Best Books for GATE Mechanical Engineering 2021 (Suggested By Toppers!)

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Looking for Best Books for GATE Mechanical Engineering for GATE 2021 Preparation? Well, then you have come to the right place. GATE Mechanical Exam is considered as one of the toughest exams in India. But is it really tough? All depends on how much have you prepared, right? But the issue, which is the Best Book for GATE Mechanical Engineering? Because studying from a good book, will eventually help you understanding the concepts and leading to a better score.

Always remember, nothing is hard. Cracking GATE is also possible. The only thing that matters here is how much you practice, how much you work hard. Because without practice, even the easiest paper may become the worst nightmare. So, always get thorough with your concepts.

Here is an article, written for you. We have listed down the Best Books for GATE Mechanical Engineering 2021, along with detailed book explanations. Do Comment On How You Liked The Article.

Some key highlights:

  • Covers your entire GATE Mechanical Engineering Syllabus
  • Well written books, for easy understanding of concepts
  • Ample of questions to practice
  • Plus, recommended by GATE Rankers – Toppers (who did self-study, without any classes)

Best Books for GATE Mechanical 2021 – Subject Wise

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No.GATE Mechanical SubjectsBook NameBook Author
1ThermodynamicsEngineering Thermodynamics (Num)P.K. Nag
Thermodynamics: An Engineering ApproachYunus A Cengel
2Fluid MechanicsHydraulics And Fluid Mechanics Including Hydraulics Machines (Num)P. N. Modi, S. M. Seth
A Textbook of fluid mechanics and Hydraulic MachinesR.K. Bansal
3Manufacturing TechnologyProduction Technology: Manufacturing Processes, Technology and AutomationR.K Jain
4Theory of Machines and VibrationsThe Theory of MachinesS.S Ratan
5Material ScienceMaterials Science And EngineeringI. P. Singh
Callister’s Materials Science and EngineeringR. Balasubramaniam
6Industrial EngineeringIndustrial Engineering and ManagementO.P. Khanna
7Heat TransferFundamentals of Engineering Heat and Mass TransferR.C. Sachdeva
8Engineering MechanicsA Textbook of Applied MechanicsR.K. Rajput
9Strength of MaterialsStrength of Materials (T + Num)Dr. B.C. Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Kumar Jain
10Machine DesignDesign of Machine ElementsV. Bhandari
11Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC)Refrigeration and Air ConditioningC.P. Arora
12Operations ResearchIntroduction to Management Science Operations ResearchKanti Swarup, Man Mohan, P. K. Gupta
13AptitudeQuantitative AptitudeR.S. Aggarwal
A Modern Approach To Verbal And Non-Verbal ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
14Engineering MathematicsHigher Engineering MathematicsB.S. Grewal

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Analysis of Best Books for GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 2021

Below you can find the complete detail analysis of all the above listed Best Books for GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) 2021 Exam Recommended by Topper:

1. Thermodynamics

  • Book Name: Engineering Thermodynamics by P.K. Nag
  • Book Name: Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach by Yunus A. Cengel

Engineering Thermodynamics by P.K. Nag is considered the Best GATE Mechanical Thermodynamics Book mostly for numerical for GATE ME 2021 preparation. It consists of a good level of examples, and also an ample number of questions for each chapter. Toppers also recommend this book to solve questions of each chapter.

If you want to build up your concepts, then the best-recommended book is “Thermodynamics by Yunus A. Cengel“. This book is well structured and the language, as well as the contents, are written in precise, simple and clear. All concepts are explained in a simple manner and this will help you to build up your confidence level in problem-solving. I recommend to read this book first, and then solve all questions from P.K. Nag.

Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach by Yunus A. Cengel
Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach by Yunus A. Cengel
Engineering Thermodynamics by PK Nag
Engineering Thermodynamics by P.K. Nag

2. Fluid Mechanics

  • Book Name: Hydraulics And Fluid Mechanics Including Hydraulics Machines by P. N. Modi, S. M. Seth
  • Book Name: A Textbook of fluid mechanics and Hydraulic Machines by R.K. Bansal

Modi & Seth is also a good reference book for clearing all your concepts. With proper examples and clean written concepts, this book can help you in building your confidence with the subject. It has many good solved examples, so practice all of them.

R.K. Bansal is one of the standard books used for fluid mechanics in the GATE Mechanical Exam. Every concept is explained in a simple manner and up to the mark. It is a very good book if you are preparing for GATE or ESE 2021. Practice all the solved examples to get a good grasp of all the concepts.

Hydraulics And Fluid Mechanics Including Hydraulics Machines by P. N. Modi, S. M. Seth
Hydraulics And Fluid Mechanics Including Hydraulics Machines by P. N. Modi, S. M. Seth
A Textbook of fluid mechanics and Hydraulic Machines by R.K. Bansal
A Textbook of fluid mechanics and Hydraulic Machines by R.K. Bansal

3. Manufacturing Technology

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

R.K. Jain is the best book for theory and numerical section considering your GATE ME exam. Concepts are well-written and are easy to understand. Solving all the solved examples will help you in better understanding of the concept.

Besides R.K. Jain, “Manufacturing Science by A.Ghosh & A.K. Malik“, is also a very good book for theory. The only problem is that it has fewer problems to solve. But the detailed explanations of all the core concepts which you need for the exam is explained in-depth.

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

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4. Theory of Machines and Vibrations

  • Book Name: The Theory of Machines by S.S Ratan

This book is one of the best standard book for GATE Mechanical 2021 Preparation. Every concept in this book is explained in-depth. The book comprises of all the chapters and topics asked in the GATE Mechanical Engineering Syllabus. Good number of solved examples and practice questions are provided after every chapter.

Another book that you can refer is, Theory of Machines by J.K. Gupta and R.S. Khurmi.

The Theory of Machines by S.S Ratan
The Theory of Machines by S.S Ratan

5. Material Science

  • Book Name: Materials Science And Engineering by I. P. Singh
  • Book Name: Callister’s Materials Science and Engineering by R. Balasubramaniam

Material Science by I.P. Singh is a very good book from GATE Mechanical Exam point of view. The book will cover all your GATE ME Syllabus concepts and is also considered as a good book for your ESE preparations.

Callister, on the other hand, is also a great book. But is very vast. So if you have only a few months left, then I wouldn’t recommend going with it. If you have time, then do refer Callister, as it will help you in getting in-depth knowledge related to all the concepts, which will also benefit you in your PSU interviews.

Materials Science And Engineering by I. P. Singh
Materials Science And Engineering by I. P. Singh
Callister's Materials Science and Engineering by R. Balasubramaniam
Callister’s Materials Science and Engineering by R. Balasubramaniam

6. Industrial Engineering

  • Book Name: Industrial Engineering and Management by O.P. Khanna

O.P. Khanna is an all-inclusive book since it covers all the concepts required for GATE Mechanical 2021 preparation. This book is good for both theory and problems, which you must practise for each chapter. Solve all the solved examples and then move on to practice questions.

Industrial Engineering and Management by O.P. Khanna
Industrial Engineering and Management by O.P. Khanna

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7. Heat Transfer

  • Book Name: Fundamentals of Engineering Heat and Mass Transfer by R.C. Sachdeva

Sachdeva is one of the best book to prepare for Heat Transfer. This book will help you to build your concepts as the author has explained all the concepts in an easy manner.

Many might have heard about a book by Hollman, but please note, both of them are one and the same, the only difference is that “Fundamentals of Engineering Heat and Mass Transfer by Sachdeva” is like an Indian Edition of Hollman.

