CGGE Exam

Combined Geo-Scientist Exam

What is CGGE Exam?

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts a Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination (CGGE) for recruitment and selection to the post of Geologist, Geophysicist and Chemist Group 'A' in GSI and Junior Hydro-geologist (Scientist 'B'), Group 'A' for Central Ground Water Board.

Every year, the Commission releases the Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination notification in September to shortlist the candidates for the posts. The selection will be based on a competitive examination. Their admission at all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

Candidates who want to apply online for this entrance exam will have to check all the required details available on our website and the notification released by the official website.

The examination shall be conducted according to the norms and conditions of the UPSC. Candidates competing for selection to the particular posts of Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination will be required to appear in all the subjects mentioned against the respective category.

Aspirants should note that UPSC has revised scheme, pattern and syllabus of the Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination from 2022, onwards. The CGGE examination will be held in three stages - Preliminary, Main and Personality Test. To know more take a look at the exam pattern on our website.

Combined Geo-Scientist And Geologist Exam Highlights 

Exam name  Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination
Conducted by  Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Frequency Once a year
Application mode  Online 
Exam mode  Offline
Preliminary  Objective-type
Main exam  Descriptive-type
Number of vacancies  102
No of test centres  19
Expected registrations  Approximately 2 lakh 
Duration of the examination  3 days 
Official website  www.upsc.gov.in 

UPSC CGGE 2022

The UPSC has released the dates of CGGE 2022. According to the UPSC calendar 2022, the CGGE Stage-I will take place on February 20, 2022. The Stage-II will be held from June 25th & 26th, 2022. 

CGGE 2022 (Preliminary Exam) Dates

Sl.No Name of Examination Date of Notification Last Date For Receipt Of Applications Date of Exam Duration
1 CGGE 2022 September 22, 2021 October 12, 2021 February 20, 2022 1 Day

Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Exam 2022 Time Table 

Date Time Paper Subject
February 20, 2022

9.30 AM to 11.30 AM Paper-1 General Studies (Common for all)
2 PM to 4 PM Paper2 Stream specific subject paper

Subject: 

1. Chemistry

2. Hydrogeology 

3. Chemical 

4. Geophysics 

Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Exam Time-table 2022

Date Time Subject Code
June 25th, 2022 (Saturday)




9 am to 12 noon Geology Paper-I 12
9 am to 12 noon Geophysics Paper-I 32
9 am to 12 noon Chemistry/ Chemical Paper-I 42
2 pm to 5 pm Geology Paper-II 13
2 pm to 5 pm Geophysics Paper-II 33
2 pm to 5 pm Chemistry/ Chemical Paper-II 43
June 26th, 2022 (Sunday)

9 am to 12 noon Geophysics Paper-III  
34
9 am to 12 noon Chemistry/ Chemical Paper-III 44
2 pm to 5 pm Hydrogeology  15

Note I: Candidates competing for selection to the posts of Chemist/Chemical, Geophysicist and will be required to appear in the paper on 25th & 26th June, 2022.

Note II: Candidates competing for selection for the post of Jr. Hydrologists only will be required to appear in the examination on 25th and 26th June, 2022 (For Paper I & II Of Geologist and Paper 4 of Hydrogeology Only). 

Note III: If any candidate fails to appear in any one or more of above papers, meant for written examination for selection to the post of Geophysicist, Chemist, Chemical and Jr. Hydrogeologist, his/her candidature shall stand rejected and part of written examination appeared by him/her shall not be evaluated and counted for any purpose. 

Combined Geo-Scientist And Geologist Notification 2022

The UPSC has released the Combined Geo-Scientist And Geologist Exam (CGGE) notification on September 22, 2021. Candidates who are aiming for the CGGE can register online until October 12, 2021. Aspirants should explore the official notification to check the total number of vacancies.

Combined Geo-Scientist And Geologist Number Of Vacancies 2022

Annually, the UPSC releases the CGGE notification for shortlisting the candidates to the posts in the Geological Survey of India under the Ministry of Mines and the Central Ground Water Board under the Ministry of Water Resources. The total number of vacancies released for CGGE 2022 are given below. 

