GATE 2018 Syllabus for TF (Textile Engineering and Fibre Science)

Last Updated - March 08 2018

GATE Syllabus for Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF) has been announced by Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. The syllabus of  Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF) and all remaining 22 papers are based on the topics studied at graduation level. 

GATE Syllabus for all papers is available on the official website of IIT, Guwahati. Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF) paper consist of two sections namely- Engineering Mathematics and Textile Engineering And Fibre Science. The detailed syllabus of TF paper is mentioned below. 

  • Students have to attempt all the questions in the period of three hours.
  • GATE 2018 is scheduled for February 03, 04, 10 and 11, 2018. The exam is organizeed on the rotational basis by IITs for admission to M.Tech and P.hd. programs.
  • The paper includes two sections i.e. General Aptitude and Subject Specific.
  • There are 23 papers in GATE. The aspirant can apply for one paper at one time. 
  • GATE Exam is held in online method (Computer Based Test).
  • The question paper consists of 60 questions worth 100 marks.

GATE TF Syllabus- Engineering Mathematics

Engineering mathematics is a discipline of applied mathematics concerning mathematical methods and techniques that are typically used in engineering and industry. It is also called Technomathematics. Along with fields like engineering physics and engineering geology, engineering mathematics is an interdisciplinary subject motivated by engineers' required both for practical, theoretical and other considerations out with their specialization, and to deal with constraints to be effective in their work.

Important Topics in Engineering Mathematics

  • Numerical Methods
  • Linear Algebra
  • Vector Calculus
TopicsSub Topics
Linear AlgebraMatrices and Determinants, Systems of linear equations, Eigen values and eigenvectors.
Vector CalculusGradient; Divergence and Curl; Line; surface and volume integrals; Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems.
CalculusLimit, continuity and differentiability; Partial Derivatives; Maxima and minima; Sequences and series; Test for convergence; Fourier series.
Differential EquationsLinear and non-linear first order ODEs; Higher order linear ODEs with constant coefficients; Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations; Laplace transforms; PDEs –Laplace, heat and wave equations.
Probability and StatisticsMean, median, method and standard deviation; Random variables; Poisson, normal and binomial distributions; Correlation and regression analysis.
Numerical MethodsSolutions of linear and nonlinear algebraic equations; integration of trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule; single and multi-step methods for differential equations.

Important Books for Engineering Mathematics


Book NameAuthorISBN Number
Higher Engineering MathematicsB.S. Grewal8174091955, 978-8174091956
A Textbook of Engineering MathematicsN P Bali and Dr. Manish Goyal8131808327, 978-8131808320
Engineering MathematicsSastry S.S8120337050, 978-8120337053
Advanced Engineering MathematicsSastry S.S8120336097, 978-8120336094
Mathematical Methods for Scientists & EngineersDonald A. McQuarrie8130909979, 978-8130909974

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GATE TF Syllabus- Textile Engineering and Fibre Science

The department of textile engineering and fibre science is dedicated to the advancement of textile technology, colour science, fibre science and chemistry, polymer procedures, fibre engineering and innovative applications of textiles. The mission of the textile engineering department is the training of specialist graduates at B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels.

The department provides B.Sc. program in the fields of textile technology, technical textiles, fibre science and textile chemistry and clothing engineering. At postgraduate level the department provides M.Sc. and Ph.D. program in textile technology and textile chemistry and fibre science.

Important Topics of Textile Engineering and Fibre Science

  • Chemical Procedures
  • Textile Testing
  • Textile Fibre
TopicsSub Topics
Textile Fibres

Classification of textile fibers; Essential requirements of fiber forming polymers; Gross and fine structure of natural fibers like cotton, wool, silk, Introduction to important bast fibres; properties and uses of natural and man-made fibres including carbon, aramid and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers; physical and chemical methods of fiber and blend identification and blend analysis.

Molecular architecture, amorphous and crystalline phases, glass transition, plasticization, crystallization, melting, factors affecting Tg and Tm; Production procedure of viscose and other regenerated cellulosic fibres such as polynosic, lyocell. Polymerization of nylon-6, nylon-66, poly (ethylene terephthalate), polyacrylonitrile and polypropylene; Melt Spinning procedures for PET, polyamide, and polypropylene; Wet and dry spinning procedures for viscose and acrylic fibres; post spinning operations such as drawing, heat setting, tow- to-top conversion and various texturing methods.

Methods of investigating fibre structure e.g., Density, X-ray diffraction, birefringence, optical and electron microscopy, I.R. spectroscopy, thermal methods (DSC, DMA/TMA, TGA); structure and morphology of man-made fibres, mechanical properties of fibres, moisture sorption in fibres; fibre structure and property correlation.

