UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2023 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Pattern, etc.

Union Public Service Commission organize Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam for recruiting Group-A officers in the Central Geological Service (CGS). CGS is an executive branch of the Government of India under the Ministry of Mining responsible for exploration of Mines, Natural Resource survey, Geological survey, and allied studies. CGS officers are recruited by the UPSC and posted in the Geological Survey of India as esteemed officers. In this article, we will discuss UPSC Combined GEO-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2023 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Pattern, etc.

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The following are the eligibility criteria for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam-

  • The candidate must be a citizen of India or person migrated from Nepal, Bhutan, or Tibet in India before 1-1-1962, or Indian Origin candidate migrated from East African countries, Pakistan, Burma, or Sri Lanka
  • The candidate must have a Master’s degree from a recognized university in filed of Science, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, etc.
  • The candidate’s age must be in between 21-32 years. There is a relaxation of 7 years for the candidate who were Government employed in the following services-
Geological Survey of IndiaGeologist Group ‘A’ Geophysicist Group ‘A’ Chemist Group ‘A’
Central Ground Water BoardScientist ‘B’ (Hydrogeology) Group ‘A’ Scientist ‘B’ (Chemical) Group ‘A’ Scientist ‘B’ (Geophysics) Group ‘A’

Age Relaxation for Different Category Candidates

CategoryAge Relaxation
Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe5 Years
OBC3 Years
Defense Services Personnel disabled in operations3 Years
Ex-Servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs5 Years
blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped persons10 Years

UPSC Geo-Scientist Salary and Promotions

The following are the pay grade for various positions under the UPSC Geo-Scientist. Along with the salary, the officers also get additional benefits or perks-

Grade/Level on Pay MatrixCGS Position in GSI’s SU/Regions/Divisions/WingBase Salary (per month)
Apex Scale (Pay level 17)Director-General₹2,25,000
Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) (Pay level 15/16)Additional Director General (Geology)₹1,82,200/₹2,05,400
Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) (Pay level 14)Deputy Director General (Geology)₹1,44,200
Selection Grade (Pay level 13/ 13A)Director (Geology)₹1,18,500
Junior Administrative Grade (Pay level 12)Superintending Geologist₹78,800
Senior Time Scale (Pay level 11)Senior Geologist₹67,700
Junior Time Scale (Pay level 10)Geologist₹56,100

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2023 Important Dates

 Events Exam Dates
Application form AvailableOctober
The deadline to submit an online Application formOctober
Online Applications From Withdrawal DateNovember
Admit Card ReleaseFebruary 
UPSC GEO-SCIENTIST Exam Date 2023 (Prelims)February (1 Day)
Result Date announced
Mains Admit CardJune
UPSC GEO-SCIENTIST Exam Date 2023 (Mains)July (2 Days)
Interview Dates
Final Result

UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam 2023 Application Form

The following are the step by step instructions for applying for the UPSC Geo-Scientist application form-

  • Visit the official website of UPSC and navigate to the active examination section followed by clicking on the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Examination 2023 link
  • Now, the main page of UPSC Geo-Scientist will appear here you’ll find the application form link which you’ll have to click
  • After clicking the link, you’ll be asked to get yourself registered using your email ID and password
  • After registration is completed, you’ll have to login to your account and click on the apply button
  • Now, an application form will appear which you’ll have to fill the correct details like name, address, education qualification, etc.
  • After filling the application form, you’ll have to upload the documents mentioned below in the relevant section
  • Now, you’ll have to pay the application fee (if any) online using net banking, credit card/debit card, UPI, etc.
  • Make sure to take a printout of the application form and payment receipt for the future use

Documents Required for UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam

The following are the documents required for UPSC Geo-Scientist application form filling-

  • Certificate of Age- Class 10th or Class 12th Marksheet/ Passing certificate, Aadhaar card, PAN Card, etc.
  • Certificate of Educational Qualification- PG Degree/Marksheet, Graduation Degree, etc.
  • Certificate in support of claim to belong to category candidates (if applicable)
  • Certificate in support of claim for age/ fee concession (if applicable)
  • Certificate in support of being persons with benchmark disability (if applicable)

UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam Application Fee

The following are the application fee for UPSC Geo-Scientist Examination-

CategoryApplication Fee
Female/SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability CandidatesExempted

UPSC Geo-Scientist Examination Pattern

The following are the examination pattern for UPS Geo-Scientist Examination-

Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Examination

Stream-I : Geologist & Scientist B (Hydrogeology)

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
Paper-I : General Studies2 Hours100 Marks
Paper-II : Geology/Hydrogeology2 Hours300 Marks
Total 400 Marks

Stream-II : Geophysicist and Scientist ‘B’(Geophysics)

