UPSC Geo Scientist Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification

UPSC Geo Scientist Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & Notification
September 13, 2021
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UPSC Geo Scientist Recruitment 2021- Overview: The CGGE (Combined geoscientist geologist examination) takes place at the national level and control by the Union Public Service Commission. The CGGE is for the hiring of geologists, geophysicists, and Chemists. The hiring is for Group A in GSI and Junior Hydro-geologists (Scientist B), group A for central groundwater. The total time of the CGGE exam is eighteen to nineteen hours. The exam happens once a year for the recruitment of geologists and geoscientists in the public office. It is one of the vital exams that UPSC takes every year in India.

Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) is a public agency. It also hires for tier-1 jobs in public departments. Its head office is at Dholpur house in New Delhi. The chairman of UPSC is Pradeep Kumar Joshi since August 2020. It is one of the constitutional bodies which gets its status from the constitution of India. Also, after the judiciary and the election commission, UPSC is the only body that works in liberty and freedom. The UPSC came into power on 1st  October 1926 during the rule of the Britishers. It was named twice. Since independence, it is called Union Public Service Commission. The commission consists of the 9 to 11 members elected by the president. 

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Brief Details of UPSC Notification 2021

Geologists analyze the aerial photographs, rock samples, the land formation during the drilling. It is to locate natural resources in various sites and to check their size and quantity. Geologists study the maps, processes, and history of earth formation. Geologists and geophysicists are responsible for study the earth and share their research with the world.

NAME OF THE EXAM Combined Geologists and geoscientists exam
CONDUCTING AGENCY Union Public Service Commission


Details of UPSC Geo Scientist Recruitment 2021

The CGGE takes place each year to fill up the geoscientists, geologists, and geophysicists posts in India. The news for the exam releases every year on the official website. The release date is mainly in September or October. The news for the 2021 exams came in October 2020. The enrollment starts  on October 7th, 2020, and the last date of filing the form was October 27, 2020 (6 PM). If the suitor wants to pull back the form,  they can do so. For the exam of 2021, the last date for the taking back of the exam form was from November 4, 2020- to November 11, 2020.

The mains and the prelims are done. The results of the pre are available on the formal website of the UPSC. The news for the mains result, interview, and the final result are yet to release. CGGE mains held on July 17, 2021- July 18, 2021. Aspirants should keep them updated with the dates. Visit the official site and stay alert about the exams and the dates.

APPLICATION FORM 7th October 2020- 27th October 2020
WITHDRAW PERIOD November 4, 2020- November 11, 2020
PRELIMINARY DATE February 24, 2021
MAINS DATE July 17, 2021
RESULT yet to be announced


UPSC Geo Scientist Jobs Exam Date

All the info that the suitor must know is available under the CGGE notification release before the exam. Details of CGGE exam dates, CGGE vacancies, centers for the exam, Fees, application procedure, Eligibility, CGGE syllabus, CGGE exam plan, and new posts are there.

The application process for the prelims exam was started on the 7th October 2021 and ended on 27th October. As per the details, the prelims took place on 24th February 2021, and the mains exam was on July 17, 2021.

 The result will be out soon. There is no detail regarding the interview and the final results yet. Candidates should keep themselves updated to prevent any confusion.


Application Fee of UPSC Jobs

Candidates who want to give CGGE exam can make the fee payment either online or offline, as per their choice. For submitting the fees online, candidates can make the pay by credit/debit or Rupay card. The internet banking facility is also  for students. To make the payment offline, candidates need to download the e-challan, and then submit the fees in cash at the nearest branch of SBI on the very next day.

The fee for the general category is Rs.200/- while SCs/STs/Pwd category who wants to give the CGGE need not pay any fees. They only need to register for the exam. The fee for the OBCs is 200 rupees.

2. OBCs 100/-
3. SC/ST no Fees


Eligibility Criteria of UPSC Jobs

To appear for the CGGE exam, one had to pass the criteria set by the commission. There are some norms which are needed to be fulfilled. The candidate needs to have completed the graduation and also  attained the age of 21 years. The age limit  for the general is 32 years. However, there is age relief for candidates of SC/ST categories. The number of attempts is according to the age of the candidate.

