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UPSC Geology Syllabus 2024 for IAS Paper 1 & 2 Exam

UPSC Geology Syllabus 2024 for IAS Paper 1 & 2 Exam

Edited By Soujanya K | Updated on Feb 14, 2024 05:55 PM IST | #UPSC CSE

Union Public Service Commission released the official syllabus for the IAS exams on the official UPSC website. The UPSC Geology syllabus is released online in the IAS notification. The UPSC IAS syllabus PDF can be downloaded at UPSC.gov.in. Candidates can find important details related to the IAS Exam 2024, such as the UPSC IAS syllabus and the Exam Pattern in the official notification.

Candidates are encouraged to go through the Geology optional syllabus to gain a better understanding of the kinds of topics covered by the IAS Geology Optional Exam 2024. Going through the geochemist UPSC syllabus, along with going through the exam pattern can help candidates draft an effective study plan. For more details pertaining to the UPSC Geology optional syllabus, candidates can consult the material below.

UPSC Geology Syllabus 2024 - For Paper 1 Mains Exam

The UPSC IAS 2024 Mains exam consists of nine papers, two of which are optional subjects. For candidates who have opted for Geology as an IAS optional subject, the syllabus for the UPSC Geology Paper 1 covers topics such as general geology, structural geology, remote sensing, palaeontology, geomorphology and more, covering a wide range of topics. To know more about the UPSC Geology syllabus for Paper 1 refer to the table below.

UPSC Geology syllabus for Paper 1

Chapters

Topics

General Geology

Island arcs, Volcanoes, Solar System, Volcanic belts, Meteorites, Seafloor spreading, Continental drift; Isostasy, origin and interior of the earth, Earthquakes, Seismic zone of India; trenches & mid-ocean ridges; plate tectonics

Geomorphology & Remote Sensing

Geomorphology of the Indian subcontinent, The Electromagnetic spectrum, Geomorphic cycles, Orbiting Satellites, Landforms, slopes & drainage, Lithology; Geomorphology, Weathering, Soil formations; Morphology, Coastal geomorphology; Applications of geomorphology, Indian Remote Sensing Satellites, Sensor Systems, Applications of remote sensing in Geology

Structural Geology

Stress and strain, Folds & faults, Behaviour of minerals and rocks under deformation conditions, Time relationship between crystallization & deformation, Structural analysis of folds, Principles of geologic mapping & reading, projection diagrams,

Paleontology

Gondwana flora & fauna, Siwalik fauna, Different kinds of microfossils; Evolutionary trend in Hominidae, Index fossils & significance, Megafossils & Microfossils, Species definition & nomenclature; Equidae & Proboscidae

Indian Stratigraphy

Evolution of the Himalayas, Study of climatic conditions, Classification of stratigraphic sequences, Major boundary problems Cambrian/ Precambrian, Permian/TrIAS sic, Cretaceous/Tertiary and Pliocene/Pleistocene; Distribution & classification of Precambrian rocks of India; Tectonic framework of India

Hydrogeology & Engineering Geology

Classification of aquifers; Drainage basin morphometry; Rainwater harvesting; Water bearing characteristics of rocks; Springs; Movement of subsurface water; Saltwater intrusion, Hydrologic cycle & genetic classification of water; Groundwater chemistry, Types of wells, Groundwater recharge; Exploration for groundwater; Engineering properties of rocks and more

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UPSC Geology Syllabus 2024 - For Paper 2 Mains

The IAS Geology Mains Paper 2 exam has chapters like mineralogy, economic geology, sedimentary petrology, igneous & metamorphic petrology and more. To know more about the syllabus of UPSC Geology Paper 2 Mains exam consult the table below.

