What are the Best Books for GATE CSE?
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What are the Best Books for GATE CSE? - Preparing for GATE 2020 CSE exam can be quite easy if you have the right books to assist your preparations. Referring to the best books for GATE CSE can help students understand complex and tough topics in a much simpler way. Every year students preparing for GATE exam have doubts about which books are best for GATE CSE preparation, with the help of this article, Careers360 answer the query related to what are the best books for GATE CSE to study? Computer Science is one of the most pursued engineering streams for students and no doubt that a large number of students apply for the GATE CSE exam. Given the immense competition and difficulty level of the exam, students need to prepare with a good strategy and best resources to bring out favourable results. Along with the best books for GATE CSE, students with the help of this article can also get to know some helpful preparation tips, exam pattern and other important aspects related to GATE CSE exam.
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GATE 2020 - Highlights

GATE is one of the biggest engineering exam in the country which is held every year for M.Tech admissions in IITs, NITs and other popular institutes. Apart from admissions in M.Tech courses, GATE score is considered by big PSUs in the country for recruitment purposes. Given below are some quick facts about GATE 2020:

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  • IIT Delhi is the conducting body of GATE 2020.

  • GATE 2020 will be jointly monitored by the seven IITs.

  • GATE 2020 will have 25 papers, Biomedical Engineering is the new addition to this year’s exam.

  • GATE 2020 score will also be used by PSUs for recruitment purposes.

  • GATE CSE exam will comprise of 3 sections - General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and the Concerned Subject.

  • The application form of GATE 2020 was available from August 31, 2019 in online mode. Only the registered candidates will be able to access GATE admit card on January 3, 2020.

How to prepare for GATE 2020 CSE?

The performance of a candidate in an exam directly depends upon the preparation done by them. Hard work is definitely irreplaceable but a good preparation strategy to approach the exam can really help a lot and lead to fruitful results. Here we discuss some of the best preparation tips for GATE 2020 CSE exam.

Know the Syllabus and then Move Ahead: Before starting any preparation for the exam, candidates must be well aware of the GATE syllabus. Going through the syllabus will help students know what topics will be asked in the exam, what topics they have a strong hold on and what topics they need to pay special attention.

Revise What You Learn: Revision should always be the most important aspect of a student’s preparation as it helps in memorizing topics and concepts properly. There are many topics and concepts that a student may lose grasp over if not revised time and again. Moreover revising regularly gives students much needed confidence that they are well prepared for the exam.

Regularly solve Mock Tests and Sample Papers

Solving mock tests and sample papers is a really good way to test your preparation for the exam. Moreover, students can get to know about the nature of the questions asked in the exam, the format of the exam. Additionally, students through the GATE mock tests 2020 and sample papers of GATE 2020 to prepare a strategy for time management as it will help them complete their exam in time and also leave some time for glancing at the answers.

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Know the Exam Pattern: Knowing the exam pattern will help candidates prepare a strategy on how to attempt the exam. The exam pattern of GATE 2020 will contain useful information like the number of questions, total marks, duration of the exam, provision of negative marking etc.

Best books for GATE 2020 Computer Science exam

The table given below contains the list of the books that would be helpful in GATE 2020 Computer Science exam. Referring to these books will help candidates learn topics and concepts of GATE Computer Science exam in such a more insightful manner. Given below are the best books for GATE 2020 Computer Science exam:

