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Syllabus of AMIE Exams: Section B (Architectural Engineering)


Compulsory Subjects

IC 402 Engineering Management
AR 403 History of Architecture
AR 404 Building Services
AR 405 Quantity Surveying, Specifications, Contracts and Valuation
AR 406 Surveying, Building Construction and Materials
AR 407 Architectural Design

Optional Subjects

(Any one from each Group)

Group I Structural Engineering
AR 411 Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
AR 412 Construction Technology
AR 413 Theory of Structures
AR 414 Prestressed and Precast Concrete Structures
AR 415 Structural Design


Group II Design and Planning
AR 422 Town Planning and Landscape Architecture

Group III Professional Practice
AR 431 Professional Practice
AR 432 Mapping a Thesis Project
AR 433 Interior Design
AR 434 Computer Graphics


See explanatory chart



Group A
Management and Organisations

Management process: Definition, planning organizing, directing, controlling, coordinating, types of management.

Organisation Definition, planning, design and development, types of organizations.

Management planning and control: Classical, new classical and modern principles. General Management, scientific management, engineering, management, systems management.

Planning: Procedures, resources and constraints, objectives, goals, policies and procedures.

Control: Setting of reference or standards, appraisal or evaluation, monitoring and controlling, types of control.

Human resource planning and management, selection, recruitment, training, retraining, skill development, competence development, promotion and career development, participative management, trade unions, and collective bargaining,
Management of Physical Resources

Plant: site selection procedures, factors affecting selection. Layout-types and relative merits and demerits, Maintenance-Objectives, different types of associated decisions, strategies for effective maintenance, computer applications.
Material : Functions, objectives, planning and control including inventory models with or without storage costs, price break ( excluding dynamic and probabilistic considerations). Different classes of inventory. Material Requirement Planning (MRP).

Group B

Financial management: Introduction to standard forms of financial statements, ie., balance-sheet, profit and loss, and income statement. Fixed and current asset items. Fixed and current liability items. Linkage of two successive balance-sheets through income or profit and loss statement. Funds flow statement. Financial ratios and their implications.

Managerial economics: Concepts, theory of production, marginal productivity and cost. Introduction to theory of firm.

Quality management: Quality definition, quality planning, quality control and quality management, Total quality management, ISO 9000 systems, simple quality control techniques like control charts and acceptance sampling.

Marketing management consumer behavior, market research, product design and development pricing and promotion.

Project management: Introduction. Concept of a project, project management concepts, project simulation, cost or project and means of financing, economic evaluation criteria of the project, project implementation, project planning, scheduling and monitoring, project control (PERT, CPM techniques including crashing). Project evaluation.

Information technology and management. Role of information, management information system and decision support system, Information technology-introduction to e-business, e-commerce and integration tools like enterprise resource planning (ERP).

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Group A

Indian architecture: Prehistoric and primitive architecture. Study of art and architecture in Indus Valley. Vedic village—social conditions and way of life. Rock-cut temples, viharas, caves, limitations of implements. Buddhist, Jain and Hindu architecture—reflection of religious thought and way of life.

Islamic architecture: Cultural differences and similarities of local inhabitants and invaders. Influence of advanced technology—domes, arches, vaults, conversion of places of worship into new needs of invaders.

Study of early buildings in India expressing vigour in the form of buildings. Study of advancement of building technology and space conception in places like Bijapur, Mandu, Fatehpur Sikri.

Study of the examples of Moghul architecture such as tomb, forts and palaces, and the development of various provincial styles of architecture like Sudh, Bijapur, Gujarat, etc.

Group B

Foreign architecture: Developments of styles and forms in Europe, Egypt, West Asia, Greek and Roman architecture. Developments in Renaissance and Boroque periods. Integration of indoor and outdoor frames, study of development of art forms with respect to cultural events.

