GATE 2018 Syllabus for Ecology and Evolution (EY)

Last Updated: 15th March, 2017

GATE 2018 Syllabus for Ecology and Evolution

GATE 2018 Syllabus for Ecology and Evolution pdf file download link is given below.

Syllabus for General Aptitude (GA) (common to all papers)

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.

GATE 2018 Syllabus for Ecology and Evolution Section 2

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.

GATE 2018 Syllabus for Ecology and Evolution Section 3

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.

GATE 2018 Syllabus for Ecology and Evolution Section 4

Section 4: Programming and Data Structures

Programming in C. Recursion. Arrays, stacks, queues, linked lists, trees, binary search trees, binary heaps, graphs.

GATE 2018 Syllabus for Ecology and Evolution Section 5

Section 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.

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