Combined Medical Services CMS 2021: Exam details, Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Apply Online

UPSC conducts the Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) every year to recruit medical graduates into a variety of Central Government Organizations and Services.

The Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) is conducted in accordance with the rules published by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in the Gazette of India.

UPSC conducts a Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) for recruitment of the following posts to be filled by the medical candidates:

  • Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways
  • Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in Indian Ordnance Factories Health Services
  • Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Services General Duty Medical Officer in New Delhi Municipal Council
  • General Duty Medical Gr.-II in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation
ExamCombined Medical Services Examination (CMSE)
Conducted byUnion Public Services Commission (UPSC)
Exam levelNational
FrequencyOnce in a year
Educational QualificationMBBS
Upper age limit32 years
Exam modeComputer-based (Online)
Numbers of papers2
Question formatObjective
Duration of exam1 Day
Table DataAdmit card availability3 Weeks before exam
No of test centres41
Withdrawal of applicationYes
Application FeeRs 200
  1. Assistant Divisional MEDICAL Officer in the Railways: The post of Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Indian Railway Medical Service is in Group ‘A” Junior Scale in level 10 of Pay Matrix (Pre Revised PB-3, Rs. 15,600-39,100/- with Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400/-) and it carries Non-Practising Allowance as per rules/orders in force from time to time. Private practice is prohibited.
  2. Posts of Assistant Medical Officer in the Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service under the Ministry of Defence: The Post is temporary in Group A but likely to be made permanent in due course. Pay level 10 of the pay matrix plus NPA (as per rate and rules in vogue and as amended from time to time.
  3. Junior Scale Posts in the Central Health Service: The posts are temporary but likely to continue indefinitely. Candidates will be appointed to Junior Group ‘A’ scale and they will be on probation for the period of 2 years from the date of appointment which may be curtailed or extended at the discretion of the competent authority. They will be confirmed after the satisfactory completion of probation subject to the availability of permanent posts.
  4. 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). Ordinary rules regarding pensions, gratuity, confirmation etc. as enforced in the Council from time to time will be applicable.
  5. 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 the level 10 of the Pay Matrix under 7th CPC (corresponding to pre-revised scale in PB–3 Rs.15600-39100+GP Rs.5400/-)plus NPA and other admissible allowances as per rules.
PostSalaryGrade Pay
Assistant Divisional MEDICAL Officer in the RailwaysRs. 15,600-
Posts of Assistant Medical Officer in the Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service under the Ministry of Defence
Junior Scale Posts in the Central Health Service
General Duty Medical Officer in the New Delhi Municipal CouncilRs. 56,100-1,77,500/-
General Duty Medical Officer Gr.II in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal
Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation

Combined Medical Service 2021 Examination Pattern

The recruitment of the students held through these four steps, which are mentioned below:

  1. Written Examination
  2. Personality test
  3. Document verification
  4. Medical examination

Here, we will get informed about the written exam of Combined Medical Services (CMS) along with the syllabus of the examination.

The below-mentioned table will provide full information about Combined Medical Services(CMS).

Part-I Computer Based Examination - (500 Marks)

Paper-IGeneral Medicine96250 marks
Paper-IISurgery40250 marks
Paper-IIGynaecology & Obstetrics40
Paper-IIpreventive & Social Medicine40


Both the Papers are of MBBS standard. The Computer Based Examination in both the papers is completely objective (Multiple choice answers) type. The question papers are set in only English. There is a penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers in the objective type question papers. There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. Each question for which a wrong answer has been given, one-third of the marks assigned to that question is deducted as penalty.

Part-II Personality Test - (100 Marks)

Candidates who qualify in the Computer Based Examination are called for Interview or Personality Test. The Interview or Personality Test carries 100 marks. The interview or personality test is intended to serve as a supplement to the Computer Based Examination for testing the general knowledge and ability of the candidates in the fields of their academic study and also in the nature of a personality test to assess the candidate’s 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.

Combined Medical Services Examination (UPSC): 2021 Syllabus

Hence, the exam pattern has discussed above.

Here, we have informed the full syllabus of Combined Medical Examination.

  1. Cardiology
  2. Respiratory disease
  3. Gastro-intestinal.
  4. Genito –Urinary
  5. Neurology
  6. Haematology
  7. Endocrinology
  8. Metabolic disorder
  9. Infections / Communicable diseases
    • Virus
    • Rickets
    • Bacteria
    • Spirochetal
    • Protozoan
    • Fungus
  10. Nutrition / growth
  11. Disease of Skin
  12. Musculoskeletal System
  13. Psychiatry
  14. General Emergency Medicine
  15. Common Poisoning
  16. Snake Bite
  17. Tropical Medicine
  18. Critical care medicine
  19. Emphasise on medical care
  20. Patho Physiological basis of diseases.
  21. Vaccines preventable diseases and Non-vaccines preventable diseases.
  22. Vitamin deficiency diseases.
  23. In psychiatry include – Depression, psychosis, anxiety, bipolar diseases and Schizophrenia.


(i) Common childhood emergencies.
(ii) Basic New Born Care.
(iii) Normal developmental milestones.
(iv) Accidents and poisonings in children.
(v) Birth defects and counselling including autism.
(vi) Immunization in children.
(vii) Recognizing children with special needs and management, and
(viii) National programmes related to child health.

i) Wounds.
ii) Infections.
iii) Tumours.
iv) Lymphatic.
v) Blood Vessels.
vi) Cysts / Sinuses.
vii) Head & 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.
(II) Urological Surgery.
(III) Neuro Surgery.
(IV) Otorhinolaryngology E.N.T.
(V) Thoracic Surgery.
(VI) Orthopaedic Surgery.
(VII) Ophthalmology.
(VIII) Anesthesiology.
(IX) Traumatology.
(X) Diagnosis and management of common surgical ailments.
(XI) Pre-operative and post-operative care of surgical patients.
(XII) Medicolegal and ethical issues of surgery.
(XIII) Wound healing.
(XIV) Fluid and electrolyte management in surgery.
(XV) Shock pathophysiology and management.

