Council of Architecture- COA has decided to conduct NATA-2018 for admission to B.Arch. in the academic session 2018-19, as a one-day online examination all over the country, which will comprise of two parts: Part A(APTITUDE PART) comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) to be answered online and Part B(DRAWING PART) is paper based drawing. No further examination shall be held under any circumstances for those who will be unable to appear on the scheduled date and time of NATA- 2018 examination, i.e. 29th April 2018.The pattern of the NATA paper has been quite debatable and unpredictable till the last year because the paper was primarily online with numerous sets spread across numerous dates as well. But from 2018, it will be a single date exam.
Through this blog, we are trying to critically analyse the paper of NATA 2017 to help students to get an idea of how to prepare for NATA the coming year. There were a total of 60 questions(General Aptitude – MCQ type) + 2 drawing questions. The paper totaled to 200 marks.
Refer the table below to learn about the marks distribution of each part.
Part A consisted of Mathematics and General Aptitude
If we talk of Part A mathematics, there was a mix of easy, moderate and difficult level questions. Some were of calculative nature. Overall maths part was lengthy and involved thoroughness of the CBSE concepts.
In Part B – General Aptitude, 22% of the questions were based on Aptitude and Analytical reasoning. It also included questions based on 3D visualisation of figures. Hence, a thorough study of orthographic projections, analysis of 3D would have benefited the students.
27% of the Aptitude part focused on the theoretical part of the subject. It covered topics like climatology, important architects and their works, important terms used in architecture, places of architectural importance, etc. These questions were quite straight-forward.
38% of problems were of logical reasoning and simple mathematics. It covered topics like Mensuration, Age related, distance, trigonometry, geometry. A good brush up of IXth and Xth maths CBSE topics would be helpful for this part. Brushing through basic formulas would also be helpful in case you don’t have so much time. 10% of the Aptitude section consisted of very basic day to day simple science related problems.
As for the Part C – Drawing, there were 2 questions, one of which was based on memory drawing of a Railway Station. The other was a rather tricky one, where there was a short descriptive story of a scene which had to created, it needed visualisation and understanding of perspectives, shadows and composition. Exploration of various dry medium is recommended before going for the exam.
The exam paper was rather lengthy and since it was a change of paper pattern, it came as a surprise for a lot of aspirants, especially the Aptitude part.
Now only 3 months are left for NATA entrance exam, This paper analysis would be beneficial for students to prepare for NATA 2018 in 3 months.
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