filter your search allcollegesexamnews



GATE 2018 Ecology & Evaluation Syllabus

Last Updated - August 31, 2017

GATE 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 2018 is scheduled for February 03, 04, 10 and 11, 2018 in multiple sessions.
  • GATE Syllabus is based on the topics studied at graduation level.
  • The official notification for GATE 2018 was published in leading newspapers on August 26, 2017.
  • The question paper consists of 65 questions worth 100 marks. 

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 2018 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.

GATE 2018 Syllabus for Ecology & Evaluation Syllabus

The syllabus of GATE exam is based on graduation level. The syllabus of every paper is quite different but Engineering Mathematics section is the same in most of the papers. This section will carry 15% of questions in the exam. Applicants are advised to check complete syllabus before starting the preparation of exam. 

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

Chapter 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.

Chapter 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.

Chapter 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.

Chapter 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.

Preparation Books for GATE 2018 Ecology & Evaluation

GATE is a national level competitive exam conducted for admission to M.Tech and Ph.D. courses. GATE is considered as one of the difficult exams. Hence, the preparation to qualify it should be very good. 

Best books are one of the best ways for preparation. Candidates are suggested to refer good books for better preparation. Thus, we are suggesting you some important books for GATE preparation for Ecology & Evaluation.

Preparation Books for Ecology & Evaluation
Test & Evaluation: Life Sciences / BiotechnologyPranav Kumar,
Pathfinder Academy
Animal Behavior: Mechanisms, Ecology, EvolutionLee C Drickamer,
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Global Philosophical and Ecological ConceptsRudi Jansma,
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers
Organic Evolution (Evolutionary Biology)Veer Bala Rastogi,
Games of Life: Explorations in Ecology, Evolution and BehaviorKarl Sigmund,
Dover Publications

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level online test (Computer Based Test). There are total 23 papers in GATE exam. Hence, the paper patteren is quite tricky. GATE Exam Patten is quite different for all papers. 

  • GATE consists 3 sections namely General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and specific subject of the paper
  • The paper is held in online mode (Computer Based Test) in multiple shifts.
  • Question paper comprises total 65 questions worth 100 marks. 
  • There are 2 types of questions namely- Multiple Choice type (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT).
  • The maximum number of questions in GATE 2018 are from the core subject.
  • The duration of the paper is three hours. 
SubjectsAllocation of Marks
Engineering Mathematics15% of total marks
General Aptitude15% of total marks
Subject Questions70% of total marks



sumit kumar

I m expecting 52 in gate 2018 civil and m belong to sc category.. Can I get any PSU?

15 Mar, 2018 10:56
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sumit, You get information about the GATE Cutoff list through this link: PSU Cutoff List.

21 Mar, 2018 12:12
Prashant kumar

Sir my gate marks 65 in gate 2018 in civil engineering can I get it Delhi?

14 Mar, 2018 02:37
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Prashant, Please check the Cutoff list of Delhi through this link: GATE Delhi Cutoff

17 Mar, 2018 11:20
Avinash Chauhan

I m expecting 32 number in gate 2018 mechanical and belong to sc category can i get admisiion in dtu??

09 Mar, 2018 00:22
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Avinash, I am giving you the Cutoff list of DTU college please check the list through this link: GATE Cutoff List.

09 Mar, 2018 12:58
sama raju

what is the expected cut off marks for physics ( OBC Category)

23 Feb, 2018 13:53
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sama, To get information about the Cutoff by this link: GATE Cutoff List

23 Feb, 2018 16:04
Arvind kumar Yadav

how much mark is required to get admission in iit kharakpur..

16 Feb, 2018 21:16
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Arvind, I am giving you the Cutoff list of IIT Kharagpur please check the list through this link: Gate Cutoff List

17 Feb, 2018 15:19
abhishek sharma

I am from commerce background and I have done MBA with specialization in hr can I eligible for filling the form for the post of personal and hr pls rep me fast

30 Jan, 2018 11:05
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Abhishek, GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level test for admission to M.Tech/ Ph.D. and other Government Scholarships/Assistantships in the field of engineering and technology. So you can not fill this exam for MBA. But you can apply for MBA by filling the CAT, XAT, CMAT, GMAT entrance exam.

15 Feb, 2018 16:34
suraj rohila

how to prepare for gate and when we will get the forms of gate exam and now a i am in fourth year

15 Jun, 2017 00:20
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Suraj, The GATE 2018 Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website opens from September 01, 2017. You can check form status from the official website. For know about the preparing tips, please check this link Prepare for GATE

01 Sep, 2017 18:24

about nsr round in ccmt 2017

12 Apr, 2017 00:20

Hi Nikhil, to get details on GATE counseling and its rounds, please find the link

12 Apr, 2017 17:03
Sumitra chakraborty

plz tell me gate exam 2017 when will be held

24 Mar, 2017 11:06

Hi Sumitra, GATE 2017 Examination has been completed, you may apply for GATE 2018.To get details on GATE 2018, please find the link

24 Mar, 2017 11:19

GATE exam updtes and cut off for colleges in Tamilnadu

06 Mar, 2017 11:59
Show More comments

Related News & Articles

March 12, 2018GATE 2018

GATE 2018 Civil Engineering ( ..

Get here GATE 2018 CE Question Paper, Answer Key a ...

March 12, 2018GATE 2018

GATE 2018 Electronics and Com ..

GATE 2018 ECE answer key can be downloaded from th ...

March 12, 2018GATE 2018

GATE 2018 Electrical Engineer ..

Get here GATE 2018 EE Question Paper, Answer Key. ...

March 12, 2018GATE 2018

GATE 2018 Chemistry (CY) Answ ..

GATE answer keys are released to make candidates a ...