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GATE 2022 syllabus – XE-F: Polymer Science and Engineering

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GATE 2022 Syllabus – Polymer Science and Engineering (XE-F)

Section 1: Chemistry of high polymers

Monomers, functionality, degree of polymerizations, classification of polymers, glass transition, melting transition, criteria for rubberiness, polymerization methods: addition and condensation; their kinetics, metallocene polymers and other newer methods of polymerization, copolymerization, monomer reactivity ratios and its significance, kinetics, different copolymers, random, alternating, azeotropic copolymerization, block and graft copolymers, techniques for polymerization-bulk, solution, suspension, emulsion. Concept of intermolecular order (morphology) – amorphous, crystalline, orientation states. Factor affecting crystallinity. Crystalline transition. Effect of morphology on polymer properties.

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Section 2: Polymer Characterization

Solubility and swelling, Concept of molecular weight distribution and its significance, concept of average molecular weight, determination of number average, weight average, viscosity average and Z-average molecular weights, polymer crystallinity, analysis of polymers using IR, XRD, thermal (DSC, DMTA, TGA), microscopic (optical and electronic) techniques, Molecular wt. distribution: Broad and Narrow, GPC, mooney viscosity.

Section 3: Synthesis, manufacturing and properties

Commodity and general purpose thermoplastics: PE, PP, PS, PVC, Polyesters, Acrylic, PU polymers. Engineering Plastics: Nylon, PC, PBT, PSU, PPO, ABS, Fluoropolymers Thermosetting polymers: Polyurethane, PF, MF, UF, Epoxy, Unsaturated polyester, Alkyds. Natural and synthetic rubbers: Recovery of NR hydrocarbon from latex; SBR, Nitrile, CR, CSM, EPDM, IIR, BR, Silicone, TPE, Speciality plastics: PEK, PEEK, PPS, PSU, PES etc. Biopolymers such as PLA, PHA/PHB.

Section 4: Polymer blends and composites

Difference between blends and composites, their significance, choice of polymers for blending, blend miscibility-miscible and immiscible blends, thermodynamics, phase morphology, polymer alloys, polymer eutectics, plastic-plastic, rubber-plastic and rubber-rubber blends, FRP, particulate, long and short fibre reinforced composites. Polymer reinforcement, reinforcing fibres – natural and synthetic, base polymer for reinforcement (unsaturated polyester), ingredients / recipes for reinforced polymer composite.

Section 5: Polymer Technology

Polymer compounding-need and significance, different compounding ingredients for rubber and plastics (Antioxidants, Light stabilizers, UV stabilizers, Lubricants, Processing aids, Impact modifiers, Flame retardant, antistatic agents. PVC stabilizers and Plasticizers) and their function, use of carbon black, polymer mixing equipment, cross-linking and vulcanization, vulcanization kinetics.

Section 6: Polymer rheology

Flow of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, different flow equations, dependence of shear modulus on temperature, molecular/segmental deformations at different zones and transitions. Measurements of rheological parameters by capillary rotating, parallel plate, cone-plate rheometer. Visco-elasticity-creep and stress relaxations, mechanical models, control of rheological characteristics through compounding, rubber curing in parallel plate viscometer, ODR and MDR.

Section 7: Polymer processing

Compression molding, transfer molding, injection molding, blow molding, reaction injection molding, filament winding, SMC, BMC, DMC, extrusion, pultrusion, calendaring, rotational molding, thermoforming, powder coating, rubber processing in two-roll mill, internal mixer, Twin screw extruder.

