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UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2024 Notification

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Notification 2024 is issued by the Union Public Service Commission on 20th September 2023 for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam 2024. The online registration for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2024 commenced on 20th September 2023. Interested and eligible candidates can apply for the same by visiting the official website of the UPSC by 10 October 2023.

UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2024

UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2024 notification is released by the Union Public Service Commission. The candidates must go through the detailed notification PDF before applying online for the UPSC CGGE exam 2024. The notification contains all the details of the UPSC recruitment in brief. Refer to this article to get all the key information regarding UPSC Geo Scientist Recruitment 2024, like notification, important dates, vacancy details, application form, selection process, etc., in brief.

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Overview 2024

UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2024 is organized to recruit suitable candidates for the post of Geo-Scientist. Aspirants can check all the key highlights of UPSC Geo Scientist recruitment 2024 in the table below:-

                                                Exam Name - Important Updates

Exam Conducting Organization

Union Public Service Commission 

Exam Name

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam 2024



Application Dates

20th September to 10th October 2023

Application Mode


Frequency of Exam


Selection Process

  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview

UPSC Geo-Scientist Important Dates 2024

Eligible candidates must know all the important dates of the UPSC geo-scientist recruitment exam 2024. Refer to this table for a comprehensive list of important dates, including registration dates, exam dates, admit card release dates, and more.



Notification Release Date

20th September 2023

Application Start Date

20th September 2023

Last Date to Apply

10th October 2023

UPSC Geo-Scientist Preliminary Exam Date

18th February 2024

UPSC Geo-Scientist Mains Exam Date

22 & 23 June 2024

Admit Card Release Date

To be announced

Answer Key Date

To be announced

Result Date

To be announced

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Important Links

The UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2024 application online link is activated on 20 September 2023 by the Commission. The candidates can apply online on or before the last date, which is 10 October 2023. Before applying online, applicants should carefully review the eligibility criteria and relevant information. Click on the direct link provided here to fill out the UPSC Geo-Scientist 2024 application form successfully:-

UPSC Official Website

UPSC Geo-Scientist Notification 2024 Link 

UPSC Geo-Scientist Apply Online Link 

UPSC Geo-Scientist Admit Card Link (Inactive)

UPSC Geo-Scientist Answer Key Link (Inactive)

UPSC Geo-Scientist Result Link (Inactive)

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Vacancy 2024

For the CGS Exam 2024, UPSC has announced 56 vacancies. The categories of posts for which recruitment will be based on the results of this examination, as well as the approximate number of openings in each category, are shown below.





Geological Survey of India, Ministry of Mines

Geologist, Group A


Geophysicist, Group A


Chemist. Group A



Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation

Scientist ‘B’(Hydrogeology), Group ‘A’


Scientist ‘B’(Chemical ) Group ‘A’


Scientist ‘B’(Geophysics) Group ‘A’




UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Eligibility Criteria 2024

To apply for the UPSC Recruitment 2024, candidates should know the required eligibility criteria. For your reference, we are providing the detailed UPSC Geo-Scientist eligibility criteria, which consist of nationality/ citizenship, age limit, educational qualification etc. Please refer below for a detailed overview of the eligibility criteria:-


A candidate must be either: 

(a) a Citizen of India, or 

(b) a subject of Nepal, or 

(c) a subject of Bhutan, or 

(d) Tibetan refugee in India before January 1, 1962, seeking permanent residence.

(e) Person of Indian origin moving from certain countries like  Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, or the East African nations of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of settling permanently in India.

Age Limit 

This table presents the age limits for various positions in a clear and organized manner:-


Age Limit

To apply for the position of Geologist Group 'A' in the Geological Survey of India,

A candidate should be at least 21 years old but should not exceed 32 years of age.

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

A candidate should be at least 21 years old but should not exceed 32 years of age.

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

A candidate should be at least 21 years old but should not exceed 32 years of age.

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

A candidate should be at least 21 years old but should not exceed 32 years of age.

Age Relaxation

Age relaxation is granted to specific categories, and the details of age relaxation for different categories are presented in the table below:


Upper Age Relaxation


5 years

Individuals belonging to OBC (Other Backward Classes), Defence Services Personnel, or those who were disabled in operations during hostilities.

3 years


5 years


5 years


10 years

The upper age limit can be extended by a maximum of 7 years for government servants working in a department listed in Column I when applying for the respective post mentioned in Column II.

