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GATE Syllabus for Architecture and Planning

Housing: Concept of housing, neighbourhood concept, housing typology, housing standards, housing policies, finance and management, role of government organizations, housing infrastructure.

Environmental Studies and Building Science: Principles of lighting and styles for illumination, basic principles of architectural acoustics, environmental pollution, air pollution, components of Ecosystem, ecological principles relating to environment, climate control through design elements.

Landscape Design: Principles of landscape design and site planning, plant characteristics and planting design, history of landscape styles, landscape elements and materials, environmental consideration in landscape planning.

City Planning: Site planning, planning regulations and building bye-law, evaluation of sites, principles of city planning, types of cities and new towns, sustainable development.

Computer Aided Design: Application of computers in architecture and planning, programming languages-C and Visual Basic and usage of packages such as 3D Max.

History of Architecture: Medieval and renaissance periods construction and architectural method, vernacular and traditional architecture, Indian-Indus valley, Vedic, Buddhist, Indo-Aryan, Dravidian and Mughal periods, European, Egyptian, Greek and Roman.

Visual and Urban Design: principles of visual composition, scale, rhythm, proportion, symmetry, harmony, datum, form, balance, colour, texture, sense of place and space, division of space, barrier free design, focal point vista, visual survey, image ability.

Development of Contemporary Architecture: Influence of modern art on architecture, works of national and international architects, post-modernism, deconstruction in architecture, Architectural developments and impacts on society since industrial revolution.

Building Construction and Management: Principles of modular coordination, estimation, specification, valuation, professional practice, project management techniques such as CPM, building systems and prefabrication of building elements.

Buildings Services: principles of electrification of buildings, intelligent buildings, elevators and escalators, its standards and uses, air-conditioning systems, fire fighting systems, building safety system, security safety system, water supply, sewerage and drainage systems, sanitary fittings and fixtures, plumbing system, principles of internal and external drainage system.

Materials and Structural Systems: Design of structural elements in wood, steel and RCC, elastic and limit state design, complex structural systems, principles of pre-stressing, tall buildings, principles of disaster resistant structures, behavioural characteristics of all types of building materials for instance timber, bamboo, brick, concrete, steel, FRP, different polymers, composites, principles of strength of materials.

Techniques of Planning: Preparation of urban and regional structure plans, development plans, action plans, site planning principles and design, planning survey techniques , statistical methods of data analysis, application of G.I.S. and remote sensing techniques in urban and regional planning, decision making models.

Planning Theory: Principles of Ekistics, rural-urban migration, urban conversation, urban renewal, five-year plan, structural and sectoral plan, regional planning, settlement system planning, history of human settlements, growth of cities and metropolises.

Traffic and Transportation Planning: Principle of traffic engineering and transportation planning, traffic survey methods, design of roads, intersections, grade separators and parking areas, hierarchy of roads and levels of services, traffic and transport management in urban areas, intelligent transportation system, mass transportation planning, Para-transits and other modes of transportation, pedestrian and slow moving traffic planning, intelligent transportation system, mass transportation planning.

Development Administration and Management: Laws relating to land acquisition, development enforcements, urban land ceiling, land management techniques, planning and municipal administration, valuation and taxation, disaster mitigation management, 73rd and 74th Constitutional amendments, revenue resources and fiscal management, public participation and role of NGO and CBO, institutional networking and capacity building, planning laws, development control and zoning regulations.

Infrastructure, Services and Amenities: Demography related standards at various levels of the settlements for health, religious, recreation education, public and semi-public facilities, principles of water supply and sanitation systems, water treatment, solid waste disposal systems, waste treatment, recycle and reuse, power supply, urban rainwater harvesting, and communication systems, network design and guidelines.

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