UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist & Geologist Syllabus and Exam Pattern

UPSC Geo Scientist & Geologist Exam Pattern and Syllabus Explained.

USPC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam Pattern: Get Exam Pattern & Details About Geologist & Geo-Scientist Exam 

Following are the details of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Combined Geo-Scientist & Geologist Examination Pattern:

Geo-Scientist & Geologist Scheme of Examination:

The examination shall be conducted according to the following Plan :

Part I.—Written examination in the subjects as set out in para 2 below.
Part II.—Interview for personality Test of such candidates as may be called by the Commission, carrying a maximum of 200 marks.

Part I UPSC Geo-Scientist & Geologist Examination Pattern:

S.No. Subject Duration Maximum Marks
1 General English (Common for All Category) 3 hrs 100
I. Category-I For the Post of Geologists
1 Geology Paper I 3 hrs  200
2 Geology Paper II 3 hrs  200
3 Geology Paper III 3 hrs  200
II. Category-II For the Post of Geophysicists
1 Geophysics Paper I 3 hrs  200
2 Geophysics Paper II 3 hrs  200
3 Geophysics Paper III 3 hrs  200
III. Category-III For the Post of Chemists
1 Chemistry Paper I 3 hrs 200
2 Chemistry Paper II 3 hrs 200
3 Chemistry Paper III 3 hrs 200
IV. Category-IV For the Post of Junior Hydrogeologist
1 Geology Paper I 3 hrs 200
2 Geology Paper II 3 hrs 200
3 Hydrogeology 3 hrs 200


i. Candidates competing for selection to the posts of Geologist, Geophysicist, Chemist and Junior Hydrogeologist will be required to appear in all the subjects mentioned against respective category above.
ii. Candidates competing for selection for both the posts of Geologist and Jr. Hydrogeologist will be required to appear in all the subjects mentioned against Categories 1 and 4 above.
iii. If any candidate failed to appear in any one or more of above papers, meant for written examination for selection to the post of Geologist, Geophysicist, Chemist, their candidature shall stand rejected and part of written examination appeared by them shall not be evaluated and counted for any purpose.

Part II UPSC Geo-Scientist & Geologist Interview/Personality Test:UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist & Geologist Syllabus and Exam Pattern (2)

  1. The Interview/Personality test carries 200 marks.
  2. The candidate will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of their career
  3. . The object of the interview is to assess their suitability for the posts for which they has competed.
  4. Special attention will be paid in the Personality Test to assessing the candidate’s capacity for leadership, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and physical energy, powers of practical application, integrity of character and aptitude for adapting themselves to the field life.

Part III Geo-Scientist & Geologist Document Verification

Verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents is taken up only after the candidate is qualified for Interview/ Personality Test.

UPSC Geologist & Geo-Scientist Exam Syllabus.

The complete syllabus of UPSC Geologist & Geo-Scientist Exam is given below:

  • One paper in General English will be compulsory and common for all the four categories.
  • Three compulsory papers each on Geology Geophysics, Chemistry and Hydrogeology subjects will be approximately of the M.Sc. degree standard of an Indian University and questions will generally be set to test the candidate’s grasp of the fundamentals in each subject. There will be no practical examination in any of the subjects.

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