The CMS or Combined Medical Services Examination is conducted by the UPSC or Union Public Service Commission for the posting as a medical officer and in various organisations such as Indian Railways, New Delhi Municipal Council, Indian Ordnance Factories and Municipal Corporation of Delhi which is functioning under the government of India.

The CMS releases the notifications for the examination in the month of April and the exam is conducted in the month of July. There is an interview after the written examination and candidates are successful after that. This article will provide you with all the 2021 updates, notifications and syllabus of the examination.

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UPSC CMS 2021 Syllabus

Given below is the syllabus of all the subjects

Paper 1: General Medicine

Cardiology Tropical medicine
Respiratory Diseases Snake Byte
Gastro-Intestinal Common Poisoning
Gastro Urinary Emergency Medicine
Neurology General
Haematology Psychiatry- anxiety, bipolar diseases psychosis, Schizophrenia, Depression
Endocrinology Musculoskeletal system
Metabolic disorders Disease of skin
Communicable/ Infectious Diseases, Spirochetal, Protozoan, Rickets, Bacterial, Metazoan, Fungus, Virus Nutrition/ Growth
Emphasis on medical procedures Critical Care Medicine
Patho physiological basis of diseases Vitamin deficiency

Paper 1: Paediatrics

Common childhood Emergencies National programmes related to child Health
Basic Newborn Care Accidents and poisonings in children
Normal Developmental Milestone Recognizing children with special needs and management
Birth Defects and counselling Immunity in children

Paper 1: Obstetrics

Ante-natal conditions Post -Natal condition
Antenatal conditions Management of complicated and normal labours

Paper 1: Surgery

Urological surgery Neurosurgery
Anesthesiology Orthopaedic Surgery
General Surgery.



Blood vessels


Head Wounds and neck

Liver, bile, pancreas

Abdominal wall Spleen and injuries

Sinuses/ Cysts

Anus Developmental

Alimentary Tract Oesophagus



Otorhinolaryngology ENT
Diagnosis and management of common surgical ailments Wound Healing
Preoperative care of Surgical Patients Shock patio-physiology and management
Thoracic Surgery Ophthalmology
Medicolegal and ethical issues of surgery Fluid and electrolyte management, Traumatology in surgery and Shock management and pathophysiology

Paper 1: Gynaecology

Applied Anatomy Uterus
Physiology of fertilization and menstruation Neoplasma in Genital Tract
Normal and safe delivery practices Displacement of uterus
Abortions High-Risk Pregnancy and management
Musicology examination in gynae and obgy including rape Infection in the Genital Tract

Paper 1: Family Planning

Conventional contraceptives Medical Termination of pregnancy
UD and oral pills The sterilization, operative procedure,  and organization of programmes

Paper 1: Preventive Social and Community Medicine

Social and Community Medicine Knowledge of maternal and child wellness
Concept of health, disease and preventive Medicine Management of common health programmes
General Epidemiology National Programmes
Demography and Health Statistics Maternal and Child Health
Communicable Diseases Medical Sociology And Health Education
Environmental Health International Health
Genetics and Health Occupational diseases
Nutrition and Health Non-communicable Diseases
Management of common health problems Ability to monitor national health programmes
Knowledge of maternal and child wellness Ability to recognize, report, plan, investigate and manage community health problems including emergencies and malnutrition.

Paper 2: Interview Round

Capability of leadership Intellectual Curiosity
Decision making Alertness
Character Question from academics
Initiative The ability for Social Cohesion

UPSC CMS 2021 Application Form

#Aspirants have to follow these steps to apply for the CMS examination

#Go to the official site of the UPSC which is

#Then, click on the 2021 UPSC CMS link which is there in the examination section

#There will be a page popping up and there click on the application link

#Fill in the application details and make the payment for the application fees, then click on submit.

#The application form will be submitted

#The page will give you a confirmation page, download it and keep a hard copy for future reference.

#The application fee is Rs.200.

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UPSC CMS 2021: Notification

The notification of the CMS exam is available on the official website. You can get the updated notification here

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UPSC CMS 2021 Updates and Dates

Date of Notification 07/07/2021
Date of Commencement of Examination 21/11/2021
Duration of Examination One Day
Last Date for Receipt of Applications 27/07/2021 – 6:00pm

UPSC 2021: Exam Pattern

Given below is the exam pattern

Paper 1

Subjects Questions
General Medicine including Dermatology, Neurology, Cardiology and Psychiatry 96
Paediatrics 24

Paper 2

Subjects Questions
Surgery including Traumatology, Ophthalmology, and Orthopaedics 40
Obstetrics and Gynaecology 40
Social Medicine and Preventive 40

Section Wise Marks Distribution: Paper 1

Subject Number of Question
General Medicine 96
Paediatrics 24
Total 120

These are all MCQ questions that will have four options and the negative marking is one-third of the marks. If two or more answers are given by the aspirant, it will be considered as the wrong answer and there will be no negative marking for unanswered questions.

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Eligibility Criteria

#Nationality:- Subject of Bhutan or Nepal, Citizen of India and some Tibetan refugees, an individual of Indian origin who has departed from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zaire, Malawi or from Vietnam with the expectation of permanently settling in India.

#Age:- Must not have accomplished the age of 32 years with relaxations for several classifications like ST, SC and OBC.

#Educational Qualifications:- Passed the practical and written components of the last MBBS Examination.


The exam is objective type and is written with two papers and the duration of the exam is two hours. Candidates need to set their time and should have proper time management. One should be mentally prepared before the exam so that one can be confident and be always prepared for everything. One should have patience and perseverance while they appear for the examination. While appearing for the interview round, one should be calm, honest and positive in their way of speaking.

Aspirants need to know the syllabus and the exam pattern well before they start for preparation. Aspirants who are opting to appear for the examination need to check the official websites from time to time. UPSC Pathshala will keep the aspirants updated and notified. Stay tuned here for all the daily updates.

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