NATA Preparation Strategy 2021

Updated By Abhik Das on 27 Oct, 2020 13:49

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NATA 2021 Preparation Strategy & Study Plan

Preparing for the toughest exam like NATA in 30 days is not a challenging task if you have a proper revision plan a strategy. As Drawing Test will have a weightage of 125 marks in NATA, the candidates must give maximum importance to this section. On the other hand, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry will only account for 22.5 marks, second priority must be given to General Aptitude, which carries almost 52 marks. In all, General Aptitude and Drawing are the most important sections in NATA, which must be given maximum priority while preparing for the exam.

Table of Contents

Division of Syllabus for 30-Day PreparationHow to Plan NATA Preparation in 30 Days?
NATA 30-Day Revision TimetableHow NATA Questions are Framed?
Important Drawing Questions for NATA--

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Division of Syllabus for NATA Exam Preparation

You need to divide the syllabus before starting the preparation for NATA. For this purpose, you will have to check the syllabus first through the ‘Syllabus’ section here. The division of syllabus for NATA 30-day preparation can be as follows –

Total No. of Topics to be Practiced in Drawing

22 (Approximately)

Total No. of Chapters to Revise in General Aptitude

08

Total No. of Chapters to Revise in Mathematics

10

Total No. of Chapters to Revise in Chemistry

04

Total No. of Chapters to Revise in Physics

07

Equal priority must be me given to all the subjects while preparing for the exam.

NATA 30-Day/ One Month Study Plan

The 30-day or one-month study plan for NATA can be as follows –

Exam Date

August 2021 Last Week (Phase 1), September 2021 Second Week (Phase 2)

Suggested No. of Hours to Study Per Day

8 Hours

Division of Hours

2+2+2+2 (8 Hours)

First Phase (2 Hours)

Practice at least two drawing questions/ topics

Second Phase (2 Hours)

Revise one topic from General Aptitude

Third Phase (2 Hours)

Revise one topic from Mathematics

Fourth Phase (2 Hours)

Revise one topic from Physics or Chemistry

NATA Revision Timetable for 30 Days

The 30-day timetable for NATA preparation can be as follows –

Day

Drawing

General Aptitude

Mathematics

Physics

Chemistry

Day 1

Understanding the Scale and Proportion of Objects

Objects, Texture Related to Architecture and Environment

Algebra

Electrostatics

Basic Concepts of Chemistry

Day 2

Geometric Composition

Interpretation of pictorial compositions

Logarithms

Current Electricity

Chemical Bonding and Molecular

Day 3

Shape, Building forms and Elements

Visualizing three-dimensional objects from a two-dimensional drawing

Matrices

Optics

Chemical Thermodynamics

Day 4

Aesthetics, color texture, harmony and contrast

Visualizing different sides of 3D objects

Trigonometry

Dual nature of radiation and Matter

Organic Chemistry

Day 5

Conceptualization and Visualization through structuring objects in memory

Analytical Reasoning

Coordinate Geometry

Atoms and Nuclei

Organic Chemistry

Day 6

Drawing of patterns - both geometrical and abstract

Mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal),

Coordinate geometry

Electronic devices

Practice Test

Day 7

Form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes

General awareness of national/ international architects and famous architectural creations

3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 8

Generating plan, elevation and 3D views of objects

Mathematical reasoning

Theory of Calculus

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 9

Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms

Mathematical reasoning

Application of Calculus

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 10

Perspective drawing

Sets and Relations

Permutation and combination

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 11

Sketching of urbanscape and landscape

Sets and Relations

Statistics and Probability

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 12

Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 13

Understanding the Scale and Proportion of Objects

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 14

Geometric Composition

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 15

Shape, Building forms and Elements

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 16

Aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 17

Conceptualization and Visualization through structuring objects in memory

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 18

Drawing of patterns - both geometrical and abstract

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 19

Form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 20

Generating plan, elevation and 3D views of objects

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 21

Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 22

Perspective drawing

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 23

Sketching of urbanscape and landscape

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 24

Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 25

Practice Previous Years’ NATA Drawing Questions

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 26

Practice Previous Years’ NATA Drawing Questions

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 27

Practice Previous Years’ NATA Drawing Questions

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Practice Test

Day 28

Practice Previous Years’ NATA Drawing Questions

Re-Revision

Re-Revision

Re-Revision

Re-Revision

Day 29

Rest

Re-Revision

Re-Revision

Re-Revision

Re-Revision

Day 30

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

How NATA Questions are framed?

Usually, the questions in NATA are framed on topics like –

  • Effects of Light & Shadow
  • Understanding Scale & Proportions
  • Memory Drawing
  • Composing 3-Dimensional Elements etc

Therefore, the aspirants must develop the above skills to achieve a better score in the exam.

NATA 2021 Important Drawing Questions

Students appearing for NATA 2021 need not worry about the drawing questions, as CollegeDekho has listed out some of the drawing questions on the basis of previous year exam trends. Please note that the drawing questions mentioned on this page are just for practice and referential purpose. You will have to refer to the Drawing syllabus of NATA for more topics.

Questions Courtesy: BlessedArch

NATA Important Drawing Question 1

You are visiting a mall where there are food stalls. You are enjoying your cold drink on the ground floor of the five-storey atrium space seeing the people moving on escalators, shopping, performing cultural. Sketch this scene.

