What are the Best Books for GATE Civil Engineering (CE)

What-are-the-Best-Books--for-GATE-Civil-EngineeringThe candidates who are currently preparing for GATE examination can check the article to know what are the best books for GATE civil engineering (CE). Careers360 provides the compiled information about the recommended books for the upcoming national examination. Along with the books, the candidates can also check more information about GATE 2018 as well as the syllabus of the exam. A few preparation tips are also provided to help the GATE candidates with their studies. GATE 2018 examination will be held on February 3, 4, 10 & 11, 2018 for the different disciplines. For more information about what are the best books for GATE civil engineering (CE) read the full article.

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GATE 2018 application form was released by the authorities on August 31, 2017. Final date to submit the form was October 9, 2017. All candidates were advised to read the eligibility criteria of GATE 2018 before registering themselves for the examination.


Quick Facts of GATE 2018


It is a well known fact that all M.Tech aspirants have to qualify GATE to be eligible for admissions into the NITs, IITs and other top engineering institutes of the nation. All candidates will be required to qualify the annually held national examination with the required scores. Given below are some facts related to GATE 2018:

  • Registrations for GATE 2018 is now open in online mode.

  • Seven IITs are the responsible authorities of GATE. However, one IIT is appointed the conducting institute on a rotational basis. For GATE 2018, the conducting institute is IIT Guwahati.

  • Around 9 lakh candidates appear for GATE examination annually.

  • The sections of general aptitude and engineering mathematics is compulsory in the examination. The third section will comprise of the concerned subject of the candidate.

  • PSU recruitments are also done based on GATE scores.

GATE 2018 Preparation Tips


Aspiring M.Tech candidates face a great amount of pressure while preparing for GATE examination. During these times the most important question that often revolves around their mind is “How to Prepare for GATE 2018?”. A few preparation tips have been listed below which the candidates can check to boost their studies and score better in the examination.


1. Refer to the Official Syllabus

Before starting their studies, the candidates are advised to read the official GATE 2018 syllabus for civil engineering. Detailed knowledge about which sections and topics are involved in the examination is necessary for detailed planning of studies. GATE 2018 exam pattern should also be checked.


2. Prepare a Time Table

After checking the syllabus, the candidates should prepare a time table to plan their studies. Division of the sections should be such that it does not feel monotonous. Short breaks should also be added in between. The planning should leave some time for revision too.


3. Attempt Mock Tests and Sample Papers

The candidates should attempt GATE 2018 mock tests and sample papers frequently. Solving the previous papers and mock tests lets the candidates know how the examination pattern will turn out to be on D-Day. The candidates will gain experience solving these tests while applying what they have studied.


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Recommended Books for GATE 2018 Civil Engineering

The basic reference material for any examination are books. The table given below provides all engineering students currently preparing for GATE 2018 civil engineering examination a list of books for preparation. The list has been compiled based on experts and are considered important to refer while studying. The section wise syllabus, as well as the important topics in each section, is also provided below.


Books for GATE CE (Civil Engineering)

S. No


Important Topics



Engineering Mathematics

  • Linear Algebra

  • Calculus

  • Complex Analysis

  • Differential Equations

  • Probability and Statistics

Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications by Kenneth Rosen

Higher Engineering mathematics by B.S. Grewal

Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig


Structural Engineering

  • Statically Determinate and Indeterminate Structures by Force/Energy Methods

  • Method of Superposition

  • Analysis of Trusses

  • Structural Analysis with all its Methods

Theory of Structure by CK Wang, S. Rammamrutham, L.S. Negi & Jangit

Theory of Elasticity by Timoshenko & Gere

Theory of Structure by Wilbur & Norris

Strength of Materials/Mechanics of Structure by Gare & Timoshenko,

E. Popove, L. Singer,

B.C. Punamia, Rammamrutham


Geotechnical Engineering

  • Basic Properties and Classification of Soils

  • Consolidation

  • Permeability

  • Seepage

  • Shear Strength of Soil

  • Stability Analysis of Slopes

  • Bearing Capacity

  • Foundation Engineering

  • Concrete Technology

Soil Mechanics by Gopal Ranjan & Rao,Venkat Ramaiha,S. K. Garg,

B.C. Punamia, V N S Murthy


Water Resources Engineering

  • Fluid Statics

  • Kinematics

  • Dynamics

  • Laminar – Turbulent Flow

  • Flow Through Pipes

  • Open Channel Flow Hydraulics

  • BL Theory

  • Dimension Analysis

  • Hydraulic Pumps

  • Hydrologic Cycle

  • Ground Water Hydrology

Water Resources by S K Garg

Water and Waste Water by SK Garg 1 and 2

Fluid Mechanics- RK Bansal and Fox and Richard


Transportation Engineering

  • Highway Engineering

  • Transportation Infrastructure

  • Geometric Design of Railway Track

  • Highway Pavements

  • Traffic Engineering

Transportation by Justo Khanna


Environmental engineering

  • Quality Standards

  • Domestic Wastewater Treatment

  • Water and Waste Water Disposal

  • Air Pollution

  • Meteorology

  • Noise Pollution

  • Municipal Solid Waste

  • Quality and Characteristics of Sewage

  • Treatment of Sewage

Environmental Engineering by S. K. Garg Part I & Part II

Waste Water Engineering by B. C. Punamia Part I & Part II


Geomatics Engineering

  • Basics of Geographical Information System (GIS)

  • Geographical Positioning System (GPS)

  • Linear Measurements

  • Compass Survey

  • Leveling

Surveying (vol. 1,2,3)  by B.C.Punia, Ashok Jain, Arun Jain

Hopefully, this article on what are the best books for GATE 2018 civil engineering will help the aspirants in their planning and studying process. All the best!


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First Published On : 04 Aug 2017 09:57 AM IST

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