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NATA Exam Pattern

Pattern of Questions and Mode of Answering

Part A comprises of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) to be answered online and Part B will be answered on A4 size drawing sheets. Questions and all instructions will be available only in English medium.

The distribution of marks is outlined as follows:

Subject Distribution of Marks Total Marks
Part A

Mathematics (20 Questions carrying 2
marks each)

20 x 2 40

General Aptitude (40 Questions
carrying 2 marks each)

40 x 2 80
Part B

Drawing (2 Questions carrying 40
marks each)

2 x 40 80



Test on Mathematics & General Aptitude

Out of four options, only one option is correct and correct response will yield 2 (two) marks. There is no negative marking.

Drawing Test

A candidate has to attempt two questions within 120 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.

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