NATA Exam Pattern 2024 (Revised) - Check Changes, Subjects, Marking Scheme

Updated By Falak Khan on 06 Apr, 2024 13:11

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NATA 2024 Exam Pattern

The Council of Architecture has released the revised NATA 2024 exam pattern on its official website As per the latest NATA exam pattern 2024, there will be two parts: Part A includes a Drawing and Composition Test, and Part B consists of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ). The newly introduced drawing section will be held in offline mode and the MCQ section will be held in online mode. The total duration of the paper will be 3 hours. The NATA exam will be administered in English and Hindi language. Candidates can appear in a maximum of 3 attempts of NATA in one academic year. The NATA 2024 exam is being held from April 6 to July 2024 on every weekend; Saturday and Sunday.

The Council of Architecture has also introduced a list of new changes in NATA 2024 mentioned in detail in its information brochure. 

According to the NATA 2024 Exam Pattern, the questions will be aimed at examining the candidate's knowledge of fundamental ideas in mathematics, physics, geometry, language and interpretation, elements and principles of design, aesthetic sensibility, color theory, and other related topics.

Read the full post to get important exam pattern details like marking scheme, section-wise weightage, exam duration, mode, etc. 

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NATA 2024 Exam Pattern Important Highlights

The NATA 2024 exam pattern allows the candidates to know the small details that are important from the exam point of view. Candidates can refer to the table below to have a comprehensive idea of the exam pattern of NATA 2024 and start their exam preparation well in advance to be successful in their attempt.


NATA 2024 Exam Pattern

Mode of Exam

Computer Based Test (CBT) Offline

Medium of Exam 

English and Hindi

Maximum Marks


Question Type

  • PART A: Drawing and Composition Test will be held in offline mode.

  • PART B: MCQ -Computer-basedne Test will be held in online mode. 

Exam Duration

3 hours

Number of Questions

48 Questions

Detailed NATA Exam Pattern 2024 for Part A and Part B

CoA has introduced a separate new section of drawing in the NATA exam pattern. Candidates can take a glance of the table given below for a detailed understanding of the NATA 2024 exam pattern.

NATA 2024 Exam Pattern for Part A Drawing and Composition Test

PART A of the NATA 2024 exam will include 3 sections that you have to attempt. The duration of the Drawing and Composition Test section is 90 minutes. 

Section No.

Number of Questions

Name of Section



1 Question

 Composition and Color 

25 Marks


1 Question

Sketching & Composition (Black and White)

25 Marks


1 Question

 3D Composition

30 Marks


3 Questions


80 Marks

NATA 2024 Exam Pattern for Part B MCQ Test 

Part B of the NATA exam 2024 will be held online and include MCQ questions related to design thinking, visual reasoning, language interpretation, design sensitivity, etc. The total duration of NATA Part B is 90 minutes. 

Section No.

No. of Questions



30 questions x 2 Marks

60 Marks


15 questions x 4 Marks

60 Marks


45 Questions

120 Marks

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NATA Marking Scheme 2024

CoA has released the NATA 2024 marking scheme. The NATA exam 2024 will be held for a total of 200 marks. Part A will be held for 80 marks and Part B will be held for 120 marks. Candidates can check the NATA marking scheme 2024 below. 


Paper Name

Number of Questions


Part A - Drawing and Composition Test

Composition and Colour


25 marks

Sketching and Composition


25 marks

3D Composition 


30 marks

Part B - MCQs 

General Aptitude

30 Questions x 2 marks

60 marks

15 Questions x 4 marks 

60 marks

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NATA Syllabus 2024

NATA exam is not like any other exam that assesses a candidate's textbook knowledge, it rather analyzes the candidate's cognitive skills, visual perception, critical thinking ability, etc. Therefore, the questions asked in the NATA exam is different from other entrance exam. According to the NATA exam pattern 2024, the aptitude and drawing skills of the candidates will be accessed as per certain techniques which are stated below.

Candidates can go through the NATA syllabus 2024 mentioned below. 

NATA 2024 Syllabus for PART A Drawing Ability Assessment

Section Number Section NameQuestions Type
A 1Composition and ColorCreating suitable compositions for various situations and coloring them appropriately. Re-arranging various shapes in a visually appealing manner and coloring them suitably.
A 2Sketching & Composition (Black and White)-Ability to draw, visualize, depict a situation, involving buildings / its components, people, environment, products with an understanding of scale, proportions, textures, shades, and shadow, etc.
A 33D Composition-30 MarksUsing the offered kit, the candidate will be asked to create an intriguing 3D composition for the specified circumstances.

NATA 2024Syllabus for PART B Candidate's Aptitude

Section Name

Type of Question

Visual Reasoning

Ability to understand and reconstruct 2D and 3D composition, knowledge about its composition, and technical concepts.

Logical Derivation

Ability to decode a situation, composition, context, and generate meaning. Understanding the minute information hidden in a particular situation and drawing conclusions.

Language Interpretation

Ability to correctly & logically generate meaning of words, and sentences, and understanding English grammar.

Design Sensitivity

Ability to observe record and analyze, people, space, products, and environment. Critical thinking, reasoning, and ability to identify subtle communications.

Design Thinking

Ability to understand semantics, metaphors, problem identification and definition, analysis of a given situation.

G.K., Architecture & Design

General awareness of architecture and design, current issues, recent episodes, etc., Knowledge about important buildings, historical progression, innovation in materials and, construction technology.

Numerical Ability

Basic Mathematics and its association with creative thinking. To unfold a space with use other off geometry.

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FAQs about NATA Exam Pattern

Is cracking NATA easy?

If you study the complete NATA syllabus well, solve mock tests, previous year papers, do revision, and work on your mistakes you can crack the NATA exam easily.

What is the paper pattern of NATA 2024?

The paper pattern of NATA 2024 is divided into two parts. Part A is the -Drawing and Composition Test which will be held in offline mode for a total of 90 minutes. Part B includes MCQ questions from Visual Reasoning, Logical Derivation, G.K., Architecture & Design, G.K., Architecture & Design, etc.

Is the NATA exam pattern necessary for the preparation?

Yes. Candidates are required to check the NATA exam pattern to understand how the NATA entrance examination takes place. Through the exam pattern of NATA, the candidates will know the nature of the questions, duration of the exam, medium of instruction, sections, marking scheme etc.

Where can candidates find the exam pattern of NATA exam?

NATA exam pattern is released by the conducting body on the official website


What is the medium of instruction of the NATA exam?

The NATA 2024 examination will be conducted in English and Hindi language.


How many questions are asked in the NATA 2024 exam?

A total of 48 questions will be asked in the NATA 2024 exam.


What is the duration of the NATA 2024 exam?

The NATA 2024 exam will be conducted for the duration of 3 hours.


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