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GATE 2017 Ecology & Evaluation Syllabus

Last Updated - February 03, 2017

GATE 2017 syllabus for Ecology & Evaluation includes the subject topics, Engineering Mathematics and general aptitude. Most of the questions are asked from core subject and rest of the questions are asked from Mathematics & general aptitude. GATE exam will be of 100 marks and candidates need to solve the paper in three hours. Those candidates who are going to appear in GATE 2017 examination are advised to check the complete syllabus of Ecology and Evolution. In this article, we are discussing the paper pattern and complete syllabus for Ecology & Evaluation subject.

SubjectsAllocation of Marks
Engineering Mathematics15% of total marks
General Aptitude15% of total marks
Subject Questions70% of total marks

GATE 2017 Syllabus for Ecology & Evaluation Syllabus

GATE Syllabus for Ecology and Evaluation comprises of four sections. The following sections with their sub topics are given below:

  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Mathematics and Quantitative Ecology
  • Behavioural Ecology

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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