Combined Medical Services Examination (UPSC CMS) – FAQ – Syllabus, Eligibility & Mock tests

Combined Medical Services Examination - UPSC

The "Combined Medical Services" (CMS) Examination or the CMS Exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment as Medical Officer in various organizations such as the Indian Ordnance Factories, Indian Railways etc. functioning under the Government of India. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the month of March and examination is conducted in June/July. Successful Candidates are admitted after an interview conducted by the UPSC for those having qualified the written examination.


The examination shall be conducted according to the following plan


The candidates will take the Computer based examination in two Papers, each Paper carrying a maximum of 250 marks. Each Paper will be of two hours duration.

Part‐II Personality Test

(100 Marks): Personality test carrying 100 marks of such of the candidates who qualify on the results of the Computer based examination

Exam Pattern – Part I - Computer Based Examination

Particulars Paper I – General Medicine and Paediatrics Paper II – Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Preventive & Social Medicine
Total No of Questions 96 from General Medicine 24 from Paediatrics Total 120 Questions 40 Questions each from Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Preventive & Social Medicine. Total 120 Questions
Total Marks 250 250
Negative marks One third of the marks assigned to that question One third of the marks assigned to that question
Duration 2 hours 2 hours
Question Type Objective (Multiple choice answers) type Objective (Multiple choice answers) type
Medium English English
Standard MBBS standard MBBS standard

Combined Medical Services Exam dates

UPSC Combined Medical Services (CMS) Exam dates

Syllabus for Paper I – General Medicine and Paediatrics

(a) 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)
  • Musculoskeletal 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 (xxiii) Vitamin deficiency diseases
  • In psychiatry include – Depression, psychosis, anxiety, bipolar diseases and Schizophrenia.

(b) Paediatrics including the following

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

Syllabus for Paper II - Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Preventive & Social Medicine

(a) Surgery (Surgery including ENT, Ophthalmology, Traumatology and Orthopaedics)

  • General Surgery - i) Wounds ii) Infections iii) Tumours iv) Lymphatic v) Blood vessels vi) Cysts/sinuses vii) Head and neck viii) Breast ix) Alimentary tract a) Oesophagus b) Stomach c) Intestines d) Anus e) Developmental x) Liver, Bile, Pancreas xi) Spleen xii) Peritoneum xiii) Abdominal wall xiv) 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.



i) Ante‐natal conditions ii) Intra‐natal conditions iii) Post‐natal conditions iv) Management of normal labours or complicated labour


i) Questions on applied anatomy ii) Questions on applied physiology of menstruation and fertilization iii) Questions on infections in genital tract iv) Questions on neoplasma in the genital tract v) Questions on displacement of the uterus vi) Normal delivery and safe delivery practices vii) High risk pregnancy and management viii) Abortions ix) Intra Uterine growth retardation x) Medicolegal examination in obgy and Gynae including Rape.


i) Conventional contraceptives ii) U.D. and oral pills iii) Operative procedure, sterilization and organization of programmes in the urban and rural surroundings iv) Medical Termination of Pregnancy


  • 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.

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Mock Test for UPSC Combined Medical Services (CMS) Exams