Exam Pattern and Syllabus for Management Trainee Exam (Geology) in CIL


Coal India Limited conducts Entrance Exam for the selection of eligible candidates to Management Trainee position. The syllabus of the exam mainly includes topics on General Awareness, General Aptitude, and Technical Knowledge.

Exam Pattern of Management Trainee Entrance Exam (Geology) in CIL

There will be two papers in Management Trainee Exam held by CIL. Each paper comprises of 100 questions. Paper-I covers questions on General Awareness and Aptitude and Paper-II covers questions on Technical knowledge. One has to complete the test with in the fixed time of 3 hours. Questions asked in this exam will be multiple choice questions and will be bilingual (in English and Hindi).

Syllabus for Management Trainee Entrance Exam (Geology) in CIL


General Awareness

  • Awards
  • Books and Authors
  • Budget
  • Business
  • Current events
  • Five Years Plan
  • National and International affairs
  • Persons in News
  • Science and Technology
  • Sports

General Aptitude

  • Arithmetic Aptitude
  • Data Interpretation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning


Technical Knowledge (Geology)


  • Concept of unit cell
  • Concept of Point Group
  • Concept of Space lattice
  • Concept of Space Group
  • X-ray diffraction methods
  • Twinning in crystals
  • Mineral Chemistry

Mineral Optics

  • Plane polarized and cross-polarized light
  • Birefringence
  • Interference of light waves
  • Convergent polarized light
  • Dispersion of light
  • Absorption of light by minerals

Principles of Stratigraphy

  • Stratigraphic procedures (Surface and Subsurface)
  • Lithofacies and Biofacies
  • Stratigraphic Correlation
  • Standard stratigraphic code
  • Lithostratigraphic
  • Biostratigraphic
  • Chronostratigraphic
  • Magnetostratigraphy
  • Chemostratigraphy
  • Event Stratigraphy
  • Sequence Stratigraphy


  • Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Introduction to Micropaleontology
  • Types of Microfossils
  • Paleopalynology
  • Foraminifera & Ostracods

Gravity, Interior and Figure of the Earth

  • The Earth’s figure and Gravity
  • Application of Global Positioning System
  • Seismology
  • Elastic Rebound Theory
  • Seismic waves and their propagation
  • Seismic waves and Internal Structure of the Earth
  • Travel-time Tables and Velocity-depth Curves
  • Introduction to Geodesy, Geodetic Datum and Co-ordinate Systems
  • Seismic Tomography
  • Seismograms

Thermal, electrical, mechanical properties of the Earth, and Geomagnetism

  • Heat-flow measurements
  • Heat-flow and Radioactivity
  • Introduction to Rock Mechanics
  • Geomagnetism
  • Geomagnetism and Magnetic Field of the Earth
  • Physics of Magnetism and Rock Magnetism
  • Palaeomagnetism
  • Rock Magnetic Applications in Geosciences
  • Magnetic Survey


  • Sedimentary Petrology
  • Geologic cycle
  • Sedimentary textures - Surface textures, Granulometric analysis, Shape and roundness, studies


  • Petrography of rocks
  • Volcanogenic sedimentary rocks

Magma in Geological processes

  • Geochemical and geophysical jargon
  • Magmatism and Plate tectonics
  • Physical properties of magma
  • Source Anatomy of the earth
  • Igneous rocks

Other Topics

  • Hydraulic and Structure
  • Environment and Facies
  • Geochemical tracers of mantle processes
  • Magma Crystallisation and Evolution
  • Petrogenetic Provinces
  • Metamorphic Petrology
  • Concepts and Theory
  • Metramorphism types
  • Structural Geology
  • Tectonics
  • Geomorphology
  • Remote Sensing

Syllabus for Management Trainee Exam in Geology (Technical Knowledge) includes mainly topics covered in PG level Geology/Geography course. One can refer prescribed books, education portals, etc as part of exam preparation.



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