GATE Architecture & Planning Syllabus 2021 - Best Books, Preparation Tips

Abhik Das
Abhik DasPublished On: November 20, 2020 | GATE

Check the revised syllabus for GATE 2021 Architecture and Planning here along with the list of best books for exam preparation and best tips to prepare for the exam. 

GATE Architecture and Planning Syllabus 2021

Recently, the syllabus for the GATE 2021 Architecture and Planning exam was changed and candidates who are appearing for the GATE 2021 Architecture & Planning paper are kind of confused regarding what changes have been made. Basically, the GATE Architecture and Planning syllabus has been divided into three parts - Part A, Part B1, and Part B2. Candidates appearing for the GATE 2021 Architecture exam have to attempt questions asked from the B1 section whereas the Planning candidates have to attempt questions asked from the B2 section. Part A remains common for both the Architecture and Planning candidates of the GATE exam and irrespective of the paper they are attempting, have to attempt questions asked from Section A. The candidates can check the detailed latest syllabus for the GATE 2021 Architecture and Planning exam along with the topics from where questions in each section will be framed.

GATE Architecture & Planning Part A Syllabus 2021

The detailed Part A syllabus for the GATE Architecture and Planning 2021 exam have been provided in the table below along with the topics -

Topic

Sub-Topics

Architecture, Planning and Design

  • Architectural Graphics

  • Visual composition in 2D and 3D

  • Computer application in Architecture and Planning

  • Anthropometrics 

  • Organization of space 

  • Circulation- horizontal and vertical

  • Space Standards

  • Universal design

  • Building Byelaws 

  • Codes and standards   

Services and Infrastructure

  • Firefighting Systems 

  • Building Safety and Security systems 

  • Building Management Systems 

  • Water treatment 

  • Water supply and distribution system 

  • Water harvesting systems Principles, Planning and Design of stormwater drainage system 

  • Sewage disposal methods 

  • Methods of solid waste management - collection, transportation and disposal 

  • Recycling and Reuse of solid waste 

  • Land-use – transportation - urban form inter-relationships 

  • Design of roads, intersections, grade separators and parking areas 

  • Hierarchy of roads and level of service 

  • Para-transits and other modes of transportation, Pedestrian and slow-moving traffic planning

Housing

  • Housing typologies 

  • Concepts, principles, and examples of a neighborhood 

  • Residential densities 

  • Affordable Housing

  • Real estate valuation

Planning Process

  • Salient concepts, theories and principles of urban planning 

  • Concepts of cities - Eco-City, Smart City 

  • Concepts and theories by trendsetting planners and designers 

  • Ekistics 

  • Urban sociology 

  • Social, Economic and environmental cost-benefit analysis 

  • Methods of non-spatial and spatial data analysis 

  • Development guidelines such as URDPFI

Urban Design, landscape and Conservation

  • Historical and modern examples of urban design 

  • Elements of the urban built environment – urban form, spaces, structure, pattern, fabric, texture, grain etc. 

  • Concepts and theories of urban design 

  • Principles, tools and techniques of urban design 

  • Public spaces, character, spatial qualities and Sense of Place

  • Urban design interventions for sustainable development and transportation 

  • Development controls – FAR, densities and building bylaws 

  • Urban renewal and conservation 

  • heritage conservation historical public spaces and gardens 

  • Landscape design 

  • Site planning

Environmental Planning and Design

  • Natural and man-made ecosystem 

  • Ecological principles 

  • Environmental considerations in planning and design 

  • Environmental pollution- types, causes, controls and abatement strategies 

  • Sustainable development, goals and strategies 

  • Climate change and built environment 

  • Climate responsive design

Construction and Management

  • Project management techniques e.g. PERT, CPM etc.

