How to Prepare for GATE 2020 Ecology and Evolution (EY)

How to Prepare for GATE 2020 Ecology and Evolution (EY)

The registration for the GATE 2020 exam has already started since the 3rd of September 2019. The GATE 2020 examination will be held in February 2020. The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2020 is held twice every year and is one of the most coveted and important examinations in the life of not only an engineer but B.Sc., Architecture, and Statistics graduate. GATE 2020 would help you in achieving your dreams of completion of your postgraduate and research studies from the prestigious IIT’s, NIT’s, GFTI’s (Government Funded Technical Institutes) and SIT’s of the nation. The exam is held for such prestigious educational institutes has to be tough and very broad in the range of syllabus and difficulty level of the examination. For registrations, one has to visit the website so that they can fill up the application process and signup for the GATE 2020 examination. The examination is going to be conducted by the IIT Delhi for the year 2020. 

This article revolves around the GATE preparation tips we can offer for the February 2020 examination on the subject of Ecology and Evolution (Sub code-EY). This is very important as even though you may think that there is a lot of time for preparation, but the amount of syllabus you have to prepare for is huge when compared with the time. This article will also provide you with information regarding the GATE exam pattern and the books, which would be important for your preparation. To excel in the GATE exam, all these 3 parameters are very important to increase your chances of getting admission in one of the best technical institutes in India for your post-graduation (PG) studies.

GATE Exam Pattern for 2020 

The GATE 2020 candidates need to be well acquainted with the exam pattern for Ecology and Evolution. The exam will conduct in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode which will include several Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) as well as Numeric Answer Type (NAT) Questions.

The MCQ types of questions are general questions which would have 4 answers based choices namely (a), (b), (c) and (d). They will comprise of maybe 1 or 2 marks and will also include negative marking if a wrong answer is chosen. The marks deducted will be 1 mark for 3 wrong answers or 0.33 marks for each wrong answer for a 1 mark question and 0.66 marks will be deducted for a 2 marks question in case you give a wrong answer.

In the case of NAT questions, there won’t be any options provided to the students like in the case of MCQ. The candidates would have to calculate the correct answer for the numerical and enter it in a given space through the use of the virtual keypad on the screen. These questions also carry 1 or 2 marks which vary with various sections. The only sigh of relief for this type of questions is that there will be no negative marking.

A table explaining the GATE exam pattern 2020 is given below:

Attribute   Particulars 
Total number of questions to be asked Total 65 questions among these questions 55 will be from Ecology and Evolution theory and numerical and will be 10 questions carrying 15 marks for General Aptitude
Total time of exam 180 minutes
Total Marks 100

GATE preparation tips 2020 for Ecology and Evolution (EY)


  • GATE Books – the most important thing the candidates should prepare before applying for the GATE 2020 examination is the required study materials and best GATE books.
  • Exam Information – it is very important to be thorough about the exam pattern and syllabus for the subject of Ecology and Evolution. The contents of the subject should be known by heart and preparation of charts and tables is very important.
  • Maintain Time Table – every candidate has to maintain a perfect time table for the division of the subjects and topics one has to study for the examination. The time table will help to balance the time of study for the various subjects which are more important and require more time to the comparatively easier subjects.
  • Practice Papers – it is very important to practice as many practice papers and solve as many mock tests for GATE 2020 before the exam as possible. It will help ion time management as well as helps in understanding the level of your own preparation.
  • Revision – lastly it is very important to keep revising the subjects you have studied as in the long run it is quite possible you might forget what you have learned. 


GATE Books 2020

TOPICS Name of the Book and Author
Ecology Global Philosophical and Ecological Concepts – Rudi Jansma

Test and Evaluation: Life Sciences and Biotechnology – Pranav Kumar

Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, and Ecology – S Chand

Ecological Readings in the Veda: Matter, Energy, Life – Marta Vanucci

Evolution Organic Evolution – Veer Bala Rastogi

Games of Life – Karl Sigmund

Principles of Genetics – Simmons, Snustad, and Gardner  

Behavioral Ecology Animal Behaviour: Mechanisms, Evolution and Ecology – Lee C Drickamer and Stephen H Vessey and Jakob

Hinduism and Ecology: Seeds of Truth – Ranchor Prime

Mathematics and Quantitative Ecology  How to be a Quantitative Ecologist: The ‘A to R’ of Green Mathematics and Statistics –Jason Matthiopoulos

Quantitative Ecology: Measurement, Models, and Scaling – David C. Schneider

Advanced Engineering Mathematics – RK Jain and SRK Iyenger

General Aptitude Reasoning and Aptitude – Nem Singh

High School English Grammer – Wren and Martin


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