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Database Management Systems By Raghu Ramakrishnan


This article reviews the book “Database Management Systems” by Raghu Ramakrishnan and Johannes Gehrke.

The article covers-

  • Special features of book
  • Analysis of Content
  • Analysis of Exercises
  • Necessary Instructions
  • Conclusion


Why Should Be Read?


Special Features of Book-


The special features of this book are-

  • It is one of the most detailed books for this subject.
  • It covers all the GATE topics.
  • The topics of Transaction Management are covered in great depth especially.
  • It deals with the content in a simple and crystal clear way which makes the subject beginner friendly.
  • Its exercise questions are of high quality and at par with the level of questions asked in the GATE exam.


Analysis of Content-


The following table analyzes sections of the book that are relevant for GATE-


Chapter No. GATE Relevant Sections GATE Topics Covered
1 All Sections Overview (Optional Read)
2 2.1 to 2.5 Basics of ER Model
3 3.1 to 3.4 Relational Model
3.5 ER to Relational Model
4 4.2 Relational Algebra
4.3 Relational Calculus
5 5.1 to 5.6 SQL Queries
8 8.1 to 8.3 Indexing
8.4 File Organization
8.5 Performance Tuning
16 16.1 Transactions and ACID Properties
16.3 Concurrent Execution and Lock-based Concurrency Control
17 17.1 View Serializability
17.2 to 17.6 Lock Management and Deadlocks
18 18.2 Crash Recovery and Check-pointing
19 All Sections Normalization

Covering Only These Sections Is Enough


Analysis of Exercises-


The following table analyzes exercises of the book that are relevant for GATE-


Chapter No. Question No.
2 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.7, 2.8
3 3.2, 3.5, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9
4 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5
5 5.1 to 5.5, 5.7, 5.10
8 8.4, 8.7, 8.10, 8.11
16 16.2, 16.3, 16.5, 16.8, 16.9
17 17.2, 17.3, 17.4, 17.6, 17.7
19 19.2, 19.3, 19.5, 19.7, 19.8, 19.10, 19.12, 19.13, 19.18, 19.24, 19.26

Practicing Only These Exercises Is Enough


Necessary Instructions-


Keep the following instructions in mind while reading the book-

  • The book has nearly 1100 pages.
  • Read only selective topics which are part of a GATE syllabus.
  • Competitive exams mainly focus on numerical questions from this subject.
  • So, practice all the questions mentioned in the Analysis of Exercises section.
  • Theoretical questions may be asked but less frequently asked.
  • So, keep making short notes while reading the book to solve theoretical questions.
  • Focus on the topics of Normalization and Transaction Management.
  • Questions from these topics are asked every year in the GATE exam.




  • This textbook covers the entire GATE syllabus in a clear and detailed manner.
  • The exercise questions provide good practice to solve GATE questions.
  • Overall, this book is a good read while preparing this subject for GATE exam.





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DBMS Raghu Ramakrishnan | Best DBMS Books
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DBMS Raghu Ramakrishnan | Best DBMS Books
DBMS Books for GATE CSE- Database Management Systems by Raghu Ramakrishnan is the best DBMS book for GATE CSE. Database System by Navathe & Database System Concepts by Korth are other recommended books.
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