CMS Exam

Combined Medical Services Exam

What is CMS Exam?

UPSC conducts the Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) every year to recruit medical graduates into a variety of Central Government Organizations and Services.

The Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) is conducted in accordance with the rules published by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in the Gazette of India.

UPSC conducts a Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) for recruitment of the following posts to be filled:

  • Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways
  • Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in Indian Ordnance Factories Health Services
  • Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Services
  • General Duty Medical Officer in New Delhi Municipal Council
  • General Duty Medical Gr.-II in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation

Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) Exam Highlights 

Every year, the UPSC conducts the Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) to shortlist the candidates for medical officer posts. On an average, more three lakh candidates register for the examination. The selection of the candidates will be made through online written examination, which consists of two papers. Each paper will be of two hours duration carrying a maximum of 250 marks.  

Exam Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE)
Conducted by  Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) 
Exam level National
Frequency  Once in a year
Educational qualifications  MBBS
Upper age limit  32 years 
Exam mode  Computer-based (Online) 
Number of papers  2
Question format  Objective
Duration of exam 1 day
Admit card availability  3 weeks before exam
No of test centres  41
Withdrawal of application  Yes
Application fee  Rs 200
Official website 


UPSC CMSE 2021 Important Dates 

The UPSC has released the important dates of CMSE 2021. According to the UPSC calendar, the CMSE will take place on August 29, 2021.

CMSE Notification May 05, 2021
Application Starts from May 05, 2021
Last Date to Apply May 25, 2021
CMSE admit card  July 2021
CMSE exam date  August 29, 2021
CMSE result  September 2021
CMSE Interview November 2021
CMSE Final Result  December 2021

UPSC CMSE Notification 2021

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) 2021 notification. The notification was released for a total of 965 vacancies that include PwBD categories.

Service/Post Vacancies 
Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways 300
Assistant Medical Officer in Indian Ordnance Factories Health Services 66
Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Services 182
General Duty Medical Officer in New Delhi Municipal Council 04
General Duty Medical Officer Gr.-II in East, North and South Delhi Municipal Corporation 07
Total 559

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nationality:

    • A candidate must be either; (a) a citizen of India, or (b) a subject of Nepal, or (c) a subject of Bhutan, or (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India; or (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
    • Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt. of India
  2. Educational Qualification:

    • For admission to the exam, a candidate should have passed the written and practical parts of the final MBBS Examination
    • A candidate who has appeared or has yet to appear at the final MBBS exam may also apply. Such candidates will be admitted to the exam, if otherwise eligible but the admission would be deemed to be provisional and subject to cancellation, if they do not produce proof of having passed the written and practical part of the final MBBS Exam along with the detailed application which will be required to be submitted to the Commission by the candidates who qualify on the result of the Computer-based exam
    • A candidate who has yet to complete the compulsory rotating internship is educationally eligible for admission to the examination but on selection, he/she will be appointed only after he/she has completed the compulsory rotating internship
  3. Age Limit :

    • A candidate for this examination must not have attained the age of 32 years as on August 1, 2020, i.e. the candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988.
    • The upper age limit is Relaxable;
    • Upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to an SC/ST;
    • Upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to OBC who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
    • Upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 1990;
    • Upto a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof;
    • Upto a maximum of five years in the case of Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on August 1, 2020, and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2019) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (II) on acount of physical disability attributable to Military Service or (iii) on invalidment.
    • Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of 5 years Military Service as on August 1, 2020, and whose assignment has been extended beyond 5 years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on 3 months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment;
    • Upto a maximum of ten years in the case of (a) blindness and low vision, (b) deaf and hard of hearing, (c) austim, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness (e) multiple disabilities from amongst person under clauses (a) to (d) of section 34 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 including deaf-blindness
    • The ad hoc Doctors appointed after October 1, 1984, in the Ministry of Railways will be granted relaxation in age to the extent of the period of service rendered by them as ad-hoc Doctors in Railways

Roles and Responsibilities

  • The medical officer will be recruited and posted in any central department
  • The medical officer is supposed to do medical duties as performed by any doctor
  • Indian Govt. can send the officer to any department to serve its employees, retired employees and their dependents
  • The medical officer is responsible for allotting duties to the medical staff and makes the sure smooth running of OPD as well
  • The medical officer makes arrangements to distribute work at the time of emergency. The officer manages his staff in normal OPD hours and is allowed to organize laboratory services
  • The medical officer should be within 8 KM radius only as the medical officer's help may be required any time. The medical officer will get all the benefits as other central government employees get when it comes to accommodations, bonus, salary and other things
Combined Medical Service 2020 Interview Schedule Released

The UPSC has released the interview schedule of the Combined Medical Services (CMS) exam 2020. The interview will be held between January 18 and 22, 2021. A total of 1,191 candidates were shortlisted for the interview. The interviews will be held in two sessions - morning and afternoon. 

The official notice reads, "Personality Test Schedule for remaining candidates are being uploaded separately in due course," it has said.

The official result notice reads, "The candidates would be required to produce the original certificates in support of their claims relating to age, educational qualifications, community, physical disability (where applicable) etc. at the time of the Personality Test." 

18 December 2020
UPSC CMS DAF Form 2020 Released

The UPSC has released the Detailed Application Form for CMS 2020 exam on its official website at Candidates who are shortlisted for the exam can fill the Combined Medical Services DAF form 2020 between November 24 and December 4, 2020, till 06:00 P.M.

The Commission will soon release the dates of CMS personality test/ interview. It is advised to check the official website. 

25 November 2020
UPSC Releases CMS 2020 Written Results

The UPSC has released the CMS result 2020. Candidates who have appeared for the written examination held on October 22 can check their CMS exam result 2020 on the official website. One can check their UPSC CMS exam result 2020 online on 

Click Here For UPSC CMS Result 2020

The Commission will start the registration link for CMS Detailed Application Form for Personality Test/ Interview from November 24 to December 4, 2020. 

17 November 2020
Combined Medical Service 2020 Admit Card Released

The UPSC has released the Combined Medical Services (CMS) 2020 admit card. Candidates who have registered for the entrance exam can download CMS 2020 admit card at the official website. 

Aspirants can download Combined Medical Service admit card using their login details such as registration id and roll number. One should download the admit card and take a printout of the same for future reference. 

The Commission will conduct Combined Medical Services (CMS) on October 22, 2020.

6 October 2020
CMS 2020 Exam Schedule Released

The UPSC has released the exam schedule for Combined Medical Services (CMS) 2020 examination. The exam will be held on October 22 and comprises of 2 papers. Candidates are advised to get familiar with the schedule available on the official website.

  • General Medicine and Paediatrics - Paper – I (Code No. 1) - (9.30 AM to  11.30 AM)
  • Surgery, Gynaecology& Obstetrics and Preventive & Social Medicine - Paper – I (Code No. 1) - (2.00 PM to 4.00 PM)

The Commission will release the admit card for the exams at least 15 days before the exam date. One should follow all the COVID-19 guidelines issued by UPSC while appearing for the exam.  

19 September 2020
UPSC Releases CMS 2020 Fictitious Fee
UPSC Releases Combined Medical Service 2020 Notification
UPSC CMSE 2020 Notification Tomorrow
UPSC CMS 2020 Notification To Release On July 29
Combined Medical Services 2020 Scheduled On October 22
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