Testing Services

ICAR-CIRCOT is one of the world’s renowned cotton testing laboratories and it is the only referral laboratory in our country for testing cotton textiles. Testing laboratories of CIRCOT has accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi since 1999. CIRCOT’s state of the art laboratories have facilities for testing over 178 tests on different textile materials. These facilities are open to all stake holders including textiles mills, government departments and academic institutions. CIRCOT is one of the two Indian laboratories recognized by the Bureau International pour la Standardisation des Fibres Artificielles (BISFA), an international association of man-made fibre producers, for testing man made fibres.

Test House

Commercial testing of samples of textile items viz., fibre, yarn, fabric, garments, made-ups and textile auxiliaries are done at ICAR-CIRCOT. Testing is done for various physical, mechanical, chemical parameters. All these tests are done through the Test House. Test House a single window facility to receive samples for testing, accepting testing charges and also to dispatch results of the testing to the party.

The General Rules of ICAR-CIRCOT Test House

  • Samples are received for tests during working hours between 10.00am and 5.00pm.
  • Samples are tested and reports issued, generally, in the order in which they are received.
  • ALL FEES FOR TESTS MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE WHILE SUBMITTING THE SAMPLES
  • The amount of fee should be paid either through NEFT/RTGS, cheque (at par)/ Demand Draft (DD) drawn in favour of the Director, Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology. However, in the case of Government departments and public sector undertakings the samples may be accepted without advance payment. However, the test report will only be issued after the test fees are received.
  • The balance material after testing will not be returned unless a specific request is made to that effect by the parties at the time of submitting the samples for test. The balance material is expected to be taken back within one month of the issue of the Test Report, beyond which the material will not be preserved.
  • Samples will be received for tests only if the minimum size and conditions prescribed for each test are satisfied. However, in special cases where samples found to be below the specified size may be accepted for testing.  But the test certificates issued will have “SAMPLE BELOW REGULATION SIZE” mentioned on them. There is no change in the test fees for such samples.
  • Samples for X-ray Diffraction Radial Scan, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), etc. are accepted subject to the suitability of the samples for the tests. A certificate about the non-toxic nature of the samples should be submitted along with the samples.
  • The Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, may refuse to accept any sample or goods for testing without assigning any reason.
  • The samples for tests must have the necessary identification number / mark / label. All relevant details of the samples may be furnished in the forwarding letter along with the samples.
  • Priority Testing Facility is available against payment of an additional test fee of 50% over and above the fee given in the Schedule of Test Fees. Samples submitted under Priority Testing will be taken up for testing as soon as it is received at the Test House.
  • Tests not mentioned in this Schedule of Test Fees may be done on request, subject to the availability of facilities. Fee for such tests will be fixed on an ad hoc basis.

Our Customers

The Test House caters to the needs of a wide range customers from Trade & Industry, Government and academic sectors. Central and State Government organizations such as Indian Railways, Defense & Police establishments are among the clients of the Test House. State government bodies like Municipal Corporations, Education Departments, and Health Departments avail testing facilities of ICAR-CIRCOT. Educational institutions like reputed engineering colleges, agricultural universities across India are clients of the Test House. From the side trade & industry; reputed Buying Houses and leading Departmental Stores, etc., are utilizing the testing facilities of CIRCOT.

NABL Accredition

Mechanical and Chemical Testing Laboratories are accredited in accordance with ISO/ IEC 17025:2005 with Certificate No. TC 6904

Issue Date: 02-03-2018

Valid until: 01-03-2020

IS/ISO 9001:2015 Accredition

ICAR-CIRCOT has been granted accreditation for its Quality Management System as per IS/ISO 9001:2015 from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)

Issue Date: 20-09-2017

Valid until: 11-06-2020

How to contact Test House

Officer In-charge of the Test House coordinate all testing activities at the Test House.

Telephone: 022-24127273, 24127276, 24184274, 24184275 Ext. 456 / 457
e-mail: test.circot@icar.gov.in , cottontest@rediffmail.com.

