GATE Preparation Books – Best Books for GATE Preparation 2024

21 January, 2024
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Selecting the correct GATE preparation books for your prep is very important as this plays a crucial role in your exam preparation journey. Each year, lakhs of engineering students graduate from universities and colleges across India. The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) tests students’ knowledge of various engineering concepts to set a benchmark for future engineers.

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GATE is also one of the popular exams for which many candidates apply. With the level of competition, it is essential to score well. Candidates rely heavily on books to prepare for exams. Hence, knowing the correct textbooks for each subject is necessary to select the best one and prepare accordingly. 

By doing so, candidates will better understand the syllabus, practice well, and score better marks. The best book for the GATE exam is not available. However, it also depends on various factors like your level of preparation, the subject, and the topics you need to pay more attention to.

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Top GATE preparation books for – (CH, CSE, CE, AG, ME, CE, PI, GG and ECE)


Best GATE Books for CSE (Computer Science Engineering)


Below is the list of books based on the topics according to the subjects in the GATE Syllabus for candidates looking for revision material.


Topic-wise list of GATE Preparation books for Computer Science 


Below is the topic-wise list of GATE preparation books for Computer Science, which will help candidates to ace the exam. 



Topic Name of the Book Author 
AlgorithmIntroduction to AlgorithmThomas H. Cormen
Theory of ComputationAn Introduction to Formal Languages and AutomataPeter Linz
Computer Organization and ArchitectureComputer Organization and ArchitectureWilliam Stallings
Operating SystemOperating System ConceptsGalvin
Computer NetworksComputer NetworksAndrew S. Tanenbaum and David J. Wetherall
Networks by FourozonFourozon
Database Management SystemsDatabase System ConceptsHenry Korth
Discrete MathematicsDiscrete Mathematics and its ApplicationsKenneth. H. Rosen
Digital Logic and Number RepresentationLogic and Computer Design FundamentalsMorris Mano


Books for GATE Chemical Engineering 


The GATE exam Preparation books for Chemical Engineering (CH) will help candidates secure high marks in Chemical Engineering and help them to obtain good results. Below is the list of reference books for GATE Chemical Engineering. 


Name of the Book Author
Chemical Engineering For GATE Principles Solved Problems & Objective Type QuestionsRam Prasad
An Insight into Chemical EngineeringM. Subbu
Heat TransferJP Holman
Essentials of Chemical Reaction EngineeringFogler
Principles of Mass Transfer and Separation ProcessesBK Dutta
Introduction to Chemical Engineering ThermodynamicsJM Smith
Unit Operations of Chemical EngineeringMcCabe – FPM and MO
An Insight into Chemical EngineeringM. Subbu


Best books to prepare for GATE- Chemical Engineering- Topicwise 


Section Important Topic Books and Authors 
  1. Engineering Mathematics 
  • Eigen Values & Eigenvectors 
  • Rank of Matrix 
  • Limit Continuity 
  • Differential Equations 
  • Laplace Equation 
  • Probability, Mean, Median 
  • Numerical Solution of Differential Equations 
BS Grewal 
  1. Chemical Engineering for GATE 
  • Classification of Chemical Reactions 
  • Design of Isothermal

Ideal Reactors 

  • Design of Non-Isothermal IDEAL reactors 
  • Introduction to Heterogenous Reactions System 
  • Solid Catalysed Reactions  
Ram Prasad
  1. Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering 
David. M. Himmelblau 
  1. Thermodynamics 
  • The first law of Thermodynamics
  • The second law of Thermodynamics 
  • Principles of Entropy
  • Properties of Pure Substances
  • Chemical Reaction Equilibrium 
  • Solutions Thermodynamics 
  1. A Textbook of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics- K.V. Narayanan 
  2. An Introduction to Chemical Engineering- JM. Smith, H.C. VanNess, M.M. Abbott
5. Fluid Mechanics 
  • Properties of Fluid 
  • Fluid Kinematics & Fluid Dynamics 
  • Application of Bernoulli’s Equations 
  • Flow Meters
  • Flow through Pipes
  • Fluid Machinery
  • Characterisation of Particulates
  • Screen Analysis 
  • Fluidisation 
  • Size Reduction