Section 8: Polymer testing

Mechanical-static and dynamic tensile, flexural, compressive, abrasion, endurance, fatigue, hardness, tear, resilience, impact, toughness. Conductivity-thermal and electrical, dielectric constant, dissipation factor, power factor, electric resistance, surface resistivity, volume resistivity, swelling, ageing resistance, environmental stress cracking resistance, limiting oxygen index. Heat deflection temperature -Vicat softening temperature, Brittleness temperature, Glass transition temperature, Co-efficient of thermal expansion, Shrinkage, Flammability, dielectric constant, dissipation factor, power factor, Optical Properties – Refractive Index, Luminous Transmittance and Haze, Melt flow index

Section 9: Polymer Recycling and Waste management

Polymer waste, and its impact on environment, Sources, Identification and Separation techniques, recycling classification, recycling of thermoplastics, thermosets and rubbers, applications of recycled materials. Life cycle assessment of polymer products (case studies like PET bottles, packaging bags)

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GENERAL APTITUDE (Common for all branches)

Verbal Aptitude

Basic English Grammar
Tenses, articles, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, verb-noun agreement, and other parts of speech

Basic Vocabulary
Words, idioms, and phrases in context

Reading and Comprehension

Narrative Sequencing

Quantitative Aptitude

Data Interpretation
Data graphs (bar graphs, pie charts, and other graphs representing data), 2- and 3-dimensional plots, maps, and tables

Numerical Computation and Estimation
Ratios, percentages, powers, exponents and logarithms, permutations and combinations, and series

Mensuration and Geometry

Elementary Statistics and Probability

Analytical Aptitude

Deduction and Induction


Numerical Relations and Reasoning

Spatial Aptitude

Transformation of Shapes
Translation, rotation, scaling, mirroring, assembling, and grouping

Paper folding, cutting, and patterns in 2 and 3 dimensions

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  1. Sachin Korde

    From where I can get books for GATE 2021, and what publication or author should I choose ?

  2. shama firdaus

    i am student of msc polymer science and technology of amu aligarh, sir i want to ask if i am eligible for mtech polymer science and engineering after qualifying gate exam and for the phd program

  3. Sandhili

    I am a btech in textile chemistry. I want to pursue mtech in polymer chemistry. From which branch should i apply for gate ?

  4. shubh chaudhary

    i m diplomat in plastics engg so is polymer engg or paint technology is more preferable in higher edu.


    myself Brajyadav, i have completed chemistry can i do in polymer .please reply

  6. leena

    I am a BE chemical from Mumbai University .i want to do Mtech in Polymer science and engineering.
    So will it be easy to crack a GATE for me as i am a chemical engineer?

  7. ashish

    sir! if i doing in polymer sciences then can i eligible for giving GATE exam?
    which branch is more demandable polymer sc. or instrumentation?

  8. Ulkesh Jadhav

    Sir i am third year B.TECH student. i am studying PAINT technology at I.C.T Mumbai. i want to prepare for gate exam so which books i have to refer and coaching classes are must or not

  9. nalin

    go for M-Tech Chemical or petrochemical engineering, dont try polymer tech there is only little scope.

  10. sai r

    Sir ,can you please suggest the institutes for polymer engineering gate preparation.A quick reply will be appreciated as I really need your worthy suggestion.

  11. Priyanka

    I did diploma in plastic and now doing B.Tech in chemical. But still i have interest in plastic engg. As per scope concern which branch will better for M.Tech. please suggest me.

  12. suresh

    To Mukesh and Jignesh,
    You can get an M.Sc. in Polymer Science, not M.Tech. M.Tech will be in Polymer Engineering not Science. Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering are two different majors. The relation between Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is similar to Physics and Electronics Engineering. Physics gives the basics for Electronics Engineering. But Electronics is not Physics!

    Typically, an ‘M.Sc. in Polymer Science’ and ‘M.Tech in Polymer Engineering’ will not have even one subject in common when it comes to their respective syllabus.
    M.Tech admission in most colleges is given based on your ‘GATE exam’ score.

  13. jignesh patel

    iam surface coating technology student so plz tell me how i can prepare for….what is the future of polymer science.

  14. Mukesh Kumar

    Dear All,
    I am a B.Tech.Paint Technology from H.B.T.I.Kanpur having around 6 years industrial experience.I am interested for M.TECH.POLYMER SCIENCE.So,plz suggest me it will be better for me or not.

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