Age Limit of UPSC Geo Scientist Recruitment 2021

SC/ST   32+5= 38 5 YEARS
OBC 32+3= 35 3 YEARS
Disable People 32+10=42 10 YEARS
Defense 32+ 5 = 38  5 YEARS
ECOS/SSCOs 32+ 5 = 38 5 YEARS
Candidates from J&K 32+5 = 38 5 YEARS



The applicant should be a citizen of India. The refugees from Nepal, Bhutan, or Tibet who came to India before January 1962 can also apply for the exam. People from Pakistan, Burma, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and East Africa who have Indian Origins can also appear for the test.


Educational Qualification of UPSC Geo Scientist Recruitment 2021

GEOLOGIST (Group A, geological survey of India) Masters in Mineral Exploration, geology, geological science and Geo- Exploration
CHEMIST( Group A, Geological Survey Of India) Masters from recognized UGC recognized university 

M. Sc in Applied Chemistry

M. Sc in Analytical Chemistry

M. Sc in Applied Chemistry 

Geo- Physicist  M. Sc from UGC recognized university in

M.Sc in geophysics

M. Sc in Applied Geophysics 

M. Sc in Physics

M. Sc (Technology)

M. Sc in Marine geophysics 

M. Sc. in exploration geophysics

Junior Hydrologists (Group B, central groundwater board) M. Sc. in geology

M. Sc. in Applied Geology

M. Sc. in Marine Geology


UPSC Recruitment 2021 Vacancy Details

The CGGE exam takes every year to fill the posts in good public offices of  the geology sector. In the year 2021, the exam took place for filling the 102 positions. The division is given below:- 


These posts also involves the positions for people with benchmark disabilities. It is crucial to note that these jobs are unsure. They can change as per the need. The government will tell about the changes with the official notice. The reservations for the various class, SCs, STs, OBCs, PwD will be as per the need fixed by the government.

Salary Details of UPSC Geo Scientist Jobs 2021

The pay after the CGGE exam is as per the the 7th pay commission. The system is called Pay Matrix. The yearly package of the geologist or the geoscientists starts from Rs.6,00,000 p.a. This salary involves extra benefits like health insurance, residential or rent allowance, paid leaves, pensions or retirement benefits, job security, etc.

The basic salary starts from Rs. 15,600 with added grade pay of INR 5,400. The salary in-Hand of the geoscientists is Rs. 50000.  It includes basic pay, grade pay, and other facilities. Also, this salary is after reducing provident fund. But these benefits are only available once the probation period is complete. The probation period is of 2 years. After finishing that, the full-time work contract is valid. 


Syllabus of CGGE Exam

The syllabus of the CGGE is related to general awareness. The paper -1 includes history, politics, geography, etc. With this, current affairs are also part of the UPSC exam. Paper-2 is related to specific option.


I General Studies 100 2hrs Indian Polity, History, geography, Indian Economy, science and technology, ecology and environment, International relations associated and the current affairs
II Geology/Hydrology



     300      2 Hrs Physical Geology- origin, the principle of uniformitarianism, atmosphere, earthquakes, and volcanoes, glaciers, waves, erosional and dispositional landforms, weather

Structural Geology- properties of rock, the study of folds and faults, Mohr circle, structural elements, criteria for failure of rocks, V-rule and outcrop patterns, planar and linear structure

Mineralogy, igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology, paleontology, economic geology, hydrology

solid earth geophysics, mathematics, electromagnetism, geophysical prospecting, thermodynamics, remote sensing, nuclear physics, and radiometry

periodicity, ionic bonding, ionic structure, acid and base, quantitative inorganic analysis, kinetic energy and gaseous state, electrochemistry, basic organic chemistry, stereochemistry, organic reaction types, molecular rearrangement


