UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2022: Main Exam, Interview & Result

Last Modified on : 30 Sep 2022

The Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist exam is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) to recruit suitable candidates for the GSI (Geological Survey of India) and Central Water Board. The candidates are selected for Group ‘A’ posts in Geologist, Geophysicist, and Chemist and Group ‘B’ post of Junior Hydrologists. There are two stages of the exam – Written Exam and Interview. Let’s check out the complete details for the eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, the application process, admit card, result, etc. for the Combined Geo-Scientist Examination 2022 in the article ahead.

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Recent Update

  • The Combined Geo-Scientist Preliminary exam result was released on 25th March 2022.
  • The Prelim examination was conducted on 1st February 2022.
  • Those who have cleared the Preliminary phase examination are required to appear in the Main exam to be conducted on 25th and 26th June 2022.

UPSC CGGE 2022 - Quick Overview

Exam Name

Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam

Exam conducting authority

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Official website

https://upsc.gov.in

Exam level

National level

Exam occurrence

Once in a year

Application mode

Online

Examination mode

Online

Selection Procedure

Preliminary, Main, and Interview

Negative Marking

Applicable in Objective type papers

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UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

  • UPSC Civil Services & IFS Preliminary Solved Papers (E-Book) Download
  • IES 2009 - 2018 Previous Year Papers E-Book Download

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2022 Important Dates

Here are the important dates for the exam as published in the official notification:

Exam Events

Important Dates

Notification Date

22nd September 2021

Application process starts

22nd September 2021

Last date to submit the application form

12th October 2021

Withdrawal of applications

20th to 26th October 2021

UPSC Geoscientist 2022 Preliminary Exam

1st February 2022

Result declaration

25th March 2022

Combined Geo-Scientist (Main Exam)

25th and 26th June 2022

Interview

To be announced

Final Result

To be announced

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Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist (Main) Exam Schedule

Subject

Date and Day

Time

Code Number

Geology Paper-I

25th June 2022 (Saturday)

9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

12

Geophysics Paper-I

32

Chemistry Paper-I

42

Geology Paper-II

25th June 2022 (Saturday)

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

13

Geophysics Paper-II

33

Chemistry Paper-II

43

Geology Paper-III

26th June 2022 (Sunday)

9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

14

Geophysics Paper-III

34

Chemistry Paper-III

44

Hydrogeology

26th June 2022 (Sunday)

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

15

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UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2022 Pattern & Syllabus

The examination will be conducted in the following phases:

  • Stage-I - Preliminary exam (Computer Based Test - Objective Type Questions)
  • Stage-II - Main exam (Descriptive Type papers)
  • Stage-III - Personality Test

Preliminary Exam Pattern

Geologist & Jr. Hydrogeologist Post

Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

Paper-I: General Studies

2 hours

100 marks

Paper-II: Geology/ Hydrology

2 hours

300 marks

Geophysicist Post

Paper-I: General Studies

2 hours

100 marks

Paper-II: Geophysics

2 hours

300 marks

Chemist Post

Paper-I: General Studies

2 hours

100 marks

Paper-II: Chemistry

2 hours

300 marks

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Main Exam Pattern

Candidates who qualify for the preliminary phase examination are eligible to appear for the Main examination. The Main examination is of conventional type and the answers can be given only in the English language.

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

Geophysicist

Paper-I: Geophysics

3 hours

200 marks

Paper-II: Geophysics

3 hours

200 marks

Paper-III: Geophysics

3 hours

200 marks

Chemist

Paper-I: Chemistry

3 hours

200 marks

Paper-II: Chemistry

3 hours

200 marks

Paper-III: Chemistry

3 hours

200 marks

Jr. Hydrogeologist

Paper-I: Geology

3 hours

200 marks

Paper-II: Geology

3 hours

200 marks

Paper-III: Hydrogeology

3 hours

200 marks

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An interview/ Personality Test is conducted for those who qualify for the Main exam. The test comprises 200 marks and candidates are accessed on their leadership capacity, tact, initiative and intellectual curiosity, integrity, aptitude, etc.


UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2022 Syllabus

The syllabus for all the papers is available in the official notification. Paper-I i.e. General Paper is common for all the posts. So, here is the syllabus for the paper.

Paper-I: General Studies

  • General Science
  • Current Events of National and International Importance
  • Indian and World Geography - Social, Physical, Economic Geography of India and the World
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • Indian Polity and Governance - Political System, Constitution, Public Policy, Panchayati Raj, Right Issues, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2022 Eligibility

Before applying for the exam, candidates should check their eligibility conditions –

Nationality -

  • The applicant should be an Indian Citizen.
  • Subjects of Nepal, Bhutan or Tibetan Refugees who have migrated to India before 1st January 1962 are eligible to apply for the exam.
  • People of Indian Origin from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam or East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Zaire) can apply for the exam.

Age Limit -

The candidate should be between 21 years to 32 years of age.

There is age relaxation for the following category of candidates –

  • OBC – 3 Years 
  • SC/ ST – 5 Years
  • PWD – Candidates who are physically challenged get an age–relaxation of 10 years.
  • Jammu & Kashmir candidates – Students belonging to Jammu & Kashmir get an age–relaxation of 5 years.
  • Defence Service Personnel – Candidates of Defence Service get an age relaxation of 3 years.

ECOS/ SSCOs – Candidates who have served as ECOs/ SSCOs get an age –relaxation of 5 years.

Educational Qualifications -

The educational qualification for the different post is different. Check below -

For Geologist (Group ‘A, Geological Survey of India) -

The applicant should have done Masters in any one of the subjects -

  • Mineral Exploration
  • Geo- Exploration
  • Geological Science
  • Geology

For Chemist (Group ‘A, Geological Survey of India) -

The applicant should have done Masters in any one of the subjects from a UGC recognised college/ university -

  • M. Sc. in Applied Chemistry
  • M. Sc. in Analytical Chemistry
  • M. Sc. in Applied Chemistry

For Geo – Physicist (Group ‘A, Geological Survey of India) -

The applicant should have done M. Sc. in any one of the subjects from a UGC recognised college/ university -

  • M. Sc. in Geophysics
  • M. Sc. in Applied Geophysics
  • M. Sc. in Exploration Geophysics
  • M. Sc. in Physics
  • M. Sc. in Applied Physics
  • M. Sc. in Marine Geophysics
  • M. Sc. in Exploration Geophysics
  • M. Sc. (Technology)

For Junior Hydrogeologist (Group ‘B’, Central Ground Water Board) -

The applicant should have done M. Sc. in any one of the subjects from a UGC recognised college/ university -

  • M. Sc. in Geology
  • M. Sc. in Applied Geology
  • M. Sc. in Marine Geology

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2022 Application Process

Application forms for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist exam are to be filled out through online mode. The application process started on 22nd September 2021 and continued till 12th October 2021. The detailed application process is mentioned here.

Documents required:

  • Scanned copy of the certificate of age.
  • Scanned copy of the certificates showing his/her educational qualification.
  • Scanned copy of the certificate in support of the claim to belong to the Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes/ Other Backward Classes/ EWS.
  • A scanned copy of Undertaking duly filled by the aspirant seeking relaxation as an OBC candidate in support of not belonging to the creamy layer.
  • A scanned copy of duly filled in and signed proforma given as OBC Annexure to Detailed Application Form by the candidate seeking relaxation as OBC candidate.
  • Scanned copy of the candidate in support of the claim to being Persons with Benchmark Disability, wherever applicable.
  • Scanned copy of the certificate in support of claiming age relaxation as persons employed in the GSI and CGWB under Rule 8©, wherever applicable.
  • Scanned copy of the undertaking duly signed by the candidate if already in Government service.
  • A duly filled in and signed proforma given as EWS Annexure to Detailed Application Form by the candidates seeking reservation as EWS.

