NATA Exam Pattern 2024: Mode of Exam, Total Marks

Hafsha Qureshi
Hafsha Qureshi

Updated on - Jan 29, 2024

NATA exam pattern 2024 has been set by the Council of Architecture (CoA). The exam pattern undergoes changes only if there is a unanimous decision taken by the authorities. NATA 2024 will be conducted in pen and paper mode as well as computer mode to test the skills of the candidates in Design and Architecture.

NATA 2024 exam pattern helps candidates boost their confidence about the exam. Find all the details regarding NATA paper pattern and more below.

NATA Exam Pattern 2024 Highlights

NATA 2024 will be conducted in online mode (Computer Based Test) and offline (Pen and Paper Based Test). It will consist of 125 questions worth 200 marks in total. The types of questions that will be asked are Multiple-Choice type (MCQ), Multiple Select type (MSQ), Preferential Choice type (PCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAQ). 

Note: To get an idea about NATA 2024 question paper, the applicants have to go through NATA syllabus and the candidates can join NATA 2024 crash course after that. They can also get NATA books 2024 also, for their preparation.

The highlights of NATA entrance exam paper pattern are given below.

Particulars Details
Mode of Examination Online
Medium of Examination English
Duration of the Exam 3 hours
Number of Sections The exam will have only one part- Aptitude Test
Number of Questions 125 Questions
Type of Questions Multiple-Choice type (MCQ), Multiple Select types (MSQ), Preferential Choice type (PCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAQ)
Total Marks 200 Marks
Marking Scheme The questions will carry either 1 mark, 2 marks, or 3 marks.

NATA 2024 Exam Pattern Important Points

The important points of NATA 2024 exam pattern are listed below.

  • The NATA 2024 exam will be a three-hour online exam.
  • Multiple-Choice type (MCQ), Multiple Select types (MSQ), Preferential Choice type (PCQ), and Numerical Answer type (NAQ) questions will be included in the online Aptitude exam.
  • The questions will be worth one, two, or three points, with a total of 200 points for NATA 2024.

NATA Tie-Breaking Criteria 2024

The Council of Architecture prepares NATA 2024 merit list based on the marks the students scored in the entrance exam. The criteria for tie-breaking are considered when the same score is acquired by more than one student. NATA tie-breaking criteria when such a situation occurred in the order of preference are as follows.

  • The candidate with higher marks in the Mathematics section is given preference.
  • The candidate with comparatively fewer incorrect answers in the Mathematics section is considered first.
  • The candidate with higher scores on the Aptitude Test is considered first.
  • The candidate with lesser incorrect answers in the Aptitude Test is given preference.
  • The older candidate with respect to the age is given preference.

NATA 2024 Important Topics

The important topics for NATA 2024 are given in detail below.

Subjects Topics

Perspective Drawing
Colour Harmony
2D Transformation
3D Transformation
Scale and Proportion
Geometric Composition
Day to Day Object Drawing


Atoms and Nuclei
Current Electricity
Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Current
Electronic Devices


Theory of Calculus
Application of Calculus
3D Coordinate Geometry
Permutations and Combinations
Log Theory


Basic Concepts in Chemistry
Structure of Atom
p-block Elements
s-block Elements
States of Matter
Chemical Thermodynamics
Gases and Liquid
Redox Reaction
Organic Chemistry

General Aptitude

Sets and Relations
Mathematical Reasoning

Read More: NATA 2024 Syllabus

NATA 2024 Exam Day Important Guidelines

Candidates must follow certain exam day guidelines. These guidelines are mentioned on the admit cards, which the candidates must carry to the exam centre. Following are the important details and NATA 2024 exam day guidelines.

  • NATA 2024 exam will be conducted online as a computer-based test.
  • No candidates will be allowed to enter the exam hall after 10:00 AM. Hence, they must reach the exam venue at least 60 minutes before the exam time to complete the pre-exam verification process.
  • Candidates must only carry a pen for the exam. Electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, calculators, Bluetooth devices, smart watches, palm tops, or other devices will not be allowed in the exam hall.
  • Candidates must have their NATA 2024 admit cards and valid photo ID cards with their date of birth and photograph. They can carry photo IDs such as Voter's ID, Passport, PAN Card, and Driving License.
  • The exam conducting body will distribute rough papers for calculations in the exam hall. Candidates cannot carry their rough papers for the exam. No other resources will be available from the conducting body in the exam hall.
  • Any fraudulent behaviour from the candidates will not be entertained in the exam hall. If any of the candidates create a nuisance, appearing for the exam in place of another candidate, talking, causing damage to the exam properties.


What is the exam pattern for NATA exam?

NATA will be conducted in online mode (Computer Based Test) and offline (Pen and Paper Based Test). It will consist of 125 questions worth 200 marks in total with Multiple-Choice type, Multiple Select type, Preferential Choice type and Numerical Answer Type.

Is there any negative marking in NATA?

No, there is no negative marking for NATA. Any changes in the marking scheme will be updated in the page above.

Where to find the NATA exam pattern?

The official conducting body Council of Architecture (COA) releases the exam pattern on the official information brochure each year. Students can visit the website and download the brochure to view the official exam pattern?

What is the total duration of NATA exam?

The NATA lasts for a duration of 3 hours.



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