Column I

Column II

Geological Survey of India

(i) Geologist Group ‘A’ 

(ii) Geophysicist Group ‘A’ 

(iii) Chemist Group ‘A’ 

Central Ground Water Board

(i) Scientist ‘B’ (Hydrogeology) Group ‘A’ 

(ii) Scientist ‘B’ Chemical) Group ‘A’

(iii) Scientist ‘B’ (Geophysics) Group ‘A’

Educational Qualifications


Educational Qualification 

For the post of Geologist Group ‘A’ in Geological Survey of India 

Candidate should have a Master's degree from a recognized university in one of the following fields:

  • Geological Science
  • Geology
  • Applied Geology
  • Geo-Exploration
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Engineering Geology
  • Marine Geology
  • Earth Science and Resource Management
  • Oceanography and Coastal Areas Studies
  • Petroleum Geosciences
  • Geochemistry

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

To apply for this post candidates should have a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree from a recognized University. Acceptable fields for the M.Sc. degree include:

  • Physics
  • Applied Physics
  • Geophysics
  • Integrated M.Sc. in Exploration Geophysics
  • M.Sc. in Applied Geophysics
  • M.Sc. in Marine Geophysics
  • M.Sc. (Tech.) in Applied Geophysics

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

To apply for this post candidate should have a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree from a recognized University. Acceptable fields for the M.Sc. degree include:

  • Chemistry
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry

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

Candidate should have a Master's degree from a recognized university in one of the following fields:

  • Geology
  • Applied Geology
  • Marine Geology
  • Hydrogeology

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Application Process

To apply for the UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2024, follow the outlined steps below:

Step 1. Visit the UPSC online application portal.

Step 2. If you are a new user, register on the One Time Registration Portal (OTR) by clicking the "New Registration" tab.

Step 3. Log in with your credentials (E-mail ID, Mobile Number, OTR ID) to proceed with your application.

Step 4. Complete the Online Application in two stages, Part-I and Part-II.

In Part-I registration, enter your personal information such as name, date of birth, etc.

After completing this section, carefully verify all entered details before proceeding to the next part.

In Part-II registration, upload scanned copies of your educational certificates, ID proof, photograph, and signature.

Select your preferred examination center.

Click the "I Agree" button and submit the application after filling in all the required details.

Step 5. Now print a copy of the final application form for your future reference.

Application Fee

To finalize your application for the UPSC Geo-Scientist, you must pay the application fee based on your category:



General/ OBC

INR 200/- 

Female/SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability 


Mode of Payment

You can pay the application fees by:

  1. Visiting any State Bank of India branch and remitting the money, or
  2. Using Visa, MasterCard, RuPay Credit/Debit Card, UPI Payment, or Internet Banking from any bank.
  3. If you opt for the "Pay by Cash" method, make sure to print the system-generated Pay-in-slip during Part-II registration and deposit the fee at the SBI Branch counter on the next working day only.

UPSC Geo-Scientist Selection Process 2024

The UPSC Geo-Scientist selection process comprises three stages:

  • Preliminary Examination:
    • The Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Examination is conducted in Objective Type Papers.
    • This stage aims to select candidates for Stage II.
    • The examination is worth 400 marks.
  • Mains Examinations:
    • The Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination consists of Conventional Type Papers.
    • Mains will be conducted for a total of 600 marks.
  • Personality Test/Interview:
    • The Combined Geo-Scientist Interview carries a weightage of 200 marks.

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam Pattern

To excel in the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam 2024, it's essential to understand  the examination's pattern. The exam pattern consists of a number of questions, total marks and the duration of the examination along with the subjects from which questions will be asked in the examination.  Below, we present a clear breakdown of the comprehensive UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam Pattern 2024, encompassing the Preliminary Exam & Main Exam:

Stage-I: Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Examination:

  1. For every incorrect response, a deduction of ⅓ marks is applied.
  2. Candidates' marks in the Preliminary/Stage-I Examination will factor into their ultimate ranking.
  3. Stage 1 consists of three streams:-
  • Stream-I: Geologist & Scientist B (Hydrogeology)
  • Stream-II: Geophysicist and Scientist ‘B’ (Geophysics)
  • Stream-III: Chemist and Scientist ‘B’ (Chemical)



Maximum Marks

Paper-I: General Studies

2 Hours

100 Marks

Paper-II: Subject Specific

2 Hours

300 Marks


400 Marks 

Stage-II: Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination:

The Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination comprises three conventional type papers for each stream i.e. Stream-I: Geologist/ Stream-II: Geophysicist and Scientist ‘B’ (Geophysics)/ Stream-III: Chemist & Scientist ‘B’ (Chemical)/ Stream-IV: Scientist ‘B’ (Hydrogeology). These papers must be answered in English exclusively. The question papers will be provided in English only. Below is a breakdown of the detailed scheme for each of the four streams in Stage Two:



Maximum Marks

Paper-I: Subject Specific

3 Hours 

200 marks 

Paper-II: Subject Specific

3 Hours

200 marks

Paper-III: Subject Specific

3 Hours

200 marks


600 marks

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Exam Syllabus

In order to prepare efficiently for the UPSC Geo-Scientist 2024 exam, it's crucial for candidates to have a thorough understanding of the detailed syllabus. The UPSC Geo-Scientist  Syllabus serves as a roadmap for planning an effective preparation strategy to achieve a high score in the examination. Below, you'll find a structured presentation of the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Syllabus for your reference:



Stage 1- Syllabus of Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Examination


General Studies (Common for all streams) 

  1. Current events of national and international importance.  
  2. History of India and Indian National Movement.  
  3. Indian and World Geography
  4. Indian Polity and Governance 
  5. Economic and Social Development   
  6. General Science

Paper-II: Geology/Hydrogeology

  1. Physical Geology 
  2. Structural Geology encompasses the study of stress, strain, and the rheological characteristics of rocks, including planar and linear geological structures.
  3. Mineralogy Elements of Symmetry
  4. Igneous Petrology Magma types and their evolution
  5. Metamorphic Petrology Limits
  6. Sedimentology Origin of Sediments
  7. Paleontology Fossils and processes of fossilization
  8. Stratigraphy Law of superposition
  9. Economic Geology Properties of Mineral Deposits
  10. Hydrogeology Groundwater occurrence and aquifer characteristics

Paper-II: Geophysics

  1. Solid Earth Geophysics
  2. Mathematical Methods in Geophysics
  3. Electromagnetism
  4. Geophysical Prospecting
  5. Remote Sensing and Thermodynamics 

Paper-II: Chemistry

  1. Chemical periodicity
  2. Chemical bonding and structure
  3. Acids and bases
  4. Theoretical basis of quantitative inorganic analysis
  5. Kinetic theory and the gaseous state
  6. Chemical thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium
  7. Solutions of non-electrolytes
  8. Electrochemistry
  9. Basic organic chemistry
  10. Stereochemistry
  11. Types of organic reactions
  12. Molecular Rearrangements

Stage 2- Syllabus of Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination For the post of Geologist/Scientist ‘B’(Hydrogeology)

Geology: Paper-I

Section A. Physical Geology and Remote Sensing, focusing on the evolution of our planet, Earth.

Section B. Principles of geological mapping in structural geology.

Section C. Sedimentology Classification of sedimentary rocks

Section D. The fossil record and the geological time scale in paleontology.

Section E. Stratigraphy involves the study of the fundamental principles of stratigraphy and the code of stratigraphic nomenclature in India.

Geology: Paper-II

Section A. Mineralogy Symmetry, motif, Miller indices

Section B. Geochemistry and isotope geology Chemical composition and characteristics of atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere; geochemical cycles

Section C. Igneous petrology Viscosity 

Section D. Metamorphic Petrology explores the boundaries and physico-chemical factors, such as pressure, temperature, fluids, and bulk rock composition, that govern the process of metamorphism.

Section E. Geodynamics Phase transitions and seismic discontinuities in the Earth

Geology: Paper-III 

Section A. This section covers ore minerals and industrial minerals, including an examination of the physical and optical properties of ore minerals.

Section B. This part focuses on the distribution of mineral deposits within the Indian shield and explores aspects of mineral economics.

Section C. This section delves into the stages of mineral exploration, providing insights into the exploration process.

Section D. Coal and its properties, offering a comprehensive understanding of fuel geology and engineering geology.

Section E. This section explores topics like the Stefan-Boltzmann equation and planetary temperature, as well as the causes and effects of global climate change, within the context of environmental geology and natural hazards.


Section A. Origin of water on Earth, the global water cycle, and the associated budget, focusing on the occurrence and distribution of groundwater.

Section B. In this part, we explore groundwater flow concepts and principles, along with well hydraulics.

Section C. This section covers topics related to water wells and groundwater levels, including the concepts of unidirectional and radial flow to a well under both steady and unsteady conditions

Section D. Surface investigations of groundwater, with a particular emphasis on geological aspects.