Fundamentals of Engineering Heat and Mass Transfer by R.C. Sachdeva
Fundamentals of Engineering Heat and Mass Transfer by R.C. Sachdeva
Heat Transfer by JP Holman
Heat Transfer (SIE) by J Holman, Souvik Bhattacharyya

8. Engineering Mechanics

  • Book Name: A Textbook of Applied Mechanics by R.K. Rajput

This book contains all the topics which are to be covered for Engineering Mechanics in GATE Mechanical 2021 preparation. With simple and easy to understand language, it explains all the concepts with ample number of numerical questions.

Engineering Mechanics by R.K. Rajput
A Textbook of Applied Mechanics by R.K. Rajput

9. Strength of Materials

  • Book Name: Strength of Materials by Dr. B.C. Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Kumar Jain

If you want to have a thorough understanding of all the concepts and practice questions with variation, then I would recommend the above book. Punima is good for both concepts and questions. Due to the large set of practice questions, this book is the best, so practice all the questions. It will surely help you with solving SOM tricky questions.

Strength of Materials by Dr. B.C. Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Kumar Jain
Strength of Materials by Dr. B.C. Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Kumar Jain

10. Machine Design

  • Book Name: Design of Machine Elements by V.B. Bhandari

If you want to the best book for machine design, then you should go with “V.B. Bhandari“. It is the best book for machine design for your GATE Mechanical 2021 preparation. The concepts are explained in-depth, with simple language. This will help you to get a better understanding of the subject. It also consists of an ample number of questions which you can practice. Practising these questions will help you a lot, in cracking this subject.

Design of Machine Elements by V.B. Bhandari
Design of Machine Elements by V.B. Bhandari

11. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

  • Book Name: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning by C.P. Arora

This book is good for scoring in conventional papers. It has more explanation on “Refrigeration” and little on “Air Conditioning”. If your a beginner, then this book is an ideal text-book to learn the basic concepts but is not good for problems.

For more in-depth concepts, you can go for “A Text book of Refrigeration and Air conditioning” by Kurmi R S and J K Gupta.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning by C.P. Arora
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning by C.P. Arora

12. Operation Research

  • Book Name: Introduction to Management Science Operations Research by Kanti Swarup, Man Mohan, P. K. Gupta

The above book is written by a panel of authors and mostly recognized as “Kanti Swarup“. This book contains an ample number of solved examples which you must practice. Practising such examples will help you in understanding the concept as well as help in getting a good score in OR.

Introduction to Management Science Operations Research by Kanti Swarup, Man Mohan, P. K. Gupta
Introduction to Management Science Operations Research by Kanti Swarup, Man Mohan, P. K. Gupta

13. Aptitude

  • Book Name: Quantitative Aptitude, R.S. Aggarwal
  • Book Name: A Modern Approach To Verbal And Non-Verbal Reasoning, R.S. Aggarwal

Both books above are the standard books which everyone recommends to go through. The reason behind this is, it consists of a large number of questions to practice. You will find a wide variety of questions in these books. Practising these many questions will help you to understand all the tricks and the concept involved, which will help you in getting those 15 marks.

There’s another book, which I would like to recommend General Aptitude by Made Easy Publication(for Quants only). This book is also the best for quants. R.S. Aggarwal is a good book but consists of a lot of tricks and too much information, which confuses students if you are staring aptitude one month before the exam. General Aptitude by Made Easy Publication provides, point-to-point explanation and each chapter explain all the formulas along with a solved example. The problems range from low difficulty to high and have sufficient examples to practice. So, if you have less number of days, then I recommend this for quants.

For GATE Mechanical Level Problems, it is advisable to refer R.S.Aggarwal, and likewise for concepts & formulas Made Easy is good.

Quantitative Aptitude, R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude, R.S. Aggarwal
A Modern Approach To Verbal And Non-Verbal Reasoning, R.S. Aggarwal
A Modern Approach To Verbal And Non-Verbal Reasoning, R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal
A Modern Approach To Verbal And Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

Verbal And Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

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14. Engineering Mathematics

  • Book Name: Higher Engineering Mathematics by B.S. Grewal

B.S. Grewal is more than enough to clear all of your concepts. It covers the entire GATE Mathematics Syllabus, and have a number of problems to practice in each chapter. The concepts are explained in a detailed manner along with a solved example for a better understanding.

