UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam Syllabus 2020-Pre and Mains


UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam Syllabus 2020-Pre and Mains

Welcome to mynotesadda.com,Here you will get detailed syllabus and useful information about COMBINED MEDICAL SERVICES EXAMINATION (CMS) which is conducted by UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (UPSC).


  • Each year, UPSC conducts the Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) to recruit medical students into a number of Central Government and Services organisations.
  • The Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) is performed according to the rules published in India’s Gazette by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

UPSC is conducting a Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) to recruit the given vacancies to be filled:

  1. Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways
  2. Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in Indian Ordnance Factories Health Services
  3. Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Services
  4. General Duty Medical Officer in New Delhi Municipal Council
  5. General Duty Medical Gr.-II in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation

UPSC has updated about the examination syllabus on the basis of which the computer-based evaluation for the UPSC CMS Exam 2020 Exam is to be carried out.

  1. Part 1 Paper I shall be 250 marks to be attempted in two hours, with a total of 120 questions being asked.
  2. The general medicine questions are to be numbered 96 while 24 such questions are only to be asked from the segment on Pediatrics.
  3. The general medicine syllabus was listed pointwise in the comprehensive officially released notification announcing online the revised exam syllabus of UPSC CMS 2020.
  4. Part 1 Paper 2 has subdivided three sections of Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics and Preventive & Social Medicine with 40 questions per section making it a total of 120 questions as well in Paper 2.
  5. The UPSC CMS 2020 Paper 2 exam will also have a period of 250 marks of 2 hours each.
  6. The syllabus for the 100-mark Personality test includes checking general knowledge and understanding along with analytical and critical abilities of the candidates.
  7. As part of this test, social behavior, mental alertness, and honesty of character must also be tested on the personality of a candidate.

Examination of Combined Medical Services (CMSE) study highlights

The UPSC acts the Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) every year to shortlist the applicants for medical officer positions.On average, there are more than three lakh candidates who register for exam.The applicants will be chosen through a written online test, which consists of two documents.Growing paper will have a length of two hours, bearing a limit of 250 marks.

Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE)
Conducted by
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam level
Once in a year
Educational qualifications
Upper age limit
32 years
Exam mode
Computer-based (Online)
Number of papers
Question format
Duration of exam
1 day
Admit card availability
3 weeks before exam
No of test centres
Withdrawal of application
Application fee
Rs 200
Official website

Combined Medical Services 2020 Examination Pattern


  • Written examination (500 marks): The written examination comprises two papers each with 250 marks.
  • Every paper has an analysis period of 2 hours.
  • All papers will have empirical questions (multiple choice) about the form.
  • The question paper is only to be set in English.
  • Correct answers will be labelled negative.
  • One third for each question for which the applicant has given a wrong answer (0.33),The marks assigned to that issue shall be deducted.


Personality Assessment (100 marks):

  • The personality test is conducted only for those applicants who qualify for the written exam.
  • The personality test interview is used to gage the candidates’ general knowledge and skill in the fields of their academic research.
  • The examination may also measures the candidate’s intellectual curiosity, vital assimilation abilities, balance of judgment and mind alertness, honesty of character and leadership and initiative capacity.

Part-I Written examination (500 marks)

Paper I (250 marks, 120 questions)

(a) General Ability: 30 questions
(b) General Medicine:  70 questions
(c) Paediatrics:  20 questions

Paper II (250 marks, 120 questions)

(a) Surgery: 40 questions
(b) Gynaecology & Obstetrics: 40 questions
(c) Preventive & Social Medicine: 40 questions