Syllabus and Best Books for GATE CSE

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Book Name and Author’s Name

Engineering Mathematics

Matrix Determinant


Propositional Logic and Predicate Logic

Conditional Probability


Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications by Kenneth Rosen

Higher Engineering mathematics by B.S. Grewal

Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig

Programming and Data Structures

Recursive Programs





The C Programming language by Dennis Richie

Classic Data Structures by Debasis Samanta

Computer Organization and Architecture

Cache Organization


I/O Data Transfer

Addressing Modes

Number Representation

Computer Architecture – A Quantitative Approach by Hennessy and Patterson

Computer Organization and Embedded systems by Carl Hamacher

Theory of Computation


Regular Expressions

Regular Languages

Closure Properties


An Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata by Peter Linz

NPTEL lectures by Kamala Krithivasan

Compiler Design

LR Parsers

LL(1) Parser

Predictive Parser

Minimum no of nodes and edges in DAG

Intermediate code Generation & its purpose

Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools by Aho & Ullman

Compiler Design in C by Allen I Holub


Algorithm Analysis

Sorting Algorithms


Graph Algorithms

Divide and Conquer & Greedy Algorithms

Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen

Data Structures & Algorithms by R.S. Salaria

Digital Logic

Combinational Circuits: Multiplexers, De-multiplexers and Decoders

Sequential Circuits: Counters

Logic Gates

Number System

Minimization of Boolean Expressions

Digital Design by Morris Mano

Digital Electronics by S. Salivahanan & S. Arivazhagan

Operating System

Synchronization Mechanisms, Concurrency in IPC environment

Virtual Memory

CPU Scheduling Algorithms

Techniques of Memory Management

Implementation issues of File system design

Operating System Concepts by Galvin

Modern Operating System by Andrew Tanenbaum

Operating Systems by Stallings


Relational Algebra

SQL Queries




Database System Concepts by Henry. F. Korth

Normalization and indexing by Shamkant B. Navathe

Computer Networks

Sliding Window Protocol




Encryption and Decryption Algorithms

Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach

Data Communications and Networking by Kurose & Ross and Behrouz A. Forouzan

Computer Networks by Peterson & Davie

Students must note that these books may not be just enough for GATE CSE preparations but we have tried our best to cover all the topics and books from the best authors. Apart from these books, students can also explore more and find other important books for GATE Computer Science exam.

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If gate score is 400. what will be gate marks. any idea about gate marks.

Mayank Sinha 11th Dec, 2019
Hello dear aspirant,

If  one scores 400 in gate examination then his marks will be around 28.33 out of 100 marks in the paper.
Hope this helps.

im preparing GATE 2020 EE since last half month , i almost complete my 2 subject in next 2 days. i am belong to Gen catagory. sometimes i felt i should join Any IT companies , may be i am inclined towards software. should i join or continue to my gate preparation? i quit my GAT post after 5 months

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 11th Dec, 2019


see gate is a really a difficult exam, and if you dont have real interest in it you can not crack it, and it may be really difficult to do job in IT sector and continue preparing for gate. however some students make it possible, but right now less than 2 month left, and now joining in IT sector is not a good option and you may not get any job right now, because a job hunting is not easy. exam will be on february, do your best and if you think that you can not do any better next time, then search for IT job after the gate exam.


exam date of clat & colleges for gate

thomas joy 11th Dec, 2019
Hi Ruchika,
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), for the asmission of Law courses is conducted by NLU's
For CLAT 2020 the important dates are
  • Application opening -Jan,1 2020
  • Application closing- 3rd week of April
  • CLAT Admit card- 2nd week of may 2020
  • CLAT Exam- May 10 ,2020

some of the Top colleges in India accepting GATE score are
  • NITK, Surathkal
  • GNDU, Punjab
  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT, Madras
  • Cillege of Engineering, Pune
  • PSG College of Engineering, Coimbatore
  • Bahra University
  • BIT, Coimbatore
  • OPJU , Chattisgarh
  • SKP, Tamilnadu
  • DIET, west Bengal
  • KCET, Punjab
  • VIT, Vellore
  • Delhi Technological University
  • Indian institute of Engineering shibapur

Hope you get it, please do comment If you have any doubts.
Thank you

Scope for ECE students through gate examination???

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 11th Dec, 2019
see after clearing gate exam you do have 2 options. you can go for higher studies in reputed colleges of India like iiits, iits, nits even you can go for foreign universities like nangyang university Singapore. other option you do have which is PSU. ecil, DRDO, barc, coal India, bel this organization recruits electronics engineer through gate score, however the number of vacancy is really less compare to electrical engineering. you need to have rank within 200 to get cal from PSU.
hope you may understand

How many Psus or private companies are recruiting geologists based on their Gate performance?

Parvathi Ramachandran 10th Dec, 2019

Greetings !!

Lot of Private companies in mining , Petroleum sector will definitely recruit geologists in upcoming years. Apart from this every year SSC conducts geologist Exam for recruitment. With full confidence and prospects you may start your preparation , definitely you will be able to clear the exam. If any doubts, pls feel free to ask.

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