Higher Engineering Mathematics by B.S. Grewal

The above books mentioned are the Best Books for GATE Mechanical Engineering 2021 Exam Preparation. We are also listing some other popular books which many professors also recommend.


Second-Hand Books for GATE Mechanical 2021 Exam Preparation

As we know, GATE New books are too costly to buy, and especially if you are a Mechanical Engineer. For that, we are adding all the 2nd Hand Books, that you can buy at a lower cost. I will be adding some other books too along with the above-mentioned books. These books are also good for GATE 2021 preparation.


Applied Mechanics and Design

Engineering Mechanics:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
A Textbook of Applied MechanicsRK RajputClick Here
Engineering MechanicsSS BhavikattiClick Here

Strength of Materials:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
Mechanics of MaterialsBarry J. Goodno and James M. GereClick Here
Strength of MaterialsS.S. RattanClick Here
Strength of MaterialsR.K. RajputClick Here

Theory of Machines:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
Theory of MachinesS.S RattanClick Here
Theory of MachinesR.S KhurmiClick Here

Vibrations:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
Mechanical VibrationsG.K. GroverClick Here

Machine Design:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
Design of Machine ElementsV. BhandariClick Here

Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Science

Fluid Mechanics:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
Hydraulics & Fluid Mechanics Including Hydraulics MachinesP. N. Modi, S. M. SethClick Here
A Textbook of fluid mechanics and Hydraulic MachinesR.K. BansalClick Here

Heat-Transfer:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
Heat and Mass TransferP.K. NagClick Here
Heat and Mass TransferR.C. SachdevaClick Here

Thermodynamics:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
Engineering ThermodynamicsP.K. NagClick Here

Applications:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
Internal Combustion EnginesV. GanesanClick Here

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
Refrigeration & Air ConditioningC.P. AroraClick Here
Textbook of Refrigeration and Air-conditioningR.S. KhurmiClick Here

Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering

Engineering Materials:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
Material Science and MetallurgyU.C JindalClick Here

Material Science:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
Materials Science And EngineeringI. P. SinghClick Here
Callister’s Materials Science and EngineeringR. BalasubramaniamClick Here

Production Engineering:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
A Text Book on Production EngineeringDr. Swadesh Kumar SinghClick Here
Manufacturing Engineering and TechnologySerope Kalpakjian Click Here

Industrial Engineering:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
Industrial Engineering and ManagementO. P. KhannaClick Here

Operations Research:

Book TitleAuthorAmazon
Introduction to Management Science Operations ResearchKanti Swarup, Man Mohan, P. K. GuptaClick Here

There are many talented students who want to purchase all the books and study, but don’t have that much luxury. These students can do one thing, use Google Books. Type the name of the book and hit “Search”. You will get a digital copy which you can read. Unfortunately, many books don’t have the “Download as PDF” option embedded, but you can still read it for free.

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Best Books for GATE Mechanical 2021 Preparation – [FAQs]

  1. Which is the best book for Manufacturing Technology for GATE?

    The best book for Manufacturing Technology is “Production Technology: Manufacturing Processes, Technology and Automation by R.K Jain”.

  2. Which is the best book for Theory of Machines?

    For theory of machines, you can refer – “The Theory of Machines by S.S Ratan”.

  3. Which is the best book for Engineering Mechanics?

    “Engineering Mechanics by R.K. Rajput”, is a very good book for Engineering Mechanics GATE Mechanical preparation.

  4. Which are the best books for Industrial Engineering for GATE ME Exams?

    You can go for “Modern Production/Operation Management by Buffa & Sarin”.

  5. Which is the best book for RAC for GATE ME Preparation?

    The best for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning for beginners is, “Refrigeration and Air Conditioning by C.P. Arora”.


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