UPSC CMS Exam 2020 (Combined Medical Services)

Dates | Eligibility | Exam Pattern | Syllabus | Salary

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.

Doctors who are least interested in pursuing 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.

UPSC CMS 2020 Exam Dates

Following are the tentative dates as per the examination calendar provided by UPSC:

  • Starting Date of Application: 08 April 2020
  • Last Date of Application: 28 April 2020
  • Date of Examination: 19 July 2020

UPSC CMS Eligibility

To appear in CMS examination a candidate is to be eligible on three grounds viz. Nationality, Age limit, and Educational Qualification.


A candidate must be either:

  • a Citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

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

Age limit

A candidate appearing for the CMS exam should have a maximum age limit of 32 years. It has some relaxation for certain categories of candidates. Please refer the latest notification for the purpose.

Educational qualification

For appearing in the examination the 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.

UPSC CMS Exam Pattern

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)

1. Computer Based Examination (500 marks)

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

Paper I: (Maximum 250 Marks)

Paper I consists of questions from General Medicine and Paediatrics. All total there are 120 questions to be completed within 2hours.

General Medicine questions include topics like Cardiology, Gastro-intestinal, Neurology, Haematology, Endocrinology, Emergency medicines, Vitamin deficiency diseases etc. There will be total of 96 questions asked under these categories.

There are 24 questions to be asked under Paediatrics category. It includes questions related to Common childhood emergencies, Basic newborn care, birth defects, immunization, National programmes related to child health etc.

Paper II: (Maximum 250 Marks)

Paper II includes questions related to three categories of medical treatments- Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics and Preventive & Social medicine. This paper also consists of 120 questions and allotted time of 2 hours.

Surgery topic covers matters like General Surgery, Urology Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Traumatology, Anesthesiology etc.

Preventive and Social medicines include mostly health awareness issues, management of common health problems, ability to monitor national health programmes, knowledge of maternal & child wellness etc.

Both the computer-based exams will be set in English only. Basically, the question papers are of MBBS standard.

Note: There is a negative marking for wrong answers. For each wrong answer one-third of the marks assigned to that question are deducted as penalty.

2. Personality Test (100 marks)

Candidates who qualify in the computer-based examination will be called for personality test. It’s basically an interview session. The personality test is intended to assess the level of knowledge of the candidate about general aspects as well as the specific fields of their academic study.

Although the interview is intended to serve as a supplement to the computer-based examinations, it also judges the candidate’s intellectual curiosity, critical powers of assimilation, the balance of judgment, alertness of mind and other human traits.

Exam Phase/ Paper/ TopicsNo. of QuestionsMax. Marks
Computer Based ExaminationPaper I (120 Questions)General Ability30250
General Medicine70
Paper II (120 Questions)Surgery40250
Gynaecology & Obstetrics40
Preventive & Social Medicine40
Total Computer Based Exam Marks500
Personality Test100

UPSC CMS Syllabus

UPSC CMS Exam syllabus for Computer-based Exam (Part I) and Personality Test (Part II) is detailed in this section. Knowing the syllabus and pattern will help in better preparation.

Check below for detailed syllabus on each paper and topic. Online Exam/Computer-based Exam will have two Papers i.e. Paper I and Paper II.

Paper I

Paper I is the first division in Online Exam which in turn will have three divisions i.e. General Ability (30 questions), General Medicine (70 questions), and Paediatrics (20 questions).

The maximum marks will be 250 and the time duration of the exam will be 2 hours (120 minutes).

General Ability

  • Indian Society, Heritage & Culture, Polity, Economy, Human Development Indices and the Development Programmes
  • Natural Resources, their distribution, exploitation, conservation, and related issues
  • Basic concepts of Ecology and Environment and their impact on health and economy
  • Impact of changing demographic trends on health, environment, and society
  • Indian Agriculture, Industry, Trade, Transportation and Service Sectors
  • Natural and man-made disasters and their management
  • Food adulteration, Food processing, food distribution, food storage and their relevance to public health
  • Recent trends in Science and Technology

General Medicine

  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Gastrointestinal
  • 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)
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Psychiatry
  • General

Paediatrics division will have 20 questions and covers almost all topics related to the subject.

Paper II

Paper II is the second division of Online Exam with time duration of 2 hours (120 minutes). The Overall score will be 250 and the total number of questions will be 120.

Paper II also has three divisions i.e. Surgery (40 questions), Gynaecology & Obstetrics (40 questions), and Preventive & Social Medicine (40 questions). The syllabus for each topic is given below.


  • 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

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 the genital tract
    • Questions on neoplasma in the genital tract
    • Questions on displacement of the uterus
  • 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

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

Personality Test

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

The test will focus on 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.

UPSC CMS Application Process

The application process for applying in the CMS examination is as same as it is for other UPSC exams. Candidates have to apply online through UPSC official site.

The notification for the examination usually releases in the month of April-May and the examination is conducted in the month of June.

Immediately after the declaration of the Computer-based results, successful candidates will be intimated by the Commission electronically and they shall be asked to submit Detailed Application Form (DAF) online.

The successful candidates have to send the printout of this DAF with each page duly signed along with the self-attested copies of the below-mentioned certificates to the Commission at that time. Originals will have to be produced at the time of interview.

  1. Certificate of Age.
  2. Certificate of Educational Qualification.
  3. Certificate in support of the claim to belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes where applicable.
  4. Certificate in support of the claim for age/fee concession, where applicable.
  5. Certificate in support of being Person with Benchmark Disability (where applicable).

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.


The following are the pay scales of various posts as per the pay matrix of 7th Central Pay Commission:

  • Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways – ₹15,600-39,100/- with Grade Pay of ₹5,400/- plus Non-Practicing Allowance
  • Assistant Medical Officer in the Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service under the Ministry of Defence – ₹15,600-39,100/- with Grade Pay of ₹5,400/- plus Non-Practicing Allowance
  • Junior Scale posts in the Central Health Service – ₹56,100-1,77,500/- plus Non-Practicing Allowance
  • General Duty Medical Officer in the New Delhi Municipal Council – ₹56,100-1,77,500/- plus restricted Non-Practicing Allowance
  • General Duty Medical Officer Gr.II in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and South Delhi Municipal Corporation – ₹15600-39100/- with Grade Pay of ₹5400/- plus Non-Practicing Allowance

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