UPSC CMS Exam 2023 is an exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for various medical officer posts in different government services. The exam schedule was released on June 13, 2023, and the application form correction window was available from May 10 to 16, 2023. The last date to submit the application form was May 9, 2023.

The UPSC CMS exam 2023 notification was released on April 19, 2023, and the exam is scheduled to be held on July 16, 2023. The admit card for the exam was released on June 23, 2023, on the official website.

The CMS exam consists of two stages – a computer-based examination and a personality test. The computer-based examination includes two papers – Paper 1 (General Medicine and Pediatrics) and Paper 2 (Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, and Preventive & Social Medicine).

The UPSC CMS exam 2023 application form was released along with the notification.

Please note that the information about UPSC CMS exam 2022 final result is also mentioned, and you can download it from the official website.

UPSC conducts this exam to fill vacancies for Assistant Medical Officer in Indian Ordnance Factories Health Services, Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in Railways, Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Services, and other similar positions.


UPSC CMS EXAM 2023: Important dates


Event Date
Date of release of notification April 19, 2023
Date of commencement of application April 19, 2023
Last date of receipt of application May 9, 2023
Availability of admit card June 23, 2023
Date of examination July 16, 2023
Results Available July 29, 2023



Particulars Details
Name of the Exam Combined Medical Services Examination (CMS)
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Level National – Conducted across India
Exam Frequency Annual
Exam Levels Written Examination (Paper I and Paper II)
Personality/Interview Test
Application Mode Online only
Application Fees General: Rs. 200/-
Female/SC/ST/Disabled: No fee
Mode of Examination Computer-based Test (CBT)
Exam Duration Written Exam: 2 hours per paper
Language English
Post Name/Purpose of the Exam Recruitment of Medical Officers at different levels
Official Website

UPSC CMS Exam 2023: Vacancy

Category Post/Position Vacancy for 2022 Vacancy for 2021
I Medical Officers Grade in General Duty Medical Officers Sub-cadre 314
Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Service 349
II Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways 300 300
General Duty Medical Officer in New Delhi Municipal Council 3 5
General Duty Medical Officer Gr-II in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and South Delhi Municipal Corporation 70 184
Total 687 838



Criteria Requirements
Educational Qualification Candidates should possess an M.B.B.S. degree.
Upper Age limit General: Candidates should not be older than 32 years as of August 1, 2023.
Medical Officers Grade in General Duty Medical Officers Sub-cadre of Central Health Services:
Candidates should not be older than 35 years as of August 1, 2023.
Age relaxation For SC (Scheduled Caste) or ST (Scheduled Tribe): Maximum 5 years of age relaxation.
BC (Backward Class) candidates eligible for reservation: Maximum 3 years of age relaxation.
Ex-servicemen (with appropriate conditions): Maximum 5 years of age relaxation.
Disability (Visual, hearing, mental, locomotor disabilities, and illness): Maximum 10 years of age relaxation.
Nationality Indian Citizen
Subject of Nepal or Bhutan
Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Indian origin individuals migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, or East African Countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia) or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

UPSC CMS Exam 2023: Eligibility Criteria

  • Nationality: Candidates must be citizens of India, subjects of Nepal/Bhutan, Tibetan refugees who migrated to India before January 01, 1962, or individuals of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire, or Vietnam with the intention of permanent settlement in India.
  • Education Qualification: The educational requirements vary depending on the academy:
    • For Indian Military Academy and Officers’ Training Academy: Graduation degree from a recognized University or equivalent.
    • For Indian Naval Academy: Graduation in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution.
    • For Air Force Academy: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University, with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level, or Bachelor of Engineering.
  • Age Limit: The candidate should be between 20 to 24 years old as of 1st July 2023. Detailed age limit information can be found in the official notification.


