NATA Syllabus 2021 (PDF with and without changes) – Drawing Test, Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Aptitude

NATA 2021 Syllabus

NATA is one of the most important entrance exam for architecture aspirants. To crack the exam, one must know NATA syllabus 2021. The syllabus of NATA is prescribed by Council of Architecture (CoA), which also conducts the exam. The syllabus of NATA contains topics from physics, chemistry, maths, and on cognitive skills for drawing and visual composition. Candidates can check the complete NATA syllabus 2021 from this page.

Important Note: Last year, CoA released NATA syllabus with changes. This was done due to the pandemic. On this page we have provided the changed syllabus and the syllabus that was prescribed before the change.

There are chances that this year too the changed syllabus will be followed for NATA 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic situation is no better. Read below to know all details.

NATA Syllabus 2021

Due to COVID-19, the major difference that came in NATA syllabus was in Part A of the paper that is the drawing paper. Part B of the paper remained the same. Part B of the paper is Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and General Aptitude& Logical Reasoning.

The candidates can check the syllabus of NATA from the link below:

For reference candidates can also check NATA 2019 syllabus – download here.

What are the changes?

  • The full syllabus of Part A modified to match the new pattern of this section.
  • Part B of the exam was unchanged. It includes Phyics, Chemistry, Maths and General Aptitude.

Why was the Part A syllabus changed – Part A of NATA aims to test the drawing skills of the candidates. Now, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the physical contact had to be limited. Hence the drawing part of the paper which is held in drawing sheets was converted to an online test. Therefore, modification in pattern and syllabus of Part A of NATA was done in 2020.

NATA Syllabus

NATA Modified Syllabus and Unmodified Syllabus – Which One to Follow This Year?

Follow BOTH the syllabus.

We suggest until the official syllabus of NATA 2021 is out, candidates must follow both the modified and unmodified NATA syllabus. Once the syllabus of NATA 2021 is out officially, candidates can refer to it.

NATA 2021 Syllabus for Part A

Check the difference in Part B syllabus of NATA before and after modifications due to COVID-19 below:

Understanding the important visual principles in a composition (2D OR 3D) such as balance, Symmetry, rhythm, direction, hierarchy, etc.Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner;
Understanding geometry and the ability to visualize shape and solve geometrical puzzles to test spatial intelligence;Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings;
Understanding color theory and the various terminologies to test color scheme awareness and knowledge;Sense of perspective drawing;
Visual system interpretation and perception to test graphical similarities and other properties;Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form;
Ability to understand spatial relationship between objects, and to visualize images and scenarios;Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms;
Tests for cognitive ability: perception, attention, recognition, memory, etcCreating 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.

Check the video below understand the modified syllabus of NATA part B:

NATA 2021 Syllabus for Part B

Part B syllabus of NATA (No changes): Part B of NATA was not modified as there was no need for it as this section is held in online mode. Check below the part B syllabus of NATA:


  • 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 Alternating currents- Electromagnetic Induction; Alternating Current
  • Optics- Ray optics and optical instruments, Wave Optics
  • Dual nature of radiation and Matter
  • Atoms and Nuclei- Atoms, Nuclei
  • Electronic devices- Semiconductor Electronics, Materials, Devices and Simple circuits


  • Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry; Structure of Atom; Classification of Elements and Periodicity in
  • Chemical Bonding and Molecular; States of Matter: Gases and Liquids
  • Chemical Thermodynamics; Equilibrium; Redox Reactions; Hydrogen; s- Block Elements p -Block Elements
  • Organic Chemistry: Some basic Principles and Techniques; Hydrocarbons; Environmental Chemistry


Algebra: 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. Logarithms: Definition; General properties; Change of base.

Matrices: 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).

Trigonometry: 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.

General Aptitude

Objects, texture related to architecture and built environment. Interpretation of pictorial compositions, Visualizing three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawing. Visualizing different sides of 3D objects. Analytical reasoning, mental ability (visual, numerical and verbal), General awareness of national / international architects and famous architectural creations.

Mathematical reasoning: Statements, logical operations like and, or, if and only if, implies, implied by. Understanding of tautology, converse, contradiction and contrapositive.

Sets and Relations: Idea of sets, subsets, power set, complement, union, intersection and difference of sets, Venn diagram, De Morgan’s Laws, Relation and its properties. Equivalence relation — definition and elementary examples.