Posts Vacancies
Category I: (Posts in the Geological Survey of India, Ministry of Mines)
Geologist, Group A 100
Geophysicist, Group A 50
Chemist, Group A 20
Category II: (Posts in the Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources)
Junior Hydrogeologists (Scientist B) 20
Junior Chemical (Scientist B) 01
Junior Geophysics (Scientitst B) 01
Total 192

Candidates have to note that the above vacancies also include the reservation for Persons with Benchmark Disability. The above numbers of vacancies are liable to alteration. Reservation will be provided to candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC, EBC and PWD based on the vacancies as may be fixed by the Government. 

Combined Geo-Scientist And Geologist Examination Application Form 2022

Interested candidates can register online for the UPSC CGGE exam through the official website. The online application window will be activated from September 22 to October 12, 2021. Candidates are advised to refer the CGGE application form page for complete information. 

  • Visit the UPSC's website – www.upsc.gov.in 
  • Go to online applications for various examinations of UPSC
  • Find the CGGE application link
  • Start filling-up all the application details
  • Upload the scanned photograph and signature
  • Pay the application fee 
  • Submit the application details 
  • Download the CGGE application form and take a printout of the same for future reference. 

Combined Geo-Scientist Application Fee 

Candidates should pay the prescribed application fee to complete the application process. The application form is not successful without payment. However, the fee is relaxed for certain categories. 

  • No application fee for Female/SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability candidates 
  • Rs 200 for all others

Combined Geo-Scientist And Geologist Exam Pattern 

The CGGE exam pattern along with syllabus got changed for the examination from this year. The selection of the candidates will be based on three stages. We have described the detailed CGGE exam pattern for Preliminary and Main in this page. 

Combined Geo-Scientist Examination will be conducted in three stages as follows:

1. Stage I: Preliminary Examination
2. Stage II: Main Examination
3. Stage III: Personality Test

The Preliminary examination will screen the aspirants for taking the Main examination. It will be a Computer Based Examination and consists of objective type questions having two papers. Marks secured in this examination will be counted for deciding the final merit. General English Paper will be discontinued. Candidates can know more about the Combined Geo-Scientist exam pattern and revised scheme here. 


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nationality:

    A candidate must be either:

    (a) a Citizen of India, or
    (b) a subject of Nepal, or
    (c) a subject of Bhutan, or
    (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

    Note:

    • Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India
    • A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India
  2. Educational Qualification:

    1. For Geologists Gr 'A' in Geological Survey of India: Candidates should have obtained Master’s degree in Geological Science or Geology or Applied Geology or Geo-Exploration or Mineral Exploration or Engineering Geology or Earth Science and Resource Management or Marine Geology or Oceanography and Geochemistry or Geological Technology or Coastal Area Studies or Petroleum Geosciences or Petroleum Exploration or Geophysical Technology from a recognized university.

    2. For Geophysicists Gr 'A' in Geological Survey of India: Candidates should have obtained M.Sc. in Physics or Applied Physics or M.Sc. (Geophysics) or Integrated M.Sc. (Exploration Geophysics) or M.Sc (Applied Geophysics) or M.Sc. (Marine Geophysics) Or M.Sc. (Tech.) (Applied Geophysics) from a recognized university.

    3. For Chemists Group ‘A‘: in Geological Survey of India: Candidates should hold M.Sc. in Chemistry or Applied Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry from a recognized university.

    4. For Junior Hydrogeologists (Scientist B), Group 'A' in Central Ground Water Board: Master’s degree in Geology or Applied Geology or Marine Geology from a recognized university.

    Note:

    • The candidates possessing common qualifications in (i) (a) & (ii) (a) can apply for both the categories
    • The candidates who will be eligible but who has taken a degree from a foreign university recognized by the government may also apply to the Commission and may be admitted to the examination
  3. Age Limit :

    The candidates for this examination must have attained the age criteria as prescribed below:

    (a) For Geologist and Geophysicist and Chemist (Group 'A') in the Geological Survey of India, an attached office of Ministry of Mines, Government of India: The candidates must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years as on January 1, 2022, i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than January 2, 1990, and not later than January 1, 2001.

