Best Books for Geotechnical Engineering

By Mrinmay Ganguly|Updated : November 2nd, 2021

Books are the best source to derive the concepts and make an understanding of the concepts which are useful in solving questions for GATE and other exams. Here are the Best books for Geotechnical Engineering by Toppers and experts.

Soil Mechanics and Foundations by B.C.Punmia


  • Soil Mechanics And Foundations is written especially for students preparing for competitive examinations in civil engineering. It provides a comprehensive understanding of soil characteristics and properties.
  • It even contains experiments to help students gain a practical insight into soil mechanics. With all structures having earth as their common foundation, it's essential that students of civil engineering understand this main component. A safe structure can only be built when there is a thorough knowledge of its foundation.

Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering  by K. R. Arora


  • This book provides good illustrations for Foundation Design and properties of Soil which make the aspirant easily grasp the concepts.
  • The book can be helpful to students who wish to specialize in Geotechnical at the examination level. It clears all basics and has more numerical, both solved & unsolved than any other book on Geotechnical engineering.

Basic and Applied Soil Mechanics by Ranjan Gopal


  • It provides modern coverage of the engineering properties of soils and makes extensive reference to the Indian Standard Codes of Practice while discussing practices in Foundation Engineering.
  • Some topics of special interest, like the Schmertmann procedure for extrapolation of field compressibility, determination of secondary compression, Lambe's stress—path concept, pressuremeter testing and foundation practices on expansive soils including certain widespread myths, find a place in the text.
  • The book includes over 160 fully solved examples, which are designed to illustrate the application of the principles of soil mechanics in practical situations.
  • The inclusion of about 160 short-answer questions and over 400 objective questions in the Question Bank makes the book useful for engineering students as well as for those preparing for GATE, UPSC and other qualifying examinations.
  • In addition to serving the needs of the civil engineering students, the book will serve as a handy reference for practising engineers as well.

Textbook of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering 


  • The book examines concepts like classifications and permeability of soils, stress distribution, compressibility and consolidation in soil, and soil improvement. The book goes into all the various aspects of soil property and behaviour that an engineer needs to understand and analyze.
  • The book also explains new methods of predicting the behaviour of laterally loaded long vertical and batter piles. It also explores the various concepts and methods involved in foundation engineering like braced cuts and drainage and Caisson foundations.
  • It contains many problems that give the student practice in working out solutions based on the concepts learnt.

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