Recommended Books for GATE CS & IT Preparation

If you are currently preparing for GATE Computer Science and Information Technology (CS) and looking for the best books for its preparation, then you have landed on the right page.

In this article, we will provide you with the recommended books that will give an edge to your GATE exam preparation and help you get the desired score in GATE CS & IT.

CS & IT has always been the most preferred choice for many GATE aspirants. With all the technological advancements in the 21st century, especially in the field of Computer Science, and the ever-increasing demand for skilled candidates in the software industries and research field, this course has gained significant prominence in the last few years.

It is imperative to have the best study material to crack the challenging GATE exam. Having access to the best books will boost your confidence level tremendously and keep you ahead in the exam game. 

Recommended Books for GATE CS & IT Preparation

Refer to the below-mentioned books to ace the GATE CS & IT exam with flying colours.

SectionTopicImportant Books
Engineering MathematicsLinear Algebra
Probability and Statistics
B. S.Grewal,
H.K. Das, 

Linear Algebra and Its Applications by Gilbert Strang (Linear Algebra), 

A First Course In Probability by Sheldon Ross (Probability),

Problems in Calculus in one variable by IA Maron (Calculus)
Discrete MathematicsPredicate and propositional logic
Graph theory
Group Theory
Kenneth Rosen (Discrete   Mathematics and its application)

Narsingh Deo (Graph Theory)

C.Liu (Discrete Mathematics)

Matrices (A.R. Vasishta)

Discrete Mathematical Structures with Applications to Computer Science by Jean-Paul Tremblay,

R Manohar (Group Theory)
Digital LogicBoolean Algebra.
Combinational and sequential circuits.
Number representations and computer arithmetic (fixed and floating-point).
Morris Mano (Digital Logic Design)

Anand Kumar (Fundamentals of Digital Circuit)
Computer Organization and ArchitectureMachine instructions and addressing modes.
ALU, data-path and control unit.
Instruction pipelining, pipeline hazards.
Memory hierarchy: cache, main memory and secondary storage; I/O interface(interrupt and DMA mode).
Carl Hamacher (Computer Organization and Architecture)

William Stalling (Computer Organization and Architecture)
Programming and Data StructuresProgramming in C.
Arrays, stacks, queues, linked lists, trees, binary search trees, binary heaps, graphs.
Dennis M Ritchie (C programming Language)

Yashwant Kanetkar (Understanding Pointers in C)

Alan Feur (Puzzles in C)
Sahni (Data Structure)

Forouzan (Data Structure)
AlgorithmsSearching, sorting, hashing.
Asymptotic worst-case time and space complexity.
Algorithm design techniques: Greedy, Dynamic programming and Divide-and-conquer.
Graph traversals, minimum spanning trees, shortest paths

H. Cormen (Introduction to Algorithm)

Sahni (Fundamental of computer Algorithms)
Theory of ComputationRegular expressions and Finite Automata. 
Context-free grammars and push-down automata.
Regular and context-free languages, pumping lemma.
Turing machines and undecidability.
Hopcroft & Ullman (Formal Language and automata theory)

Peter Linz(Formal Language and Automata Theory) 
Compiler DesignLexical analysis, parsing, syntax-directed translation.
Runtime environments.
Intermediate code generation.
Local optimisation, Data flow analyses: constant propagation, liveness analysis,
Common subexpression elimination.

Ravi Sethi (Compiler)
Operating SystemSystem calls, processes, threads, inter-process communication, concurrency and synchronization.
CPU and I/O scheduling.
Memory management and virtual memory. File systems.
Galvin, Gagne (Operating System concepts)

Tanenbaum (Modern operating system)
Relational model: relational algebra, tuple calculus, SQL.
Integrity constraints, normal forms.
File organization, indexing (e.g., B and B+ trees). Transactions and concurrency control. 
Henry F. Korth (database System concept)

Ramez Elmasri (Database system)
Computer NetworksConcept of layering: OSI and TCP/IP Protocol Stacks;
Basics of packet, circuit and virtual circuit switching;
Data link layer: framing, error detection, Medium Access Control, Ethernet bridging;
Routing protocols: shortest path, flooding, distance vector and link-state routing;
Fragmentation and IP addressing, IPv4, CIDR notation, Basics of IP support protocols (ARP, DHCP, ICMP), Network
Address Translation (NAT);
Transport layer: flow control and congestion control, UDP, TCP, sockets;
Application layer protocols: DNS, SMTP, HTTP, FTP, Email.
Forouzon (Data communication and networking)

Tanenbaum (Computer networks)

Larry L. Peterson (computer networks)

Also read: Pro Tips to Crack GATE Computer Science & Information Technology

GATE 2022 Computer Science & Information Technology 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

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. 

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