Schedule of Fee for various tests

Sr No Test Fee per sample ( ₹) Test Fee Min Sample Size seed cotton
1 Ginning percentage by Laboratory Model Gin (seed cotton) 300 1 Kg seed cotton
2 Ginning percentage by Commercial Gin (seed cotton) 500 20 Kg seed cotton
3 Percentage of Moisture ( IS 199 ) (air tight packing) 400 250 g airtight packing
4 Percentage of Waste in Lint  
  a) Trash Content % (IS 4871) 500 300 g  
  b) Trash Content % (CIRCOT SP-4) 400 150 g  
5 HVI Test ( HVI / ICC Mode) ( ASTM D 5867) 200 250 g  
  Colour Grade (extra) 100  
6 Baer Sorter with diagram   (BS4044) 800 300 g  
7 Length of Staple Fibre (as per BISFA Rules) 650 300 g  
  ( BS 6989) Oil plate method  
8 Denier of Staple Fibre by Cutting & Weighing 800 300 g  
  method (ASTM D -1577 )  
9 Fibre weight per unit Length by Counting method 500 300 g  
10 Fibre Fineness by Micronaire ( BS 3181) 100 100 g  
11 Single Fibre Strength and elongation by INSTRON Tensile Tester (ASTM D3822) (100 readings) 2000 300 g  
12 Fibre Maturity by NaOH method (IS 236) 400 100 g  
13 AFIS Test Length, Maturity, Neps, and Trash (ASTM D 5866) 800 100 g  
  Length & Maturity Module 300  
  Neps Module 300  
  Trash Module 300  
14 Qualitative Identification of Fibres (IS 667) 300 100 g  
15 HVI & Microspinning (CIRCOT Method) 3000 500 g  
16 Full Spinning on carded cotton ( 1 count ) 5000 5.5 Kg  
  Full Spinning on carded cotton ( 2 counts ) 6000 8 Kg  
  Additional Count 2000 10 Kg  
Sr No Test Fee per sample ( ₹) Test Fee Min Sample Size
17 Yarn count ( IS 1315 ) 400 1 Km
18 Lea Test ( IS 1671 ) 500 1 Km
19 Single Thread Strength and elongation by Instron 1000 1 Km
  Individual readings (per cone) 100
20 Twist in Single Yarn ( IS 832 ) 400 500 m
21 Twist in Double Yarn (Doubling Twist ) 400 500 m
22 Twist in Cards and Cables 300 500 m
23 Yarn Evenness U% with Imperfections by 1000 6 Packages
  Uster UT-4   ( ASTM D 1425 )
24 Yarn Hairiness by Zweigle Hairiness Tester 700 20 Km
  (hairs of 1,2,3,4,6,8,10,12, 15, 18,21,and 25 mm ;
  Cumulatative & Differential mode )
25 Qualitative Identification of Fibres in Yarns ( IS 667) 300 100 g
26 Quantitative analysis of Fibres in Yarns (IS 3416) Upto two components 600
  Each component over two 250
Sr No Test Fee per sample ( ₹) Test Fee Min Sample Size
27 Type of Weave ( CIRCOT Method ) 400 1 m / full piece
28 Length of Fabric ( IS 1954) 200 Full piece
29 Width of Fabric ( IS 1954) 200 1 m / full piece
30 Thickness of Fabric ( IS 1954) 200 2 m / full piece
31 Weight per square or linear metre of Fabric ( IS 1964) 400 1 m / full piece
32 Ends & Picks / wales & Courses ( IS 1963) 300 1 m / full piece
33 Count of Warp,Weft Yarn & Ply (IS 3442) 400 1 m / full piece
34 Fabric Strength ( IS 1969) 800 1 m / full piece
35 Fabric Strength and Elongation by Instron (IS 1670 ) 1000 1 m / full piece
