List of Best Books for GATE XE 2021 Exam Preparation

By Kajal Vats|Updated : October 13th, 2020

GATE XE Books: GATE 2021 Exam is the path that leads the aspirants to their destination of a promising future. And choosing the best reference books is the first and most prioritized step towards GATE XE 2021. So here, in this article, we’ve shared a list of best books for GATE Engineering Sciences(XE) to excel in the exam with good scores.

These books are recommended by the GATE toppers who’ve already accomplished their milestones by following these books. We highly recommend that you pursue the right book by the correct author in order to score high in GATE XE 2021. In this article check out the list of best books and their authors, also the highlights of these books.

GATE XE has 9 sections out of which XE-B (Fluid Mechanics), XE-D(Solid Mechanics), XE-E(Thermodynamics) are considered to be the most important sections with respect to Mechanical Engineers and in terms of career opportunities' as well. So in this article, we are going to look at a few books of these three sections which will help to boost your score.

Best GATE Engineering Sciences Books for General Aptitude, XE-A, XE-B, XE-D, XE-E


Book Name


Fluid Mechanics(XE-B)

Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals & Applications

Cengel n boles

Fluid Mechanics


Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics

Modi & Seith

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Machines

Strength of Materials(XE-D)

Mechanics of Materials 

R C Hibbler

Strength of Materials

B.C. Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Kumar Jain

Engineering Mechanics



Thermodynamics an Engineering Approach


Engineering Thermodynamics

P K Nag

Engineering Mathematics(XE-A)

Higher Engineering Mathematics 

B. S. Grewal

General Aptitude(GA)

A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (Edition: Revised)

R.S. Aggarwal

Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations 

R.S. Aggarwal

Highlights of Important GATE XE Books 2021

1. GATE Fluid Mechanics (XE-B) Books 

  • Book Name: Fluid Mechanics, Fundamentals and Application
  • Author: Cengel n boles

The source material is presented in a progressive order, from basic to advanced, on the basis of foundations laid down in the previous chapters. More examples and images are presented to help the student properly imagine individual circumstances. Numerous examples of workouts explain the content and demonstrate the implementation of fundamental concepts.

  • Book Name: Fluid Mechanics
  • Author: White
This book provides the student with a complete and coherent presentation of the material that illustrates the development from basic phenomena to industrial applications and helps students quickly see the real implications of the fundamentals of fluid mechanics. The broad range of topics provides instructors with multiple choices for their course and is a valuable guide for students after graduation.
  • Book Name: Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Author: Modi & Seith
The concept of making the student a competent preference is too obvious. The book is in the 22nd edition of SI units and has been extensively updated in the light of the useful recommendations made by educated professors and students of the various esteemed universities.
  • Book Name: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Machines
  • Author: S K SOM
This book is beneficial for an introductory course on Fluid Mechanics, covering the fundamental principles of Fluid Motion, before going on to the equations of motion. It provides a strong mathematical basis for complex topics such as boundary layers, turbulent flows, and free surface flows in order to help students focus on how their application of the context can be enhanced through mathematics. In addition, the latter half of the book deals with Fluid Machines, including compressors, fans, and blowers. This is an excellent resource for students studying for various challenging exams like GATE, ESE etc.

2. GATE Strength of Materials (XE-D) Books

  • Book Name: Mechanics of Materials
  • Author: R C Hibbler
Preliminary problems intended to assess student's logical comprehension of the theoretical part. The solutions to these problems require little or no measurement and are structured to help students gain a clear grasp of concepts before they are applied numerically. It also contains Free body diagrams and homework questions.
  • Book Name: Strength of Materials
  • Author: B.C. Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Kumar Jain 

Explanation of solid mechanics is simple in this book as it covers all the basic concepts, definitions, theory of different types of stresses, and how various materials react to them. It is a comprehensive book based on the application of forces, materials, and consequences.

  • Book Name: Engineering Mechanics
  • Author: Bhavikatti

There are neat free body diagrams in this book. It helps the students to develop a capacity to model the actual problems into engineering and find the solution using laws of mechanics. Questions are systematically solved to make concepts clear and simple. It covers the syllabus of almost every university. It is recommended by Bureau of Indian Standard.

3. GATE Thermodynamics (XE-E) Books 

  • Book Name: Thermodynamics an Engineering Approach
  • Author: CENGEL   
This book emphasizes on careful clarification of topics and the use of various realistic examples and figures. The goal of this book is to cross the distance between knowledge and confidence in order to apply it in a better way.
  • Book Name: Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Author: P K Nag

This book covers the entire syllabus of Engineering Thermodynamics. The presentation and language of this book are easy and simple to understand. It explains the properties of pure substances before introducing the laws of thermodynamics which is really important.

4. GATE Engineering Mathematics(XE-A) Books 

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

This is a comprehensive book based on simple knowledge and approaching questions. This book is enough to prepare for GATE XE 2021. The proofs of the definitions and no. of examples resolved has been thoroughly clarified. 

5. GATE General Aptitude(GA) Books 

  • Book Name: A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Author: R.S. Aggarwal

This book is the powerhouse of ample no. of practice questions, also has solved problems. Unsolved questions may have hints as well which is a plus for students.

  • Book Name: Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations
  • Author: R.S. Aggarwal

This book is really helpful in knowing the kind of questions that may come in the exam. Many examples are used throughout the book to demonstrate the concepts and problem-solving techniques.

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