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GATE 2025 syllabus – AR: Architecture and Planning

GATE 2025 syllabus for Architecture and Planning (AR) gives you details of the latest GATE syllabus for the subject released by the official gate organizing institute IIT Roorkee 2025. We also created an easy to use ad-free mobile app for GATE syllabus, previous year papers with keys, gate calculator, virtual calculator, and more. Download iStudy App for all GATE preparation needs.

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GATE 2025 syllabus – Architecture and Planning (AR)

Part A: Common

Section 1: Architecture, Planning and Design

Architectural Graphics
Visual composition in 2D and 3D; Computer application in Architecture and Planning; Anthropometries; Organization of space; Circulation- horizontal and vertical; Space Standards; Universal design; Building byelaws; Codes and standards;

Section 2: 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;

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Section 3: 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;

Section 4: Urban Design, landscape and Conservation

Historical and modern examples of urban design
Elements of 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 byelaws. ; Urban renewal and conservation; heritage conservation; historical public spaces and gardens; Landscape design; Site planning;

Section 5: 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;

Section 6: Housing

Housing typologies
Concepts, principles and examples of neighbourhood; Residential densities; Affordable Housing; Real estate valuation;

Section 7: 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 storm water 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 interrelationships; 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;

Part B1: Architecture

Section B1.1: 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;

Section B1.2: 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 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;

Section B1.3: 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 internal and external drainage system; Principles of electrification of buildings; Elevators and Escalators – standards and uses;

Part B2: Planning

Section B2.1: Regional and Settlement Planning

Regional delineation
settlement hierarchy; Types and hierarchy of plans; Various schemes and programs of central government; Transit Oriented Development (TOD), SEZ, SRZ etc.; Public Perception and user behaviour; National Housing Policies, Programs and Schemes. ; Slums, Squatters and informal housing; Standards for housing and community facilities; Housing for special areas and needs;

Section B2.2: 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, Panchayatiraj 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 ;

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Section B2.3: 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;

GENERAL APTITUDE (Common for all branches)

Verbal Aptitude

Basic English Grammar
Tenses, articles, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, verb-noun agreement, and other parts of speech

Basic Vocabulary
Words, idioms, and phrases in context

Reading and Comprehension

Narrative Sequencing

Quantitative Aptitude

Data Interpretation
Data graphs (bar graphs, pie charts, and other graphs representing data), 2- and 3-dimensional plots, maps, and tables

Numerical Computation and Estimation
Ratios, percentages, powers, exponents and logarithms, permutations and combinations, and series

Mensuration and Geometry

Elementary Statistics and Probability

Analytical Aptitude

Deduction and Induction


Numerical Relations and Reasoning

Spatial Aptitude

Transformation of Shapes
Translation, rotation, scaling, mirroring, assembling, and grouping

Paper folding, cutting, and patterns in 2 and 3 dimensions

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  1. ajay

    i am final year architecture student 5th year requesting for gate architecture study material i cant find it any where if u people find just mail me or can call at 900123030: [email protected]

  2. aamir iqbal

    i want help for self preparation for gat for architecture

  3. Adam Streak

    Who wants your syllabus, this I can get it from the GATE (IIT website). We need to know about the books which can guide us to a good score in GATE- ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING. I am a EEE engineer and I wish to study ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING. I don’t know the proper books for preparing for GATE Exam in this subject.

  4. nikhil jain

    is there any book in market over gate 2011 architecture??

  5. vinit

    how do i suppose to get the books for preparation for gate architecture

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