36 Water Permeability (Cone Test ) 250 1 m / full piece
37 Water Shrinkage %   ( IS 2977) 400 1 m / full piece
38 Air permeability 300 1 m / full piece
39 Pilling Test ( IS 10971) 450 1 m / full piece
40 Tearing Strength by Elmendorf method 450 1 m / full piece
41 Crease Recovery (IS 4681 ) 500 1 m / full piece
42 Bursting Strength 300 1 m / full piece
43 Drape Test (IS 8357) 500 1 m / full piece
44 Fabric Handle by KES-FB System 1 m / full piece
  a) Full Test (Tensile, Shear,Bending, Compression and Surface properties )
  Woven Fabrics 7000
  Knitted Fabrics 8000
  b) Individual Module Testing
  Woven Fabrics 2000
  Knitted Fabrics 3000
45 Thermal transport properties of fabric using Thermolabo II (KES-FB7)   1 m/full piece
  a) q-max ( Warm/ Cool feeling) 1000
  b) Thermal Conductivity by constant heat flow method 1000
  c) Thermal Insulation by guarded hot platemethod 1000
46 Resistance to air flow through fabric using KES-FB-AP1 Tester 800 1 m / full piece
47 Water Vapour Transport Rate through fabric   1 m / full piece
  a) By Dish Method 2000
  b) By CIRCOT WVTR Apparatus 1000
48 Vertical Wicking Test for fabric 1000 “ “
49 Absorbency Test for fabric 1 m / full piece
  a) Sinking Time 500
  b) Drop Test for absorbency of textiles 500
50 Water Repellency – Spray Tester 350 “ “
51 Moisture Management Properties of textile fabrics (AATCC 195-2009) 3000 “ “
52 Vertical Flammability Test ASTM D 6413-1994 1000 “ “
53 Inclined Flammability Test   ASTM : D 1230 -94 1000 “ “
54 Horizontal Flammability Test FMVSS 302 : DIN 75200 ISO 3795 1000 “ “
Sr No Test Fee per sample ( ₹) Test Fee Min Sample Size
55 Honey Dew : Qualitative Test (fibre / Yarn) ( ICGR 11-126) 400 50 g
56 Honey Dew :Quantitative Test (fibre / Yarn) (CIRCOT Method) 800 50 g
57 Desizing or Definishing 500 50 g
58 Percentage of Size/Finish 750 50 g
59 Scouring Loss %  (IS 1383) 600 50 g
60 Fluidity test 900 50 g
61 Alkali Solubility Number 400 100 g
62 Ash Content 600 100 g
63 Water soluble matter  (IS 3456 ) 500 100 g
64 pH Determination  (IS 1390) 400 50 g
65 Oil Content of Fibre, Yarn and Fabric 800 100 g
66 Fluorescence Test for Optical Whiteners 250 100 g
67 Acidity / alkalinity 350 50 g
68 Wax content 800 100 g
69 Quantitative Blend analysis of Fabric   50 g
  Upto 2 components 600
  additional component over two 250
70 Qualitative Identification of Fibres in fabric (IS 667) 300  
71 Quantitative Blend Analysis of Fabric-Warp & Weft separately 1200 0.5 m
72 Nature of Dye (Vat or Reactive) 800 100 g
73 Colour Fastness to washing (ISO 105 C 10:2006) 0.5 m
  Test 1-3 400
  Test – 4 600
  Test – 5 1200
74 Colour Fastness to Dry Cleaning AATCC:132-1988 & ISO:105-DO1 1000 0.5 m
75 Colour Fastness to Light  (IS 2454 ) / AATCC 16-3 upto BWS (4) / 20 AFU    
  1 sample / 2 samples each / 3 or more samples each upto BWS (5)

