NATA Exam Analysis 2021

Updated By Abhik Das on 27 Oct, 2020 15:48

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NATA 2021 Exam Analysis

The shift-wise NATA 2021 phase 1 and phase 2 exam analysis will be provided here based on the reactions captured from the candidates and the NATA exam experts. The candidates may take a look at the previous year NATA exam analysis to find out how they are done!

NATA 2020 Phase 1 Exam Analysis

Exam DateShift Exam Analysis
August 29, 2020Shift 1 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • The difficulty level of Mathematics was easy. There were no unexpected or tough questions.
  • The General Aptitude section was tricky. There were some confusing statements, which consumed time in understanding and answering.
  • The difficulty level of the Drawing section was tough.
August 29, 2020Shift 2 - 12:30 PM to 2:30 PMThe difficultly level of the second shift was also some. The drawing section was tough.

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NATA 2019 Exam Analysis

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has successfully conducted NATA 2019 on 14th April 2019. Starting this year, NATA will be conducted in two sessions by NTA - April, and July. The next exam is scheduled to be conducted on 7th July 2019. As per the initial reactions, most of the candidates found the paper to be lengthy. Many students struggled to complete the Maths section. The General Aptitude section was found to be slightly easier, whereas Drawing was moderate in terms of the difficulty level. Overall, NATA in the first slot seemed lengthy. The level of difficulty for the exam was moderate to tough. The NATA result for April session will be announced on 3rd May 2019.

Now, CollegeDekho has provided a detailed section-wise NATA 2019 exam analysis, which will be beneficial for those candidates who are appearing for the second session of NATA 2019 examination scheduled to be held in the month of July 2019.

Mathematics Section

The NATA 2019 mathematics section consisted of questions from algebra, trigonometry, coordinate geometry, matrices, statistics, probability, equation of circle and calculus. According to the test takers, the questions were predictable and easy. There were no surprises as such in the NATA 2019 mathematics section. On average, the candidates could attempt 15 questions out of 20 questions asked in this section. The candidates are expected to score at least 25 marks out of 40 in the NATA 2019 mathematics section.

General Aptitude Section

The NATA 2019 general aptitude section questions were based on syllogism, puzzle solving, inferential reasoning, critical reasoning, statement assumption & conclusion, visualizations etc. The test takers felt that the general aptitude section consisted of tricky questions which consumed a bit of their time. The candidates with good analytical skills could solve a maximum of 32 to 34 questions out of 40. The candidates are expected to score somewhere between 40 to 50 marks in this section which if the trends are to be followed, is decent.

Drawing Section

This section consisted of two questions of 40 marks each to check the freehand drawing capability, understanding of proportionality and visualization ability of the candidates. Those with a fair bit of knowledge regarding two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures are expected to score at least 50 marks out of 80 in this section.

NATA 2018 Exam Analysis

The NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) 2018 was conducted on 29th April, 2018 by the Council of Architecture for candidates seeking admission into top-notch Architecture colleges in India offering 5 year B.Arch degree course.

NATA is meant to test candidates' observation and drawing skills, aesthetic sensitivity, sense of proportion and critical thinking ability. The exam is conducted on a national level for admission to different Government, Govt. Aided & unaided schools /colleges of Architecture.

NATA Paper Pattern 2018

Part A


No. Of Questions

Marks per Ques

Total Marks

Time Duration

Timing of Exam

Minimum Qualifying Marks






90 Min

10:30 am to 1:30 pm


General Aptitude





Part B








A4 size paper




90 Min







180 Min



In Mathematics and General Aptitude section, there is no negative marking.

In Drawing test, which comprises of 2 questions of 40 marks each, candidate’s ability to sketch an object in such a way that it depicts exactly in the same proportion and appearance is tested.



Section-wise Analysis of NATA 2018

Mathematics Section:

Following are the topics from which questions were asked in Mathematics:

  • Matrices, Algebra, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, probability, statistics, calculus, equation of a circle.

  • Questions were doable and were on predictable lines, there was no surprise element in the section.

  • A decent number of attempts would be close to 15 at an accuracy of 80% and one can easily score 25 marks in this section.

General Aptitude:

This section basically checks students logical bent of mind, decision-making capability, ability to think on feet, analytical skills, mental fitness.

For checking all these skills there were questions from the following areas:

  • Puzzle solving, syllogism, critical reasoning, inferential reasoning, statement assumption and conclusion, pictorial reasoning, mathematical reasoning, logical operations, ven diagram, set theory, sets, union, intersection, 3-dimensional figures, visualisation, understanding of isometric figures.

  • The section was tricky and required good analytical skills for cracking the correct answer.

  • For a well-prepared student, a decent number of attempts would be close to 32 to 34 at an accuracy of 80% and a score of 50 is a decent score.

Drawing Section:

There were 2 questions of 40 marks each, someone who would have done good preparation and had a knack for drawing and understanding of proportionality, comfortable with freehand drawing and good with visualisation of 2 dimensional and 3-dimensional figures can very easily score 50+ marks in this section.

Part A




Good Attempts


Good Marks








General Aptitude







Part B





















Top Colleges of Architecture:

JJ College of Architecture

MS University, Department of Architecture, Baroda.

For JJ college of Architecture 140 plus marks is required.

