Urban Planning Profession

School Students

This section is primarily focused on the school students who are exploring various career options and wish to explore about the Urban Planning profession. The information and resources provided under this section will aim at providing an overview and introduction, admission process, some information about the course such as subjects and curriculum, future prospects and the challenges faced. It will help you in deciding if this profession catches your interest so that you can compare it with the other options you might be considering.

Architects, Civil Engineers, Sociologists, Geographers and others

It will also be helpful for those who are planning to shift from their existing fields and exploring the option of doing M.Plan. Both the groups will be benefitted with the contents of this section and as well as that of school students section (provided above), so as to gain clarity on what to expect and how to proceed.

Understanding and exploring various career options available to pursue after school becomes a cumbersome process many a times with so many things going simultaneously in life. With huge number of options available in today’s world, getting informal suggestions and advices often adds up to the problem rather than helping and thus, authentic and reliable information from the field professionals becomes most important as this decision has a major stake in deciding your future.

We at Planning Tank fuelled by passion to create awareness about the Planning profession, a profession of utmost importance, yet least explored. Therefore, here are some answers and link of relevant resources to guide you through this journey of decision making. You can watch the video below to understand the basics about planning and continue exploring more about planning in this article below:


Q) Who are Urban Planners and what do they do?

Urban Planners are person in charge of planning out the city before it is even built. They decide where to place certain establishments, how wide the streets and roads should be, how much space shall be allocated for homes or businesses. They make sure that schools are not placed near activities such as bars, banquet halls or markets that could distract students from their studies. It is the job of urban planners to make sure that the city functions well, looks nice and artistic.

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Q) Why you never heard of Urban Planning before?

Urban planning education started with the initiation of a master-level programme in SPA, Delhi in the early 1950s followed by other institutions. While the origins of Urban Planning in India can be traced to the planned towns of Mohenjodaro and Harappa belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization as early as 2500 BC, town planning as an approved programme was notified under AICTE Act 1987. Though this technical field still remains largely unknown by the people, it is slowly gaining popularity over time. For details continue reading on our article B. Planning Course in India – Exam, Subjects, Jobs, Future Prospects.

Q) What are the Key difference between B. Arch and B. Planning?

B. Arch is of 5 year duration whereas B.Planning is a 4 year program. The work nature is different for both B. Arch graduate and B. Planning graduates. B. Arch is basically designing and learning about spaces limited to individuals. B plan is studying and designing spaces confined to a large areas, like a city, town and lots of infrastructure, environment, regional criteria a are involved in this.

It is a 4 year undergraduate course involving ultimate planning techniques, provide better understanding of policies and ultimately making policies & master plan which helps in improving the living condition in a place. An architect is basically a professional who deals with the design and construction of buildings. His job requires a great accuracy as even a small variation in his design can lead to complex situations. A planner deals with the planning that is a must for certain human settlements. Without city planners, cities efficient cities can’t be designed.

Q) Role of Urban Planners in Government Sector, Private Sector & NGOs

Urban Planning jobs vary widely in a number of private, government and non – government organizations. As a government urban planner, many tasks can be undertaken under ongoing programmes, mission or schemes like Swachh Bharat Mission, Smart city mission etc. Private sector planners tend to work in consulting firms on a project or as research assistants. In NGOs, planners get the opportunity to work on various aspects including WASH sector and so on. Further reading – Urban Planning Job Description & Titles

Q) Colleges offering Urban Planning education in India

Urban Planning or Town Planning in India is offered by a number of colleges which are affiliated to the Institute of Town Planners of India (ITPI). AICTE provides approval for town planning educational institutions as per prescribed procedures and rules on the sanctioned intake capacity, land area requirements, infrastructural requirements, teacher-student ratio, nomenclatures, etc. A comprehensive list of Urban Planning Colleges in India.

Q) Eligibility criteria and admission process for B. Plan

Bachelor of Planning or Bachelor of Technology- Planning is an undergraduate programme with a duration of four years. Its eligibility requires passing 10+2 examination (with Maths as a mandatory subject) and obtaining at least 45% marks in the qualifying examination. Intake capacity per division is 40 with 1:16 as faculty to student ratio.

National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts examination for B. Planning admission through JEE (until 2019, B.Plan and B. Arch had a common exam) Students appearing have now an option to appear for all three tests, i.e., Paper 1 for B.Tech or Paper 2 for B.Arch, and Paper 3 for B.Planning, or any two, or one paper, as per their choice. You can continue reading more about eligibility and admission process for B. Plan Admissions at School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), Delhi [2021] or the JEE Main – B.Planning Exam.

Q) How much do you get paid as an Urban Planner?

As a graduate after B.Plan, your salary could be anywhere between 3-5 LPA whereas for a post graduate with an M.Plan degree, you could get offers in range of 4.5-10 LPA. Offers higher than these are mostly either from the management consultancy firms or short-term contract-based positions where deployment is based on some priority project being taken up or wherein the no. of hours, you’ll be required to put in are way more than the standard working hours. For more details, reviews and opinion from students and experts, please check – The Market Value of a B.Planner in India, and for a brief information about undergraduate and post graduate planners please check –  Market Value of an Urban Planner in India.

Q) Options available after completing undergraduate course

After graduating from Bachelor of Planning, you can either pursue higher studies in the field of planning or other related fields or go for jobs which vary widely in a number of private, government and non – government organizations. You may get a job with your undergraduate degree but you can increase this chance to a higher level by completing a master’s degree. This, in fact, gives you an edge over others.

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Q) Planning Education and Practice outside India  

Studying abroad can be a very different experience especially in University life. Although it might take some time to adjust to a new culture and a new type of lifestyle including change of food etc., it can be an amazing experience to study abroad. You get to meet so many people of different cultures and races and the world becomes a bit smaller as you meet people and have friends from around the world.