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NATA 2020 Changes In Syllabus: 

The major change in NATA 2020 is the inclusion of Physics and Chemistry in the syllabus. Most of the syllabus however remains unchanged.

Another change is in the drawing section pattern;  there will be 3 questions; 2 of 35 marks each and one of 55 marks; so total marks 125.

More time has also been allotted to drawing i.e instead of the 90 mins given in 2018-2019, candidates will now have 135 mins ( 2hours and 15 mins)for the drawing part.

Below is the breakup of the new pattern and syllabus:

Drawing Test

Candidate has to attempt three questions within 135 minutes. 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 interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms;
 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.

The Answer to each question in the 'drawing' paper will be examined by more than one examiner independently and the marks will be averaged. The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section will be on the candidate's drawing, imagination and observation skills. The candidate's sense of proportion and perspective will also be evaluated together with sense for colour and composition.

Test on PCM and General Aptitude
There shall be 50 questions for which four options will be given. Out of the four options, only one option is correct and the correct response will yield 1.5 marks. There is no negative marking.


Understanding of scale and proportion of objects, geometric composition, shape, building forms and elements, aesthetics, colour texture, harmony and contrast. Conceptualization and Visualization through structuring objects in memory. Drawing of patterns - both geometrical and abstract. Form transformations in 2D and 3D like union, subtraction, rotation, surfaces and volumes. Generating plan, elevation and 3D views of objects. Creating 2D and 3D compositions using given shape and forms. Perspective drawing, Sketching of urban scape and landscape, Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory.

Electrostatics- Electric charges and Fields; Electrostatic Potential and Clearance
Current Electricity: Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism; Moving Charges and magnetism; Magnetism and Matter
Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating currents- Electromagnetic Induction; Alternating Current
Optics- Ray optics and optical instruments, Wave Optics
Dual nature of radiation and Matter
Atoms and Nuclei- Atoms, Nuclei
Electronic devices- Semiconductor Electronics, Materials, Devices and Simple circuits

CHEMISTRY  Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry; Structure of Atom; Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties Chemical Bonding and Molecular; States of Matter: Gases and Liquids Chemical Thermodynamics; Equilibrium; Redox Reactions; Hydrogen; s- Block Elements p -Block Elements Organic Chemistry: Some basic Principles and Techniques; Hydrocarbons; Environmental Chemistry

MATHEMATICS (Algebra, Matrices, Trigonometry, Calculus, Co-ordinate geometry, Permutation & Combination, Statistics and Probability)
GENERAL APTITUDE Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), General awareness of national/ international architects and famous architectural creations.
Mathematical reasoning: Statements, logical operations like and, or, if and only if, implies, implied by. Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction and contrapositive.
Sets and Relations: Idea of sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets, Venn diagram, De Morgan's Laws, Relation and its properties. Equivalence relation — definition and elementary examples.

Qualifying marks for NATA-2020 would be based on the following rules:

1. A minimum of 32 marks out of 125 marks must be secured in Part A (approximately 25%)
2. A minimum of 18 marks out of 75 marks must be secured in Part B (approximately25% )
3. Overall qualifying marks (out of 200) would be based on post-exam statistics and at the discretion of
the Council.
A Candidate will not qualify in NATA-2020 unless he/ she satisfies all three conditions mentioned above.

Validity of NATA-2020 score:
 NATA-2020score shall be valid only for admission in the session 2020-2021.

Procedures to be followed in the Examination

1. The candidates will have to follow the time schedule as follows:
(a) Report to the Examination Center by 8.00 am
(b) Opening gate to the examination hall at 8.30 am
(c) Registration of candidate to be completed by 9.45 am
(d) Closing gate to the examination hall at 9.45 am
(e) Commencement of examination at 10.00 am
(f) Duration of examination: 10.00 am to 01.15 pm
No candidate will be allowed to enter the examination hall after commencement of examination, i.e.
after 10.00 am

2. Candidates must bring with them:
i. Downloaded Admit Card of NATA-2020.
ii. Original Proof of Identity- Aadhar/ Passport/ Driving License/ Voter ID.
iii. Pen, pencils, eraser, color pencils (No water/oil color or crayon). Instruments of any kind including scale are not permitted.
iv. Candidates may bring with them a cardboard or a clip board on which nothing should be written, so that they have no difficulty in taking the drawing test even if the tables provided in the examination room/hall do have smooth surface.

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