Nata Syllabus

The test is in two parts.

  • A paper based drawing test and
  • computer based online aesthetic sensitivity test.

Drawing Test Contains 3 questions   100 Marks – 2 hours

Computer based objective test –  40 Questions – 100 marks – 1 hour approx . 

The test measures aptitude of the candidate through two sections – a paper based section for
drawing and computer based section for aesthetic sensitivity.
Drawing Test

  • This is a two hour paper where candidate has to attempt three questions. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects -
  • Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner.
  • Visualising and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings.
  • Sense of perspective drawing.
  • Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to form a building or structural form. 
  • Creating 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.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Test
This is computer based test where candidate has to answer 40 multiple choice
The aesthetic sensitivity test measures perception, imagination and observation,
creativity and communication along with architectural awareness and comprises of –
Visualising three dimensional objects from two dimensional drawings.
Visualising different sides of three dimensional objects.
Identifying commonly used materials and objects based on their textural
Analytical reasoning.
Mental Ability.
Imaginative comprehension and expression.
Architectural awareness.
The Answer to each question in the ‘drawing’ paper will be examined by a panel of three
examiners independently and the marks are averaged. It may be further subject to
During the computer based test, with adaptive testing, an examinee is administered a set of
questions with a difficulty level that is specifically designed to match the examinee’s ability
level. The mathematical process for calculating a score in this situation incorporates the
statistical properties of the questions, the examinee’s performance on the questions, and the
number of questions that are answered.

 How the Sections of the Test Are Scored

Drawing Section
The primary emphasis in scoring the drawing section is on the candidate’s drawing,
imagination and observation skills. The candidate’s sense of proportion & perspective
is also evaluated together with sense for colour and composition.

  • Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and Form
  • Creating 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.

Aesthetic Sensitivity Section

The candidate’s score will depend on his / her performance on the questions given
and on the number of questions answered in the time allotted.

This section is computer adaptive, meaning that the computer selects questions
based on the candidate’s performance on preceding questions (When correct answer
is given, next question will be of higher difficulty level whereas, if wrong answer is given
next question is of lower difficulty level) and on the requirements of the test design.
Test design factors that influence which questions are presented to the candidate

  • The statistical characteristics (including difficulty level) of the questions already answered.
  • The required variety of question types. 
  • The appropriate coverage of content.The final score depends on average difficulty level of all questions and of those questions answered correctly. E.g. person with correct answer for less number of questions of higher difficulty level may score higher marks than someone who answers more number of questions correctly but of lower difficulty level
    • Time allotted to answer the question is between 60 and 90 seconds depending 

    upon the question. The time remaining to answer the question is displayed on the screen.

  • The “per second” countdown begins 30 seconds before the allotted time for that question ends. In case no answer is offered till the time ends, the question is skipped and next question appears.

There is no Negative marking in this test.

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