Geologists’ Exam, 2012

Geologists’ Exam, 2012

Geologists’ Exam, 2012 is conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) to recruit candidates in the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) under the following designations:

Category I

  • Group A (Geologist -Junior)
  • Group B (Assistant Geologist)

Category II

  • Group A (Junior Hydrogeologist)
  • Group B (Assistant Hydrogeologist)

The short listed candidates will be appointed on probation for 2 years. During this period they have to undergo training and qualify in different tests.

Important Dates and Parameters
Date of Notification 25th August 2012
Examination Date 1st December 2012 (Saturday)
Duration of Examination 3 days
Last Date for receipt of Application 24th September 2012
Application Mode Candidates can apply by both online ( and offline modes. New Common Application Form (Form – E) is available in all designated post offices and head post offices across the country. The forms are available against a cash payment of INR 30. The option of offline application is only for candidates residing in remote areas, If, applicants from normal areas or abroad are found to be applying through offline mode, the applications would be rejected. Offline applications need to be sent at the address mentioned below only through ordinary or speed post. No application would be accepted through courier service or hand-delivery.Contact Address:Controller of Examinations,Union Public Service Commission,

Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road,

New Delhi-110069

Online applicants need to pay an examination fee of INR 100 though net banking facility of SBI, or credit/debit card (MasterCard or Visa). Candidates can also remit the fee in any branch of State Bank of India by cash. Offline applicants need to pay an examination fee of INR 200 (only through single central recruitment fee stamp). Female, physically handicapped and SC/ST candidates do not have to pay any fee.

Remote Areas:

Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Spiti and Lahaul districts (Himachal Pradesh), and Pangi Sub Division in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh.

Eligibility Criteria The age of the candidates should be between 21 years and 32 years. The educational qualification required is: a master’s degree in geology or applied geology or marine geology from a recognized institute. Candidates with diploma of associate-ship in applied geology of Indian School of Mines or masters degree in hydrogeology or masters degree in mineral exploration are also eligible to appear in the examination. Candidates need to be an Indian citizen or a subject of Nepal or Bhutan. Tibetan refugees coming to India before 1st January, 1962 or people who have migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, East African countries, Vietnam or Ethiopia are also eligible to apply.



The syllabus of the Geologists’ Exam 2012 is as follows:

Subject Maximum Marks Duration
1 General English 100 3 hours
2 Geology Paper I 200 3 hours
3 Geology Paper II 200 3 hours
4 Geology Paper III 200 3 hours
5 Hydrogeology 200 3 hours

** Candidates applying for both the categories (I and II) will need to appear in all five subjects.

Applicants for only category I will need to appear for subjects 1 to 4, and candidates applying for only category II will need to appear for 1 to 3 and 5.

Candidates qualifying in the written examination will have to appear for an interview (personality test) carrying 200 marks.

General English

The paper evaluates the basic understanding of English and proper usage of words. Examinees will be also required to write short essays.

Geology – Paper I

  • Geomorphology and Remote Sensing
  • Palaeontology
  • Structural Geology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Geotectonics

Geology – Paper II

  • Mineralogy
  • Environmental Geology
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Geochemistry
  • Sedimentology

Geology – Paper III

  • Indian mineral deposits and mineral economics
  • Engineering geology
  • Ore genesis
  • Geology of fuels
  • Mineral Exploration


  • Origin, occurrence and distribution of water
  • Well hydraulics and well design
  • Groundwater chemistry
  • Groundwater problems and management
  • Groundwater exploration

Recommended Books

Apart from regular study materials Geologists’ Exam, 2012 aspirants can also refer to these books:

  • A Dictionary of Geology – Morrison
  • Text Book of Geology – P.K. Mukherjee