UPSC Geologist Syllabus 2021- Check Subject-wise topics here

UPSC Geologist Syllabus 2021- UPSC releases the complete syllabus of Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2021 along with the official notification. UPSC Geologist 2021 syllabus includes the important chapters and topics that are mandatory to prepare to qualify the examination. UPSC Geologist 2021 is different for different posts including Geologist, Geophysicist, Chemist and Junior Hydrogeologists. Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam 2021 includes prelims, main and interview. In the preliminary exam, General Studies is the mandatory paper for all the candidates. Here is the UPSC geologist 2021 syllabus for the ease of candidates. Refer the official notification for in-depth syllabus topics.

UPSC Geologist Syllabus 2021 (Prelims)

Check the name of the major topics that students need to prepare for the examination-

Subjects Chapters
General Studies
  • Indian and World Geography
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • National and international Current events
  • Economic and Social Development
  • Indian Polity and Governance
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology
  • General Science
  1. Physical Geology
  2. Structural Geology
  3. Mineralogy
  4. Igneous Petrology
  5. Metamorphic Petrology
  6. Sedimentology
  7. Paleontology
  8. Stratigraphy
  9. Economic Geology
  10. Hydrogeology
  1. Solid Earth Geophysics
  2. Mathematical Methods in Geophysics
  3. Electromagnetism
  4. Geophysical Prospecting
  5. Remote Sensing and Thermodynamics
  6. Nuclear Physics and Radiometry
  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

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UPSC Geologist Syllabus 2021 (Main)

The main examination will be of descriptive type. Below are the topics of Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Syllabus 2021. To get the detailed UPSC Geologist syllabus 2021, candidates are advised to download the official notification-

Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Syllabus 2021 for Geology Paper-I (200 Marks)

  • Geomorphology and Remote Sensing
  • Structural Geology
  • Geodynamics
  • Stratigraphy
  • Palaeontology

Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Syllabus 2021 for Geology Paper-II (200 Marks)

  • Mineralogy and Geochemistry & Isotope Geology
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Metamorphic Petrology & Processes
  • Sedimentology
  • Environmental Geology and Natural Hazards

Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Syllabus 2021 for Geology Paper-III (200 Marks)

  • Economic geology
  • Indian mineral deposits and mineral economics
  • Ore genesis and Geophysics
  • Mineral exploration
  • Geology of fuels
  • Engineering Geology

Geophysics Paper I (200 Marks)

Part A (100 Marks) Part B (100 Marks)
Solid Earth Geophysics Mathematical Methods of Physics
Earthquake and Engineering Seismology Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
Mathematical methods in Geophysics Electrodynamics
Geophysical Inversion Introductory Atmospheric and Space Physics

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Geophysics Paper II (200 Marks)

Part A (100 Marks) Part B (100 Marks)
Geophysical Potential Fields (Gravity and Magnetic) Atomic and Molecular Physics and Properties and Characterization of materials
Electrical and Electromagnetic methods Nuclear and Particle Physics
Seismic Prospecting Electromagnetic Theory
Borehole Geophysics (Principles of Well logging) Classical Mechanics

Geophysics Paper III (200 Marks)

Part A (100 Marks) Part B (100 Marks)
Radiometric Exploration / Airborne Geophysical surveys for Geological Mapping Solid State Physics
Marine Geophysics Laser systems
Geophysical Signal Processing Laser cavity modes
Remote Sensing and GIS applications Electronics and devices
  Digital electronics, Radar systems, Satellite communications
  Quantum Mechanics

Chemistry Paper I (200 Marks)

Chemical periodicity s-Block Elements
Chemical Bonding and structure p-Block Elements
Chemistry of coordination compounds Chemistry of d- and f- block elements
Acid-Base reactions Organo metallic compounds
Precipitation and Redox Reactions Nuclear chemistry

Chemistry Paper II (200 Marks)

Kinetic theory and the gaseous state Application of Second law of thermodynamics
Collision of gas molecules, Real gases Thermodynamics and Equilibrium
Thermodynamics Acids-bases and solvents
Liquid State Solutions of non-electrolytes
Solids Chemical kinetics and catalysis
Adsorption and Surface Chemistry Electrochemistry
Photochemistry Quantum Chemistry
Basic principles and application of spectroscopy UV Spectra
PMR Spectra  
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Chemistry Paper III (200 Marks)

Part A- Analytical Chemistry (100 Marks) Part B- Organic Chemistry (100 Marks)
Theoretical basis of Quantitative inorganic analysis Basic organic chemistry
Gravimetric Analysis Organometallic compounds
Sampling and treatment of samples for chemical analysis Bonding and physical properties
Acid base titrations Aldol and related reactions
Redox Titrations Mechanism of some name reactions
Potentiometry Electrocyclic Reactions
Complexometric titrations Organic Reaction Mechanisms
Chromatographic methods of analysis Organic Spectroscopy
UV-Visible Spectroscopy  
Flame photometry and Atomic absorption spectrometry  
X-ray methods of Analysis  
Inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy  
Analysis of Minerals, Ores and Alloys  
Analysis of petroleum and petroleum products  
Analysis of coal and coke  

Hydrogeology- 200 Marks

  • Occurrence and distribution of groundwater
  • Groundwater movement and well hydraulics
  • Water wells and groundwater levels
  • Groundwater Exploration and Water Well Construction
  • Groundwater Quality
  • Groundwater Management

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