Best Books for GATE Mechanical Engineering Preparation

Half of the battle is already won if you have the right books for the challenging GATE exam! Yes, you read it right.  

To fulfil a dream as big as cracking the GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) exam, you should have the best study material at your hand. You could have a well-structured study plan and all the time at your hand, but if you don’t have the best books to refer to, you will indeed lag in your GATE exam preparation.

Mechanical Engineering is one of the most popular streams where students opt for this paper as the mechanical branch through GATE opens the gateway to some elite PSUs like Indian Oil, ONGC, NTPC, DRDO, HPCL, BPCL etc.  

To streamline your preparation process, we have compiled a list of the best books for GATE Mechanical Engineering. Refer to these books to get an edge in your exam preparation.

GATE Mechanical Engineering Best Books

Refer to the below-mentioned books to ace the GATE ME exam with flying colours.

SectionTopicsImportant Books
Engineering MaterialsBasic Crystallography
Mechanical Properties
Phase Diagrams
Phase Transformations
Heat Treatment of Steels
William Callister

KM Gupta 
ThermodynamicsBasic Thermodynamic Concepts
Energy Transfer & Analysis
Second Law of Thermodynamic
Availability & Irreversibility
Properties of Pure Substance
Thermodynamic Property Relations
Yunus Cengel
PK Nag
Onkar Singh  
Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning RC & Reversed Carnot Cycle
Vapour Compression System
Psychrometry of AC Processes 
CP Arora
Bill Whitman
RS Khurmi 
Internal Combustion EngineAir-Standard Cycle
Combustion of Fuel & Knocking
Engine Performance Parameter
Emission & Emission Control
V Ganesan ML Mathur 
Power Plant EngineeringSteam Generators
Analysis of Steam Cycles
Fuels and Combustion
Gas Turbines & Compressors 
PK Nag
AK Raja
RK Rajput
S Ramachandran 
Heat and Mass Transfer Basic Heat Transfer Concepts
Heat Transfer by Conduction
Heat Transfer by Convection
Heat Exchangers
Heat Transfer by Radiation
RC Sachdeva
JP Holman 
Fluid Mechanics Fundamental Concepts
Fluid Statics
Differential Analysis of FM
Dynamics of Fluid Flow
Internal Incompressible VF
External Incompressible VF 
Fox and Donald
Frank M White
K Subramanya
Modi and Seth
RK Bansal 
Turbo MachineryHydraulic Turbine
Centrifugal Pumps
Reciprocating Pumps 
Fox and Donald
Frank M White
K Subramanya
Modi and Seth
RK Bansal
Jagdish Lal 
Engineering Mechanics Analysis of System of Forces
Plane Trusses & Virtual WorkMotion
RC Hibbeler
UC Jindal
SS Bhavikatti 
Strength of MaterialMechanical Properties of Material
Simple Stresses & Strains
Composite System & Thermal Stresses
Complex and Principal Stresses
Slope & Deflection
Torsion of Shafts
Strain Energy & Springs
Pressure Vessels
Beer Johnston
James M.Gere
BC Punmia
S Ramamrutham 
Theory of MachinesMechanism and Machines
Velocity & Acceleration Analysis
Governors and Flywheel
SS Rattan
VP singh 
Design of Machine ElementsStatic and Fluctuating Load
Theories of Failure
Shaft, Keys, Couplings & Spring
Gear and Flywheel
VB Bhandari
Robert Norton  
Industrial EngineeringInventory Control
Aggregate Production Planning
Material Requirement Planning
Line Balancing
Sequencing and PERT-CPM
Linear Programming Problem
Computer Programming
OP Khanna
Hira and Gupta
Kanti Swaroop
ND Vohra
Ravi Shankar 
Manufacturing EngineeringMetal Casting
Metrology and Inspection
Metal Welding
Fundamentals of Machining
Metal Forming
Mikkel Groover
Ghosh and Malik
PN Rao
PC Sharma 

 Also read: GATE Preparation Tips For Mechanical Engineering

GATE 2022 Mechanical Engineering Exam Pattern

Exam Duration 3 hours
Number of Questions 65
Total Marks100
Types of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)
Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
SectionsGeneral Aptitude (15 Marks)
Engineering Mathematics (13 Marks)
Technical (72 Marks)
Marking SchemeFor 1 mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
For 2 marks MCQ, 2/3 marks will be deducted for every incorrect response.
There is no negative marking for NAT and MSQs

Also read: Tips To Prepare Engineering Mathematics For GATE 2022

It is imperative to solve previous year’s question papers and attempt Mock Tests on a regular basis to make the most of these books.

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Raminder Singh

Raminder is a Content Manager at PrepLadder. He has worked in several aspects of the education industry throughout his career and has assisted numerous candidates in cracking major competitive exams.