Best GATE Preparation Books for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME

GATE examination is held once every year to select the best candidates eligible for the seats in the top engineering schools of the country. To prepare for the GATE examination, there are books and study materials available for the candidates. Experts advise the examinees to prepare from these GATE books and to solve the previous year question papers to have a better chance at cracking the GATE tests.

Best GATE Preparation Books for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME

All the papers need multiple GATE preparation books to be followed because of the varied topics they cover. However, the following list entails the basic books for 15 papers which will give the candidates a basic idea about the rest of the subject.

Aerospace Engineering AE: Introduction to Flight (In SI Units) 6th Edition By John D Anderson

Agricultural Engineering AG: Food Processing Technology: Principles and Practice by P.J. Fellows

Architecture and Planning AR: The Urban Pattern by Simon Eisner

Biotechnology BT: Principles and Techniques of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 7th Edition by Keith Wilson, John Walker

Civil Engineering CE: Structural Analysis by S. S. Bhavikatti

Chemical Engineering CH: Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering by H. Scott Fogler

Computer Science and Information Technology CS: Data Structures, Algorithms and Applications in C++ by Sartaj Sahni

Chemistry CY: Organic Chemistry by Jr. Leroy and G. Wade

Electronics and Communication Engineering EC: Modern Digital and Analog Communication System by B.P. Lathia and Zhi Ding

Electrical Engineering EE: Integrated Electronics: Analog and Digital Circuits and Systems by Jacob Millman, Christos Halkias and Chetan Parikh

Geology and Geophysics GG: Engineering Geology by Subinoy Gangopadhyay

Instrumentation Engineering IN: Electronic Communications Systems by Bernard Davis, SRM Prasanna and George Kennedy

Physics PH: Atomic and Molecular Physics by Raj Kumar

Mechanical Engineering ME: Machine Design: An Integrated Approach by Robert L. Norton

Mining Engineering MN: Principles and Practices of Modern Coal Mining by R.D. Singh

Metallurgical Engineering MT: An Introduction to Modern Iron Making by R.H. Tupkary

GATE Exam Pattern

GATE examination is held in the designated centres around the country over an online portal. Candidates will be given 3 hours to complete a paper of 100 marks. Some of the major papers are held over multiple sessions too. The table below explains the basic exam pattern of GATE:

Exam Duration3 hours (180 minutes)
Number of Questions Asked65
Total Marks100
Question TypesTwo types of questions asked: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Marking Scheme For 1-mark MCQs, 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer For 2-marks MCQs, every wrong attempt will cost 2/3 mark There is no deduction for the question not attempted There is no negative marking for numerical answer type (NAT) questions.
Sections General Aptitude* Engineering Mathematics (for XL papers it is Chemistry)* Core subject matter

The candidates have to answer using the mouse and selecting the right answer in MCQ and putting in the right value in case of numerical questions using the virtual keyboard. The physical keyboard will be disabled. The screen will automatically shut down after three hours are over.

The candidates will be allotted a notepad to do rough work and calculations. Any candidate caught carrying anything other than a pen, admit card and identity card will be disqualified, and even barred in case they are caught using them during the examinations.

Gate Syllabus 2018

The syllabi for all the 23 GATE papers are given on the official website every year. The general aptitude section has the same syllabus for all the papers. It entails general knowledge, common affairs and good command of English language, analytical skills, comprehensive abilities and logical reasoning. In the table below, the official link to the syllabus for all the subjects and the general aptitude section is given:

