Best Books for Strength of Materials

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 26th, 2023

Strength of Materials is considered as the base of the mechanical Engineering syllabus, as candidates learn the subject in the initial phase of engineering. This subject is also one of the favourite subjects to appear in competitive exams such as GATE, ESE, ISRO, BARC and others.

We have listed below all the important books of Strength of Materials for your GATE ME exam preparation. These books are useful for the preparation of various upcoming exams like GATE MEIESBARCISROSSC-JE/ State Engineering Services examinations and other important forthcoming competitive exams.

1. Elements of Strength of Materials (Timoshenko)


  • The book deals with the mechanics of materials, which tells us about how objects withstand strain and stress and rely upon geometrical and physical considerations of deformations.
  • The study of the strength of materials sometimes refers to different methods used to calculate stresses in structures like a column, shaft or beam. A newer set of examples and problems have replaced the older ones, along with answers to all the problems.

2.Strength of Materials  (S. Ramamrutham)


  • This book on the Strength of Materials deals with the basic principles of the subject.All topics have been introduced in a simple manner. The book has been written mainly in the M.K.S. system of units.
  • Problems have been taken from A.M.I.E. and various university examinations.
  • This edition contains hundreds of fully solved problems besides many problems set for exercise at the end of each chapter. 

3. A Textbook Of Strength Of Materials (R K Bansal)


  • This edition has been thoroughly revised and made up-to-date. A large number of numerical problems from different B.E. degree examinations have been added with solution.
  • At the end of each chapter, highlights, theoretical questions and many unsolved numerical problems with answers have been given for the students to practice them.
  • A large number of Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions, asked in the most of the competitive examinations, have been incorporated in this edition with answers and explanations to make this edition more useful for competitive examinations

4. Strength of Materials (Dr B.C.Punmia)

  • Advance problems are also given in the bookkeeping in mind the standard of other competitive examinations.
  • The book consists of solved and unsolved problems of various difficulty levels.
  • Perfect Book for problems practice with simple language and easy to understand.

Best Books for Strength of Materials

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