Engineering Entrance Exam : GATE : GATE Ecology and Evolution Syllabus 2017

GATE Ecology and Evolution Syllabus 2017

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GATE 2017 Ecology and Evolution Syllabus ( EY ) :

Section 1 : Ecology

Population ecology; metapopulation dynamics; growth rates; density independent growth; density dependent growth; niche concept;

Species interactions : Plant – animal interactions; mutualism, commensalism, competition and predation; trophic interactions; functional ecology; ecophysiology; behavioural ecology;

Community ecology : Community assembly, organization and evolution; biodiversity : species richness, evenness and diversity indices; endemism; species – area relationships;

Ecosystem structure, function and services; nutrient cycles; biomes; habitat ecology; primary and secondary productivity; invasive species; global and climate change; applied ecology.

Section 2 : Evolution

Origin, evolution and diversification of life; natural selection; levels of selection.

Types of selection ( stabilizing, directional etc. ); sexual selection; genetic drift; gene flow; adaptation; convergence; species concepts;

Life history strategies; adaptive radiation; biogeography and evolutionary ecology;

Origin of genetic variation; Mendelian genetics; polygenic traits, linkage and recombination; epistasis, gene – environment interaction; heritability; population genetics;

Molecular evolution; molecular clocks; systems of classification : cladistics and phenetics; molecular systematics; gene expression and evolution.

Section 3 : Mathematics and Quantitative Ecology

Mathematics and statistics in ecology; Simple functions ( linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, etc ); concept of derivatives and slope of a function; permutations and combinations; basic probability ( probability of random events; sequences of events, etc ); frequency distributions and their descriptive statistics ( mean, variance, coefficient of variation, correlation, etc ).

Statistical hypothesis testing : Concept of p – value; Type I and Type II error, test statistics like t – test and Chi – square test; basics of linear regression and ANOVA.

Section 4 : Behavioural Ecology

Classical ethology; neuroethology; evolutionary ethology; chemical, acoustic and visual signaling

Mating systems; sexual dimorphism; mate choice; parenting behaviour Competition; aggression; foraging behaviour; predator – prey interactions; Sociobiology : kin selection, altruism, costs and benefits of group – living.

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  • i want to do integrated phd under ecological sciences in iisc. i am writing gate EY exam. can i write jam exam also under biological sciences for this? is it required? is writing jam going to hinder my selection process?
    By gowthami from bangalore on January 10, 2016 at 11:31 am
  • which book refer for qualify gate entrance in ecology and evolution
    By sagarika parida from balasore on January 4, 2015 at 1:06 pm
  • please give some sample quetion for ecology
    By Ajit jamatia from Delhi on September 23, 2013 at 1:13 am
  • The subject Ecology and Evolution , Is it for CSE also? IF so, kindly mark me a email with all the required details and syllabus
    By Prince chawla from Delhi on August 24, 2013 at 10:34 am