Overview of the Geologist Examination
The Geologist Examination is just another examination, which is being conducted by the UPSC. The Examination is conducted in the month of the November each year and aims to recruit Geologists in the Central Government organization. This Examination is conducted in accordance with the Rules as published by the Ministry of Mines in the Gazette of India.
Dates of the Geologist Examination
The Geologist Examination is being held by the UPSC each year in the month of the November. The notification of the examination usually comes in the month of June.
Posts of the Geologist Exam in 2014
In the recent Examination, the following Posts trends were being seen.
Category 1, which belongs to the Posts in the Geological Survey of India, Ministry of Mines, had the following number of Posts
(i) Geologist, Group A: 100 Posts
(ii) Geophysicist, Group A: 80 Posts
(iii) Chemist, Group A: 80 Posts
While the Category 2, featuring the Posts in the Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources had the following number of Vacancies
(i) Junior Hydro geologists (Scientist B), Group A : 05 Posts
Eligibility of the Candidates for Geologist Examination
To be eligible to appear in the Geologist Examination, the candidates should have either Master’s degree in Geology or Applied Geology or Marine Geology or Mineral Exploration. The candidates must be holding the degree should be from a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational Institutes established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as Universities under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. The candidates to be eligible for the Geologist Examination, they should have Diploma of Associate ship in Applied Geology of the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.
When, we talk about the age limit of the candidates, they must have attained the age of 21 years and should be below the age of 32 years. Even, there are some relaxations in age in connection to the some special cases. For Example, the Government servants employed in the Geological Survey of India and applying for the Junior Geologist position can enjoy the age relaxation up to a maximum of 7 years. The Candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe enjoys the maximum of 5 years of relaxation in age limit. The candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes avail up to a maximum of 3 years. There are several more relaxations in age related to some classes, which can be gone through much deeply during the notifications.
Pattern of the Geologist Examination
The Geologist Exam comprises of a Written Exam and Intelligence and Personality Test (which is only for the successful candidates in the Written Exam). The Written Exam consists of the subjects General English, Geology 1, Geology 2 and Geology 3. The written Exam carries the maximum marks of 700. The Successful candidates are required to appear in the Intelligence and Personality Test, which carries the maximum of 200 marks.
Syllabus of the Geologist Examination
The written Examination consists of the questions from the General English, Geology 1, Geology 2 and Geology 3. The Subject General English carries the maximum marks of 100, while the Subjects Geology 1, Geology 2 and Geology 3 all carries the maximum of 200 marks each. The duration for the General English is of 2 hours, while the rest carries the time of 3 hours each. One more paper related to the Hydrogeology is being included for the candidates who are appearing Posts in Central Ground Water Board. Such candidates are excluded to appear for the Geology Paper 3. While the candidates appearing for the Posts in Geological Survey of India are required to have all the rest papers exempting Hydrogeology.
The General English consists of the questions to write a short Essay in English. Other questions will be designed to test their under-standing of English and workmanlike use of words. Some of the other important points in connection to the exams is that the papers in all the subjects will be of Conventional (essay) type questions only. Even, all question papers must be answered in English. The questions paper is also set in English only. The Commission has the sole discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the Geologist Exam.
In a conclusion, the Candidates must always be ready to appear in the Examination and should be highly focus and should be go according to the Prescribed syllabus of the examination.