UPSC Combined Medical Services

Feb 27, 2023, 16:45 IST

Combined Medical Services Examination (CMS) is an entrance examination for recruiting medical officers for central government organizations and services conducted by Union Public Service Commission. UPSC CMS Notification 2023 will be released on April 19, 2023, for the posts of Medical Officers, Assistant Medical Officers, General Duty Medical Officers, Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Services, etc. as per the available vacancies.

UPSC Combined Medical Services

Candidates can fill out UPSC CMS 2023 Application Form from April 19 to May 09, 2023. The written examination will be conducted on July 16, 2023. This article contains all the information about UPSC CMS 2023.

UPSC CMS Overview

UPSC CMS is conducted in 2 phases - Computer Based Examination and Personality Test. The computer-based examination consists of 2 papers - Paper 1 (General Medicine & Paediatrics), and Paper 2 (Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics and Preventive & Social Medicine).

The table below gives an overview of the UPSC CMS Examination 2023:

Particulars Details
Name of the exam Combined Medical Services Examination (CMS)
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Level National
Exam Frequency Annual
Exam Phases

Written - Paper I and Paper II

Personality/Interview Test

Application Mode Online
Application Fees

General - Rs. 200/-

Female/SC/ST/Disabled - NIL

Examination Mode CBT Based
Examination Duration 2 hours per paper
Language English
Purpose of the exam

To recruit medical officers to post at

different levels in two categories

UPSC CMS Exam Dates 2023

UPSC Combined Medical Services Examination will be conducted on May 28, 2023. Important dates related to the UPSC CMS Exam date are given in the table below.

Events Important Dates
Release of the Notification April 19, 2023
Availability of application form April 19, 2023
Last day to fill out the application form May 9, 2023
Admit card June 2023
Computer-Based Exam Date July 16, 2023
Result of CBE August 2023

UPSC CMS Exam Pattern 2023

The examination is conducted in two phases: CBT examination, qualifying which a person becomes eligible to appear in the personality test. The written examination consists of two papers: I and II carrying 250 marks each, each to be conducted for 2 hours. The exam is in English, with a booklet set in multiple choice question type. The following are UPSC CMS Exam Pattern 2023 for the entrance examination-

Paper I

Subject Number of Question Maximum Marks Duration
General Medicine 96 250 2 hours
Pediatrics 24
Total 120

Paper II

Subject Number of Question Maximum Marks Duration
Gynaecology & Obstetrics 40 250 2 hours
Surgery 40
Preventive & Social Medicine 40
Total 120    

UPSC CMS Application

For UPSC CMS Registration, fill out the UPSC CMS Application Form for which candidates need to follow the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Visit the UPSC official website and navigate to the Examination tab after clicking on the Activate Examination button.
  • Step 2: Click on the link for CMS examination 2023 for all the data and application links.
  • Step 3: Click on the ‘apply’ button.
  • Step 4: Now candidates can register themselves using email Id password, etc.
  • Step 5: After registration, log in to your account using login credentials.
  • Step 6: Fill in all the details which are required in the Application Form.
  • Step 7: Upload scanned copies of required documents including photograph, signature, and photo ID.
  • Step 8: Submit and make payment of the application fee.

Document Required for UPSC CMS

  • The documents required for UPSC CMS are as follows:
  • Scanned passport-size photograph.
  • Scanned signature.
  • Scanned impression of left-hand thumb.
  • Class 10th/12th passing certificate/mark sheet.
  • Signed declaration.

UPSC CMS Application Fee

Information about application fees for different categories is provided in the table below.

Category Application Fee
General Rs.200/-
SC/ST/PH//female Exempted from fee payment

Eligibility for UPSC CMS

The eligibility criteria of UPSC CMS are prescribed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Before filling out the application form, candidates appearing for the UPSC CMS exam can check their eligibility in three categories: Age, Nationality, and Educational Qualification. Check out the detailed UPSC CMS Eligibility Criteria in the table given below.

Criteria Requirements
Educational Qualification M.B.B.S. degree
Upper Age limit General Candidates should be below the age of 32 years as of August 1, 2023.
Medical Officers Grade in General Duty Medical Officers Sub-cadre of Central Health Services Candidate should not be older than 35 years as of August 1, 2023.
Age relaxation For SC (Scheduled Caste) or ST (Scheduled Tribe) Maximum 5 years
BC eligible for reservation Maximum 3 years
Ex-servicemen (with appropriate conditions) Maximum 5 years
Disability (Visual, hearing, mental, locomotor disabilities and illness) Maximum 10 years
Nationality Indian Citizen
Subject of Nepal or Bhutan
Tibetian refugee Has come to India before January 1, 1962, to permanently settle in India.
Indian origin Migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam to permanently settle in India.


UPSC will release the UPSC CMS Cutoff 2023 after the declaration of the Computer-Based Exam result which is calculated out of 500 marks. Candidates must qualify for the minimum marks released by the UPSC to appear in the next round selection process. The commission also releases the UPSC CMS Final Cut Off where the scores of Computer Based Examination and Personality are added which is calculated out of 600 marks. The comparison of the cut-off of the previous year's exam is mentioned in the table below.