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 practics.
vii) High Risk pregnancy and management.
viii) Abortions.
ix) Intra Uterine growth retardation.
x) Medicolegal examination in obgy and Gynae including Rape.

I) Social and Community Medicine.
II) Concept of Health, Disease and Preventive Medicine.
III) Health Administration and Planning.
IV) General Epidemiology.
V) Demography and Health Statistics.
VI) Communicable Diseases.
VII) Environmental Health.
VIII) Nutrition and Health.
IX) Non-communicable disease.
X) Occupational Health.
XI) Genetics and Health.
XII) International Health.
XIII) Medical Sociology and Health Education.
XIV) Maternal and Child Health.
XV) National Programmes.
XVI) Management of common health problems.
XVII) Ability to monitor national health programmes.
XVIII) Knowledge of maternal and child wellness.
XIX) Ability to recognize, investigate, report, plan and manage community health problems
including malnutrition and emergencies.


1. The Computer-based examination in both the papers will be objective (Multiple
Choice Answers) type. The question papers (Test Booklets) will be set in English only.
2. Candidates must mark the papers themselves. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help
of a scribe to mark answers for them.
3. The Commission have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or both the papers of the
4. Penalty for wrong answers.
There will be penalty (Negative Marking) for the answers to every question. For each question for
which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third of the marks assigned to that
question will be deducted as penalty.

  • There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a
    the wrong answer has been given by the candidate, our third of the marks assigned to that question will
    be deducted as penalty.
  • If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of
    the given answers happen to be correct and there will be the same penalty as above for that question.
  • If a question is left blank i.e., no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for
    that question

5. Candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers. They should,
therefore not bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

UPSC Combined Medical Service Examination 2021 Important Dates

Below mentioned are some important date, which every applicant must know for the examination perspective.

S No.Name of
Date of
Last Date for Receipt of
Date of
1CMSE 2020April 08,
April 28, 2020July 19,
1 Day


Date of Notification08-04-2020
Date of Commencement of Examination19-07-2020
Duration of Examination
Last date of receipt of application28-04-2020
Date of Upload08-04-2020

Combined Medical service 2021 Eligibility Criteria

1) Nationality:

  • 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 January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India; or (e) 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 favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt. of India.

2) Educational Qualification:

  • For admission to the exam, a candidate should have passed the written and practical parts of the final MBBS Examination
  • A candidate who has appeared or has yet to appear at the final MBBS exam may also apply. Such candidates will be admitted to the exam, 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 MBBS Exam 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 exam
  • A candidate who has yet to complete the compulsory rotating internship is educationally eligible for admission to the examination but on selection, he/she will be appointed only after he/she has completed the compulsory rotating internship.

3) Age Limit :

  • A candidate for this examination must not have attained the age of 32 years as on August 1, 2019, i.e. the candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1987,
  • The upper age limit is Relaxable;
  • Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to an SC/ST;
  • Upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to OBC who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
  • Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 1989;
  • Upto a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof;
  • Upto a maximum of five years in the case of Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on August 1, 2019, and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August 2019) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (II) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or (iii) on invalid.
  • Up to a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of 5 years Military Service as on August 1, 2019, and whose assignment has been extended beyond 5 years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on 3 months’ notice on a selection from the date of receipt of an offer of appointment;
  • Upto a maximum of ten years in the case of (a) blindness and low vision, (b) deaf and hard of hearing, (c) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness (e) multiple disabilities from amongst person under clauses (a) to (d) of section 34 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 including deaf-blindness
  • The ad hoc Doctors appointed after October 1, 1984, in the Ministry of Railways will be granted relaxation in age to the extent of the period of service rendered by them as ad-hoc Doctors in Railways

CMS 2021 Interview

The interview is one of the most important parts of the CMS exam. It’s very necessary for you to clearly state your thoughts to the interviewers.

As a result, you need to focus on brightening your communication skills and body language. Some candidates are blessed with such skills.

Some require practice to become excellent communicators of their ideas. Candidates with no communication skills can contact those who have already appeared in the Civil Services Examinations, to get useful suggestions from them.

Because this portion of the Civil Services Examination is not designed to judge someone’s expertise on a subject.

However, a candidate must speak from the heart or answer all questions honestly.

There is a common misconception among the candidates that if they lie about their hobby just to get through the interview, it will never help them.

Interviewers are not just to ask questions, but to evaluate a candidate’s personality and ability to evaluate whether a ‘no’ is a ‘no’, it cannot be changed to a ‘yes’ and vice versa.

Apply Online 2021: Combined Medical Service

  1. Candidates are required to apply online by using the official website of UPSC, i.e., brief instructions for filling up the online application form are available on the official website.
  2. Online application form containing two stages viz. Part-I and Part-II. So, candidates are advised to complete the form as per the instructions available on the official website.
  3. The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- [excepting SC/ST/Female/PH candidates who are exempted from payment of fee] either by depositing the money in any branch of SBI by cash or by using the net banking facility of the State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card.
  4. Before starting filling up an online application, a candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB each in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the signature.

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