Equipment & Laws of Size Reduction 

  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (English)

7th Edition (Paperback) by Yunus. A. Cengel, 

John .M. Cimbala 

  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics- Fox and Mc Donald 
6. Mechanical Operation
  1. Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering – Warren McCabe, Julian Smith, Peter Harriott
  2. Mechanical Operation For Chemical Engineering by Narayanan C. M. & Bhattacharyya B. C
7. Heat Transfer
  • Modes of Heat Transfer

Conduction & Convection in Fins

  • Temperature Distribution in Slab/ Cylinder/ Sphere
  • Convective Heat Transfer & Application of Newton’s Cooling Law
  • Radiation Heat Transfer
  • Boiling & Condensation
  • Design of Heat-Exchanging Equipment
  • Heat Transfer through the Pipe
  1. Heat Transfer – Binay.K.Dutta
  2. Heat Transfer – Jack Philip Holman
8. Mass Transfer
  • Types of Mass Transfer
  • Interphase Mass Transfer
  • Mass Transfer Equipment
  • Mass Transfer Operations
  • Design of Mass Transfer Equipment
  • HTU & NTU Concepts
  1. Mass Transport Phenomena – Christie J. Geankoplis
  2. Mass Transfer Operations – Robert E. Treybal
9. Chemical Reaction


  1. Chemical Reaction Engineering – Fogler & Gurmen
  2. Chemical Reaction Engineering – Octave Levenspiel
10. Process Dynamics and Control
  • Introduction to Laplace to Solve Differential Equations
  • Types of System
  • Transfer Functions
  • Responses of Systems for Different Types of Input Functions
  • Open Loop and Closed Loop System
  • Servo and Regulator Problems
  • Types of Feedback Controller
  • Design of Feedback & Feed Forward Control System
  • Tuning of Control Parameters
  1. Process Systems Analysis and Control – Donald R. Coughanowr & Steven E. LeBlanc
11. Chemical Process Control
  • Basic Chemical Calculations
  • Material Balance with and without Chemical Reaction
  • Recycle and Bypass Operations
  • Energy Balance
  • Combustions Calculation
  1. An Introduction To Theory And Practice – Stephanopoulos. G
  2. Process dynamics and control – Seborg, D.E., Edgar, T.F. and Mellichamp, D.A
  3. Plant design and Economics – Peters M. S. and Timmerhaus K. D
12. Chemical Technology
  • Fertilizer Industries
  • Sugar Industries
  • Paper & Pulp Industries
  • Petrochemical
  • Polymer
  1. Dryden’s Outlines of Chemical Technology by Gopala Rao M. and Marshall S
13. Transport Phenomena
  1. R. Byron Bird, Warren E. Stewart, Edwin N. Lightfoot

GATE Books for Agricultural Engineering (AG) 

Below is the list of GATE preparation books for Agricultural Engineering (AG):


Book Name Author 
Handbook of Agriculture: Facts and Figures for Farmers, Students and All Interested in Farming Indian Council of Agricultural Research 
Principles of Agricultural Engineering Volume-1T. P. Ojha
Tractors and Their Power UnitsJohn B. Liljedahl
Soil And Water Conservation EngineeringR Suresh
IrrigationA M Michael
Irrigation EngineeringN. N. Basak
Concepts and Applications in Agricultural EngineeringMahendra Kumar Mohanty, Nikunja Bihari Dash
Fundamentals Of Food EngineeringD. G Rao


Books for GATE -Civil Engineering (CE) Exam 2024


The best GATE exam preparation books for Civil Engineering should be preferred by students when preparing for the GATE Civil Engineering paper. In the CE books, aspirants will find clear statistics and data to assist them in their exams. 