CGGE Mains Exam Syllabus


Paper-I-  Physical geology and remote sensing, structural geology, sedimentology, Paleontology, Stratigraphy 200
Paper-II  Mineralogy, isotope geology, and geochemistry, igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology, geodynamics 200
Paper-III   economic geology, mineral economic and Indian mineral deposits, mineral exploration, fule geology, energy geology, environmental geology, and natural hazards 200



Paper-I solid earth geophysics, earthquake seismology, mathematical methods in geophysics, geophysical inversion, mathematical methods of physics, electrodynamics, electromagnetic theory, space physics, and atmospheric physics  200
Paper-II  Potential field method, electrical and electromagnetic methods, seismic prospecting, Borehole Geophysics, classical mechanics, thermodynamics, statistical physics, atomic and molecular physics, nuclear and particle physics 200
Paper-III   radiometric and airborne geophysics, Marine geophysics, geophysical signal processing, remote sensing and geohydrology, basic electronics and solid-state physics, laser system, digital electronics, radar system, satellite communication, quantum mechanics 200



Paper-I inorganic solids, the chemistry of coordinate compounds, acid-base titrations, gravimetric analysis, redox titrations, complexometric titrations, organometallic compounds, nuclear chemistry, the chemistry of d and f block elements 200
Paper-II  kinetic energy, solids, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics and catalysis, electrochemistry, quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, Raman effect, photochemistry, rotational and vibrational spectroscopy of diatomic molecules. 200
Paper-III   analytical and organic chemistry 200


Jr. Hydrologist

Hydrology occurrence and distribution of groundwater, well hydraulics and movement of groundwater, water wells and groundwater, groundwater exploration, groundwater quality, and management 200


UPSC Exam Pattern

The CGGE takes place in 3 phases.


The Prelims. This paper is only a clearing exam for next stages of the exam.  The marks of the prelims do not add to the counting of the final rank of the students. Prelims has two papers, the general studies, and the specialization paper. Both the exams are for 2 hrs from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Paper one is of 100 marks, and paper two is of 400 marks.


The mains have three subjective exams. The highest marks for each paper are 300. The UPSC Geo Scientist exam paper is in the English language only. Students need to clear the prelims to sit in the mains exam. All three exams are vital. There are no optional papers that the student can choose.

The three qualifying exams are the


  1. paper-II
  2. paper-III


The interview stage. Once the candidate clears the mains exam, they called for the personality test. The interview is the final stage of the exam which candidates need to clear. The board for the interview is elect by the UPSC. The interview round is of 200 marks. Only the candidates who qualify mains exam with minimum marks appear in the interview of the CGGE.


UPSC Geo Scientist Admit Card

After enrolling for the CGGE exam, students can download the admit card after few days. There is no post facility available for the admit card. The news will be on the official website about cards. It is vital to sit in the exam. It has your details like name of the exam, date, name , roll no, father’s name, mother’s name, exam center, venue of the exam, timetable, and the general details for the candidate.

To download the admit card, suitors need to write their roll number on the page. If you cannot find your admit card online, then download the lists of the candidates whose forms got rejected due to fee issues.

How to Download UPSC Admit Card

Visit the official website of the UPSC and click on the admit card. Then click on the e-admit card.

  1. You will be on to the page where e-admit cards of exams are available.
  2. To download the prelims admit card, click on the combined geologist and geoscientists examination prelims exam. 
  3. Enter your registration number or roll number for the prelim admit card.

If you forgot your registration or the roll number, click on the Forgot ID button. Then fill in the questions. You will be on to a page where you can see your registration id. After that, follow the general process to access your admit card for the CGGB exam.