Category Cut-Off Marks (Out of 500) For 2019 Cut-Off Marks (Out of 500) For 2020 Cut-Off Marks (Out of 500) For 2023
General 224 279 250
OBC 183 242 200
SC 192 251 230
ST 159 198 180
EWS 126 129 125

UPSC CMS Syllabus 2023

The UPSC CMS Syllabus 2023 is provided below:

  • General Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Gastro-intestinal
  • Genito-Urinary
  • Neurology
  • Haematology
  • Endocrinology
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Infections/Communicable Diseases
  1. Virus
  2. Rickets
  3. Bacterial
  4. Spirochetal
  5. Protozoan
  6. Metazoan
  7. Fungus
  • Nutrition/Growth
  • Diseases of the skin (Dermatology)
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Psychiatry
  • General
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Common Poisoning
  • Snakebite
  • 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 consists – Depression, psychosis, anxiety, bipolar diseases, and Schizophrenia


  • Common childhood emergencies,
  • Basic newborn 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 programs related to child health


  • Wounds
  • Infections
  • Tumours
  • Lymphatic
  • Blood vessels
  • Cysts/sinuses
  • Head and neck
  • Breast
  • Alimentary tract
  • Oesophagus
  • Stomach
  • Intestines
  • Anus
  • Developmental
  • Liver, Bile, Pancreas
  • Spleen
  • Peritoneum
  • Abdominal wall
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Urological Surgery
  • Neuro Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology E.N.T.
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Orthopaedic 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


  • Ante-natal conditions
  • Intra-natal conditions
  • Post-natal conditions
  • Management of normal labors or complicated labor


  • 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 the 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
  • The operative procedure, sterilization, and organization of programs 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
  • Management of common health problems
  • Ability to monitor national health programs
  • Knowledge of maternal and child wellness
  • Ability to recognize, investigate, report, plan and manage community health problems including malnutrition and emergencies

UPSC CMS Vacancy

The UPSC usually recruits candidates for various posts in two categories. Since the official notification for the UPSC CMS Vacancy 2023 is not released yet, candidates can use the previous years' vacancy list given in the table below for reference and estimation:

Category Post/Position Vacancy for 2022 Vacancy for 2021
I Medical Officers Grade in General Duty Medical Officers Sub-cadre 314 -
Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Service - 349
II Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways. 300 300
General Duty Medical Officer in New Delhi Municipal Council. 3 5
General Duty Medical Officer Gr-II in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and South Delhi Municipal Corporation 70 184
Total 687 838


The starting UPSC CMS salary is INR 56100. However, the salary for different posts in UPSC Combined Medical Services will vary. The employees will be on probation for the next two years after the selection process.

Category Post Amount
I Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways level 10 of Pay Matrix (Rs. 56100-177500/-) and it carries Non-Practising Allowance
II Medical Officers Grade in General Duty Medical Officers Sub-cadre of Central Health Service. Level-10 (Rs. 56,100 to Rs.1,77,500/-) of the pay matrix and NPA
Junior Scale posts in the Central Health Service. Level-10 (Rs. 56,100 to Rs.1,77,500/-) of the pay matrix and NPA
General Duty Medical Officer in the New Delhi Municipal Council: Pay Matrix Level-10 Rs. 56,100-1,77,500/- + restricted Non-practicing allowance (NPA).
General Duty Medical Officer Gr.II in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and South Delhi Municipal Corporation: Salary at the minimum of the first cell of Rs.56,100/- in level 10 of the Pay Matrix under 7th CPC

UPSC CMS Results

UPSC will announce UPSC CMS Result 2023 for Computer Based Examination and Personality separately on its official website. Only those candidates who qualify for the Computer Based Examination will be eligible for Personality Test. The exam conducting authority also releases the final result of the qualified candidates of both stages which are prepared by the addition of the marks of the computer-based examination and personality test.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What does a UPSC CMS officer do?

Ans. The following are the responsibilities of a UPSC CMS officer:

  1. Reviewing records, and reports, and examining data so they can diagnose patients' conditions.
  2. Researching data about most modern medical programs to provide the best diagnosis and health care treatment to patients.
  3. Overseeing the medical needs of their patients and the tasks performed by the accompanying medical staff.
  4. Making revised programs by thoroughly reviewing the clinical services and programs implemented by the staff.
  5. Maintaining proper and consistent documentation of medical records for patients.

Q2. Which is better UPSC CMS or PG?

Ans. UPSC CMS and PG both are good options after MBBS. It is simple If someone wants to continue studies, then it is better to go for NEET PG and do MS or MD course. But if someone is looking for administrative jobs, then UPSC CMS will open various opportunities.

Q3. Who is eligible for UPSC CMS?

Ans. Candidates who have completed a degree MBBS or are in their final year and below the age of 32 years can apply for the UPSC CMS examination.

Q4. What is UPSC CMS exam?

Ans. UPSC CMS is an entrance examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for the recruitment of medical graduates into various Central Government Organizations and Services.

Q5. What is the age limit for UPSC CMS Exam?

Ans. Candidate must be below the age of 32 years as on August 01, 2023, i.e. the candidate must have been born later than August 02, 1989.

Q6. What is the basic educational qualification for UPSC CMS?

Ans. Candidates should be graduated with MBBS or in the final year of graduation can appear for the UPSC CMS exam.

Q7. Is UPSC CMS tough?

Ans. No, the UPSC CMS difficulty level is low as only MBBS pre-final and final year is included in the exam syllabus.

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