    (b) For Scientist 'B' Hydrogeologist (Group A), Scientist 'B' Chemical (Group A) and Scientist 'B' Geophysics (Group A) in Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources: The candidates must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained at the age of 32 years as on January 1, 2022, i.e. he/she must have been born not later than January 2, 1990, and not later than January 1, 2001.

    Note:

    There is age relaxation of five years for ex-servicemen category candidates and Scheduled Caste/Scheduled tribal. For OBC category, it is three years while for deaf-mute, blind and orthopedically disabled category applicants, it is 10 years.

Roles and Responsibilities

Geo-Scientists and Geologists typically do the following:

  • Geoscientists often supervise the work of technicians and coordinate work with other scientists, both in the field and in the lab
  • Their main aims are to plan and conduct the field studies, in which they visit locations to collect samples and conduct surveys
  • Analyze aerial photographs, detailed records of geologic formations found during drilling, rock samples, and other data sources to locate natural resource deposits and estimate their size
  • Make geologic maps and charts
  • Prepare written scientific reports
  • Present their findings to clients, colleagues, and other interested parties
  • Review reports and research are done by other scientists
  • Geologists study the materials, processes, and history of the Earth. They investigate how rocks were formed and what has happened to them since their formation. There are sub-groups of geologists as well, such as stratigraphers, who study stratified rock, and mineralogists, who study the structure and composition of minerals
UPSC Releases Geo-Scientist (Main) Exam 2021 Result

The UPSC has released the Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination 2021 result. Candidates who have appeared for the Main exam can check their result on the official portal with their roll numbers. 

Earlier, the Commission has conducted the written exam on July 17 and 18. Candidates who have qualified in the written exam will be eligible for the personality test.  

16 August 2021
UPSC Geo-Scientist Main 2021 Admit Card Released

The UPSC has released the Geo-Scientist Mains exam admit card 2021 in online mode. Candidates can download CGGE Mains admit card on the official website at upsconline.nic.in.

The Commission will be conducting the Geo-Scientist Mains Exam on July 17 and 18, 2021. It is advised to use the latest version of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers to download the admit card.

26 June 2021
UPSC Releases Combined Geo-Scientist Main Exam Schedule

The UPSC has released the Combined Geo-Scientist 2021 Main exam schedule. The Commission will conduct the exams on July 17 and 18, 2021. Candidates who have qualified in the Prelims exam can check the schedule on the official portal. 

The notice reads, "Candidates competing for selection for the post of Jr. Hydrologists only will be required to appear in the examination on 17th and 18th July, 2021."

22 June 2021
UPSC Geo Scientist Prelims Result 2021 Declared

The UPSC has released the Geo Scientist Prelims result 2021 on March 25. Candidates who have appeared for the UPSC Geo Scientist Prelims held on February 21 can visit the official website to check the results - upsc.gov.in.

The shortlisted candidates are required to appear at the Combined Geo-Scientist Mains exam scheduled between July 17 and 18, 2021. The admit card will be available at least three weeks before the exam date. 

25 March 2021
UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Interview Schedule Released

The UPSC has released the interview schedule of the Combined Geo-Scientist exam. The personality test or interview process will begin on April 5 and conclude on April 15 

The official sources suggest that a total of 214 candidates will appear for the interview for the post of Geology and Hydrology. The Chemist interview will be held for 39 candidates. The UPSC will release the final result in May. 

26 February 2021
UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist Prelims 2021 Admit Card Released
Combined Geo-Scientist 2021: UPSC Releases Time Table And Time Line Activity
UPSC Geo-Scientist Mains Result 2020 Declared
UPSC Removes Geologist And Geophysicist Posts In CGGE Exam
Combined Geo-Scientist Exam 2021 Notification Released
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