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UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam 2022: Admit Card, Syllabus

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UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2022: The Union Public Service Commission has released the admit card for the Geo-Scientist Prelims 2022 exam on February 01, 2022. UPSC has released the admit card online at upsc.gov.on. Candidates who applied for the exam can download their hall tickets using the registration ID/ roll number and date of birth from the official website.

The UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Prelims will be conducted on February 20, 2022. Furthermore, the Commission will conduct the Geo-Scientist Mains exam on June 25 & 26, 2022. Furthermore, UPSC has announced 192 vacancies for Geo-Scientist posts. The selection process of Geo-Scientist involves Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test/ Interview. Read on to find more about UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2022!

Latest: The Commission has released the UPSC Geo-Scientist Prelims admit card on February 01, 2022. Scroll down to check the details.

UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2022

UPSC conducts the recruitment for appointment to the posts of Chemist, Geologist, and Geophysicist in the Geological Survey of India and Scientist ‘B’ in the Central Ground Water Board. Candidates can find all the details of UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2022 from this article, including dates, eligibility, selection process, exam pattern, syllabus, etc. But, before going into the details, let’s have an overview of the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2022 exam below:

Name of ExamUPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
PostsCategory-I (Group A): Chemist, Geologist, and Geophysicist
Category-II (Group A): Scientist ‘B’ (Hydrogeology, Chemical, and Geophysics)
Vacancies192
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Application FeeRs. 200/-
Exam LevelNational Level
Selection ProcessThree Stages: Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test/ Interview
Official NotificationDownload UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Notification PDF
Official Websiteupsc.gov.in

UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment Dates

The Commission has released important dates for the UPSC Geo-Scientist 2022 exam. Candidates must check and note down the important dates to avoid any deadlines. Candidates can check UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2022 dates below:

EventsDates
Release of NotificationSeptember 22, 2021
Commencement of Online ApplicationsSeptember 22, 2021
Last Date to Submit the Online Application FormOctober 12, 2021
Withdrawal of Online ApplicationOctober 20 to 26, 2021
Release of Prelims Admit CardFebruary 01, 2022
UPSC Geo-Scientist Prelims Exam DateFebruary 20, 2022
Declaration of Prelims Result To be announced
Mains Admit Card Release DateTo be announced
UPSC Geo-Scientist Mains Exam DateJune 25 & 26, 2022
Date of Personality Test/ InterviewTo be announced
Declaration of Final Result To be announced

UPSC Geo-Scientist Vacancies

Candidates can check the details of post-wise vacancies for UPSC Geo-Scientist below:

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

PostVacancies
Geologist, Group ‘A’100
Geophysicist, Group ‘A’50
Chemist, Group ‘A’20
Total170

Category-II: Posts in the Central Ground Water Board

PostVacancies
Scientist ‘B’ (Hydrogeology), Group ‘A’20
Scientist ‘B’ (Chemical), Group ‘A’01
Scientist ‘B’ (Geophysics), Group ‘A’01
Total22

UPSC Geo-Scientist Eligibility Criteria

The Commission releases the detailed eligibility criteria for UPSC Geo-Scientist 2022 recruitment on the official notification. Candidates must check the criteria and ensure their eligibility. Without meeting the criteria, candidates must not apply for the recruitment. Candidates can check the UPSC Combined GEO-Scientist recruitment eligibility criteria below:

Nationality

Candidates must be a citizen of India or a subject of Nepal/Bhutan. A refugee from Tibet who arrived in India before January 01, 1962, is also eligible to apply. Furthermore, a person of Indian origin who migrated from the following countries to permanently settle in India are also eligible to apply for the post:

PakistanSri Lanka
ZambiaEthiopia
MalawiUnited Republic of Tanzania
VietnamBurma
KenyaZaire
Uganda

Note: Except for Indian citizens, all the other candidates must possess the certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India in order to apply for UPSC Geo-Scientist recruitment.

Age Limit

  • The minimum age to apply for UPSC Geo-Scientist is 21 years as on January 01, 2022.
  • The maximum age limit for candidates is 32 years as of January 01, 2022.
  • Age relaxation is applied for reserved candidates as tabulated below:
CategoryAge relaxation
Government servants employed in Geological Survey of India or Central Ground Water Board7 years
SC / ST5 years
OBC3 years
Residents of Jammu and Kashmir from January 01, 1980, to December 31, 19895 years
Ex-servicemen disabled during the service3 years
Ex-servicemen with at least 5 years of serviceUp to 5 years
People with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD)Up to 10 years

Educational Qualifications

Educational qualifications are different for different posts. Candidates can check post-wise minimum educational qualifications for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2022 recruitment below:

For Geologists Group ‘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 Resources Management or Oceanography and Coastal Areas Studies or Petroleum Geosciences or Petroleum Exploration or Geochemistry or Geological Technology or Geophysical Technology from a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or an educational institution established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed university under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 (3 of 1956). 

