Gate EXAM 2020

Gate Syllabus for Ecology and Evolution (EY) pdf

Download Gate Syllabus for Ecology and Evolution (EY) pdf

GATE 2020 Syllabus and Paper Pattern

GATE Paper (Code)Ecology and Evolution (EY)
Total Number of Questions65
Total Marks100
Time Duration of Exam3 Hours
Marks Distribution15 marks from General Aptitude
85 Marks from Core Subjects of Paper


1. General Aptitude

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. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

Gate Syllabus, Gate Syllabus 2020, Free Download Gate Syllabus, Gate Syllabus,Gate Syllabus 2020,Free Download Gate Syllabus.

Complete Information about GATE Exam
1. GATE 2021 Eligibility
2. GATE Exam Organizing Institutes
3. GATE Exam Branches & Branch Codes
4. GATE 2021 Syllabus – Branch Wise
5. GATE 2021 Exam Pattern
6. How to prepare for GATE 2021?
7. GATE 2020 Preparation Strategy
8. Study Materials for GATE 2020 Exam
9. Standard Books List for GATE 2021 Preparation
10. Previous Years Question Paper of GATE Exam
11. GATE 2021 Cutoff Marks
12. GATE 2021 Admit Card
13. GATE 2021 Exam Important Dates
14. GATE 2021 Apply Online