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NATA 10th April (Phase 1) Official Answer Key (Out), Question Paper Analysis

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarPublished On: April 16, 2021 | NATA

NATA 2021 Phase 1 has been conducted on April 10. Check the detailed question paper analysis of Phase 1 NATA 2021 along with the official question paper and answer key. The overall difficulty level of the paper was easy to moderate. 

NATA 2021 Phase 1 Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key, Solutions

The Phase 1 exam of NATA 2021 has been conducted on April 10 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This year, the exam pattern of NATA has been changed, and the major focus areas are Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. For the first time in India, an architecture entrance exam is being conducted with a key focus on the reasoning aspect. The question paper of NATA 2021 has a total number of 125 questions for 200 marks. The questions are a combination of 1 mark, 2 marks and 3 marks. On the other hand, the type of questions in NATA 2021 is MCQ, MSQ (Multiple Select Questions), Preferential Choice Question (PCQ) and NAT (Numerical Answer Type). On this page, you can check the detailed exam analysis of NATA 2021 along with the memory-based questions and answers. NATA 2021 result for Phase 1 will be released by April 20.

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NATA 2021 Phase 1 Question Paper & Answer Key

We have updated the memory-based question paper and answer key of NATA 2021, and you can download a PDF of the same by clicking on the link below. 

NATA 2021 Question Paper

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NATA 2021 Phase 1 Exam Analysis

We have updated the detailed analysis of NATA 2021 based on the feedback received from students. Some of the major highlights are as follows -

  • Many students reported that the paper was not only easy but also interesting considering the changed exam pattern. The nature of the questions is a bit similar to the UEED exam.
  • There was a diagram, which appeared for 30 seconds on the screen, and two questions were asked on it.
  • There was a question related to Park Diagram, and the question was on what do you notice type.
  • There were some painting-based questions on Raja Ravi Varma's painting style etc.
  • There were 15 questions on Plan Elevation, Meenakshi Temple Real Plan. The question also had numerical-type riddles.
  • The question paper was divided into Section A & B.
  • Section A was a combination of 1 & 2 mark questions while Section B was completely memory-based Drawing questions. Each image carries 6 marks, and 5 images were given. Two questions were asked for each image.
  • There were only two questions from Physics. Only a few questions from Mathematics.
  • From mathematics, there were questions from Area & Distance and Time.
  • The drawing questions were memory-based. The diagram disappears 30 sections after appearing.
  • There were questions on Architecture Aptitude as well.
  • There were a total number of 5 pictures and there were 2 questions asked from each picture.
  • The marking scheme of the image-based question and each question in this section carries 3 marks.
  • Some students mentioned that the Section-B memory-based questions were challenging
  • A total number of 15,066 candidates registered for the Phase 1 exam and 14,130 candidates appeared.



Overall Difficulty Level of Phase 1

Easy to Moderate

Difficulty Level of Verbal Reasoning


Difficulty Level of MathematicsEasy
Difficulty Level of Aptitude QuestionsEasy (Basic Questions)
Difficulty-Level of Memory-Based Drawing QuestionsModerate

Total No. of Questions from Plan Elevation


Total No. of Questions from Principles of Design35

Total No. of Numercial Questions


Difficulty Level of MCQs


Difficulty Level of MSQs


Difficulty Level of PCQs


Total No. of 1 Mark, 2 Mark & 3 Mark Questions

  • 3 Marks - 10 Questions

Expected No. of Good Attempts


NATA 2021 Phase 1 Topic-Wise Analysis

The topic-wise analysis of NATA 2021 Phase 1 is as follows -

Name of the TopicQuestions asked From/based onTotal No. of Questions
EnglishReading Comprehension30
Verbal/Non-Verbal ReasoningOrthographic Projections-Plan Elevations15
Basic MathematicsGeometry, Area, Volume, Angle10
General Knowledge and Architectural AptitudePaintings, Architectural Awareness and Geography15
AptitudePuzzles, Riddles, Percentage, Logic, Ratio10
Design & DrawingElements, Principles of Drawing35
Memory-Based Drawing QuestionsImages & Questions20

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