Syllabus: Joint Admission Test For
The Planet Earth: Origin of the Solar System and the Earth; Geosphere and the
composition of the Earth; Shape and size of the earth; Earth-moon system;
Formation of continents and oceans; Dating rocks and age of the Earth; Energy in
the earth system; Volcanism and volcanic landforms; Interior of earth;
Earthquakes; Earth’s magnetism and gravity, Isostasy; Elements of Plate
tectonics; Orogenic cycles.
Geomorphology: Weathering and erosion; Transportation and deposition due to
wind, ice, river, sea, and resulting landforms, Structurally controlled
Structural Geology: Concept of stratum; Contour; Outcrop patterns; Maps and
cross sections; Dip and strike; Classification and origin of folds, faults,
joints, foliation and lineation, unconformities; shear zones.
Palaeontology: Major steps in the evolution of life forms; Fossils; their mode
of preservation and utility; Morphological characters, major evolutionary trends
and ages of important groups of animals - Brachiopoda, Mollusca, Trilobita,
Graptolitoidea, Anthozoa, Echinodermata; Gondwana plant fossils; Elementary idea
of verterbrate fossils in India.
Stratigraphy: Principles of stratigraphy; Litho-, chrono- and biostratigraphic
classification; distribution and classification of the stratigraphic horizons of
India from Archaean to Recent.
Mineralogy: Symmetry and forms in common crystal classes; Physical properties of
minerals; Isomorphism and polymorphism, Classification of minerals; Structure of
silicates; Mineralogy of common rock-forming minerals; Mode of occurrence of
minerals in rocks. Transmitted polarised light microscopy and optical properties
of uniaxial and biaxial minerals.
Petrology: Definition and classification of rocks; Igneous rocks - forms of
igneous bodies; Crystallization from magma; classification, association and
genesis of igneous rocks; Sedimentary rocks - classification, texture and
structure; size and shape of sedimentary bodies. Metamorphic rocks -
classification, facies, texture and properties.
Economic Geology: Properties of common economic minerals; General processes of
formation of mineral deposits; Physical characters; Mode of occurrence and
distribution in India both of metallic and non-metallic mineral deposits; Coal
and petroleum occurrences in India.
Applied Geology: Ground Water; Mineral exploration, elements of Mining Geology
and Environmental Geology; Principles of Engineering Geology.