Masters of Planning(M.Plan) is a Post-graduate course in planning urban, rural, environment, transport etc. settlements and resources. A candidate has to be a B.Arch./ B.Plan. graduate from a recognised university in order to be eligible for this course.
M.Plan is a two year program and which has specialization in courses like Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Planning, Transportation planning, housing, city planning and infrastructure planning. The mode of admission is either through Entrance Examination and/or Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
The average tuition fee for the entire course ranges between 1 Lakh INR to 3 Lakhs INR.
M.Plan graduates can obtain jobs in planning related career in private, public and non-government sectors. The graduates of M.Plan can also find employment in architecture/ building firms. The job profiles can be that of a town planner, project manager, planning advisor/consultants, planning manager etc. A fresh graduate of this course can expect an average annual salary of 2.5 Lakhs INR to 4 Lakhs INR.
This course is completed over the duration of two years and four semesters.
Master of Planning is a unique course which provides the knowledge and skills in Spatial Planning, recourses planning and development of cities, rural area, transport etc.
Master of Planning is a vast course and since there are a lot of areas which need to be covered, it is often that students would find this course with a specialization and not as a whole. Hence, it is important to know what these specializations are. M.Plan specializations are as follows:
Environmental Planning: This specialization gives students the knowledge and skills to understand and apprehend environmental problems and the issues related to it so as to provide the best possible solutions.
Transportation Planning: In this specialization, students learn the skills to manage transport and the concerned issues regarding Transport at the state, national and international level.
Urban & Regional Planning: Ever thought who plans a city or a locality? Successful town planners who work with the government or non-government organisation help in the planning of an urban and regional area. This specialisation helps students in learning about the methods and tools which help in Urban and Regional planning.
M.Plan is a course that is mostly found with its specialization. However, there are colleges which also offer the course as whole. Students can either choose the specialisation in which they want to earn the degree or can go for the course without any specialisation. The top colleges for Master in Planning are as follows:
After this Masters course, students can opt for a Ph.D course. However, it is mandatory that students, who haven’t specialised in the Masters course, must choose a specialization. Most popular option for Ph.D in Planning is for Urban and Regional Development.
This course requires the candidate to have scored a minimum 50% marks at Higher & Senior Secondary level (10th & 12th).
Students with a B. Tech/ BE in Civil/ Planning/ Architecture Engineering from a recognised university with a minimum 55% marks are also eligible for admission to this course.
Certain universities also allow students with a Master’s Degree in Geography/ Economics / Sociology from a recognised university with minimum 55% marks, admission to this program.
The admission process varies from colleges to colleges. Some colleges like UPES School of Planning and Architecture base their admission on screening of applications and interview.
Other colleges like School of Planning and Architecture conduct admission on basis of an entrance exam and interview.
Some colleges like Central University of Rajasthan base their admissions on a Centralised Counselling for M.Tech and M.Plan. To be eligible for this counselling, however, a candidate needs to have a valid GATE Score card.
Hence, to sum it up, if the candidate is eligible, they can follow the process as given below:
The most popular entrance exam for M.Plan course is Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). Students applying for M.Plan should choose Architecture and Planning as the subject for the exam.
The question paper is of 3 hours.
There will be 65 multiple choice and numerical type questions. The total marks are 100.
The paper does have negative marking of 1/3 mark on every wrong answer.
The students will be evaluated on the following topics:
The final selection of the candidate will be made keeping in mind the score acquired by the candidate in Entrance Exam, Counselling and Group Discussion/ Personal Interview.
An estimation of the salary for various job profiles for M.Plan. Graduates is shown in the following graph:
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