Civil Service Exam Mains – IAS Exam Mains 2017 Syllabus for Zoology Paper I – Paper II
Paper – I
A. Non-chordata and Chordata :
- Classification and relationship of various phyla up to subclasses : Acoelomate and Coelomate, Protostomes and Deuterostomes, Bilateria and Radiata; Status of Protista, Parazoa, Onychophora and Hemichordata; Symmetry.
- Protozoa : Locomotion, nutrition, reproduction, sex; General features and life history of Paramaecium, Monocystis, Plasmodium and Leishmania.
- Porifera : Skeleton, canal system and reproduction.
- Cnidaria : Polymorphism, defensive structures and their mechanism; coral reefs and their formation; metagenesis; general features and life history of Obelia and Aurelia.
- Platyhelminthes : Parasitic adaptation; general features and life history of Fasciola and Taenia and their pathogenic symptoms.
- Nemathelminthes : General features, life history, parasitic adaptation of Ascaris and Wuchereria.
- Annelida : Coelom and metamerism; modes of life in polychaetes; general features and life history of Nereis, earthworm and leach.
- Arthropoda : Larval forms and parasitism in Crustacea; vision and respiration in arthropods ( Prawn, cockroach and scorpion ); modification of mouth parts in insects ( cockroach, mosquito, housefly, honey bee and butterfly ); metamorphosis in insect and its hormonal regulation, social behaviour of Apis and termites.
- Mollusca : Feeding, respiration, locomotion, general features and life history of Lamellidens, Pila and Sepia, torsion and detorsion in gastropods.
- Echinodermata : Feeding, respiration, locomotion, larval forms, general features and life history of Asterias.
- Protochordata : Origin of chordates; general features and life history of Branchiostoma and Herdmania.
- Pisces : Respiration, locomotion and migration.
- Amphibia : Origin of tetrapods, parental care, paedomorphosis.
- Reptilia : Origin of reptiles, skull types, status of Sphenodon and crocodiles.
- Aves : Origin of birds, flight adaptation, migration.
- Mammalia : Origin of mammals, dentition, general features of egg laying mammals, pouched-mammals, aquatic mammals and primates, endocrine glands ( pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pancreas, gonads ) and their interrelationships.
- Comparative functional anatomy of various systems of vertebrates ( integument and its derivatives, endoskeleton, locomotory organs, digestive system, respiratory system, circulatory system including heart and aortic arches, urino-genital system, brain and sense organs ( eye and ear ).
B. Ecology :
- Biosphere: Concept of biosphere; biomes, Biogeochemical cycles, Human induced changes in atmosphere including green house effect, ecological succession, biomes and ecotones, community ecology.
- Concept of ecosystem; structure and function of ecosystem, types of ecosystem, ecological succession, ecological adaptation.
- Population; characteristics, population dynamics, population stabilization.
- Biodiversity and diversity conservation of natural resources.
- Wildlife of India.
- Remote sensing for sustainable development.
- Environmental biodegradation, pollution and its impact on biosphere and its prevention.
C. Ethology :
- Behaviour : Sensory filtering, reponsiveness, sign stimuli, learning and memory, instinct, habituation, conditioning, imprinting.
- Role of hormones in drive; role of pheromones in alarm spreading; crypsis, predator detection, predator tactics, social hierarchies in primates, social organization in insects.
- Orientation, navigation, homing, biological rhythms, biological clock, tidal, seasonal and circadian rhythms.
- Methods of studying animal behaviour including sexual conflict, selfishness, kinship and altruism.
D. Economic Zoology :
- Apiculture, sericulture, lac culture, carp culture, pearl culture, prawn culture, vermiculture.
- Major infectious and communicable diseases ( malaria, filaria, tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS ) their vectors, pathogens and prevention.
- Cattle and livestock diseases, their pathogen ( helminthes ) and vectors ( ticks, mites, Tabanus, Stomoxys ).
- Pests of sugar cane ( Pyrilla perpusiella ) oil seed ( Achaea janata ) and rice ( Sitophilus oryzae ).
- Transgenic animals.
- Medical biotechnology, human genetic disease and genetic counselling, gene therapy.
- Forensic biotechnology.
E. Biostatistics :
- Designing of experiments; null hypothesis; correlation, regression, distribution and measure of central tendency, chi square, student-test, F-test ( one-way & two-way F-test ).
F. Instrumentation Methods :
- Spectrophotometer, phase contrast and fluorescence microscopy, radioactive tracer, ultra centrifuge, gel electrophoresis, PCR, ELISA, FISH and chromosome painting.
- Electron microscopy ( TEM, SEM ).