This post specifically asks Arjun Suresh for guidance, though anyone is welcome to help.
I am a 2014 passout from a private college with 3.5 years of IT experience. In 2018, I quit my job and decided to prepare for GATE 2019 with the aim to complete Masters (and later, a Ph.D.), and to become a professor later. I followed video lectures only (without any reference textbook) which are recommended at best-video-lectures-for-gate-cse ranging from NPTEL, Shai Simonson’s, Stanford’s, etc. During the examination, I messed up very badly by making blunders and ended up losing around 10-15 marks. Now, I don’t know what my future holds, but I am waiting for the results. I realized that going through these video lectures are beneficial only when studied with a standard textbook.
I am now thinking of buying some standard textbooks and maybe prepare for next year, with a job, or otherwise. I could only buy one book per subject. I got the link to the What_to_read_series by Bikram Ballav, but it mentions multiple books per subject. I want a list of the most recommended (“the most appropriate”) book which could not only help me with my preparation for next year, but could also be used in the future for reference.
Thanks in advance.