30 May 2018

NATA Exam - General Aptitude Free Study materials


1. Mathematics and Geometric Aptitude


The syllabus of NATA exam includes mathematics as well as Aptitude. Fortunately, you must note that the mathematics syllabus is actually your school/college textbooks. So, I'm not including mathematics topics here while I covered the General Aptitude part at length. I will try to cover Part B (drawing part) in future posts. But if you couldn't find materials or textbooks for maths, let me know in the comment, I will search and add a textbook.

Disclaimer: The materials shared here are collection of PDFs and online resources collected from the internet to ease your study process. The topics chosen are purely based on the analysis of the sample previous papers and may not include 100% topics. 

Graphics - Front, top, side views, Isometric projections etc

A very quick and good intro to Engineering Drawing

Check till Page 28 - Engineering Graphics basics

For further exercise and Practice




Some very good video tutorials that helps you with Solid transformations


source : Maths Online


source : Godcast


Orthographic projection examples

Isometric view tutorial

Other downloadable materials
Basic Geometry study (Just for reference) -

2. Nonverbal, Reasoning and Abstract Tests

Odd man out series exercises
Some more  odd man out series exercises

3. Architectural related General Aptitude


Roofing, Flooring, Tiling, Building Materials

Floor tiles types PDF

Floor types and treatments - 

With pictures - types of flooring and their advantages

Types of flooring and material uses 

Flooring types used in India 

Flooring materials

Roofing types and materials

7 best roofing materials 

Wikipedia list of roofing material 

Building materials for different climate conditions - 

Properties of Building materials 

Types of construction bonds 

Online - Choosing different building materials for different climate 


Famous Buildings, Architectural styles, constructions etc.

PDF - NCERT collection of state wise architecture in India 

PDF - A detailed list of temples, architectural styles with images 

List of famous temples in India 

Wikipedia detailed list of Hindu temples (overview during free time) -

Era wise Indian architecture (briefly go)

PDF of 100 famous landmarks around the world with images 

Most iconic buildings around the world 

100 most famous landmarks around the world

Another list of famous buildiings

The seven wonders of ancient, medieval, contemporary and modern worlds 

Wonders of the world

Architectural styles timeline (PDF) 

Classical order in Architecture 

20 famous historical sites in India

Free time study 

History of Architecture

Glossery of Architectural terms

Go in free time - 100 famous works of creative sculpture and statues around the world - 


Terms and Texture

Construction Materials - Quickly overview this book. Only study the part listed here - Timeline, Cultural and Material Context, Application, Grand Master

Texture in wikipedia 

Good guide on Texture in Architecture 

Slideshare presentation on Texture 

Color and pattern in Texture with basic terminology 

Important terms - Architecture Elements and Principles


Free time study and for future reference - Detailed Notes on Architecture



For a list of Famous Architects - check the end of this page to get the list


famous artists/painters with their pics 

Indian cultural GA

General Topics

Learn about - Indian epigraphy history

Learn about - Famous inscription in India


Learn more about - Pica in wiki page

4. English and Verbal Reasoning


Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal - Free PDF book

Download 1       or       Download 2 

In particular, go through the following topics of the book

Preference
  • Analogy
  • Synonyms (from page 48)
  • Antonyms (from page  109)
  • Odd man out series (page 191)
  • comprehension (page 209)
  • Sentence Correction
  • Sentence completion
Sentetnce Correction and Completions

Vocabulary Study Materials 

A good PDF on Vocabulary (Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies, Reading comprehension, sentence completion, right word etc.) 

India GK online Practice

5. Sketching/Drawing

The following links might help you teach/learn on how to draw from memory/imagination

Here is a blog with few tips on how to draw from memory 


Leisure time study

Superb book for learning sketching techniques and different facets of design (including perspective, shadowing, shading, texture, architectural facts etc) - Design drawing by Francis D.K.Ching

A (very famous) complete pdf book "Basic Rendering" from Robert W.Gill, which covers most of the rendering topics including perspective projections (For those wishing to learn sketching/rendering)

(More drawing related materials would be added soon)

22 May 2018

NIFT B.FTech, M.F.Tech and M.F.M - Free study materials



Fortunately, the syllabus and exam pattern for the three NIFT exams BFTech, MFTech as well as MFM are same except for the difficulty level. Here, I'm including common study materials that will be applicable for the three NIFT exams. I will update this page whenever I find relevant materials worth to be shareable. Many of the syllabus share commonly with BDes/MDes materials too. So, I'm including those materials at large with the inclusion of additional materials needs for the present. 

