How to Prepare for NATA 2019

Nupur Kaushik Updated On: 21 Jan, 2019 12:24 IST

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How to Prepare for NATA 2019

National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) will be conducted in April 2019. The single most important question that monopolises aspirants' minds at this point in time is 'How to Prepare for NATA 2019?'. More than anything else, what works best while preparing for an entrance exam is to put all your efforts in the right direction. Collegedekho has, therefore, doled out a preparation strategy that you may consider if you're appearing for NATA.

Section-wise Preparation for NATA 2019

The entrance exam basically has two parts. Part A comprises of Maths and Aptitude with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) that have to be answered online. While Part B is a Drawing-based test that you have to take on A4 size sheet. The best thing about NATA is that there is no negative marking. Therefore, you can attempt all the questions without any fear of marks deduction.

Part A

Aptitude: You should keep your general knowledge updated and you should have information on various topics such as Buildings in India and the World, speed distance and time, Important Architects of India and the World, Logical and Reasoning Ability questions, General Maths questions like area, volume Mirror Images, Building Materials and Terminology, Common Architectural Terminology, 2D and 3D objects and their plans and elevations, etc.

Maths: For Maths practice, it is advisable to go through CBSE books. Math portion is usually easy and you can score well in this section if you've studied your CBSE Math books properly.

Part B

Drawing: In this paper, you have to attempt two drawing questions in 90 minutes. You are judged on the following basis:

  • Drawing from day to day experiences;
  • Understanding of scale and balance;
  • Creating visual harmony using colours in given proportion;
  • Creating interesting 2-D composition using given shapes and forms;
  • Combining and composing given 3-D elements to form a building or structural form;
  • Sense of perspective drawing.

Quick Tips & Tricks to Prepare for NATA 2019:

Focus on the syllabus: One of the most important things while preparing for NATA 2019 is to know the NATA exam pattern and syllabus thoroughly. When you prepare a study schedule, be sure that you cover everything and pay attention to the key topics.

Be creative: As we talk about NATA, you should know that creativity is the key. If you want to get into a good college, you must practice drawing, because sketching is the key to this entrance test. Start with the simple ones and then move towards the harder one.

Keep a track of your time: If you don’t complete your exam because of poor time management, you will regret it later. Therefore, you should find out different ways to manage your time well on the day of the exam. One of the best ways to do the same is to take mock tests on a regular basis as practicing will enhance your test-taking speed.

Practice with mock tests: When you practice with the sample papers, you get an idea of the exam pattern, time management and also the type of questions that would come in the examination. If you want to be more confident about taking the exam, then you must take mock tests as they can give you an insight into your understanding of the basic concepts.

Previous year exam papers: Do not forget to go through the previous year exam papers as they give you an idea of what all to expect in the exam, that too with speed. Speed is also very important otherwise you will lose both-time and marks.

Focus on the online test: Other than drawing or sketching, one should also be prepared for taking the online test, which includes aptitude and maths. One must also prepare for it as it is equally important.

Important Instructions for Exam Day

  • Follow the time schedule as mentioned in the NATA Brochure and Admit Card.
  • Do not forget to get your admit card on the day of examination.
  • Use your own pencils and coloured pencils for drawing.
  • The candidates should follow the time schedule as follows:

                   (a) Be present at the exam centre by 8.00 am

                   (b) The examination hall will open at 8.30 am and close at 9.30 AM

                   (c) The examination will be conducted between 10 AM to 01:15 PM.

Candidates must bring along with them:

                   (a) Hard copy of NATA 2019 admit card

                   (b) Photocopy of Identity proofs -Aadhar/ Passport/ Driving License/ Voter ID.

                   (c) Things like pen, pencils, eraser are not allowed in the exam hall.

  • Candidates must show the NATA 2019 admit card (on demand) for entry to the exam hall. It is mandatory for a candidate to bring the print out of the downloaded admit card and valid photo identity to the test venue.
  • Candidates must also carry a photograph to the examination hall. Without the photograph, seat will not be allocated to the candidate.
  • Calculators are not permitted inside the exam hall.

Best Books for NATA 2019 Preparation

We have listed some books that you may consider for the preparation of NATA 2019. You can buy these books online through net banking, cash or other modes of payment. They are also available in the market.

Serial No.




Introduction to Probability & its Applications



Architecture Entrance Book

P.K. Mishra


A Complete Self Study Guide for B. Arch Entrance Examinations

Arihant Books


B Arch Exam Guide

PK Mishra


Engineering Drawing

N.D.Bhatt and Pancha


NATA/AIEE B.Arch. Question Bank-2011



Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Book

R.S. Agarwal


Maths XI & XII

R. S. Agarwal


Plane Trigonometry Part I

S.L. Loni


Co-ordinate Geometry

S.L. Loni


Higher Algebra

Hall & Knight


Problems in Calculus of One Variable



Vectors & 3-D Geometry

Arihant Prakashan


Problems in Mathematics

V Govorov, P.Dybov, N.Miroshin, S.Smirnova


Higher Algebra

Bernard & Child


Co-ordinate Geometry

Dr. Gorakh Prasad


Algebra Made Easy

K.P. Basu


Elementary Math’s

DoroFeev, Patapov

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