Combined Medical Service (CMS) Exam : Simple and Easy Insight

The Combined Medical Service Examination is conducted by Union Public Service Commission ( UPSC) for the recruitment of medical graduates for various Central Government organizations and services.




Highlights Of CMSE Exam

The Combined Medical Service Examination is an all-India level examination conducted once a year. The candidate has to first clear the written test with minimum cut-off marks. Subsequently, they will be called for the next round. Almost  4 lakh candidates apply for this examination.

Name of the Exam Combined Medical Service Examination (CMSE)
Organizing Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Level National
Exam Mode Computer-based Test (Online)
Number of Registrations Approx. 4 Lakh
Selection Process Online Test & Personality Test
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The UPSC generally releases the Combined Medical Service Examination (CMSE) notification in the month of July.

Aspirants willing to appear for Combined Medical Service Examination (CMSE) can apply online by visiting the official website of UPSC.

Notification Month
CMSE Notification July
CMSE Admit Card September
CMSE Exam October
CMSE Interview January
CMSE Result February


Eligibility Criteria: CMS

Combined medical service exam


1. Nationality 

  • The candidate must be a citizen of India to be eligible for the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and The Indian Police Service (IPS), and for other services, the candidate must be either of the following :
  • Candidates must be a citizen of India
  • Candidates must be a citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan.
  • Candidates must be Tibetan refugees who came to India before January 1, 1962, for settling permanently in India.
  • Candidates must a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Myanmar, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Vietnam, Zaire with the motive to settle permanently in India.

2. Educational Qualification

  • Candidates must hold an MBBS degree from a recognized University.
  • Candidates waiting for their final result can also apply.


3. Age Limit

Candidates should not be more than 32 years to appear for The Combined Medical Service Examination. There is no lower age limit defined to appear for the exam. The maximum age mentioned above is relaxable for the following candidates :

  1. Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST): 5 years
  2. Other Backward Classes(OBC) : 3 Years
  3. Defence Service Personnel : 3 years
  4. Ex-servicemen and ECOs/SSCOs who have served at least 5 years in Military Service as of 1st of August of the Notification Year: 5 years
  5. Blind, Deaf-mute and physically handicapped person: 10 Years.


CMSE Officer: Roles & Responsibility

  • The medical officer will have to do the medical duties as generally done by the doctor.
  • Medical officer assigned the duties to the nurse and other staff members for the proper and efficient functioning of the OPD.
  • Medical officer can be posted in any of the Central Department.



The Combined Medical Service Examination  is an all-India examination conducted by UPSC.  The candidate who clears the written test will be called for the Interview exams/Personality Test.


Stage 1: Computer Based Test (Online): 500 Marks

Paper Section Type Negative Marking Maximum Marks
Paper I General Medicine Objective Yes 250
Paper I Pediatrics Objective Yes
Paper-II Surgery Objective Yes 250
Paper-II Gynaecology & Obstetrics Objective Yes
Paper-II Preventive & Social Medicine Objective Yes
Note: Question paper will be only in English


Stage 2: Personality Test/ Interview (100 Marks )


The candidate who qualifies for the Combined Medical Service Examination written exam is called for the interview process. This is the last and final stage of the recruitment cycle before the final results are declared. The maximum mark in the interview is 100. Board takes the interview which consists of the competent panelist, who would judge the candidature on the following ground :

  1. Mental Attentiveness
  2. Critical power of assimilation
  3. Clear and Logical Interpretation
  4. Balance of Judgement
  5. Ability of social solidarity and leadership
  6. Intelligent curiosity



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