Gate Syllabus for Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF) – The Textile Engineering and Fibre Science syllabus is divided into Mathematics and Textile Engineering Fibre Science. Under the Mathematics syllabus, there are topics like Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, etc. Under the TF subject syllabus, there are 5 broad sections. These sections are Textile Fibers, Yarn Manufacture, Yarn Structure & Properties, Fabric Manufacture, Structure & Properties, Textile Testing, and Chemical Processing. There are various topics under each section.
Before the candidates start their preparation, they must go through the exam pattern and the marking scheme of GATE 2020. They should be aware of all the exam related information such as the section in the exam, the total number of questions, total marks, etc. It will help them in preparing better for the examination.
GATE Paper (Code)
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
Total Number of Questions
Time Duration of Exam
15 Marks from General Aptitude 15 Marks from Engineering Mathematics 70 Marks from Core Subjects of Paper
Verbal Ability: English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning and verbal deduction. Numerical Ability: Numerical computation, numerical estimation, numerical reasoning and data interpretation.
2. Engineering Mathematics
Linear Algebra: Matrices and Determinants, Systems of linear equations, Eigen values and eigen vectors.
Calculus: Limit, continuity and differentiability; Partial Derivatives; Maxima and minima; Sequences and series; Test for convergence; Fourier series. Vector Calculus: Gradient; Divergence and Curl; Line; surface and volume integrals; Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems.
Differential Equations: Linear 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 Statistics: Mean, median, mode and standard deviation; Random variables; Poisson, normal and binomial distributions; Correlation and regression analysis. Numerical Methods: Solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations; integration of trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule; single and multi-step methods for differential equations.
3. Textile Fibers
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 manmade 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 process 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 processes for PET, polyamide and polypropylene; Wet and dry spinning processes for viscose and acrylic fibres; post spinning operations such as drawing, heat setting, tow-to-top conversion and different 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.
4. 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 formation, 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 compact ring, rotor, air-jet and friction spun yarns.
5. Fabric manufacture, Structure and Properties
Principles of winding processes and machines, random, precision and step precision winding, package faults and their remedies; Yarn clearers and tensioners; Different systems of yarn splicing; Features of modern cone winding machines; Different types of warping creels; features of modern beam and sectional warping machines; Different sizing systems, sizing of spun and filament yarns, sizing machines; Principles of pirn winding processes and machines. Primary and secondary motions of loom, cam design & kinematics of sley, effect of their settings and timings on fabric formation, 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, principle of web formation & bonding. Basic woven fabric constructions and their derivatives; crepe, cord, terry, gauze, leno and double cloth constructions. Peirce’s equations for fabric geometry; elastica model of plain woven fabrics; thickness, cover and maximum set of woven fabrics.
6. Textile Testing
Sampling techniques, sample size and sampling errors; 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.
7. Chemical processing
Impurities in natural fibre; Chemistry and practice of preparatory processes for cotton, wool and silk; Mercerization of cotton; Preparatory processes for manmade fibres and their blends. Classification of dyes; Dyeing of cotton, wool, silk, polyester, nylon and acrylic with appropriate 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 release finishing; . Heat setting of synthetic fabrics; Minimum application techniques; Pollution control and treatment of effluents.
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 release finishing; . Heat setting of synthetic fabrics; Minimum application techniques; Pollution control and treatment of effluents.
How to Prepare for GATE Textile Engineering and Fibre Science Subject?
GATE 2020 preparation is in full swing right now and there is no better time to talk about a few tips that will help you to score good marks. First of all, you must be thorough with the exam related information. Next, you must collect the latest and up-to-date study material. Once you have completed these two steps, you are ready to apply the tips that have been mentioned below. Let’s have a look at them.
Say no to mugging
It is self-explanatory that you should not mug up any of the topics in the syllabus. Mugging up feels good at the present but is disastrous when you are actually writing the exam. You must have noticed even in your mock tests that after mugging up the entire topic you are still not able to secure marks. This is because it is the wrong techniques and you should not involve in it. You just have to put a little more effort into learning and practicing the topics and you will ace the exam.
Many candidates make the mistake of taking more material as more marks. However, this is not true ad no matter how many books you collect, if you are not studying even one book sincerely then you will not score in the exam. The aim is to study from the right material. A lot of study material is not equal to more marks. Candidates should understand this fact well.
Cover the basics
It is better if you get your basics clear first and then move to the difficult topics. Make your foundation strong enough so that when the easy part is over, you are able to deal with the tough part as well. It is pretty obvious that if you don’t know the basics, you don’t know anything. So it is recommended to the candidates to aim at concept clarity and making their basics strong.
Procrastination will not help you score in the exam, it will only slow you down and waste a lot of your time. Avoid it at all costs and make sure that you are reaching your daily targets. Consistency plays an important role in your preparation. Without it, you will not be able to achieve any of your goals and you definitely cannot secure decent marks in the exam.
Devote enough time
Most of you must be preparing along with your college studies, or job or anything else. Such candidates must learn the art of time management. You should learn how to devote enough time for GATE preparation without making any loses in your other life aspects. Devote fixed hours daily to your preparation and spend more time during the weekends.
Books for GATE TF Preparation
As we have already discussed that you should not run after a lot of study material. Your aim should be quality and not quantity. Make sure that whatever you are preparing, it is at your best capability. Pick the best study material only. We have suggested a few books for your preparation below that you can refer to.
Title of the book
Name of the Author/ Publication
Fibre Science and Technology
S P Mishra
Handbook of Fibre Science and Technology VOL-I
Introduction to Textiles
GATE 2020 Preparation FAQs
Q1. Can I prepare for the GATE 2020 along with my academics? Ans. You can easily prepare for GATE 2020 with your academics on the side. You just have to devote enough time to GATE preparation daily and more hours on weekends. For GATE preparation, you don’t have to disturb your academics.
Q2. What should I avoid during my GATE preparation? Ans. Avoid studying from a lot of books. More study material will only confuse you and waste your time. You won’t be able to complete your syllabus so it’s better that you stick to 1-2 standard books for your preparation.