All about NATA 2020

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With NATA 2020 just 30 days away, Architecture Aspirants around India are looking to secure a seat in their dream college. NATA or National Aptitude Test in Architecture is an entrance exam for a 5-year B.Arch course in Architecture, whose score is used by most colleges across India. Conducted by CoA, NATA 2020 is to be conducted on 1st August and 31st August 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation.

This situation has also brought with it challenges for students who are preparing for the exam. For all you studying from home we present to you #NATAsimplified, a series of blogs that will help with your last month preparation and guide you to achieve your full potential in the exam. Please feel free to connect with us on Instagram, Youtube or WhatsApp (7276382700) for any queries.

Understanding NATA 2020

NATA 2020 has a few surprises in its pockets. Although the change is minute, we have to prepare for whatever they throw at us. In this blog, we are going to have a crystal clear picture of NATA 2020s paper pattern, syllabus, marking scheme, and everything you need to know about NATA 2020.

NATA Pattern

The NATA 2020 pattern has slightly changed. There are a total of three sections
  • Drawing: 125 Marks
  • General Aptitude: 52.5 Marks
  • PCM Marks: 22.5 Marks.

Drawing Section

This year in the NATA exam, more weightage has been given to the drawing section out of the three sections with 62.5% of marks coming from this section. This is the highest weightage for the drawing section when compared to previous years, FYI In NATA 2019, only 80 out of 200 marks were from the drawing section. That’s about a 50% jump from last year.

With the increase in marks, the number of questions has also gone up from 2 to 3 this year. We will talk about the drawing section in great detail in our next blog. But as of now, as per the official brochure, there will be three questions in this section.

NATA Pattern

Q 1: 35 Marks

Q 2: 35 Marks

Q 3: 55 Marks

It’s not specified what kind of questions will be asked, but we guess it will be a 2D composition for 35 Marks, 3D composition for 35 Marks, and Memory Drawing for 55 Marks.


General Aptitude

General Aptitude has been an important aspect of NATA. It has questions from general knowledge, technical terms in Architecture and Buildings constructions, Famous Buildings as well as Mental Ability questions such as Arithmetic Ability, Nonverbal Ability, Verbal reasoning, etc.

The weightage of this section has come down from 80 marks in 2019 to 52.5 Marks (35 Questions x 1.5 Marks each) and this section remains a very important aspect of the exam in terms of the MCQ section. This is a section that can help you to score good marks. (Use infographic Creative here) Now if you go to the NATA brochure and try to find out what exactly will be asked in the exam, you are headed for a rabbit hole. The syllabus specified is very vague and generic and it’s kind of difficult to predict which type of questions will be asked. Don’t worry, we have prepared a list of topics you should be studying for General Aptitude and would be sharing it with you soon.


Now this came a shocker even to us, and to most of the students across India, about why the PCM section has anything to do with Architecture entrance exams. Although a logical step, but we know for sure, many students have been worried about this section.There are 15 questions combined from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics syllabus mentioned in the brochure. That gives us a total of 22.5 Marks.

Compared to 2019 there were 40 marks(20 Questions x 2 marks each) section for Mathematics, it looks like they have reduced the load in a particular context. We have a separate blog coming up for the PCM section as well about our prediction for NATA 2020, be sure to check it out.

Time Schedule for NATA 2020.

Along with minor tweaks in NATA 2020 in terms of marking scheme as sectionalize marks distribution, there is a slight change in NATA schedule as well. First 135 Minutes i.e, 2 Hour 15 minutes are reserved for Drawing Section. And after a gap of 15 minutes, there would be a 45-minute slot for your MCQ section i.e., General Aptitude and PCM.

We will also cover how to manage your time in the exam in the coming blogs.


NATA 2020 Brochure (can be downloaded from www.nata.in) has a detailed syllabus. Although the PCM section syllabus is thoroughly clear, the syllabus for general Aptitude and Drawing is vague and does not mention what type of questions will be asked.

We will soon come out with a detailed analysis of the expected types of questions for you.


NATA 2020, although packing a few punches of surprises here and there, seems to be a fresh approach of CoA towards Architecture Education and Entrance exams. It might sound a little complicated, but once you know what it is that you are going to face in the exam, it will be much easier to score good marks in the exam. If you still need help with NATA preparation you can join our NATA2020 CRASH COURSE.

#NATAsimplified Handbook

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Best of luck, do well.

Team ARH