Procedure to become a Geologist in India


Candidates who have completed post graduation in Geology/ Applied Geology or Marine Geology are eligible for the position of Geologist in India. Apart from academic qualifications, candidates should have certain skills such as research skills, planning and organizational skills as well as communication skills. They are required to qualify competitive tests conducted by UPSC, Central Mine Planning and Design Institute, etc.

Step 1: Qualify the Geologist Exam

Union Public Service Commission conducts national level exam for the recruitment of Geologists in various Public sector organizations. The examination is normally conducted at various centers across the country.

Eligibility Criterion

  • Post Graduation in Geology
  • Post Graduation in Applied Geology
  • Post Graduation in Marine Geology
  • Diploma in Associateship in Applied Geology from Indian Schools of Mines, Dhanbad

Apart from this, candidates who have completed Master of Science or Master of Technology in Geology or Applied Geology from a recognized University can apply for the post of Geologists (Project Assistant) in Central Mine Planning and Design Institute. Recruitment is conducted on the basis of written test and interview.

Candidates who are in the age group of 21 and 32 years are only eligible. Those belonging to reserved categories can have relaxation in age as per the norms of Government of India. Only Indian nationals are eligible to apply for this test. Candidates are required to be physically fit as per the physical standards prescribed by UPSC.

The examination comprises of four papers. There will be one paper in English Language and three Papers in Geology. Time duration allotted for each paper is three hours. Maximum marks allotted for English is 100 and each of the remaining section carries 200 marks. Medium of instruction will be in English Language. All the section contains descriptive type questions.  Questions will be asked from the following topics.

  • Geomorphology and Remote Sensing
  • Structural Geology
  • Geotectonics
  • Stratigraphy
  • Paleontology
  • Mineralogy
  • Sedimentology
  • Environmental Geology
  • Indian mineral deposits and mineral economics
  • Geology of fuels
  • Engineering Geology

Step II: Qualify the interview

Those who have cleared the written test will be short listed for the personal interview conducted by the concerned commission. There will be questions to measure candidate’s communication skill and personality test in the interview. The maximum marks allotted for the interview is 200. Candidates should have a good idea about subjects to perform well in the personal interview. Final section will be based on the composite score obtained by the candidate in written test and interview.



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