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.

Best Books for GATE Preparation


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The following students are eligible to take GATE : Bachelor's degree holders in Engineering / Technology / Architecture (4 years after 10+2/ Post-B.Sc./ Post-Diploma) and those who are in the final year of such programs.


Iam qualified in gate 2019, can i apply next year for ONGC

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 22nd Nov, 2019


No you can't do that. You gave GATE exam this year then you can use that mark to get an admission in this year only. You can't use this year marks or rank to get an admission for coming year. This is strictly prohibited by the board. This will be unfair for other candidates as the pattern and level of difficulty and number of candidates appearing changes every year.

This is simple concept that the mark of current is to be used in the very same year only. It can't be used in the next year or coming years.

Hope it helps!


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NO you are not eligible as GATE is only for those candidates who have completed their graduation or in the last year of graduation.

If you are studying diploma then you can give entrance and join any degree college based on the subject you pursued in your diploma.

After completing your graduation or in the last year of graduation you can apply for GATE. In Mean-time, you have to practice well and give your best in the exam.

Hope it helps!


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Sharon Rose Student Expert 22nd Nov, 2019

Hello Harshit,

Yes, you are eligible for PSU recruitment through GATE 2021 if you get good score. But you should also be aware of age limit.PSUs do have age limit which varies from 25 years to 30 years, it also varies from one PSU to another. So you should first verify the eligibility criteria before applying.

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