UPSC Geologist 2021 & Combined Geo Scientist [Apply Online, Eligibility] : UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Notification with exam notice no. 02/2021-GEOL will be released on 25th September 2020. Candidates must fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the exam.
Candidates who fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria can fill the online application form by visiting the UPSC website before the last date of submission of application i.e., 15th October 2020.
Admission to the exam is purely provisional and subject to satisfying the eligibility criteria which will be verified after qualifying for Interview. Interested candidates should read further to get information about the number of vacancies, apply online process, application fee, required documents, exam pattern, syllabus, result, etc.
UPSC CGGE Overview
|Post||Geologist Group A, Geophysicist Group A, Chemist Group A, Junior Hydrogeologist (Scientist B) Group AJ|
|Conducted by||Union Public Service Commission|
|Number of vacancies||102|
|Job Location||Pan India|
|Application Form||Click Here|
Candidates applying for UPSC Geo-Scientist recruitment 2021 should know about the following important dates.
|Notification Release||25th September 2020|
|Application Form availability||25th September 2020|
|Last date to apply||15th October 2020|
|Admit Card Release||2 weeks before exam|
|Preliminary Exam||19th January 2021|
|Result (preliminary)||To be notified|
|Main Exam||27th & 28th June 2021|
|Result (main)||To be notified|
|Interview||To be notified|
|Final result||To be notified|
UPSC Combined Geo Scientist Notification 2021
UPSC Combined Geo Scientist Notification will be released on the official website of UPSC @ upsc.gov.in. Candidates interested to apply for Geo Scientist combined exam should go through the official notification to confirm eligibility criteria, to know the number of vacancies, reservation policy, and other important details. Candidates can download the official notification by clicking the link provided below.
Number Of Vacancies
UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam 2021 exam will be conducted to make selection of the suitable candidates for 102 vacancies on different posts as mentioned below.
|Geological Survey of India, Ministry of Mines||Geologist Group A||79|
|Geophysicist Group A||5|
|Chemist Group A||15|
|Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources||Junior Hydrogeologists (Scientist B) Group A||3|
UPSC Geo Scientist Exam Eligibility Criteria 2021
Before applying for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam, candidates must ensure that they satisfy all the eligibility criteria mentioned in the notification.
In order to apply for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam candidates must be
- An Indian Citizen (or)
- Subject of Nepal (or)
- Subject of Bhutan (or)
- Tibetan refugee (came to India for settling permanently before 1st January 1962) (or)
- Person of Indian origin who migrated from the following countries to permanently settle in India
- Sri Lanka
- United Republic of Tanzania
Note : Except for Indian citizens all the other candidates must possess the certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India in order to become eligible for UPSC Geo Scientist recruitment 2021.
A candidate applying for the post of Geologist Group A, Geophysicist Group A, Chemist Group must have attained an age of 21 years and must not have attained 32 years as on 1st January 2021. The minimum age for the profile of Hydrogeologist is 21 years and maximum age must have not attained 35 years as on 1st Jan 2021.
|Post||Minimum Age Limit||Maximum Age Limit|
|Geologist Group A||21 years||Below 32 years|
|Geophysicist Group A|
|Chemist Group A|
|Jr. Hydrogeologist (Scientist B) Gr. A||21 years||Below 35 years|
Relaxation In Age Limit
Candidates belonging to the reserved category will get relaxation in the upper age limit as per the norms of Government of India, which are mentioned in the table below
|Government servants employed in Geological Survey of India or Central Ground Water Board||7 years|
|SC / ST||5 years|
|Residents of Jammu and Kashmir during 1 st January, 1980 to 31 st December 1989||5 years|
|Ex-servicemen disabled during the service||3 years|
|Ex-servicemen with at least 5 years of service||Up to 5 years|
|People with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD)||Up to 10 years|
Geologist Group ‘A’ in Geological Survey of India
Master’s degree in any one of the following
- Applied Geology
- Engineering Geology
- Geological Science
- Earth Science
- Mineral Exploration
- Geo-Exploration and Petroleum Geosciences
- Marine Geology
- Resource Management
- Oceanography & Geological Technology
- Geophysical Technology
- Coastal Area Studies
- Petroleum Exploration
Geophysicist Group ‘A’ in Geological Survey of India
M.Sc. or M. tech. degree in any one of the following
- Applied Geophysics
- Marine Geophysics
- Applied Geophysics
- Applied Physics
- Integrated M.Sc. degree in Exploration Geophysics
Chemist Group ‘A’ in Geological Survey of India
Candidates must hold M.Sc. degree in Applied Chemistry or in Chemistry.