2800/

1700/

1000

0.5 m
  1 sample / 2 samples each / 3 or more samples each upto BWS (6)

3600/

2100/

1300

0.5 m
  1 sample / 2 samples each / 3 or more samples each

7000/

4100/

2500

0.5 m
76 Colour Fastness to Perspiration   ( IS 971 ) 600 0.5 m
77 Colour Fastness to Rubbing  (IS 766 ) 400 0.5 m
78 Colour Fastness to Bleaching ( IS 762 ) 500 0.5 m
79 Colour Fastness to hot pressing (IS 689) 750 0.5 m
80 # Colour Fastness to dry heat 600 0.5 m
81 Ultra-Violet Protection Factor (UPF) 800 0.5 m
82 Proofing content (IS 6803) 1100 100 g
83 Limiting Oxygen Index (IS 13501) 1600 0.5 m
84 K/S value (L*,a*,b*,C,H) 600 0.5 m
85 DSC – 35o – 350o 5o/min   5 g
  1 sample 7500
  2-3 sample each 4000
  4-and more samples each 3000
  below 35o C – per 10(extra) 250
  Above 350o C – per 50(extra) 100
86 Solvent Extractable 800 50 g
87 # Oil Repellency (AATCC TM 118) 1500 0.5 m
88 # Alcohol Water Repellency (AATCC TM 193) 1000 0.5 m
89 # Chlorite test IND/TC/0048(C) 700 0.5 m
90 # Hydro Test IND/TC/0048(C) 700 0.5 m
91 # Levelling Test IND/TC/0048(C) 1000 0.5 m
92 # CF to Water IND/TC/0048(C) 400 0.5 m
93 # CF to Acid & Alkalis (AATCC TM 6) 1500 0.5 m
Sr No Test Fee per sample ( ₹) Test Fee Min Sample Size
94 Anti Fungal Activity 1 m
  AATCC 30 – Test II & III 1500
  Test IV (14 days) 1800
  Test IV (28 days) 2500
95 # Antibacterial activity  (ASTME-249) per culture 1500 10 g
  AATCC 147 (Qualitative) 1100 0.5 m
  AATCC 100 (Quantitative) 2200
96 Total Bacterial and Fungal Count 800 50g /500 ml
97 # Agar diffusion Test (per culture) 500 10 g
For antibacterial & Anti fungal activity
98 Lyophilization  Upto 250 ml of Liquid 2500  
  Every additional 250 ml  
  Total Solid Content of Liquid   Upto 10% 2000
  Total Solid Content of Liquid  11% to 20 % 1500
  Total Solid Content of Liquid   21% and above 1000
Sr No Test Fee per sample ( ₹) Test Fee Min Sample Size
99 Oil content 800 250 g
100 Hull and Kernel Percentage 500
101 Protein content (Acid Delinting ₹500  extra) 750
102 Free Gossypol Content 1200
103 Total Gossypol Content 1200
104 Crude Fibre content 1400
105 # Linter % 500
Sr No Test Fee per sample ( ₹) Test Fee Min Sample Size
106 Alpha-Cellulose Content (with purification) 2000 250 g
107 Purification of Linters (Cleaning, Kiering & Bleaching) 1400
108 Cellulose yield 1200
109 Ash content 600
110 Acid Insoluble Ash 700
111 Ether Soluble Matter 800
112 Iron content in Ash 1000
113 Lignin Content % 3000
Sr No Test Fee per sample ( ₹) Test Fee Min Sample Size
114 Sulphated Ash (Indian Pharmacopoeia) 800 250 g
115 Water Soluble Matter (Indian Pharmacopoeia) 650
116 Water Holding Capacity (Indian Pharmacopoeia) 450
117 Sinking Time (Indian Pharmacopoeia) 450
118 Fluorescence Under UV Light (Indian Pharmacopoeia) 250
Sr No Test Fee per sample ( ₹) Test Fee Min Sample Size
119 Fibre Length (Tappi – T233) 1000 250 g
120 Freeness CSF (Tappi – T227) 1000
121 Freeness SR Degree (Tappi – T227) 1000
122 Consistency (Tappi – T240) 500
123 Kappa Number (Tappi – T 236) 2200
124 GSM  (IS-1060) 300 12 paper full size
125 Thickness  (IS-1060) 300
126 Bulk (IS-1060) 300
127 Size Measurement  (IS-1060) 200
128 Brightness %  (IS-1060) 500
