NATA 2020 Highlights !!

With the Council Of Architecture (COA) recently publishing the NATA 2020 Information brochure students preparing for the exams have a better idea of what to expect.

Here are a few highlights:-

Pattern of Questions and Mode of Answering

Part A shall consist of time-based Preferential Type Questions (PTQ) and Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ ) and Part B shall consist of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) only.

Both Parts shall be computer-based and are to be answered in PC/laptop. Questions and all instructions will be available only in the English medium. The pattern of questions for Part-B shall be as follows:

PCM (MCQ) 15 Questions X 1.5 mark each

General Aptitude (MCQ) 35 Questions X 1.5 marks each

& Logical reasoning

The 50 questions are to be answered in 45 minutes.

There will be an interval of 3 minutes (rollover period) between Part-B and Part-A.

The pattern of questions for Part-A shall be as follows:

Question 1 shall be PTQ type and carry 17 Marks (4 choices each with variable marks) totaling 17 marks (12 minutes)

Questions 2, 3 & 4 shall be PTQ type and carry 16 Marks each (4 right answers; each right answer 4 marks) totaling 48 marks (12 minutes each)

Question 5 to 10 shall be MCQ type and carry 10 Marks each totaling 60 marks (4 minutes each)

Questions will appear one by one and are to be answered within maximum time. After the candidate answers a question or its maximum time limit exceeds, the system will move forward to the next question. Going back and forth of questions is not allowed.

Cognitive skills for Drawing and visual composition Test (Part-A)

The candidate has to attempt 10 questions (Preferential Type/MCQ) within 72 minutes on PC/laptop. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects

• Understanding the important visual principles in a composition (2D OR 3D) such as balance, rhythm, direction, hierarchy, etc.

• Understanding geometry and the ability to visualize the shape and solve geometrical puzzles to test spatial intelligence.

• Understanding color theory and the various terminologies to test color scheme awareness and knowledge.

• Visual system interpretation and perception to test graphical similarities and other properties

• Ability to understand spatial relationship between objects, and to visualize images and scenarios

• Tests for cognitive ability: perception, attention, recognition, memory, etc.

Test on PCM and General Aptitude (Part-B)

There shall be 50 questions to be answered on PC/laptop within 45 minutes. Each question shall have four options out of which, only one option is correct.

Each correct response will yield 1.5 marks. There is no negative marking.

Syllabus for NATA-2020

PART A Syllabus as given above.



Electrostatics- Electric charges and Fields; Electrostatic Potential and Capacitance

Current Electricity; Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism; Moving Charges and magnetism; Magnetism and Matter Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating currents

Electromagnetic Induction; Alternating Current Optics- Ray optics and optical instruments,

Wave Optics Dual nature of radiation and Matter Atoms and Nuclei- Atoms, Nuclei Electronic devices- Semiconductor Electronics, Materials, Devices, and Simple Circuits.


Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry; Structure of Atom; Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties.

Chemical Bonding and Molecular; States of Matter: Gases and Liquids

Chemical Thermodynamics; Equilibrium; Redox Reactions; Hydrogen; s- Block Elements p -Block Elements

Organic Chemistry: Some Basic Principles and Techniques; Hydrocarbons; Environmental Chemistry


Algebra: Definitions of A. P. and G.P.; General term, Summation of first n-terms of series ∑n, ∑n²,∑n3; Arithmetic/Geometric series, A.M., G.M. and their relation; Infinite G.P. series and its sum.

Logarithms: Definition; General properties; Change of base.

Matrices: Concepts of m x n (m ≤ 3, n ≤ 3) real matrices, operations of addition, scalar multiplication, and multiplication of matrices. Transpose of a matrix. Determinant of a square matrix. Properties of determinants (statement only). Minor, cofactor and adjoint of a matrix. Nonsingular matrix. Inverse of a matrix. Finding area of a triangle. Solutions of system of linear equations. (Not more than 3 variables).

Trigonometry: Trigonometric functions, addition and subtraction formulae, formulae involving multiple and submultiple angles, general solution of trigonometric equations. Properties of triangles, inverse trigonometric functions and their properties.

