UPSC Geologist Exam

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UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist (Prelims) Exam date – 19th January 2020(SUNDAY)


UPSC Geologist 2019 Exam Information

Geology and its allied disciplines are concerned with the structure, dynamics, and evaluation of the earth, and it’s natural mineral and energy resources. Hydrogeologists focus on the relation of waters on or below the surface of the planet. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) holds a competitive examination with the name of Geologist Exam for recruitment to the posts of two categories. This is the government recruitment exam, and Category 1 is for the positions in Geological Survey of India, and category II is for the post in Central Ground Water Board.

Geologist has both technical and scientific duties, as well as many functional responsibilities. It is therefore essential that the candidates should have the wide-ranging knowledge in different areas. The various job responsibilities of job tasks include the following

  1. Review, integrate, quality control and collect data for geologic, hydrologic and other databases.
  2. Investigate sites, take samples, and oversee delineation of land and active worksites.
  3. Communicate with diverse groups like landmen, marketers, regulatory personnel, etc.
  4. Generate data and visualizations such as mineral charts, soil analyses, groundwater modeling, maps, etc.

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Geologists examination is conducted to recruit the eligible candidates to premier geoscientific organizations like the Geological Survey of India (GSI) or the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB). The examination is conducted under the rules published by the Ministry of Mines in the Gazette of India. The examination is conducted in the following centers

  • Allahabad
  • Bhopal
  • Shimla
  • Mumbai
  • Chandigarh
  • Lucknow
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Hyderabad
  • Shillong
  • Ahmedabad
  • Patna
  • Kolkata
  • Jaipur
  • Jammu
  • Dispur
  • Chennai
  • Bangalore
  • Cuttack
  • Delhi

The overview of the UPSC Geologist Examination 2019 are as follows:-

Name of the Organization Union Public Service Commission
Name of the Examination Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Exam
Date of Notification 20th March 2019
Selection Procedure Stage 1 – Preliminary Examination

Stage 2 – Main Examination

Stage 3 – Personality Test

Date of Examination 28th June 2019 will be for 3 days
Duration of Exam 3 days
Official Website

UPSC Geologist 2019 Exam Date

Union Public Service Commission Geologist Exam is generally conducted in June. The authority of the exam has declared the examination date. UPSC will release the official notification for the UPSC combined Geo-scientist and Geologist Exam 2019 on 20th March 2019 on their official website. Candidates who are eligible for the combined UPSC Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2019 can find significant details on the official website, and they are also provided below:-

Date of Notification Last Date for receipt of Applications Date of commencement of Exam Duration of Exam
20.03.2019 16.04.2019 28.06.2019 (FRIDAY) 3 DAYS


15.10.2019 19.01.2020 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY

UPSC Geologist 2019 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates would need to ensure that they fulfil the eligibility criteria to apply for the examination. The authority has laid down the following eligibility criteria have been given in the following points:-

  • Candidates of India or subject of Nepal or subject of Bhutan or Tibetan refugee. Other than these citizens will not be able to apply for the examination.
  • The minimum age for the candidate is the age of 21 years and the maximum age of the candidate is 32 years.
  • The upper age limit for the post of Hydrologist will be 35 years as on the first day of the January month of the year in which candidate is applying for the examination.
  • Candidates should be physically fit according to physical standards specified for appearing to the entrance test
  • The educational qualifications of the candidates are as follows:
Geologists Group ‘A’ in Geological Survey of India Geophysicists Group ‘A’ in Geological Survey of India Chemists Group ‘A’ in Geological Survey of India
Candidates ought to have obtained Master’s degree in Geology or Applied Geology or Geological Science or Geo-Exploration or Engineering Geology or Mineral Exploration or natural Science and Resource Management or Marine Geology or Oceanography and Geochemistry or Geological Technology or Fossil oil Geosciences or Coastal Area Studies or Geophysical Technology or Petroleum Exploration. Applicants should have done M.Sc. (Tech.) (Applied Geophysics) or M.Sc. (Marine Geophysics) or M.Sc (Applied Geophysics) or M.Sc. in Physics or Integrated M.Sc. which is Exploration Geophysics or Applied Physics or M.Sc which is Geophysics or M.Sc Physics degree. Aspirants should have  done M.Sc degree in Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry or Applied Chemistry.

