National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is being conducted by COA since 2006, in terms of the provisions of CoA (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983, published in the Gazette of India.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR NATA 2019 IN ONE MONTH
- Go through last year papers and mock tests to give you thorough practice for various topics. This will also help you to figure out the important topics needed to be covered.
- Sketching is the key because it forms an integral part of the NATA paper 2019. The student can practice compositions, still life, perspective drawings, foreshortening techniques, graphic design to name a few… one can explore coloring through dry media and prefer using A4 size format.
- Time your mock tests to get aggressive with preparation.
- Revise mathematics of 9th-12th std as it forms an important chunk of the exam. Going through topic-wise formulae for 9th and 10th is a good idea.
- Aptitude and Logical Reasoning requires practice and time-management. It is a very scoring portion of the exam which needs to be exploited very well. There are a lot of good Aptitude books available in the market for the same.
- Read through articles and blogs about Architecture and related topics to give you a fair idea about various terms and vocabulary used in Architecture.
Last but not least, have a proper schedule for diet and sleep to help you in achieving your goals. Mental health, as well as physical health, also plays an important role in determining your life.
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NATA QUESTION PAPER PATTERN 2019
Part A comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) to be answered online and Part B will be answered on A4 size drawing sheets.
The distribution of marks is outlined as follows:
|SUBJECT||Distribution of Marks||Total Marks|
|Mathematics (20 Questions carrying 2 marks each)||20X2||40|
|General Aptitude (40 Questions carrying 2 marks each)||40X2||80|
|Drawing (2 Questions carrying 40 marks each)||2X40||80|
NATA DRAWING QUESTIONS WITH SOLUTIONS 2018
- You are sitting at a table in front of a tea stall in the early morning sipping a hot cup of tea while your companion is reading a newspaper. The tea stall is located in a park and you are observing a man walking his dog and the beautiful garden landscape around you. Sketch the scenario described above and render light and shade using drawing pencils.
(HINT: create an early mining hustle bustle scene with one-point perspective. Show human figures doing activities, composition, shade, shadow. Since it is a morning scene, one would observe slant and faint shadows.)
2. Using all the three shapes given below, create a visually pleasing composition. The shapes are to be used in the same size as illustrated below and they have to be repeated, rotated, interlocked and mirrored to create the composition. Use not more than 3 colors from the analogous color scheme.
NATA DRAWING TIPS
- Practice One-point and two-point perspective.
- Understand the application of each type, to relate to use which one in related question.
- Practice use of a dry medium like pencils, color pencils, dry pastels.
- Practice foreshortening concept.
- Try and work on A4 and A 5 size sheets.
- Time your drawings when you practice for the exam.
NATA PAPER ANALYSIS 2018
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 A 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 benefitted 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, trignometry, 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 incase 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 Drawing part, there were 2 questions, one of which was based on memory drawing of a Tea Stall . This was rather tricky as there were lot of constraints and elements given. It also said that it was a morning hustle bustle scene. There was a short descriptive story of a scene which had to created, it needed visualization and understanding of perspectives, shadows and composition.
The other was a rather interesting and simple one, in which 2 D composition had to be drawn. 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. It would be beneficial for students to get a reference of 2018 paper to prepare for NATA 2019.
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