GATE 2019 Syllabus for Architecture and Planning

GATE 2019 Syllabus for Architecture and Planning – GATE 2019 exam is managed by the IIT. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national level examination, and in relevant branches of science, it is conducted to offer admission into M.Tech/M.Sc in engineering/ technology/ architecture and P.hD. GATE 2019 Mock Tests have been released.

In each of the GATE 2019 subjects, the topics have been divided into two categories. On core topics, the corresponding sections (of the syllabus given below) of the question paper will contain 90% of their questions and the remaining 10% on Special Topics.


About Architecture and Planning

In the construction of the building, Architecture and architecture planning is a designing of buildings and planning. In the building process, it consists of architectural drawing, calculations, floor plan, time planning. Of the different structures, it includes scale planning. Planning of architecture is a typical task to archive. The number of graphical representations and calculations are involved in the subject.


Syllabus of Architecture and Planning for GATE 2019

Architecture and Design

Space Standards; Building Codes; National Building Code; Programming languages and automation; Anthropometrics; 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; Planning and design considerations for different building types; Site planning; Circulation- horizontal and vertical; Barrier-free design;

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


Building Materials, Construction and Management

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

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


Building and Structures

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


Environmental Planning and Design

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


Urban Design

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


Urban Planning and Housing

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

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


Planning Techniques and Management

Application of G.I.S and Remote Sensing techniques in urban and regional planning; 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; Decision support system and Land Information System.

Management of Infrastructure Projects; Development guidelines such as URDPFI; 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 Planning Legislation and implementation – Land Acquisition Act, PPP etc.; Local self-governance.


Services, Infrastructure and Transportation

Building Services: Water supply; Sewerage and drainage systems; Sanitary fittings and fixtures; Plumbing systems; Principles of the 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.

Design of roads, intersections, grade separators and parking areas; Hierarchy of streets and level of service; 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; 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, Planning and Design of stormwater drainage system; Sewage disposal methods; Methods of solid waste management – collection, transportation and disposal; Principles of water supply and sanitation systems; water treatment; Water supply and distribution system; Water harvesting systems;; Recycling and Reuse of solid waste; Power Supply and Communication Systems, network, design and guidelines.


Exam Pattern for GATE 2019


Exam Pattern for GATE 2019
Section Question No No of Questions Marks per Question Total Marks
General Aptitude 1 to 5 5 1 5
6 to 10 5 2 10
Technical &  Engineering 1 to 25 25 1 25
Mathematics 26 to 55 30 2 60


Total Questions: 65

Total Marks: 100

Total Duration : 3 hours

Technical Section: 70 marks

General Aptitude: 15 marks

Engineering Mathematics: 15 marks


25 marks to 40 marks will be allotted to Numerical Answer Type Questions


Reference Books for Architecture and Planning- GATE 2019


  • A history of architecture: Sir Banister fletchers by Dan Cruickshank
  • Building Construction by B. C. Punmia
  • Building Construction by P. C. Varghese
  • Building Construction by Sushil Kumar
  • The strength of materials by R. S. Khurmi
  • Building materials by P. C. Varghese
  • Becoming a Landscape Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design by Kelleann Foster
  • The Great Ages Of World Architecture by G. K. Hirasakar
  • Urban Transportation: Planning, Operation and Management by S. Ponnuswamy, D. Johnson Victor
  • Urban Transportation Planning and Management by Prathibha Deshmukh
  • Urban Planning: Theory & Practice by M. Pratap Rao
  • The Urban Pattern: City Planning and Design by Arthur B. Gallion
  • Building Services and Equipment, Volume 1 by Fred Hall
  • Building Services and Equipment, Volume 2 by Fred Hall
  • Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure by R. Rajagopalan
  • Town Planning by Rangwala
  • CAD/CAM: Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing by P N Rao
  • Manual of Tropical Housing and Building by Alan Mayhew, S. V. Szokolay, T. G Ingersoll and O. H Koenigsberger


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