NATA Exam Pattern 2021

Check the exam pattern of NATA from last year below:

  • Duration of Test: In the First 45 Minutes Part B will be conducted and the last 72 Minutes will be for Part A. There will be an interval of 3 minutes (rollover period) between Part-B and Part-A.
  • Language of the Question paper: The questions are displayed in English language only.
  • Sections: The question paper is divided into parts, Part A and Part B.
  • Type of Questions: There are 2 types of questions asked in the exam:
    • Part A – Cognitive Skill Test (PTQ and MCQ)
    • Part B – PCM, General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning
  • Maximum Marks: The total marks in the exam is 200

Exam pattern of Part A

  • Total questions: 10
  • Total marks in the section: 125
  • Number of 17 marks questions: 1
  • Number of 16 marks questions: 3
  • Number of 6 marks questions: 10

Exam pattern of Part B

  • Total questions: 50
  • Total marks in this section: 75
  • Number of questions in PCM carrying 1.5 marks each: 15
  • Number of questions in General Aptitude and Logical Reasoning carrying 1.5 marks each: 35

NATA 2021 Preparation Tips 

The candidates should follow the following tips for the NATA examination 2021:

Logical Reasoning and Mathematics: With your superb drawing skills, you must also work on logical reasoning and mathematics every day. Learn everything you can about architecture, study the current affairs related to it, and read newspapers every day. For maths, brush up on the formulas, tricks, and techniques needed to solve the paper.

Creativity: Part A of the question paper is judged by many examiners based on the candidate’s drawing, imagination and observation skills. So you must practice daily on these key aspects.

Speed Drawing: Speed drawing is important in NATA. You must have the fast speed to draw whatever the question is asking in the minimum time as you might have to fill in the colors too and it takes time to do that.

Previous Year’s Question Papers: Solving the previous year’s question papers helps you to increase your speed and ability to attempt the questions easily.

Books to Prepare for NATA 2021

Check the books for NATA 2021 preparations from below:

BooksBuy Here
Study Guide for B.Arch 2020Buy here
Nata Exam Full PackageBuy here
NATA Preparation Book : The Road to Becoming An Architect Begins HereBuy here
NATA/B.ARCH. Architecture Entrance Question BankBuy here
NATA Mock Test Series 2020-21Buy here
NATA & B. ARCH Complete Self Study Material: Entrance ExaminationBuy here

NATA 2021 

NATA or National Aptitude Test in Architecture is one of the entrance examinations which is conducted to test the aptitude of the candidate for the Architecture courses offered by different colleges registered under the Council of Architecture. The examination judges candidates on two criteria viz analytical skill and drawing skill. The candidate has to obtain qualifying marks in both the test to find a place in the final merit list. The examination happens twice in a year and the scorecard is valid for at least 1 year. Post the examination, the candidates are given admission in the B. Arch course in any of the participating colleges based on the score and rank.

The candidates are also given an option to choose between the place of conducting the test, they can write it on the exam centre or on home too. The examination is conducted pan India and around 256 colleges participate in the NATA exam for selecting candidates. Once the examination is over, a merit list has released a post which the candidates are called in for their counselling. Post counselling, a final merit list is released in which the candidate is allotted colleges. 

NATA Syllabus 2021 FAQs

Question:  Is it compulsory to appear for the drawing test of NATA 2021?

Answer: Yes, it iscompulsory to appear for the drawing test of NATA 2021.

Question: How can I download the pdf link of the NATA Syllabus 2021?

Answer: You can download the pdf of the NATA syllabus 2021 from the direct link given in the article above.

Question: Is there any negative marking in the NATA examination scheme?

Answer: No,there is no negative marking in the NATA examination scheme

Question: Which subjects are asked in the NATA examination?

Answer: The major subjects asked in the NATA examination are Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, General Aptitude & logical reasoning along with a drawing test.

Question: What are the important books for the NATA examination?

Answer: The list of the important books for the NATA examination is given in the article above, the candidates should keep the books as the main reference point for the exam.

Question: Which authority conducts the NATA examination in India?

Answer: The Council of Architecture conducts the NATA examination in India.

Question: What is the validity of the NATA scorecard?

Answer: The validity of the NATA 2021 scorecard will be 1 year from the date of releasing of the scorecard.