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Books are an integral part of any academic field. Books help you gain knowledge. Students must avoid reading bad books. Most of the civil engineering students opt in for second-hand books and ask for advice from the seniors.

Why we at Explore Civil, recommend you to buy new books is because of the minor changes and updates. You cannot compromise with the quality of education you get. Even a single mistake can lead to a chain of misunderstandings.

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We have compiled the list of top 7 books for civil engineering students. This list will contain books from various fields like conventional, objective, soil foundation and more.

7 Books for Civil Engineers

1. Civil Engineering: Conventional and Objective Type

Dealing with all the varied aspect of Civil Engineering, this comprehensive has is suited for students as well as those aspirants who are aiming to crack the competition at state or union civil services examinations with civil engineering as an optional subject taken up.

J K Gupta and R S Khurmi, authors of the book, engineering by education have put a lot of their teaching experience to bring out this conventional and objective type responsive book on the subject.

The important topics that are in the book are mechanics, applied mechanics, hydraulics and fluids mechanics, the strength of materials, hydraulic machines, soil mechanics and foundations, building material irrigation, concrete technology, building construction, public health engineering and engineering geology. The topics covered include all the course material for under-graduated courses as well as that for objective type multiple choice questions also.


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 2. Handbook of Civil Engineering

Handbook of Civil EngineeringThe students preparing for various competitive exams need study books that provide all the detailed knowledge of the subject at one place and that too in a simple and easy to understand manner. This not only saves precious time but saves effort and money as well.

The book, ’Handbook of Civil Engineering’ is one such book! This book provides detailed information of the subject of Civil Engineering. It has been created according to the pattern and framework decided by various boards that conduct entrance exams. It has been published by Ramesh publishing House in 2016. The engaging format and lucid explanations make it easier for students to prepare for their studies.

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The focus of this book is to provide detailed information on the subject of Civil Engineering covering all important topics along the way, making sure no stone is left unturned. It specifically focuses on chapters that are important from the point of view of exams.

It includes topics like structural analysis, fluid mechanics, open channel flow, pipe flow hydraulic machines and hydropower, hydrology, water resources engineering, environmental engineering and water supply engineering. Plus, it gives detailed information on topics like air and noise pollution, ecology and solid waste management.

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3. Civil Engineering: Objective Type and Conventional Questions and Answer

Civil Engineering Objective Type and Conventional Questions and AnswerFor civil engineering students who are aspiring for a central government job, the book can be quite helpful for preparation of applicable competitive exams. The thoroughly revised and edited version is compiled for better understanding of suitable candidates. The book features various practice questions and previous years’ examination questions, so the reader could get clear idea about upcoming exam pattern.

The thoroughly revised and edited version is compiled for a better understanding of suitable candidates. The book features various practice questions and previous years’ examination questions, so the reader could get a clear idea about the upcoming exam pattern.


The book has been divided into different sections that include numerous multiple choice questions, typical questions that are generally asked by U.P.S.C. for Civil engineering and GATE. Furthermore, the book also contains synopses, conventional and important/typical numerical questions on various topics from some key competitive examinations.

A small section containing short questions and answers has also been included in the book. This section includes nearly 12 major topics in Civil Engineering. This is a useful guide for candidates who are already clear about important engineering concepts, but want to self-evaluate their performance based on scoring.

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4. Civil Engineering Drawing and House Planning

Civil Engineering Drawing and House PlanningThe book makes an intertying and useful read for civil engineers studying in undergraduate courses. The book Civil Engineering Drawing and House Planning is very comprehensive and can be used as a ready reference to clear doubts. This is the latest edition of this book with the first copy being published in 2010.

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The book is especially helpful for students studying to clear examinations of civil drawing. The book can help them to clear their concepts of engineering drawing and other related topics. The book covers quite a few topics on Civil Engineering.

Readers and students can use the book to learn the basic of how to draw a room, office, window and other basic components of a building. The book guides the students on the standards that need to be followed. It also has ample questions that have been selected from University level examination papers. Students can attempt these questions to understand the pattern laid down by the board and get confident in attempting the paper.

The book is very popular amongst civil engineers and architects who refer to it to clear doubts and concepts. The content is very well organised and makes for an easy learning and understanding.

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5. Objective Civil Engineering (with Study Material)

Objective Civil Engineering (with Study Material)This book has been designed to take care of the needs of the students preparing for Civil Engineering Exams. It has comprehensive information on all the important topics. The content of this book is very well organised and makes for easy learning and understanding.

Students will find very well-organised study material in this book followed by multiple choice questions on every topic. All questions come with detailed answers that help the student to understand the concepts more clearly.

The book has been divided into separate chapters in the same pattern as prescribed by the board. The content is latest, and the book also has mock tests for the students to self-assess their understanding. In this book, students will find contents on Irrigation, Surveying, Railway Engineering, Concrete Technology, Transportation Engineering, RCC Design, building material, construction and many other important topics.

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6. Soil Mechanics and Foundations

Soil Mechanics and FoundationsSoil Mechanics And Foundations is written especially for students pursuing 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 its common foundation, its essential that students of civil engineering understand this main component. A safe structure can only be built when there is thorough knowledge of its foundation.

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It even contains experiments to help students gain a practical insight into soil mechanics. With all structures having earth as its common foundation, it’s essential that students of civil engineering understand this main component. A safe structure can only be built when there is the thorough knowledge of its foundation.

This book contains 34 chapters and covers topics like Clay Mineralogy, Well Hydraulics, Stress Distribution, Compaction, Stability of Slopes, Well, Pile and Machine Foundations, Bulkheads and Cofferdams, Stabilisation of Soils, Permeability, and more. It explains in detail about Elements of Elasticity, Earth Pressure, Bearing Capacity, and Shear Strength. The book also contains 21 lab experiments.


Students can learn about foundation engineering and design principles in Soil Mechanics And Foundations. All theories are explained at length and are also supported by examples and experiments. This helps readers learn to apply a theory while working on a project. This 16th edition paperback was released by Laxmi Publications in 2005.

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7. Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures

Design of Reinforced Concrete StructuresDesigned to meet the needs of students aspiring to enroll into the undergraduate civil and structural engineering programs, Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures has been proven to be useful for postgraduate students as well as an indispensable reference for practicing engineers and researchers.

The contents of the book cover areas such as concrete properties, structural elemental designs, including compression and tension members, beams and slabs and flexure designing, sheer torsion, uniaxial and biaxial bending and interaction between such forces.

With every chapter featuring solved examples, review questions, practice questions, along with abundant illustrations accompanying concise texts, an enormous list of appendices on strut-and-tie-method, soil properties, along with practical tips and tricks bundle up the richness of the contents in the book.

Sections on chemical admixtures, water, mineral admixtures, cement hydration, concrete types, sifcon and simcon, ferrocement, steel reinforcing, corrosion of rebars, cube and cylinder tests and a lot more are included in Chapter 1. Chapter 2 covers sections such as floor and roof systems, basic structural elements and other such related studies.

Buy Now at ₹543


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