Junior Hydrgeologist (Scientist B) Group ‘A’
Candidate must have Master’s degree in Geology/ Marine Geology/ Applied Geology or Master’s in Hydrogeology.
Candidates must be physically fit for admission into the examination.
UPSC Geo-Scientist Application Form 2021
UPSC Geo-Scientist Application Form has been released on the official website on 25th September 2020. Interested candidates must fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria to apply for the Geo-Scientist Exam 2021 by filling the online application form. The application form will remain available till 15th October 2020 till 6:00 pm. Candidates are advised to fill the online application form well in time to avoid any inconvenience on the last date.
How To Apply For CGGE 2021?
Follow below mentioned steps in order to apply for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Examination 2021
- Go to the official website @ upsconline.nic.in/
- Click on “ONLINE APPLICATION FOR VARIOUS EXAMINATIONS OF UPSC”
- A list of applications will open
- Click on “Click Here for PART I” against “COMBINED GEO-SCIENTIST (Preliminary) EXAMINATION”
- Instructions will be displayed
- Read the instructions
- Click on “Yes” to continue
Part I Registration
Step 1 – Basic Details
- Enter your name
- Select your gender
- Select your date of birth
- Enter your father’s name
- Enter your mother’s name
- Select your nationality
- Select marital status
- Select community
- Select if you belong to minority or not
- Select if fee remission is allowed
- Select your educational qualification
- Enter your address
- Enter your mobile number
- Enter your email id
- Confirm your email id
- Click on “continue”
Step 2 – Age Relaxation
- Select if you want to claim age relaxation
- Click on “Continue”
Step 3 – ID and Exam Centre
- Select a photo id card from the list
- Enter id card number
- Confirm photo id card number
- Select category of service you want to apply for
- Select examination centre
- Click on “Continue”
Step 4 – Preview
- A preview of application will appear
- Click on “Update” to make changes if required
- Enter the security code given in the image
- Click on “I Agree” button
Step 5 – Printout
- Registration id will be generated
- Click on “Print Slip” to take printout of the current page
- Click on “Print Application Part – I” and take printout of the application
- Click on “Click here for Part – II Registration”
Part II Registration
Step I – Login
- Enter your registration id
- Enter your date of birth
- Enter security code
- Click on “Submit”
Step 2 – Exam Centre
- Select the examination centre
- Click on “Submit”
Step 3 – Upload Documents
- Upload scanned copy of your photograph
- Upload scanned copy of your signature
- Upload scanned copy of photo id card
- Click on “Upload Image”
Step 4 – Preview Documents
- Preview the documents
- Change re-upload documents if required
- Click on continue
Step 5 – Final Submit
- Enter photo id number
- Read the declaration
- Click on “I have read Declaration & Agree/ Finally Submit” button
- After completing all these steps your application will be successfully submitted
- Print the application form for reference.
