Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC)
Mains Examination Syllabus - Zoology
PAPER – I
1. Non-chordata and Chordata:
(a) 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;
(b) Protozoa: Locomotion, nutrition, reproduction, sex;
General features and life history of Paramaecium, Monocystis, Plasmodium and
(c) Porifera: Skeleton, canal system and reproduction.
(d) Cnidaria: Polymorphism, defensive structures and their
mechanism; coral reefs and their formation; metagenesis; general features and
life history of Obelia and
(e) Platyhelminthes: Parasitic adaptation; general features
and life history of Fasciola and Taenia and their pathogenic symptoms.
(f) Nemathelminthes: General features, life history,
parasitic adaptation of Ascaris and Wuchereria.
(g) Annelida: Coelom and metamerism; modes of life in
polychaetes; general features and life history of Nereis, earthworm and leach.
(h) 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.
(i) Mollusca: Feeding, respiration, locomotion, general
features and life history of Lamellidens, Pila and Sepia, torsion and detorsion
(j) Echinodermata: Feeding, respiration, locomotion, larval
forms, general features and life history of Asterias.
(k) Protochordata: Origin of chordates; general features and
life history of Branchiostoma and Herdmania.
(l) Pisces: Respiration, locomotion and migration.
(m) Amphibia: Origin of tetrapods, parental care,
(n) Reptilia; Origin of reptiles, skull types, status of
Sphenodon and crocodiles.
(o) Aves: Origin of birds, flight adaptation, migration.
(p) 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
(q) 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).
(a) Biosphere: Concept of biosphere; biomes, Biogeochemical
cycles, Human induced changes in atmosphere including green house effect,
ecological succession, biomes and ecotones, community ecology.
(b) Concept of ecosystem; structure and function of
ecosystem, types of ecosystem, ecological succession, ecological adaptation.
(c) Population; characteristics, population dynamics,
(d) Biodiversity and diversity conservation of natural
(e) Wildlife of India.
(f) Remote sensing for sustainable development.
(g) Environmental biodegradation, pollution and its impact on
biosphere and its prevention.
(a) Behaviour: Sensory filtering, reponsiveness, sign
stimuli, learning and memory, instinct, habituation, conditioning, imprinting.
(b) Role of hormones in drive; role of pheromones in alarm
spreading; crypsis, predator detection, predator tactics, social hierarchies in
primates, social organization in insects.
(c) Orientation, navigation, homing, biological rhythms,
biological clock, tidal, seasonal and circadian rhythms.
(d) Methods of studying animal behaviour including sexual
conflict, selfishness, kinship and altruism.
4. Economic Zoology:
(a) Apiculture, sericulture, lac culture, carp culture, pearl
culture, prawn culture, vermiculture.
(b) Major infectious and communicable diseases (malaria,
filaria, tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS) their vectors, pathogens and
(c) Cattle and livestock diseases, their pathogen
(helminthes) and vectors (ticks, mites, Tabanus, Stomoxys).
(d) Pests of sugar cane (Pyrilla perpusiella) oil seed (Achaea
janata) and rice (Sitophilus oryzae).
(e) Transgenic animals.
(f) Medical biotechnology, human genetic disease and genetic
counselling, gene therapy.
(g) Forensic biotechnology.
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).
6. Instrumentation Methods:
(a) Spectrophotometer, phase contrast and fluorescence
microscopy, radioactive tracer, ultra centrifuge, gel electrophoresis, PCR,
ELISA, FISH and chromosome painting.
(b) Electron microscopy (TEM, SEM).
PAPER - II
1. Cell Biology:
(a) Structure and function of cell and its organelles
(nucleus, plasma membrane, mitochondria, Golgi bodies, endoplasmic reticulum,
ribosomes, and lysosomes), cell division (mitosis and meiosis), mitotic spindle
and mitotic apparatus, chromosome movements, chromosome type polytene and
lambrush, organization of chromatin, heterochromatin, Cell cycle regulation.
(b) Nucleic acid topology, DNA motif, DNA replication,
transcription, RNA processing, translation, protein foldings and transport.
(a) Modern concept of gene, split gene, genetic regulation,
(b) Sex chromosomes and their evolution, sex determination in
Drosophila and man.
(c) Mendel’s laws of inheritance, recombination, linkage,
multiple alleles, genetics of blood groups, pedigree analysis, hereditary
diseases in man.
(d) Mutations and mutagenesis.
(e) Recombinant DNA technology; plasmid, cosmid, artificial
chromosomes as vectors, transgenic, DNA cloning and whole animal cloning
(principles and methods).
(f) Gene regulation and expression in prokaryotes and
(g) Signal molecules, cell death, defects in signaling
pathway and consequences.
(h) RFLP, RAPD and AFLP and application of RFLP in DNA finger
printing, ribozyme technologies, human genome project, genomics and protomics.
(a) Theories of origin of life.
(b) Theories of evolution; Natural selection, role of
mutations in evolution, evolutionary patterns, molecular drive, mimicry
variation, isolation and speciation.
(c) Evolution of horse, elephant and man using fossil data.
(d) Hardy-Weinberg Law.
(e) Continental drift and distribution of animals.
4. Systematics :
Zoological nomenclature, international code, cladistics,
molecular taxonomy and biodiversity.
5. Biochemistry :
(a) Structure and role of carbohydrates, fats, fatty acids
and cholesterol, proteins and amino-acids, nucleic acids. Bioenergetics.
(b) Glycolysis and Kreb cycle, oxidation and reduction,
oxidative phosphorylation, energy conservation and release, ATP cycle, cyclic
AMP—its structure and role.
(c) Hormone classification (steroid and peptide hormones),
biosynthesis and functions.
(d) Enzymes : types and mechanisms of action.
(e) Vitamins and co-enzymes.
(f) Immunoglobulin and immunity.
6. Physiology (with special reference to mammals) :
(a) Composition and constituents of blood; blood groups and
Rh factor in man, factors and mechanism of coagulation, iron metabolism,
acid-base balance, thermoregulation, anticoagulants.
(b) Haemoglobin: Composition, types and role in transport of
oxygen and carbon dioxide.
(c) Digestion and absorption : Role of salivary glands,
liver, pancreas and intestinal glands.
(d) Excretion : nephron and regulation of urine formation;
osmo-regulation and excretory product.
(e) Muscles : Types, mechanism of contraction of skeletal
muscles, effects of exercise on muscles.
(f) Neuron : nerve impulse—its conduction and synaptic
(g) Vision, hearing and olfaction in man.
(h) Physiology of reproduction, puberty and menopause in
7. Developmental Biology :
(a) Gametogenesis; spermatogenesis, composition of semen, in
vitro and in vivo capacitation of mammalian sperm, Oogenesis, totipotency;
fertilization, morphogenesis and morphogen, blastogenesis, establishment of body
axes formation, fate map, gestulation in frog and chick; genes in development in
chick, homeotic genes, development of eye and heart, placenta in mammals.
(b) Cell lineage, cell to cell interaction, Genetic and
induced teratogenesis, role of thyroxine in control of metamorphosis in amphibia,
paedogenesis and neoteny; cell
(c) Development genes in man, in vitro fertilization and
embryo transfer cloning.
(d) Stem cells : Sources, types and their use in human
(e) Biogenetic law.
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