Combined Geo-Scientist Examination will be held in three stages. The first stage is a preliminary exam which is a computer-based test. Candidates who clear prelims will be called for main which consists of two objective type papers – paper-I will be general studies – common for all streams and paper-II will be stream specific. Those who clear the main will be called for a personality test or interview. Finally selected candidates will be hired at a salary of ₹ 56,100 – ₹ 1,77,500.

UPSC CGGE Application Process – Steps To Apply

The application process for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam (CGGE) is divided into two stages – Part 1 Registration and Part 2 Registration.

Follow these steps to start the registration process for UPSC CGEE Exam 2022:

  • Go to the official website: upsconline.nic.in.
  • Click on “ONLINE APPLICATION FOR VARIOUS EXAMINATIONS OF UPSC”. A list of applications will open
  • Click on “Click Here for PART I” against “COMBINED GEO-SCIENTIST (Preliminary) EXAMINATION”.
  • Read the instructions and click on “Yes” to continue.

Part 1 - Registration Process

  1. After you click on ‘Part 1 Registration’, you will be prompted to read important instructions to fill out the online application form. Click on “Yes” to proceed.
  2. Fill in some personal information like Name, Gender, Date of Birth, Father’s Name, Mother’s Name, Nationality, etc. Fill in all those details with correct information and proceed to the next step.
  3. You will be asked if you want to claim age relaxation. If you are a reserved candidate eligible for age relaxation, select ‘Yes’ and proceed to the next step. Else, select ‘No’ and proceed.
  4. Select a photo ID card from the list. Enter the ID card number and then confirm again. Select the category of service you want to apply for and select the examination center, then click on ‘Continue’.
  5. A preview of your application form will appear. You have to click on ‘Update’ to make any changes if required. After that, enter the security code given in the image and click on the ‘I Agree’ button.
  6. Now that Part 1 Registration is complete, you can click on ‘Print Slip’ to take a printout of the current page. Now, click on ‘Print Application Part – I’ and take a printout of the application. You can proceed to the next stage of the application process by clicking on Click here for Part – II Registration.

Part 2 - Registration Process

  1. Log in to your account using the newly generated Registration ID and Date of Birth. You will also need to fill in the security code.
  2. Select your preferred examination center and click on ‘Submit’ to proceed.
  3. You need to scan your photo, signature, and ID card. After you scan and upload all those documents, click on the ‘Upload Image’ option.
  4. Preview the documents and if required, change or re-upload the documents. Then click on ‘Continue’.
  5. Enter your photo ID number and read the declaration. Click on the “I have read Declaration & Agree/ Finally Submit” button. After you click on that button, your application will be successfully submitted.

Application Fee -

  • The application fee for General and OBC candidates is ₹ 200.
  • The female and SC/ST candidates are exempted from paying any application fee.

Mode of Payment -

The application fee should be paid either in Cash at the SBI or by using internet banking to pay through Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Rupay/ Visa/ Master Card.

UPSC CGGE 2022: Distribution of seats for various posts

Name of the Post

Number of vacancies

Category-I : (Posts in the Geological Survey of India, Ministry of Mines)

Chemist (Group A)

15

Category-II: (Posts in the Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources)

Scientist ‘B’(Hydrogeology), Group ‘A’

16

Scientist ‘B’(Chemical ) Group ‘A’

03

Scientist ‘B’(Geophysics) Group ‘A’

06

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UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2022 Other Details

UPSC CGGE 2022 Admit Card

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the admit card for the 2022 Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination three weeks prior to the exam. The hall tickets can be accessed on the official website, upsc.gov.in.

The Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination is scheduled to be conducted on 25th and 26th June 2022 for candidates who have cleared the preliminary examination which was conducted on 1st February 2022. Candidates can download their Admit Card online from the official website of the UPSC. To download the admit card, candidates should enter their Name and Registration Number. The admit card mentions the candidate’s Name, Roll Number, and details about the examination centre. It is mandatory to carry the admit card to the examination centers. Without admit cards, no candidates will be allowed to appear in the entrance exam.

Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam – Exam Centers

For The Preliminary Exam

S. No

Exam Center

1.

Ahmedabad

2.

Bangaluru

3.

Bhopal

4.

Chandigarh

5.

Chennai

6.

Cuttack

7.

Delhi

8.

Dispur

9.

Hyderabad

10.

Jaipur

11.

Jammu

12.

Kolkata

13.

Lucknow

14.

Mumbai

15.

Patna

16.

Prayagraj

17.

Shillong

18.

Shimla

19.

Thiruvanthapuram

For The Main Exam

1.

Bhopal

2.

Chennai

3.

Delhi

4.

Dispur (Guwahati)

5.

Hyderabad

6.

Kolkata

7.

Lucknow

8.

Mumbai

9.

Shimla

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UPSC CGGE 2022 – Process of Selection

The selection process for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist 2022 will be completed via 2 stages of exams and a personal interview. The final merit is prepared based on the candidate’s performance in the preliminary, mains, and personal interviews.

Preliminary Exam: The preliminary exam is divided into 2 papers of 2 hours each. All the questions of the preliminary exam are of objective type only. The candidates who qualify for the preliminary exam are eligible to appear in the main exam. Candidates almost equal to 6 to 7 times of the total vacancies are selected from the preliminary exam.

Main Exam: The main exam consists of 3 papers of 3 hours and 200 marks each. There is no negative marking in the main exam as there are only descriptive type questions. The candidates can answer the questions in English only. Candidates must clear the cut-off marks decided by the commission to clear the main exam.

Personal Interview: The candidates who clear the preliminary and main exam to appear in the personal interview. The personal interview carries 200 marks. It is conducted by the interview board to check the eligibility of the candidate to be recruited for the post.

Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2022 Result

The result of the Preliminary phase, Main phase, and Interview will be declared separately on the official website. The merit list is prepared on the basis of the marks of the candidate in the written exams and interviews.

The results for the preliminary phase have already been announced by the officials on 25th March 2022. The Main examination is not conducted yet. The candidates who clear the main exam are eligible to appear in the personal interview. The candidates must have all the required documents for the personal interview. The final merit list is prepared based on the candidate’s marks scored in all the stages and the total number of vacancies notified by the government.

How to download the Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2022 Result?

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC. i.e. upsc.gov.in.
  2. Click on UPSC Geo-Scientist Main 2022 Result flashing on the homepage.
  3. A PDF will be opened.
  4. Candidates can enter CTRL+F+Roll Number and search results.
  5. Candidates can download UPSC Geo-Scientist Main 2022 Result and save it for future reference.

All shortlisted candidates are required to fill up the UPSC Geo-Scientist 2022 Detailed Application Form (DAF). The Detailed Application Form will be available at upsc.gov.in. Important instructions regarding filling up the DAF and submitting the same will also be available on the website.

The commission will upload the mark sheets of candidates who have not qualified on the Commission’s Website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result. It will remain available on the Website for a period of 60 days.

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam Frequently Asked Questions

There are 3 stages in this exam – Preliminary Exam, Main Exam, and Personality Test.

No, the examination fee for the General/ OBC Candidates is Rs 200. No examination fee is charged from the SC/ST and female candidates.

There is a negative marking scheme for the preliminary exam. One-third of the marks assigned to the question will be deducted for the wrong answer.

Questions in the Preliminary phase exam will be of objective type and questions in the Main phase exam will be of descriptive type.

There are two papers in the Preliminary phase exam and three papers in the Main exam. Check out the exam pattern section on the main page for complete details.

This exam is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).

The examination fee is Rs 200

The Preliminary exam was held on 21st February 2021 and the Main exam is scheduled to be held on 17th and 18th July 2021.

The application forms were available on the official website from 07th to 27th October 2020.

Interested candidates can apply for the exam online through the official website of the UPSC.

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