UPSC Geologist & GeoScientist Syllabus 2023 : UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist 2023 exam pattern and syllabus are given in this article along with Selection Process. UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist & Geologist selection will be held in 3 stages, Prelim, Main, and Interview.
- UPSC CGE Prelim Exam will be divided into two papers consisting of objective-type questions for 400 marks.
- UPSC CGE Main Exam will be conducted for candidates who qualify the Preliminary Exam and consist of descriptive type questions divided into 3 papers for 600 marks.
- Finally, the Interview / Personality test will be conducted for 200 marks, and the final merit list will be prepared on the basis of all three stages of the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientists Exam.
UPSC will conduct a CGE Preliminary Exam on 21 Feb 2023, and Main Exam on 17 July 2023, and a Personality Test / Interview to make a selection of suitable candidates for the post of Geologist (Group A), Geophysicist (Group A), and Chemist (Group A) under Geological Survey of India, Ministry of Mines and for the post of Chemist Group A, Junior Hydrogeologists (Scientist B) [Group A] under Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources.
The UPSC decides the scheme of the exam, syllabus, and the selection procedure for the Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist exam which is as follows.
UPSC Combined Geo-Scientists Dates
You can find important dates regarding UPSC Combined Geo-Scientists Exam 2023 in the table given below.
|UPSC CGE Event||Date|
|Preliminary Exam||21 Feb 2022|
|Preliminary Result||To be notified|
|Main Exam||17th July 2022|
|Main Result||To be notified|
|Interview||To be notified|
|Final result||To be notified|
UPSC Geologist & Scientist Exam Pattern
The Combined Geoscientist and Geologist exam 2023 will be conducted in three stages.
- Prelim Exam
- Main Exam
- Interview cum Personality test
UPSC Geologist & Geo-Scientist Prelim Exam Pattern
|I||All posts||General Studies||100||2 hours|
|II||Geologist and Jr. Hydrogeologist||Geology / Hydrogeology||300||2 hours|
- The preliminary exam will be a computer-based exam (CBT) divided into two papers
- Paper-I will be common for all the posts
- Paper-II will be conducted for different subjects for candidates applying for different posts
- All the questions in the Preliminary Exam will be objective type MCQs
- Every question will have 4 options to choose from
- There will be negative marking in Preliminary Exam, for every incorrect answer 1/3rd marks assigned to that question will be deducted
- There will be no penalty for any unanswered questions
- Candidates will not be allowed to use a calculator in the Preliminary Exam
- Those who qualify the Preliminary Exam will be called for Main Exam.
UPSC Geologist & Geo-Scientist Main Exam Pattern
|Subject||Maximum marks||Total duration|
|Stream I: Geologist|
|Geology Paper 1||200||3 hrs|
|Geology Paper 2||200||3 hrs|
|Geology Paper 3||200||3 hrs|
|Stream II: Geophysicist|
|Geophysicist Paper 1||200||3 hrs|
|Geophysicist Paper 2||200||3 hrs|
|Geophysicist Paper 3||200||3 hrs|
|Stream III: Chemist|
|Chemistry Paper 1||200||3 hrs|
|Chemistry Paper 2||200||3 hrs|
|Chemistry Paper 3||200||3 hrs|
|Stream IV: Jr. Hydrogeologist|
|Geology Paper 1||200||3 hrs|
|Geology Paper 2||200||3 hrs|
- The Main Exam will consist of descriptive type questions
- All the questions in the Main Exam will be set in English
- The candidate is required to write answers in English only
- Candidates will have to appear for all three papers as per 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
- Marks will be awarded according to the effectiveness of answers, usage of words, and word limit
- Candidates should not write irrelevant matter, signage, mark, etc. that is not related to the questions asked or could reveal the identity of the candidate. If such things are found written on the answer sheet then the commission will deduct marks from the total marks scored by the candidate or their answer sheet might not be evaluated.
UPSC CGGE 2023 Interview/ Personality Test
A personality test will be conducted for 200 marks for the candidates who qualify the Main Exam. The aim of conducting a Personality Test / Interview is to assess the candidates’ capacity for leadership, intellectual curiosity, initiative, mental and physical power of practical application, the integrity of character, and aptitude for adapting according to the work they will be required to do. Those who qualify the Personality Test will be considered for the final selection.
Standard Of Questions
- The standard of the questions asked in the compulsory General Studies paper will be of Graduation Level.
- The questions asked in the other categories however would be of the M.Sc. level.
UPSC Geologist & Scientist Syllabus 2023
The Combined Geoscientist and Geologist examination syllabus are mentioned below.
