In a survey conducted on Inspire n Ignite regarding GATE study material we received over 600 responses and not to be surprised most of them were for Computer Science (CSE).

This is the result of contribution from lots of people, most of the books are really standard and most of friend shared the same books. I would like to acknowledge few of the for sure as their effort is enormous and almost everyone gave the list of all the books. Specially Amol Warade for his detailed information based on syllabus.

The contributors for this are Ashish Gupta, Amol warade, Jainendra shukla, Arti Patidar, Partha Sarathi Sen, Kaushal Kishore, Dinesh, Ilthsafg and many others who gave only two of three names. But the names mentioned above gave a full list of books needed to prepare for GATE. Whole Inspire n Ignite community is thankful their efforts.

Do visit GATE study marital to learn about how to use multiple books for GATE preparation. The reference books for GATE CSE and IT students are below.

Mathematical Logic: Propositional Logic; First Order Logic, Set Theory & Algebra: Sets; Relations; Functions; Groups; Partial Orders; Lattice; Boolean Algebra.
Textbook :
” Discrete Mathematics ” by Tremblay and Manohar .

Probability: Conditional Probability; Mean, Median, Mode and Standard Deviation; Random Variables; Distributions; uniform, normal, exponential, Poisson, Binomial.
Textbook :
” Probability , statistics and queuing theory ” by S.C.Gupta & V.K.Kapoor

Combinatorics: Permutations; Combinations; Counting; Summation; generating functions; recurrence relations; asymptotics.
Textbook :
” Intermediate Mathematics ” , S.Chand publications , authors : B.V.Sastry and K.Venkateswarlu ( if i remember )
” Higher Engineering Mathematics ” by B.S.Grewal for generating functions and recurrence relations . ( Bessel’s formula , Lagrangian Polynomial )
” Introduction to algorithms ” – Cormen etal ( CLRS ) for recurrence relations and asymptotics

Graph Theory: Connectivity; spanning trees; Cut vertices & edges; covering; matching; independent sets; Colouring; Planarity; Isomorphism
Textbook :
” Intoduction to Graph Theory ” by Narsing Deo

Linear Algebra: Algebra of matrices, determinants, systems of linear equations, Eigen values and Eigen vectors.
Textbook :
” Higher Engineering Mathematics ” by B.S.Grewal

Numerical Methods: LU decomposition for systems of linear equations; numerical solutions of non linear algebraic equations by Secant, Bisection and Newton-Raphson Methods; Numerical integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rules.
Textbook :
” Numerical Methods ” – by S.S.Sastry

Calculus: Limit, Continuity & differentiability, Mean value Theorems, Theorems of integral calculus, evaluation of definite & improper integrals, Partial derivatives, Total derivatives, maxima & minima.
Textbook :
” Intermediate Mathematics ” , S.chand publications , authors : B.V.Sastry , K.Venkateswarlu ( if i remember )

Formal Languages and Automata Theory: Regular languages and finite automata, Context free languages and Push-down automata, Recursively enumerable sets and Turing machines, Un-decidability;
Textbook :
” Formal Languages and Automata theory ” , J.D.Ullman etal

Analysis of Algorithms and Computational Complexity: Asymptotic analysis (best, worst, average case) of time and space, Upper and lower bounds on the complexity of specific problems, NP-completeness.
Textbook :
” Introduction to algorithms ” – Cormen etal ( CLRS )
” Computer Algorithms ” – Horowitz and Sahani
A very good textbook on “Algorithms ” coming soon from Dr.M.N.Seetaramanth ( Tata Mc Graw Hill publications )

Digital Logic: Logic functions, Minimization, Design and synthesis of Combinational and Sequential circuits; Number representation and Computer Arithmetic (fixed and floating point);
Textbook :
” Digital Logic circuits and Design ” by Morris Mano

Computer Organization: Machine instructions and addressing modes, ALU and Data-path, hardwired and micro-programmed control, Memory interface, I/O interface (Interrupt and DMA mode), Serial communication interface, Instruction pipelining, Cache, main and secondary storage.
Textbook :
” Computer Organisation ” by Morris Mano
” Computer Architecture ” by Briggs and 2 chinese authors ( blue cover pad ) { for pipelining }

Data structures: Notion of abstract data types, Stack, Queue, List, Set, String, Tree, Binary search tree, Heap, Graph;
Textbook :
” Data structures ” Schaumm’s outline series
” Data structures in PASCAL ” by Horowitz and Sahani
” Data structures and Algorithms ” by Weiss etal
” Introduction to algorithms ” – Cormen etal ( CLRS )

Programming Methodology: C programming, Program control (iteration, recursion, Functions), Scope, Binding, Parameter passing, Elementary concepts of Object oriented, Functional and Logic Programming

Textbook :
” Programming with C ” – Byron Gottfried , Schaumm’s outline series
” Principles of Programming Languages ” by Robert W Sebesta , Addison Wesley
” Programming with C++ ” – Balaguruswamy

Algorithms for problem solving: Tree and graph traversals, Connected components, Spanning trees, Shortest paths; Hashing, Sorting, Searching; Design techniques (Greedy, Dynamic Programming, Divide-and-conquer);
Textbook :
” Data structures ” Schaumm’s outline series
” Data structures in PASCAL ” by Horowitz and Sahani
” Computer Algorithms ” – Horowitz and Sahani
” Data structures and Algorithms ” by Weiss etal
” Introduction to algorithms ” – Cormen etal ( CLRS )

Compiler Design: Lexical analysis, Parsing, Syntax directed translation, Runtime environment, Code generation, Linking (static and dynamic);
Textbook :
” Principles of Compiler Design ” , Aho , Ullman etal .
” Systems Programming ” by John . J . Donovan

Operating Systems: Classical concepts (concurrency, synchronization, deadlock), Processes, threads and Inter-process communication, CPU scheduling, Memory management, File systems, I/O systems, Protection and security.

Textbook :
” Operating system concepts ” by Abraham Silberschatz and Peter Galvin
” Advanced Unix Programming ” by W. Richard . Stevens
” Advanced Unix Programming ” by N.B.Venkateswarlu , BPB publications

Databases: Relational model (ER-model, relational algebra, tuple calculus), Database design (integrity constraints, normal forms), Query languages (SQL), File structures (sequential files, indexing, B+ trees), Transactions and concurrency control;

Textbook :
” Database Management systems ” – Raghu RamaKrishnan
” Database system concepts ” – Silberschatz , Korth , Sudarshan
” Database systems ” – C.J.Date { normalisation is very lucidly written }
” Principles of Database Systems ” – J.D.Ullman { This is a very good book }

Computer Networks: ISO/OSI stack, sliding window protocol, LAN Technologies (Ethernet, Token ring), TCP/UDP, IP, Basic concepts of switches, gateways, and routers.
Textbook :
” Computer Networks ” – Tenenbaum
” Data communications and Networking ” – William Stallings

Some more important books :
” Multiple choice questions ” – Timothy . J . Williams , TMH publications
” Gate Question Papers ” – G.K.Publishers { follow it only for questions , answers are all wrong in it }
“Aptitude Test” -D R Choudhary
” Multiple choice questions ” – Timothy . J . Williams , TMH publications
” Gate Question Papers ” – G.K.Publishers

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