UPSC Geologist 2019 Registration

Candidates would need to fill and submit the combined Geo-scientist and Geologist Exam Application form 2019 through online mode. The application form will be available only on the official website of UPSC.

  1. Candidates should visit the official website of UPSC to fill and submit the application form.
  2. Application form would be released in the month of march and candidates should be ready with the educational certificates to fill the accurate details in the form.
  3. Candidates would need to fill the details like age, educational qualifications, address, email ID and contact information.
  4. Candidates would need to upload the scanned images of their photograph and signature as per the format prescribed by the authority of the examination.
  5. Candidates can make the online payment on the official website with necessary application fee. The application will be rejected if the fees is not paid. The application fee can be paid using any Visa/ Master/ RuPay/ Credit/ Debit Card or by cash in any branch of SBI
  6. It is important that the candidates fill the application form before the last date of the application to avoid the last minute rush and rejection of the application.
  7. Candidates should also note that the incomplete and defensive applications will not be considered under any situations.
  8. The application fee is INR 200 for all the candidates. However, there will be no fee for female candidates and SC/ST/PWBD category candidates.

Candidates who wish to apply for the Union Public Service Commission Geologist Examination 2019 can fill the application form online from the official website. It should be noted that the candidates would need to fill application form in two parts respectively. The details for the each part is as follows:

  • Part 1 for the application process – Candidates would need to provide the basic information about themselves in the first part of the application form. The details would be to provide the candidates name, educational qualifications, date of birth and all others.
  • Part 2 of the application process – Candidates would need to pay the application fee and would need to select the examination centres and upload the scanned copies of the photograph and signature.

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UPSC Geologist 2019 Exam Pattern

Union Public Service Commission Geologist Exam is conducted in three stages which are written examination, Interview and personality test and document verification.

The written examination consists of five papers as the examination is conducted for various posts under two categories. All the subjects in the written examination will be of conventional type with English language question papers. Candidates competing for choice to the posts of Geologist, Geophysicist, Chemist and Junior Hydrogeologist are going to be required to appear in all the subjects mentioned against respective category below. Candidates competing for variety for both the posts of Geologist and Jr. Hydrogeologist will be obligatory to appear in all the subjects revealed against Categories. If any candidate doesn’t appear in any one or more of mentioned papers, meant for written examination for selection to the post of Geologist, Geophysicist, Chemist, their candidature shall stand excluded and part of written examination appeared by them will not be evaluated and counted for any purpose.

The exam pattern of the UPSC combined Geo-scientist and geologist exam pattern 2019 can be as follows:

Category Subject Maximum Marks Duration
For all categories General English 100 3 hours
Post of Geologist Geology paper 1 200 3 hours
Post of Geologist Geology paper 2 200 3 hours
Post of geologist Geology paper 3 200 3 hours
Post of Geophysicist Geophysics paper 1 200 3 hours
Post of Geophysicist Geophysics paper 2 200 3 hours
Post of Geophysicist Geophysics paper 3 200 3 hours
Post of Chemist Chemistry paper 1 200 3 hours
Post of Chemist Chemistry paper 2 200 3 hours
Post of Chemist Chemistry paper 3 200 3 hours
Post of Jr. Hydrogeologist Geology Paper 1 200 3 hours
Post of Jr. Hydrogeologist Geology Paper 2 200 3 hours
Post of Jr. Hydrogeologist Hydrogeology 200 3 hours

UPSC Geologist 2019 Syllabus

The Syllabus for the UPSC Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Exam 2019 will be different for all four categories. The compulsory and common exam for all the categories which is the paper of General English exam. Candidates would need to write the short essay in the General English Paper. Question papers for the Chemistry, Geology-Geophysics and Hydrogeology will be set to check the fundamental knowledge in each subject. The detailed syllabus is as follows:-

Syllabus for Paper 1 – General Studies which is common for all streams would include the topics like Current events of national and international importance, History of India and Indian National Movement, Indian and world Geography – Physical, Social, Economic and Geography of India and the world. Indian Polity and Governance -Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc. Economic and Social Development – property Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc., General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate, specialisation, and General Science.

