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NATA 2020: Changes in Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus & Application Fee

NATA 2020: Changes in Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus & Application Fees

The Council of Architecture has introduced several significant changes in NATA 2020. Changes were mentioned in the Information Brochure, which was released with NATA Application Form on February 1, 2020, at Candidates can fill out the form till March 16 for the April session. Exam Pattern is revised as compared to last year along with several questions, marking scheme, duration of exam, the introduction of new components, and updated syllabus.
NATA 2020 will be conducted twice a year, on April 19 (first session) and May 31 (second session). It is done for granting admission to B.Arch courses offered by various recognized institutes of the country. School of Planning and Architecture (SPA’s) at New Delhi, Bhopal, Vijayawada will also accept NATA 2020 Results for admission to B.Plan courses. 
NATA 2020 Highlights
· The duration of the Drawing test will be 135 minutes; the time duration for the aptitude test this year has been reduced to 45 minutes.
· The time duration of the NATA exam has been increased by 15 minutes to 3 hours 15 minutes, earlier the length of the review was 3 hours.
· The panel has introduced an intersession time of 15 minutes between both the parts; part A exam will be conducted in offline mode while Part B will be done online and will include multiple-choice questions.
· There is no age limit criteria to apply for the exam. Check Eligibility Criteria
· From this session, 45 minutes will be Provided for the aptitude section, and 135 minutes will be given for the drawing section.
· A national-level of centralized counseling will be conducted for providing admission to architecture courses.

Changes in NATA 2020 Exam Pattern

CoA has introduced changes in the Exam Pattern primarily. In addition to existing questions on Mathematics, the aptitude section will now have Physics and Chemistry questions too. The sequence of sections is also reversed. Part A will now be Drawing, and Part B will be Scientific Ability and General Aptitude. An increase in the number of drawing sections with more marks weightage and a decrease in aptitude questions are seen.

Mode of Examination
Both Online and Offline
Medium of Examination
Duration of the Exam
3 hours 15 minutes
Number of Sections
The exam now have two parts-Part A- Drawing Test (which will be conducted offline) and Part B- PCM and General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning (which will be taken online)
Section-wise time duration
Part A- Drawing Test: 135 minutes (2 hours 15 minutes) and Part B- PCM and General Aptitude: 45 minutes
Number of Questions
Part A-Drawing Test- 3 Drawing Questions Part B- PCM- 15 Questions General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning - 35 Questions
Total Marks
Marking Scheme
Candidates will be given 1.5 marks for each correct answer in Part B, there will be no negative marking.

Changes in NATA Marking Scheme

1.5 marks will be awarded for each correct answer in the PCM and General Aptitude section; earlier, it was two marks for the same. In part, A total of 2 questions are holding 35 marks each and 1 question of 55 marks. As the number of drawing questions, the previous year was two, thus 40 marks were allocated to each of them.

Distribution of Marks
Total Marks
Part A
Drawing (3 Questions)
2 x 35 and 1 x 55
70 + 55
Part B
PCM (15 Questions carrying 1.5 marks each)
15 x 1.5
General Aptitude & Logical Reasoning (35 Questions carrying 1.5 marks each)
35 x 1.5

Changes in Exam Schedule

· The entire time duration of the entrance test will be 3 hours and 15 minutes.
· The candidates from this year onwards are given an additional 15 minutes for completing the exam.
 · So now onwards, the duration of the exam is 3 hours 15 minutes as compared to the previous 3 hours only.
  • From this year onwards, there will be no negative markings in the NATA 2020 entrance tests.

Changes in NATA Application Fee

The application fee of NATA 2020 is the same for all the genders and is mentioned beneath. The candidates can pay the fee amount through any of the ways including Debit card, Credit card, or Net banking.

Earlier candidates were expected to pay a fee of INR 1800 (General Category) and INR 1500 (SC/ST) for one attempt. No changes in application fees are made for candidates applying for test centers outside the territory of India.

one attempt
two attempts
General category
SC/ST category
In case applying from overseas

Changes in NATA 2020 Syllabus

· Post the introduction of PCM, Syllabus of NATA 2020 has seen the addition of a few new topics.
· In National Aptitude Test in Architecture, Physics and Chemistry subjects are added from 2020, so the candidates need to cover Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and General Aptitude along with the Drawing Section for scoring high in the exam.

Revised NATA 2020 Exam Pattern for Drawing Test
Mentioned below is the revised exam pattern for the drawing test. Given below are the aspects on which a candidate will be evaluated:
· Students will be evaluated based on their ability to sketch a given object proportionately and showcasing their skills in a visually appealing way
· Students will be evaluated based on visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings
· Their sense of perspective drawing will be judged
· How a candidate can create interesting two-dimensional compositions using the given shapes and forms will be examined
· Candidates need to create visual harmony by using a combination of colors in the mentioned composition
· Knowledge of the scale and proportions, and Drawing using pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences will help in scoring high.

Changes in Qualifying Marks for NATA 

NATA 2020 Score Card will contain marks obtained in each part and aggregate marks obtained out of 200. Along with obtained marks, qualifying status as Pass/ Fail will also be mentioned. Based on the following rules qualifying marks will be calculated:
· Minimum 32 marks out of 125 marks must be secured in Part A (25% approximately)
· Minimum 18 marks out of 75 in Part B must be obtained (25% approximately)
· Overall qualifying marks based on post-exam cut off and statistics.

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