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UPSC Geologist Exam Syllabus 2014 , Paper Pattern

UPSC Geologist Syllabus & Scheme 2014

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the apex authority of India conducts Geologist examination on yearly basis and provide an excellent opportunity for job seekers. There are two categories for which the exam conducted:

  • Geological Survey of India (GSI)
  • Central Ground Water Board (CGWB)

Clearing and cracking the exam, certainly demands efforts and hard work from candidates. Here is a detailed description about scheme and syllabus for UPSC Geologist exam.


1.      The following plan will be followed for exam:

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.

2.      The following will be the subjects for the written examination :

Subject Duration Max. Marks
General English 3 hrs 100
Geology Paper I 3 hrs 200
Geology Paper II 3 hrs 200
Geology Paper III 3 hrs 200
Hydrogeology 3 hrs 200

The examination in all the subjects will be of conventional (essay) type. All Question papers must be answered in English. The Question Papers will be set in English only. The candidates are supposed to write answers in their own handwriting, in case the handwriting is not legible it may invite deductions.

3.      The candidate will be interviewed by a Board of specialists to o 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. Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.


The standard of the paper in General English will be such as may be expected of a science graduate. The papers on geological 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.

a.      GENERAL ENGLISH: Max. Marks => 100

Candidate will be required to write a short Essay in English. All other questions in this examination will be crafted to analyze the candidates’ in-depth understanding of English language and workmanlike usage of the words and sentences.

b.      GEOLOGY PAPER-I: Max. Marks => 200

  • Section A: Geomorphology and Remote Sensing.
  • Section B: Structural Geology
  • Section C: Geotectonics
  • Section D: Stratigraphy
  • SECTION E: Paleontology

c.       GEOLOGY PAPER- II: Max. Marks => 200

  • Section A : Mineralogy
  • Section B: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Section C: Sedimentology
  • Section D: Geochemistry
  • Section E: Environmental Geology

d.      GEOLOGY PAPER-III: Max. Marks => 200

  • Section A: Indian mineral deposits and mineral economics
  • Section B: Ore genesis
  • Section C: Mineral exploration
  • Section D: Geology of fuels
  • Section E: Engineering Geology

e.      Hydrology: Max. Marks => 200

  • Section A: Origin, occurrence and distribution of water
  • Section B: Well hydraulies and well design
  • Section C: Groundwater chemistry
  • Section D: Groundwater exploration
  • Section E: Groundwater problems and management
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