UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist & Geologist Prelims Exam goes Online from 2020

The Union Public Service Commission in consultation with the Government (Ministry of Mines, the Nodal Ministry) has decided to revise the Scheme, Pattern and Syllabi of the Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination. The Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination is now renamed as Combined Geo-Scientist exam. The Prelims Exam for these posts will be online from 2020.

The main features of this exam are as follows:

(i) The name of this exam has been changed to “Combined Geo-Scientist Examination” in place of “Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination”.

(ii) There will a three tier exam which consists of (i) Stage-I: Preliminary Exam, (ii) Stage-II: Mains Exam and (iii) Stage-III: Personality Test cum Interview.

(iii) Prelims Exam will shortlist the candidates for the Mains Exam.

(iv) The Prelims Exam will be of objective type having two Papers

Paper-I : General Studies for 100 Marks

Paper-II : Geology/Hydrogeology for 300 Marks

Note: Marks secured in this Exam will be counted for deciding the final merit i.e. the Paper is not just qualifying.

(v) The Prelims Exam will be a Computer Based Exam i.e. in online mode.

(vi) The Mains Exam will have three Papers and all Papers will be of descriptive type. These are:

Paper-I : Geology for 200 Marks

Paper-II : Geology for 200 Marks

Paper-III : Geology for 200 Marks

Note: Marks secured in this Exam will be counted for deciding the final merit.

(vii) Existing General English Paper has been discontinued. This Paper will not be there in the exam.

(viii) The Revised Scheme, Pattern and Syllabus of the exam will be effective from the 2020 Exam.

As per a report, the chairman of the UPSC said that the main thing behind making the exam online is to reduce the stress among students and the whole process of the exam candidate friendly. The number of candidates appearing in the competitive exams is increasing so there are some challenges in evaluation and value addition in the paper-based exams.

The candidates should be ready for these changes and welcome them as good. The online exam will make the declaration of the result faster and will be a boost to the overall time consumed in the exam process.

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