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NATA 2020 New Syllabus: PCM, General Aptitude and Drawing Test

NATA 2020 New Syllabus: PCM, General Aptitude and Drawing Test

NATA Syllabus 2020 is defined by the CoA (Council of Architecture). Part A is the offline Drawing Test and Part A consists of online General Aptitude and PCM Test. Aspirants must go through the entire syllabus, which will help them create a preparation schedule in a precise manner. It consists of all the topics of Mathematics, General Aptitude, Physics, Chemistry, and Drawing from where the questions will be prepared. National Aptitude Architecture Test 2020 which was to be conducted on April 19 and May 31, 2020 has been not postponed by the conducting authority due to the ongoing lockdown of COVID-19.

  • NATA Exam Pattern has been revised, it consists of a total of 53 questions, to be attempted in a 3-hour duration. Intermediate time of 15 minutes will be provided between both the papers. 

  • Candidates have to attempt the Drawing section in the first 135 minutes and PCM-General Aptitude in the last 45 minutes. 
  • Instead of only Mathematics in Part B, Physics and Chemistry questions will also be asked. Thus syllabus for Part A has been updated. 

NATA 2020 Syllabus Highlights


                Important Topics

Part A: Drawing Test
Scale & Proportion, Geometric Composition, Colour Harmony, 3D,2D Transformation, Perspective Drawing, Urban landscape, Day to Day object drawing.
Part B: Mathematics
Algebra, Logarithms, Matrices, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, Theory & Application of Calculas, Permutation and Combination, 3D Geometry, Statistics & Probability
Part B: Physics
Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Electromagnatic Induction, Optics, Atoms and Nuclie, Electronic Devises
Part B: Chemistry
Basic Concepts, Thermodynamics, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Bonding
Part B: General Aptitude
Mathematical Reasoning 
Sets & Relations

NATA Syllabus 2020 for Drawing Test

The drawing test aims at judging the sketching, creativity and innovation of the candidate. Candidates are advised to practice questions keeping in mind the following criteria:
  • 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 Urbanscape and landscape, Common day-to-day life objects like furniture, equipment etc., from memory.
  • NATA Drawing Question  

NATA 2020 Syllabus for Mathematics

It will test a candidate’s level of understanding in Mathematics Subject. Given below is a detailed information of NATA Mathematics Syllabus:


Definitions of A. P. and G.P.; General term; Summation of first n-terms of series ∑n, ∑n²,∑n3 ; Arithmetic/Geometric series, A.M., G.M. and their relation; Infinite G.P. series and its sum.


Definition; General properties; Change of base.


Concepts of m x n (m ≤ 3, n ≤ 3) real matrices, operations of addition, scalar multiplication and multiplication of matrices. Transpose of a matrix. Determinant of a square matrix. Properties of determinants (statement only). Minor, cofactor and adjoint of a matrix. Nonsingular matrix. Inverse of a matrix. Finding area of a triangle. Solutions of system of linear equations. (Not more than 3 variables).


Trigonometric functions, addition and subtraction formulae, formulae involving multiple and submultiple angles, general solution of trigonometric equations. Properties of triangles, inverse trigonometric functions and their properties.

Coordinate geometry 

Distance formula, section formula, area of a triangle, condition of collinearity of three points in a plane. Polar coordinates, transformation from Cartesian to polar coordinates and vice versa. Parallel transformation of axes, concept of locus, elementary locus problems. Slope of a line. Equation of lines in different forms, angle between two lines. Condition of perpendicularity and parallelism of two lines. Distance of a point from a line. Distance between two parallel lines.
Lines through the point of intersection of two lines. Equation of a circle with a given center and radius. Condition that a general equation of second degree in x, y may represent a circle. Equation of a circle in terms of endpoints of a diameter. Equation of tangent, normal and chord. Parametric equation of a circle. Intersection of a line with a circle. Equation of common chord of two intersecting circles.

3-Dimensional Co-ordinate geometry

Direction cosines and direction ratios, distance between two points and section formula, equation of a straight line, equation of a plane, distance of a point from a plane.

Theory of Calculus 

Functions, composition of two functions and inverse of a function, limit, continuity, derivative, chain rule, derivative of implicit functions and functions defined parametrically. Integration as a reverse process of differentiation, indefinite integral of standard functions. Integration by parts. Integration by substitution and partial fraction. Definite integral as a limit of a sum with equal subdivisions. Fundamental theorem of integral calculus and its applications. Properties of definite integrals. Formation of ordinary differential equations, solution of homogeneous differential equations, separation of variables method, linear first order differential equations.

Application of Calculus 

Tangents and normals, conditions of tangency. Determination of monotonicity, maxima and minima. Differential coefficient as a measure of rate. Motion in a straight line with constant acceleration. Geometric interpretation of definite integral as area, calculation of area bounded by elementary curves and Straight lines. Area of the region included between two elementary curves.

Permutation and combination 

Permutation of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Permutation of n things not all different. Permutation with repetitions (circular permutation excluded). Combinations of n different things taken r at a time (r ≤ n). Combination of n things not all different. Basic properties. Problems involving both permutations and combinations.

Statistics and Probability 

Measure of dispersion, mean, variance and standard deviation, frequency distribution. Addition and multiplication rules of probability, conditional probability and Bayes’ Theorem, independence of events, repeated independent trails and Binomial distribution.

NATA 2020 Syllabus for Physics

  • Questions on 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 alternmating currents, electromagnetic induction and alternating current
  • Optics, ray optics and optical instruments and wave optics
  • dual nature of radiation and matter
  • atoms and nuclie-atoms and nuclie
  • Electronic devises-semiconductor electronics, materials, devises and simple circuits 

NATA 2020 Syllabus for Chemistry

Questions will be mostly asked from basic concepts of Chemistry, structure of atoms, classification of elements and periodicity in properties. Another important chapter that is covered is chemical bonding and molecular, states of matter: gases and liquids.
Chemical thermodynamics, equilibrium, redox reaction, hydrogen, s-block elements, p block elements too are covered. Importantly organic chemistry questions will be asked comsisting of basic principles and techniques, hydrocarbons, enviromental chemistry.

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