Yarn manufacture, Yarn structure and Properties

Principles of opening, cleaning and mixing/blending of fibrous materials, working principle of modern opening and cleaning equipment; the technology of carding, carding of cotton and synthetic fibres; Drafting operation, roller and apron drafting principle, causes of mass irregularity introduced by drafting; roller arrangements in drafting systems; principles of cotton combing, combing cycle, mechanism and function, combing efficiency, lap preparation; recent developments in comber; Roving production, mechanism of bobbin building, roving twist; Principle of ring spinning, forces acting on yarn and traveler, ring & traveler designs, mechanism of cop patternion, causes of end breakages; Working principle of ring doubler and two for one twister, single and folded yarn twist, properties of double yarns, production of core spun yarn; Principles of compact, rotor, air jet, air vortex, core, wrap, twist less and friction spinning.

Yarn contraction, yarn diameter, specific volume & packing coefficient; Twist factor, twist strength relationship in spun yarns; Fibre configuration and orientation in yarn; Cause of fibre migration and its estimation; Irregularity index; Structure-property relationship of the compact ring, rotor, air-jet and friction spun yarns.

Fabric manufacture, Structure and Properties

Principles of winding procedures and machines, random, precision and step precision winding, package faults and their remedies; Yarn completers and tensioners; Various systems of yarn splicing; Features of modern cone winding machines; Various types of warping creels; features of modern beam and sectional warping machines; Various sizing systems, sizing of spun and filament yarns, sizing machines; Principles of pirn winding procedures and machines.

Primary and secondary motions of loom, cam design & kinematics of sley, effect of their settings and timings on fabric pattern, fabric appearance and weaving performance; Dobby and jacquard shedding; Mechanics of weft insertion with shuttle, warp and weft stop motions, warp protection, weft replenishment; Principles of weft insertion systems of shuttle-less weaving machines; Principles of multiphase and circular looms.

Principles of weft and warp knitting, basic weft and warp knitted structures; Classification, production, properties and application of nonwoven fabrics, the principle of web pattern & bonding. Basic woven fabric constructions and their derivatives; crepe, cord, terry, gauze, leno and double cloth constructions. Peirce’s equations for fabric geometry; elastic model of plain woven fabrics; thickness, cover and maximum set of woven fabrics.

Textile TestingSampling techniques, sample size and sampling mistakes; Measurement of fibre length, fineness, crimp; measurement of cotton fiber maturity and trash content; High volume fibre testing; Measurement of yarn count, twist and hairiness; Tensile testing of fibers, yarns and fabrics; Evenness testing of slivers, rovings and yarns; Classimat fault analysis; Testing equipment for measurement of fabric properties like thickness, compressibility, air permeability, wetting & wicking, drape, crease recovery, tear strength, bursting strength and abrasion resistance; Instruments and systems for objective evaluation of fabric hand. Statistical analysis of experimental results, frequency distributions, correlation, significance tests, analysis of variance and control charts.
Chemical procedures

Impurities in natural fibre; Chemistry and exercise of preparatory procedures for cotton, wool and silk; Mercerization of cotton; Preparatory procedures for manmade fibres and their blends.

Classification of dyes; Dyeing of cotton, wool, silk, polyester, nylon and acrylic with suitable dye classes; Dyeing of polyester/cotton and polyester/wool blends; Dyeing machines; Dyeing of cotton knitted fabrics and machines used; Dye fibre interaction; Introduction to thermodynamics and kinetics of dyeing; Methods for determination of wash, light and rubbing fastness.

Styles of printing; Printing thickeners including synthetic thickeners; Printing auxiliaries; Printing of cotton with reactive dyes, wool, silk, nylon with acid and metal complex dyes, Printing of polyester with disperse dyes; Pigment printing; Resist and discharge printing of cotton, silk and polyester; Transfer printing of polyester; Inkjet printing.

Mechanical finishing of cotton. Stiff, soft, wrinkle resistant, water repellent, flame retardant and enzyme (bio-polishing) finishing of cotton; Milling, decatizing and shrink resistant finishing of wool; Antistatic and soil announce finishing; Heat setting of synthetic fabrics; At Least application techniques; Pollution control and treatment of effluents.

Important Books for Textile Engineering And Fibre Science

Book NameAuthorISBN Number
Advanced Engineering MathematicsErwin Kreyszig9788126554232, 8126554231
Developments in Science and TechnologyKalpana Rajaram9788179305461, 8179305465
Textile Procedures and PropertiesVigo T L Vigo Vigo9780444882240, 0444882243

Syllabus of other Papers

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level exam which is organizeed for admission to M.Tech and Ph.D. programs. Aspirants can check the clear syllabus of their desired paper from the links given below. There are 23 papers in GATE exam. The exam format and syllabus of every paper are different.

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