GATE 2018 Syllabus#colspan#
General Aptitude (GA) : Common in all papers
AE: Aerospace EngineeringPH: Physics
AG: Agricultural EngineeringPI: Production and Industrial Engineering
AR: Architecture and PlanningTF: Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
BT: BiotechnologyXE -A: Engineering Mathematics
CE: Civil EngineeringXE-B: Fluid Mechanics
CH: Chemical EngineeringXE-C: Materials Science
CS: Computer Sc. and Information TechnologyXE-D: Solid Mechanics
CY: ChemistryXE-E: Thermodynamics
EC: Electronics and Communication EngineeringXE-F: Polymer Science and Engineering
EE: Electrical EngineeringXE G: Food Technology
EY: Ecology and EvolutionXE H: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
GG: Geology and GeophysicsXL P: Chemistry
IN: Instrumentation EngineeringXL-Q: Biochemistry
MA: MathematicsXL-R: Botany
ME: Mechanical EngineeringXL S: Microbiology
MN: Mining EngineeringXL T: Zoology
MT: Metallurgical EngineeringXL U: Food Technology
PE: Petroleum Engineering

Previous Year Question Paper for GATE

Solving the previous year s question papers is one of the best ways to get the hang of the exam pattern and also the type of questions that might be asked in the examinations. The table below gives a complete list of the GATE 2017 question papers:

Question Papers GATE 2017#colspan#
AE: Aerospace EngineeringGG: Geology and Geophysics
AG: Agricultural EngineeringIN: Instrumentation Engineering
AR: Architecture and PlanningMA: Mathematics
BT: BiotechnologyME: Mechanical Engineering ( ME01 ME02)
CE: Civil Engineering ( CE01 CE02 )MN: Mining Engineering
CH: Chemical EngineeringMT: Metallurgical Engineering
CS: Computer Sc. and Information Technology ( CS01 CS02)PE: Petroleum Engineering
CY: ChemistryPH: Physics
EC: Electronics and Communication Engineering( EC01 EC02)PI: Production and Industrial Engineering
EE: Electrical Engineering ( EE01 EE02)TF: Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
EY: Ecology and EvolutionXE: Engineering Sciences (XE-A, XE-B, XE-C, XE-D, XE-E, XE-F, XE-G, XE-H )
XL: Life Sciences (XL-P, XL-Q, XL-R, XL-S, XL-T, XL-U )

Suggested Books for the Mandatory Sections of the Engineering principles

Each paper has three distinct parts which a candidate has to attempt the core subject, the numerical questions and the general aptitude. The best-preferred GATE preparation books for GA, numerical questions and some of the principles of the core subjects are mentioned below.

GATE books for General Aptitude

Name of BooksAuthorPublisher
How to Prepare for Quantitative AptitudeArun SharmaMcGraw-HillEducation.
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal.S. ChandPublication.
High School English GrammarWren & Martin.S. ChandPublication.
Reasoning & Aptitude 2015Nem Singh.Made EasyPublication.

GATE books for Engineering Mathematics

Higher Engineering Mathematics B.S Grewal
Advanced Engineering Mathematics Erwin Kreyszig
GATE Engineering Mathematics for allStreams Arihant Publications
GATE Engineering MathematicsMade Easy Publications

GATE books for the core engineering subjects

Subject Books
Civil Engineering (CE) Theory of Elasticity by Timoshenko & Gere Fluid Mechanics- RK Bansal and Fox and Richard Environmental Engineering by S. K. Garg Part I & Part II
Computer Science Engineering & Information Technology (CS) Digital Electronics by S. Salivahanan & S. Arivazhagan Computer Architecture A Quantitative Approach by Hennessy and Patterson Operating System Concepts by Galvin
Mechanical Engineering (ME) Machine design - V.B. Bhandari Industrial Engineering by O P Khanna, Buffa and Sarin Engineering Thermodynamics by P.K. Nag
Electronics & Communication (EC) Network Theory by Alexander Sadiku Integrated Electronics:- Jacob Millman & Christos C. Halkias Micro Electronics circuit Sedra & Smith
Electrical Engineering (EE) Circuit Theory: Analysis & Synthesis by Abhijit Chakrabarti Signals and Systems by Oppenheim and Wilsky Power Systems Engineering by Nagrath and Kothari

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