UPSC Geoscientist 2023 Application Form (21 Sept), Exam Date, Eligibility, Exam Pattern

UPSC conducts the Combined Geo-scientist and Geologist exam for recruitment of Category I (Posts in the Geological Survey of India, Ministry of Mines) and Central Water Board. It is a National Level Competitive Examination. This page thoroughly explains the qualifying requirements, application procedure, application fee, exam format, important dates for UPSC Geoscientist 2023, and so forth.

UPSC Geoscientist Exam 2023: Highlights

Name of Exam Combined Geo-scientist and Geologist Exam
Exam conducting authority Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Level of Exam National Level
Exam Taking Place Once a year
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online
Application Form Release 21 September 2023
Final Date of Submission 11 October 2023
Official site

UPSC Geoscientist 2023: Schedule

Events Dates
Application Form Commencement 21 September 2022
Application Form Ending Date 11 October 2022
Admit Card Release To be Declared
Date of Exam (Pre) 19 February 2023
Result Declared To be Declared
Date of Exam (Main) 24 June 2023

UPSC Geoscientist 2023 Application Procedure

The test application result will be provided on the UPSC official website. The registration form would be divided into two sections: part 1 and part 2, with applicants filling out both portions thoroughly to finish the registration process.

  • In the registration form, you must give personal information such as your name, nationality, category, country, and so on.
  • Information about the qualifying test, like grades, graduation year, university/board name, and so on, would be requested in the application.
  • Applicants must submit scanned copies of their pictures and signatures to the registration form.
  • Students must choose their test center attentively in their registration form.
  • When all of the info has been properly input, the applicants may submit the form.
  • Upon properly submitting the application, applicants must print a copy of the completed form and save it for subsequent use.

Application Fee

The following are the specifics of the Registration Fee:

  • Use a credit or debit card, or SBI online banking to establish an online payment.
  • You may also make a cash transaction at your local SBI bank. You may print the challan that was produced online.
  • For general category candidates, the registration cost is Rs. 200 whereas; SC/ST/PH/Women are free from paying the price.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nationality: The candidate should be a Citizen of India or a Nepalese, Bhutanese, or Tibetan refugee who entered India after January 1, 1962. Alternatively, the applicant should be of Indian descent and have moved from East Africa, Pakistan, Burma, or Sri Lanka.
  • Education: The individual should have completed a post-secondary education from a recognized university or institution.
  • Age Requirements: Age criteria are based on UPSC guidelines.
  • Application Fees: The application cost is the most important need, and it may be paid in a variety of methods, including cash deposits or a challan. There’s also no protocol in place that allows the applicant to be reimbursed.
  • Recruiting Procedure: The whole selection process is dependent on the student’s grades. Just after selection, one must go through an assessment and personality exams. The interview serves as the basis for the recruitment process.

Exam Pattern

The following is a summary of the test pattern for 2023:

  • Exam Mode: Online
  • Exam Length: 3 hours for every examination
  • Question style: traditional (essay) kind
  • Total Marks: 200 (every paper but not General English comprising 100 marks)


1st Paper Geophysics 200
2nd Paper Geophysics 200
3rd Paper Geophysics 200


1st Paper Geology 200
2nd Paper Geology 200
3rd Paper Geology 200


1st Paper Chemistry 200
2nd Paper Chemistry 200
3rd Paper Chemistry 200

Jr. Hydrogeologist

1st Paper Geology 200
2nd Paper Geology 200
Hydrogeology 200
Interview 200

UPSC Geoscientist 2023: Important Points

  • Upon registering, you must provide a legitimate and current email address since the board will communicate with you through email.
  • Students who pass the written exam must complete a DAF (detailed application form) and give the authority a self-certified copy (each page must be validated).
  • Admit cards would be issued only to those applicants who present their applications on time and in full.
  • In the event of a disagreement regarding overqualification, registration, or outcome, the Authority’s judgment would be definitive.
  • In no conditions would a plea to withdraw a candidacy after it has been submitted be considered.

UPSC Geoscientist 2023: Syllabus

The following is the curriculum for the several papers test:

  • General English: Basic Understanding of English, Short Essay,  and Use Of Words
  • 1st Paper Geology: Remote Sensing, Geomorphology, Structural Geology, Stratigraphy, Geodynamics, and Paleontology
  • 2nd Paper Geology: Environmental Geology, Mineralogy and Isotope Geology, Geochemistry, Igneous Petrology, Sedimentology, Metamorphic Petrology & Processes, and Natural Hazards
  • 3rd Paper Geology: Mineral Economics, Indian Mineral Deposits, Ore Genesis, Mineral Exploration, Geophysics, Engineering Geology & Geology of Fuels
  • 1st Paper Geophysics: Earthquake and Engineering Seismology, Solid Earth Geophysics, Mathematical Ways in Geophysics, Electrodynamics, Thermodynamics, and Statistical Physics,  etc
  • 2nd Paper Geophysics: Electrical and Electromagnetic Methods, Geophysical Potential Fields,  Seismic Prospecting, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Borehole Geophysics, Nuclear and Particle Physics, etc
  • 3rd Paper Geophysics: Geophysical Signal Processing, Marine Geophysics, Solid State Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Laser Cavity Modes, Radar Systems, Digital Electronics, Satellite Communications, etc
  • 1st Paper Chemistry: Chemical Bonding & Structure, Chemical Periodicity, Acid-Base Reactions, Chemistry of block Elements, Nuclear Chemistry, etc
  • 2nd Paper Chemistry: Thermodynamics, Kinetic theory, Thermodynamics and Equilibrium, Photochemistry, Chemical kinetics, and catalysis, etc
  • 3rd Paper Chemistry: Gravimetric Analysis, Quantitative Inorganic Analysis, Potentiometry, Organometallic Compounds, Complexometric Titrations,  Physical Properties, etc
  • Hydrogeology: Distribution of Water, Origin, Groundwater Exploration, Groundwater Hydraulics, Groundwater Quality, Water Well Construction  & Groundwater Management

UPSC Geoscientist 2023: Exam Centers

For students’ accessibility, India has a large number of test centers. Here’s all you need to learn:

Preliminary Examination

  • Bangaluru
  • Ahmedabad
  • Bhopal
  • Chennai
  • Chandigarh
  • Cuttack
  • Dispur
  • Hyderabad
  • Delhi
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata
  • Jammu
  • Mumbai
  • Lucknow
  • Prayagraj
  • Patna
  • Shimla
  • Shillong
  • Thiruvananthapuram

Main Examination

  • Dispur (Guwahati)
  • Delhi
  • Hyderabad
  • Bhopal
  • Kolkata
  • Chennai
  • Mumbai
  • Lucknow
  • Shimla

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