Modern architecture: Role of steel, RCC, aluminium, plastics, glass and timber technology in modern buildings. Modern skyscrapers, Chicago school works, Frank Lloyd, Macintosh, Le-Corbusier, Nervi, etc.



Group A

Sanitation: Importance and basic approach. Location of sanitary units. House drainage system. Sewers-materials, workmanship, septic tanks, testing of drains, gradients, ventilation, local bye-laws, maintenance traps of various types. Planning and layout of lavatory blocks, different types o( sanitary fittings and their installation, selection and testing of fittings. Layout of sewers and drains in various types of buildings.

Domestic water supply: Meter chambers, overhead and underground tanks, pump houses, installation, selection and testing of pressure fittings. Domestic hot water supply. Layout of water supply system in buildings of various types.

Drainage, sewerage and sewage disposal: Sewage disposal systems for small projects, treatment plants, gas plants, disposal of refuse, incinerator, refuse disposal in high rise buildings, treatment of industrial refuse. Refuse and pollution problem. External drainage And sewerage systems.

Acoustics: Basic problems, criteria and terminology. Transmission of sound in rooms, speech privacy between offices, coefficient of sound absorption, noise reduction, co-efficient, classification and selection of acoustical materials, acoustics of auditorium, schools, religious buildings, recommendations for acoustical treatment.

Group B

Air-conditioning, heating and ventilation: Different types of heating equipment, viz., radiators, converters, electric radiant panel heaters. Requirements of comfort conditions, temperature control, humidity control. Mechanical ventilation, plenum system, exhaust system, fans exhaust and blower fans, air filters of different types, air-conditioning plants and layout of ducts tor cinema, auditoriums, offices, hotels, etc.

Fire fighting: Cause of fire, spread of fire, fire-fighting equipment and different methods of fire fighting, sprinklers, fire regulations and requirements of fire insurance, fire-fighting in high rise buildings.

Electrical services: General distribution of electric power in towns, sub-stations for small schemes and industrial units, meter rooms, electrical installations in buildings, electrical wiring - different materials employed and specifications, electrical appliances and electrical services, earthing, bye-laws pertaining to electrical installations. Different types of artificial lighting systems. Lighting systems for residential buildings, public buildings, hotels, cinemas, hospitals, exhibition halls, libraries, schools, colleges, scientific laboratories, etc.



Group A

Estimating: Introduction, definition, objective, scope and importance. Approximate estimate on plinth area basis, estimate based on cubic content method as approved by Indian Bureau of Standards. Estimate based on detailed quantities and mode of measurements as per BIS 1200.

Quantity surveying: Bill of quantities, methods of taking off quantities, preparation of abstract. Units of work and rate analysis. Quantities for excavation, foundations and quantities for load bearing structures. Quantities of RCC and prestressed structures. Quantities for steel structures. Quantities for services-plumbing, water supply sewers, electrical services, air-conditioning and acoustic treatment, lifts, etc. Quantities for land development and access roads. Quantities for landscape work. Measurement of completed works in accordance with practice stipulated by National Building Code.

Rate analysis: Rate analysis of important hems like materials, labour, plant and contractor's profit.

Specifications: Importance of specifications, methods of developing specifications, typical specifications for building items, standard reference.

Group B

Execution of contract: Nature of supervision— periodical/lull lime. Appointment of clerk of works, resident engineer, resident architect. Quality control and workmanship. Powers and duties, appointment of sub­contractor, appointment of specialists and consultants and coordination of their work. Payments, earnest money, security deposits, interim and final bills.

Problems arising out of operation of contract. Extra items, variations. Progress and stages of execution. Termination of contract. Certificate of completion of contract, arbitration, forms and procedures.

Valuation: Introduction—techniques of valuation, elements of valuation and factors affecting valuation. Methods, valuation of landed property and building property, rate of interest for sale, purchase, mortgage, capital gains tax, wealth tax. estate duty and death duty. Compensation—valuation for compensation on acquisition, compensation  under central and state legislation, relevance of Town Planning Act. Types of valuation—valuation for renewal of lease, extension of lease, standard rent, easement rights, dilapidation, insurance, estate development and advice of investment policy. Report—preparation of feasibility report, valuation report, awards, etc.



