NATA Exam Pattern 2018
Richa Kapoor, 17 Apr 2018, #NATA

NATA Exam Pattern 2018 - The Council of Architecture (COA), the exam conducting body has released NATA 2018 exam pattern for all those candidates who are aspiring to appear in the entrance exam. The NATA exam pattern 2018 comprises the total number of questions that will be asked in the entrance test. The exam pattern of NATA 2018 also states the type of questions that will be asked in the entrance exam, which will be conducted in online (Part A) and offline (Part B) modes. Candidates will also get to know the total marks that will be allotted in the maths, general aptitude section and the kind of questions that will be asked in the drawing section. They will also get to know about the marking scheme in the NATA exam pattern 2018. In case more than one candidate score the same overall marks, then tie-breaking logic will be applied. The NATA exam will be of three hours and according to the NATA 2018 exam pattern candidates will have to select the correct answer while answering questions from the maths and general aptitude test. To know more about the exam pattern of NATA 2018, candidates can read the article that is given on this page.

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The NATA 2018 exam has two parts - Part A and Part B. Part A was conducted in online mode, while Part B included drawing test and was conducted offline. The application form of NATA 2018 was available from January 18, 2018, and the last date for filling it was March 30, 2018.  The NATA 2018 Mock Test was also available for practice.


NATA Exam Pattern 2018

  • There is no negative marking for any incorrect answer

  • The question paper of NATA 2018 included two parts - Part A and Part B
  • Part A included Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and was conducted in online mode. Mathematics and General Aptitude subjects were covered in this part.
  • Part B included drawing test and had to be answered on A4 size drawing sheets.

NATA 2018 Exam Pattern

S. No


Total Number of questions

Marks allotted

Total Marks

Part A







General Aptitude




Part B











Note- Wrong answer options will be penalized at the time of tie-break.


Rules to be followed at the time of Tie-Break


The merit list of the candidates who have taken the NATA 2018 will be prepared on the basis of their score in the entrance exam. However, in case one or more candidates get the same score, then the below mentioned tie-breaking rule will be applicable in the order in which it is given. 

  • More overall marks scored in the Maths section

  • Less wrong answers in the Mathematics section

  • More overall marks in problems of the Aptitude test

  • Less wrong answers to the attempted questions in the aptitude test

  • Earlier date of birth


Points to remember while answering Mathematics & General Aptitude  Questions

  • In the first 90 minutes of NATA 2018 entrance exam, candidates will have to answer the questions from the Maths and the general aptitude test.

  • Candidates will have to  colour the  select the right answer on the OMR sheet and colour the bubble with either a blue or black ballpoint pen

  • Candidates will score two marks each for every correct answer in Mathematics and General aptitude section

  • Though there is no negative marking for the incorrect answer, however, wrong answers are taken into account in case of a tiebreaker. Hence, it is advisable that candidates choose the answers carefully

  • Candidates must ensure that they correctly fill the “Question Booklet No” on the OMR answer sheet, drawing and attendance sheet.

NATA Drawing Test 2018 


While attempting the two questions in the drawing test of NATA 2018, candidates will be assessed on the parameters that are given below:

  • Draw by having the right perspective

  • Ability to visualise and draw keeping in mind the impact of light on the object and the shadow that can be seen around the surrounding

  • Draw an object proportionately and showcase it in a visually appealing manner

  • Have a right orientation for scale and proportions

  • Using colours in the right composition and developing visually appealing pictures

  • Drawing a pencil sketch from memory

  • Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms

Marking Scheme for NATA 2018 Drawing Test


The two questions in the  drawing test of NATA  will be of 40 marks each. The drawing test will be reviewed by more than one examiner and the average marks will be taken into account.


The aim of the drawing test is to assess the candidates imagination, drawing and observation skills. 

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