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GATE- AR Architecture and Planning Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The GATE exam will be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks are in General Aptitude (GA). GATE- AR : Architecture and Planning paper, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.  

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).

Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions.

General Aptitude (GA) Questions

In all papers, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

Engineering Mathematics and Subject Knowledge

These papers would contain 25 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 25 marks) and 30 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 60 marks).  

Note on Negative Marking for Wrong Answers

For a wrong answer chosen for the multiple choice questions, there would be negative marking. For 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple-choice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. However, there is no negative marking for a wrong answer in numerical answer type questions.

Test duration- 3 hours

Marking System – For 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-marks multiple-choice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is no negative marking for numerical answer type questions.

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 9
No. Of Unit 24
No. Of Chapter 138
  1. Planning process
  2. Types of plans
  3. Concepts, Theories and Principles
  4. Sustainable Urban Development
  1. Emerging concepts of cities
  1. Concepts, Principles Neighbourhood
  2. Housing Typologies
  3. Slums
  4. Affordable Housing
  5. Housing for Special Areas
  6. Residential Densities
  7. Standards for Housing
  8. National Housing Policies, Programs and Schemes
  1. Principles of Strength of Materials
  2. Design of Structural Elements
  3. Elastic and Limit State design
  4. Structural Systems
  5. Form and Structure
  6. Principles of Pre-stressing
  7. High Rise and Long Span Structures
  8. Principles and Design of Disaster Resistant Structures
  1. Law of Demand and Supply
  2. Social, Economical and Environmental CBA
  3. Techniques of Financial Appraisal
  4. Management of Infrastructure Projects
  5. Development guidelines
  1. Tools and Techniques of Surveys
  2. Methods of Non-Spatial and Spatial Data Analysis
  3. Graphic Presentation of Spatial Data
  4. Application of G.I.S
  5. Remote Sensing techniques
  6. Decision support system
  7. Land Information System
  1. Land Acquisition Act
  2. PPP
  3. Local self-governance
  1. Natural and man-made Ecosystem
  2. Ecological Principles
  3. Concepts of Environmental Impact Analysis
  4. Environmental Considerations
  5. Principles of Lighting and Illumination
  6. Climate Responsive Design
  7. Solar architecture
  8. Principles of architectural Acoustics
  1. Environmental pollution- types, causes
  2. Controls and Abatement strategies
  1. Concepts and Rating
  2. ECBC
  3. Building Performance Simulation and Evaluation
  1. Elements of Urban Built Environment
  2. Principles, tools and techniques
  3. Urban Renewal and Conservation
  4. Site Planning
  5. Landscape Design
  1. Concepts and Theories
  2. Public Perception
  3. Townscape
  4. Public Realm
  5. Urban Design Interventions
  6. Historical and Modern Examples
  1. FAR
  2. Densities
  3. Building Byelaws
  1. Numerical computation
  2. Numerical Estimation
  3. Numerical Reasoning
  4. Data Interpretation
  1. English grammar
  2. Sentence Completion
  3. Verbal Analogies
  4. Word Groups
  5. Instructions
  6. Critical Reasoning
  7. Verbal Deduction
  1. Elements, Construction, Architectural styles
  2. Oriental, Vernacular and Traditional Architecture
  3. Architectural Developments
  4. Influence of modern art
  5. Deconstruction in Architecture
  6. Recent trends in Contemporary Architecture
  7. Works of architects
  1. Visual composition in 2D and 3D
  2. Principles of Art and Architecture
  3. Organization of Space
  4. Architectural Graphics
  1. Concepts of CAD, BIM, 3D modeling
  2. Architectural Rendition
  3. Programming languages and automationa
  4. Anthropometrics
  5. Site Planning
  6. Circulation
  7. Barrier free design
  8. Space Standards
  9. Building Codes
  1. Water supply
  2. Sewerage and drainage systems
  3. Sanitary fittings and fixtures
  4. Plumbing systems
  5. Principles of internal and external drainage system
  6. Principles of Electrification of Buildings
  7. Intelligent Buildings
  8. Elevators and Escalators
  9. Air-Conditioning systems
  10. Firefighting Systems
  11. Building Safety and Security
  1. Principles of water supply and sanitation systems
  2. Water Treatment
  3. Water supply and distribution system
  4. Water harvesting systems
  5. Storm Water Drainage System
  6. Sewage disposal methods
  7. Methods of solid waste management
  8. Recycling and Reuse of solid waste
  9. Power Supply and Communication Systems
  1. Process and Principles
  2. Road Capacitya
  3. Traffic Survey Methods
  4. Traffic Flow Characteristics
  5. Traffic Analysis and Design Considerations
  6. Travel Demand Forecasting
  7. Design of roads
  8. Hierarchy of roads
  9. Traffic and transport management
  10. Mass transportation planning
  11. Pedestrian and slow moving traffic planning
  12. Intelligent Transportation Systems
  1. Transportation
  2. Water Supply
  3. Sewerage, Drainage
  4. Solid Waste Management
  5. Electricity and Communications
  1. Behavioral Characteristics and Applications
  1. Building construction techniques
  2. Building systems
  3. Principles of Modular Coordination
  4. Estimation, specification, valuation
  5. Construction Planning and Equipments
  6. Project Management Techniques

