Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts a competitive examination for recruitment and selection to the post of Geologist, Geophysicist and Chemist Group 'A' in GSI and Junior Hydro-geologist (Scientist 'B'), Group 'A' for Central Ground Water Board.

Important Dates

  • Date of Notification: 25 September, 2019

  • Last Date to Apply: 15 October, 2019

  • Date of Preliminary Exam: 19 January, 2020

  • Date of Main Exam: 28 June, 2020

Exam Pattern

There are four papers in each category. General English is common for all categories. The examination in all the subjects is of conventional type.

S.No. Paper / Subject Duration Marks Syllabus 
1. General English 3 Hours 100  
Category - I: Geologists
2. Geology Paper I 3 Hours 200 Geology Paper I Syllabus
3. Geology Paper II 3 Hours 200 Geology Paper II Syllabus 
4. Geology Paper III 3 Hours 200 Geology Paper III Syllabus 
Category - II: Geophysicists
2. Geophysics Paper I 3 Hours 200 Geophysics Paper I Syllabus 
3. Geophysics Paper II 3 Hours 200 Geophysics Paper II Syllabus 
4. Geophysics Paper III 3 Hours 200 Geophysics Paper III Syllabus 
Category - III: Chemists
2. Chemistry Paper I 3 Hours 200 Chemistry Paper I Syllabus 
3. Chemistry Paper II 3 Hours 200 Chemistry Paper II Syllabus 
4. Chemistry Paper III 3 Hours 200 Chemistry Paper III Syllabus 
Category - IV: Jr. Hydrogeologists
2. Geology Paper I 3 Hours 200 Geology Paper I Syllabus 
3. Geology Paper II 3 Hours 200 Geology Paper II Syllabus
4. Hydrogeology 3 Hours 200 Hydrogeology Syllabus 

Interview for personality test of such candidates as may be called by the Commission, carry a maximum of 200 marks.

If you are competing for posts of Geologist and Jr. Hydrogeologist, then you are required to appear in all the subjects mentioned under category I and category IV.

New Pattern from 2020

The exam consists of three tiers:

  1. Stage-I : Preliminary Examination
  2. Stage-II : Main Examination
  3. Stage-III : Personality Test

Stage I: Preliminary Exam

Preliminary exam will screen the candidates for taking the Main Exam (Stage - II). Marks secured in this exam are counted for deciding the final merit. It is a Computer Based Examination. The Preliminary exam is of objective type having two Papers. Paper - I is general studies ans is common for all the streams.

Paper Stream Subject Duration Marks
I Common for all General Studies 2 hours 100
II Geologist & Jr. Hydrogeologist Geology / Hydrogeology 2 hours 300
Geophysicist Geophysics 2 hours 300
Chemist Chemistry 2 hours 300
  Total     400

Main Exam

Main exam has three papers for each stream. All Papers are of descriptive type. Marks secured in this examination are counted for deciding the final merit.

About Geology

Geology and its allied disciplines are concerned with the structure, dynamics and evolution of the earth and its natural mineral and energy resources. Hydrogeologists focus on the relation of waters on or below the surface of the earth.