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.
Please refer to GATE study material to learn about the use of multiple books for GATE preparations. You would also find GATE preparation guide helpful for understanding GATE preparation and M.Tech admission process.
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The best study books for preparing GATE in mechanical engineering are as below.
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 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