Coordinate geometry: Distance formula, section formula, area of a triangle, condition of collinearity of three points in a plane. Polar coordinates, transformation from Cartesian to polar coordinates and vice versa. Parallel transformation of axes, concept of locus, elementary locus problems. Slope of a line. Equation of lines in different forms, angle between two lines. Condition of perpendicularity and parallelism of two lines. Distance of a point from a line. Distance between two parallel lines. Lines through the point of intersection of two lines. Equation of a circle with a given center and radius. Condition that a general equation of second degree in x, y may represent a circle. Equation of a circle in terms of endpoints of a diameter. Equation of tangent, normal and chord. Parametric equation of a circle. Intersection of a line with a circle. Equation of common chord of two intersecting circles.

3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry: Direction cosines and direction ratios, distance between two points and section formula, equation of a straight line, equation of a plane, distance of a point from a plane.

Theory of Calculus: Functions, composition of two functions and inverse of a function, limit, continuity, derivative, chain rule, derivative of implicit functions and functions defined parametrically. Integration as a reverse process of differentiation, indefinite integral of standard functions. Integration by parts. Integration by substitution and partial fraction. Definite integral as a limit of a sum with equal subdivisions. Fundamental theorem of integral calculus and its applications. Properties of definite integrals. Formation of ordinary differential equations, solution of homogeneous differential equations, separation of variables method, linear first order differential equations.

Application of Calculus: Tangents and normals, conditions of tangency. Determination of monotonicity, maxima and minima. Differential coefficient as a measure of rate. Motion in a straight line with constant acceleration. Geometric interpretation of definite integral as area, calculation of area bounded by elementary curves and Straight lines. Area of the region included between two elementary curves.

Permutation and combination: Permutation of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Permutation of n things not all different. Permutation with repetitions (circular permutation excluded). Combinations of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Combination of n things not all different. Basic properties. Problems involving both permutations and combinations.

Statistics and Probability: Measure of dispersion, mean, variance and standard deviation, frequency distribution. Addition and multiplication rules of probability, conditional probability and Bayes’ Theorem, independence of events, repeated independent trails and Binomial distribution


Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical, and verbal), General awareness of national/ international architects, and famous architectural creations.

Mathematical reasoning: Statements, logical operations like and, or, if and only if, implies, implied by. Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction, and contrapositive.

Sets and Relations: Idea of sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets, Venn diagram, De Morgan’s Laws, Relation, and its properties. Equivalence relation — definition and elementary examples.

The candidates may appear for both tests of NATA 2020 either from their respective places of residence/stay or at the Council allotted centers in case they do not have network connectivity or technical/hardware resources such as laptop/PC/webcam/ Microphone etc. The candidates may indicate their preference for place of examination at their respective login accounts at NATA portal

For the candidates who have opted to appear for NATA 2020 from their places of residence/stay, the Council shall conduct an Online Mock Test 10-12 days prior to the examination to acclimatize the candidates with the online monitored environment so that they are well prepared on the day of Examination. The details, in this regard, shall be communicated to the candidates by email/SMS. The candidates appearing at the Test Centres may also be considered for mock Test.

In view of the inconsistencies in power supplies and other connectivity issues at home writing the exams in the centers are preferable although it is ultimately the decision of the students and their families.

We at IGNITE have been ahead of this curve and classes have already begun in keeping with this new format and approach on 26th of July 2020. To get our students acquainted with this new pattern IGNITE has also scheduled a few mock exams in the coming weeks.

IGNITE is also proud to announce the release of new set of study materials revised in accordance with the latest changes in the study and exam patterns to help our students get the best results in the upcoming exams.

The new updated study materials will be provided free of cost to all the students of IGNITE in soft copy format via IGNITE GURU app from August 1st onwards.

The world is going through a huge transition right now and it is upon us to observe adapt and execute our plans to stay ahead of the curve. We at IGNITE strongly believe in constant improvement which has helped us scale impressive academic achievements in a short period of time.

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