Combined Medical Services Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021

Combined Medical Services (CMS) examination is conducted by UPSC for recruiting medical officers at various Government of India organization. This is one of the prestigious examinations held in India to recruit doctors across the country for various Govt. departments.

For Doctors who are least interested in pursuing a profession while aspire to enjoy a lucrative career, CMS examination by UPSC would be a perfect choice for them. Organizations like Indian Railways, Indian Ordinance Factories, etc. appoint their medical officers through UPSC conducted CMS examination.

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam For recruitment as Medical Officer in various Government organizations such as the Indian Ordinance Factories, Indian Railways, etc.
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission

CMS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. For the Combined Medical Service Exam, a candidate must be either :
    (a) a citizen of India, or
    (b) a subject of Nepal, or
    (c) a subject of Bhutan, or
    (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

    Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. For admission to the examination, a candidate should have passed the written and practical parts of the final M.B.B.S. Examination.

    NOTE: A candidate who has appeared or has yet to appear at the final M.B.B.S. Examination may also apply. Such candidates will be admitted to the examination if otherwise eligible but the admission would be deemed to be provisional and subject to cancellation, if they do not produce proof of having passed the written and practical part of the final M.B.B.S. Examination along with the detailed application which will be required to be submitted to the Commission by the candidates who qualify on the result of the Computer-based examination.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The upper age limit to appear in the CMS examination is 32 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 37 years
    Other Backward Classes 35 years
    Disabled Defence Services Personnel 35 years
    Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers 37 years
    ECOs/SSCOs 37 years
    Person with Disabilities 42 years

    Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other categories, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K and Pwd will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no attempt restriction for the candidates provided the upper age limit has not been exceeded.

UPSC CMS Job Prospects

Candidates who appear and clear both the examinations i.e. Computer Based Test and Personality Test have prospects of working in the following Govt. organizations.

  1. Indian Railways
  2. Indian Ordnance Factories
  3. Central Health Services
  4. New Delhi Municipal Council
  5. Delhi Municipal Corporation

Candidates are recruited every year based on the vacancies available under the aforesaid organizations.

CMS Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application July 7, 2021
Last Date of Application July 27, 2021
Computer Based Examination November 21, 2021
Result of Computer Based Examination To be notified

CMS Exam Pattern 2021

The exams conducted by UPSC usually maintains a high standard of appraisal procedures to choose the most eligible candidates for the officers’ post at various Govt. establishments. And Combined Medical Services (CMS) Examination is no exception to them.

CMS exam can be segregated into two parts:

  1. Computer-Based Examination (500 Marks):
    • Paper I (250 Marks)
    • Paper II (250 Marks)
  2. Personality Test (100 Marks)

Pattern for Computer Based Examination

This is an objective type (multiple choice answers) exam. This exam consists of two papers each carrying a maximum of 250 marks.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper-I

96 from General Medicine and 24 from Paediatrics.

Merit Ranking Nature 120 Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 1/3rd marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. 250
2 Paper-II

The paper segregated into three parts, viz. Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, and Preventive & Social Medicine. There will be 40 questions from each part.

Merit Ranking Nature 120 Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 1/3rd marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. 250
Total Marks* 500

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Personality Test

Total marks allotted: 100

Candidates qualifying in the Online Exam will be shortlisted to appear for the Interview/Personality Test. The Interview will be for 100 marks.

CMS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Computer Based Examination

1 CBE Paper-I

  1. General Medicine including the following:

    • Cardiology
    • Respiratory diseases
    • Gastro-intestinal
    • Genito-Urinary
    • Neurology
    • Hematology
    • Endocrinology
    • Metabolic disorders
    • Infections/Communicable Diseases a) Virus b) Rickets c) Bacterial d) Spirochetal e) Protozoan f) Metazoan g) Fungus
    • Nutrition/Growth
    • Diseases of the skin (Dermatology)
    • Musculoskelatal System
    • Psychiatry
    • General
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Common Poisoning
    • Snake bite
    • Tropical Medicine
    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Emphasis on medical procedures
    • Patho physiological basis of diseases
    • Vaccines preventable diseases and Non vaccines preventable diseases
    • Vitamin deficiency diseases
    • In psychiatry include – Depression, psychosis, anxiety, bipolar diseases and Schizoprenia.
  2. Paediatrics including the following:

    • Common childhood emergencies
    • Basic new born care
    • Normal developmental milestones
    • Accidents and poisonings in children
    • Birth defects and counseling including autism
    • Immunization in children
    • Recognizing children with special needs and management
    • National programmes related to child health

2 CBE Paper-II

  1. Surgery

    • General Surgery

      • Wounds
      • Infections
      • Tumours
      • Lymphatic
      • Blood vessels
      • Cysts/sinuses
      • Head and neck
      • Breast
      • Alimentary tract a) Oesophagus b) Stomach c) Intestines d) Anus e) Developmental
      • Liver, Bile, Pancreas
      • Spleen
      • Peritoneum
      • Abdominal wall
      • Abdominal injuries
    • Urological Surgery
    • Neuro Surgery
    • Otorhinolaryngology E.N.T.
    • Thoracic surgery
    • Orthopedic surgery
    • Ophthalmology
    • Anesthesiology
    • Traumatology
    • Diagnosis and management of common surgical ailments
    • Pre-operative and post operative care of surgical patients
    • Medicolegal and ethical issues of surgery
    • Wound healing
    • Fluid and electrolyte management in surgery
    • Shock patho-physiology and management
  2. Gynaecology & Obstetrics

    • Obstetrics

      • Ante-natal conditions
      • Intra-natal conditions
      • Post-natal conditions
      • Management of normal labours or complicated labour
    • Gynaecology

      • Questions on applied anatomy
      • Questions on applied physiology of menstruation and fertilization
      • Questions on infections in genital tract
      • Questions on neoplasma in the genital tract
      • Questions on displacement of the uterus
      • Normal delivery and safe delivery practices
      • High risk pregnancy and management
      • Abortions
      • Intra Uterine growth retardation
      • Medicolegal examination in obgy and Gynae including Rape
    • Family Planning

      • Conventional contraceptives
      • U.D. and oral pills
      • Operative procedure, sterilization and organization of programmes in the urban and rural surroundings
      • Medical Termination of Pregnancy
  3. Preventive Social and Community Medicine

    • Social and Community Medicine
    • Concept of Health, Disease and Preventive Medicine
    • Health Administration and Planning
    • General Epidemiology
    • Demography and Health Statistics
    • Communicable Diseases
    • Environmental Health
    • Nutrition and Health
    • Non-communicable diseases
    • Occupational Health
    • Genetics and Health
    • International Health
    • Medical Sociology and Health Education
    • Maternal and Child Health
    • National Programmes
    • Management of common health problems
    • Ability to monitor national health programmes
    • Knowledge of maternal and child wellness
    • Ability to recognize, investigate, report, plan and manage community health problems including malnutrition and emergencies

Syllabus for Personality Test

The test will focus on the candidate’s General Knowledge, intellectual curiosity, critical powers of assimilation, the balance of judgment and alertness of mind, the ability for social cohesion, the integrity of character, initiative and capability for leadership. The Final selection will be based on the score obtained in both Online Exam and Personal Interview.