GATE 2020 ecology and evolution engineering syllabus and best reference books to study and prepare for GATE 2020 examination in EY Subject
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GATE 2020 Ecology and Evolution Syllabus, Books for Preparation

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2020 Exam exam is going to be held on February 01, 02, 08 and 09, 2020 in multiple sessions. A separate exam in “Ecology and Evolution (EY)” discipline is conducted for the students interested in the areas of ecology, evolution and conservation science. It is high time for the GATE 2020 Ecology and Evolution aspirants, to start their preparation in a serious and intense manner.

It is important for the aspirants to know the Syllabus, GATE Exam Pattern, Books for preparation, Guidance and preparation strategy of GATE 2020 Ecology and Evolution (EY) Engineering before starting the preparation. Knowing the syllabus, books for studies and exam pattern are the first step towards any entrance exam.

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This article will help the candidates to know about the GATE 2020 syllabus for ecology and evolution engineering and best reference books to study and prepare for GATE 2020 examination in Ecology and Evolution subject.

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GATE 2020 Ecology and Evolution Syllabus

Candidates appearing for the GATE Ecology and Evolution paper can check out the GATE 2020 Ecology and Evolution Syllabus here. The syllabus of GATE exam is based on graduation level. The exam paper carries 85% marks from the technical subjects and 15% of marks from the General Aptitude section. Applicants are advised to check the complete syllabus before starting the preparation of exam.

The GATE 2020 Ecology and Evolution syllabus contains four sections which include –  Ecology, Evolution, Mathematics and Quantitative Ecology, and Behavioural Ecology. Below given are the details of these sections –

S.No. Subject Topics
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.

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

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.
4. Behavioural Ecology Classical ethology; neuroethology; evolutionary ethology; chemical, acoustic and visual signalling.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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Books for GATE 2020 Ecology and Evolution Preparation

General Aptitude Section

Books Author/Publisher
Solved papers on verbal and numerical ability ACE Engineering Academy
Objective General English RS Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Disha Experts

Ecology and Evolution Reference Books

Books Author/Publisher
Test & Evaluation: Life Sciences / Biotechnology Pranav Kumar,
Pathfinder Academy
Animal Behavior: Mechanisms, Ecology, Evolution Lee C Drickamer,
Stephen H Vessey
Global Philosophical and Ecological Concepts Rudi Jansma
Organic Evolution (Evolutionary Biology) Veer Bala Rastogi
Games of Life: Explorations in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Karl Sigmund,
Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution & Ecology S Chand
Principles of Genetics Gardner, Simmons, Snustad
Ecological Readings in the Veda: Matter, Energy, Life (Reconstructing Indian History and Culture) M. Vannucci
Textbook on Microbiology C.P. Baveja
Hinduism and Ecology: Seeds of Truth Ranchor Prime
Advanced Engineering Mathematics RK Jain, SRK Iyengar

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