UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2024: Application Form (Releasing on 20 September), Syllabus, Exam Date

The Union Public Service Commission will conduct the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2024 exam in order to recruit the candidates for the posts of Geologist, Geophysicist, and chemist. The selected candidates will be posted under the Ministry of Mines and Ministry of Water under the Government of India. It is a three-tier examination containing preliminary exam, main exam, and personality test. It is notified that the application form for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Examination 2024 will release on 20th September 2023.

The candidates looking to appear for this exam need to fill and submit the application form before the last date. In this article, we will discuss all the necessary details regarding the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Examination 2024 including exam pattern, eligibility criteria, application form, syllabus etc. 

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Examination 2024 application form is releasing on 20th September 2023.

PSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2024 Exam Date

The official dates for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Examination 2024 are mentioned in the table given below.

Important Events Dates
Release of official notification and application form 20th September 2023
Last date to submit the application form 10th October 2024
Availability of Admit Card To be updated
Mains exam

Preliminary- 18th February 2024

Mains- 2nd June 2024

Result To be updated

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2024 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must check the eligibility criteria given below before applying for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Examination 2024.


The candidates with the following nationality can apply

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal
  • A subject of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with an intention of permanently settling here.
  • An Indian origin person migrated to India from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or east African countries of Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi, the United Republic of Tanzania or Vietnam with an intention of permanently settling here.

Age limit

The age limit will depend upon the post as given below:

For Geologist and Geophysicist and Chemist in ministry of Mines: 21 to 32 years

For Jr. Hydrogeologist (Scientist B) in ministry of water resources: 21 to 35 years

Note: Relaxations in the upper age will be given the candidates from the reserved categories.

Educational Qualification

The candidates must have following educational qualification in order to appear for the exam.

For Geologists: The candidates must have a master’s degree in Geological science/ Geology/ Applied Geology/ Geo-Exploration/ Mineral Exploration/ Engineering Geology/ Marine Geology/ Earth Science and Resource Management/ Oceanography and Coastal Areas Studies or any other relevant subject.

For Geophysicists: The candidates must have an M.Sc degree in Physics/ Applied Physics/ Exploration Geophysics/ Applied Geophysics/ Marine Geophysics/ or any other relevant subject

For Chemist: The aspirant must have an M.Sc degree in Chemistry/ Applied Chemistry/ Analytical Chemistry.

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Application Form 2024

The application form for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Examination 2024 will be released in online mode through the official website of UPSC. In order to apply for the exam, the candidates need to enter all the required information such as educational details, contact details, personal details etc. While filling the application form, the candidates have to select the examination center. In addition to the details, the candidates have to upload the scanned images of passport size photograph and signature in the application form.

After submitting the application form, the candidates have to pay the prescribed application fee. The candidates should keep a printout of submitted application form along with fee receipt for future requirement. However, there is no need to send the printout of application form to the UPSC office.

Application Fee

The application for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Examination 2024 will be as follows:

For General/ OBC candidates (Male candidates only): Rs. 200/-

For SC/ST/PwBD/Female candidates: Nil (Exempted from the application fee)

Mode of payment

  • The application fee can be online by using net banking or Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card.
  • The interest can also pay the application fee by cash at any branch of SBI using bank challan.

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2024 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2024 will be different for Prelims and Main exam as given below:

For Preliminary Exam

Mode of Exam: Online (Computer Based Test)

Number of Papers: 2 (Paper I and Paper II)

Duration of Exam: 2 Hours for each paper

Type of Questions: Objective type MCQ

Subjects Maximum Marks
Paper-I : General Studies 100
Paper-II : (Geology/Hydrogeology)/ Geophysics/ Chemistry 300
Total 400 Marks

Candidates looking for different post need to attempt the exam for different subjects as mentioned below:

  • Geologist & Jr. Hydrogeologist – Geology/Hydrogeology
  • Geophysicist – Geophysics
  • Chemist – Chemistry

For Main Exam

Mode of Exam: Offline (Pen and Paper Based exam)

Number of Paper: 3 (Paper I, Paper II and Paper III)

Type of Question: Descriptive.

Duration of Exam: 3 Hours for Each paper.

Subject Maximum Marks
Paper-I : Geology/ Geophysics/ Chemistry 200
Paper- II : Geology/ Geophysics/ Chemistry 200
Paper- III : Geology/ Geophysics/ Chemistry 200
Total 600

After the Main exam there will be a Personality Test carrying 200 Marks

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2024 Syllabus

The syllabus for UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2024 exam is quite vast. However, candidates can check the subject wise important topics for Pre exam as given below:

General Studies: Current affairs of national and international importance, Indian and World Geography, History of India and Indian National Movement, Economic and Social Development, Indian Polity and Governance, General issues on Environmental Ecology and General Science

Geology/Hydrogeology: Structural Geology, Physical Geology, Mineralogy, Metamorphic Petrology, Igneous Petrology, Paleontology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Economic Geology, Hydrogeology.

Geophysics: Mathematical Methods in Geophysics, Solid Earth Geophysics, Electromagnetism, Geophysical Prospecting, Nuclear Physics and Radiometry, Remote Sensing and Thermodynamics etc.

Chemistry: Chemical periodicity, Chemical bonding and structure, Acids and bases, Theoretical basis of quantitative inorganic analysis, Kinetic theory and the gaseous state, Chemical thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium, Solutions of non-electrolytes, Electrochemistry etc.

Preparation Strategy

Here are some helpful tips for the candidates preparing for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Examination 2024.

  1. First of all, the candidate should be aware of the exam pattern and syllabus so that he/she can plan the studies in a smart way.
  2. The aspirants should not clutter themselves with a lot of books. Instead, they should study less number of books covering the syllabus completely.
  3. Preparing short notes of all the important topics can be very helpful at the time of revision. So, the candidates should keep preparing short notes while studying.
  4. Regular studies are the key to success; candidates should study on a regular basis after making a proper timetable.
  5. Aspirant should solve previous year question papers and mock tests to analyze their mistakes.

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Admit Card 2024

The UPSC will release the admit card on the official website three weeks prior to the exam date. In order to download the admit card, the candidates have to provide some basic details like RID, date of birth etc. If a candidate cannot find his/her admit card online then he/she should contact the UPSC authorities immediately. No candidates will be allowed to appear for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist examination 2024 without a valid admit card.

Result and Selection

The result of UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Examination 2024 will be announced on the official website of UPSC. The authorities will issue the separate merit lists for all the categories. The candidates who will get their name in the merit list will be required to fill and submit the DAF (Detailed Application Form). The printout of DAF along with the attested copies of relevant documents needs to be sent to the UPSC office.

After declaration of written exam result, the successful candidates have to carry the original documents for verification purpose while appearing for the interview/ personality Test.


What is the date of releasing UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2024?

20th September 2023

What will be the mode of application?

Online mode

Which types of questions are asked in the preliminary exam?

Objective type

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