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The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA), as the name suggests measures the aptitude of an applicant specifically in the field of Architecture. NATA exam measures aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking that have been acquired over a long period of time. But unlike other entrance exams like JEE (paper 2), NATA is an aptitude test and doesn’t guarantee admission to architecture institutes. It is an online and offline exam i.e. the aptitude test is conducted online while the drawing test is on a drawing sheet. The three hour test is conducted nationwide on any date between the last weeks of March to April.

The test comprises of questions from subjects pertaining to architecture like general architecture history, geometry, shapes, materials, colour wheel etc, general awareness and Maths. Also you will be asked to draw a sketch related to design composition and everyday activities. (For this, one has to have some knowledge of drawing shapes to scale and a basic grasp of drawing human figures, cars, trees and common items to create a scenario sketch).

DQ Labs recommend intense practice and knowledge building before attempting the crucial NATA test.

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NATA is an aptitude test conducted by the COA. Council of Architecture (COA) was formulated on 1st September, 1972, under the provisions of Architects Act, 1972.The Council is responsible for regulating the education and practice of profession throughout India besides maintaining the register of Architects. Any person willing to pursue 'Architecture' as a profession will have to register with the Council of Architecture (COA).

And for this, one must possess requisite qualification as listed to the Architects Act, after having undergone the education in accordance with the Council of Architecture (Minimum Standards of Architectural Education) Regulations, 1983.

Candidates aspiring to get admission into an undergraduate course in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) in India write NATA. NATA test scores are used by admissions authorities of different schools/ colleges of Architecture as it provides common measures for comparing the qualifications of the applicants.

NATA would also help you register yourself as an architect with the Council of Architects after the completion of your course, important for you if you aspire to be accomplished as an architect.

Applications are released towards January every year and the window is open for about 2 - 3 months. In 2018, The application windows were open in January and closed by 31st March 2018.

  • The dates of the NATA test may vary, but in general, the exam is conducted on dates in April every year at designated Test Centres across India.
  • You choose your test centre but there is a slight possibility that you may be allotted a different centre.

All Architecture schools in India must accept the NATA score. They use the NATA scores as admission criteria. For these schools, 50% weightage is given to the NATA score and 50% weightage to the 12th Standard board exam scores.

Yes, the Council of Architects has stipulated the NATA Test as a mandatory pre requisite for any applicant seeking admission into an architecture college in India. All applicants must clear the NATA exam by securing a minimum of 20/80 marks in Aptitude test and 30/120 in the drawing test. Overall qualifying marks (out of 200) would be based on post-exam statistics and at the discretion of the Council.

But, there may be various institute admitting candidates without NATA Scores into Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch).

Some institutes accept applications on the basis of JEE Mains Paper 2 (Architecture Aptitude) and some private deemed universities co nduct their own entrance exams - However, the minimum NATA score is still a basic requirement to be completed before admission into the architecture school

So, basically, even if the institute offering B.Arch considers students without having NATA score, it is advised to take up the test as it will enable the candidate to register himself as an Architect after completing the course.

The validity of the “Valid score” will be for the same academic session itself. For example you attempt to write NATA in 2018, the results would be valid only for the academic session 2018-19.

The NATA test structure comprises of two parts,

a) online Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).

b) offline drawing test (to be answered on A4 size drawing sheets).

Candidates get 90 mins for the drawing test and 90 mins for the aptitude test.

The Drawing Test has 2 Questions – (topics include 2D, 3D and Theme Sketch) 2*40marks=80 marks

The Aptitude Test has 40 questions from General aptitude with topics ranging from- Mental Ability to Architecture Awareness all 2 markseach, and 20 from Mathematics weighing it for precious 40 marks.

The Aesthetic Senstivity Test is a Computer Adaptive Test - which simply means, that the test adjusts to your level of difficulty. If the student gets an answer right, the next question will be more difficult. Similarly, a wrong answer will lead to an easier question. The higher the difficulty level, the better is the final score in the Aesthetic Sensitivity Test. So although there is no negetive marking, students do lose out for wrong answers.

A good nata score varies each year with the level of competition. While the maximum NATA Scores have been 155+, a score of around 120+ is considered to be good and must be the target score for most students. However, at DQ Labs, the highest score has been 171 by Ms. Poornima Subramaniam.

While most students neglect drawing practice and hence suffer in getting low scores in drawing. The ranking for admissions however depends on the students’ 12th Standard board results as well.

For ex: A student with a NATA Score of 125 and 96% in the their 12th standard board exams can get the 1st rank while a student with a NATA score of 135 and a board score of 90% can get the 5th rank. Hence, it is extremely important to do well in both exams.

DQ Labs student from Bangalore had secured a NATA Score of 171!!
  • It is imperative that you do well in both - your 12th standard board exam and the NATA Test to acquire admissions at the best schools. Your preparation would depend on how much time you have before you take the NATA Test. A good result comes from a solid foundation for which a coaching is recommended. At DQ Labs, we advise that you start early to build the reservoir.
  • Any student from any stream can write NATA, but a point to remember is that even if you haven’t opted for arts, you must have studied maths as a subject to write NATA.

