The applicant who is considered not to meet these requirements after such medical review as the Central Government or the Appointing Authority will generally endorse will not be chosen. All applicants who are invited for the Union Public Service Commission’s Personality Exam will be asked to undergo a physical review, which is compulsory. As a result, a medical examination is one of the most relevant considerations in service allocation, and efficient implementation of medical examination is critical for timely and seamless service allocation.

In this article, you will read about everything you should know about the eye test in UPSC. You will also find some valuable advice to improve your UPSC preparation.

Medical Examination of UPSC

The applicant will be notified to appear before the Central Standing Medical Board (CSMB), which has been established for the purpose of undertaking a medical assessment to determine a candidate’s mental and physical condition, and on the basis of this assessment, a candidate will be approved as fit or unfit for all facilities or temporarily unfit or unfit for technical support.

Categories of Services

There are two types of services:

# Technical services

# Non-technical services.

Technical Services

Technical Services necessitate additional medical qualifications in terms of vision, height, chest, chest expansion, and so on.

Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)

Indian Police Service (IPS)

Delhi Andaman and Nicobar Police Service (DANIPS)

Pondicherry Police Service (PONDIPS)

Railway Protection Force (RPF)

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Non-technical Services

Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

Indian Foreign Service (IFS)

Indian Audit & Accounts Service ( IA&AS)

Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)

Indian Civil Accounts Service

Indian Railway Accounts Service

Indian Railway Personnel Service

Indian Defense Accounts Service

Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax)

Indian Ordnance Factories Services

Indian Postal Service

Indian Defense Estates Service

Indian Postal & Telegraph Accounts and Finance Service

Indian Corporate Law Services

Indian Information Service

Indian Trade Service



Armed Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) Civil Service

Designated Hospitals for IAS Medical Test

Candidates will be examined medically in seven specified hospitals in Delhi. They are as follows:

Safdarjung Hospital

Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital

Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital

Sucheta Kriplani Hospital

Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital

Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital

BR Ambedkar Hospital.

Candidates from the Physically Handicapped (PH) Category who apply for the Civil Services Prelims Exam will be tested in 5 hospitals, namely,

Safdarjung Hospital

Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital


Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital

Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital.

All seven of the above-mentioned hospitals will conduct examinations for female applicants. When a female candidate needs to be investigated, a Lady Doctor will be appointed as a representative of the Medical Board.

Prepare for Medical Examination

Candidates are required to train themselves sufficiently in advance when contacting the Central Standing Medical Board for the medical review in order to prevent any negative and unfavourable results. It is recommended that you begin working out a few weeks or even months before the medical assessment date, particularly if you are selecting for IPS. Don’t wait until the last minute to get dressed. Build your stamina and health degree gradually and allow yourself enough prep time to shed some excess weight.

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UPSC Eye Test: Standards for Distant & Near Vision 

Technical Services

Distance vision: Better eye (corrected vision) is 6/6 or 6/9 and the worse eye is 6/12 or 6/9

Near vision: Better eye (corrected vision) is J1** and the worse eye is J2**

Types of corrections permitted: Spectacles, CL and Refractive Surgery* like Lasik, ICL, IOL etc

Limits of refractive permitted: +4.00 D (including cylinder)-Non- Pathological Myopia +4.00 D (including cylinder) (Hypermetropia)

colour vision requirements: High Grade

Binocular vision needed: Yes

Non-Technical Services

Distance vision: Better eye (corrected vision) is 6/6 or 6/9 and worse eye is 6/18 to NIL or 6/12

Near vision: Better eye (corrected vision) is J1** J2 and the worse eye is J3 to NIL** J2

Types of corrections permitted: Spectacles, CL and Refractive Surgery like Lasik, ICL, IOL etc.

Limits of refractive permitted: None but without

colour vision requirements: Low grade

Binocular vision needed: No

Colour Vision for IAS Medical Test

Applicants must correctly define the character, and there’ll be puzzles in which you must map the route according to the colour.

colour vision can be rated as higher or lower based on the scale of the aperture in the lamp, as seen in the table below:

Grade Higher Grade

Colour Perception

Lower Grade

Colour Perception

Distance between the lamp and the candidate 16 ft 16 ft
Size of aperture 1.3 mm 13 mm
Time of exposure 5 seconds 5 seconds

For IPS, Other Police Services, 1RTS and RPF, High-grade colour Vision is required

For the rest of the services under, Low-Grade colour Vision is acceptable

There is also a clause for appealing a medical board ruling if you believe an unfavourable report was issued. Another board will be established in another medical centre for the same purpose.

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Advice for IAS Candidates

A day before the Medical Examination, the applicant should have fasted for at least 10 hours. They should not arrive for the Medical Examination without having taken some medication. If the applicants wear spectacles, Hearing Aid should carry them together with the medication. If the applicant wears contact lenses, they are advised to stop wearing them at least 48 hours before the medical test. The Candidate should carry details of any previous surgical procedures with him/her.

The applicant who belongs to the Physically Handicapped (PH) group is recommended to carry the equipment he/she is using as well as the ‘Disability Certificate’, if any, given to him or her in the background by any Disability Medical Board.

All pregnant applicants may be eligible for all forms of services, with the exception of those who require/require physical exercise. Many that need or receive physical exercise will be considered ‘Fit’ after confinement.


We hope that you got the answer to the queries that were in your mind. If you have problems with your eyesight, don’t fret. You can choose your UPSC path according to your convenience. The medical test can be a resistance to your UPSC career so you must know all the essential details of the medical test.

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