GATE 2021 Important Books

Important & Standard Books For GATE Exam 

Candidates can refer to the important books and study Material mentioned below to boost the overall preparation level as per the GATE Syllabus 2021.

GATE Important Books – Computer Science Engineering

GATE Topic

Books and Author

Engineering Mathematics

Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig

Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications by Kenneth Rosen

Theory of Computation

An Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata by Peter Linz

Computer Organization & Architecture

Computer Architecture – A Quantitative Approach by Hennessy and Patterson

Computer Organization and Embedded systems by Carl Hamacher

Programming & Data Structures

Classic Data Structures by Debasis Samanta

The C Programming language by Dennis Richie

Digital Logic

Digital Electronics by S. Salivahanan & S. Arivazhagan

Digital Design by Morris Mano

Computer Networks

Computer Networks by Peterson & Davie

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


Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen

Data Structures & Algorithms by R.S. Salaria

Compiler Design

Compiler Design in C by Allen I Holub

Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools by Aho & Ullman

Operating System

Operating Systems by Stallings

Operating System Concepts by Galvin


Database System Concepts by Henry. F. Korth

Normalization and indexing by Shamkant B. Navathe

GATE Important Books – Mechanical Engineering



Design of Machine Elements

Machine design – V.B. Bhandari

Engineering Mechanics

Engineering Mechanics by Bhavikatti

Engineering Mechanics by R K Rajput

Engineering Mechanics by Beer and Johnston

Fluid Mechanics

Fluid Mechanics by R K Bansal

Fluid & Hydraulics- Modi and Seth

Heat Transfer

Heat Transfer by Cengel and Holman

Heat and Mass Transfer by J P Hollman and R C Sachdeva

Strength of Materials

Strength of Materials by Gere and Timoshenko, B C Unamia, Sadhu Singh, Ramamrutham

Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering by O P Khanna, Buffa and Sarin

Manufacturing Engineering

Production Technology: Manufacturing Processes, Technology and Automation by R.K. Jain

Strength of Materials

Strength of Materials – Gere & Timoshenko

Theory of Machines

Theory of Machines by Ratan

Thermal Science

Engineering Thermodynamics by P.K. Nag


Engineering Thermodynamics by P K Nag and Rajput

Thermodynamics by Cengel.


Mechanical Vibration by Grover

GATE Important Books – Electrical Engineering



Engineering Mathematics

Advanced Engineering Mathematics by E.Kreyszig


Engineering Circuit Analysis by Hayt & Kemmerly

Signal and systems

Signals and Systems by Oppenheim & Wilsky

Signals and Systems by Nagoor Kani

Electrical Machine

Electrical Machinery by P.S.Bimbhra

Control system

Control Systems Engineering by Nagrath & Gopal


Electrical and Electronic Measurement & Instrumentation by AK Sawhney

Circuit analysis

Transient Analysis Of Electric Power Circuits by Arieh L Shenkmann and also Chakrabarthi


Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Boylestad

Digital Circuits

Digital Design by M.Morris Mano

Electro Magnetics

Elements of Electromagnetics by Mathew N. O. Sadiku

Engineering Electromagnetics by William .H.Hayt

Power Electronics

For Beginners- Power Electronics by MH Rashid

Power Electronics by P.S.Bimbhra

Power system

Power Systems Engineering by Nagrath & Kothari

Power Systems by JB Gupta & CL Wadhwa

GATE Important Books – Electronics & Communication

Reference Books


General Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude by CAT by Arun Sharma,

Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Agarwal

Control System

Control Systems by Nagarath and Gopal

Control Systems Engineering by Norma Nise


Network Theory by Alexander Sadiku

Network Analysis by Van Valkenburg

Circuit Theory by A.Chakraborty

Electronic Devices

Electronic Devices and Circuits by Millman & Halkias,

Semiconductor Physics And Devices by Donald A. Neamen,

Solid state electronic devices by Ben G. Streetman and Sanjay Banerjee

Signal Systems

Digital Signal Processing by S.K Mitra,

Modern digital and analog Communications system by BP Lathi,

Signals & Systems By Alan V. Oppenheim

Analog Circuits

Analog Electronics, Electronics devices and circuits – Donald A Neaman,

Microelectronics Circuits by Sedra & Smith,

Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Robert L Boylestad & Nashelsky,

Pulse and Digital Electronics by Millman and Taub

Communication System

Analog and Digital Communication System by Simon Haykin,

Principle of Communication System by Taub & Schillings,

Modern digital and Analog Communications system by BP Lathi,

Electronic Communication Systems by Kennedy and Davis (just the Noise chapter)

Digital System

Digital Logic and Computer Design by M.Morris Mano,

Digital circuits and design by Salivahanan

Fundamentals of digital systems by Anandkumar,

Digital Electronic Principles and applications by Ronald J. Toccii, Pearson Publications


Elements of Electromagnetics by Matthew N.O. Sadiku

Network lines and fields by J.D ryder (Transmission lines part)

Electromagnetic waves and Radiating Systems by Jordon and ballmain

Antenna Theory by Balanis

GATE Important Books – Civil Engineering



Theory of Structure

CK Wang, S. Rammamrutham, L.S. Negi & Jangit

Theory of Elasticity

Timoshenko & Gere

Theory of Structure

Wilbur & Norris

Strength of Materials/Mechanics of Structure

Gare & Timoshenko,

E. Popove, L. Singer,

B.C. Punamia, Rammamrutham

Soil Mechanics

Gopal Ranjan & Rao, Venkat Ramaiha, S. K. Garg,

B.C. Punamia, V N S Murthy

Steel Design

Kazimi Zindal to improve concepts; for numerals L.S. Negi and for other topics – S.K. Duggal

Reinforced Concrete Structures Design (RCC)

Krishna Raju, PC Verghese, Pillai & Menon

Railway Engineering

Subhash And Satyapal

Pre-stressed Concrete

Krishna Raju

Reinforced Concrete

Ashok K Jain

Water Resources

S K Garg


Justo Khanna

Geo-tech Engineering

Gopal Ranjan and Rao, R.F. Craig

Environmental Engg

SK Garg (1&2), Peavy-Rowe

Highway Engineering


CPM-PERT/ Construction Tech

BC Punmia, Peurifoy

Fluid Mechanics & Machines

RK Bansal, Modi & Seth

Highway/ Pavement & Traffic

Khanna & Justo, Kadiyali

Railway & Airport

Saxena & Arora


KR Arora; BC Punmia

Build materials

ML Gambhir; BC Punmia; MS Shetty


SK Garg

GATE Important Books – Instrumentation Engineering


Recommended Books and Author


Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig

Network Theory

Engineering Circuit Analysis by Steven M. Durbin, Jack E. Kemmerly , William H. Hayt


Introduction to Measurements and Instrumentation by Arun K Ghosh

Signals and Systems

Signals And Systems (Schaum’s Outline Series) by H P HSU Signals & Systems by Alan V. Oppenheim

Communication Systems

Modern Digital and Analog Communication System by B P Lathi

Electrical and Electronic Measurements

A Course In Electrical And Electronic Measurements And Instrumentation by A K Sawhney

Analog Electronics

Fundamentals of Microelectronics by Behzad Razavi

GATE – Electronics & Communication by R K Kanodia

Control System

Automatic Control Systems by B C Kuo

Process Control

Process Control: Modeling, Design, And Simulation by B. Wayne Bequette

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