NATA is a combination of online & offline examination. Aptitude part has to answered on a computer and drawing/sketching has to be done on paper. If you are preparing for B.Arch. entrance exams then you should also attempt NATA and JEE Paper 2. IID students have a special benefit as we offer offline and online learning facility with comprehensive preparation techniques.
1. The most common misconception among NATA aspirants is it is necessary to have good drawing skills for NATA. Though good sketching is essential, the questions are framed on topics like effects of light & shadow, sense of perspective drawing, understanding scale & proportions, memory drawing, composing 3 – Dimensional elements, etc.
2. Developing Creative understanding – people say-“Creativity cannot be taught”. We do not agree with the statement. Choosing a career which requires a lot of creativity in itself is the first step towards developing creative ability. Many people have tried to define creativity in their own ways. It is difficult to summarize in a few lines but we can put it across as-“is the ability to come up with original ideas which are not conventional”.
3. Speed – completion of drawing- being able to present varied approaches, thoughts in the exam in a limited amount of time is very crucial. An incomplete drawing does not fetch marks. Creative thinking is one part of the drawing, presenting the work in the stipulated time is another task to be achieved. Thus sketching, drawing in a fixed amount of time becomes the key to fetch marks.
4. Solving papers – Solving at least 10 – 20 past papers within the time limit is the most important aspect. Due to practice and constant problem solving, each individual develops his/her own ways of comfortably sequencing answers in the paper. If one faces with a mental block, take a deep breath, relax and focus.
5. Practicing on correct paper size – Working on A4 size papers will help associate better as that is normally the standard size of answer sheets provided in examinations.
6. Mugging up won’t help-being habituated to mugging up of theorems, equations; it becomes a habit for students to mug up GK based questions. Don’t mug up G.K. Read newspapers regularly. Increase your observation power. Try to find out about famous architects & their works & how they have contributed to the field of architecture. Read books/magazines related to architecture, art, fashion, design, etc.
7. Observe little details – Since topics like 1,2,3 point perspectives require you to observe and note down things around oneself, it is very necessary to observe everything around. For e.g.: while walking down a shopping lane- observe how the shop fronts vary, how accessories/ clothes are hanged/ how people tend to get attracted towards the more colourful display.
8. Drawing technique – While drawing, always draw with a light hand first, mainly outline without the details, which helps in doing composition since negative space should be less as compared to positive space. Having done that the drawing will be proportionate, after which one can finalize it.
9. Use of Colour pencils – Use of dry mediums ensures clean and faster approach towards completion of drawing. Colour pencils do not smudge if correctly used. IID’ians are taught special methods which helps them render the drawing faster without smudging. People have tried to define creativity in their own ways. It is difficult to summarize in a few lines but we can put it across as-“is the ability to come up with original ideas which are not conventional”.
10. Time Management – Being in 12th standard- wise time management should be the approach. Joining an institute will help reduce the burden of the creative aspect. For students in 11th standard- joining an institute will definitely be beneficial since through foundation year- skill-building exercises would help them design better when in 12th standard.