of buildings or such things must be drawn in three dimension 

  • Candidates also have the liberty to draw anything two-dimensional objects using some given forms and shapes

  • Visually harmonious and colourful sketches must be made by the applicants. 

  • The candidate must have the ability to draw any random sketch at any particular time.  

Quick Look at the NATA Exam Pattern

Sections: This paper has two parts, Part-A and Part-B. Part A comprises of Maths and General Aptitude. Part B comprises of the drawing aptitude test. 

Mode of Examination: The NATA 2020, Part A will be held online that is computer-based but Part B will be conducted in offline mode which means it is a pen and paper-based examination.  

Marks Division: The NATA 2020 will carry 200 marks in total. Part A will carry 120 marks and Part B will carry 80 marks. 

Total Duration: The entire examination will be held for 3 hours, where Part 1 will be for 1 hour and part 2 for 2 hours. 

Marking Scheme: The candidates must know that 2 marks will be allotted for each correct answer in part 1 paper. Each of the drawings would carry 40 marks in Part 2. There is negative marking for any incorrect answer. 

Qualifying Marks: The candidates will have to secure 25% marks in the MCQ portion  (30 out of 120) and 25% marks in drawing (20 out of 80).

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