Below is the list of GATE Civil Engineering books listed in tabular form: 


Topic Book Name Author 
Strength of MaterialsStrength of Materials (Edition 2)U.C Jindal
Structural AnalysisFundamental Structural Analysis (Edition 3)C.S.Reddy
R.C.C. DesignRCC Designs (Reinforced Concrete Structures) (Edition 3)BC.Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Jain
Design Of Steel StructuresDesign Of Steel Structures (Edition 3)SK Duggal
Environmental EngineeringWater Supply Engineering(Environmental Engineering Vol.1) (Edition 28)S.K Duggal
Sewage Disposal and Air Pollution Engineering( Environmental Engineering Vol. 2) (Edition 3)S.K Duggal
Soil Mechanics & Foundation EngineeringBasics and Applied Soil Mechanics (Edition 2)Gopal Ranjan, A.S.R.Rao
Fluid Mechanics & Fluid MachinesHydraulics and Fluid Mechanics (Edition 14)Dr P.N.Modi, Dr S.M Seth
Highway EngineeringHighway EngineeringS.K.Khanna, C.E.G.Justo
SurveyingSurveying (vol. 1,2,3)BC. Punia, Askok Jain, Arun Jain
Engineering HydrologyEngineering Hydrology (Edition 4)K Subramanya
Irrigation EngineeringIrrigation Engineering and Hydraulic Structures (Edition 1)S.K Garg
Engineering MathematicsHigher Engineering Mathematics (Edition 43)B.S. Grewal
AptitudeA Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (Edition: Revised)R.S. Aggarwal


GATE Books for Electrical Engineering (EE)


Below are the GATE preparation books for Electrical Engineering (EE): 


Sections Books 
Engineering MathematicsAdvanced Engineering Mathematics by E. Kreyszig
Electric CircuitsTransient Analysis Of Electric Power Circuits by Arieh L Shenkmann

Circuit Theory: Analysis & Synthesis by Abhijit Chakrabarti

Electromagnetic FieldsElements of Electromagnetics by Mathew N. O. SADIKU

Engineering Electromagnetics by William H. Hayt

Signals and SystemsSignals and Systems by Oppenheim and Wilsky

Signals and Systems by Nagoor Kani

Electrical MachinesElectrical Machinery by P.S Bimbhra
Power SystemsPower Systems Engineering by Nagrath and Kothari

Power Systems by JB Guptha & CL Wadhwa

Control SystemsControl Systems Engineering by Nagrath and Gopal
Electrical and Electronic MeasurementsElectrical and Electronic Measurement and Instrumentation by AK Sawhney
Analog and Digital ElectronicsElectronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Boylestad

Digital Design by M.Morris Mano

Integrated Electronics: Analog And Digital Circuits And Systems by Christos C. Halkias, Chetan D. Parikh Jacob Millman

Power ElectronicsPower Electronics by MH Rashid

Power Electronics by P.S.Bimbhra


GATE Books – Geology and Geophysics (GG)


Book Name  Author 
A Textbook of GeologyG. B. Mahapatra
Principles Of Engineering GeologyK M Bangar
Engineering And General GeologyParbin Singh
Engineering GeologyR. Nagarajan , A. Parthasarathy , V. Panchapakesan
Text Book of Physical GeologyG B Mahapatra
Structural GeologyMarland P Billings
Economic GeologyUmeshwar Prasad
Principles of GeomorphologyW.D. Thornbury
Principles of PetrologyG W Tyrrell
Dana’s Textbook of MineralogyWilliam E. Ford
Quantitative Geophysics and GeologyLouis Lliboutry
Fundamentals of GeophysicsWilliam Lowrie
Solved Problems in GeophysicsElisa Buforn, Carmen Pro, Agustn Udas

GATE Books – Mechanical Engineering (ME)


GATE exam preparation books for Mechanical Engineering are candidates’ most preferred study material for revising the subjects thoroughly. Using them is the best way to prepare for the exams. 


