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GATE AR: Architecture and Planning Preparation Tips

Last Updated - September 10, 2018

Candidates wishing to pursue Masters in Architecture and Planning can apply for GATE 2019. Most of the reputed universities like IIT, IISc consider GATE score for admission in their post graduation courses.

IIT Madras will conduct the GATE 2019 in the first and second week of February 2019. Since the exam is conducted at National level and has a high level of difficulty, it is high time that the GATE 2019 aspirants started their preparation. Before starting, they need proper preparation strategy. It is important that candidates know the exam pattern and syllabus of GATE 2019 to prepare well. Here we are going to provide GATE preparation tips for Architecture and Planning

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GATE 2019 Exam Pattern for Architecture and Planning

Before starting, let’s refresh the exam pattern of GATE. The question paper is usually divided into three sections. However, for Architecture there are two sections- one if core subjects and other is General Aptitude. The core subject is Architecture & Planning Engineering and it covers 85% of question paper.

Number of questionsGATE Architecture and Planning question paper has 65 questions of 100 marks.
Type of questionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
SectionsGeneral Aptitude and Core Subject
Marking Scheme

For 1-mark MCQs – 1/3 mark is deducted for wrong answer.

For 2-marks MCQs – 2/3 mark is deducted for wrong answer.

No negative marking for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.

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Topics covered in GATE 2019 for Architecture and Planning

The syllabus of GATE 2019 for Architecture and Planning (AR) released by IIT Madras. Candidates preparing for the entrance exam can plan their preparation better following the syllabus. It is important that candidates should start their preparation early because the syllabus is vast. The GATE 2019 syllabus for Architecture and Planning (AR) is divided into eight sections-

  • Section 1: Architecture and Design
  • Section 2: Building Materials, Construction and Management
  • Section 3: Building and Structures
  • Section 4: Environmental Planning and Design
  • Section 5: Urban Design
  • Section 6: Urban Planning and Housing
  • Section 7: Planning Techniques and Management
  • Section 8: Services, Infrastructure and Transportation.

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GATE Preparation Tips for Architecture and Planning

Here we have listed a few preparation tips that will help GATE Architecture and Planning aspirants to prepare the exam.

1. Know the Syllabus

The very first step GATE aspirants need to take is to know the complete syllabus. This will ensure the preparation of only those subjects and topics from which the questions will be asked in the GATE. This will also help in time management and making the study plan as well.

2. Identify Important Topics

Candidates must prepare according to the syllabus provided. They should start with the important topics first. After knowing the syllabus make sure you cover all the topics and identify the topics form which the most questions are asked. This will be very important to crack the exam. For detailed syllabus, you can visit GATE official website.

3. Make Study Plan

Making study plan is very important for any entrance exam which plays key role in getting good score. Candidates should prepare a study plan for GATE Architecture and planning as per the topics they want to cover. You can make monthly, weekly plan or daily plans as per your convenience. Allot the time for every topic and prepare within the set time for studying.

4. Previous year papers and mocks

Aspirants should solve GATE previous question papers and take mock tests for better preparation of GATE 2019. They can download GATE Architecture and planning previous year question papers. Also, there are some online community and forums that are also very helpful when you are a fresher. Moreover, they can also learn tips and tricks, and exam related doubts and questions in such forums from experts.

5. Get good study material

Aspirants should study form the good material. They can search GATE reference books for Architecture and Planning online or check our best-recommended books for GATE Architecture and planning in below table.

Reference books for GATE Architecture and Planning (AR)

Building ConstructionSushil Kumar
History of ArchitectureFletcher
Becoming a Landscape Architect: A Guide to Careers in DesignKelleann Foster
Urban Transport Planning and ManagementPratibha Deshmukh
The Urban Pattern: City Planning and DesignGallion
Strength of materialR S Khurmi



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