GATE 2020 Books, Best Preparation Books & Study Material

Deepika Narwal Updated On: 09 Aug, 2019 10:05 IST

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Best Books for GATE 2020

While preparing for GATE 2020, referring to the best books for GATE 2020 will be very important. Books are an important source for exam preparation, and it, therefore, makes complete sense to gather all the study material beforehand. 

There are plenty of books available in the market for GATE 2020 preparation. Those who are preparing for GATE should search for best GATE 2020 books that not just cover a particular section of the exam but include all the other sections as well. You can basically choose books that cover everything you need to study as part of your preparation. You may also select the books based on authors' names that are renowned in the field of education.

How to Select Best Books for GATE 2020 Preparation

Here are some steps that can be employed by the GATE 2020 aspirants to search the best books for GATE 2020:

  • Always choose a book, which is easy to understand and covers the entire syllabus of GATE 2020.

  • It is also very important for you to check the year of publication of the book.

  • While selecting the best books for GATE 2020, always choose the latest edition of the book for updated contents and information.

  •  A good book will also contain sample papers of GATE along with the solutions.

  • The candidates must also shortlist books based on the authors who are renowned in the field of education.

Best Books for GATE 2020 Preparation

Look at the table below to find out the highly recommended and best books for GATE 2020 subjects:

Books for GATE 2020- CE (Civil Engineering):


Books Name

For Engineering Mathematics

Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications by Kenneth Rosen

Higher Engineering mathematics by B.S. Grewal

Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig

For Structural Engineering

Theory of Structure by CK Wang, S. Rammamrutham, L.S. Negi & Jangit

Theory of Elasticity by Timoshenko & Gere

Theory of Structure by Wilbur & Norris

Strength of Materials/Mechanics of Structure by Gare & Timoshenko,

E. Popove, L. Singer,

B.C. Punamia, Rammamrutham

For Geotechnical Engineering

Soil Mechanics by Gopal Ranjan & Rao, Venkat Ramaiha, S. K. Garg,

B.C. Punamia, V N S Murthy

For Water Resources Engineering

Water Resources by S K Garg

Water and Waste Water by SK Garg 1 and 2

Fluid Mechanics- RK Bansal and Fox and Richard

For Transportation Engineering

Transportation by Justo Khanna

For Environmental

Environmental Engineering by S. K. Garg Part I & Part II

Waste Water Engineering by B. C. Punamia Part I & Part II

For Geomatics Engineering

Surveying (vol. 1,2,3)  by B.C.Punia, Ashok Jain, Arun Jain

Best Books for GATE 2020 - ME (Mechanical Engineering):

Subjects Books

For Design of Machine Elements

Machine design - V.B. Bhandari

For Engineering Mechanics

Engineering Mechanics by Bhavikatti

Engineering Mechanics by Beer and Johnston,

Engineering Mechanics by R K Rajput

For Fluid Mechanics

Fluid Mechanics by R K Bansal

Fluid & Hydraulics- Modi and seth

For Heat Transfer

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

Heat Transfer by Cengel and Holman

For Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering by O P Khanna, Buffa and Sarin

For Manufacturing Engineering

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

For Strength of Materials

Strength of Materials - Gere & Timoshenko, B C Unamia, Sadhu Singh, Ramamrutham

For Thermal Science

Engineering Thermodynamics by P.K. Nag

For Thermo Dynamics

Engineering Thermodynamics by P K Nag and Rajput

Thermodynamics by Cengel.

For the Theory of Machines

Theory of machines by Ratan

For Vibrations

Mechanical Vibration by Grover

Best Books for GATE 2020- EE (Electrical Engineering):



For Engineering Mathematics

Advanced Engineering Mathematics by E.Kreyszig

For Electric Circuits

Transient Analysis Of Electric Power Circuits by Arieh L Shenkmann

Circuit Theory: Analysis & Synthesis by Abhijit Chakrabarti

For Electromagnetic Fields

Elements of Electromagnetics by Mathew N. O. SADIKU

Engineering Electromagnetics by William H. Hayt

For Signals and Systems

Signals and Systems by Oppenheim and Wilsky

Signals and Systems by Nagoor Kani

For Electrical Machines

Electrical Machinery by P.S Bimbhra

For Power Systems

Power Systems Engineering by Nagrath and Kothari

Power Systems by JB Guptha & CL Wadhwa

For Control Systems

Control Systems Engineering by Nagrath and Gopal

For Electrical and Electronic Measurements

Electrical and Electronic Measurement and Instrumentation by AK Sawhney

For Analog and Digital Electronics


Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Boylestad

Digital Design by M.Morris Mano

Integrated Electronics : Analog And Digital Circuits And Systems by Christos C. Halkias, Chetan D. Parikh Jacob Millman