Combined Medical Services 2020 Syllabus

Syllabus of Combined Medical Services Paper

  • (a) General Ability   
    (i) Indian Society, Heritage & Culture, Polity, Economy, Human Development Indices and the Development Programmes;
    (ii) Natural Resources, their distribution, exploitation, conservation and related issues;
    (iii)  Basic concepts of Ecology and Environment and their impact on health and economy;
    (iv) Impact of changing demographic trends on health, environment and society;
    (v) Indian Agriculture, Industry, Trade, Transportation and Service Sectors;
    (vi) Natural and man made disasters and their management;
    (vii) Food adulteration, Food processing, food distribution, food storage and their relevance to public health;
    (viii) Recent trends in Science and Technology
  • (b) General Medicine  (General Medicine including Cardiology, Neurology, Dermatology and Psychiatry)
  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Gastro-intestinal
  • Genito-Urinary
  • Neurology
  • Hematology
  • Endocrinology
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Infections/Communicable Diseases
  • Virus
  • Rickets
  • Bacterial
  • Spirochetal
  • Protozoan
  • Metazoan
  • Fungus
  • Nutrition/Growth
  • Diseases of the skin (Dermatology)
  • Musculoskelatal System
  • Psychiatry
  • General(c) Paediatrics   (a) Surgery
    (Surgery including ENT, Opthalmology, Traumatology and Orthopaedics)
    I  General Surgery
  • 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
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Traumatology

  • Ante-natal conditions
  • Intra-natal conditions
  • Post-natal conditions
  • Management of normal labours or complicated labour
  • Questions on applied anatomy
  • Questions on applied physiology of menstruation and fertilization
  • Questions on infections in genital tract
  • Questions on neoplasma in the genital tract
  • Questions on displacement of the uterus
  • Conventional contraceptives
  • U.D. and oral pills
  • Operative procedure, sterilization and organization of programmes in the urban and rural surroundings
  • 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

DOWNLOAD FREECombined Medical Services Exam Syllabus


A applicant must be either of

  • (a) a citizen of India, or
  • (b) a subject of Nepal, or
  • (c) a subject of Bhutan, or
  • (d) a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1 January 1962, planning to settle permanently in India; or
  • (e) a person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma , Sri Lanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambian.
  • Provided that a applicant from categories (b ) , ( c), (d ) and ( e) above is a individual in whose approval, the Govt has issued an eligibility certificate.

2.Educational Qualification:

  1. A nominee for this test do not have exceeded the age of 32 as on 1 August 2019,
  2. the applicant must have been born not earlier than 2 August 1987
  3. The upper age limit is Relaxable; up to a maximum of five years if a nominee belongs to the SC / ST;
  4. up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to the OBC who are qualified for the quota applicable to such a test;
  5. Up to a limit of five years if during the period from 1 January 1980 to 31 December 1989
  6. the period from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 1989
  7. a candidate had been normally residential in the State of Jammu & Kashmir
  8. the session from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 1989Up to a limit of five years for ex-servicemen including commissioned officers and ECOs / SSCOs who served at least five years of military service as of 1 August 2019 and were released I upon completion of their assignment (including those whose assignment is scheduled to be completed within one year from 1 August 2019)
  9. other than by way of dismissal or discharge as a result of miscounts.Up to a limit of five years for ECOs / SSCOs having fulfilled an initial 5-year military service assignment as of 1 August 2019,
  10. Up to a period of 10 years in the case of (a) blindness and poor vision, (b) deafness and weak hearing, (c) austimacy, intellectual impairment, unique learning disability and mental disorder (e) various disabilities between persons pursuant to clauses (a) to (d) of section 34 of the Act on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2016 including deafness Ad hoc Doctors named after October 1, 1988

Roles and Responsibilities

  • The medical officer will be recruited and posted in any central department
  • The medical officer is supposed to do medical duties as performed by any doctor Indian Govt. can send the officer to any department to serve its employees, retired employees and their dependents
  • The medical officer is responsible for allotting duties to the medical staff and makes the sure smooth running of OPD as well
  • The medical officer makes arrangements to distribute work at the time of emergency.
  • The officer manages his staff in normal OPD hours and is allowed to organize laboratory services
  • The medical officer should be within 8 KM radius only as the medical officer’s help may be required any time.
  • The medical officer will get all the benefits as other central government employees get when it comes to accommodations, bonus, salary and other things
UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam Syllabus 2020
UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam Syllabus 2020



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