Important Books For GATE Civil Engineering 2022

When it comes to your GATE Civil Engineering (CE) preparation, choosing the right set of books is imperative. Having the appropriate books at the right time will help you in your GATE exam preparation and bring you closer to your dream of pursuing studies from premier institutes (IITs/NITs/IISc).

With a consistent prominence and a high competition level in the Civil Engineering stream, aspirants are always looking for the best resources to prepare for the subject effectively.  

In this article, we will share some of the important books that you should and must study while preparing for Civil Engineering. These books are a valuable resource for GATE CE aspirants and contain information that is crucial from the exam point of view.

Let’s have a look at the books.

Essential Books for CE Preparation

SectionsTopicsImportant Books
Engineering MathematicsLinear Algebra
Ordinary Differential Equation
Partial Differential Equation
Probability and Statistics
Numerical Methods
B.S Grewal

H.K Das
Structural EngineeringEngineering Mechanics

Strength of Materials

Structural Analysis

Construction Materials and Management

Concrete Structures

Steel Structures
Mechanics of Materials- Gere  & Timoshenko

Mechanics of Structure (Vol. 1) – Dr H.J. Shah, S.B. Junnarkar

Structural Analysis (9th Edition)- R.C. Hibbler

Analysis of Structures (Vol. I & II) – Vazirani and Ratwani

Construction Project Management – K.N. Jha
Construction Project Management – K. K. Chitkara

RCC Design – B. C. Punamia,N Krishanrajan

Reinforced Concrete Design – Pillai & D. Menon

Prestressed Concrete: N. Krishna Raju

Limit State Design of Steel Structures – S.K. Duggal

Steel Design – L. S. Negi

Geotechnical EngineeringSoil Mechanics

Foundation Engineering
Reference Books: (Common for Subcategories)

Basic and Applied Soil Mechanics: Gopal Ranjan & Rao

Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering: S. K. Garg
Water Resource EngineeringFluid Mechanics and Hydraulics


Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics including Hydraulic Machines – Modi and Seth

Flow in Open Channel : K. Subramanya 
Hydrology- K. Subramanya

Irrigation Engineering and Hydraulic Structures – S.K. Garg

Irrigation Water Resources and Water Power Engineering: P. N. Modi
Environmental EngineeringWater and Wastewater

Quality and treatment

Air pollution

Municipal Solid Wastes 
Environmental Engineering (Vol. I & II): S. K Garg

Environmental Engineering: Peavy & Rowe
Transportation EngineeringTransportation Infrastructure

Highway Pavements

Traffic Engineering

Railway and Airport Engineering
Highway Engineering- Khanna & Justo
                                                                                HighwayEngineering – L.R. Kadiyali.

S K Khanna & M G AroraS C Saxena & S P Arora
Geometrics EngineeringGeometrics EngineeringSurveying (Vol. I & II)- B.C. Punmia

Surveying (Vol. I & II) – S.K. Duggal

Also read: Tips To Prepare Engineering Mathematics For GATE 2022

GATE 2022 Civil 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% of Marks)
Marking SchemeFor 1 mark questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
For 2 marks questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for every incorrect response.
There is no negative marking for NAT and MSQs

Also read: GATE 2022 Preparation Tips for Civil Engineering (CE)

To make the most of these books and for better practice, it is strongly recommended to solve previous year’s question papers and attempt Mock Tests on a regular basis. 

Now when you are aware of the important Civil Engineering books, kickstart your GATE CE preparation with PrepLadder. It is an excellent source of quality and reliable learning material for GATE aspirants and has everything you need to ace GATE on one single platform. 

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Raminder Singh

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