For Power Electronics

Power Electronics by MH Rashid

Power Electronics by P.S.Bimbhra

Best Books for GATE 2020-EC (Electronics & Communication):



For Engineering Mathematics

Higher Engineering Mathematics – Dr. BS Grewal

Engineering Mathematics – Erwin Kreyszig

Advanced Engineering Mathematics – Dr. HK Dass

Advanced Engineering Mathematics by R. K. Jain, S. R. K. Iyengar

For General Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude – R. S. Agarwal

Logical Reasoning – R. S. Agarwal

Objective English – Hari Mohan Prasad

Quantitative Aptitude by CAT by Arun Sharma

For Network Theory

Network Theory by Alexander Sadiku

Circuit Theory by A.Chakraborty

Network Analysis by Van Valkenburg

Engineering Circuit Analysis – Hayt & Kammerly

Linear Circuit Analysis- De Carlo/Lin

For Electronic Devices

Integrated Electronics:- Jacob Millman & Christos C. Halkias

Solid State electronic Devices- Ben Streetman and Sanjay Banerjee

Semiconductor devices – David Neamen

Semiconductor devices-S. M. Sze

DC Analysis of MOS Transistor-Tsivid

For Analog Circuits

Micro Electronics circuit – Sedra & Smith

Linear ICs – Gaekwad

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

Electronic Devices and Circuit   Theory by Robert L Boylestad & Nashelsky      

Pulse and Digital Electronics by Millman and Taub

For Digital Circuits

Digital Electronics – Morris Mano

Microprocessor Architecture, Programming and Application with the 8085 – Ramesh Gaonker

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

Digital circuits and design by Salivahanan

Fundamentals of digital systems by Anandkumar

Digital Logic and Computer Design by M.Morris Mano

For System & Signal

Signals & Systems By Alan V. Oppenheim

Modern digital and analog Communications system by BP Lathi

Digital Signal Processing by S.K Mitra

Signals & System – Oppenheim & Schafer

Signals & System – Proakis

Signals & System – Schaum Series-H.P. Hsu

For Control System

Automatic Control Systems – Benjamin C Kuo

Modern Control System – Katsuhiko Ogata

Control Systems Engineering by Norman Nise

Control Systems by Nagarath and Gopal

NPTEL Video lectures by M. Gopal

For Communications


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)

For Electro-Magnetics

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 Balmain

Antenna Theory by Balanis

NPTEL Lectures by Prof. R. Shevgaonkar

Engineering Electromagnetics-William Hayt

Schaum’s Outline of Electromagnetics -Joseph A Edminister

Antenna And Wave Propagation-KD Prasad

Best books for GATE 2020 – CS (Computer Science):


Computer Science

Operating System by Galvin

Algorithm by Cormen

Architecture by Hamacher

TOC- Theory of Computation by Ullman

Best books for GATE 2020 – AG (Agricultural Engineering):


Agricultural Engineering

Concept of Agricultural Engineering by Mohanty Das

Soil & Water Conservation by VVN Murty

Farm Machinery by Three Authors

Best books for GATE 2020 – CH (Chemical Engineering):


Chemical Engineering

JP Holman by Heat Transfer

Mc Cabe -FPM and MO by Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering

BK Dutta by Principles of Mass Transfer and Separation Processes

Fogler by Essentials of Chemical Reaction Engineering

JM Smith by Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Ram Prasad by Chemical Engineering For Gate Principles Solved Problems & Objective Type Questions

M.Subbu by An Insight into Chemical Engineering

 Best books for GATE 2020 – ME(Mechanical Engineering):


Mechanical Engineering

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

Cengel (For understanding concept)

P.K.Nag for Thermodynamics

Swadesh Singh for Production Engineering

S.S. Ratan for Theory of Machine (TOM)

Best books for GATE 2020 – GG (Geology and Geophysics): 


Geology and Geophysics

Complete Master Guide GATE by Amresh Singh

Geophysics by Telford

Best books for GATE 2020 – PI (Production and Industrial):


Production and Industrial

Thermodynamics by P.K Nag

Heat Transfer by Made Easy Class Notes

Production by Swadesh Sing, S K Mondal Notes

Material Science by Made Easy Class Notes & Swadesh Singh

Fluid Mechanics and Machinery by Modi & Seth

Machine Design by VB Bhandari

Strength of Material by Sadhu Singh

Refrigeration by Made Easy Class Notes

IC engine by Mathur Sharma

Theory of Machine by SS Rattan

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