129 Opacity %  (IS-1060) 500
130 Smoothness  (IS-1060) 500
131 Porosity  (IS-1060) 500
132 Cobb %   (IS-1060) 400
133 Bursting Strength  (IS-1060) 500
134 Tearing Strength   (IS-1060) 500
135 Tensile Strength    (IS-1060) 600
136 Breaking Length   (IS-1060) 600
137 Gloss %   (IS-1060) 500
138 Stiffness   (IS-1060) 500
139 Water Absorbency   (IS-1060) 400
140 Double fold  (IS-1060) 500
141 Feathering   (IS-1060) 400
142 # pH 400
143 # Ash 600
Sr No Test Fee per sample ( ₹) Test Fee Min Sample Size
144 Density 500  
145 Moisture % 500
146 Water Absorption 500
147 Swelling in Water 500
148 Modulus of Rupture 2000
149 Adhesion Test /Internal bond strength 2000
150 Screw/Nail withdrawal 2000
151 Tensile Strength 1000
Sr No Test Fee per sample ( ₹) Test Fee Min Sample Size
152 COD Analysis 800 500 ml
153 BOD Analysis 1200 500 ml
154 Conductivity 300 500 ml
155 TDS 300 500 ml
156 pH 350 500 ml
157 Salinity 300 500 ml
158 Analysis of Sodium/ Potassium/ Calcium content of water by Flame Photometer (per element) (Rs. 500/- extra for digestion if required 300 500 ml
159 # Analysis of Heavy Metals by AAS per metal 450
Sr No Test Fee per sample ( ₹) Test Fee Min Sample Size
160 BET Surface area analysis 3000 5 gram
161 Methylene Blue number of activated carbon [BIS 877 – 1977] 400 5 gram
162 Iodine Number of activated carbon [ASTM D4607-94] 1500 5 gram
163 Compressive Strength [ASTM C 695] 3000 5 gram
Sr No Test Fee per sample ( ₹) Test Fee Min Sample Size Seed Cotton
164 HPLC scanning (Qualitative) 2000 10 g  
165 FTIR scanning   (Qualitative) (only scan) 1500 10 g  
  KBr method 1800  
166 UV absorbance/transmission scan (water soluble) 400 0.5 m  
167 # UV absorbance/transmission scan (solvent soluble) 500 0.5 m  
168 Elemental Analysis by AAS (per element) (₹ 500 extra for digestion) 450 100 g  
169 Scanning Electron Microscope (Maximum 4 micrographs)      
  Surface morphology 2500
  Cross section 3000
170 AFM Imaging 5000    
171 Light micrograph / Photomicrograph (₹500 extra for Sample Preparation/Staining) 1000    
  (10x, 40x and 100x magnifications)
172 Particle Size Analysis / Zeta Potential
(Sample in suspension only
3000 10 ml / 100 mg  
  (Nano Size by DLS analysis)
173 XRD Radial Scan (Data in electronic format: 500 mg Data in electronic
  4º-50º 2000 in powder format
  4º-80º 3000 form per sample
174 X-ray Orientation( Texture) Scan 4500 10 g  
175 X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry   20 g  
  a) Pressed Pellet Method  
  i)Qualitative Scan ( upto 5 Elements) 4500
  Additional each element 600
  ii) Full Scan 10500
  b) Liquid analysis Under Helium Medium  
  i) Qualitative Scan 4700
  ii) Full Scan 13000
176 Electrical Resistance of Textile Materials, Thin films etc. by Electrometer (6517A) 2000 0.5 m  
177 Surface Tension / Contact angle 2000 50 g  
178 Friction coefficient (fibre to fibre, fibre to metal) 2000 1 m  

Additional Information

  1. Minimum charge per test report ₹ 250/-
  2. Rates are exclusive of GST etc.
  3. Total charges to be rounded to the nearest Rupee.
  4. Payment to be made through DD favouring DIRECTOR, CIRCOT payable at Mumbai / E Transfer.
  5. For further Details contact Incharge, Test House