IAS Exam Preparation: Geology Optional Booklist

UPSC Mains Exam: Booklist for Geology Optional

Book List for Geology Optional Subject

  1. Trends in objective geology by Aussif Sayeed
  2. Text Book of Geology – P.K. Mukherjee
  3. Concise geology by P.K Mukherjee
  4. Geology: An Introduction – Kronaris and Krambine
  5. Text Book of Physical Geology – Mahapatra
  6. Geomorphology – Woolridge or Tharnbury
  7. Principles of Petrology – G.W. Turrel
  8. Petrography – Williams
  9. Mineral and Crystal Science – V.C. Jesh
  10. Sedimentary Rocks – Petti John
  11. Underground Hydrology – David Keith Toad
  12. Igneous Rocks and Metromorphic Petrology – Turner
  13. Ocean – Squaredrop, Johnson and Bliming
  14. General and engineering geology by Parbin singh
  15. Simple Geological Structure – Plate and Charlincr
  16. Soil Minerology – I. E. Grim
  17. A Dictionary of Geology – Morrison
  18. Geology and evolution of Indian plate
  19. Geology and Evolution of the Indian Plate (From Hadean to Holocene – 4Ga to 4 Ka) / Naqvi, S.M.
  20. Concise Glossary of Geology / Mathur, S.M.
  21. Dimensions of Himalayan Geology / Biyani, A.K.
  22. Marine Geology : A Scenario Around Indian Coasts / T.K. Mallik
  23. Hydrocarbon Potential and Exploration Strategy of Cauvery Basin, India / J.N. Sahu
  24. Current affairs by Arihant publishers
  25. Currents affairs by Pearson publishers

Below-given are the major topics in Geology Optional Subject of UPSC Mains Exam as mentioned in the UPSC Mains Syllabus.

PAPER – I


  1. General Geology
  2. Geomorphology and Remote Sensing
  3. Structural Geology
  4. Paleontology
  5. Indian Stratigraphy
  6. Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology 

PAPER – II


  1. Mineralogy
  2. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  3. Sedimentary Petrology
  4. Economic Geology
  5. Mining Geology
  6. Geochemistry and Environmental Geology

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