What are the best books for GATE Preparation?
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What are the best books for GATE Preparation - With GATE fast approaching, candidates are currently searching for the best preparation methods. One of the best ways to boost any examination preparation is to search and study from the best books available. Careers360 presents “What are the best books for GATE Preparation” to help candidates know which books are the best to refer while preparing for the upcoming examination. By knowing what are the best books for GATE preparation, the candidates will be able to study and understand the syllabus, topics and chapters well and score well in the examination. There are many factors which contribute to what are the best books for GATE preparation. Along with the books, the candidates should also check the GATE syllabus, exam pattern and more for preparation. Read the full article on What are the best books for GATE Preparation to know more information.
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What are the qualities of the best books for GATE preparation?

While selecting books for preparation, there are some factors that the candidates should keep in mind. The following points should be kept in mind while deciding which books to choose for preparation purpose:

  • Easy to Understand: First of all, the books should be easy for the candidates to read and understand. If the concepts and chapters are explained in a simplified manner, the candidates will be able to understand without the technical terms being used much. This will allow the candidates to have a deeper understanding of the topics.

  • Concise Explanation: Since GATE 2020 examination consists of many complicated chapters, the books should try to keep the explanation simple and concise. The explanation should be simple, crisp and easy to understand.

  • Accurate Information: The books should have accurate information about the chapters and topics present in the syllabus of GATE. Any books with misleading information should not be used by the candidates.

  • Pictorial Representations: There is a higher chance for candidates to retain what they have studied if there are diagrams present in the textbooks to aid topics and chapters. Candidates should try to use books which explains the topics using diagrams.

  • Avoid Fancy Language: The best books to use during preparation are the ones with simple language. Usage of fancy words in the books used for GATE 2020 preparation will lead to confusion and fail to make the candidates understand the basic concepts.

Additional Factors for GATE Preparation

Along with the usage of the best books for GATE preparation, the following factors can also be checked by the candidates to boost their studies and score well in the examination.

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  • GATE 2020 Syllabus - It is very important for the candidates to know the syllabus of GATE 2020 before commencing their preparation process. By being familiar with the syllabus, the candidates will be able to know which topics and chapters they need to focus on more and accordingly plan their preparation schedule.

  • GATE 2020 Exam Pattern - The next step is to be familiar with the official exam pattern. Information about the type of questions asked, marking scheme, number of questions and more can be known through the exam pattern. This will make the candidates familiar with GATE 2020 and be well prepared.

  • GATE 2020 Sample Papers - One of the best ways to prepare for any examination is to solve sample papers and attempt mock tests. This will allow the candidates to practice whatever they have studied and make them comfortable with the exam pattern. By revising and correcting their wrong responses, the candidates will have lower chances of making the same mistakes in the examination.

Best Books for GATE 2020 Preparation

Best Books for GATE - Agricultural Engineering (AG)

Name of the Book

Name of the Author

Concept of Agricultural Engineering

Mohanty Das

Farm Machinery

Three Authors

Soil & Water Conservation

VVN Murty

Best Books for GATE - Chemical Engineering (CH)

Name of the Book

Name of the Author

An Insight into Chemical Engineering


Chemical Engineering For Gate Principles Solved Problems & Objective Type Questions

Ram Prasad

Essentials of Chemical Reaction Engineering


Heat Transfer

JP Holman

Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

JM Smith

Principles of Mass Transfer and Separation Processes

BK Dutta

Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering

McCabe -FPM and MO

Best Books for GATE - Civil Engineering (CE)

Name of the Book

Name of the Author

Environment 1 and 2

S K Garg

Fluid mechanics

R K Bansal

Highway engineering

Khanna and Justo

Open channel flow and engineering hydrology

K Subramanya


Pillai and Menon

Soil mechanics and foundation engineering

Gopal and Ranjan



Best Books for GATE - Computer Science (CS)

Name of the Book

Name of the Author





Operating System


TOC- Theory of Computation


Best Books for GATE - Electrical Engineering (EE)

Name of the Book

Name of the Author

Electrical machines

Nagrath, Kothari

Fundamentals of circuits

Alexander, Sadiku

Power Electronics

P S Bhimbhra

Best Books for GATE - Geology and Geophysics (GG)

Name of the Book

Name of the Author

Complete Master Guide GATE

Amresh Singh



Best Books for GATE - Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Name of the Book

Name of the Author

Fluid Mechanics

R.K. Bansal (Numerical point of view), Frank M.White (For understanding)

Heat Transfer

Cengel (For understanding concept)

Production Engineering

Swadesh Singh



Theory of Machine (TOM)

S.S. Ratan

Best Books for GATE - Production and Industrial (PI)

Name of the Book

Name of the Author

Fluid Mechanics and Machinery

Modi & Seth

Heat Transfer

Made Easy Class Notes

IC engine

Mathur Sharma

Material Science

Made Easy Class Notes & Swadesh Singh

Machine Design

VB Bhandari


S K Mondal Notes

Swadesh Sing


Made Easy Class Notes

Strength of Material

Sadhu Singh


P.K Nag

Theory of Machine

SS Ratan

The candidates can check the list of books for GATE 2020 papers from the table given below.

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Sujatha Venkat 17th Feb, 2020

Hello  Aspirant,

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Hello Aspirant,

Students who will qualify Gate 2020 can know their admission chances in various institutes depending on the cutoff.

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  5. Category for which cutoff is to be determined .  For general  students 29.5 is qualifying mark.Below link gives information about various iits previous year cut offs .

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Sujatha Venkat 17th Feb, 2020

Hello  Aspirant,

You didn't mention which category you belong to and about your past college. So the factors considering for admission are more like category,btech college and iit or not. The chances of you getting this college is difficult to estimate . Use the below link to download previous year cut offs pdf for mechanical engineer,iit delhi.


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Sujatha Venkat 17th Feb, 2020

Hello  Aspirant,

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Singampalli sai rahul Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020
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I will mention the previous years cutoff scores to get a seat in M.Tech Civil engg -

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