UPSC CGGE Application Fee
Candidates are required to pay Rs.200/- as UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist application fee. However, SC /ST / PwBD / Female will not have to pay the application fee. The payment of the application fee can be done by cash in any SBI branch or through any Master/Visa/RuPay Debit/Credit Card or net banking.
|SC / ST / PwBD / Female||Exempted|
Documents Needed For UPSC CGGE 2021
Candidates will need to upload the scanned copy of the following documents at the time of filling the online application form
- Photograph in .jpg format with size between 20kb to 300kb
- Signature in .jpg format with size between 20kb to 300kb
- Photo id in PDF Format
Apart from the above mentioned documents, candidates will also need the copies following documents to be submitted with the Detailed Application Form (DAF). They will have to produce original copies of the same while appearing for Interview
- Age proof certificate (Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate)
- Educational qualification certificate
- Caste / category certificate (if applicable)
- Certificate to support claim in age / fee concession (if applicable)
- Medical certificate (for PwBD candidates)
UPSC CGGE Withdrawal Of Application
The candidates who, due to any reason, did not want to appear for the exam will have the facility to withdraw their application. The withdrawal process will being on 22.10.2020 and lasts till 28.10.2020 (till 18:00 Hrs.)
UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam Pattern 2021
UPSC will be conduct the exam in three stages,
- Stage I: Preliminary Exam (CBT, 400 Marks)
- Stage II: Main Exam (Descriptive, 600 Marks)
- Stage III: Interview/ Personality Test (200 Marks)
Preliminary Exam will have 2 papers which will contain objective type questions and Main Exam will consist of 3 papers with descriptive type questions.
UPSC CGGE 2021 Preliminary Exam Pattern
|I||All posts||General Studies||100||2 hours|
|II||Geologist and Jr. Hydrogeologist||Geology / Hydrogeology||300||2 hours|
- UPSC CGGE prelim exam consist of 2 objective papers for each stream
- Paper I will be common for all the posts
- Paper II will have different subjects for candidates applying for different posts
- All the questions in preliminary exam will be objective type/ MCQs
- Question paper will be set in English only
- There will be negative marking in the exam, for every incorrect answer 0.33 marks will be deducted
- There will be no penalty for any unanswered questions
- Those who qualify the Preliminary Exam will be called for Main Exam
- Calculator is not allowed in Prelim exam to answer objective questions
- Candidates scoring minimum qualifying marks in Paper I and Paper II will be selected for Main exam
- Candidates of about 6-7 times of total vacancies will be selected for Main exam
- Marks scored in Prelim exam will be counted for final merit.
UPSC CGGE 2021 Main Exam Pattern
Stream I – Geologist
|Paper I – Geology||200||3 hours|
|Paper II – Geology||200||3 hours|
|Paper II- Geology||200||3 hours|
Stream II – Geophysicist
|Paper I – Geophysics||200||3 hours|
|Paper II – Geophysics||200||3 hours|
|Paper III – Geophysics||200||3 hours|
Stream III – Chemist
|Paper I – Chemistry||200||3 hours|
|Paper II – Chemistry||200||3 hours|
|Paper III – Chemistry||200||3 hours|
Stream IV – Jr. Hydrogeologist
Paper Maximum Marks Duration Paper I – Geology 200 3 hours Paper II – Geology 200 3 hours Paper III – Hydrogeology 200 3 hours Total 600
- Main exam will consist of 3 conventional/ descriptive type question papers for each stream
- Papers must be answered in English only and the question paper will also be set in English only
- Candidates will have to appear for all three papers for the post they are applying for
- Those who apply for both the Geologist and Hydrogeologist post will have to appear in all the papers of Stream I and IV
- Use of non-programmable calculators will be allowed in the main exam
- Candidates scoring minimum qualifying marks in Stage II as decided by UPSC will be summoned to attend for Personality Test
- Marks scored in Main exam will be counted for final merit.
- Twice the number vacancies will be selected for Personality test.
Stage III will be Personality Test for 200 marks. There are no minimum qualifying marks in this stage. Candidate will be interviewed by the board which assess the suitability for the posts with special attention to assess initiative, Integrity of character, aptitude to adapt for field life, leadership capacity, intellectual curiosity, tact, social qualities, mental and physical energy powers of practical application. Marks secured in Personality test will be considered for final merit.
UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam Syllabus 2021
General Studies Paper I of Stage I will be common for all streams and the level of question paper will be of a science graduate. Paper II of stage I and other 3 papers of Stage II will be in the standard of M.Sc. degree level, questions will be set to test the fundamentals in each subject.
