UPSC Geoscientist And Geologist Exam

Introduction

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) issued a recruitment notification for 70 well skilled candidates for the post of Geologist, Chemist, Geophysicist and Junior Hydrogeologist in Geological Survey of India and Central Ground Water Board through the UPSC Geologist and UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam 2018.

Notification

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) issued a notification for the recruitment of 70 posts under the Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2018. Candidates were required to apply online, on the official website from 21 March 2018 to 16 April 2018. Interested and eligible candidates would be required to appear for a written exam on 29 June 2018. Candidates can expect the results of the written examination to be declared in the month of August, 2018. The Interview Call Letters for successful candidates would be issued shortly, therefater.  The final results would be released after the completion of the interview round.

Application Process

(a) Candidates are required to apply Online using the link www.upsconline.nic.in. Detailed instructions for filling up Online Applications are available on the above mentioned website.

(b) The applicants are advised to submit only single application. However, if due to any unavoidable situation, he/she submits another/multiple applications, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher RID is complete in all respects like applicants details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc. The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.

(c) All candidates, whether already in Government Service, Government owned industrial undertakings, other similar organisations or in private employment, should submit their applications direct to the Commission. Persons already in Government service, whether in permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Enterprises are, however, required to inform in writing their Head of Office/ Department that they have applied for the Examination. Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the examination, their application will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be canceled.

(d) Candidates are not required to submit hard copy of their application to the commission at this stage. The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination for which they are admitted by the Commission viz. Written Examination and Interview Test will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the written Examination or Interview Test, it is found that they do not fulfill any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission.

Application Fee

The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs.200/- (Rupees Two Hundred only) [excepting SC/ST/PwBD/Female candidates who are exempted from payment of fee] either by depositing the money in any branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card.

Vacancy Details

Category I: (Posts in the Geological Survey of India, Ministry of Mines).
(i) Geologist, Group A: 24
(ii) Geophysicist, Group A: 17
(iii) Chemist. Group A: 06

Category II: (Posts in the Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources)
(i) Junior Hydrogeologists (Scientist B), Group A: 23

Important Dates

The UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist & Geologist Examination will be conducted on 29 June 2018.

Exam Pattern

The examination shall be conducted according to the following Plan
Part I. - Written examination
Part II. - Interview/ Personality Test

The following will be the subjects for the written examination, for 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.

General English (common for all category)         3 hrs     100 marks
 
Category - 1 For the post of Geologist
2. Geology Paper I:                       3 hrs     200 marks
3. Geology Paper II:                      3 hrs     200 marks
4. Geology Paper III:                     3 hrs     200 marks

Category - 2 For the post of Geophysicist
2. Geophysics Paper I:                   3 hrs     200 marks
3. Geophysics Paper II:                  3 hrs     200 marks
4. Geophysics Paper III:                 3 hrs     200 marks
 
Category - 3 For the post of Chemist
2. Chemistry Paper I:                   3 hrs     200 marks
3. Chemistry Paper II:                  3 hrs     200 marks
4. Chemistry Paper III:                 3 hrs     200 marks
 
Category - 4 For the Post of Jr. Hydrogeologist
2. Geology Paper I                       3 hrs     200 marks
3. Geology Paper II                      3 hrs     200 marks
4. Hydrogeology                           3 hrs     200 marks

Exam Syllabus

A paper in General English is compulsory and common for all the four categories and its standard will be such as may be expected of a science graduate. 3 compulsory papers each on Geology-Geophysics, Chemistry and Hydrogeology subjects will be approximately of the M.Sc. 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.


GENERAL ENGLISH: 100 Marks
Candidate will be required to write a short Essay in English. Other questions will be designed to test their understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.

GEOLOGY - PAPER I: 200 Marks
Section A: Geomorphology and Remote Sensing.
Section B: Structural Geology
Section C: Geodynamics
Section D: Stratigraphy
Section E : Palaeontology

GEOLOGY – PAPER II : 200 Marks
Section A : Mineralogy and Geochemistry & Isotope Geology
Section B : Igneous Petrology
Section C : Metamorphic Petrology & Processes
Section D : Sedimentology
Section E : Environmental Geology and Natural Hazards

GEOLOGY – PAPER III : 200 MARKS
Section A: Indian mineral deposits and mineral economics
Section B: Ore genesis and Geophysics
Section C: Mineral exploration
Section D: Geology of fuels
Section E : Engineering Geology

GEOPHYSICS - PAPER I: 200 Marks
PART-A: 100 Marks

a. Solid Earth Geophysics:
b. Earthquake and Engineering Seismology:
c. Mathematical methods in Geophysics:
d. Geophysical Inversion:
e. Probabilistic

PART-B: 100 Marks
a. Mathematical Methods of Physics:
b. Electrodynamics:
c. Introductory Atmospheric and Space Physics:

