List of important books for cracking GATE & for GATE preparation [All Specializations]


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GATE - Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is one of the most popular entrance exam for engineers to get admission to M.Tech and also to jobs in Public Sector Units (PSUs).
Here, we are sharing list of important books for each engineering specialization for GATE aspirants.

GATE Computer Science Books: Best books for GATE Computer Science are:

  1. Mathematical Logic: Discrete Mathematics by Tremblay Manohar, Probability , statistics and queuing theory " by S.C.Gupta & V.K.Kapoor
  2. Graph Theory: Narsingh Deo
  3. Linear Algebra: Higher Engineering Mathematics by B.S. Grewal
  4. Numerical Methods: S.S. Sastry
  5. Formal Language and Automata Theory: Formal Languages and Automata theory", J.D.Ullman etal
  6. Analysis of Algorithms and Computational Complexity: Introduction to algorithms" - Cormen etal " Computer Algorithms" - Horowitz and Sahani
  7. Digital Logic: " Digital Logic circuits and Design " by Morris Mano
  8. Computer Organization: " Computer Organisation " by Morris Mano
  9. " Multiple choice questions " - Timothy . J . Williams, TMH publications
  10. “Gate Question Papers” - G.K.Publishers

Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) Gate books
: Important books for Electronics students are as follows:

  1. Engineering Mathematics for GATE: GATE Engineering Mathematics, by Kanodia
  2. Analog Circuit Integrated Electronics: Millman and Halkies
  3. Microelectronics Circuits with solution Manual: Sedra & Smith
  4. Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory: Robert L Bovlestad
  5. Electromagnetic Theory Engineering Electromagnetics: William Havt
  6. Communication System: Simon Hawkins
  7. Principle of Communication System: Taub & Schillings

GATE Mechanical Engineering Books:

  1. Engineering Thermodynamics : PK Nag
  2. IC Engine: ML Mathur and RP Sharma
  3. Gas Turbine and Propulsive Systems: PR Khajuria & SP Dubey
  4. Fluid Mechanics: Modi & Seth, RK Bansal
  5. Compressible Flow: SM Yahya
  6. Heat and Mass Transfer: JP Hollman, RC Sachdeva
  7. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning: CP Arora, Domkundwar
  8. Fluid Machinery: Jagdish Lal, RK Bansal
  9. Theory of Machines: RS Khurmi, Malik & Ghosh
  10. Mechanical Vibration : Grover
  11. Machine Design: Shigley, VB Bhandari
  12. Material Science: WD Callister, IP Singh
  13. Production Engineering: Kalpkjian Schmid, Amitabh Ghosh & AK Malik
  14. Industrial Engineering: O P Khanna, Buffa & Sarin
  15. Operations Research: Kanti Swarup
  16. Strength of Materials: Gere & Timoshenko, BC unamia, Sadhu Singh
Electrical Engineering Gate Books: Since you are from EEE try to refer standard books of Mathematics and your core subjects right from the first year. Start preparing from the fundamentals i.e. Electrical Circuit Analysis (ECA).

For the Engineering Mathematics you can prefer

  • Higher Engineering Mathematics: Dr. B. S. Grewal.
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics: Erwin Kreyszig.
  • GATE Engineering Mathematics: Kanodia.

For CORE Subjects

  • Electrical Machines: J.B Gupta
  • Signal and Systems: Simon Haykin
  • Control System Engg: Nagrath and Gopal
  • Electric Circuits and Fields: N.C Jagan
  • Electrical and Electronic Measurements: A.K.Sawhney
  • Power Electronics: R.S.Bimbhra
  • Electrical and Electronic Measurements: R.P.Jain

Prepare a proper time table and the topics you need to cover in a day. Only proper planning will make you clear GATE with good marks. Most of these books come with complete exercise problems and important notes.

In addition, note that there are many books in the market but we have provided you the names of best and most popular books to crack GATE. At the end though, it’s your effort which matters.

All the best.