Group A

Ideas about chain survey, compass survey, plane table survey, levelling and theodolite survey.

Curves: Simple, compound, reverse and transition curves. Vertical curves ior roads and railways. Curve ranging. Setting out curve by offset and by methods of deflection angles. Length of .curve calculation (accessible and inaccessible), curve tables.

Setting out building works.

Building Construction
Component-brick masonry. English and Flemish bonds. Other types of bonds. Solid and hollow blocks. Stone masonry of different types; types of finishes; pointing, plastering and finishes. Timber partition walls, doors, windows, and skylights of timber and metals. Lintels, floor finishes, tiles, Indian patent stones, marble, Shahbad and Tandur tiled flooring.

Floor systems: Beam and slab floors, flat slab, rectangular and diagrid systems, present units, hollow tile flooring, timber flooring, precast floors.
Access: Various types of staircases, ramps, lifts, escalators, emergency exits, bye-law requirements. Principles of barrier-free access to handicapped persons.

Basements: Planning, design and construction of basements, waterproofing, disposal of seepage, security measures in bank vaults, precautions against flooding and fire, groundwater uplift in basements.

Roofs: Study of various types of roofs, steel, timber, and pre-cast trusses, corrugated sheets of steel, aluminium, etc., tiled roofs, RCC roofs, domes and shells.

Finishes: Different types of internal and external finishes, exposed, textured and plastered concrete work, plastering—plain, rough set, textured, fibrous, pebble-dashed, gypsum and plaster of Paris, gunniting, their specialties and appropriate applications. Use of tiles for external finishing and other cladding materials.

Group B

Bricks and tiles - manufacture, types, quality requirements, tests. Stoneware products—manufacture, quality requirements, tests, joints. Limes and cements-types, manufacture, requirements of IBS codes and admixtures. Stones and sand—igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary stones, geologic formations, strengths and tests. Sands and fine aggregate—sieve analysis, requirements for building purposes, BS standards. Rural materials—bamboo, thatch, hay, coir, casurina, palmyra, etc.- their study and uses in rural construction. Stabilized soil construction, innovation and improvements of their characteristics for building purposes- Current trends in the use of mud for house building.

Metals and alloys: Cast iron, mild steel, high tensile steel, special steels, manufacture and requirements of BIS tests. Bar and standard sections. Electrodes, aluminium, brass, copper, bronze, lead, /.inc and gun metal, architectural mix.

Timbers: General properties, common methods of preservation, varieties of timber in common use. Essential requirements for building and furniture work. Tests required by BIS laminates, plywood, joints and methods of joining.

Paints, varnishes and polishes: Purposes, types, choice of paint, cement paints, preparation of surfaces, methods of application.

Insulating materials: Fiberboard, thermocole, asbestos. soft board, suitability for insulation against heat, sound and electricity. Fire resistance, requirements of BIS, methods of fixing.

Plastics: Classification, types, merits and demerits, epoxy, polymer, their engineering and architectural uses, fibre reinforced plastics.
Testing of materials commonly used in building industry.

Building glass: Varieties, thickness.



Group A

Basic requirements: Requirements of building with reference 10 purpose and function, environment, climate, materials and methods of construction.
Design: Marketing centres, offices, clinics, schools, gymnasiums. Block of flats, offices, educational building, departmental stores, libraries, industrial building, recreation centres, laboratories.

Introduction to energy efficient design of buildings.

Group B

Social housing: Housing in relation to national economy housing policies and programmes of the five-year plans; study of various housing schemes such as low income group housing schemes, slum clearance schemes, etc. Housing design and standards, desirable standards for various income groups; climatic considerations in housing design; land sub-divisions and preparation of housing layouts; study of building rules, regulations, bye-laws and codes; plot dimensions and densities.

