Geologists Examination

Basic Information regarding Exam
A combined competitive examination for recruitment to the following categories of posts in the Geological Survey of India, the Central Ground Water Board, etc., is held by the UPSC. This examination is held once a year generally in the month of December.

Category I: Geological Survey of India, Ministry of Steel and Mines.
(a) Geologist (Junior), Group A
(b) Assistant Geologist, Group B

Category II: Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources.
(a) Junior Hydrogeologist, Group A (Scientist ‘B’)
(b) Assistant Hydrogeologist, Group B.

A candidate may compete in respect of all or anyone of the posts mentioned above. He should clearly indicate in his application the posts for which he wishes to be considered in the order of preference.

Age limit
A candidate for this examination must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the first day of January of the year in which the examination is held. The upper age limit will be relaxable by 5 years for SC/ST, 3 years for OBC and in the case of Government Servants if they are employed in the Geological Survey of India and the Central Ground Water Board, this limit is also relaxable.

Minimum Educational Qualification
A candidate must have:
(a) Master’s Degree in Geology or Applied Geology or Marine Geology from a university;

(b) Diploma of Associateship in Applied Geology of the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad; or

(c) Master’s Degree in Mineral Exploration from a recognised University (for posts in the Geological Survey of India only); or

(d) Master’s Degree in Hydrogeology from a recognised University (for posts in the Central Ground of Water Board only).

A candidate who has appeared at an examination or intends to appear at the examination, the passing of which would render him eligible to appear at this examination may apply for admission to the examination. This admission is subject to cancellation if he does not produce proof of haying passed the examination as soon as possible.

Examination Fee
The examination fee is Rs 100/- (No fee for SCIST candidates).

Plan of Examination

General Note about Examination Scheme
The examination shall be conducted according to the following plan:
Part I: Written examination in the subjects as set out below.

Part II: Interview for personality test of such candidates called by the Commission, carrying a maximum of 200 marks.
Examination Subjects: The following will be the subjects of Written Examination:

1 General English
Duration – 2 hrs
Marks – lOO Marks

2 Geology Paper I
Subjects – Comprising of General Geology, Geomorphology, Structural Geology, Stratigraphy and Palaentology
Duration – 3hrs
Marks – 200 marks

3 Geology Paper II
Subjects – Comprising of Crystallography, Mineralogy, Petrology and Geo-chemistry
Duration – 3hrs
Marks – 200 marks

4 Geology Paper III
Subjects – Comprising of Indian Mineral Deposits, Mineral Exploration, Mineral Economics and Economic Geology
Duration – 3 hrs
Marks – 200 marks

5 Hydrogeology
Duration – 3 hrs
Marks – 200 marks

Optional Subjects and Syllabus
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 MSc 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.

1. GENERAL ENGLISH: Questions to test the understanding of and the power to write English.

2. GEOLOGY PAPER I: General Geology, Geomorphology, Structural Geology, Stratigraphy, Palaeontology.

3. GEOLOGY PAPER II: Crystallography, Descriptive Mineralogy, Optical Mineralogy, Petrology.(i) Igneous, (ii) Sedimentary, (iii) Metamorphic, Geo-chemistry.

4. GEOLOGY PAPER III: Indian Mineral Deposits, Mineral exploration, Mineral Economics, Economic Geology.

5. Hydrogeology

Other Information Regarding Plan of Examination:
Candidates competing for posts under both Category I and category II will be
required to offer all the five subjects mentioned above. Candidates competing for posts under Category I only will be required to offer subjects at (I) to (4) above and candidates competing for posts under Category II only will be required to offer subjects at (1) to (3) and (5) above.

The examination in all the subjects will be completely of conventional (essay) type.

Details Regarding Selection Procedure

Interivews Test/ Personality Test
Special attention will be paid 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.

All selected candidates will have to undergo a Medical Examination.

How to Apply
The notification is published in Leading Newspapers/Employment News usually in the month of March/April. The Application Form along with Information Brochure must be obtained from lhe designated Head Post Offices/ Post Offices throughout the country as listed in the notification published in Employment News/Leading Newspapers against cash payment of Rs 20/-. Candidates must use the Form supplied with the Information Brochure only and they should in no case use photocopy/reproduction/unauthorisedly printed copy of the Form.

Last Date:
The last date for submission of Application Form along with prescribed fee and required documents is usually in the month of April.

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