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy

Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.

Concept clarity rather than rote learning

It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.

Prepare Notes

It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.

Seek guidance

It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.

Sample Papers

Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.

Mock tests

The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams. Try to build up an Engineering Entrance Exam Test Prep MCQ Question Bank

Time management

Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Negative marking

Most the entrance examinations will have negative marking and everyone would suggest you stay clear of questions are not sure about. But some experts are of the opinion that you answer the questions in which you are confused between an option or two because there will also be a chance of getting it right.

Duration : 3 Hours

Important Instructions

Filling in Application Online 1. GOAPS: GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS website) has the web address It can also be accessed from the website of the respective Zonal GATE Offices or from the website of the GATE 2016 Organizing Institute. 2. Registration: A candidate must first register by providing a valid email address, mobile number and a GOAPS password. All communications from the GATE Offices will be sent to this email address (ONLY ONE PERSON CAN REGISTER WITH ONE e-mail ADDRESS). Give your personal mobile number because most of the communications may also be sent via SMS. GOAPS Password: The candidate chooses a password during Enrollment at GOAPS. This password must be remembered along with the GOAPS Enrolment ID to login to GOAPS. It is strongly encouraged to choose a password that cannot be guessed easily (it should not be the candidate’s name, date of birth, or some easily guessable string of numbers or letters like 12345 or abcd). 3. GOAPS Enrollment ID: Upon registration, an email containing the GOAPS Enrolment ID will be sent to the candidate. 4. Data Requirement for Application Filling: The following data will be required while filling the form at GOAPS. a) Personal information (name, date of birth, your personal mobile number, parents’ name, parents’ mobile number, etc.). b) Address for Communication (including PIN code), c) Eligibility degree details 13 d) College address, PIN code of college, e) GATE paper, choice of GATE examination cities, f) High quality image of your photograph conforming to the requirements specified in along with what type of photograph is accepted . g) Good quality image of your signature conforming to the requirements specified in h) Scanned copy of Degree Certificate or Certificate from Principal/HODs in pdf format. i) Scanned copy of Category/PwD Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format. j) Details of a valid ID Proof that you will carry to the examination hall. k) Your net-banking details. 5. Application Filling: The GOAPS allows you to enter data, “Save” partially filled form, “Logout”, and resume filling in by logging in again. The GOAPS portal is self-explanatory and user-friendly. Online help about using GOAPS is also available. 6. Before you make the payment, you will be shown a “Preview” of your application, where you have to carefully check for any errors. 7. Once you press “Confirm and Final Submit” button, no further changes to the application can be made by you. 8. For online payment follow the instructions given in Section for payment options. 9. Problems in Login into GOAPS –In case of forgotten user ID or password, follow instructions on the GOPAS portal to retrieve them.