In general, NIFT paper has the following sections
GAT, CAT, Analytical Ability, GK and Creative Ability test.
This page will try to cover all the parts except for Creative Ability which will be dealt in a separate post.

Disclaimer: The materials and the syllabus that I included are purely based on my analysis of the previous paper, intended to give you materials for self-study without the need for you to spend on purchase of costly materials. I might not have covered everything related to the exam and at the same time the materials included are related to some extent to your exam.



GAT and Analytical Ability study Materials


Quantitative Aptitude by RS Agarwal PDF book free download

Try this
Download 1     or      Download 2

In particular, the following topics in the book are recommended as high priority.

First Preference
  • Time & Work
  • Time & Distance
  • Problems on Trains
  • True Discount
  • Bankers discount
  • Area
  • Data Intrepretation
Second Preference
  • Chain Rule
  • Simple Interest
  • Percentage
  • Profits & Loss
Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal - Free PDF book


Download 1       or       Download 2 

In particular, go through the following topics of the book

First Preference
  • Analogy
  • Synonyms (from page 48)
  • Antonyms (from page  109)
  • Comparision based problems (Page 151)
  • Seating Arrangement (page 166)
  • Odd man out series (page 191)
  • comprehension (page 209)
  • Sentence Correction
  • Sentence completion
Second Preference
  • Family-Based Problems (page 183)

Additional Practice:


Online practice - Quantitaive aptitude practice
Quantitative aptitude online practice - here >>
Go through Arithmetic reasoning and venn diagrams - here >>

Logical Reasoning online practice -



CAT and MAT study Materials


Vocabulary Study Materials 

A good PDF on Vocabulary (Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies, Reading comprehension, sentence completion, right word etc.) 


501 word analogy questions - 


Idioms and phrases - online study 1 


Sentence Correction and Completions


Sentence completion pdf exercises


Free time study on sentence correction prepared for GMAT


Exercise on correct statement selection 



Inference from Paragraph and pictures

Verbal Reasoning

Data Interpretation
Paragraph summary

Leisure time study - material 3

English comprehension

leisure time study - TOEFL material

Data Sufficiency (Free PDFs from different sources) -
Practice 1 
Practice 2 
Practice 3 
Practice 4
Practice 5
Practice 6 



General Knowledge


Indian Authors and their books


List of Indian Autobiographies pdf 


List of famous personalities (Just overview)



(just give a glance)
Online GK on Indian Literature 

Indian Administration

Some GK Management Aptitude Tests

PDF download 1

Sports current affairs

Another online practice


Additional
A list of famous Indian authors - here
All about Prime ministers of India - here

Categories of Nobel prizes (given for) - Peace, Literature, Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Economics

List of  Indian Noble prize winners -
  • RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1913) -for literature
  • C. V. RAMAN (1930) - Nobel Prize for Physics
  • HARGOBIND KHORANA (1968) - The Nobel Prize for Medicine
  • MOTHER TERESA (1979) - The Nobel Peace Prize
  • SUBRAMANIAN CHANDRASHEKAR (1983) - The Nobel Prize for Physics
  • AMARTYA SEN (1998) -  Nobel Prize for Economics
  • Venkatraman Ramakrishnan(2009) - Nobel Prize for chemistry
  • Kailash Satyarthi - 2014 - Nobel Prize For Peace






List of Indians who won Oscar awards
  • Bhanu Athaiyya (1983) - Best costume design, for the film 'Gandhi'
  • Satyajit Roy (1992) - Honarary award
  • Resul Pookutty (2009) - Best sound score for Slumdog Millionaire movie
  • A.R.Rahman (2009) - Best original score for Slumdog Millionaire movie
  • A.R.Rahman (2009) - Best original score for Slumdog Millionaire movie

List of some famous writers in 21st century

Kiran Desai, Chetan Bhagat, Arundhati Roy, Preeti Shenoy, Aravind Adiga, R.K.Narayan, Anita Desai, Amish Tripathi





18 May 2018

NIFT B.Des and M.Des - Free study materials


Fortunately, the syllabus and exam pattern for both BDes and MDes are same except for the difficulty level. Here, I'm including common study materials that will be applicable for both the NIFT exams. I will update this page whenever I find relevant materials worth to be shareable. 