For Geophysicist Group ‘A’ in Geological Survey of India & Scientist ‘B’ (Geophysics) Group ‘A’ in C.G.W.B

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 University incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature in India or other educational institutes established by an Act of the Parliament or declared to be deemed universities under the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. 

For Chemist Group ‘A’ in Geological Survey of India & Scientist ‘B’ (Chemical) under C.G.W.B

M.Sc. in Chemistry or Applied Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry from a University incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature or other educational Institutes established by an Act of the Parliament or declared to be deemed Universities under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, i.e. recognised university. 

For Scientist ‘B’ (Hydrogeology) Group ‘A’ in C.G.W.B

Master’s degree in Geology or Applied Geology or Marine Geology or Hydrogeology from a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutes established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as Universities under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.

How to Apply for UPSC Geo-Scientist?

UPSC releases the registration form online on its official website. The application process for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2022 exam is divided into two parts – Part I Registration and Part II Registration. Candidates have to fill both parts of the UPSC Geo-Scientist registration online. Check the steps to apply online for UPSC CGEE Geo-Scientist 2022 recruitment below:

Part I Registration

  • 1st Step: Go to the official website: upsc.gov.in.
  • 2nd Step: Scroll down and click on the “Apply Online” tab.
  • 3rd Step: Click on “Online Application for Various Examinations”. A new page will open.
  • 4th Step: Click on “Click Here for PART I” against “Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Examination”.
  • 5th Step: Read the instructions and click on “Yes / हां” button to continue.
  • 6th Step: Fill in some personal information like Name, Gender, Date of Birth, Father’s Name, Mother’s Name, Nationality, etc. Fill all those details with correct information and proceed to the next step.
  • 7th Step: 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.
  • 8th Step: 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’.
  • 9th Step: 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.
  • 10th Step: Now that Part 1 Registration is complete, you can click on ‘Print Slip’ to take a print out 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 II Registration

  • 1st Step: 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.
  • 2nd Step: Select your preferred examination center and click on ‘Submit’ to proceed.
  • 3nd Step: You need to scan your photo, signature, and ID card. After you scan and upload all those documents, click on the ‘Upload Image’ option. 
  • 4th Step: Preview the documents and if required, change or re-upload the documents. Then click on ‘Continue’.
  • 5th Step: Enter your photo ID proof number and read the declaration. Click on the “I have read Declaration & Agree/ Finally Submit” button.
  • 6th Step: Finally, pay the application fee to successfully submit your application form.

UPSC Geo-Scientist Application Fee

Candidates have to pay the application fee to complete their application process. They can pay the fee either by cash in any SBI branch or online using a Credit Card/ Debit Card or Internet Banking. Candidates can check the UPSC Geo-Scientist registration fee below:

CategoryApplication Fee
Female/ SC/ ST/ Persons with Benchmark DisabilityNil
Other CandidatesRs. 200/-

UPSC Geo-Scientist Selection Process

The UPSC Geo-Scientist recruitment process consists of three stages:

  • Stage-I: Preliminary Exam (Prelims)
  • Stage-II: Main Exam (Mains)
  • Stage-III: Interview/ Personality Test

Candidates who clear UPSC Geo-Scientist Prelims will be eligible to appear for the Mains exam. Based on the score of the UPSC Geo-Scientist Mains, a list of candidates will be prepared who will face the final round of selection, i.e., Personality Test/ Interview. After the interview is over, UPSC publishes the final merit list of selected candidates.

UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam Centres

Candidates need to choose the exam centre in which they want to appear for the exam. The officials allot centres on the first-apply-first-allot basis as per the candidate’s choice. However, there is a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each centre, except Delhi, Dispur, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad. Therefore, candidates should apply for the exam as early as possible. Candidates can check the list of UPSC Geo-Scientist exam centres below:

UPSC Geo-Scientist Prelims Exam Centres

Exam CitiesExam Cities
AhmedabadBengaluru
BhopalChandigarh
ChennaiCuttack
DelhiDispur
HyderabadJaipur
JammuKolkata
LucknowMumbai
PatnaPrayagraj (Allahabad)
ShillongShimla
Thiruvananthapuram

UPSC Geo-Scientist Mains Exam Centres

Exam CitiesExam Cities
BhopalDispur (Guwahati)
ChennaiMumbai
DelhiKolkata
HyderabadShimla
Lucknow

UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam Pattern

The Union Public Service Commission provides the exam pattern of the Combined Geo-Scientist exam. Candidates must check the pattern to know about the question paper structure. They can know about the number of questions, sections, marks, etc., from the pattern. Check the UPSC Geo-Scientist 2022 exam pattern for Prelims and Mains below:

UPSC Geo-Scientist Prelims Exam Pattern

The pattern of the UPSC Geo-Scientist Prelims exam is tabulated below:

