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NATA or National Aptitude Test in Architecture is a national level exam that is conducted to test the comprehensive understanding of Architectural field. The exam is conducted under the supervision of Council of Architecture (COA) for those students who want to get admission to first year of Architecture i.e. B.Arch. (Bachelor of Architecture). COA has made NATA exam mandatory for architectural aspirants for securing an admission in any of the architecture colleges in India. NATA exam is held every year in the month of March or April. It can be given till the last day of September every year at selected test centers.
NATA Registration / Application Form
Aspirants who are appearing for NATA exam have to fill pre-registartion form that can be obtained from the website. Once the candidates pay the test fees, they will be provided with a project followed by the appointment verifier with details of the time and date from the Test Center. Candidates, who are interested in receiving the registration form through post, must send a required letter to the address of the Council of architecture or NIASA, New Delhi.
NATA Application Form
NATA Exam Dates
NATA 2014 will commence from 1 March 2014.
NATA exam will be conducted in two parts. Initial two hours will be allotted to drawing test whereas the last 1 hour will be a computer based online test. The drawing test will include judging the ability to sketch a given object proportionately, envisioning and drawing the effects of lights on objects and shadows cast on surroundings and thinking ability on related subjects. The online computer test will include the test to gauge candidates’ imagination, creativity and communication ability.
The test is in two parts. A paper based drawing test and computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test.
The test measures aptitude of the candidate through two sections - a paper based section for drawing and computer based section for aesthetic sensitivity.
Drawing Test:- This is a two hour paper where candidate has to attempt three questions. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects -
Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner.
Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
Sense of perspective drawing.
Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form.
Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition.
Understanding of scale and proportions.
Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.
Aesthetic Sensitivity Test
This is computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice questions.
The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation, creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of -
Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings.
Visualising different sides of three dimensional objects.
Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural qualities.
The test’s questions will be theoretical drawing based, focusing especially on imagination and proportion. It will be 200 marks exam, with equal allotment of 100 marks to drawing and aptitude.
There are no shortcuts to success. One has to strive a lot in order to achieve aim. Aspirants who will be appearing for NATA 2013 must realize that this is a high time to start preparing for the exam. Joining a good coaching class will surely get you a good result but, if you are not interested in it, then you can refer some of the books that deal with architectural study.
• Architecture Entrance Book by P. K. Mishra
• NATA Examination ( Verbal / Non- Verbal / Reasoning ) by R.S. Agarwal
• NATA Entrance Examination by Arihant Book
Besides this, make a proper list that distinguishes famous national buildings and international buildings. The reason behind this; there is a probability where candidate might asked to spot the structures. You can also solve previous year NATA papers to have fair idea about the types of questions asked in the exam.
Announcements for NATA 2013 will soon be declared in the official website of NATA. Interested candidates can visit here to get updated information about NATA 2013.