UPSC CGGE Preliminary Exam Syllabus
|General Studies||Geology / Hydrology||Geophysics||Chemistry|
|Current events of national and international importance||Physical geology||Solid Earth Geophysics||Chemical periodicity|
|History of India and Indian National Movement||Structural Geology||Introduction to Geophysics and its branches||Chemical bonding and structure|
|Indian and World Geography -Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World||Sedimentology||Mathematical Methods in Geophysics||Ionic bonding|
|Indian Polity and Governance -Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.||Palaeontology||Electromagnetism||Acids and bases|
|Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.||Stratigraphy||Geophysical Prospecting||Theoretical basis of quantitative inorganic analysis|
|General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialisation||Economic Geology||Remote Sensing and Thermodynamics||Kinetic theory and the gaseous state|
|General Science||Hydrogeology||Nuclear Physics and Radiometry||Chemical thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium|
|Solutions of non-electrolytes|
|Basic organic chemistry|
|Types of organic reactions|
UPSC CGGE Main Exam Syllabus
|Geology Paper I||Geology Paper II||Geology Paper III|
|Physical geology and remote sensing||Mineralogy||Economic geology|
|Structural geology||Geochemistry and isotope geology||Indian mineral deposits and mineral economics|
|Sedimentology||Igneous petrology||Mineral exploration|
|Palaeontology||Metamorphic petrology||Fuel geology and Engineering geology|
|Stratigraphy||Geodynamics||Environmental geology and Natural hazards|
- Occurrence and distribution of groundwater
- Groundwater movement and well hydraulics
- Water wells and groundwater levels
- Groundwater exploration
- Groundwater quality and management
|Geophysics Paper I||Geophysics Paper II||Geophysics Paper III|
|Solid Earth Geophysics||Mathematical Methods of Physics||Potential Field (Gravity and Magnetic) Methods||Classical Mechanics||Radiometric and Airborne Geophysics||Solid State Physics and Basic Electronics|
|Earthquake Seismology||Electrodynamics||Electrical and Electromagnetic methods||Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics||Marine Geophysics||Laser systems|
|Mathematical methods in Geophysics||Electromagnetic Theory||Seismic Prospecting||Atomic and Molecular Physics and Characterization of materials||Geophysical Signal Processing||Digital electronics, Radar systems, Satellite communications|
|Geophysical Inversion||Introductory Atmospheric and Space Physics||Borehole Geophysics||Nuclear and Particle Physics||Remote Sensing and Geohydrology||Quantum Mechanics|
|Chemistry: Paper-I (Inorganic Chemistry)||Chemistry: Paper-II (Physical Chemistry)||Chemistry: Paper-III (Analytical and Organic)|
|PART-A (Analytical Chemistry)||PART B (Organic chemistry)|
|Inorganic solids||Kinetic theory and the gaseous state||Errors in quantitative analysis||Unstable, uncharged intermediates|
|Chemistry of coordination compounds||Solids||Separation Methods||Addition reactions|
|Acid base titrations||Chemical thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium||Spectroscopic methods of analysis||Reactions at the carbonyl group|
|Gravimetric Analysis||Chemical kinetics and catalysis||Thermal methods of analysis||Oxidation and Reduction|
|Redox Titrations||Electrochemistry||X-ray methods of Analysis||Electrocyclic Reactions|
|Complexometric titrations||Quantum chemistry||Inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy||Spectroscopic methods of analysis|
|Organometallic compounds||Basic principles and applications of spectroscopy||Analysis of geological materials|
|Chemistry of d- and f-block elements|
UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Examination Centres
UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist exam will be conducted at the following examination centres
- Dispur (Guwahati)
UPSC CGGE Selection Process 2021
Selection for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Posts will be made through a three step selection process as mentioned below
All the candidates who successfully apply for the UPSC CGGE 2021 will be called to appear for the Preliminary Exam which will be conducted on 19th January 2021. After conducting Preliminary Exam UPSC will publish a merit list based on merit in Paper I and II. Candidates who get minimum qualifying marks will be placed in the merit list and called to appear for Main Exam.