PaperPostSubjectMaximum Marks
IAll PostsGeneral Studies100 marks
IIStream-I: Geologist & Scientist B (Hydrogeology)Geology/ Hydrogeology300 marks
IIStream-II: Geophysicist and Scientist B (Geophysics)Geophysics300 marks
IIStream-III: Chemist and Scientist B (Chemical)Chemistry300 marks

Important Points:

  1. UPSC Geo-Scientist Prelims consists of two papers for each stream.
  2. Paper-I is common for all the posts.
  3. Paper-II consist different subjects for candidates applying for different posts.
  4. All questions in Geo-Scientist Prelims is objective type (MCQs).
  5. The medium of the question paper is in English only.
  6. The duration for each paper is 2 hours.
  7. There is a negative marking of 1/3 marks for every incorrect answer.
  8. There is no penalty for any unanswered questions.
  9. The maximum marks for Geo-Scientist Prelims are 400 marks.

UPSC Geo-Scientist Main Exam Pattern

Find below the exam pattern of UPSC Geo-Scientist Mains:

Stream-I: Geologist
PaperSubjectMaximum Marks
IGeology200
IIGeology200
IIIGeology200
Total600 Marks
Stream-II: Geophysicist and Scientist ‘B’ (Geophysics)
PaperSubjectMaximum Marks
IGeophysics200
IIGeophysics200
IIIGeophysics200
Total600 Marks
Stream-III: Chemist & Scientist ‘B’ (Chemical)
PaperSubjectMaximum Marks
IChemistry200
IIChemistry200
IIIChemistry200
Total600 Marks
Stream-IV: Scientist ‘B’ (Hydrogeology)
PaperSubjectMaximum Marks
IGeology200
IIGeology200
IIIHydrogeology200
Total600 Marks

Important Points:

  1. UPSC Geo-Scientist Mains consists of three conventional/ descriptive type question papers for each stream.
  2. Papers must be answered in English only and the question paper will also be set in English only.
  3. It is mandatory for all candidates to appear for all three papers for the post they are applying for.
  4. The duration of UPSC Geo-Scientist Mains is 3 hours for each paper.
  5. Use of non-programmable calculators will be allowed in the Main exam.
  6. Candidates scoring the minimum qualifying marks in the Main exam will be called for Personality Test/ Interview.
  7. Marks scored in the Main exam will be counted for final merit.

UPSC Geo-Scientist Admit Card

The Commission releases the admit card online on its official website. Candidates who successfully applied for the post can download the UPSC Geo-Scientist Admit Card using login credentials, such as registration ID/ roll number and date of birth. Candidates must note that UPSC does not send hall tickets to any candidate via post. Thus, candidates have to download the same online.

Candidates must download their hall tickets and carry a printout of the same to the exam centre. Furthermore, they need to carry one photo ID proof to the centre along with the admit card. Aadhaar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving Licence or any other photo ID card issued by the State/ Central Government can be used as photo ID proof.

UPSC Geo-Scientist Result

UPSC releases the Combined Geo-Scientist exam result online on the official website. Moreover, the Commission publishes separate results after conducting each stage. Candidates can check the result online at upsc.gov.in. Candidates need to clear the Combined Geo-Scientist Prelims to qualify for Mains. Similarly, candidates who passed Mains will be called for Personality Test/ Interview.

After conducting all the stages, UPSC publishes the final merit list. Candidates whose names are on the merit list are selected for appointment to Geo-Scientist posts.

FAQs on UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment

Find some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers regarding UPSC Geo-Scientist 2022 recruitment below:

Q. When will the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2022 application form released?
A. The Commission started the online applications for UPSC Geo-Scientist 2022 recruitment on September 22, 2021. The last date to apply online for the recruitment was October 12, 2021.
Q. What is the application fee to apply for UPSC Geo-Scientist?
A. The UPSC Geo-Scientist application fee is Rs. 200/-. However, there is no fee for female candidates and SC, ST, PwD candidates.
Q. What is the selection process for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2022?
A. The selection procedure of Geo-Scientist consists of Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test/ Interview.
Q. When is the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2022 exam?
A. The UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Prelims exam is on February 20, 2022, and the Mains exam is on June 25 & 26, 2022.
Q. Is the admit card for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist exam released?
A. Yes, UPSC has released the admit card for Combined Geo-Scientist Prelims on February 10, 2022.
Q. What is the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist exam?
A. UPSC conducts the Combined Geo-Scientist exam to recruit Chemist, Geologist, and Geophysicist in the Geological Survey of India and Scientist ‘B’ (Hydrogeology, Chemical, and Geophysics) in the Central Ground Water Board.
Q. What is the vacancy for UPSC Geo-Scientist?
A. The Commission has announced a total of 192 vacancies for various Geo-Scientist posts.

Related Links:

UPSC Geo-Scientist Admit CardUPSC Notification
Result of UPSC ExamsUPSC Cut-off
UPSC CalendarSyllabus for UPSC Exams

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