The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Combined Medical Services (CMS) Examination every year for the recruitment of Medical Officers (viz. Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways, Posts of Assistant Medical Officer in the Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service, Junior Scale posts, General Duty Medical Officer, General Duty Medical Officer Gr.II) in various organizations like Indian Railways, Central Health Service, the Indian Ordnance Factories etc. that function under the Government of India.
Here are a few important details that every aspirant should know about the Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination before starting their preparation.
- About UPSC – Exam Conducting Body
- UPSC Notification: CMS Exam Important Dates
- CMS Eligibility Criteria
- CMS e-Admit Card
- Exam Fee
- CMS Exam Pattern
- UPSC Syllabus for CMS
- Services/Posts (CDS)
- Service Preference – Pay Matrix and Pay
CDS Eligibility Criteria
Candidates applying for this exam should ensure they fulfill all the eligibility criteria for admission to the examination. Candidates’ admission to the examination is conditional which on the basis of fulfilling the mentioned eligibility criteria.
- Age Limits and Marital Status
- Educational Qualification
- Physical and Medical Standards
CMS Exam Fee
Candidates are required to pay of fee of 200 INR (Rupees Two Hundred only).
Female/SC/ST/PH candidates are exempted from payment of the fee.
Mode of Payment:
- Depositing cash in any Branch of SBI by cash, or
- Net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or
- Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card
CMS e-Admit Card
Candidates who are considered eligible based on the details furnished by them while filling the form will be issued the e-Admit card 3 weeks before the date of examination. The e-Admit Card will be made accessible for candidates which they can download on the UPSC official website (www.upsc.gov.in).
No Admit Card will be sent by post.
CMS Exam Pattern/Plan of Examination
The UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam comprises two parts viz.
Part I a computer-based examination for 500 Marks, which has two papers (paper 1 and paper 2) and each paper is for 250 marks for a duration of 2 hours) and
Part II the interview for personality test which carries 100 marks.
The total maximum marks combining both part I and part II is 600 Marks
PART-I: COMPUTER BASED EXAMINATION – (500 MARKS)
- PAPER I of CBE: Maximum of 250 marks. Total number of questions in Paper I = 120 (30 General Ability, 70 General Medicine and 20 Paediatrics
- PAPER II of CBE: Maximum of 250 marks. Total number of questions in Paper II = 120 (40 Surgery, 40 Gynaecology & Obstetrics and 40 Preventive & Social Medicine)
There is a negative mark of 0.33 for each incorrect answer given to a question.
PART-II: PERSONALITY TEST: (100 MARKS)
Personality test carrying 100 marks for candidates who qualify for the Computer-based examination.
A candidate may choose any one or more of the services or posts as mentioned below while filling the UPSC Online Application Form for CMS Exam. Candidates should indicate preferences for services/posts at the appropriate time. If a candidate wishes to be admitted for more than one service/post he/she should send only one application. He/she will be required to pay the fee one time only and will not be required to pay separate fee for each of the services/posts for which he/she applies.
Posts/Services in CMS – Pay Matrix and Pay
The Services/Posts to which recruitment is made through the CMS Exam are given below.