Geological Survey of India (GSI) is a premier scientific organisation established in 1851. In the 160 years since its foundation, GSI has diversified into various geo-scientific activities, and delivered impeccable contribution in the arena of geosciences.
Outcome of work at GSI has immense societal value. As someone working as a chemist in GSI there are immense opportunities to work directly for a national purpose as well as for personal growth and development. The chemists are usually posted at regional laboratories of GSI and also sometimes get opportunity to be posted at Marine and Coastal Survey division onboard laboratories which may also require sailing on high seas.
The job and work responsibilities include fieldwork for sample collection, elemental analysis at regional laboratories, supervising the work of staff posted directly under a Group- A officer (Chemist), procurement and use of sophisticated instruments like AAS, UV-Visible spectrophotometers etc, which require careful handling and responsibility.
The work profile of a chemist at GSI helps to learn, un-learn and re-learn new things everyday when one applies the concepts learnt in school or college at work. It helps to gain knowledge in a completely new area called Geo-chemistry which is hardly taught at college level to B.Sc. and M.Sc. students.
Being a government job and a Group-A post in a reputed ministry, It breaks the stereotypical notion that B.Sc. and M.Sc. students can take up only teaching careers later in life or do research as a Ph. D after qualifying CSIR-NET. The recruitment pattern is so competitive that qualifying it and getting selected is a proud achievement in itself for anyone.
The job completely changes the life of a person as he or she becomes an officer instantly and is called a Group-A Gazetted officer from day one. Moreover the organisation provides ample scope to study further and do Ph.D. after gaining relevant work-experience in any of the specialized branches of geo-chemistry. It adds value to the officer’s professional knowledge and also increases his or her prestige at work. All in all GSI is a great place to start career as a Chemist and explore many un-explored hidden national and personal (intellectual) wealth.