GEOPHYSICS - PAPER II : 200 Marks
PART-A: 100 Marks
a. Geophysical Potential Fields (Gravity and Magnetic)
b. Electrical and Electromagnetic methods:
c. Seismic Prospecting:
d. Borehole Geophysics (Principles of Well logging):

PART-B: 100 Marks
a. Atomic and Molecular Physics and Properties and Characterization of materials:
b. Nuclear and Particle Physics:
c. Electromagnetic Theory:
d. Classical Mechanics:

GEOPHYSICS - PAPER III : 200 Marks
PART-A: 100 Marks
a. Radiometric Exploration / Airborne Geophysical surveys for Geological Mapping:
b. Marine Geophysics:
c. Geophysical Signal Processing:
d. Remote Sensing and GIS applications:

PART-B: 100 Marks
a. Solid State Physics:
b. Laser systems  
c. Laser cavity modes
d. Electronics and devices
e. Digital electronics, Radar systems, Satellite communications
f. Quantum Mechanics

CHEMISTRY PAPER-I (Inorganic Chemistry): 200 Marks
a. Chemical periodicity:
b. Chemical Bonding and structure:
c. Chemistry of coordination compounds
d. Acid-Base Reactions
e. Precipitation and Redox Reactions
f. Organo Metallic Compounds
g. Nuclear Chemistry
h. s-Block Elements
j. p-Block Elements
k. Chemistry of d- and f- Block Elements

CHEMISTRY PAPER-II (Physical Chemistry) :200
a. Kinetic theory and the gaseous state
b. Collision of gas molecules, Real gases
c. Application of Second law of thermodynamics
d. Thermodynamics and Equilibrium
e. Acids-bases and solvents:
f. Solutions of non-electrolytes:
g. Chemical kinetics and catalysis:
h. Adsorption and Surface Chemistry:
i. Electrochemistry
j. Photochemistry
k. Quantum Chemistry
l. Basic principles and application of spectroscopy
m. UV Spectra
n. PMR Spectra

CHEMISTRY PAPER-III:200 Marks
PART-A (Analytical Chemistry): 100 Marks
a. Theoretical basis of Quantitative inorganic analysis
b. Gravimetric Analysis
c. Acid base titrations
d. Redox Titrations:
e. Potentiometry
f. Sampling and treatment of samples for chemical analysis
g. Complexometric titrations:
h. UV-Visible Spectroscopy:
i. Chromatographic methods of analysis:
j. Flame photometry and Atomic absorption spectrometry:
k. X-ray methods of Analysis:
l. Inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy
m. Analysis of Minerals, Ores and Alloys
n. Analysis of petroleum and petroleum products:


PART-B (Organic Chemistry): 100 Marks
a. Basic organic chemistry
b. Bonding and physical properties:
c. Organometallic compounds:
d. Electrocyclic Reactions:
e. Mechanism of some name reactions:
f. Aldol and related reactions:
g. Organic Reaction Mechanisms:
h. Organic Spectroscopy

HYDROGEOLOGY 200 Marks
Section A: Origin, occurrence and distribution of water
Section B: Groundwater Hydraulics
Section C: Groundwater Exploration and Water Well Construction
Section D: Groundwater Quality
Section E: Groundwater Management

Eligibility Criteria

Interested and eligible candidates for UPSC Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination 2018 must be in the age group of 21 to 35 years for Junior Hydrogeologist and 21 to 32 years for all other posts.

Minimum Educational Qualification includes:
For Geologists Gr 'A' in Geological Survey of India Master's degree in Geological Science or Geology or Applied Geology or Geo-Exploration or Mineral Exploration or Engineering Geology or Marine Geology or Earth Science and Resource Management or Oceanography and Coastal Areas Studies or Petroleum Geosciences or Petroleum Exploration or Geochemistry or Geological Technology or Geophysical Technology from a recognised university.
 
For Geophysicists Gr'A' in Geological Survey of India
M.Sc. in Physics or Applied Physics or M.Sc. (Geophysics) or Integrated M.Sc. (Exploration Geophysics) or M.Sc (Applied Geophysics) or M.Sc. (Marine Geophysics) Or M.Sc. (Tech.) (Applied Geophysics) from a recognised university.

For Chemists Gr 'A' in Geological Survey of India
M. Sc. in Chemistry or Applied Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry from a recognised university.

Admit Card

Eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available on the UPSC Website [www.upsc.gov.in] for downloading by candidates. No Admit Card will be sent by post. For downloading the e-Admit Card the candidate must have his/her vital parameters like RID and Date of Birth or Roll No. (if received) & date of birth or name, father’s name & Date of Birth available with him/her. If a candidate does not receive his/her admission certificate or any other communication regarding his/her candidature for the examination three weeks before the commencement of the examination, he/she should at once contact the Commission.

Result

Candidates can expect the commission to declare the results of the written part of the examination in the month of August, 2018. After which Interview call letters would be made available to the successful candidates. The date of preparation of the final merit list has not been decided yet. 

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) issued a notification for the recruitment of 70 posts under the Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2018. All related details are provided under one roof.