GATE Geology and Geophysics

Career Avenues GATE Courses for Geology and Geophysics (GG branch).
Study Material, VDO Lectures and India's Best Test Series

CLASS ROOM PROGRAM

Career Avenues conducts a Comprehensive Classroom Program for Geology only at Delhi. Please contact the Delhi office for fees and batch details. Ph: 9560252666

Career Avenues conducts Classroom Program for General Aptitude portion only at all our offices. Please contact the office closest to you for fees and batch details.

Career Avenues Classes are designed to ensure an optimum mix of theoretical learning and problem solving. We aim to overall spend atleast 50% of the class time in question solving, and cover atleast 5 years of past GATE questions in class.

Our faculties are all from IIT or IISc with a top GATE score.

All India Telephone Number (Call/SMS/Whatsapp): 0-99304 06349

POSTAL COURSE

The postal course comprises theory booklets in the areas of general aptitude and all GG technical areas as per GATE syllabus + Past GATE questions+ Free Online Test Series (75 section tests and 5 Mock GATE tests).

Comprises excellent theory and practice question in Geomorphology, Ore Geology, Paleontology, Crystallography, Petrology, Statisgraphy, Structural Geology, Coal and Petroleum, Continental Drift, Engineering Geology, Hydrogeology, Gravity, etc.

Upgrade anytime to Combo course or Classroom course by paying difference in fees

Study material made by IITians and GATE toppers. Revised this year as per latest GATE pattern.

Course Fee:
a) Printed Books : Rs. 10,000
b) Books (Soft copy on Pen Drive): Rs. 6000
c) Books (Soft copy online) : Rs. 5000

See sample material below.

Also see details of our most popular course : Postal course + VDO lecture combo course

COURSE FEES

Postal Course (with Test Series):

a) Printed Format: Rs. 10000             
b) Pen Drive (Soft copy): Rs. 6000            
c) Online (Soft copy): Rs. 5000

VDO Lectures (without Test Series):

d) GATE Drive (No internet required): Rs. 7500

e) Online (Requires internet): Rs. 6000

Combo (Postal + VDO with Test Series): Most Popular

a+d: Rs. 14000          a+e: Rs. 12500           

b+d: Rs. 11000            c+e: Rs. 9000 

Online Standard Test Series: Rs. 3000

Online Special Test Series: Rs. 1000


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VDO Lecture Course (GATE Drive: 1 year validity)

The VDO Lectures comprise all areas of general aptitude as per GATE syllabus.

GATE Drive is a secure pen drive and can work on any laptop or PC on any operating system. Internet not required.

Over 30 hours of VDO lectures by our classroom faculty

Free Online Test Series (50 section tests and 5 Mock GATE tests)

Upgrade anytime to Combo course or Classroom course by paying difference in fees

Course Fee: Rs. 7500 (for latest GATE validity)

GATE Drive Extended validity : Rs. 1000 per year

Combo Course (Postal + VDO Lectures)

Most popular GATE prep program in the country. Postal Course + VDO Lectures!!

Comprehensive preparation. Almost as good as a classroom.

Upgrade anytime to Classroom course by paying difference in fees

Course Fee (Printed Books and VDO Lectures on Pen Drive): Rs. 14000 

Course Fee (Printed Books and Online VDO Lectures: Rs. 12500

Note: See more lower fees Combo course options under Course Fees box.

Test Series (Online)

75 section tests covering all areas of GATE including GG technical, Math and General aptitude, including past GATE questions.

5 full length GATE mock tests

All questions with detailed explanatory answers


Online Test platform just like GATE with Virtual Calculator and Automated Strength/Weakness Analysis.

Can be downloaded as an App on Smartphones too.

Rated best test platform in India.

Standard Test Series: Rs. 3000 (75 Section Tests + 5 Mocks)

Special Test Series: Rs. 1000(Only Mocks)

Past GATE Results (GG Branch)

AIR 3: Manohar
AIR 8: Rakesh
AIR 13: Smitha
AIR 35: Trupti
AIR 64: Shantanu
AIR 96: Toby
AIR 104: Farhan
AIR 148: Vanama


Faculty Profile (GG Batch)

6 active GG faculty from IITs and IISc

IIT Mumbai – 2, IISc – 1, IIT Guwahati – 1, IIT Kharagpur – 1.

