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UPSC – Combined Medical Services – SCHEME OF EXAMINATION

The examination shall be conducted according to the following plan:-

Part-I     WRITTEN EXAMINATION – (500 marksThe candidates will take the written examination in two Papers, each Paper carrying a maximum of 250 marks. Each Paper will be of two hours duration.

Part-II Personality Test carrying 100 marks of such of the candidates who qualify on the results of the          written examination.

(A)  Written Examination: The components and syllabus of two Papers and the weightage to different components in the two papers are given below: –

Paper I (Code No. 1) Maximum Marks : 250
(a) General Ability 30 questions
(b) General Medicine 70 questions
(c) Paediatrics 20 questions

Total questions in Paper I = 120 (30 General Ability, 70 General Medicine and 20 Paediatrics)

Syllabus of Paper –I

(a)        General Ability

(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 (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

a)      Virus

b)      Rickets

c)      Bacterial

d)      Spirochetal

e)      Protozoan

f)        Metazoan

g)      Fungus

(x)                 Nutrition/Growth

(xi)               Diseases of the skin (Dermatology)

(xii)              Musculoskelatal System

(xiii)            Psychiatry

(xiv)            General

(c)            Paediatrics

Paper II (Code No. 2) :            Maximum Marks : 250

(a)            Surgery                                              – 40 questions

(b)            Gynaecology & Obstetrics            – 40 questions

(c)            Preventive & Social Medicine            – 40 questions

Total questions in Paper II = 120 (40 Surgery, 40 Gynaecology & Obstetrics and 40 Preventive & Social Medicine)

Syllabus of Paper – II

(a)             Surgery

(Surgery including ENT, Opthalmology, Traumatology and Orthopaedics)

I           General Surgery

i)                    Wounds

ii)                   Infections

iii)                 Tumours

iv)                 Lymphatic

v)                  Blood vessels

vi)                 Cysts/sinuses

vii)               Head and neck

viii)              Breast

ix)                 Alimentary tract

a)       Oesophagus

b)      Stomach

c)       Intestines

d)      Anus

e)      Developmental

x)                  Liver, Bile, Pancreas

xi)                 Spleen

xii)               Peritoneum

xiii)              Abdominal wall

xiv)             Abdominal injuries

II            Urological Surgery

III          Neuro Surgery

IV            Otorhinolaryngology E.N.T.

V            Thoracic surgery

VI            Orthopedic surgery

VII            Ophthalmology

VIII            Anesthesiology

IX            Traumatology


I            OBSTETRICS

i)                    Ante-natal conditions

ii)                   Intra-natal conditions

iii)                 Post-natal conditions

iv)                 Management of normal labours or complicated labour


i)                     Questions on applied anatomy

ii)                   Questions on applied physiology of menstruation and fertilization

iii)                  Questions on infections in genital tract

iv)                 Questions on neoplasma in the genital tract

v)                   Questions on displacement of the uterus


i)                     Conventional contraceptives

ii)                   U.D. and oral pills

iii)                  Operative procedure, sterilization and organization of programmes in the urban and rural surroundings

iv)                 Medical Termination of Pregnancy


I            Social and Community Medicine

II            Concept of Health, Disease and Preventive Medicine

III            Health Administration and Planning

IV            General Epidemiology

V            Demography and Health Statistics

VI            Communicable Diseases

VII            Environmental Health

VIII            Nutrition and Health

IX            Non-communicable diseases

X            Occupational Health

XI            Genetics and Health

XII            International Health

XIII            Medical Sociology and Health Education

XIV            Maternal and Child Health

XV            National Programmes

2. The written examination in both the papers will be completely of objective (Multiple choice answer) type. The question Papers (Test Booklets) will be set in English only.

3.            Candidates must write the Papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write answers for them.

4.         The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or both the papers of the examination.

5.         Penalty for wrong answers

There will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective type question papers.

(i)                   There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

(ii)         If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happens to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.

(iii)        If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

6.            Candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers. They should, therefore not bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

(B)            PERSONALITY TEST – (100 marks) – Candidates who qualify in the written examination will be called for Interview/Personality Test to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. The Interview/Personality Test will carry 100 marks.

The interview for Personality Test will be intended to serve as a supplement to the written examination for testing the General Knowledge and ability of the candidates in the fields of their academic study and also in the nature of a personality test to assess the candidate’s intellectual curiosity, critical powers of assimilation, balance of judgment and alertness of mind, ability for social cohesion, integrity of character, initiative and capability for leadership.


  1. please infom me the date of form distribution.

  2. when does the result of written test come?

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