Category Post Salary and Benefits
I Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways Level 10 of Pay Matrix (Rs. 56,100-1,77,500/-) and it carries Non-Practising Allowance (NPA)
II Medical Officers Grade in General Duty Medical Officers Sub-cadre of Central Health Service Level-10 (Rs. 56,100 to Rs. 1,77,500/-) of the pay matrix and NPA
Junior Scale posts in the Central Health Service Level-10 (Rs. 56,100 to Rs. 1,77,500/-) of the pay matrix and NPA
General Duty Medical Officer in the New Delhi Municipal Council Pay Matrix Level-10 Rs. 56,100-1,77,500/- + restricted Non-practicing allowance (NPA)
General Duty Medical Officer Gr.II in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and South Delhi Municipal Corporation Salary at the minimum of the first cell of Rs. 56,100/- in level 10 of the Pay Matrix under 7th CPC
Pensions and Gratuity Eligible candidates will receive granted pensions and gratuity from time to time
Promotion Opportunities Based on experience, aspirants can be promoted to higher grades
Probation Period Selected candidates go through a probation period
Temporary and Permanent Postings Both temporary and permanent postings are provided
Physical Fitness Test Eligible candidates need to pass a physical fitness test
Code of Conduct Candidates must follow instructions appropriately and any kind of malpractice is not tolerated

Please note that the salary and benefits mentioned above are based on previous years’ information. The official details regarding UPSC CMS Salary and Benefits for 2023 will be available once the official notification is released.



Round No. of Questions Duration Marks
Written examination Paper I – General Medicine 96 2 hours
Paper I – Pediatrics 24
Total 120
Paper II – Surgery (ENT, Ophthalmology, Traumatology, and Orthopedics) 40 2 hours
Paper II – Gynecology & Obstetrics 40
Paper II – Preventive & Social Medicine 40
Total 120
Complete total 4 hours 500
Personality/Interview Eligible upon clearing the written test 100
Total marks 600

Additional Information:

  • The written examination consists of two papers: Paper I and Paper II.
  • Each paper is held for 2 hours.
  • Paper I covers General Medicine and Pediatrics.
  • Paper II covers Surgery (ENT, Ophthalmology, Traumatology, and Orthopedics), Gynecology & Obstetrics, and Preventive & Social Medicine.
  • The total number of questions in each paper is 120, making a complete total of 240 questions.
  • The written examination carries a total of 500 marks.
  • Upon clearing the written examination, candidates are eligible to appear for the Personality/Interview round.
  • The Personality/Interview round carries 100 marks.
  • For each wrong answer in the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) format, 0.33 marks are deducted.
  • Marks are also deducted for choosing multiple answers in an MCQ.
  • No marks are deducted for questions left unanswered.



Section Syllabus
Paper I General Medicine
– Cardiology
– Respiratory diseases
– Gastro-intestinal
– Genito-Urinary
– Neurology
– Hematology
– Endocrinology
– Metabolic disorders
– Infections/Communicable Diseases
– Nutrition/Growth
– Diseases of the skin (Dermatology)
– Musculoskeletal System
– Psychiatry
– General
– Emergency Medicine
– Common Poisoning
– Snake bite
– Tropical Medicine
– Critical Care Medicine
– Emphasis on medical procedures
– Pathophysiological basis of diseases
– Vaccines preventable diseases and Non-vaccines preventable diseases
– Vitamin deficiency diseases
– Psychiatry (Depression, psychosis, anxiety, bipolar diseases, and Schizophrenia)
Pediatrics Pediatrics
– Common childhood emergencies
– Basic newborn care
– Normal developmental milestones
– Accidents and poisonings in children
– Birth defects and counseling including autism
– Immunization in children
– Recognizing children with special needs and management
– National programs related to child health
Paper II Surgery (ENT, Ophthalmology, Traumatology, and Orthopedics)
– General Surgery
– Urological Surgery
– Neuro Surgery
– Otorhinolaryngology E.N.T.
– Thoracic surgery
– Orthopedic surgery
– Ophthalmology
– Anesthesiology
– Traumatology
– Diagnosis and management of common surgical ailments
– Pre-operative and post-operative care of surgical patients
– Medicolegal and ethical issues of surgery
– Wound healing
– Fluid and electrolyte management in surgery
– Shock pathophysiology and management
Gynecology & Obstetrics Obstetrics
– Ante-natal conditions
– Intra-natal conditions
– Postnatal conditions
– Management of normal labor or complicated labor
– Questions on applied anatomy
– Questions on applied physiology of menstruation and fertilization
– Questions on infections in genital tract
– Questions on neoplasms in the genital tract
– Questions on the displacement of the uterus
– Normal delivery and safe delivery practices
– High-risk pregnancy and management
– Abortions
– Intrauterine growth retardation
– Medicolegal examination in obgy and Gynae including Rape
Family Planning
– Conventional contraceptives
– U.D. and oral pills
– Operative procedure, sterilization and organization of programs in the urban and rural surroundings
– Medical Termination of Pregnancy
Preventive & Social Medicine Social and Community Medicine
– Concept of Health, Disease and Preventive Medicine
– Health Administration and Planning
– General Epidemiology
– Demography and Health Statistics
– Communicable Diseases
– Environmental Health
– Nutrition and Health
– Non-communicable diseases
– Occupational Health
– Genetics and Health
– International Health
– Medical Sociology and Health Education
– Maternal and Child Health
– National Programmes
– Management of common health problems
– Ability to monitor national health programs
– Knowledge of maternal and child wellness
– Ability to recognize, investigate, report, plan and manage community health problems including malnutrition and emergencies

