M.Plan Admissions at School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), Delhi [2021]

Master of Planning

If the Planning subject interests you and you wish to get specialized in this field, then Master of Planning is the perfect call for you. School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi offers a number of PG programmes in the field of Planning which is a two-year full-time course. While students with Bachelor’s degree in Planning can definitely opt for Master’s in the same field, students from other backgrounds can apply for M.Planning courses as well.

You just need to ensure that you fulfil the eligibility criteria of the respective department you wish to get into and then look out for other selection indicators (common for all) to maximize your chances of selection. In this write up, focus has been laid on explaining the admission procedure for Master of Planning courses in SPA, Delhi.

Application and Selection Process


Students from various fields other than Planning are eligible to apply for Master of Planning. Different departments have their own eligibility criteria and the number of seats available varies across different departments. So, as soon as you confirm your eligibility for a particular PG program, start working on the other measures as well because there is a cut throat competition among large number of applicants due to limited number of seats. Following table comprises of the information regarding the same.

M.Plan courses eligibility

Also Read: Why You Should Consider a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning

Application Procedure

  • Mode of application is online
  • Candidates are required to fill the application form available online on the official website
  • Application fee for PG programme is Rs 2500
  • After the candidate has paid the application fee and submitted the online form, he/she will be informed of subsequent rounds through e-mail (if other rounds take place) or a list of selected candidates is displayed on the website

An official notice is put up every year on the official website and newspapers during the admission time which has all the information regarding important dates related to admission. Just keep an eye on the important events and their respective dates so that you do not miss anything.

Selection Process

A cumulative score obtained from the five areas mentioned below is generally used to draw up a merit list, based on which candidates are granted admission into the PG courses.

  • Performance in the qualifying examination [GATE (AR)]
  • Portfolio of work
  • Interview and/ or written test*
  • Interest and motivation for the chosen study [Statement of Purpose (SOP) as mentioned in application form]
  • Work Experience

*Interview and written test were cancelled for Admissions 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid situation while other four criteria were considered.

About the qualifying exam: GATE (AR)

To get into the Master’s Programme (Planning) of SPA, Delhi, you need to appear for GATE (AR) exam. GATE Architecture is an exam which tests the students in all theoretical and analytical aspects of subjects related to Architecture and Planning. Now, you might think ‘Why shall I study Architectural concepts for getting into a Master’s programme of Planning?’ Well, the sad part is that in order to get into a good college like SPA, you’ll have to work hard and learn architectural things for once (even if they make no sense and might be no help to you in the future) to clear the exam.

An important thing to note is that appearing for GATE (AR) exam and clearing it are not compulsory and it’s not that only a GATE scholar can get into the Master’s programme. However, similar to the other criteria for admission, GATE score (or rank) holds a heavy weightage and thus enhances your chances of getting selected.

PG Scholarships

Another advantage of clearing the qualifying exam is that it makes you eligible for PG scholarship. GATE qualified students who have a valid score card, are eligible for a scholarship amount of Rs. 12,400 per month for a time period of two years.

Fee Structure

Fee structure varies for students belonging to India, foreign and other SAARC countries. The table below mentions the fee structure for Indian Nationals only. More information can be accessed on the official website of SPA, Delhi.

Fee Structure of PG course as of year 2021-22

*This is for Indian Nationals only

*This fee includes Tuition Fee and Other Charges

1st Year, 1st Semester

Open General/ OBC/ EWS/ PwD Category Rs. 79,000 per semester
SC/ ST Category Rs. 56, 500 per semester
(This includes 20,000 refundable deposit)

1st Year, 2nd Semester onwards

Open General/ OBC/ EWS/ PwD Category Rs. 47,600 per semester
SC/ ST Category Rs. 27,600 per semester

Related: http://spa.ac.in/