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GATE 2018 Architecture & Planning Syllabus

Last Updated - August 30, 2017

GATE 2018 is scheduled for February 03, 04, 10 and 11, 2018 in multiple sessions. The syllabus of GATE exam is released by the conducting body. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati is the conducting body of GATE 2018. GATE is conducted for 23 different disciplines. The syllabus of every discipline is quite different.  

  • GATE Syllabus is based on the topics studied at graduation level. 
  • Architecture and planning syllabus contains the subject topics and general aptitude.
  • The syllabus of architecture does not contain mathematics section as most of the papers in GATE exam contains the same. It will be beneficially for all the candidates of Architecture Engineering.
  • The question paper comprises 65 questions solve in three hours. 

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in engineering) is a national level online test. It is conducted for admission to M.Tech and Ph.D. courses. The exam is conducted annually by IISc Bangalore and 7 IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on a rotational basis.

GATE Syllabus for Architecture and Planning

GATE Syllabus for Architecture and Planning comprises of eight chapters. Every chapter has many topics. Architecture & Design is the most important section of Architecture and Planning. Before starting the preparation of exam, candidates are advised to go through the complete syllabus for better preparation. 

The table below represents all the sections of Architecture and Planning paper:

Architecture & designBuilding Materials, Construction and ManagementBuilding and Structures
Environmental Planning & DesignUrban Planning and Housinge Services, Infrastructure and Transportation
Urban and DesignPlanning Techniques and Management-

Chapter 1: Architecture and Design

Visual composition in 2D and 3D; Principles of Art and Architecture; Organization of space; Architectural Graphics; Computer Graphics– concepts of CAD, BIM, 3D modeling and Architectural rendition; Programming languages and automation. Anthropometrics; Planning and design considerations for different building types; Site planning; Circulation- horizontal and vertical; Barrier free design; Space Standards; Building Codes; National Building Code.

Elements, construction, architectural styles and examples of different periods of Indian and Western History of Architecture; Oriental, Vernacular and Traditional architecture; Architectural developments since Industrial Revolution; Influence of modern art on architecture; Art nouveau, Eclecticism, International styles, Post Modernism, Deconstruction in architecture; Recent trends in Contemporary Architecture; Works of renowned national and international architects.

Chapter 2: Building Materials, Construction and Management

Behavioral characteristics and applications of different building materials viz. mud, timber, bamboo, brick, concrete, steel, glass, FRP, AAC, different polymers, composites.

Building construction techniques, methods and details; Building systems and prefabrication of building elements; Principles of Modular Coordination; Estimation, specification, valuation, professional practice; Construction planning and equipment; Project management techniques e.g. PERT, CPM etc.

Chapter 3: Building and Structures

Principles of strength of materials; Design of structural elements in wood, steel and RCC; Elastic and Limit State design; Structural systems in RCC and Steel; Form and Structure; Principles of Pre-stressing; High Rise and Long Span structures, gravity and lateral load resisting systems; Principles and design of disaster resistant structures.

Chapter 4: Environmental Planning and Design

Ecosystem- natural and man-made ecosystem; Ecological principles; Concepts of Environmental Impact Analysis; Environmental considerations in planning and design; Thermal comfort, ventilation and air movement; Principles of lighting and illumination; Climate responsive design; Solar architecture; Principles of architectural acoustics; Green Building- Concepts and Rating; ECBC; Building Performance Simulation and Evaluation; Environmental pollution- types, causes, controls and abatement strategies.

Chapter 5: Urban and Design

Concepts and theories of urban design; Public Perception; Townscape; Public Realm; Urban design interventions for sustainable development and transportation; Historical and modern examples of urban design; Public spaces, character, spatial qualities and Sense of Place; Elements of urban built environment – urban form, spaces, structure, pattern, fabric, texture, grain etc; Principles, tools and techniques of urban design; Urban renewal and conservation; Site planning; Landscape design; Development controls – FAR, densities and building byelaws.

