In this post I tried to compile the results of a survey conducted on inspire n ignite in 2009. Usually only very standard books used by many students in India for GATE preparation was referred by them.

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The best study books for preparing GATE in mechanical engineering are as below.

Engineering Mathematics

Higher Engineering Mathematics by B.S.Grewal
Intermediate Mathematics, S.chand publications by B.V.Sastry , K.Venkateswarlu ( if i remember ) both the volumes.
Probability , statistics and queuing theory by S.C.Gupta & V.K.Kapoor
Numerical Methods by S.S.Sastry

Applied Mechanics and Design

Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Mechanics by Bhavikatti
Engineering Mechanics by Beer and Johnston,
Engineering Mechanics by R K Rajput

Strength of Materials
Strength of Materials by Gere and Timoshenko, B C Unamia, Sadhu Singh, Ramamrutham
Strength of Materials by Beer Johnston and R K Bansal

Theory of Machines
Theory of Machines by R S Khurmi, Malik and Ghosh
Theory of machines by Ratan

Vibrations
Mechanical Vibration by Grover

Design
Machine Design by Shigley and V B Bhandari
Machine Design by Khurmi, Bhandari

Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences

Fluid Mechanics
Fluid Mechanics by R K Bansal

Heat-Transfer
Heat and Mass Transfer by J P Hollman and R C Sachdeva
Heat Transfer by Cengel and Holman

Thermodynamics
Enginnering Thermodynamics by P K Nag and Rajput
Thermodyanmics by Cengel.

Applications
IC Engine by M L Mathur and R P Sharma
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning by C P Arora and Domkundwar

Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering

Engineering Materials
Materials Science by Callister and Narula
Material Science by WD Callister and I P Singh

Welding
Welding by Parmar

Computer Integrated Manufacturing
CAD/CAM by Zimmer and Grover, Ibrahim Zeid

Production, planning and Operation Research
Production Engineering by Kalpkjian Schmid, Amitabh Ghosh and A K Malik
Industrial Engineering by O P Khanna, Buffa and Sarin
Industrial Research by Mahajan
Manufacturing by Ghosh and Mallik, Kalpakjian
Operations Research by Kanti Swarup
Manufacturing by Refer HMT book and Hajra Choudary

Other books
Previous GATE Question papers(Made Easy Publishers,GK publishers etc)
Previous Engg Services question papers(Made Easy Publishers)
Aptitude Test-D R Choudhary
Multiple choice questions by Timothy . J . Williams , TMH publications

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