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GATE Preparation Books – Best Books for GATE 2024

21 January, 2024 By Artika Shah, IMS India

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 
Algorithm Introduction to Algorithm Thomas H. Cormen
Theory of Computation An Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata Peter Linz
Computer Organization and Architecture Computer Organization and Architecture William Stallings
Operating System Operating System Concepts Galvin
Computer Networks Computer Networks Andrew S. Tanenbaum and David J. Wetherall
Networks by Fourozon Fourozon
Database Management Systems Database System Concepts Henry Korth
Discrete Mathematics Discrete Mathematics and its Applications Kenneth. H. Rosen
Digital Logic and Number Representation Logic and Computer Design Fundamentals Morris 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 Questions Ram Prasad
An Insight into Chemical Engineering M. Subbu
Heat Transfer JP Holman
Essentials of Chemical Reaction Engineering Fogler
Principles of Mass Transfer and Separation Processes BK Dutta
Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics JM Smith
Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering McCabe – FPM and MO
An Insight into Chemical Engineering M. 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-1 T. P. Ojha
Tractors and Their Power Units John B. Liljedahl
Soil And Water Conservation Engineering R Suresh
Irrigation A M Michael
Irrigation Engineering N. N. Basak
Concepts and Applications in Agricultural Engineering Mahendra Kumar Mohanty, Nikunja Bihari Dash
Fundamentals Of Food Engineering D. 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 Materials Strength of Materials (Edition 2) U.C Jindal
Structural Analysis Fundamental Structural Analysis (Edition 3) C.S.Reddy
R.C.C. Design RCC Designs (Reinforced Concrete Structures) (Edition 3) BC.Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Jain
Design Of Steel Structures Design Of Steel Structures (Edition 3) SK Duggal
Environmental Engineering Water 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 Engineering Basics and Applied Soil Mechanics (Edition 2) Gopal Ranjan, A.S.R.Rao
Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Machines Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics (Edition 14) Dr P.N.Modi, Dr S.M Seth
Highway Engineering Highway Engineering S.K.Khanna, C.E.G.Justo
Surveying Surveying (vol. 1,2,3) BC. Punia, Askok Jain, Arun Jain
Engineering Hydrology Engineering Hydrology (Edition 4) K Subramanya
Irrigation Engineering Irrigation Engineering and Hydraulic Structures (Edition 1) S.K Garg
Engineering Mathematics Higher Engineering Mathematics (Edition 43) B.S. Grewal
Aptitude A 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 Mathematics Advanced Engineering Mathematics by E. Kreyszig
Electric Circuits Transient Analysis Of Electric Power Circuits by Arieh L Shenkmann

Circuit Theory: Analysis & Synthesis by Abhijit Chakrabarti

Electromagnetic Fields Elements of Electromagnetics by Mathew N. O. SADIKU

Engineering Electromagnetics by William H. Hayt

Signals and Systems Signals and Systems by Oppenheim and Wilsky

Signals and Systems by Nagoor Kani

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

Power Systems by JB Guptha & CL Wadhwa

Control Systems Control Systems Engineering by Nagrath and Gopal
Electrical and Electronic Measurements Electrical and Electronic Measurement and Instrumentation by AK Sawhney
Analog and Digital Electronics Electronic 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 Electronics Power Electronics by MH Rashid

Power Electronics by P.S.Bimbhra


GATE Books – Geology and Geophysics (GG)


Book Name  Author 
A Textbook of Geology G. B. Mahapatra
Principles Of Engineering Geology K M Bangar
Engineering And General Geology Parbin Singh
Engineering Geology R. Nagarajan , A. Parthasarathy , V. Panchapakesan
Text Book of Physical Geology G B Mahapatra
Structural Geology Marland P Billings
Economic Geology Umeshwar Prasad
Principles of Geomorphology W.D. Thornbury
Principles of Petrology G W Tyrrell
Dana’s Textbook of Mineralogy William E. Ford
Quantitative Geophysics and Geology Louis Lliboutry
Fundamentals of Geophysics William Lowrie
Solved Problems in Geophysics Elisa 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 
Thermodynamics Engineering Thermodynamics P K Nag
Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach Yunus A Cengel
Manufacturing Production Technology: Manufacturing Processes, Technology and Automation R.K. Jain
Material Science Material Science and Metallurgy U C Jindal
Industrial Engineering Industrial Engineering and Management O.P. Khanna
Heat Transfer Fundamentals of Engineering Heat and Mass Transfer R C Sachdeva
Machine Theory The Theory of Machines S S Ratan
Engineering Mechanics Engineering Mechanics- New Age International S S Bhavikatti
Higher Engineering Mathematics B S Grewal
Vibrations Mechanical Vibrations G K Grover
Material Strength Strength of Materials James M Gere, Stephen P Timoshenko
Aptitude A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal


GATE Books- Production and Industrial Control (PI)


Name of the Book  Name of the Author 
Fluid Mechanics and Machinery Modi & Seth
IC engine Mathur Sharma
Machine Design VB Bhandari
Production S K Mondal Notes

Swadesh Singh

Strength of Material Sadhu Singh
Thermodynamics P.K Nag
Theory of Machine SS 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 & Control Natesan, Mukherjee & Chakrawarthy
Chemical Engineering Cengel & Boles
Oil Engineering RK Bansal, RK Rajput
Architecture The Road Ahead, GATE Architecture
Geology and Geophysics Complete 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 Science Textile Processing and Properties – By Vigo TL Vigo Vigo
GATE Production and Industrial Engineering GATE 2020 – Guide – Production and Industrial Engineering – By GKP
GATE Geology & Geophysics Engineering and General Geology – By Parbin Singh
GATE Ecology & Evolution Games of Life: Explorations in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior – By Karl Sigmund, Dover Publications
GATE Architecture and Planning Books Architect’s Guidebook For Competitive Exams – By Ar. Swapnil Vidhate
GATE Physics Syllabus Chapterwise Solved Papers Physics GATE 2020 – By Vijay Kumar
GATE Chemistry Syllabus Chapterwise Solved Papers Chemistry GATE 2020 – By Sanjay Saxena & Preeti Gupta
GATE Mathematics Syllabus Chapterwise Solved Papers Mathematics GATE – 2020 – By Suraj Singh, Arihant Publication
GATE Biomedical Engineering Fundamentals 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.