Faculty top GATE rank of AIR 5.

GATE Aptitude
GATE Aptitude of Geology & Geophysics

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Syllabus for Geology and Geophysics Engineering (GG)

PART – A : COMMON TO GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS

Earth and Planetary system, size, shape, internal structure and composition of the earth; atmosphere and greenhouse effect; isostasy; elements of seismology; physical properties of the interior of the earth; continents and continental processes; physical oceanography; geomagnetism and paleomagnetism, continental drift, plate tectonics.

Weathering; soil formation; action of river, wind, glacier and ocean; earthquakes, volcanism and orogeny. Basic structural geology, mineralogy and petrology. Geological time scale and geochronology; stratigraphic principles; major stratigraphic divisions of India. Engineering properties of rocks and soils. Ground water geology. Geological and geographical distribution of ore, coal and petroleum resources of India

Introduction to remote sensing. Physical basis and applications of gravity, magnetic, electrical, electromagnetic, seismic and radiometric prospecting for oil, mineral and ground water; introductory well logging.

PART B – SECTION 1: GEOLOGY

Crystalsymmetry, forms, twinning; crystal chemistry; optical mineralogy, classification of minerals, diagnostic physical and optical properties of rock forming minerals.

Igneous rocks – classification, forms and textures, magmatic differentiation; phase diagrams and trace elements as monitors of magma evolutionary processes; mantle melting models and derivation and primary magmas. Metamorphism; controlling factors, metamorphic facies, grade and basic types; metamorphism of pelitic, mafic and impure carbonate rocks; role of fluids in metamorphism; metamorphic P-T-t paths and their tectonic significance; Igneous and metamorphic provinces of India; structure and petrology of sedimentary rocks; sedimentary processes and environments, sedimentary facies, basin analysis; association of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks with tectonic setting.

Stress, strain and material response; brittle and ductile deformation; primary and secondary structures; geometry and genesis of folds, faults, joints, unconformities; cleavage, schistosity and lineation; methods of projection, tectonites and their significance; shear zone; superposed folding; basement cover relationship.

Morphology, classification and geological significance of important invertebrates, vertebrates, microfossils and palaeoflora; stratigraphic principles and Indian stratigraphy.

Geomorphic processes and agents; development and evolution of landforms; slope and drainage; processes on deep oceanic and near-shore regions; quantitative and applied geomorphology.

Oremineralogy and optical properties of ore minerals; ore forming processes vis-à-vis ore-rock association (magmatic, hydrothermal, sedimentary and metamorphogenic ores); ores and metamorphism; fluid inclusions as an ore genetic tool; prospecting and exploration of economic minerals; sampling, ore reserve estimation, geostatistics, mining methods. Coal and petroleum geology; origin and distribution of mineral and fuel deposits in India; marine geology and ocean resources; ore dressing and mineral economics.

Cosmic abundance; meteorites; geochemical evolution of the earth; geochemical cycles; distribution of major, minor and trace elements; elements of geochemical thermodynamics, isotope geochemistry; geochemistry of waters including solution equilibria and water rock interaction.

Engineering properties of rocks and soils; rocks as construction materials; role of geology in the construction of engineering structures including dams, tunnels and excavation sites; natural hazards. Ground water geology – exploration, well hydraulics and water quality. Basic principles of remote sensing – energy sources and radiation principles, atmospheric absorption, interaction of energy with earth’s surface, air-photo interpretation, multispectral remote sensing in visible, infrared, thermal IR and microwave regions, digital processing of satellite images. GIS – basic concepts, raster and vector mode operation.

PART B – SECTION 2: GEOPHYSICS

The earth as a planet; different motions of the earth; gravity field of the earth, Clairaut’s theorem, size and shape of earth; geochronology; seismology and interior of the earth; variation of density, velocity, pressure, temperature, electrical and magnetic properties of the earth; earthquakes-causes and measurements, magnitude and intensity, focal mechanisms, earthquake quantification, source characteristics, seismotectonics and seismic hazards; digital seismographs, geomagnetic field, paleomagnetism; oceanic and continental lithosphere; plate tectonics; heat flow; upper and lower atmospheric phenomena.

Scalar and vector potential fields; Laplace, Maxwell and Helmholtz equations for solution of different types of boundary value problems in Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical polar coordinates; Green’s theorem; Image theory; integral equations in potential theory; Eikonal equation and Ray theory. Basic concepts of forward and inverse problems of geophysics, Ill-posedness of inverse problems.

