What are the Best Books for GATE CSE?
Samiksha Jain, 02 Feb 2019, #GATE

What are the Best Books for GATE CSE – While preparing for GATE CSE examination, it is very important for candidates to refer some of the best books recommended by various experts and toppers. Referring best books for GATE CSE will help candidates to simplify their preparation process for the upcoming entrance examination. With the help of this article, Careers360 try to answer the query related to what are the best books for GATE CSE to study? Computer Science is one of the most coveted courses in the field of engineering. With the competition being tough for admissions, candidates will have to make sure that no stones are left unturned while studying for the GATE examination. This article will not only provide the best books for GATE CSE but also share some of the preparation tips for GATE 2019. GATE 2019 examination has been conducted on February 2, 3, 9 & 10 in online mode. To get detailed information about what are the best books for GATE 2019 computer science engineering (CSE), read the full article.

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Quick Facts of GATE 2019

GATE 2019 is an important examination that all M.Tech aspirants will have to qualify to be eligible for admissions into IITs, NITs and other popular institutes. Mentioned below are some of the facts and features of GATE 2019 to understand the about the examination more clearly.

  • Conducting Institute for GATE 2019: IIT Madras

  • The examination of GATE is jointly monitored by the seven IITs.

  • GATE 2019 will be held for 24 papers. The duration of the examination will be 3 hours.

  • Recruitment to PSUs are also done on the basis of GATE scores.

  • The sections involved in the examination are – Concerned Subject, General Aptitude and Engineering Mathematics

Preparation Tips for GATE 2019

How to Prepare for GATE is perhaps the most frequently asked question by M.Tech aspirants. Below are some of the preparation tips which can be followed by the aspirants to push themselves into full preparation mode for the upcoming entrance examination. 

Go through the syllabus thoroughly 

It is very important to check out the entire official GATE 2019 syllabus before making a study plan. By knowing the syllabus, Candidates will be able to plan out which topics have to be completed first and how much time need to be allotted for each topic in particular to finish it. 

Take revision on a regular interval

Revision of every topic studied is important. Candidates should make sure that constant revision is done to keep all topics afresh in their mind for the entrance examination. Candidates can make small notes and keep them with themselves regarding for regular revision. 

Solve mock tests & sample papers

GATE 2019 mock test is made available for all computer science aspirants to solve. Regular solving of GATE Sample Papers and mock tests should be done. By taking mock tests and solving sample papers, candidates can learn time management which play important role in the entrance exam. 

GATE Sample Papers for Computer Science

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Know Exam Pattern

Before preparing for the entrance exam, candidates must know the exam pattern of GATE 2019. By knowing the pattern, candidates will be able to get detailed information regarding the type of questions asked, mode of examination, marking scheme and more. 

Best Books to refer GATE 2019 Computer Science

The given below table provides the section wise syllabus of GATE 2019 computer science examination. Along with the syllabus, candidates can also refer to the important topics and the best books. Referring it will help candidates in their preparation process. All of the listed books have been recommended by experts and toppers. The important topics from the GATE 2019 syllabus are those units which are likely to be included in the examination. However, it is advised that the entire syllabus should be properly studied to secure higher scores. 

Syllabus and Best Books for GATE CSE

Sections in GATE Syllabus

Important Topics

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

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

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

Programming and Data Structures

Recursive Programs





The C Programming language by Dennis Richie

Classic Data Structures by Debasis Samanta


Algorithm Analysis

Sorting Algorithms


Graph Algorithms

Divide and Conquer & Greedy Algorithms

Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen
Data Structures & Algorithms by R.S. Salaria

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

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

Finally, the best books for GATE computer science are not restricted to just the above-mentioned books. Explore more, improve the basic concepts and go through the syllabus for GATE 2019 examination thoroughly.

All the best!

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