UPSC CGE Prelim Exam Syllabus
|General Studies||Geology / Hydrology||Geophysics||Chemistry|
|Current events of national and international importance||Physical Geology||Solid Earth Geophysics||Chemical periodicity|
|Indian Polity and Governance -Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.||Structural Geology||Nuclear Physics and Radiometry||Basic organic chemistry|
|General Science||Economic Geology||Electromagnetism||Stereochemistry|
|Indian and World Geography -Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World||Sedimentology||Geophysical Prospecting||Chemical thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium|
|Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.||Hydrogeology||Remote Sensing and Thermodynamics||Solutions of non-electrolytes|
|History of India and Indian National Movement||Palaeontology||Introduction to Geophysics and its branches||Acids and bases|
|General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialisation||Stratigraphy||Mathematical Methods in Geophysics||Chemical bonding and structure|
|Types of organic reactions|
|Theoretical basis of quantitative inorganic analysis|
|Kinetic theory and the gaseous state|
UPSC CGGE Main Exam Syllabus
|Paper I||Paper II||Paper III|
|Physical geology and remote sensing||Mineralogy||Economic geology|
|Stratigraphy||Geochemistry and isotope geology||Mineral exploration|
|Palaeontology||Igneous petrology||Indian mineral deposits and mineral economics|
|Sedimentology||Metamorphic petrology||Fuel geology and Engineering geology|
|Structural geology||Geodynamics||Environmental geology and Natural hazards|
- Groundwater quality and management
- Groundwater movement and well hydraulics
- Water wells and groundwater levels
- Groundwater exploration
- Occurrence and distribution of groundwater
|Paper I||Paper II||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|
|Geophysical Inversion||Electromagnetic Theory||Seismic Prospecting||Atomic and Molecular Physics and Characterization of materials||Geophysical Signal Processing||Digital electronics, Radar systems, Satellite communications|
|Mathematical methods in Geophysics||Electrodynamics||Borehole Geophysics||Nuclear and Particle Physics||Remote Sensing and Geohydrology||Quantum Mechanics|
|Earthquake Seismology||Introductory Atmospheric and Space Physics||Electrical and Electromagnetic methods||Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics||Marine Geophysics||Laser systems|
|Paper-I (Inorganic Chemistry)||Paper-II (Physical 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|
|Redox Titrations||Chemical thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium||Separation Methods||Oxidation and Reduction|
|Organometallic compounds||Solids||Thermal methods of analysis||Spectroscopic methods of analysis|
|Gravimetric Analysis||Electrochemistry||X-ray methods of Analysis||Reactions at the carbonyl group|
|Acid base titrations||Basic principles and applications of spectroscopy||Analysis of geological materials||Electrocyclic Reactions|
|Nuclear chemistry||Chemical kinetics and catalysis||Inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy||Addition reactions|
|Complexometric titrations||Quantum chemistry||Spectroscopic methods of analysis|
|Chemistry of d- and f-block elements||Photochemistry|
|Chemistry of coordination compounds|
The combined Geo-Scientists exam 2023 selection procedure will be carried out in three separate stages namely the Preliminary exam, Main Exam followed by the interview cum personality test. Candidates will first have to undergo the preliminary and main exam which will test them on different subjects and topics under the category that they have chosen.
Stage I – Preliminary Exam
Candidates who successfully apply for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientists Exam will be called to appear for Preliminary Exam which will be conducted for 400 marks. UPSC will prepare a shortlist of qualified candidates after conducting the Preliminary Exam and publish the merit list on its official website. Those who get placed on the merit list will be called to appear for Main Exam.
Stage II – Main Exam
The main Exam will consist of 3 papers having descriptive type questions. Candidates, who score minimum qualifying marks in Main Exam which will be set by the commission, will have to fill the Detailed Application Form (DAF) in order to appear for Personality Test /Interview.
Detailed Application Form (DAF)
The commission will prepare and publish a merit list on its official website after conducting the Main Exam and those who get placed in the merit list will be called for an interview but before that, they have to fill the Detailed Application Form and attach copies of the following documents with it
- Age proof (matriculation certificate)
- Educational qualification certificates
- Caste / Category Certificate (if applicable)
- Certificate to support age or fee relaxation claim (if applicable)
- Medical certificate for People with Benchmark Disability (PwBD)
Stage III – Personality Test / Interview
After scrutinizing the Detailed Application Form (DAF) UPSC will release the interview schedule mentioning the day, date, and time of the interview along with the roll numbers of all those who have been selected for the interview round.
The interview cum personality test will be of 200 marks and will be conducted by a Board of highly competent and just observers who will test the skills and abilities of the candidates. The candidate will be tested to analyze his/her knowledge and skill in the particular subjects relevant to their post.
The personality test aims to test the candidate’s leadership skills, initiative and intellectual curiosity, social qualities, mental and physical strength, practical application powers, character and aptitude to adjust in the field life, etc.
Once all the stages will be successfully conducted, the commission will release the cutoff score mentioning the marks obtained by the last qualifying candidate. UPSC will also publish the final merit list of all those candidates who have been finally recommended for appointment on the basis of their performance in each stage of the selection process.
UPSC Geologist & Scientist FAQs
Q. For How Long Is The Offer Of Appointment Valid?
A. All those candidates who have been selected for the final appointment will have to submit certain important documents in the original after they are recommended for an appointment. The offer will be valid for a period of three months from the date of the result declaration. Candidates will have to submit their original documents within that time or else their offer of appointment will be canceled.
Q. When Will The Commission Release The Statement Of Marks Of The Selected Candidates?
A. The commission will release the detailed statement of marks of all the candidates who have appeared for the Personality Test after few days from the final result. Candidates can look into their marks and can also download them.
Q. How Can The Commission Be Reached In Case Of An Emergency?
A. The UPSC has a ‘facilitation counter’ near the Gate C of the UPSC Campus wherein candidates can clear any query/obtain any information. Candidates can also reach out to the commission over the telephone through the following numbers – 011 -23385271/23381125 from 10 am – 5 pm on all working days
Q. What type of questions will be asked in the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientists Preliminary Exam?
A. UPSC Combined Geo-Scientists Preliminary Exam will consist of objective type multiple-choice questions.
Q. Will there be negative marking in UPSC CGGE 2023?
A. Yes, there will be negative marking in UPSC Combined Geo-Scientists Preliminary Exam, as for every incorrect answer 1/3rd marks assigned to that question will be deducted. However, there will be no negative marking in Main Exam or for unanswered questions.
Q. When the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientists Exam 2023 will be conducted?
A. UPSC Combined Geo-Scientists Preliminary Exam will be held on 21 Feb 2023 and Main Exam is scheduled to be conducted on 17 July 2023.