UPSC CGGE 2021 Main Exam will be conducted on 27th & 28th June 2021. It will consist of 3 papers and candidates have to appear for all the papers of the post they are applying for. Candidates must score minimum qualifying marks in Stage II to qualify for Interview.
The result of Main Exam will be published on UPSC website in the form of a merit list. Candidates who qualify Main Exam will have to fill DAF and submit it along with the copies of required documents to appear for the Interview.
Interview will be the final stage of selection process. The candidates will have to appear for the interview along with their original documents for document verification process.
After conducting the interview, UPSC will prepare final merit list on the basis of marks obtained in preliminary exam, main exam and interview. Merit list will be published on official website of UPSC and those who get placed in the final merit list will be considered for final selection.
UPSC CGGE Admit Card 2021
UPSC will release the Combined Geo-Scientist Exam Admit Card 2021 on its official website at least one week before the date of exam. There will be separate admit cards for Preliminary Exam, Main Exam and Interview. The candidates who successfully complete the application process will have to download their admit card from the official website only, as it will not be provided to them through any other means.
How To Download Admit Card?
Follow the below mentioned steps to download your UPSC CGGE Admit Card 2021
- Go to the official website of UPSC @ upsc.gov.in
- Click on “Admit Cards” link
- Click on “E-Admit Cards for various Examinations of UPSC” link
- Click on e-admit link for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam
- A login page will appear
- Enter your registration id
- Enter your date of birth
- Enter the security
- Click on submit
- Your admit card will be displayed
- Download and take printout of your admit card
UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam Result/ Marksheet 2021
- CGGE Result 2021 will be published on the UPSC website after completion of each stage.
- The result will be uploaded in the form of a merit list and candidates have to search their roll number in the merit list to check whether they have qualified for the next stage / final selection.
- UPSC will also upload the marksheet / score card of candidates on the official website which they will be able to download using their registration id and date of birth.
UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam Result is expected to be announced shortly after the date of exam but the official date regarding result release had not been announced yet, so candidates should keep in touch with the official website for more information.
UPSC CGGE Cut Off Marks
UPSC will publish the cut off marks for UPSC CGGE 2021 on its official website. Separate cut off marks will be published for written exam and final selection. Candidates have to score more or equal marks to the cut off in order to qualify the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2021 Exam. Candidates can get an idea about the cut off marks by taking a look at the last year cut off marks tabulated below
Written Stage Cut Off Marks 2018 (Out Of 700 Marks)
|Post||Gen||OBC||SC||ST||PwBD 1||PwBD 2||PwBD 3|
|Jr. Hydrogeologist (Scientist-B)||228||207||188||-||124||146||-|
Final Stage Cut Off Marks 2018 (Out Of 900 Marks)
|Post||Gen||OBC||SC||ST||PwBD 1||PwBD 2||PwBD 3|
|Jr. Hydrogeologist (Scientist-B)||355||325||294||-||222||272||-|
UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam 2021 FAQs
Q.What Is The Last Date To Apply For UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam 2021?
A. 15th October 2020 is the last date to apply for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientists Exam 2021.
Q. What Is The Maximum Age Limit To Apply For UPSC CGGE 2021?
A. Applicant should not have attained the age of 32 years in order to apply for UPSC CGGE 2021.
Q. When The UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam 2021 Will Be Conducted?
A. UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Preliminary Exam will be conducted on 19th January 2021 and Main exam will be conducted on 27th and 28th June 2021.
Q. Can Citizens Of Nepal Apply For UPSC CGGE 2021?
A. Yes, citizens of Nepal can apply for UPSC CGGE 2021 but in order to do so they must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.
Q. How Much Is The Application Fee For UPSC CGGE 2021?
A. Candidates have to pay Rs. 200/- as UPSC CGGE Application Fee. However, SC / ST / women / PwBD candidates will be exempted from the payment of application fee.