Topics Name of the books Author 
ThermodynamicsEngineering ThermodynamicsP K Nag
Thermodynamics: An Engineering ApproachYunus A Cengel
ManufacturingProduction Technology: Manufacturing Processes, Technology and AutomationR.K. Jain
Material ScienceMaterial Science and MetallurgyU C Jindal
Industrial EngineeringIndustrial Engineering and ManagementO.P. Khanna
Heat TransferFundamentals of Engineering Heat and Mass TransferR C Sachdeva
Machine TheoryThe Theory of MachinesS S Ratan
Engineering MechanicsEngineering Mechanics- New Age InternationalS S Bhavikatti
Higher Engineering MathematicsB S Grewal
VibrationsMechanical VibrationsG K Grover
Material StrengthStrength of MaterialsJames M Gere, Stephen P Timoshenko
AptitudeA Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal


GATE Books- Production and Industrial Control (PI)


Name of the Book Name of the Author 
Fluid Mechanics and MachineryModi & Seth
IC engineMathur Sharma
Machine DesignVB Bhandari
ProductionS K Mondal Notes

Swadesh Singh

Strength of MaterialSadhu Singh
ThermodynamicsP.K Nag
Theory of MachineSS Ratan

GATE Books for Electronics and Telecommunications


The candidates who aim to score high marks in the GATE Exam can refer to these GATE exam preparation Books for Electronics and Telecommunications:


Subjects GATE Books for ECE 
Engineering Mathematics 
  • Higher Engineering Mathematics- Dr B.S. Grewal 
  • Engineering Mathematics- Erwin Kreyszig 
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics- Dr HK Dass 
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics by R.K. Jain and S.R.K. Iyengar 
General Aptitude 
  • Quantitative Aptitude – R.S. Agarwal
  • Logical Reasoning- R.S. Agarwal 
  • Objective English- Hari Mohan Prasad 
  • Quantitative Aptitude by CAT by Arun Sharma 
Network Theory
  • Network Theory by Alexander Sadiku 
  • Circuit Theory by A. Chakraborty
  • Network Analysis by Van Valkenburg
  • Engineering Circuit Analysis- De Carlo/Lin
Electronic Devices 
  • Integrated Electronics: Jacob Millman & Christos C. Halkias 
  • Solid State Electronic Devices- Ben Streetman and Sanjay Banerjee
  • Semiconductor Devices- S.M. Sze
  • DC Analysis of MOS Transistor – Tsivid 
Analog Circuits 
  • Micro Electronics Circuit- Sedra & Smith 
  • Linear ICs – Gaekwad 
  • Analog Electronics, Electronics Devices and Circuits- Donald A Neaman 
  • Electronics Devices and circuits – Donald A Neaman 
  • Electronics Devices and Circuit Theory by Robert L Boylestad & Nasheksky 
  • Pulse and Digital Electronics by Millman and Taub 
Digital Circuits 
  • Digital Electronics- Morris Mano 
  • Microprocessor Architecture, Programming and Applications with the 8085- Ramesh Gaonker 
  • Digital Electronic Principles and Applications by Ronald J Toccii, Pearson Publications 
  • Digital Circuits and Design by Salivahanan 
  • Fundamentals of digital systems by Anandkumar 
  • Digital Logic and Computer Design by M.Morris Mano
System & Signal 
  • Signals & Systems by Alan V. Oppenheim 
  • Modern Digital and Analog Communication System by BP Lathi 
  • Digital Signal Processing by S.K. Mitra 
  • Signals and System- Oppenheim & Schafer 
  • Signals & System- Proakis 
  • Signals & System- Schaum Series- H.P. Hsu 
Control System 
  • Automatic Control Systems – Benjamin C Kuo 
  • Modern Control System- Katsuhiko Ogata 
  • Control Systems Engineering by Norma Nise 
  • Control Systems by Nagarath and Gopal 
  • NTPEL Video Lectures by M. Gopal 
  • Analog and Digital Communication System by Simon Haykin 
  • Principles of Communication System by Taub & Schillings 
  • Modern Digital and Analog Communications System by BP Lathi 
  • Electronic Communication Systems by Kennedy and Davis 
  • Elements of Electromagnetics by Matthew N.O. Sadku Network Lines and Fields by JD. Ryder (Transmission lines part)
  • Electromagnetic Waves and Radiating Systems by Jotdon and Balmain 
  • Antenna Theory by Balanis 
  • NPTEL Lectures by Prof. R. Shevgaonkar 
  • Engineering Electromagnetics- William Hayt 
  • Schaum’s Outline of Electromagnetics – Joseph A Edminister 
  • Antenna and Wave Propagation – KD Prasad 
MCQ Books 
  • GATE ECE by R.K Kanodia 