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
Paper-I : General Studies2 Hours100 Marks
Paper-II : Geophysics2 Hours300 Marks
Total 400 Marks

Stream-III : Chemist and Scientist ‘B’(Chemical)

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
Paper-I: General Studies2 Hours100 Marks
Paper-II: Chemistry2 Hours300 Marks
Total400 Marks

Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination

Stream-I : Geologist

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
Paper-I: Geology3 Hours200 Marks
Paper-II: Geology3 Hours200 Marks
Paper-III: Geology3 Hours200 Marks
 Total600 Marks

Stream-II : Geophysicist and Scientist ‘B’ (Geophysics)

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
Paper-I: Geophysics3 Hours200 Marks
Paper-II: Geophysics3 Hours200 Marks
Paper-III: Geophysics3 Hours200 Marks
 Total600 Marks

Stream-III : Chemist & Scientist ‘B’ (Chemical)

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
Paper-I: Chemistry3 Hours200 Marks
Paper-II: Chemistry3 Hours200 Marks
Paper-III: Chemistry3 Hours200 Marks
 Total600 Marks

Stream-IV : Scientist ‘B’(Hydrogeology)

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
Paper-I: Geology3 Hours200 Marks
Paper-II: Geology3 Hours200 Marks
Paper-III: Hydrogeology3 Hours200 Marks
 Total600 Marks

UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam Syllabus

The following are the syllabus for UPSC Geo-Scientist Examination-

General Studies

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography -Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance -Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy,
  • Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
  • Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not
  • require subject specialisation
  • General Science


  • Physical geology and remote sensing
  • Structural geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Paleontology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Mineralogy
  • Geochemistry and isotope geology
  • Metamorphic petrology
  • Geodynamics
  • Economic geology
  • Indian mineral deposits and mineral economics
  • Fuel geology and Engineering geology
  • Environmental geology and Natural hazards
  • Occurrence and distribution of groundwater
  • Groundwater movement and well hydraulics
  • Water wells and groundwater levels
  • Groundwater exploration
  • Groundwater quality and management


  • Solid Earth Geophysics
  • Earthquake Seismology
  • Mathematical methods in Geophysics
  • Geophysical Inversion
  • Mathematical Methods of Physics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Introductory Atmospheric and Space Physics
  • Potential Field (Gravity and Magnetic) Methods
  • Electrical and Electromagnetic methods
  • Seismic Prospecting
  • Borehole Geophysics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics and Characterization of materials
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Radiometric and Airborne Geophysics
  • Marine Geophysics
  • Geophysical Signal Processing
  • Remote Sensing and Geohydrology
  • Solid State Physics and Basic Electronics
  • Laser systems
  • Digital electronics, Radar systems, Satellite communications
  • Quantum Mechanics


  • Inorganic solids
  • molecular materials
  • Chemistry of coordination compounds
  • Structure and bonding
  • Acid base titrations
  • Gravimetric Analysis
  • Redox Titrations
  • Complexometric titrations
  • Organometallic compounds
  • Nuclear chemistry
  • Chemistry of d- and f-block elements
  • Kinetic theory and the gaseous state
  • Solids
  • Chemical thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium
  • Chemical kinetics and catalysis
  • Electrochemistry
  • Quantum chemistry
  • Basic principles and applications of spectroscopy
  • Photochemistry
  • Errors in quantitative analysis
  • Separation Methods
  • Spectroscopic methods of analysis
  • Thermal methods of analysis
  • X-ray methods of Analysis
  • Inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy
  • Analysis of geological materials
  • Unstable, uncharged intermediates
  • Addition reactions
  • Reactions at the carbonyl group
  • Electrocyclic Reactions
  • Spectroscopic methods of analysis
  • Mass spectrometry

UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam Admit Card

The admit card for the UPSC Geo-Scientist exam is not yet released, we will update the admit card status once the examination authorities release the admit card for UPSC Geo-Scientist 2023.

UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam Result

The result for the UPSC Geo-Scientist exam is not yet released, we will update the result status once the examination authorities release the result for UPSC Geo-Scientist 2023.

UPSC Geo-Scientist Selection Procedure

The UPSC Geo-Scientist examination is divided into three stages, i.e.-

Stage-ICombined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type Papers)400 Marks
Stage-IICombined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination (Conventional Type Papers)600 Marks
Stage-IIIPersonality Test/Interview200 Marks
 Total1200 Marks

The candidate has to pass each stage to appear on the next stage of examination. A merit list will be prepared by the examination authorities after each stage which consists of candidates who have cleared the stage. The final merit list after the interview session contains all the candidates who are selected for UPSC Geo-Scientist recruitment.

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