GATE is an entrance examination that facilitates Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Life Sciences, Basic Science and Biotechnology students to pursue higher courses such as M.Tech. and Ph.D in reputed IITs and other institutes / universities. Though GATE is mostly popular as an Entrance exam for M.Tech Programmes, Life sciences and Biotech candidates also can appear for this exam and pursue M.Tech. / Ph.D. in IITs, IISc and other reputed universities. GATE is also considered as an alternative to CSIR - NET for appointment as Project Assistants in CSIR laboratories. GATE is also conducted in Chemical Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, Biotechnology and Life Sciences. Science candidates can get admission in PG courses (M.Tech) or Ph.D. in institutes such as IITs, IISc, IICT< CCMB, HCU, NCL Pune etc. GATE score is also used by National University of Singapore (NUS) for admission into Ph.D. Programme. Following are some useful books for Life Sciences paper and important topics in various subjects: A) Molecular Biology: 1) Molecular Biology of the Gene by Watson 2) Molecular Biology by Weaver 3) Genes IX by Lewin 4) Advanced Molecular Biology by Twymann 5) Molecular Biology by Lodish etal 6) Gene Manipulation by Old & Primrose 7) Recombinant DNA Technology by Watson 8) Molecular Biotechnology by Glick & Pasternick.
B) Genetics: 1) Genetics by Snustad 2) An Introduction to Genetic Analysis by Suzuki & Griffith 3) Genetics - A Molecular Approach by Peter J Russell 4) Genetics by Klug & Cummins 5) Genetics by Tamarin 6) Theory & Problems in Genetics by Stansfield
C) Biochemistry: 1) Biochemistry by Voet & Voet 2) Biochemistry by Lybert & Stryer 3) Harpers Biochemistry 4) Immunology by Kuby
D) Microbiology: 1) Microbiology by Stanier 2) Microbiology by Prescott 3) Biology of Microorganisms by Brock & Madigen 4) Sehaum Series Microbiology
Important Topics in various subjects:
1) GATE Biotechnology: Recombinant DNA Technology, Bioinformatics, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Plant Biotech, Animal Biotech, Bioprocess Engineering and Process Biotechnology. Biotech candidates should also prepare Maths topics such as Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Probability an Statistics and NUmerical Methods etc.
2) GATE Chemistry: Physical Chemistry (Quantum Chemistry, Electro Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Chemical Kinetics, Solidstate); Organic Chemistry (Stereo Chemistry, Reaction Mechanism, Pericyclic Reactions, Photochemistry, Biomolecules, Spectroscopy etc); Inorganic Chemistry (Main Group elements, Coordination Chemistry and Inorganic Spectroscopy etc).
3) Physics: Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Solid State Physics, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Electronics etc.
4) Mathematics: Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis, Real Analysis, Differential Equations, Functional Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Particle Differential Equations, Mechanics, Topology, Probability and Statistics, Linear Programming, Calculus of Variation and Integral Equations etc.