Geology Optional -UPSC IFS Examination- Detailed booklist and References.

Geology optional – many fear to take this subject in hand solely because of lack of proper guidance and books. I too started like every aspirant with some fear in mind.But with time progress , I fell in love with geology . Those fossils ,rocks and hydrogeological structures amazed me. I enjoyed reading it. As a result I have scored All India 3rd highest score and became Tamil Nadu topper in Geology.(So,You can Trust me)

Since, there will be two months gap between Civils mains and IFS mains there will be a good bunch of people taking geology and forestry as optional.So it is necessary to read in detail to be in good ranks.

Keep in mind:

  • Sit and analyse the syllabus
  • See the trend
  • Look at frequently asked questions.

As per the inputs given by my seniors and by my own experience following can be recognised.
Easy units:

Paper 1

Sec A

  • General Geology
  • Geomorphology and Remote sensing

Sec B

  • Paleontology
  • Hydro geology and Engineering Geology

Paper 2:
Sec A

  • Sedimentary rocks

Sec B

  • Economic geology
  • Geochemistry and Environmental Geology
  • Mining geology

Relatively difficult units:

Paper 1

Sec A

  • Structural Geology

Sec B

  • Startigraphy and Geology of India

Paper 2:
Sec A

  • Mineralogy
  • Igneous and metamorphic Petrology

Sec B

  • All are easy

Till 2016 IFS mains was before Civils Mains.So, relatively the competition was less as many feared to take three optionals (two in IFS and one in Civils ) at same time.Now the time has changed.2017 there was one month gap, now there will be two month gap.So you dont have privilige of reading only easier part and leaving the rest to god. So be ready to prepare everything.

Book list:

Paper 1:

Sec A:

  1. General Geology – Savindra Singh Physical geography – Geomorphology lesson – Around 10 units. (Check syllabus – subtopics and do selective read) or KM Bhangar will be suffice (but too comprehensive)
  2. Geomorphology and Remote sensing – Savindra singh Physical geography -Geomorphology lesson – Around 10 units (anyways u caught here…. 🙂 )

Sub topics:

  • For remote sensing ,The Electromagnetic Spectrum , Applications of remote sensing in geology.The Geographic Information System and its applications. Global Positioning System. – Indian Forestry by Manikandan and Prabhu would be suffice – Chapter 1.
  • Orbiting satellites and sensor systems.Indian Remote Sensing Satellites – You have to prepare on your own by searching internet.

3. Structural Geology – Strutural geology by Marland p Billings.

Sub topics :

  • Superposed deformation – A textbook of geology Mahapatra
  • .Introduction to petrofabrics – Read in net

Sec B:

  1. Paleontology – KM Bhangar and Mahapatra

Sub topics:

  • Application of microfossils in correlation, petroleum exploration, paleo-climatic and pale oceanographic studies – Prepare from net
  • evolutionary trend – Not present in Bhangar and Mahapatra – search in net and take notes
  • Evolutionary trend in Hominidae, Equidae and Probo-scidae – Search in net
  • Siwalik fauna – Search in net.

2. Stratigraphy and Geology of India – KM Bangar
Sub topic:

  • Tectonic framework of India. Evolution of the Himalayas. – Savindra Sing Physical Geography

3.Hydogeology and Engineering Geology – KM Bhangar and There is a telegram group for geology books – search there by putting sub topics of this unit.

Sub topics:

  • Alkali-aggregate reaction – Search in net
  • Landslides causes, prevention and rehabilitation – Savindra singh Physical geography

Paper 2:

Sec A:

  1. Mineralogy – KM Bhangar

2. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology – KM Bhangar

Sub topics:

  • Crystallisation of albite-anorthite, diopside-anorthite and diopsidewollastonite- silica systems – internet
  • ACF and AKF diagrams – Internet

3. Sedimentology – KM Bhangar

  • Heavy minerals and their significance. Sedimentary basins of India – Internet

Sec B

1. Economic Geology – KM Bhangar

Sub topics:

  • . Conservation and utilization of mineral resources. Marine mineral resources and Law of Sea – Internet

2.Mining geology – Methods of prospecting – KM Bhangar – Biological and Chemical prospecting – Internet

Subtopics:

  • Estimation of reserves of ore, Methods of exploration and mining metalic ores, industrial minerals and marine mineral resources. Mineral beneficiation and ore dressing. – Internet

3.Geochemistry and Environmental Geology – Internet , 12th STD TamilNadu Chemistry book for crystals , Savindra singh physical geo for Volcanoes etc…

Some tips:

  • Yes you need to mug up a lot but most of the time static portion is asked as a result you can get good marks when you vomit there.
  • If you leave sub topics you cannot score – because UPSC started to ask some questions that are not in general books like KM Bhangar . Eg: Petrofabrics. So dont leave any word in syllabus.
  • By just knowing basics of each word in syllabus you can get good marks in Geology as they are asking “What is ….” kind of questions.
  • Before starting a unit – sit and read subtopics and collect material and then start reading.

PS: There is lot of internet reference I have put there. I have some materials but I cannot post it here as it may amount to copyright violation.

If you want it mail me : Vejayanantham.ifs2018@gmail.com Will share it via google drive. First search in my docs before searching on internet. Because you might find most in my docs itself. I don’t have time to edit all my docs – may be I have put some funny things to remember in the exam in my notes (leave it – we need some fun right ?).

“Humanity is giving hands to others and let them not to experience those suffering that you have faced”

All the best.

Comments
13 Responses to “Geology Optional -UPSC IFS Examination- Detailed booklist and References.”
  1. Sreedhar says:

    Thanks for the guidance brother.

  2. Kishorekumar B R says:

    Thanks bro

  3. Tamil says:

    Bro geology materials needed bro… mail. Id:tamilselvi.anbu@gmail.com

  4. DHILIPAN says:

    Thanks a lot brother…

  5. DHILIPAN says:

    Thanks a lot brother…

  6. Yasar Arafath A says:

    Bro kindly share those materials with me. My mail id is yasarsparky92@gmail.com

  7. aditya singh says:

    sir please mail me your geology notes

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