  • Estimation and Specification; Professional practice and ethics 

  • Form and Structure 

  • Principles and design of disaster-resistant structures 

  • Temporary structures for rehabilitation

GATE Architecture & Planning Part B1 (Architecture) Syllabus 2021

The detailed Part B1 syllabus for the GATE Architecture 2021 paper has been provided in the table below along with the topics -

Topic

Sub-Topics

Building Services and Sustainability 

  • Solar architecture 

  • Thermal, visual and acoustic comfort in built environments 

  • Natural and Mechanical ventilation in buildings 

  • Air-Conditioning systems 

  • Sustainable building strategies 

  • Building Performance Simulation and Evaluation 

  • Intelligent Buildings 

  • 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 

  • Elevators and Escalators - standards and uses

Building Construction and Structural systems

  • Building construction techniques, methods and details 

  • Building systems and prefabrication of building elements 

  • Principles of Modular Coordination 

  • Construction planning and equipment 

  • Building material characteristics and applications 

  • Principles of the strength of materials 

  • Alternative building materials 

  • Foundations 

  • Design of structural elements with different materials 

  • Elastic and Limit State design 

  • Structural systems 

  • Principles of Pre-stressing 

  • High Rise and Long Span structures, gravity and lateral load resisting systems

History and Contemporary Architecture

  • Principles of Art and Architecture 

  • World History of Architecture: Egyptian, Greco-Roman classical period, Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque-Rococo, etc. 

  • Recent trends in Contemporary Architecture: Art nouveau, Art Deco, Eclecticism, International styles, Post Modernism, Deconstruction in architecture, etc. 

  • Influence of Modern art and Design in Architecture 

  • Indian vernacular and traditional Architecture, Oriental Architecture 

  • Works of renowned national and international architects

GATE Architecture & Planning Part B2 (Planning) Syllabus 2021

The detailed Part B2 syllabus for the GATE Planning 2021 paper has been provided in the table below along with the topics -

Topic

Sub-Topics

Infrastructure Planning

  • Process and Principles of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering 

  • Road capacity and Travel demand forecasting 

  • Traffic survey methods, Traffic flow Analysis 

  • Traffic analyses and design considerations

  • Traffic and transport management and control in urban areas

  • Mass transportation planning; Intelligent Transportation Systems 

  • Urban and Rural Infrastructure System Network

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, Land use and Socio-economic Surveys

  • Urban Economics, Law of demand and supply of land and its use in planning 

  • Graphic presentation of spatial data 

  • Local self-governance, Panchayati raj institutions 

  • Planning Legislation and implementation – Land Acquisition Act, PPP etc. 

  • Decision support system and Land Information System 

  • Urban geography and econometrics 

  • Management of Infrastructure Projects 

  • Demography and equity in planning

Regional and Settlement Planning

  • Regional delineation 

  • Settlement hierarchy 

  • Types and hierarchy of plans 

  • Various schemes and programs of the central government 

  • Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), SEZ, SRZ etc. 

  • Public Perception and user behavior 

  • National Housing Policies, Programs and Schemes

  • Slums, Squatters and informal housing 

  • Standards for housing and community facilities 

  • Housing for special areas and needs

GATE Architecture & Planning 2021 Best Books

In this section, the candidates will find out all those books which are suggested by GATE experts, academicians and toppers and by referring to which the candidates can secure their desired marks -

Name of Book

Author’s Name

Contemporary Library Architecture - A Planning and Design Guide

Ken Worpole

Principles of Town Planning and Architecture

Biswas Hiranmay

Architect’s Guidebook for Competetive Exams

AR Swapnil Vidhate

How to Crack GATE 2021 Architecture & Planning 

AR Ashok Goel

AR Arjun Kamal

To find out the GATE 2021 subject-wise best books or best preparatory materials, kindly click on the link given below -

Best books and study materials for GATE 2021 preparation

Important Tips to Prepare for GATE 2021 Architecture & Planning

In order to secure good marks in the GATE 2021 Architecture and Planning exams, the candidates must have a solid preparation strategy. Some important pointers regarding how to ace the preparations for GATE 2021 architecture and planning exams have been provided below -

  • The candidates must divide their syllabus and time so as to keep in touch with all the topics on a regular basis

  • The candidates must prioritize to consolidate their grip over the easy topics first before moving on to the average and difficult topics

  • The candidates must solve an ample number of previous year paper, sample test papers and attempt mock tests to ensure they are confident on the day of the exam

  • The candidates must resort to preparing handwritten notes during the revision process

  • The candidates must resort to other methods like doing yoga, listening to music etc to avoid panicking

For a detailed subject-wise and time-wise preparation strategy to ace the GATE 2021 Architecture and Planning exam, the candidates must click on the link given below -

Detailed Preparation Strategy to Ace GATE 2021

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