The UPSC optional subjects list consists of 48 subjects including Geology. The Geology syllabus for UPSC focuses on the candidates’ understanding of the basic concepts and application of knowledge to problems of sustainable development and disaster management. The topics included in this subject are related to general geology, remote sensing, India’s geomorphology and stratigraphy, mining, economic geology and their application to sustainable development and disaster management.
Candidates should choose Geology as an optional subject in UPSC when they have reasonable competence and a strong interest in the subject so that they can easily prepare for the exam. Candidates’ who have studied geology in their undergraduate degree or who work as civil engineers, geographers or geologists can take up this optional. In this article, we provide you the detailed UPSC syllabus for Geology optional and also the UPSC Geology Syllabus PDF.
Geology syllabus for UPSC
Geology Optional Subject has 2 papers (paper I and paper II) in UPSC Mains. Each paper is of 250 marks with a total of 500 marks. Find below the IAS Geology syllabus:
Geology Optional Paper I syllabus:
Geology Optional Paper II syllabus:
Geology optional is one of the few papers in UPSC Mains which is heavily related to developmental challenges faced by India. Preparation can be done by studying the previous years’ papers and also going through relevant books on Geology for UPSC. IAS aspirants should develop knowledge on every area of the Geology syllabus to ensure success.
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