Based on the above topics, the examination will be held for a period of four hours. The candidate will be expected to produce plan$> elevation, section, etc. on drawing paper with sufficient dimensions to explain the scheme. Perspective view and detailing of interesting portion may be added by him. Emphasis of the problems shall he on the arrangements of various functional areas on the basis of data provided. Presentation techniques, analysis of area requirement, climate. considerations and following important building regulations.



Group A

Soil identification and classification: introduction—soil as a three-phase system. Atterberg limits and indices: weight-volume relationship; particle size analysis; specific gravity.

Physical and mechanical properties: Compaction characteristics; determination of field density; standard and modified Proctor's tests. Permeability and laboratory determination; field pumping tests; effective stress principles; flownets and their applications. Elements of shear strength; study of laboratory direct shear; unconfined compression and iriaxial shear tests. Theory of one-dimensional consolidation; principles of methods of estimation of settlements.

Subsurface investigations: Exploratory borings, depth of exploration; spacing and number of boring; methods of sampling and types of samples; bore logs; core recover)'; rock quality designation; field vane shear test; standard penetration test and its applications; field plate load test and limitations.

Group B

Ultimate bearing capacity of shallow foundations: Concepts of ultimate bearing capacity; important parameters influencing the ultimate bearing capacity; estimation of safe allowable bearing capacity. Plate load test. Elements of combined and raft foundations.

Deep foundations: Classification of piles; bearing capacity of deep foundations; settlement predictions in case of piles in compressible soils. Elements of well foundations. Pile load test and use of relevant BS code.

Improving the soil at site: Different methods of improving soil characteristics at site. Elements of soil stabilization, sand drains and Vibroflotation techniques. Use of geotextiles.



Group A

Clearing of site, diversion of services, planning and execution of temporary works, provision of infrastructural facilities, line out/layout of works.

Foundations: Open foundations, shoring and strutting, pile foundations, various types of piles such as under reamed, cast-in-situ precast, etc., sheet piles, diaphragm wall, problems in water-logged soil, black cotton soil problems, brick and stone masonry in foundations. Raft foundations, machine foundations, use of bentonite, foundations for timber and steel-framed structures, anti-termite treatment ol foundations.

Group B

Load fearing and framed structures: Comparison—mode of action, rigid frames, earthquake resistance, timber, steel and RCC frames. Precast columns and beams. Connections. Bye-law requirements. Design of form work, stationary form work, sliding and slip forms, materials for economical and reusable forms, material storage practices, design, erection and removal of scaffolding. Structural steel construction—shop fabrication, erection, rivetted and welded connections, fire and corrosion protection. RCC and prestressed concrete construction practices, prefabrication and precasting. Joining, detailing, bar bending, schedule and shop drawings, modular co­ordination, standardization, manufacture, storage, transportation and rejection of precast components. Advantages and limitations of ready mixed concrete. Construction equipment—use of tractors, bulldozers, shovels, draglines, cablcwarp and belt conveyors; batching plants, transit mixers and agitator trucks used for ready mixed concrete; concrete pumps, grouting pumps, air compressors, welding equipment, cranes, hoists and other lifting devices, vibrators, water pumps, trolleys, cic. Field tests on materials and finished components, quality control techniques.



Group A

Slopes and deflections in simply supported beams; double integration and moment area methods. Theorem oi moments, fixed and continuous beams. Eccentric loads on short columns. Long columns, secant and empirical formulae. Columns subjected 10 lateral loads. Basic elastic theorems; Castigliano's, Maxwell's, Betti's theorem and Mueller Breslau's principle.

Group B

Deflection of framed structures. Redundant framed structures. Moving loads on simply supported beams. Influence lines for bending moment and shear force in statically determinate beams and forces in members of framed structures. Moment distribution and slope deflection methods. Kani's methods—application to continuous beams and portals. Arches—3 hinged, 2 hinged and fixed. Suspension bridges with stiffening girders.