Chapter 6: Urban Planning and Housing

Planning process; Types of plans - Master Plan, City Development Plan, Structure Plan, Zonal Plan, Action Area Plan, Town Planning Scheme, Regional Plan; Salient concepts, theories and principles of urban planning; Sustainable urban development; Emerging concepts of cities - Eco-City, Smart City, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), SEZ, SRZ etc.

Housing; Concepts, principles and examples of neighborhood; Housing typologies; Slums; Affordable Housing; Housing for special areas and needs; Residential densities; Standards for housing and community facilities; National Housing Policies, Programs and Schemes.

Chapter 7: Planning Techniques and Management

Tools and techniques of Surveys – Physical, Topographical, Landuse and Socioeconomic Surveys; Methods of non-spatial and spatial data analysis; Graphic presentation of spatial data; Application of G.I.S and Remote Sensing techniques in urban and regional planning; Decision support system and Land Information System.

Urban Economics; Law of demand and supply of land and its use in planning; Social, Economical and environmental cost benefit analysis; Techniques of financial appraisal; Management of Infrastructure Projects; Development guidelines such as URDPFI; Planning Legislation and implementation – Land Acquisition Act, PPP etc.; Local self-governance.

Chapter 8: Services, Infrastructure and Transportation

Building Services: Water supply; Sewerage and drainage systems; Sanitary fittings and fixtures; Plumbing systems; Principles of internal and external drainage system; Principles of electrification of buildings; Intelligent Buildings; Elevators and Escalators - standards and uses; Air-Conditioning systems; Firefighting Systems; Building Safety and Security systems.

Urban Infrastructure – Transportation, Water Supply, Sewerage, Drainage, Solid Waste Management, Electricity and Communications.

Process and Principles of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering; Road capacity; Traffic survey methods; Traffic flow characteristics; Traffic analyses and design considerations; Travel demand forecasting; Land-use – transportation - urban form inter-relationships; Design of roads, intersections, grade separators and parking areas; Hierarchy of roads and level of service; Traffic and transport management and control in urban areas,; Mass transportation planning; Paratransits and other modes of transportation, Pedestrian and slow moving traffic planning; Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Principles of water supply and sanitation systems; water treatment; Water supply and distribution system; Water harvesting systems; Principles, Planning and Design of storm water drainage system; Sewage disposal methods; Methods of solid waste management - collection, transportation and disposal; Recycling and Reuse of solid waste; Power Supply and Communication Systems, network, design and guidelines.

Preparation Books for Architecture and Planning

GATE is considered as one of the toughest exams. Hence, the preparation to qualify GATE should be awesome. The paper of Architecture and Planning does not consist of Mathematics section. It can be beneficially for all the candidates of Architecture Engineering. 

The table is given below represents some important books for preparation of Architecture and Planning.

GATE architecture Book
Book NameAuthor/ PublisherISBN Number
How To Crack GATE Architecture and PlanningAr. Ashok Goel and Ar. Arjun KamalB074565291
Architect's Guidebook For Competitive ExamsAr. Swapnil Vidhate9352674847, 978-9352674848
Principles Of Town Planning And ArchitectureBiswas Hiranmay938134857X, 978-9381348574
Contemporary Library Architecture: A Planning and Design GuideKen Worpole-

GATE 2018 Paper Pattern

GATE 2018 is scheduled for February 03, 04, 10 and 11, 2018. GATE Exam Pattern is defined paper wise depending upon candidates’ branch. For this year, IIT Guwahati will hold the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).

  • The exam is held in online mode (Computer Based Test). 
  • GATE consists 2 sections namely General Aptitude and specific subject of the paper
  • The total number of questions in GATE 2018 is 65.
  • The exam includes 2 types of Questions - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & Numerical Answer Type (NAT).
  • Applicants have to attempt all the questions in the duration of three hours. 
  • The maximum number of questions in GATE are from core subject. 
  • GATE Syllabus is based on graduation level. 
  • Negative marking is also applicable. There is no negative marking for NAT but it is applicable for MCQs.  For 1 mark MCQs, 1/3 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. Likewise, for 2 marks MCQs, 2/3 marks will be deducted



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