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Combined Medical Services Examination (CMS Exam) is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment of the post of Medical Officer in various organizations working under the Government of India. CMS Exam is conducted once every year by UPSC.

Eligibility Required to apply are as below:
– Age Limit: Candidates applying for this examination must not have attained the age of 32 years at the time of applying.
– Educational Qualification:For admission to the examination a candidate should have passed the written and practical parts of the final M.B.B.S. Examination.
NOTE:- A candidate who has appeared or has yet to appear at the final M.B.B.S. Examination may also apply.
– 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.

Combined Medical Services Examination (CMS) Exam Pattern: The CMS examination will be conducted in two parts- written examination (500 marks) followed by personality test (100 Marks).

CMS Written Exam Pattern : The candidates will take the written examination in two Papers, each Paper carrying a maximum of 250 marks. Each Paper will be of two hours duration.

Paper Subject Max. QuestionsTime Alloted
01General Ability
General Medicine
2 Hours
Gynecology & Obstetrics
Preventive & Social Medicine
2 Hours

NOTE:– The written examination in both the papers will be completely of objective (Multiple choice answer) type. The question Papers (Test Booklets) will be set in English only.
– Negative Marking will be done for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective type questions.

CMS Personality Test :Candidates who qualify in the written examination will be called for Interview/ Personality Test to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. The Interview/Personality Test will carry 100 marks. The interview for Personality Test will be intended to serve as a supplement to the written 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, balance of judgment and alertness of mind, ability for social cohesion, integrity of character, initiative and capability for leadership.

Some of the books which can help candidates to prepare for UPSC Combined Medical Services Examination or CMS Examination are suggested as below.

These books consists of all the related topics at one place.

Syllabus For UPSC Combined Medical Services Examination (CMS) Examination:

Syllabus of Paper-I:
(a) General Ability
(i) Indian Society, Heritage and 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)
(i) Cardiology
(ii) Respiratory diseases
(iii) Gastro-intestinal
(iv) Genito-Urinary
(v) Neurology
(vi) Hematology
(vii) Endocrinology
(viii)Metabolic disorders
(ix) Infections/Communicable Diseases
a) Virus
b) Rickets
c) Bacterial
d) Spirochetal
e) Protozoan
f) Metazoan
g) Fungus
(x) Nutrition/Growth
(xi) Diseases of the skin (Dermatology)
(xii) Musculoskelatal System
(c) Paediatrics

Syllabus of Paper – II
(a) Surgery (Surgery including ENT, Opthalmology, Traumatology and Orthopaedics)
I 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
II Urological Surgery
III Neuro Surgery
IV Otorhinolaryngology E.N.T.
V Thoracic surgery
VI Orthopedic surgery
VII Ophthalmology
VIII Anesthesiology
IX Traumatology
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
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
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 diseases
X) Occupational Health
XI) Genetics and Health
XII) International Health
XIII) Medical Sociology and Health Education
XIV) Maternal and Child Health
XV) National Programmes

We wish our candidates All The Best for the Upcoming Exams and wish them great future ahead!!

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  • amitasingh says:

    Best book for perpetration of UPSC exam is Rapid Digest UPSC CMS examination by Tapas koley and Arun yadav of Academa Publisher

  • anand says:

    best book for preparation to UPSC combined medical services is Elsevier’s Comprehensive Guide to combined medical services upsc simplified written by Rajeev Kumar & Prakaksh Nayak.

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