‘G’ and ‘g’ units of measurement, absolute and relative gravity measurements; Land, airborne, shipborne and bore-hole gravity surveys; various corrections in gravity data reduction – free air, Bouguer and isostatic anomalies; density estimates of rocks; regional and residual gravity separation; principle of equivalent stratum; upward and downward continuation; wavelength filtering; preparation and analysis of gravity maps; gravity anomalies and their interpretation – anomalies due to geometrical and irregular shaped bodies, depth rules, calculation of mass.

Earth’s magnetic field – elements, origin and units of measurement, magnetic susceptibility of rocks and measurements, magnetometers, Land, airborne and marine magnetic surveys, corrections, preparation of magnetic maps, upward and downward continuation, magnetic anomalies-geometrical shaped bodies, depth estimates, Image processing concepts in processing of magnetic anomaly maps; Interpretation of processed magnetic anomaly data.

Conduction of electricity through rocks, electrical conductivities of metals, non-metals, rock forming minerals and different rocks, concepts of D.C. resistivity measurement, various electrode configurations for resistivity sounding and profiling, application of filter theory, Type-curves over multi-layered structures, Dar-Zarrouck parameters, reduction of layers, coefficient of anisotropy, interpretation of resistivity field data, equivalence and suppression, self potential and its origin, field measurement, Induced polarization, time and frequency domain IP measurements; interpretation and applications of IP, ground-water exploration, environmental and engineering applications.

Basic concept of EM induction, Origin of electromagnetic field, elliptic polarization, methods of measurement for different source-receiver configuration, components in EM measurements. Skin-depth, interpretation and applications; earth’s natural electromagnetic field, tellurics, magneto-tellurics; geomagnetic depth sounding principles, electromagnetic profiling, methods of measurement, processing of data and interpretation. Geological applications including groundwater, mining and hydrocarbon exploration.

Seismic methods of prospecting; Elastic properties of earth materials; Reflection, refraction and CDP surveys; land and marine seismic sources, generation and propagation of elastic waves, velocity – depth models, geophones, hydrophones, recording instruments (DFS), digital formats, field layouts, seismic noises and noise profile analysis, optimum geophone grouping, noise cancellation by shot and geophone arrays, 2D and 3D seismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation; CDP stacking charts, binning, filtering, dip-moveout, static and dynamic corrections, Digital seismic data processing, seismic deconvolution and migration methods, attribute analysis, bright and dim spots, seismic stratigraphy, high resolution seismics, VSP, AVO. Reservoir geophysics.

Geophysical signal processing, sampling theorem, aliasing, Nyquist frequency, Fourier series, periodic waveform, Fourier and Hilbert transform, Z-transform and wavelet transform; power spectrum, delta function, auto correlation, cross correlation, convolution, deconvolution, principles of digital filters, windows, poles and zeros.

Principles and techniques of geophysical well-logging. SP, resistivity, induction, gamma ray, neutron, density, sonic, temperature, dip meter, caliper, nuclear magnetic, cement bond logging, micro-logs. Quantitative evaluation of formations from well logs; well hydraulics and application of geophysical methods for groundwater study; application of bore hole geophysics in ground water, mineral and oil exploration.

Radioactive methods of prospecting and assaying of minerals (radioactive and non radioactive) deposits, half-life, decay constant, radioactive equilibrium, G M counter, scintillation detector, semiconductor devices, application of radiometric for exploration and radioactive waste disposal.

Geophysical inverse problems; non-uniqueness and stability of solutions; quasi-linear and non-linear methods including Tikhonov’s regularization method, Backus-Gilbert method, simulated annealing, genetic algorithms and artificial neural network.

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More Information (Geology and Geophysics Engineering)

PAST GATE Papers

2014 paper2014 Answer Key

2013 Paper2013 Answer key

Number of GATE Takers

Some key statistics about GATE – GG

Number of Test Takers 2011 : 1499

Number of Test Takers 2012 : N.A.

Number of Test Takers 2013 : 2765

Number of Test Takers 2014 : 2659

GATE 2014: Qualifying marks

General: 36.33, Qualifying marks OBC: 32.70, Qualifying marks SC/ST/PWD: 24.22