The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) is a national level examination conducted by the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA) for selecting candidates to the undergraduate courses in Architecture. NATA is a mandatory exam for aspiring architecture students in India and it measures applicant’s aptitude for a specific field of study like architecture, aesthetic sensitivity, drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion and critical thinking etc.
NATA exam ensures the eligibility criteria for admission to five- year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree course, as prescribed by CoA and duly approved by the Central Government of India. The examination is quite tough compared to other national level entrance exams conducted for design and architecture courses. The syllabus is also different and you need to get into some NATA coaching centres in order to crack the exam. There are lots of NATA training institutes and NATA classes in our country that offer extensive training to improve your drawing skills and aesthetic sensitivity. If you are a person with good drawing skills, lots of creativity and artistic skills, then cracking the exam will not be a hectic task. Here are a few useful tips that will help you in your NATA exam preparation:
- Understand the syllabus: The first and the most important thing you need to do is to go through the syllabus of the examination. You will get a clear idea about what kind of topics you are dealing with and what kind of preparation you need to accomplish your goals. Even though there are only 2 parts, one is the paper based drawing test and the other computer based aesthetic sensitivity test, huge concentration is needed to score better marks in both.
- Practice previous questions: Practicing and reviewing previous years question papers is another way of increasing your confidence. Sometimes similar questions may be asked and it will help you to score good marks. If your coaching centre is not doing revisions using previous question papers, try to do it yourself.
- More References: Don’t stick on to coaching centres only. You can refer other NATA preparation books, online materials, expert blogs and reviews etc. Try to collect as much information as possible from all the reliable sources. Books like Architecture Entrance Book by P.K. Mishra, NATA/AIEEE B.Arch. Question Banks etc. are really good. If possible, try to meet some of the NATA holders and take their advice.
Apart from all the above points, the candidate need to be passionate towards the field of architecture. He/she should know about the prominent buildings and brilliant architectures across the globe. Before starting NATA exam preparation, take some time to create a timetable and practice accordingly. Also, utilize your free time for practicing question papers and don’t ever skip the time table.