Syllabus for Paper 2 which is Geology and Hydrology

Section A – Physical Geology will include the topics of Principle of uniformitarianism, origin, differentiation and internal structure of the Earth; origin of atmosphere; earthquakes and volcanoes; Continental drift, sea-floor spreading, isostasy, geological process and plate tectonics; earth science action of rivers, wind, glaciers, waves; erosional and depositional landforms; Weathering processes and products.

Section B which is Structural Geology will include the topics like Stress, strain and rheological properties of rocks; planar and linear structures; classification of folds and faults; Mohr’s circle and criteria for failure of rocks; ductile and brittle shear in rocks; study of toposheets, V-rules and outcrop patterns; stereographic projections of structural components.

Section C of Minerology will include the topics like Elements of symmetry, notations and indices; Bravais lattices; chemical classification of minerals; isomorphism, polymorphism, solid solution and exsolution; silicate structures; physical and optical properties of common rock forming minerals- mineral, garnet, pyroxene, amphibole, mica, spar and quartz.

Section D of Igneous Petrology will include the topics like Magma types and their evolution; IUGS classification of igneous rocks; forms, structures and textures of igneous rocks; applications of binary and ternary section diagrams in petrogenesis; magmatic differentiation and assimilation; petrogenesis of granites, basalts, komatiiites and alkaline rocks (carbonatite, kimberlite, lamprophyre and nepheline syenite).

Section E of Metamorphic Petrology will include the topics like Limits, types and controls of metamorphism; metamorphic structures slate, schist and gneiss; metamorphic textures- pre, syn and post tectonic porphyroblasts; concept of metamorphic zone, isograd and facies; geothermal gradients, facies series and plate tectonics.

Section F of Sedimentology will include topics of Origin of sediments, sedimentary textures, grain-size scale, primary sedimentary structures, classification of sandstone and carbonate rocks, siliciclastic depositional environments and sedimentary facies, diagenesis of carbonate sediments.

Section G of Palaeontology will include the topics like Fossils and processes of fossilization, concept of species and binomial nomenclature, morphology and classification of invertebrates (Trilobites, Brachiopods, Lamellibranchs, Gastropods and Cephalopods); evolution in Equidae and Hominidae; microfossils-Foraminifera, Ostracoda; Gondwana flora.

Section H of Stratigraphy will include the topics like Law of superposition, stratigraphic nomenclature- lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy and chronostratigraphy; Archaean cratonic nucleii of Peninsular India (Dharwar, Singhbhum, and Aravalli cratons); Proterozoic mobile belts (Central Indian Tectonic Zone, Aravalli-Delhi and Eastern Ghats); Purana sedimentary basins (Cuddapah and Vindhyan); Phanerozoic stratigraphy of India- Spiti, Kashmir, Damodar valley, Kutch, Trichinopoly, Siwaliks and Indo-Gangetic alluvium.

Section I of Economic Geology will include the topics like Properties of mineral deposits- form, mineral assemblage, texture, rockore association and relationship; magmatic, sedimentary, metamorphic, hydrothermal, supergene and weathering-related processes of ore formation; processes of formation of coal and petroleum; distribution and earth science characteristics of major mineral and organic compound deposits of Asian nation.

Section J of Hydrogeology will include topics like Groundwater occurrence and aquifer characteristics, porosity, permeability, hydraulic conductivity, transmissivity; Darcy’s Law in homogenous and heterogenous media; Bernoulli equation, Reynold’s number; composition of groundwater; application of H and O isotopes in groundwater studies; artificial recharge of groundwater.