There are 18 places where exams take place. Suitors can choose the location of their choice. Try to pick the nearest place to save time and money. The centers for prelims and mains are different.For the exams in 2021, the places for prelims are: Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Lucknow, Patna, Mumbai, Prayagraj, Shillong, Shimla, Jaipur, Dispur, Hyderabad, Jammu, Kolkata, Delhi

For the mains exam,

Bhopal, Dispur, Hyderabad, Shimla, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai


UPSC CGGE Exam Result

The CGGE results publish by the UPSC website only. They are declared online. There is no means of the offline results. The result  for the CGGE prelims and the mains exams will be available on website. To see the result

  1. Visit the main website of the UPSC
  2. The decision of the written exams is mention at the end. Scroll down and click on “written results”
  3. Look for the result link.
  4. Mention the roll number on the portal and click on submit
  5. The declared result will be visible on the screen. To print out, click on the print option.

The result for the CGGE prelims and mains exam is not declared yet. The cut-off and the marks are available on the website after the results.


How to Apply for UPSC Jobs

To fill the exam form for the CGGE , candidates have to be very sure. A small mistake can cause rejection. Again, candidates can apply for the application form through the official website. There is one form for each suitor. Candidates already in the government services, offices, or in public work need to submit their application directly to the commission.

The application forms for the prelims, mains, and the interview are different. it is into two parts. 

  1. Visit the official website. 
  2. Click the exam news link. 
  3. Now click the apply ption.
  4. Now tap the draft part-I for registration. 
  5. Read the guidelines with focus  and then click on YES.
  6. The first part has details related to the name of the suitor, date of birth, category, gender, email ID, contact number, address, marital status, parents’ details, community, qualifications, etc.
  7.  Click on the continue option and check the details. 
  8. Click on the submit option. 
  9. Now the part ii of the registration portal will open.
  10. Now, pay the fees for the exam. The details of fees are available above. 
  11. Upload the scanned copy of your photo, signature, and ID card. These are to be filled as per the norms mentioned by the UPSC.
  12. Enter the details of the fees and the choice of center for the exam. However, the location can change as per the number of seats at the center.
  13. Read the declaration given and then click on the I agree. 
  14.  The form will get upload. The registration number will generate. Now note down the registration number and the printout of the page visible.

NOTE- choose the closer exam center to save time.


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1.Which authority conducts the exam and what is the link for the website?

The  authority of the combined geologists and geoscientists exam is the Union Public Service Commission. The details are on the official website of the UPSC. The official notification released by the UPSC is only on its official website.  

2.What is the age bar for the general category?

Hello Everyone!!! The age limit for the GC is a minimum of 21 years and the maximum of 32 years. However, there are some reliefs for the various reserved categories for this exam. There is no rebate for women. The details are given above for the same

3.How many attempts a candidate can give for the exam?

There are no specific numbers defined to appear for exam. One can appear how many times he wants to. But the age criteria put the restriction. For instance, a general category candidate only has 10-11 attempts between  21-32 years.

4.How many vacancies are there in 2021?

CGGB has not fixed the vacancies which need to fill every year. Every year vacancies open as per the need. This year 103 vacancies are for hiring. 

5.Is there any reservation in the vacancies also?

The exam for the geologists and geoscientists takes place every year for filling the post in the government geology department. For the CGGE, the reserved categories are Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Physically Disabled, Other Backward Class, Ex-servicemen, people of Jammu. They provide relief in fees and the age limit. There is no mention of reservation in the vacancies. The reservation is as per number of seats.

6.What is the selection process for the CGGE?

Hey Guys!!! The exam takes place in three phases. One is preliminary, the second is the mains, and the third is the interview. The candidates have to first appear for the prelims and need to ace it. After that, they appear for the mains exam, and only after clearing the descriptive exam, suitors get a call to come for an interview.

7.Is there any training period?

When candidates clear for the CGGE exam, they need to work pro term for some time. The first six months or one year is interim. Salaries are there during this time. They learn how to do the work in the office. They are told rules, regulations. Seniors also see the behavior of candidates towards work, colleagues, and the authorities. During the probation period, candidates need to keep good behavior. Any wrong act can cause expiry without any prior notice.

8.Is there a single exam for every post?

Yes, there is a single exam called CGGE for every post in the geological department. The division of positions is according to the marks of the aspirants.

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