UPSC – Combined Medical Services Examination

UPSC - Combined Medical Services ExaminationThe Combined Medical Services Examination is held every year in India for filling up vacancies in the Medical field in the Government departments.

The examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission after giving due notice of examination in leading newspapers and in the Employment News. In this article we will cover more about the Combined Medical Services Entrance examination of the UPSC.

Vacancies to be covered by the CMS Examination

Since the Medical entrance examination is conducted by the UPSC, the recruitment for Medical staff is for government vacancies only. The following are some of the vacancies for which the Combined Medical Services Examination is held by the UPSC – Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Indian Railways (250 or so vacancies), Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Indian Ordinance Factory’s Health Services (20 or so vacancies), Junior Medical Officers in the Central Health Services (more than 100 vacancies), Medical Officers for the Delhi Municipal Corporation (10-20 vacancies) and the General Duty Medical Officers for the New Delhi Municipal Council (less than 10 vacancies) etc.

The vacancies provided above are subject to the Reservation Policy of the Government of India for the SC/ST and other backward classes, and also vacancies are reserved for Physically Challenged candidates with Loco motor disability or Cerebral Palsy.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to apply for the Combined Medical Services Examination the following are the eligibility requirements – Only an Indian citizen, or a subject of Nepal or Bhutan or a permanently settled Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1962 and also those Indian origin candidates who have migrated from the following countries for permanently settling in India – Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, East African Countries, Vietnam etc can apply for the examination provided they obtain (except Indian citizens) an Eligibility certificate from the Government of India.

The upper age limit for an applicant is 32 years as on 1st January of the year of the entrance examination. However this upper age limit can be relaxed for the following category of students – plus five years for SC/ST candidates, plus 3 years for OBC candidates, plus 5 years for a candidate domiciled in J&K, plus 3 years for defense personnel who have been permanently wounded/disabled during war/national disturbances, plus five years for ex-servicemen (not for voluntarily retired personnel) and plus 10 years for blind, mute and deaf or orthopedically handicapped candidates.

For applying for the Combined Medical Services Examination, a candidate must have cleared the written as well as the practical examinations of the MBBS degree. Final year MBBS students can also apply for the examination and should be able to provide proof of clearing the degree examination when called for interview or admission. Even candidates who have not yet cleared the compulsory rotating internship can also apply provided in case selected they would be required to first complete the internship. The final clause of eligibility for Combined Medical Services Examination states that the selected candidate must be medically fit as per the standards listed out in the Rules of the Examination.

Applying for CMS Exam

Candidates can apply for the Combined Medical Services Examination by offline means or by online registration. Online application can be found at the USPC website at Those who would like to register offline must purchase the Application from the designated Post offices of the respective State by paying Rs 20. Those candidates who wish to apply by offline means are required to pay the examination fee of Rs 100 by buying the Central Recruitment Fee Stamp from the nearby Post Office. However those candidates who apply online are required to pay only Rs 50 (50% discount) by paying the amount at any SBI branch using cash or net banking facility or by paying the money using Credit or Debit Cards. Candidates who are residing abroad can pay the examination fee by depositing the amount at the Indian High Commissioner’s Office or at the Indian Embassy.

The Central Recruitment Fee affixed on the Application form should be cancelled by the Post Office by putting the date seal on it. No other means of paying the examination fee such as – demand draft, crossed cheque, Money order etc – will be accepted.  Examination fee will not be charged from women candidates, or candidates falling under the following categories – SC, ST and Physically Handicapped category. Filled in Application form must reach the Controller of Examinations at UPSC office by hand or by post. Only one Application form per candidate will be accepted for the Combined Medical Services Examination.

Examination Pattern

The Combined Medical Services Examination is conducted in two parts – Part I and Part II. Part I of the examination is the objective type written test and consists of two papers. Each paper of Part I written test is of two hours duration and carries a total of 250 marks each. Paper One covers the following areas – thirty questions in General Ability, seventy questions from General Medicine and twenty questions from Pediatrics. Paper II of Part I of the written examination also consists of a maximum mark of 250 and covers the following areas – forty questions each from Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics and Preventive & Social Medicine.

Part II of the examination consists of the Personality Test carrying a total of 100 marks. The Personality Test will be a face to face event with the examiners and will cover the following areas – General Knowledge, Academic study and personality traits. Only candidates who qualify the written tests are called for the Personality Test/Interview. Combined Medical Services Examination carries negative marking.

Examination Center

The Combined Medical Services Examination is held at nearly 50 major cities in India, covering all the major Indian states. Apart from the main cities, some not so popular centers include – Agartala, Aizwal, Bareilly, Dehradun, Dharwad, Gangtok, Jorhat, Kohima, Raipur, Sambalpur, Tirupati, Udaipur, Imphal, Itanagar, Dispur, Panaji, Port Blair etc.

Once the written examination results are announced, successful candidates are required to collect the following documents for further processing, get them attested and send them to UPSC office – Age certificate, certificates of educational qualifications, reserved category certificates, certificate for fee or age concession, certificate for physically handicapped candidates etc. For more information about the Combined Medical Services Examination of the current year visit the UPSC website at

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