UPSC CMS Exam Pattern, Syllabus / Combined Medical Services

UPSC conducts Combined Medical Services Examination Every year. Selection of candidates is made on the basis of Written Examination and Interview.

The Common Medical Service Exam consists of two parts:

1. Written Examination: Written examination will take up for two papers (Paper I & Paper II). 250 marks are allotted for each paper and so the total marks allotted is 500. Time duration for each paper is two hours respectively.

Details of both the papers are given below:

Paper I: This paper comprises of three sections. Total marks allotted to this section are 250 marks.

A) General Ability (30 questions)

B) General Medicine (70 Questions) and

C) Paediatrics (20 Questions)


A) General Ability

Natural Resources, Indian Agriculture, Trade, Transportation, Service, Food adulteration, food processing, distribution, storage, Ecology and Environment, Trends in Science and Technology, Indian Society, Heritage & Culture, Economy, Human Development, Trends on Health, Environment and Society

B) General Medicine

Cardiology, respiratory diseases, gastro – intestinal, genito – urinary, neurology, hematology, endocrinology, metabolic disorders, infections / communicable diseases, nutrition / growth, diseases and skin, musculoskeletal system, psychiatry, general.

C) Paediatrics

Paper II: This paper also consists of three sections. It comprises of 250 marks.

A) Surgery (40 questions)

B) Gynecology & Obstetrics (40 questions)

C) Preventive & Social Medicine (40 questions)



A) Surgery

General surgery, urological surgery, neuro surgery, otorhinolaryngology E.N.T, thoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmogy, anesthesiology, traumatology

B) Gynecology & Obstertrics

Ante natal conditions, Intra natal conditions, post – natal condition, management of normal labors or complicated labors, applied physiology and fertilization, genital tracts, neoplasma, family planning

C) Preventive & Social Medicine

Social and community medicine, concept of health, disease and preventive medicine, health administration and planning, general epidemiology, demography, communicable diseases, environmental health, nutrition and health, international health, national programmes.


– The question paper will be in English language only.

– Both the papers will have objective questions.

– Negative marking is there for every wrong answer.

– 1/3rd of the marks allotted will be deducted for each wrong answer.

– If an applicant gives more than one answer for each question then it will be treated as wrong answer.

– No penalty will be charged if the applicant leaves the question blank.

– Use of any electronic gazettes is strictly prohibited.


2. Personality Test

Interview and Personality test will be conducted for those applicants who qualify the written test. Personality test will carry 100 marks.

UPSC CMS Exam Pattern, Syllabus / Combined Medical Services
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