NATA Important Drawing Question 2

You are a bird flying over a historical monument. Draw what you see.

NATA Important Drawing Question 3

Imagine you are sitting in an auditorium and attending a dance programme. Sketch a view from your position.

NATA Important Drawing Question 4

Five bricks, four circular wooden logs and six balls are given to you. Make an interesting stable composition using these elements and show the effect of light and shadow on the composition.

NATA Important Drawing Question 5

Using in desired numbers, the basic geometric shapes found in a bicycle, make a visually appealing composition without overlapping the pieces and colour it using three colours in a medium of your choice.

NATA Important Drawing Question 6

A clay vase, a glass vase & a steel vase kept on a table. Sketch them with the appropriate shade & shadow effects considering the light on the top right.

NATA Important Drawing Question 7

Make a composition using circles. Show movement with only five colours.

NATA Important Drawing Question 8

Make a mural for secondary school people with hexagons, circles and triangles with three colours.

NATA Important Drawing Question 9

You have been provided with a piece of coloured paper in the shape of red triangles, blue circles and yellow squares. Make a composition in the given space using a maximum of five pieces.

NATA Important Drawing Question 10

There are three cubes. One cube has a hole on one of its sides, shaped like a circle. One cube has a hole through a side shaped like a triangle. The third cube has a hole shaped like a square. All three holes cut through the cubes.

NATA Important Drawing Question 11

Make a composition using the three cubes. They are of the same size. Use shade and shadow.

You can click on the link to check images of sample drawings –

Drawing Questions with Images for NATA and JEE Advanced

Section-wise Preparation for NATA 2021

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.

NATA 2021 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. The math portion is usually easy and you can score well in this section if you've studied your CBSE Maths books properly.

NATA 2021 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 a given proportion;

  • Creating an 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 2021

Focus on the syllabus: One of the most important things while preparing for NATA 2021 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 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 practising 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.

    Expert Tips to Crack NATA 2021

    Here are some important tips from the CollegeDekho experts regarding what should be done to crack NATA 2021 without any fuss - 

    • Drawing skills alone will not win you the battle. Yes, it is one of the important aspects of the entire exam but more than drawing, questions that will be asked in NATA 2021 paper will be framed on topics like composing 3-D elements, memory drawing, understanding scale & proportions, sense of perspective drawing, effects of light & shadow etc

    • Be creative and think in an unconventional way and do not fall for any definitions of creativity as there is none

    • Develop speed to answer a question completely as a half answer will never fetch you marks in NATA 2021 exam

    • Solving previous papers should not only be looked at a way of developing speed to answer questions but also can be looked at a way to find a proper sequence of answering the questions

    • Answer sheets will be in A4 size so try to practice in A4 size papers instead of A3 sized papers

    • Do not be oblivious of greatest architectural magnificences built by the greatest architects

    • Motivation more than hard work and the right way of preparing for NATA 2021 will be crucial for you

    • Erasing consumes a lot of time. So, prepare the rough outline first with a light hand and finalize only when you feel satisfied with the rough outline and proportions

    • Practising with dry colours will fetch you good marks in NATA 2021 exam

    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:

      • Be present at the exam centre by 8.00 am

      • The examination hall will open at 8.30 am and close at 9.30 AM

      • The examination will be conducted between 10 AM to 01:15 PM.

    • Candidates must bring along with them:

      • A hard copy of NATA 2021 admit card.

      • Photocopy of Identity proofs -Aadhar/ Passport/ Driving License/ Voter ID.

      • Things like pen, pencils, eraser are not allowed in the exam hall.

    • Candidates must show the NATA 2021 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, the seat will not be allocated to the candidate.

    • Calculators are not permitted inside the exam hall.

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    FAQs about NATA Preparation Tips

    How can I predict previous year difficulty level of NATA exam?

    The NATA previous year exam analysis page of CollegeDekho will satiate all your queries regarding previous year’s difficulty level of NATA exam. Here is the link - NATA Exam Analysis (Pre-Exam analysis and previous year analysis)

    Is there some part of the NATA 2020 syllabus which I can skip?

    Everything that is a part of the NATA 2020 syllabus is important and with each “Not so Important” topic you choose to skip, the chances of you getting good marks follow the trail.

    What will be the difficulty level of the NATA 2020 exam?

    It is really tough to guess how difficult will the NATA 2020 paper be. But, going with the previous year trends, the difficulty level of the NATA 2020 paper is expected to remain between Difficult and Moderate. However, the candidates are suggested to prepare by keeping the word “Difficult” in front of them.

    Can I trust the short-term preparation strategies for NATA available on some websites?

    Honestly, if some webpages contain something like Short-term preparation strategies for NATA 2020, it is not for those who actually dream to crack an exam like NATA within a short period of time. It is for those who have been preparing for NATA for more than 8 to 9 months. Also, the NATA short-term preparation strategies contain only revision and last minute Do’s and Don’ts.

    Has the NATA 2020 exam been postponed? If yes, would you please kindly tell me the new NATA 2020 dates?

    Yes, the NATA 2020 exam has been postponed for an indefinite period and the new dates have not been announced by CoA yet. The new dates will be announced after 15th April.

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