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UPSC CMS Paper 1 Syllabus – Combined Medical Services

Get UPSC CMS Paper 1 Syllabus along with Combined Medical Services Exam 2019 details. UPSC conducts computer based combined medical examination for recruitment to the services and posts of Assistant Medical Officer in railways, Indian Ordinance Factories Health Service, Junior scale posts in central health services, etc.

UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam 2019

Important Dates

  • Notification Date: 10th April, 2019
  • Last Date to Apply:  6th May, 2019
  • CMS Exam Date:  21st July, 2019

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Eligibility Criteria

Age limit: You must not have attained the age of 32 years as on 1 January of year of exam. Age relaxation for reserved category is applicable as per the norms.

Educational qualification: For admission to the examination, you should have passed the written and practical parts of the final MBBS examination.

CMS Exam Pattern

Part I is written examination of 500 marks. The written exam for two objective papers is conducted as Computer based mode. You have to take the written examination in two papers, each carrying a maximum of 250 marks. Each paper is of 2 hours duration. There is negative marking of 1/3 of mark for each incorrect answer.

Paper Section Questions Marks
Paper I

(2 hours)

General Ability 30 62.5
General Medicine 70 145.8
Paediatrics 20 41.7
Paper II


(2 hours)

Surgery 40 62.5
Gynaecology & Obstetrics 40 155.8
Preventive & Social Medicine 40 41.7

Part II is personality test carrying 100 marks of such of the candidates who qualify on the results of the written examination.

Computer Based Test

Till 2013, the written examination for Combined Medical Services Examination for two objective type papers was being conducted through the OMR sheets. However, from 2014 the UPSC has decided that the exam is to be conducted in Computer Based mode.

UPSC CMS Paper 1 Syllabus

(a) General Ability (30 Questions)

  • (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 (70 Questions)

(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 (Virus, Rickets, Bacterial, Spirochetal, Protozoan, Metazoan, Fungus)
  • (x) Nutrition/Growth
  • (xi) Diseases of the skin (Dermatology)
  • (xii) Musculoskelatal System
  • (xiii) Psychiatry
  • (xiv) General

(c) Paediatrics (20 Questions)