Section E. Groundwater quality and management Groundwater composition

For the post of Geophysicist/Scientist ‘B’(Geophysics)

Geophysics: Paper-I 


A1. Solid Earth Geophysics

A2. Earthquake Seismology

A3. Mathematical methods in Geophysics

A4. Geophysical Inversion                                      


B1. Mathematical Methods of Physics

B2. Electrodynamics: Electrostatics 

B3. Electromagnetic Theory: Maxwell's equations

B4. Introductory Atmospheric and Space Physics

Geophysics: Paper-II


A1. Potential Field (Gravity and Magnetic) Methods 

A2. Electrical and Electromagnetic methods

A3. Seismic Prospecting

A4. Borehole Geophysics


B1. Classical Mechanics Inertial and non-inertial frames, Newton's laws; Pseudo forces 

B2. Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics 

B3. Atomic and Molecular Physics and Characterization

B4. Nuclear and Particle Physics 

Geophysics: Paper-III 


A1. Radiometric and Airborne Geophysics

A2. Marine Geophysics

A3. Geophysical Signal Processing

A4. Remote Sensing and Geohydrology


B1. Solid State Physics and Basic Electronics Crystalline and amorphous structure of matter. 

B2. Laser Systems: Spontaneous and Stimulated Emission of Radiation

B3. Digital electronics

B4. Quantum Mechanics Wave-particle duality

For the posts of Chemist/Scientist ‘B’(Chemical)

Chemistry: Paper-I (Inorganic Chemistry)

1. Inorganic solids

2. Chemistry of coordination compounds 

3. Acid-base titrations

4. Gravimetric Analysis

5. Redox Titrations

6. Complexometric titrations

7. Organometallic compounds

8. Nuclear chemistry

9. Chemistry of d- and f-block elements

Chemistry: Paper-II (Physical Chemistry)

1. Kinetic theory and the gaseous state

2. Solids

3. Chemical thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium

4. Chemical kinetics and catalysis

5. Electrochemistry

6. Quantum chemistry

7. Basic principles and applications of spectroscopy

8. Photochemistry

Chemistry: Paper-III (Analytical and Organic)

PART-A (Analytical Chemistry) 

A1. Errors in quantitative analysis

A2. Separation Methods

A3. Spectroscopic methods of analysis

A4. Thermal methods of analysis

A5. X-ray methods of Analysis

A6. Inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy

A7. Analysis of geological materials

PART B (Organic chemistry) 

B1. Unstable, uncharged intermediates

B2. Addition reactions

B3: Reactions at the carbonyl group

B4. Oxidation and Reduction

B5. Electrocyclic Reactions

B6. Spectroscopic methods of analysis

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Admit Card 2024

The UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist 2024 Admit Card will be released by the commission prior to the commencement of the examination. Candidates should have an Admit card to gain entry to the examination hall. Without their respective admit cards, candidates will not be granted access to the examination centre. For your reference, we are providing you with a direct link for downloading the UPSC Geo-Scientist Admit card. It's important to note that the link to download the UPSC Geo-Scientist Admit Card will become active once it becomes available on the UPSC’s official website.

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Admit Card 2024 (Link Inactive)

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Result 2024

The UPSC Geo-Scientist Result 2024 will be made available following the completion of the examination. The commission will publish the results for each stage on its official website. To check your UPSC Geo-Scientist Result, you can use the below-mentioned link. The UPSC Geo-Scientist Result 2024 link will be activated once the examination process has concluded.

UPSC Geo-Scientist  Result Link 2024 (Inactive)

FAQs On UPSC Geo Scientist 2024 Recruitment 


The UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Notification for 2024 is scheduled to be issued on 20 September 2023.

The online registration for the UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2024 will commence on 20 September 2023.

The last date to apply for the UPSC Geo-Scientist Recruitment 2024 is 10th October 2023.

The UPSC Geo-Scientist selection process consists of three stages: Preliminary Examination, Main Examination, and Personality Test/Interview.

Yes, there is age relaxation for various categories. For example, SC/ST candidates have a 5-year relaxation, while OBC, Defence Services Personnel, and disabled individuals during hostilities have a 3-year relaxation.

The Main Examination is worth a total of 600 marks, with three papers for each stream.

The UPSC Geo-Scientist Admit Card will be released before the examination, and the download link will be activated once it becomes available.

The UPSC Geo-Scientist Results will be published on the official website of UPSC, and a direct link for result checking will be provided here too, once the examination process concludes.

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