  • Step Description
    Step 1 Visit the official UPSC website at
    Step 2 Look for the link that redirects you to the application form for the CMS exam
    Step 3 Fill in all the required details in the application form
    Step 4 Upload scanned copies of necessary documents, including your photograph, signature, and Photo ID
    Step 5 After filling in all the details and uploading the required documents, submit the application form
    Step 6 Pay the application fee
    – UR Male category candidates: INR 200/-
    – Female and reserved category candidates: NIL

    Remember to double-check all the information filled in the application form before submitting it. Keep a copy of the submitted application form and the payment receipt for future reference.



Steps Description
Step 1 Visit the official website of UPSC at
Step 2 Look for the Admit Card link on the homepage.
Step 3 Read the instructions provided and click on the “Yes” button.
Step 4 Enter your roll number and date of birth (By Roll Number) or registration ID and date of birth (By Registration ID).
Step 5 Click on the Submit button.
Step 6 Download and save your UPSC CMS admit card.

Details mentioned on UPSC CMS Admit Card 2023:

Roll Number
Photo Identity Card
Father’s Name
Mother’s Name
Venue of Exam

Remember to double-check all the information on the admit card and keep it safe. It is essential to carry the admit card and a valid photo ID proof to the exam center on the day of the examination.

Please note that the information provided here is based on general practices, and it’s advisable to refer to the official UPSC website for the most accurate and up-to-date instructions regarding the download of the UPSC CMS admit card for the 2023 exam.



Q: What does UPSC CMS stand for? A: UPSC CMS stands for Union Public Service Commission Combined Medical Services examination. It is a recruitment exam for the post of Medical Officers.

Q: Can final-year MBBS students apply for the UPSC CMS Examination 2023? A: No, final-year MBBS students are not eligible to apply for the UPSC CMS exam. Only candidates who have completed their MBBS degrees are eligible to apply.

Q: What is the pass percentage for PWBD candidates in the UPSC CMS exam? A: The pass percentage for PWBD (Persons with Benchmark Disability) candidates in the written exam of UPSC CMS is 10%. For non-PWBD candidates, the minimum pass percentage is 25%.

Q: Is there negative marking in the UPSC CMS exam? A: Yes, there is negative marking in the UPSC CMS exam. For every wrong answer, 0.33 marks are deducted. Candidates should answer carefully to avoid negative marking.

Q: Are marks deducted for unattended answers in the UPSC CMS examination? A: No, marks are not deducted for unattended answers in the UPSC CMS exam. Negative marking is applicable only for wrong answers and multiple selected answers.

Q: Can the examination fees be paid in cash during the UPSC CMS application? A: Yes, it is possible to pay the examination fees in cash. The candidate needs to deposit the cash amount on the next working day after filling the form, along with the generated pay slip.

Q: How many attempts can one make for the UPSC CMS exam? A: The number of attempts for the UPSC CMS exam is limited. General category candidates can attempt the exam up to 6 times, OBC candidates up to 7 times, and SC/ST candidates have unlimited attempts within the specified age limit.

Q: What is the salary for UPSC CMS recruitment? A: The salary for UPSC CMS recruitment varies based on the post. Medical Officers can expect a starting salary ranging from Rs. 56,100 to Rs. 1,77,500 per month. Additional benefits such as Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance, and Medical Allowance are also provideD

UPSC CMS Previous Year Question Paper


Previous year question papers and answer keys have been provided in PDF format in the following part of the article. Candidates can download the papers free of cost.