Do you need a class to prepare for NATA?


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If you are a student who’s enthusiastic about joining architecture then this blog is for you.

Before reading this, you should check out my previous blog on how to get into architecture & things you need to know before joining Architecture which will help you more in taking a firm decision.

In this blog we’ll try to make you understand what to prepare for NATA & how should you go about it.

Do you need classes to prepare for NATA?

Do I need to study PCM for NATA?

Is it an Online/ offline exam?

What all things you need to prepare for NATA?

If you have any of these questions then read till the end of the blog and leave a LIKE if it helped you.

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Any ART can be developed over the period of time. Be it Sketching, 2D – composition or 3D – composition. The whole point here is how much you practice for NATA.

A weekly practice of the above three topics for a year can help you get more marks. A self-motivated student with a little bit of discipline can achieve with these blogs also.

So, stay tuned for the NATA series of blogs in which we will make you crack NATA exam for FREE.

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National Aptitude Test in Architecture is a 3-hour 15 minutes exam with a GRAND total of 200 marks & basically two parts.

Part A comprises of on-paper drawing exam for 125 marks.

We get a gap of 15 minutes between Part A & B. Part B comprises of Online exam for 75 marks.

In Part A, you have to draw on A4 size paper (each), as answer to 3 questions carrying 35 marks, 35 marks & 55 marks, respectively. You get 135 minutes or 2 hour 15 minutes for the paper-based exam.

Part B is an online exam consisting of two types of MCQ’s, 15 questions for 1.5 marks each Of PCM subject and General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning has 35 questions for 1.5 marks each.

The best part about this is that there is NO NEGATIVE MARKING.

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There are specific skills which the examiner will be looking for, when marking your ‘PART A’ paper-based exam.

Your sketch can be very attractive, but if it is not proportionate you will lose marks there. A basic understanding of scale and proportion is required.

A more detailed approach where you can see drawings in perspective, will be more appreciated.

In the further blogs we’ll discuss about one & two-point perspective and other aspects, tips and tricks of sketching which will help you gain more marks in NATA. 

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To give you an example of conceptualization and visualization of sketches, 2D composition and 3D composition is based on HOW you see things.

For example, if you are to make a sketch of a street then you need to fetch in details which you see in your day-to-day life like streetscape, urban scape and landscapes.


This part tests objects, texture related to Architecture and built environment, interpretation of pictorial compositions, visualizing 3D objects from 2D drawings, visualizing different sides of 3D objects, analytical reasoning, mental ability, general awareness of national/ international Architects and famous Architectural creations.

For preparation of Physics, Chemistry and Math MCQ’s you’ll have the same syllabus for which you’ll be preparing for your 12th standard board examination.

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Thereby, I would like to conclude that it depends entirely on the student to take the call if one should take coaching classes or not.

But if you’re focused and disciplined you can score good marks without going to classes. As per new rules PCM is included in NATA exam.

It is both an Online and Offline Exam, as you saw in Part A and B.

The whole point of this is to provide free education to students who aspire to become future Architects. Feel free to drop in any doubts about the exam or syllabus in the comments.

We will be covering each and every aspect of NATA architecture entrance exam. So, follow the blog and stay tuned.

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