GATE Preparation Books for other papers 

The candidates can refer to other books depending on their niche. Below are the GATE preparation books for other papers:


Papers GATE Books 
Bio-Technology Lehning M Prescott, Eldon John, Lehninger 
Information Technology GATE 2022 Last Year Papers 
Paint Technology PK Nag 
Marine Engineering RK Rajput, RK Bansal 
Instrumentation & ControlNatesan, Mukherjee & Chakrawarthy
Chemical EngineeringCengel & Boles
Oil EngineeringRK Bansal, RK Rajput
ArchitectureThe Road Ahead, GATE Architecture
Geology and GeophysicsComplete Master Guide GATE – Amresh Singh


GATE Mining Engineering Elements of Mining Technology- By Deshmukh 
GATE Statistics Engineering Miller and Freund’s Probability and Statistics For Engineers – By Pearson
GATE Textile Engineering And Fibre ScienceTextile Processing and Properties – By Vigo TL Vigo Vigo
GATE Production and Industrial EngineeringGATE 2020 – Guide – Production and Industrial Engineering – By GKP
GATE Geology & GeophysicsEngineering and General Geology – By Parbin Singh
GATE Ecology & EvolutionGames of Life: Explorations in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior – By Karl Sigmund, Dover Publications
GATE Architecture and Planning BooksArchitect’s Guidebook For Competitive Exams – By Ar. Swapnil Vidhate
GATE Physics SyllabusChapterwise Solved Papers Physics GATE 2020 – By Vijay Kumar
GATE Chemistry SyllabusChapterwise Solved Papers Chemistry GATE 2020 – By Sanjay Saxena & Preeti Gupta
GATE Mathematics SyllabusChapterwise Solved Papers Mathematics GATE – 2020 – By Suraj Singh, Arihant Publication
GATE Biomedical EngineeringFundamentals of Biomedical Engineering – By G.S Sawhney


How to Choose the Right GATE 2024 Preparation Books


When selecting GATE books for preparation, candidates should consider the following factors:


  1. Easy to understand: The GATE books are easy to read and understand for candidates. By explaining concepts simply, they can understand without relying on technical terms. Candidates can gain a deep understanding of the topics by doing this.
  2. Accurate information: The GATE books contain precise details on the topics and chapters in the GATE syllabus. Candidates should not use books that provide misleading information.
  3. Keep your language simple: During preparation, the candidates should use books that are simple in language. Fancy words in GATE 2024 preparation books will confuse candidates and prevent them from understanding basic concepts.


4. Pictorial Representations: Diagrams in textbooks to aid topics and manner increase candidates’ chances of remembering what they have studied. Using fewer technical terms will help the candidates understand and allow them to understand the topic more deeply.


FAQs on GATE Preparation Books


1. There are so many GATE reference books available. What should I choose?

The best way to discuss what books to choose is to speak to your mentor or senior. Their practical approach and experience will help you find the right book. It is essential to select an easily understandable text. 


2. How many GATE preparation books should one refer to for each subject? 


Select a book and discuss it with your teacher. Three books are sufficient, depending on the subject. The individual can refer to many books if they still have doubts, but don’t let it grow so large that it creates confusion in the mind.  

3. Are standard books sufficient for GATE?

The only way you will benefit from reading standard books is if you read the topics that are required on the exam syllabus. The standard books are not GATE-based and therefore contain unnecessary concepts and theories. Accordingly, students should conduct directed studies that focus on the syllabus.


4. What do the GATE preparation books contain besides questions? 

The students will notice that a comment or note accompanies every topic. It is essential to read this note carefully as it contains important information. Additionally, there are some preparation questions at the back of the book. 

5. Which book is recommended for architecture and planning subject preparation?


Architects Guidebook for competitive exams-By Ar. Swapnil Vidhate is the recommended book for architecture and planning subject preparation. 

6. Which book is most recommended for Biotechnology engineering students?

The biotechnology book by Lehning M Prescott, Eidon John, and Lehninger is the most recommended book for biotechnology engineering.