For MS University, Department of Architecture, Baroda, minimum marks required for admission would be close to 110.

Top Govt Architecture colleges that accept NATA scores will give admission at a score of 115 plus.

For these below mentioned Architecture colleges, 70 plus marks out of 200 is required for sure shot selection.

NATA Exam Analysis 2017

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) 2017 was held on April 16 by the Council of Architecture (CoA). A total of 40,000 candidates took the NATA 2017 in 33 cities and 70 centres across the country. If news reports are to be believed, several candidates who sat for the exam last year said that the NATA question paper was not in line with the pattern and scheme of marks laid by the CoA in the NATA 2017 brochure. 

According to the exam pattern given in the NATA 2017 brochure, Mathematics part had been alloted 40 marks out of the 200 marks paper with 20 questions of 2 marks each. However, the question paper had over 33 questions of Mathematics with a total of 66 marks allotted.

According to some test takers, the Physics part in the paper tested a few concepts which had no mention in the brochure. 

Another issue that students faced in the last year's exam was that the CoA decided not to allow drawing instruments inside the exam hall, which was not the case earlier and had no mention the 2017 brochure as well. According the exam conducting authority, the drawing instruments were not allowed beacuse students were expected to draw freehand. 

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Related Questions

I scored 114 marks in NATA and 88 percent in 10+2 level. Am I eligible for admission in the B.Arch course of Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi?

-deep mittalUpdated on October 01, 2020 10:59 AM
  • 1 Answer
Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

In order to be eligible for B.Arch at Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, you are required to have qualified JEE Mains and class 12th from a recognised board of education. Only if you meet both of the aforementioned criteria, you can apply for the course.

The final selection will be based on merit. The better the marks or rank secured by a candidate, the higher are his/her chances of getting shortlisted.

You can also check out the top B.Arch colleges in India.

To explore your options related to B.Arch Admission, you can also give ...


Does Chandigarh College of Architecture accept admission through NATA?

-Prateek KumarUpdated on September 17, 2020 08:16 PM
  • 1 Answer
Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

Yes, Chandigarh College of Architecture does accept the NATA score for admission. Check out the entire list of NATA Participating Institutes to explore more options. You can also visit Architecture (B.Arch/B.Planning) Drawing Questions for All Exams and Who Will be Eligible for NATA 2020 - Detailed Criteria, Age, Maximum Attempts to know more about the exam.

Check out the entire list of colleges accepting NATA scores. To take admission at any college, you can either dial 1800-572-9877 (toll-free) or fill the Common Application Form. In case of any more questions, write back in the QnA zone ...


What is the use of NATA and the JEE Mains Paper 2 exam. I want a B.Arch college based on this for the exams.

-SakshithaUpdated on August 28, 2020 12:02 PM
  • 1 Answer
Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

NATA and the JEE Mains Paper 2 are two separate exams that are conducted for admissions into different institutes offering B.Arch degree. Check out the NATA Participating Colleges and JEE Mains Participating Colleges to get an idea about the colleges that accept the score of these exams.

Go through the links mentioned below to get a broader understanding of the subject.

NATA vs JEE Main - Which is the Best Option for B.Arch Aspirants

Who Will be Eligible for NATA 2020 - Detailed Criteria, Age, Maximum Attempts

How to Get Admission in B.Arch without NATA or JEE ...


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FAQs about NATA Exam Analysis

Should I prefer NATA over JEE Main (Paper-II) or vice versa?

According to the NATA experts of CollegeDekho, the candidates must appear in both the JEE Main and NATA exam to increase their chances of securing a seat in the prestigious 5-year B.Arch programme in one of the top Architecture colleges of India.

What is the minimum score required in NATA exam to qualify it?

As per the previous year trends which includes the difficulty level of the NATA paper, the minimum score you would require to get a good Architecture college is 150 and above.

Which is the toughest section in NATA paper as per the previous year test-takers?

According to the previous year test-takers and NATA experts, the Mathematics section has always provided a bit of a headache to the students.

Is it possible to prepare for NATA in one month with the help of the NATA exam analysis of previous year?

Yes, if you have prepared vigorously for the NATA examination, then you can easily apply the finishing touches to your preparations by going through the previous year exam analysis of NATA.

Who conducts NATA?

NATA is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission into the 5-year B.Arch programme offered by several reputed Architecture institutions in the country.

Is the content on the NATA exam analysis page based on the reactions of the test-takers?

Yes, both the reactions of the NATA test-takers and NATA experts are combined to prepare the content of the NATA exam analysis page.

Does the NATA exam analysis page also contain information regarding the difficulty level of the NATA question paper?

Yes, you will also get to know about the difficulty level of the NATA question paper from our NATA Exam analysis page.

Can I score good marks by referring to the previous year exam analysis of NATA?

Yes, a good NATA preparation strategy combined with the section-wise detailed analysis of previous year NATA exam will help you score good marks in the exam.

Is section-wise exam analysis of NATA available in this page?

Yes, CollegeDekho’s NATA exam analysis page contains the section-wise exam analysis of NATA exam.

What is the use of NATA exam analysis?

As NATA is conducted in multiple sessions, the exam analysis helps those students who are supposed to appear in the subsequent sessions of the NATA exam. It also helps the upcoming year students to prepare for the NATA exam.

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