UPSC Geo-Scientist 2024 Notification, Application Form Eligibility, Vacancies

The UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam is a national-level entrance examination that is organized by the Union Public Service Commission every year. The motive behind the commencement of this examination is to appoint the eligible candidate for the post of Category I – Geologist, Junior Hydrologist, Geophysicist, and Chemist under the central government. Check here for details for UPSC Geo-Scientist 2024 Notification.

It is a national-level competitive examination that consists of a three-tier Preliminary, Mains, and Personality test/ Interview exam. All the eligible candidates who wish to apply for this exam should visit the official website of UPSC. Likewise, the application form for the same will be released on the authorized web portal of UPSC only. Candidates are advised to go through the exam pattern and syllabus of the UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam before appearing for the exam. It is one of the toughest national-level competitive examinations in India which is hard to crack.

UPSC Geo-Scientist 2024 Highlights

Exam Name Combined Geo-scientist and Geologist Exam 2024
Exam Level National Level
Exam conducting authority Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam occurrence Once a year
Examination mode Online
Application Mode Online
Official Website
No. of Vacancies Announced Soon
Job Location PAN India
Selection Criteria Written Exam and Personal Interview

UPSC Geo-Scientist 2024 Important Dates

Events Tentative Dates
Release of Official Notification and application form 4th week of September 2024
Last Date for Applying Online 2nd week of October 2024
Admit Card (Prelims Exam) 1st week of February 2024
Exam Date 3rd week of February 2024
UPSC Geo-Scientist Prelims Admit Card June 2024
UPSC Geo-Scientist Mains Exam 4th week of June 2024
Results Announcement June 2024
UPSC Geo-Scientist Interview Date Notify Soon
Final Announcement of Result Notify Soon

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nationality: A contender must be an Indian citizen or else a refugee from Bhutan, Nepal, or Tibet migrant who arrived in India before 1-1-1962. Or the applicant of Indian origin migrated from Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan or East African countries.
  • Academic Qualification: Candidates who have passed post-graduation from some recognized university or institution are eligible to apply.
  • Age Limit: Age criteria will be followed according to the norms of UPSC.

UPSC Geo-Scientist 2024 Application Form

  • Visit the authorized web portal of UPSC –
  • On the homepage of the UPSC website, you will see the link for Online Application for Various Examinations of UPSC, click on the same.
  • Apply for the Combined Geo-Scientist Pre Examination.
  • Do the registration by filling in all the required details like name, nationality, community, and more.
  • Choose the center for the exam.
  • Now log in using your credentials and complete your application form by providing the remaining details and proceed with the documents uploading like scanned images and photographs in the application form.
  • Submit the documents and proceed with the application fee payment and pay your amount of application fees online through any available options.
  • After successful payment of the application fee and submission of the form, take a printout of the application form along with the fee payment receipt for additional references.

Application Fee

Category Application Fees
General INR 200
Other Backward Classes (OBC) INR 200
SC/ ST/ PwBD / Women Exempted

Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for UPSC GEOSCIENTIST 2024 involves three stages:

  • 1st Stage: Preliminary Examination (Computer Based Objective Type Papers). This paper involves total of 400 Marks.
  • 2nd Stage: Mains Examination (Descriptive type paper). This paper consists of total of 600 Marks.
  • 3rd Stage: Personal Interview ( Personality Test). This paper will be for total of 200 Marks.

Note- The Prelims Examination involves 2 papers holding objective-type questions and the Main Exam comprises of 3 papers with descriptive-type questions.

Prelims Exam Pattern

  • Mode of Exam: Online Mode (Computer Based Test Exam)
  • Type of Questions: Objective Type Questions (MCQs)
  • No. of Papers Two: (Paper 1 and Paper 2)
  • Total Weightage: 150 Marks (1 mark per question)
  • Duration of Exam: 2 hours per paper
  • Negative Marking Criteria: Negative Marking will be there
Paper Subjects Post Max.Marks
One General Studies Geologist & Jr. Hydrogeologist 100
Two Geology/ Hydrogeology 300
One General Studies Geophysicist 100
Two Geo Physics 300
One General Studies Chemist 100
Two Chemistry 300
Total 400

Mains Exam Pattern

  • Mode of Exam: Offline Mode (Written Pen and Paper Exam)
  • Type of Questions: Descriptive Questions
  • No. of Papers: 3 (Paper I, Paper-II, and Paper III)
  • Duration of Exam: Each paper gets 3 hours
Subjects Post Max. Marks Duration
General English For all posts 100 180 Minutes
Geology Paper I Geologists 200 180 Minutes
Geology Paper II 200 180 Minutes
Geology Paper III 200 180 Minutes
Geophysics Paper I Geophysicist 200 180 Minutes
Geophysics Paper II 200 180 Minutes
Geophysics Paper III 200 180 Minutes
Chemistry Paper I Chemist 200 180 Minutes
Chemistry Paper II 200 180 Minutes
Chemistry Paper III 200 180 Minutes
Geology Paper I Jr. Hydrogeologist 200 180 Minutes
Geology Paper II 200 180 Minutes
Hydrogeology 200 180 Minutes
Total 600

Interview/Personality Test

The last stage i.e. 3rd stage is called Personality Test. It will be for 200 marks. However, a personality test does not involve any minimum qualifying marks. The aspirants will be assessed in the interview by the board which judges the suitability for the posts the candidate has applied for. The board will evaluate the candidate’s leadership capacity, tact, mental and physical energy, social qualities, aptitude, etc. The board will consider the marks obtained by the entrant in the Personality Test.


UPSC GEOSCIENTIST 2024 Result will be accessible separately on the official website of UPSC by the board. The candidates who clear the preliminary exam will appear for the main exam followed by the personality test/ interview. After conducting all three stages, the board will declare the final result of the candidates.

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