Group A

Concrete technology: Typos of cement, their manufacture, properties of coarse and fine aggregate and their influence on quality of concrete. Testing method of materials. Grade of concrete; strength requirements and workability methods of selection and proportioning of materials; water cement ratio; introduction to mix design. Destructive and non-destructive methods of testing of concrete. Shrinkage and creep of concrete.

Precast concrete: Requirements of industrialised buildings, standardization of precast elements and unification of building design. Influence of manufacture, transport and erection technologies on design solution; expansion and contraction joints. Joints and connections; classification and their requirements. Advantages and disadvantages of precast concrete construction; different types of units involved in general building construction, including residential, factory and industrial framed structure; their general principles of design; mechanical handling of large projects.

Group B

Prestressed concrete: Historical development, basic concepts of prestressing, materials used and their properties; methods and systems of prestressing. Losses in prestress. Analysis of sections subjected to prestress and external load; genera] principles of design; Kern points, cable profile; choice of sections, principal tension; advantages of prestressed concrete over reinforced concrete. Use of prestressed concrete for long span bridges, hangers, auditoria, etc.



Group A

BS loading: Dead loads, live loads, wind and earthquake loadings.

Steel design: Riveted and welded joints subject to direct loads and moments. Tension and compression members. Plate girders, lattice girders. Columns subject to axial loads and eccentric loads. Gusseted bases and grillages. Design of trusses, elevated tanks, silos, stacks, building frames, highway bridges. Elementary limit design. BS code of practice for steel structure.

Group B

RCC: Slab—singly, 2-way reinforced and flat. Beams-rectangular, T and doubly reinforced. Adhesion, bond anchorage and shear reinforcement. Axially and eccentrically loaded columns. Footings, single and combined, rafts. Design of retaining walls, building frames, water tanks (underground and elevated), bunkers, silos and highway bridges. Elementary ultimate load theory. Prestressed concrete. Principles and practice of prestressing. BS code of practice for RCC.

(Use of relevant BS codes and steel tables allowed in the examination hall.)


Group A

The science of human settlements—subject and its components. Aspects and elements of human settlement. Ekistics units and grid. Study of human settlements-disciplines of human settlements. Methodologies of ekistics.

Perspectives for ekistics: Ekistics analysis—anatomy and physiology of human settlements. Rural and urban settlements.

Group B

Ekistics evolution: Evolution of species, growth of settlement, transformation of settlements, ekistics pathology and diagnostics.

Ekistics theory: Principles and laws of ekistics, laws of development, internal balance and physical characteristics, human needs, forces shaping settlements, ekistics synthesis. Ekistics therapy—ekistics goals, new tasks ahead, ekistics practice.



Group A

Introduction: Evolution of town planning; aims and objectives of urban and rural planning; study of socio-economic and demographic characteristics of villages, towns and cities; their present growth trends and future needs; contemporary planning concepts—Goddes, Howard, Dosciadis, Perry and La-Corbusier.

Planning problems: Identification of planning problems related to land use, distribution and change; communication system; overcrowding; slums, sporadic growth and conurbation; development of satellite towns; urban renewal.

Planning surveys: Importance and techniques of planning surveys; sources of information; analysis of data and use of inferences for working out planning proposals. Planning standards: Formulation of planning standards for land use, density, roads and  various community facilities at local and town levels.

Development plan: Planning process; concept of master plan,  its elements,  preparation  and  implementation; detailed planning proposals for residential neighbourhood.

Regional planning: Concept of regional planning, types of regions and locational factors of settlements. A critical review of regional theories.
Planing-legislation: Review of the development of planning legislations in India, UK and some other countries; detailed study of latest planning of Acts on Housing.

Group B

History and modern trends: Introduction to landscape architecture— its importance for human well-being. Early experiments and development. Integration of buildings and landscape, indoor and outdoor spaces, form, colour and texture.

