GATE Architecture and Planning

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GATE Architecture Planning Syllabus

Knowing Syllabus of any exams is first step towards preparation.So I have given updated syllabus of GATE Architecture and Planning for your reference.The syllabus is taken from official website of GATE exams so is 100% updated and correct.(official link).

You should focus on topics mentioned in syllabus.These outlined topics are more important than the others you have studied in your degree course.

Section 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.

Section 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 equipments; Project management techniques e.g. PERT, CPM etc

Section 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.

Section 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.

Section 5: Urban 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.

Section 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 neighbourhood; 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

Section 7: Planning Techniques and Management

Tools and techniques of Surveys – Physical, Topographical, Landuse and Socio- economic 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

Section 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; Para- transits 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

GATE Architecture Planning Statistics

Below I will present some interesting statistics about this paper. The statistics will help you understand competition nature and plan your studies.

  1. Number of candidates registered for the exam – 7000 (approx)
  2. Number of candidates appeared for the exam – 6000 (approx)
  3. Number of qualified candidates – 1240
  4. Percentage of candidates qualified – 20% (approx)
  5. Maximum marks out of 100 – 75.67
  6. Minimum marks out of 100 – 26
  7. Average marks                   – 43.37
  8. Standard Deviation            – 8.32

The average marks for this paper is one of the highest compared to other papers. But the highest marks is less than most of the papers. This shows that majority of candidates score in range of 55 to 65. So if you can get any marks in this range then you will have good ranking.

With this marks percentage in mind you can plan your studies. Like you can decide which topics to focus more on and which topics can be left. There is no point to target 100% of marks. You can target 80% and get closer to it.

GATE Architecture Planning Recommended Books

There are not much books available covering exams like UPSC and GATE for Architecture and Planning.Out of those books the one below is highly rated among students.It can be used along with our online tests for better preparation.It pretty much gives idea of questions featuring in the exams.I will mention two books below. You can buy any one of them.

Book 1

This book will provide the past trends of questions asked in the exams with their solutions with detailed explanations for better understanding. The book contains all GATE Architecture & Planning papers from 1991 to 2016 as well as UPSC-CPWD 2015-2016 exam papers for recruitment of architects.

The book not only provides the questions and answers but also the explanations will be helpful for understanding the basic concepts, formulas and relevant information about the question which students had learnt in the academic years.This book is also highly rated among students as well.

The only drawback is that this book is not updated regularly. This is the reason I recommend the second book.But second one is costlier so if cost is a factor for you then you can but this one.

Click to buy Architect’s Guidebook For Competitive Exams (for GATE- Architecture & Planning 2017 and other recruitment exams)

Book 2

This book has GATE AR question compilation from 1991-2017. Each questions are solved with additional study material. Helpful for those who want to refresh their knowledge in a short time, keeping in view the GATE pattern. This book is regularly updated.

This is one main reason of recommending this book. It is also highly rated among students and is very popular. The only drawback is price of the book.You can buy this book from below link.

Click to buy GATE (Architecture/Planning) – 3rd Edition


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