UPSC Geologist Exam Syllabus (Geology – Paper II) is as follows:-

Section A of Mineralogy will include the topics like Physical, chemical and crystallographic characteristics of common rock forming silicate mineral groups, Structural classification of silicates Common minerals of igneous and metamorphic rocks, Minerals of the carbonate, phosphate, sulphide and halide groups, Optical properties of common rock forming silicate minerals, uniaxial and biaxial minerals, Extinction angles, pleochroism, birefringence of minerals and their relation with mineral composition, Twinned crystals. Dispersion, and The U-stage

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UPSC Geologist 2019 Admit Card

Candidates would be required to obtain the admit card through online mode only from the official website. The authority will issue the admit card and hall ticket to registered candidates in the month of March 2019 approximately. It is important to note that the Admit Card is an important document to carry at the examination center on the day of the exam as without it candidates would not be able to give the exam without admit card. It will have all the details like exam date, exam venue, exam registration number, exam timing, important instruction regarding the exam.

Candidates can download the admit card or the hall ticket from the official website of UPSC. They can follow the subsequent steps :-

  1. Candidates should login on the official website of UPSC
  2. Candidates would need to search and click on the UPSC Combined Geologist Exam Call letter 2019 link
  3. Candidates would need to fill the essential details to download the UPSC combined Geologist Geophysicist Admit Card 2019
  4. Candidates will then get the admit card on the screen and now they can download the same and take the print out for the future reference.

UPSC Geologist 2019 Result

The result of the UPSC examination will be declared on the official website of the UPSC. Candidates would need to check the result from the website and download for the next round which is the interview round.

Candidates who have qualified the written examination, would need to appear for the personality test or the personal interview round. It is important that the candidates should carry the following documents with them:-

  • Age Certificate of the candidate
  • Certificates for the educational qualifications
  • Scheduled caste, Scheduled tribe and other backword category candidates should carry the certificate to claim the same.
  • Physically handicapped candidates would also need to carry the certificate to prove the same, if applicable.

UPSC Geologist Cutoff

The UPSC Geologist Exam is considered as toughest and competitive exam. Cut off is the minimum marks required to be recruited for the desired position and the factors that affect Geoscientist and Geologist cut-off marks are as follows:

  1. Examination difficulty level
  2. Examination pattern
  3. Number of candidates applied for the examination
  4. Number of candidates actually appeared for the exam
  5. Previous year cut-offs
  6. Marking trend
  7. Lowest and average marks in the main examination
  8. Average performance
  9. Availability of seats
  10. Annual intake

The previous year cut off for the written examination of 2018 is as follows:-

Category Name Cut off (Out of 600)
General 365
OBC 293
Scheduled Caste 246
Scheduled Tribe 180
Physically Handicapped (Ortho) 203

The final cut off for the 2018 is as follows:-

Category Name Cut off (Out of 800)
General 512
OBC 449
SC 373
ST 326
PH (Ortho) 296

Recruitment Process and Vacancy Details

UPSC will be accompanying the Geologists’ Examination, 2018 from 29 June, 2018 for recruitment of geologists to the following vacancies and for the following posts:

(i) Geologist (Group A): 100 vacancies
(ii) Geophysicists (Group A): 80 vacancies
(iii) Chemist (Group A): 80 vacancies

Organization is going to fill 120 various vacant positions by qualified and eligible candidates from across the country as per rules laid by the UPSC Geologist Notifications 2019. Aspirants can check the category wise vacancy details below:

Posts Name Total Vacancy
Manager (Marketing and Trade) 01
Specialist Grade III Assistant Professor (Physiology) 06
Specialist Grade III Assistant Professor (Plastic Surgery) 07
Assistant Professor (Fire /Civil Engineering) 01
Assistant Geologist 75
Administrative officer 16
Assistant Director Grade 1 (Technical) 01
Drugs Inspector 07
Legal Advisor – cum – standing counsel 01
Head of Department (Information Technology) 01
Principal 01
Training and placement officer 01
Workshop Superintendent 01
Assistant Public Prosecutor 01

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