Best GATE Chemical engineering books: No matter how much in-depth you are studying your Chemical engineering curriculum, If you think that it is sufficient to secure a Top 100 rank in your Target GATE(Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) then you would have to update your knowledge.

If you get a chance to meet a Top rank holder in GATE they would recommend a few GATE Chemical engineering books that you should follow from the very first day to crack the GATE Chemical engineering exam with good rank came in your mind.

Recommended best books vary according to your present preparation stage. To be more specific if you are in the First/Second/Third year of B Tech Chemical engineering then you would have more than a year to prepare for GATE Chemical engineering which is a great benefit for you.

GATE Chemical engineering reference books

Find below a list of some expert-recommended books and most of them are referred to in Top institutes like IITs and NITs.

Chemical Reaction engineering (CRE)

Chemical reaction engineering is the most important and scoring subject in the GATE Chemical engineering exam. In Chemical reaction engineering we study Reaction kinetics, Performance equations, Reactor designs, and many more aspects of Reaction engineering.

A list of the best books for chemical reaction engineering is

Sr. No.Best book for Chemical reaction engineering
1Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering by H. Scott Fogler
2Chemical Reaction Engineering by Octave Levenspiel
3Chemical Reaction Engineering K A Gavhane

In Top institutes for Chemical reaction engineering professors strongly recommends below mentioned two books for conceptual knowledge.

1) Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering by H. Scott Fogler(Author)

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2) Chemical Reaction Engineering by Octave Levenspiel (Author)

Now, I would like to share my experience. My professor recommends the above two books to refer to for Chemical Reaction engineering. I covered all the book exercises given at the end of each chapter. I thought my professor will ask questions from these two books only and I will be able to cover all marks very efficiently but when the exam question paper came questions were not from these books. what I realized that the professor was making a fool of us by bringing H. Scott Fogler in the classroom and asking questions from Indian author books named

3) Chemical Reaction Engineering K A Gavhane (Author).

These Indian author books for Chemical reaction engineering(CRE) are well versed with all kind of questions so would suggest you to follow these books only in the case when you are very good in your reaction engineering concepts and ready to take on more problems.

Once you have been through all these CRE books no one can beat you in Chemical reaction engineering. Moreover, You can easily fetch all allocated marks in GATE Chemical engineering for this subject.

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

1) Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics by J. M. Smith (Author), H.C. Ness (Author)

Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics: Special Indian Edition by J. M. Smith (Author), H.C. Ness (Author), M. Abbott (Author), B Bhatt (Author) is designed in such a way that if you follow it chapter by chapter at the end of this you will be able to understand all thermodynamics problems easily.

In Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics is divided into two parts

  • Classical thermodynamics
  • Solution thermodynamics.

Many students found Solution thermodynamics hard to understand, I can assure you if you become able to understand the related chapter of this book word by word then Solution Thermodynamics will be your score part in the GATE chemical engineering exam.

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Process Calculations

In Process calculations, you just have to play with mass and energy balance.

1) Basic Principles and Calculations by David M. Himmelblau

Many professors recommend this book to build up Concepts of process calculations and they are right but I would not suggest you buy this book because it will be available in your library in bulk.

Instead of buying it go to the library and grasp all the way how concepts are presented to do end chapter exercises. It might be difficult for some of the students because it uses a bit different way to present calculations.

2) Introduction to Process Calculations K A Gavhane (Author)

To do the practice of questions on process calculations you can buy a below-mentioned book because it consists of a number of solved problems on process calculations.

3) Stoichiometry and Process Calculations by Narayanan K.V. and Lakshmikutty B

It is one of the best rated Chemical Process calculations books for practice. As you know Himmelblau is good to build up the concept but the below-presented book is best in all corners. it contains a huge number of problems with solutions.

Fluid Mechanics

A list of the best books for fluid mechanics for gate chemical engineering is

Sr. No.Best book for fluid mechanics for GATE chemical engineering
1A Textbook of Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machines by R.K. Bansal
2Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications by John. M. Cimbala Yunus A. Cengel
best book for fluid mechanics for gate chemical engineering

1) A Textbook of Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machines by R.K. Bansal

It is helpful for both academic and GATE exams. Book is presented in very simple language and enough number of solved numeric problems are presented well.

Concepts like NPSH, Cavitation, and all are covered pretty well.

2) Fluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications by John. M. Cimbala Yunus A. Cengel

This book is highly recommended if you want to build up your firm foundation in the area of fluid mechanics. Some important features of this book that compelled me to buy it.

  • Content is presented in a progressive order from simple to complex.
  • More diagrams and photographs are provided to help the student better visualize the real situations.
  • The book encourages creative thinking and develops a deeper understanding of fluid mechanics.
  •  Numerous and diverse real-world engineering examples to give the intuition necessary for no changes required application

I would recommend this book if you have enough time to invest in yourself or you are in your 2nd or 3rd or 4th year of Engineering to read it completely because once you have been through this book you will be at another level in Fluid mechanics.

Last but not least, This book is worth keeping if you are loving the way how fluid behaves in real life.

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FAQ

Can chemical engineer apply for GATE?

Yes, Why not? A Chemical engineer can apply for GATE as many times as one wants because there is no age limit in GATE application. A Chemical engineer has numerous opportunities if scored well in GATE Chemical engineering. To achieve a good rank in GATE Chemical engineering one needs to follow some expert-recommended books as early as possible.

Which subject is best for GATE chemical engineering?

Chemical reaction engineering(CRE) is assumed to be the easiest and scoring subject for GATE chemical engineering because most of the questions come are formula-based and can readily be answered with sufficient knowledge. If you want to brush up on your Chemical reaction engineering concepts then We would like to suggest, 2 best books first is Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering by H. Scott Fogler, second Chemical reaction engineering by octave levenspiel.

Which is the best book for preparation of the GATE exam?

There is no specific best book that experts recommend for the preparation of the GATE exam. Always title a book as best for GATE exam preparation if it is covering the related topic in so much depth that you don’t have to look for any other source. If you are in the first year of engineering you should follow subject wise best books those are covering GATE exam questions.

How do I prepare for chemical engineering?

The best tip to prepare for Chemical engineering is to follow GATE Chemical engineering reference books because they will cover your curriculum along with the GATE syllabus. On top of that, These books are best to channelize your Chemical engineering skills turbulence-free.

Which is the best book for chemical reaction engineering?

Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering by H. Scott Fogler(Author) and Chemical Reaction Engineering by Octave Levenspiel (Author) are the best books for chemical reaction engineering. These books are also best from the GATE exam point of view.

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