UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Syllabus

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Syllabus: The Union Public Service Commission in consultation with the Government (Ministry of Mines, the Nodal Ministry) has decided to revise the Scheme, Pattern and Syllabi of the Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination. For more details about UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Syllabus keep reading this article.

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Syllabus

The nomenclature of this Examination has been changed to “Combined\Geo-Scientist Examination” in place of “Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination”. There will a three-tier examination pattern i.e.

(i) Stage-I: Preliminary Examination

(ii) Stage-II: Main Examination

(iii) Stage-III: Personality Test.

Preliminary Examination will screen the candidates for taking the Main Examination (Stage–II). The Preliminary Examination will be of objective type having two Papers. Marks secured in this Examination will be counted for deciding the final merit. The Preliminary Examination will be a Computer Based Examination. The Main Examination will have three Papers for each Stream and all Papers will be of descriptive type. Marks secured in this Examination will be counted for deciding the final merit. Existing General English Paper has been discontinued. Syllabus of UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist is as follows:

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

Paper-I: 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.

Paper-II: Geology/Hydrogeology

  • Solid Earth Geophysics
  • Mathematical Methods in Geophysics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Geophysical Prospecting
  • Remote Sensing and Thermodynamics
  • Nuclear Physics and Radiometry

Paper-II: Chemistry

Chemistry syllabus is as follows:

  1. Chemical periodicity
  2. Chemical bonding and structure
  3. Acids and bases
  4. The theoretical basis of quantitative inorganic analysis
  5. Kinetic theory and the gaseous state
  6. Chemical thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium
  7. Solutions of non-electrolytes
  8. Electrochemistry
  9. Basic organic chemistry
  10. Stereochemistry
  11. Types of organic reactions
  12. Molecular Rearrangements

Syllabus of Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination

Geology: Paper-I

Section A: Physical geology and remote sensing.

Section B: Structural geology.

Section C: Sedimentology.

Section D: Paleontology.

Section E: Stratigraphy

Geology: Paper-II

Section A: Mineralogy.

Section B: Geochemistry and isotope geology.

Section C: Igneous petrology.

Section D: Metamorphic petrology.

Section E: Geodynamics.

Geology: Paper-III

Section A: Economic geology.

Section B: Indian mineral deposits and mineral economics.

Section C: Mineral exploration.

Section D: Fuel geology and Engineering geology.

Section E: Environmental geology and Natural hazards.

Hydrogeology

Section A: Occurrence and distribution of groundwater.

Section B: Groundwater movement and well hydraulics.

Section C: Water wells and groundwater levels.

Section D: Groundwater exploration.

Section E: Groundwater quality and management.

Geophysics: Paper-I

PART-A 

  • Solid Earth Geophysics
  • Earthquake Seismology
  • Mathematical methods in Geophysics
  • Geophysical Inversion

PART-B

  • Mathematical Methods of Physics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Introductory Atmospheric and Space Physics

Geophysics: Paper-II

PART-A

  • Potential Field (Gravity and Magnetic) Methods
  • Electrical and Electromagnetic methods
  • Seismic Prospecting
  • Borehole Geophysics

PART-B

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics and Characterization of materials
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics

Geophysics: Paper-III

PART-A

  • Radiometric and Airborne Geophysics
  • Marine Geophysics
  • Geophysical Signal Processing
  • Remote Sensing and Geohydrology

PART-B

  • Solid State Physics and Basic Electronics
  • Laser systems
  • Digital electronics, Radar systems, Satellite communications
  • Quantum Mechanics.

Chemistry: Paper-I (Inorganic Chemistry)

  • Inorganic solids
  • Chemistry of coordination compounds
  • Acid-base titrations
  • Gravimetric Analysis
  • Redox Titrations
  • Complexometric titrations
  • Organometallic compounds
  • Nuclear chemistry
  • Chemistry of d- and f-block elements

Chemistry: Paper-II (Physical Chemistry)

  • Kinetic theory and the gaseous state
  • Solids
  • Chemical thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium
  • Chemical kinetics and catalysis
  • Electrochemistry
  • Quantum chemistry
  • Basic principles and applications of spectroscopy
  • Photochemistry

Chemistry: Paper-III (Analytical and Organic)

PART-A (Analytical Chemistry)

  • Errors in quantitative analysis
  • Separation Methods
  • Spectroscopic methods of analysis
  • Thermal methods of analysis
  • X-ray methods of Analysis
  • Inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy
  • Analysis of geological materials

PART B (Organic chemistry)

  • Unstable, uncharged intermediates
  • Addition reactions
  • Reactions at the carbonyl group
  • Oxidation and Reduction
  • Electrocyclic Reactions
  • Spectroscopic methods of analysis

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UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam Pattern

The Examination shall be conducted according to the following plan:

  • Stage-I: Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type Papers) for the selection of candidates for the Stage-II: Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination;
  • Stage-II: Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination (Descriptive Type Papers) and
  • Stage-III: Personality Test.

Preliminary Exam(Stage-I) Pattern

The Examination shall comprise of two papers.

Stream-I: Geologist & Jr. Hydrogeologist
Subject Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I: General Studies 2 Hours 100 Marks
Paper-II: Geology/Hydrogeology 2 Hours 300 Marks
Total 400 Marks

 

Stream-II: Geophysicist
Subject Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I: General Studies 2 Hours 100 Marks
Paper-II: Geophysics 2 Hours 300 Marks
Total 400 Marks

 

Stream-III: Chemist
Subject Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I: General Studies 2 Hours 100 Marks
Paper-II: Chemistry 2 Hours 300 Marks
Total 400 Marks

Main Exam(Stage-II) Pattern

Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination is Descriptive-type. The Examination shall comprise of three papers in each stream.

Stream-I: Geologist
Subject Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I: Geology 3 Hours 200 Marks
Paper-II: Geology 3 Hours 200 Marks
Paper-III: Geology 3 Hours 200 Marks
Total 600 Marks

 

Stream-II: Geophysicist
Subject Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I: Geophysics 3 Hours 200 Marks
Paper-II: Geophysics 3 Hours 200 Marks
Paper-III: Geophysics 3 Hours 200 Marks
Total 600 Marks

 

Stream-III: Chemist
Subject Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I: Chemistry 3 Hours 200 Marks
Paper-II: Chemistry 3 Hours 200 Marks
Paper-III: Chemistry 3 Hours 200 Marks
Total 600 Marks

 

Stream-IV: Jr. Hydrogeologist
Subject Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I: Geology 3 Hours 200 Marks
Paper-II: Geology 3 Hours 200 Marks
Paper-III: Geology 3 Hours 200 Marks
Total 600 Marks

Personality Test(Stage III): 200 Marks.

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