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UPSC Geologist & Geo-Scientist Exam Pattern: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Combined Geo-Scientist & Geologist Exam once in a year. Geologists Exam Pattern details given below.

UPSC conducts Geologist & Geo-Scientist Exam in three stages.
1) Written Examination
2) Interview/ Personality Test
3) Document Verification

1) Written examination: Geologist & Geo-Scientist written exam consists of 5 papers. The examination conducts for various posts under 2 categories. Category -I for Geological survey of India (GSI) category -II for Central Ground Water Board (CGWB). In this examination all the subjects will be of conventional (essay) type with English language question papers. The commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination. Subjects, maximum marks details given below…

Subject Duration Maximum Marks
1. General English (common for all category) 3 hrs 100
Category – 1 For the post of Geologist2. Geology Paper I
3. Geology Paper II
4. Geology Paper III
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
200
200
200
Category – 2 For the post of Geophysicist2. Geophysics Paper I
3. Geophysics Paper II
4. Geophysics Paper III
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
200
200
200
Category – 3 For the post of Chemist2. Chemistry Paper I
3. Chemistry Paper II
4. Chemistry Paper III
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
200
200
200
Category – 4 For the Post of Jr. Hydrogeologist2. Geology Paper I
3. Geology Paper II
4. Hydrogeology
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
200
200
200

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.
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 Categories 1 and 4 above.
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 them shall not be evaluated and counted for any purpose.

2) Interview/Personality Test: The Test carries 200 marks.  The candidate will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of their career. The object of the interview is to assess their suitability for the posts for which they 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.

3) Document Verification: Verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents is taken up only after the candidate is qualified for Interview/ Personality Test

Click here for UPSC Geologist Exam Eligibility Details

Click here for UPSC Geologist Exam Syllabus

Click here for UPSC Geologists Exam Selection process

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