In general, NIFT paper has the following sections
GAT, CAT, Analytical Ability, GK and Creative Ability test.
This page will try to cover all the parts except for Creative Ability which will be dealt in a separate post.

Disclaimer: The materials and the syllabus that I included are purely based on my analysis of the previous paper, intended to give you materials for self-study without the need for you to spend on purchase of costly materials. I might not have covered everything related to the exam and at the same time the materials included are related to some extent to your exam.

GAT and Analytical Ability study Materials


Quantitative Aptitude by RS Agarwal PDF book free download

Try this
Download 1     or      Download 2

In particular, the following topics in the book are recommended as high priority.

First Preference
  • Time & Work
  • Time & Distance
  • Problems on Trains
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Chain Rule
  • Area
  • Decimal Fractions
  • Simplifications
  • Simple Interest
Second Preference
  • Problems on Ages
  • Percentage
  • Profits & Loss
Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal - Free PDF book


Download 1       or       Download 2 

In particular, go through the following topics of the book

First Preference
  • Analogy
  • Synonyms (from page 48)
  • Antonyms (from page  109)
  • Comparision based problems (Page 151)
  • Odd man out series (page 191)
  • comprehension (page 209)
  • Sentence Correction
  • Sentence completion
Second Preference
  • Seating Arrangement (page 166)
  • Family-Based Problems (page 183)

Additional Practice:


Online practice - Quantitaive aptitude practice
Quantitative aptitude online practice - here >>
Go through Arithmetic reasoning and venn diagrams - here >>

Logical Reasoning online practice -



CAT study Materials


Vocabulary Study Materials 

A good PDF on Vocabulary (Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies, Reading comprehension, sentence completion, right word etc.) 


501 word analogy questions

Idioms and phrases - online study 1 


Sentetnce Correction and Completions


Sentence completion pdf exercises


Free time study on sentence correction prepared for GMAT

Exercise on correct statement selection 



Inference from Paragraph and pictures

Verbal Reasoning

Data Interpretation
Paragraph summary

Leisure time study - material 3

English comprehension

leisure time study - TOEFL material

Data Sufficiency (Free PDFs from different sources) -
Practice 1 
Practice 2 
Practice 3 
Practice 4
Practice 5
Practice 6 



General Knowledge


Indian Authors and their books

List of Indian Autobiographies pdf 

List of famous personalities (Just overview)



(just give a glance)
Indian History

Online GK on Indian Literature 

Famous Historical Temple and monuments 

List of World Heritage Sites in India

Indian Administration


Indian Rulers


Additional
A list of famous Indian authors - here
All about Prime ministers of India - here

Categories of Nobel prizes (given for) - Peace, Literature, Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Economics

List of  Indian Noble prize winners -
  • RABINDRANATH TAGORE (1913) -for literature
  • C. V. RAMAN (1930) - Nobel Prize for Physics
  • HARGOBIND KHORANA (1968) - The Nobel Prize for Medicine
  • MOTHER TERESA (1979) - The Nobel Peace Prize
  • SUBRAMANIAN CHANDRASHEKAR (1983) - The Nobel Prize for Physics
  • AMARTYA SEN (1998) -  Nobel Prize for Economics
  • Venkatraman Ramakrishnan(2009) - Nobel Prize for chemistry
  • Kailash Satyarthi - 2014 - Nobel Prize For Peace






List of Indians who won Oscar awards
  • Bhanu Athaiyya (1983) - Best costume design, for the film 'Gandhi'
  • Satyajit Roy (1992) - Honarary award
  • Resul Pookutty (2009) - Best sound score for Slumdog Millionaire movie
  • A.R.Rahman (2009) - Best original score for Slumdog Millionaire movie
  • A.R.Rahman (2009) - Best original score for Slumdog Millionaire movie

List of some famous writers in 21st century

Kiran Desai, Chetan Bhagat, Arundhati Roy, Preeti Shenoy, Aravind Adiga, R.K.Narayan, Anita Desai, Amish Tripathi