Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination under UPSC


   Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination are mainly conducted by Union Public Service Commission. The examination is mainly conducted for the posts of Geologist Group ‘A’, Geophysicist Group ’A’, Chemist Group ’A’, Junior Hydro-Geologist Group ’A’.

Eligibility Criteria

  Candidate must be either,

  1. Citizen of india
  2. Citizen of Bhutan
  3. Citizen of Nepal

Migrated to different countries with the intention of returning to India

Candidate must have an age limit between 21 to 30 years, the age relaxation for the following candidates

  • Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe: Maximum of 5 years
  • Other Backward Caste: Maximum of 3 years
  • Physically Challenged: Maximum of 10 years
  • Ex-Servicemen: Maximum of 3 years

Candidate must have a Masters degree in Applied Geology/Geology or Math Geology from a recognized University/Institution. Candidate with diploma in Associate ship of Applied Geology or Degree in Mineral Exploration or Masters Degree in hydro-geology from a recognized University.

Selection Procedure

  The stages of Selection are,

  • Written Examination
  • Personal Interview


   The Syllabus for exam is,

Geology I

  • Geomorphology and Remote Sensing.
  • Structural Geology
  • Geodynamics
  • Stratigraphy
  • Palaeontology

Geology II

  • Mineralogy and Geochemistry & Isotope Geology
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Metamorphic Petrology & Processes
  • Sedimentology
  • Environmental Geology and Natural Hazards

Geology III

  • Indian mineral deposits and mineral economics
  • Ore genesis and Geophysics
  • Mineral exploration
  • Geology of fuels
  • Engineering Geology


  • Origin, occurrence and distribution of water.
  • Groundwater Hydraulics
  • Groundwater Exploration and Water Well Construction
  • Groundwater Quality
  • Groundwater Management

Solid Earth Geophysics

  • Earthquake and Engineering Seismology
  • Mathematical methods in Geophysics
  • Geophysical Inversion
  • Mathematical Methods of Physics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Introductory Atmospheric and Space Physics

Geophysical Potential Fields (Gravity and Magnetic)

  • Electrical and Electromagnetic methods
  • Seismic Prospecting
  • Borehole Geophysics (Principles of Well logging)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics and Properties and Characterization of materials
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Radiometric Exploration / Airborne Geophysical surveys for Geological Mapping
  • Marine Geophysics
  • Geophysical Signal Processing
  • Remote Sensing and GIS applications
  • Solid State Physics
  • Laser systems
  • Laser cavity modes
  • Electronics and devices
  • Digital electronics, Radar systems, Satellite communications
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Chemical periodicity
  • Chemical Bonding and structure
  • Chemistry of coordination compounds
  • Acid-Base reactions
  • Precipitation and Redox Reactions
  • Organo metallic compounds
  • Nuclear chemistry
  • s-Block Elements
  • p-Block Elements
  • Chemistry of d- and f- block elements
  • Kinetic theory and the gaseous state
  • Thermodynamics.
  • Thermodynamics and Equilibrium
  • Acids-bases and solvents
  • Chemical kinetics and catalysis
  • Adsorption and Surface Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Photochemistry
  •  Quantum Chemistry
  •  Basic principles and application of spectroscopy spectra,
  • UV Spectra
  • PMR Spectra


PART-A (Analytical Chemistry): 100 Marks

  • Theoretical basis of Quantitative inorganic analysis
  • Gravimetric Analysis
  • Sampling and treatment of samples for chemical analysis
  • Volumetric Analysis
  • Acid base titrations
  • Redox Titrations
  • Potentiometry
  • Complexometric titrations
  • Chromatographic methods of analysis
  • UV-Visible Spectroscopy
  • Basic Principles and theory of flame photometry
  • Analysis of Minerals, Ores and Alloys
  • Analysis of petroleum and petroleum products.

Organic Chemistry: 100 Marks

  • Basic organic chemistry
  • Organometallic compounds
  • Bonding and physical properties
  • Physical properties
  • Aldol and related reactions
  • Mechanism of name reactions
  • Electrocyclic Reactions
  • Organic Reaction Mechanisms
  • Organic Spectroscopy

Exam Pattern

   The written examination consists of English paper with 200 marks with two hours duration. The other papers with 200 marks and two hours time duration. The Eligible candidates are moved with Personality Interview which carries of 200 marks.

How to Apply

  • Log onto the official Website
  • Fill all the mandatory details
  • Upload the signature and photo of the candidate
  • Make payment via Internet Banking, Credit Cards/Debit Cards
  • Submit the application
  • Take the printout for future reference

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