UPSC Geo-Scientist 2024 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Exam Pattern

UPSC or Union Public Service Commission offers candidates who seek to become scientists under the central government an opportunity after clearing the entrance examination.  A candidate who gets selected will be posted under the Ministry of Mines and the Ministry of Water under the Government of India. It is a three-tier examination containing a preliminary exam, a main exam, and a personality test. In this article, we will discuss UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2024 Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, and Syllabus, etc.

UPSC Geo-Scientist 2024: Highlights

Exam NameCombined Geo-scientist and Geologist Exam
Exam conducting authorityUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam LevelNational Level
Exam occurrenceOnce in a year
Application ModeOnline
Examination modeOnline
Official Website

UPSC Geo-Scientist 2024 Exam Date

Events Exam Dates
Offline & online Application form release dateSeptember 2023
Last date to apply for the online Application form10 October 2023
Admit Card (Prelims Exam)3 weeks before the examination
UPSC GEOSCIENTIST 2024 Exam Date (Prelims)18 February 2024
Admit Card (Mains Exam)In 2024 (Tentative)
UPSC GEOSCIENTIST 2024 Exam Date (Mains Exam)22 June 2024 ( Tentative )
Result Date announcedIn 2024
Interview DatesIn 2024
Final ResultResult Date Announced

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Application Form 2024

The Application form for IAS UPSC can be filled out online. The following is the step-by-step application process-

  • Visit the official website of the UPSE-
  • Click on the ‘New Candidate Registration’ and start filling in the required details like email ID password etc.
  • Now, verify the email by clicking on the verification link sent by UPSE
  • Now, Log in to your account and click on the apply button
  • A form will appear, fill the form with the correct information
  • Now upload your scanned passport-size photograph
  • Now you have to upload the scanned copy of all the certificates and documents mentioned below
  • Now a payment gateway will open where you have to pay the application fee using Credit/Debit, UPI, Net Banking, or challan
  • Take a printout of the payment confirmation slip and the application for future uses

Documentation Requirement for Registration

The following is the list of documents required for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist recruitment-

  • Scanned Passport Size photograph under 1 MB
  • Scanned copy of class  10th, & 12th passed certificate/ Mark Sheet
  • Graduate Degree/ Marks Sheet
  • Aadhar Card

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2024 Application Fee

The application fee for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist entrance examination is as follows-

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CategoryApplication Fee
Application fee for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist entrance examinationRs.200/-
Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Ex-servicemen (ESM)No Fee required

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam Pattern

The examination pattern for UPSC Combined Geo-scientist is of Pre and Mains followed by an interview. Candidates who clear the prelims exam will be eligible for the mains examination. The following are the examination pattern for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist-

Preliminary Exam Pattern

Stream-I: Geologist & Jr. HydrogeologistPaper-I: General Studies1002 Hours
Paper-II: Geology/Hydrogeology3002 Hours
Stream-II: GeophysicistPaper-I: General Studies1002 Hours
Paper-II: Geophysics3002 Hours
Stream-III: ChemistPaper-I: General Studies1002 Hours
Paper-II: Chemistry3002 Hours

Main Exam Pattern

For all categoriesGeneral English100180 Minutes
For the post of GeologistGeology Paper I200180 Minutes
Geology Paper II200180 Minutes
Geology Paper III200180 Minutes
GeophysicistGeophysics Paper I200180 Minutes
Geophysics Paper II200180 Minutes
Geophysics Paper III200180 Minutes
ChemistChemistry Paper I200180 Minutes
Chemistry Paper II200180 Minutes
Chemistry Paper III200180 Minutes
Jr. HydrogeologistGeology Paper I200180 Minutes
Geology Paper II200180 Minutes
Hydrogeology200180 Minutes

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Syllabus

The following is the syllabus for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist-

General Studies (Common for all streams)

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography -Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance -Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science
  • Geology

For Geology Paper I

  • Stratigraphy
  • Paleontology
  • Geomorphology and Remote Sensing
  • Structural Geology
  • Geodynamics

For Geology Paper II

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

For Geology Paper III

  • Engineering Geology
  • Geology of fuels
  • Indian mineral deposits and mineral economics
  • Ore Genesis and Geophysics
  • Mineral exploration
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  • Geo Physics

For the Geo Physics Paper I

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

For Geo Physics Paper II

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics and Properties and Characterization of Materials
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Geophysical Potential Fields
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Electrical and Electromagnetic methods
  • Seismic Prospecting.Borehole Geophysics

For Geo Physics Paper III

  • Geophysical Signal Processing
  • Remote Sensing and GIS applications
  • Digital electronics, Radar systems, Satellite communications
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Solid State Physics
  • Laser systems
  • Laser cavity modes
  • Electronics and devices
  • Radiometric Exploration / Airborne Geophysical Surveys for Geological Mapping.
  • Marine Geophysics
  • Chemistry

For Chemistry Paper I

  • Chemistry of coordination compoundsAcid-Base reactions
  • Precipitation and Redox Reactions
  • Organometallic compounds
  • Nuclear chemistry
  • S-Block Elements
  • Chemical periodicity
  • Chemical Bonding and structure
  • p-Block Elements
  • Chemistry of d- and f- block elements

For Chemistry Paper II

  • UV Spectra
  • PMR Spectra
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Basic principles and application of spectroscopy

For Chemistry Paper III

  • Thermodynamics and Equilibrium
  • Acids-bases and solvents
  • Solutions of non-electrolytes
  • Chemical kinetics and catalysis
  • Adsorption and Surface Chemistry
  • Sampling and treatment of samples for chemical analysis
  • Volumetric Analysis
  • The theoretical basis of Quantitative inorganic analysis
  • Gravimetric Analysis
  • Kinetic theory and the gaseous state
  • The Collision of gas molecules, Real gases
  • Application of the Second law of thermodynamics
  • Acid-base titrations
  • Redox Titrations
  • PotentiometeryComplex metric titrations
  • Chromatographic methods of analysis
  • UV-Visible Spectroscopy
  • Flame photometry and Atomic absorption spectrometry
  • X-ray Methods of Analysis
  • Inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy
  • Analysis of Minerals, Ores, and Alloys
  • Organ metallic compounds
  • Bonding and physical properties
  • Aldol and related reactions
  • Mechanism of some reactions
  • Electrocyclic Reactions
  • Organic Reaction Mechanisms
  • Organic Spectroscopy

Hydro Geology

  • Groundwater Exploration and Water Well Construction
  • Groundwater Hydraulics
  • Origin, Occurrence, and Distribution of Water
  • Groundwater Quality

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Admit Card

The admit card of the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam can be downloaded online using the official website of UPSC. Candidate must follow the guidelines mentioned on the admit card otherwise the examination of the candidate can be cancelled.

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Result

The result of the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist will be declared online in the form of a merit list. UPSC releases a minimum cut-off mark and the candidates who scored more than the cut-off marks will be eligible. The selected candidates will be further evaluated based on Personal Interviews and the candidate has to visit UPSC Bhawan along with the mentioned documents for the personal Interviews.


 What is the UPSC Geo-Scientist exam?

The UPSC Geo-scientist examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission to recruit candidates for different science posts in government departments.

What are the career opportunities after clearing the UPSC Geo-Scientist examination?

Successful candidates are eligible for various scientific posts in government departments and organizations related to geology, hydrogeology, and other fields.

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