GATE Architecture and Planning Syllabus and Exam Pattern

GATE Architecture and Planning SyllabusGATE Architecture and Planning Syllabus 2021: The syllabus has great importance to prepare any kind of exam. To prepare for the GATE Architecture and Planning exam you should know the latest Architecture and Planning Syllabus and marking scheme.

GATE 2021 Architecture and Planning syllabus will include the subject topics and general aptitude. The syllabus of architecture does not contain the mathematics section as most of the papers in GATE 2021 will have the same.

The question paper comprises 65 questions of 100 marks. The majority of questions that are 55 will be from the core subject syllabus and the remaining 10 questions from General Aptitude Sections.

GATE Architecture and Planning Syllabus 2021

With the latest Architecture and Planning Syllabus, you can create a solid study plan and score a better mark in the GATE exam. Based on the score in a GATE Architecture and Planning, you can shape your career in the proper way.

GATE 2021 Syllabus for Architecture and Planning will be comprised of 8 sections. Architecture & Design is the most important section of Architecture and Planning. Before starting the preparation for the exam, you should go through the complete syllabus.

You can check the Architecture and Planning syllabus as given below:

  • Section 1: Architecture and Design
  • Section 2: Building Materials, Construction, and Management
  • Section 3: Building and Structures
  • Section 4: Environmental Planning and Design
  • Section 5: Urban and Design
  • Section 6: Urban Planning and Housing
  • Section 7: Planning Techniques and Management
  • Section 8: Services, Infrastructure, and Transportation

Detailed syllabus of GATE 2020 for Architecture & Planning





Architecture & Design

  • Principles of Art and Architecture, Visual composition in 2D & 3D, Organization of space, Computer Graphics, Architectural Graphics, Programming languages and automation. Planning and design considerations for different building types, Anthropometrics, Site planning, Barrier-free design, Circulation- horizontal and vertical, Space Standards, National Building Code and Building Codes.
  • Elements, architectural styles, construction and examples of different periods of Indian & Western History of Architecture, Vernacular, Oriental and Traditional architecture, Architectural developments since Industrial Revolution; Art nouveau, Eclecticism, International styles, Influence of modern art on architecture, Post Modernism, Recent trends in Contemporary Architecture, Deconstruction in architecture, Works of renowned national & international architects.


Building Materials, Construction & Management

  • Behavioural applications and characteristics of various building materials viz. Mud, bamboo, timber, brick, concrete, glass, steel, FRP, different polymers, AAC and composites.
  • Building systems and prefabrication of building elements, Building construction techniques, methods and details, Principles of Modular Coordination, Estimation, valuation, specification, professional practice, Project management techniques, Construction planning and equipment e.g.CPM, PERT etc.


Building & Structures

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


Environmental Planning & Design

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


Urban Design

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


Urban Planning & Housing

  • Housing, principles, concepts and examples of the neighbourhood, Affordable Housing, Housing for special areas and needs, Housing typologies, Slums, Residential densities, National Housing Policies, Standards for housing and community facilities, Programs & Schemes.
  • Types of plans – City Development Plan, Master Plan, Structure Plan, Action Area Plan, Zonal Plan, Town Planning Scheme, Planning process, Regional Plan, Salient concepts, principles of urban planning and theories, Emerging concepts of cities – Smart City, Eco-City, SEZ, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), SRZ etc. Sustainable urban development


Planning Techniques & Management

  • Decision support system and Land Information System., Graphic presentation of spatial data, Tools and techniques of Surveys – Topographical, Physical, Land use and Socioeconomic Surveys, Methods of non-spatial & spatial data analysis, Application of G.I.S & Remote Sensing techniques in urban and regional planning;
  • Social, environmental cost-benefit analysis and Economical, Urban Economics, Law of demand and supply of land and its use in planning, Management of Infrastructure Projects, Techniques of financial appraisal, Development guidelines such as URDPFI, Planning Legislation and implementation – Local self-governance, Land Acquisition Act, PPP etc.


Services, Infrastructure & Transportation

  • Urban Infrastructure – Water Supply, Transportation, Sewerage, Solid Waste Management, Drainage, Electricity & Communications.
  • Building Services: Sewerage and drainage systems, Water supply, Sanitary fittings and fixtures, Principles of internal and external drainage system, Plumbing systems, Principles of electrification of buildings, Elevators and Escalators – standards and uses, Intelligent Buildings, Air-Conditioning systems, Building Safety & Security systems and Firefighting Systems.
  • Water treatment, Principles of water supply and sanitation systems, Water supply and distribution system, Sewage disposal methods, Water harvesting systems, Planning, Principles and Design of stormwater drainage system, Recycling and Reuse of solid waste, Methods of solid waste management – transportation, collection and disposal, Power Supply and Communication Systems, design, network and guidelines.
  • Road capacity, Process and Principles of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering, Traffic survey methods, Traffic analyses and design considerations, Traffic flow characteristics, Travel demand forecasting, Land – transportation, urban form inter-relationships, intersections, Design of roads, grade separators and parking areas, Traffic & transport management and control in urban areas, Mass transportation planning, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Hierarchy of roads and level of service, Pedestrian and slow-moving traffic planning and Paratransit and other modes of transportation.

GATE Architecture and Planning Exam Pattern 2021

Check the Latest GATE Architecture and Planning exam pattern and understand the type of questions and marking.

Particulars Details
Exam Duration Three hours
Mode of examination Computer-based test
Question type Objective type and Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
Total no. of questions 65
Full marks 100
Sections Aptitude Engineering, Mathematics, Architecture and Planning
Marking Scheme One mark MCQs – 1/3 score will be reduced for every incorrect response.

Two mark MCQs – 2/3 mark will be reduced for every incorrect answer.

No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions

No negative marking for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions

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