Landscape planning: Landscape planning of large township and estates. Landscape planning for individual building projects. Landscape planning for public spaces, educational institutions. Site developments by exploiting natural forms. Problems of earthwork, grading of alignments, circulation and utilities.

Plantation: Local plants, materials and adoption for landscaping with reference to behaviours and climate, field identification of a new Indian plants and flowers and study of their ecological characteristics.

Environmental design: Application of principles of architecture and landscape for environmental design of projects.



Group A

Effect of climate on men, shelter and environment; conditions for human comfort.

Macro climate and micro climate. Effect of topography on climate. Solar control, standard time, local time, altitude. Declination of sun, sunpath with diagrams. Shading devices for under and overheated periods. Shading effect of trees and vegetation. Use of heliedon and Gunner Pligeis sun-dial in the analysis of problems.

Group B

Air flow patterns inside the building. Effect of winds on layouts. Thermal effect on building materials, heat transfer coefficients of different materials. Protective devices for buildings against heavy monsoons. Regional approach of principles of climatology to the design of buildings with respect to site selection.

Town structures, public spaces, orientation, colour positions of windows, types of walls and roofs.



Group A

Concept of word 'profession'. Difference between profession, business and trade.

Tender documents: Special and general conditions of contract. Types of tenders, their merits and demerits, invitation of tenders, procedure for opening and scrutiny of tenders. Selection and report to client. Contract—legal definition, work order.

Building bye-laws: Building rules and regulations applicable to important metropolitan centres, approval of sites—area, height and ventilation for rooms, open space around buildings, height of buildings, parking, structural requirements, etc. Use of National Building Code of BIS.

Easements and covenants and land acquisition: Indian Easement Act. Natural light and easements in respect of air, light, water, etc. Acquisition of loss of easements. Land Acquisition Act, purpose of acquisition, claim report for acquisition, awards and reference to courts. Property extracts, Urban Land Ceiling Act—introduction of main provisions.

Group B

Insurance: Insurance policy, duties of architect, fire loss assessment, insurable value of property, insurance of constructions, insurance of design, worker's compensation.

Arbitration: Introduction—arbitration, arbitrators, umpire, nature of arbitration, conduct, powers and duties of arbitration and umpire. Procedure—procedure for arbitration, preparation and publication of awards, impeachment. Claims—fire insurance and arbitration of insurable value, claims and damages.

Injunctions: Easements and its definition, features of easements, interim, permanent and mandatory injunctions.

Architect's office: Office setup and administration. Filing and recording of drawings. Nature of partnership, registration of firm and dissolution. Procedure and conduct—membership of professional bodies. Architects Registration Act. Code of professional conduct. Code of architectural competition. Architectural services—normal, additional, special and partial. Scale of fee and mode of payment. Claiming of fee. Architects Act of Registration of 1972, copyright of drawings.


Group A

Designing of one live project: Design of a proposed project. The project should include physical survey of site, analysis and formulation of requirements, climatic study of site, circulation diagram, local architectural history and character, local materials, planning process, structural analysis, quantity surveying and specifications, construction method, landscaping, model.

Group B

Optional services: Sanitation, water supply, sewage disposal, acoustics, air-conditioning, heating, ventilation, fire-fighting, electrical supply.



Group A

Free-hand sketching, basic colour chart, analysis and study of colour, study of two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms of plan, section, elevation.

Group B

Furniture study and design, study of building materials, perspectives and rendering. Interior layout, furnishings, presentation of interior design.



Group A

Introduction: point plotting, line drawing, raster graphics and vector displays—two-dimensional transformations. Clipping, windowing—graphic input devices and input techniques-graphic packages, segmented display files, geometric models, and picture structures.

Group B

Three dimensional graphics - curves and surfaces-transformations, perspective—hidden surface elimination—device independent graphic systems.


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