UPSC Geology syllabus for Paper 2

Chapters

Topics

Mineralogy

Physical & chemical characters of rock forming, Optical properties of common rock forming minerals; Minerals of the carbonate, phosphate, International system of crystallographic notation; Classification of crystals into systems & symmetry; Elements of X-ray crystallography, Clay minerals

Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology

Crystallisation, Generation & crystallisation of magmas, Bowen's Reaction Principle; Petrogenetic significance of the textures, Petrography & petrogenesis, Deccan volcanic province, Types & agents of metamorphism, Metamorphic grades & zones; ACF & AKF diagrams; Granulite terrains of India.

Sedimentary Petrology

Sedimentary basins of India, Heavy minerals, Clastic and non clastic rocks, petrography and depositional environment, Sedimentary structures, Sediments & Sedimentary rocks: Processes of formation; diagenesis and lithification, Sedimentary facies and provenance

Economic Geology

Geology of the important Indian deposits of minerals, National Mineral Policy, Processes of formation of mineral deposits; Metallogenic epochs & provinces, Conservation and utilization of mineral resources, Marine mineral resources & Law of Sea, tenor of ore, Classification of ore deposits; Controls of ore localisation; Ore textures & structures; Deposits of coal & petroleum in India

Mining Geology

Mineral beneficiation and ore dressing, Estimation of reserves of ore; Techniques of sampling, Methods of prospecting - geological, geophysical, geochemical and geobotanical; Methods of exploration and mining - metallic ores, industrial minerals, marine mineral resources and building stones.

Geochemistry and Environmental Geology

Environment protection, Trace elements, Composition of the planets and meteorites, Elementary thermodynamics, Natural hazards, Cosmic abundance of elements, distribution of elements, Sea level changes, Elements of crystal chemistry, Isomorphism and polymorphism, environmental impact of urbanization

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UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2024 - For Prelims & Mains Exam

The Union Public Service Commission will also release the UPSC IAS exam pattern 2024. As per the official UPSC IAS notification, the UPSC CSE prelims exam is objective type in nature whereas the UPSC IAS Mains exam is descriptive in nature. The IAS prelims exam is of 400 marks in total whereas Mains is of 2350 marks. Candidates are encouraged to refer to the exam pattern along with the geochemist UPSC syllabus before preparation. For more details on the prelims and Mains IAS exam pattern 2024 check the tables below.

IAS prelims exam pattern

Papers

Subjects

Marks

Duration

Paper 1

General Studies 1

200

2 hrs

Paper 2

General Studies 2

200

2 hrs

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UPSC IAS Mains exam pattern

Papers

Subjects

Marks

Duration

Paper 1

General English

300

3 hrs

Paper 2

Language (regional language)

300

3 hrs

Paper 3

Essay

250

3 hrs

Paper 4

General Studies 1

250

3 hrs

Paper 5

General Studies 2

250

3 hrs

Paper 6

Optional subject 1

250

3 hrs

Paper 7

Optional subject 1

250

3 hrs

Paper 8

Optional subject 2

250

3 hrs

Paper 9

Optional subject 2

250

3 hrs

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. How many optional subjects are there in the UPSC IAS examination?

The IAS exam has 26 optional subjects.

2. When will the UPSC IAS 2024 application form be released?

IAS application form 2024 has been released on February 14, 2024.

3. How many times in a year is the IAS exam conducted?

The IAS exam is conducted once every year.

4. What is the minimum age required to appear for the UPSC IAS exam?

The minimum age required to be eligible for the IAS exam is 21 years.

5. How many optional subjects are there in the UPSC IAS 2024 exam?

The IAS 2024 exam has 26 optional subjects from which the candidates have to choose one.

6. What is the IAS 2024 selection process?

UPSC IAS 2024 selection process consists of three stages - prelims, Mains and interview.

7. When will the admit card for the IAS 2024 prelims exam be issued?

The prelims IAS 2024 admit card will be released online on the official website tentatively in May 2024.

8. Is it required to prepare using IAS 2024 mock tests?

Yes, the UPSC IAS 2024 mock test series will help the candidates prepare for a better exam.

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