If you are in the 10th Standard:

  • You could opt for the 2 year preparation course where you go through the foundation programme and would be given multiple exercises of varying intensities covering all topics.
  • You will be free to grasp at your own pace and understand all the concepts being taught.
  • The most significant advantage is that you will be able to better manage your studies, extra-curricular activities and the NATA test preparations.

If you are in the 11th Standard or starting your 12th standard:

  • You could take the 1 year preparation course where you would go through all the topics required to write the NATA Test, and this would be accompanied by multiple assignments of varying difficulty levels.
  • In 11th / 12th standard, your focus on your academics is extremely important. Your preparation for NATA must go hand in hand with your studies. With the ‘1 year preparation package’, you will be able to prepare for NATA throughout the year. You will also have ample time to absorb all the concepts being discussed at the coaching.
  • Ideally, you should answer the NATA Test before you get into the 12th standard.

If you have completed your 12th Standard:

  • Once you have appeared for your 12th boards, you would be burdened with Common Entrance Tests (CET) and deadlines to submit your Score Cards to counselling authorities. Hence, there is very limited time for preparation. Understanding these constraints, DQ Labs has created programs for you to still score 120+!
  • You could opt for the Crash Course where you would go through all the topics required by you to write the NATA Test within your time constraints. As a part of the course, you will be given assignments based on the topics that you have covered to facilitate your learning.

You can also go through the DQ Labs blogs which have a lot of information with respect to preparation for the NATA test.

Mock Tests: DQ Labs provides various mock tests for all our students. Please contact our Expert Counsellor for more details.

In order to help you learn and understand the concepts prescribed according to the NATA paper pattern, DQ Labs‘ books have structured the lessons in a simple yet informative manner.

  • Section 1 - Theme sketching
  • Section 2 – 2D composition + 3D composition
  • Section 3 - Freehand drawing
  • Section 4 – Colouring
  • Section 5 – Aesthetic sensitivity and Aptitude development
  • Section 6 – Architectural Awareness
  • Section 7 – English Vocabulary
  • Section 8 – Mathematics
  • Mail us at [email protected] For a detailed contents of the book.

Apart from the offline course pack we provide students online materials to help them ace the concepts and clear all their doubts.

The Full online classroom consists of the following,

  1. Mock test simulations, which are timed and have a similar UI and Graphic as the actual NATA computer based test, so that the student is familiar and prepared before they take the actual NATA test
  2. Question banks for Math
  3. Question banks for Architectural Awareness
  4. Question banks for English
  5. English Vocabulary
  6. Question banks for Mental Ability
  7. Image Banks (access over 1000 images of Architects, Architectural Awareness and History)
  8. Access to our past students Drawing assignments (Drawings evaluated by Architects)

Note: The online drawing questions have been updated to the latest NATA drawing syllabus

Additionally, DQ Labs has created over 200 high quality drawing videos to help students pick up concepts quickly

YES. This book covers all the basics of Architecture and would enable you to score well at NATA. This book in fact provides a very good foundation for your career in architecture. The book is designed as to broaden your horizons with respect to designing and structuring and would definitely encourage you to practice more with the interactive and interesting format of the book.

DQ Labs has multiple options to help you ace the drawing exam. You can choose our Home Study option or can visit any of our centres at Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai and Pune. Our expert faculty ensures that you understand concepts via online platforms or through our classroom coaching under their personal guidance.

Attempting to help our students tap their potential and give their best, we are ready to help you at any given point during or after the classes. We encourage you to interact with us. You can mail in your questions at [email protected] and we would get back to you ASAP. You can also call us at 9591001000 for more information.

We try to provide answers to all your queries and have a repository of sample tests and previous question papers for your benefit.

Please check the Sample mock test - Click here

For detailed information about the NATA test pattern please go to the DQ LABS online classroom lms and click on "Instructions for the NATA test and the online study material"

Kindly Register for the 'Online class room' to get a detailed insight and be better acquainted with the questions asked in the NATA test. Refer to NATA study material for more information.

(Note that you will have to create a FREE user ID to access the free online Sample mock test or read about "Instructions for the NATA test and the online study material". To create a FREE account, click on login and create a new account)

DQ Edge is an online learning platform created DQ Labs, it has everything from Question banks to learning topics, that a student would need to crack any design entrance exam in India, making it a one stop solution to all the problems a student might face.

The portal uses artificial intelligence to register the growth, answering patterns, skill set, and ability of each user. It maps your trajectory throughout each session and is like your own personal online mentor.(Every student gets their own personalized strategy to prepare well for the exam). It uses the user info to chart out the perfect methods to study and designs the insights accordingly

In order to purchase the Test prep Books and other course material, please visit the NATA Page of our website. You can also refer to it for more information on payment and registration details.

The material will be dispatched within 24 hours from the reception of your payment. Though we aim at fast delivery to help the students start as soon as possible, it may take 2 to 3 days for the material to be delivered to your home through courier.

NOTE: For quick dispatch of the Study Material, pay by debit or credit card, Transfer the money online or make a cash deposit.

We strive hard and harder every time one of our students shows the mark of excellence, and we take pride in showing the world what talent we nurtured at our coaching. DQ Labs student blogs have over 1 million hits and many of our students' works have been displayed in the blogs.

You can click on the links below to view some of the DQ Labs students work from the inception of NATA

DQ Labs past students' work/

NATAsketches.com/

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