An online proctored exam pattern has been allowed for NATA 2020. COA is offering the aspirants of the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) 2020 the choice to take the exam as an online proctored exam from their residence or as a computer-based test form the allotted test center.
The online proctored exam is being offered to the candidates for this year only because of the COVID-19 situation. With the online proctored exam facility, candidates will be able to take the NATA 2020 exam from the safety of their homes on their own computers / laptops. With this NATA becomes the first national level entrance exam to conduct an online proctored exam. CLAT 2020 will be held in CBT mode and not offline mode this year. NEET remains pen and paper-based test and JEE Main will be also held as a CBT test from allotted test centers.
The 5 important things that are crucial now to understand for the aspirants of the exam are (1) Choice of the mode of the exam that we have discussed above, (2) Reopening of NATA fresh registration and form correction for already registered candidates, (3) Dates of NATA test 1 and test 2, (4) The new pattern of the exam, (5) New syllabus as per the changed pattern
The registration process and form editing process for already registered candidates have been started. The last date for completing the registration and form correction is August 12, 2020. The first test of NATA 2020 will be held on August 29, 2020.
CoA also notified that the second test of NATA can be held in the 2nd or 3rd week of September 2020. The exact schedule will be announced in due course.
The exam pattern of NATA has been revamped. This has been done keeping in mind the online proctored mode of exam. CoA is taking the exam entirely online, which means the drawing section in NATA that was to be attempted in drawing sheets has been eliminated.
Part A id NATA 2020 test was a drawing test and a pen and paper-based test. Now, this part will be held online and the drawing test has been replaced with a Cognitive Skill Test (PTQ and MCQ). This part will now have 10 questions for cognitive skills for drawing and visual composition test. There will be 06 Questions of 10 Marks, 03 Questions for 16 Marks, and 01 Question for 17 Marks. So the total marks for Part A will be 125 Marks.
Part B will be the same as before. The question will be asked from Physics, Chemistry, Maths, General Aptitude, and Logical Reasoning. There will be 15 Questions for PCM carrying 1.5 marks each and 35 Questions for GA & Logical Reasoning for carrying 1.5 Marks each. So the total weightage of Part B will be 75 Marks.
There will be no negative marking in the exam.
The syllabus for Part A naturally changes with the changed pattern. The new syllabus has been notified via a separate notice earlier on July 17, 2020. The new syllabus for Part A will be Understanding the important visual principles in a composition (2D OR 3D) such as balance, rhythm, direction, hierarchy, etc. Understanding geometry and the ability to visualize the shape and solve geometrical puzzles to test spatial intelligence; Understanding color theory and the various terminologies to test color scheme awareness and knowledge; Visual system interpretation and perception to test graphical similarities and other properties; Ability to understand the spatial relationship between objects, and to visualize images and scenarios; Tests for cognitive ability: perception, attention, recognition, memory, etc.