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GATE EY: Ecology and Evolution Preparation Tips

Last Updated - September 25, 2018

GATE is a national level exam which tests the comprehensive knowledge of various Engineering graduates in different subjects. The scores are accepted by more than 900+ institutes across India. This year, GATE 2019 is scheduled from February 2, 3, 9 and 10 in computer-based mode.

A lot of changes were introduced in the examination. But, in 2019, the only new thing introduced is Statistics has been added as a new subject/ paper in GATE. There are three sections in the test viz.

  • General Aptitude
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Ecology and Evolution (EY)
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EY is the subject that lies at the intersection of Ecology and evolutionary biology. A candidate who is appearing for GATE EY 2019 must know all the minute details about the subject. He/ she must be well aware of exam pattern, syllabus, books and some tips and tricks to crack the exam.

Here we are discussing some of the important guidelines and tips and tricks to help you tackle this exam.

Exam Pattern of EY

  • GATE EY exam will consist of 65 questions of 100 marks spread over the three sections i.e. General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and Ecology & Evolution. 
  • The exam will consist of MCQs and NAT (Numerical Aptitude Questions)
  • There is no provision of negative marking in NAT questions.
  • MCQs carrying 1 marks each, 1/3 marks would be deducted as a penalty of marking the wrong answer.
  • For questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks would be deducted for marking an incorrect answer.

The best preparation Tips

Ecology and evolution basically deal with the conservation science and the research topics. This subject is concerned with the designing, monitoring, and construction of ecosystems. There are some important core subjects in this branch, focus well on them. Every core subject basics are asked in the GATE Exam.

  1. Know every detail about the GATE Exam syllabus – Ecology and Evolution

It is very important that you have well-versed knowledge about your syllabus and capture every minute detail of it. Having a complete knowledge of the topics you must start preparing accordingly. If you feel any doubt regarding the syllabus consult your seniors or your teachers.

Below is the link where you can check the syllabus for Ecology and Evolution.

2. Select the Best Reference Books

Good study material is extremely important. In fact, a majority of your preparation depends on the study material that you prefer for yourself. Do a good research of the books you must prefer. You can check the best-recommended books for GATE preparation for Ecology and Evolution. Some of the suggested books include Engineering Mathematics, General Aptitude, and Code Subject i.e Ecology and Evolution

Check: GATE Ecology and Evolution Syllabus


Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
Games of Life: Exploration in Ecology, Evolution & BehaviorKarl Sigmund
Ecological & Evolutionary ModellingCang Hui and Pietro Landi
Examining Ecology: Exercises in Environmental Biology and ConservationPaul A. Rees

3. Make an effective Study Plan

An efficient and proper study plan is very important for every exam preparation. No doubt, it plays a key role in the success of getting a good score in the GATE exam.  Prepare an extremely effective study plan for GATE EY: Ecology and Evolution.

It’s been said that a “Journey of thousand miles starts with a single step”. Similarly, the journey of getting a good score in GATE starts with your daily schedule, then to a weekly schedule and finally to a monthly schedule to prepare for GATE Exam. Allot a particular time for each subject and also keep a good balance of refreshing activities.

Daily prepare for a few hours and spend at least 6 hours for GATE exam preparation.

Also Check GATE Preparation Tips

Quick and Easy tricks to Prepare Better

Know about what you have done so far and keep a record of it for future reference.

  • Refer the past question papers and practice those model papers to track your preparation.
  • Select the best reference books that will cover all the basic topics of the core.
  • Important topics must be studied well and should be revised from time to time.
  • Practice well by solving as many questions as you can.
  • Motivating yourself is mandatory. For good motivation to visit coaching centers, talk to your ideas, watch motivational videos.
  • Make some small daily targets and weekly targets. Daily Study for at least 3-4 hours.
  • Revise the subject or topic as many times as possible until you are perfect on that.
  • Trust yourself and keep working hard. Success will pay off soon!



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