UPSC Geologist & Geo Scientist Exam Pattern & Syllabus

UPSC Geologist & Geo-Scientist Exam Pattern 2020

1.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/ Personality Test of such candidates as may be called by the Commission, carrying a maximum of 200 marks.

2) The following will be the subjects for the written examination, for selection to the post of Geologist, Geophysicist and Chemist Group ‘A’ in GSI and Junior Hydro-geologist (Scientist ‘B’), Group ‘A’ for Central Ground Water Board.

SubjectDuration Max Marks
General English (Common for all category)3 hrs100
Category -1 For the Post of Geologist 
Geology Paper I3 hrs200
Geology Paper II3 hrs200
Geology Paper III3 hrs200
Category – 2 For the Post of Geophysicist
Geophysics Paper I3 hrs200
Geophysics Paper II3 hrs200
Geophysics Paper III3 hrs200
Category – 3 For the Post of Chemist
Chemistry Paper I3 hrs200
Chemistry Paper II3 hrs200
Chemistry Paper III3 hrs200
Category 4 For the Post of Jr. Hydrogeologist
Geology Paper I3 hrs200
Geology Paper II3 hrs200
Hydrogeology3 hrs200

Note 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.

Note 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 Categories1 and 4 above.

Note 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 him/her shall not be evaluated and counted for any purpose.


4. All Question papers must be answered in English. The Question Papers will be set in English only.

5. The standard and syllabus of the examination will be as shown in the Schedule.

Interview/Personality Test: The candidate will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of his/ her career. The object of the interview is to assess his/her suitability for the posts for which he/she has competed. 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.

UPSC Geologist & Geo-Scientist Syllabus 2020

  • A paper in General English is compulsory and common for all the four categories and its standard will be such as may be expected of a science graduate.
  • 3 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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