GATE Exam 2016: List of reference books

Cracking the GATE is not an easy task and proper study strategy, determination and focus is required in order to crack the exam and score well in the same.

The exam is expected to take place on January 30 till February 7 next year. The score obtained in GATE 2016 will be valid for a period of three years only from the date of announcement of results. GATE 2016 will be jointly administered by the IISc and seven IIT’s namely Mumbai, Delhi, Kanpur, Roorkee, Madras, Kharagpur, Guwahati.

The syllabi for GATE 2016 papers have been revised and differs from those of GATE 2015.

As you all have already done your graduation in engineering, you might still be having your B.Tech books. And as GATE is just an extension of your engineering syllabus, you should practice as many questions from those books as possible.

We bring before you a list of important reference books.


Reference book 1: Fundamentals of Electric Circuits by Charles K. Alexander, Matthew N. O. Sadiku

Reference book 2: Engineering Circuit Analysis by William H. Hayt and Jack E. Kemmerly


Reference book 1: Engineering Electromagnetics by William H. Hayt Jr., John A. Buck

Reference book 2: Electromagnetic Waves by R K Shevgaonkar

Signals and Systems

Reference book 1: Signals and Systems by Alan V. Oppenheim

Reference book 2: Signals and Systems by Tarun Kumar Rawat

Analog Circuits

Reference book 1: Microelectronic Circuits by Adel S. Sedra, Kenneth Carless Smith

Reference book 2: Integrated Electronics by Millman and Halkias

Digital Circuits

Reference book 1: Digital Systems: Principles and Applications by Tocci

Reference book 2: Digital Logic & Computer Design by M.Morris Mano

Control Systems

Reference book 1: Control Systems Engineering by I.J. Nagrath

Reference book 2: AUTOMATIC CONTROL SYSTEMS by B.C. Kuo

Electrical Machines

Reference book 1: Electrical Machinery by P. S. Bimbhra

Reference book 2: A Textbook of Electrical Technology by B.L. Theraja


Reference book 1: A Course in Electrical and Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation by A. K. Sawhney, Puneet Sawhney

Reference book 2: Electronic instrumentation and measurement techniques by William David Cooper

Power Systems

Reference book 1: Electrical Power Systems by C. L. Wadhwa

Reference book 2: Principles of Power System by V. K. Mehta, Rohit Mehta

Power Electronics

Reference book 1: Power Electronics by P. S. Bimbhra

Reference book 2: Power Electronics: Circuits, Devices, and Applications by Rashid


Reference book 1: Communication systems by Simon S. Haykin

Reference book 2: Principles Of Communication Systems by Taub

Electronic Devices

Reference book 1: Semiconductor Physics And Devices by Neamen

Reference book 2: Integrated Electronics Solid State Electronic Devices by Ben G. Streetman, Sanjay Banerjee


Reference book 1: Measurement systems: application design by Doebeli

Reference book 2: Principles of measurement systems book by John Bentley


Reference book 1: Fiber Optics and Optoelectronics by R. P. Khare

Reference book 2: Optical Fiber Communications by Gerd Keiser

Process Control

Process Control Instrumentation Technology by Curtis D. Johnson

Engineering Mechanics

Reference book 1: Mechanics for Engineers (Statics and Dynamics) by Beer and Johnston

Strength of Materials

Reference book 1: Mechanics of Material by Beer and Johnston

Reference book 2:  Strength of Materials by Sadhu Singh

Design of machine elements

Reference book 1: A Test Book of Machine Design by R.S.Khurmi and J.K.Gupta

Reference book 2:  Design of Machine Elements by V.B.Bhandari

Theory of machines

Reference book 1: Theory of Machines by S.Ratan

Reference book 2:  Theory of Mechanisms and Machines by Amitabha Ghosh and Asok Kumar Mallik


Reference book 1: Vibrations by S S Rao

Reference book 2: Vibrations by M.P.Grover

Fluid Mechanics

Reference book 1: Fluid Mechanics by K. L .Kumar

Reference book 2: Fluid Mechanics by R.K.Bansal

Thermal Science

Reference book 1: Engineering Thermodynamics by P.K.Nag

Reference book 2: Thermodynamics by R.K.Rajput

Heat Transfer

Reference book 1: Engineering heat and mass transfer by R.C. Sachdeva

Reference book 2: Heat transfer by R Yadav

Manufacturing Science

Reference book 1: Manufacturing Technology by P.N.Rao

Reference book 2: Manufacturing Science by Ghosh and Mallik

Industrial Engineering

Reference book 1: Industrial Engineering and Management – O P Khanna

Reference book 2: Operation Research: Quantitative Techniques for Management – V K Kapoor


Reference book 1: Datebase concepts by korth & sudarshan

Reference book 2: Database management systems by Raghurama krishnan

Discrete Mathamatics

Reference book 1: Discrete mathematics and its applications by kenneth rosen

Reference book 2: Discrete mathematical structures by Tremblay & manohar


Reference book 1: Introduction to Algorithims by cormen

Reference book 2: The Design and analysis of Computer Algorithm by Aho, Ullman

Data structures

Reference book 1: Data Structures Using C and C++, by Langsam, Augenstein, Tenenbau

Reference book 2: Classic Data structures by Debasis samanta

C Language

Reference book 1: Data Structures Using C and C++, by Langsam, Augenstein, Tenenbau

Reference book 2: Let us C by Yashwanth Kanetkar

Theory of Computation

Reference book 1: Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation by John E. Hopcroft, Jeffery D. Ullman

Reference book 2: An Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata by Peter Linz

Compiler Design

Reference book 1: Compilers, Principles, Techniques and Tools by Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, Jeffery D. Ullman

Computer Networks

Reference book 1: Computer Networks by Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Reference book 2: Data Communication and Networking by Behrouz A. Forouzan

Operating Systems

Reference book 1: Operating System Concepts by Silberschatz,A., Galvin,P.B., Gagne, G

Reference book 2: Operating System by William Stallings

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