UPSC CMS Exam 2020: All That You Need To Know

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Are you a medical undergraduate aspiring for a government job? Want to settle for a job that provides a steady income and provides job security too? If you’re nodding to these questions then UPSC CMS is the exam you need to know about. While there is a lot of information for a person searching on the internet for UPSC CMS Exam, it is mostly vague if not diffused across thousands of websites. What we have done is organize all of the information into a small and easy-to-digest article, so that your time is saved (you can thank us later). So without further ado let’s get started.

What is the UPSC CMS Exam?

The UPSC CMS Exam is an annual exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission to recruit candidates for the posts of medical officers in various government medical hospitals. The aim of this exam is to fill the vacancies in the government health sector so that equable health care services can be provided across the nation. 

Information at a glance

Exam NameCombined Medical Services Exam
Exam Conducted byUnion Public Service Commission
Exam FrequencyAnnual
Geographical Scope of ExaminationAll India
Application FeeRs 200
Exam Phases2
Exam ModeOnline computer-based exam (Phase 1) & Personality Test (Phase 2)
Language of ExamEnglish
Exam Helpline Number011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

Posts offered under UPSC CMS 

According to the official notification released by UPSC on its official website on 29th July, the total vacancies offered under UPSC CMS 2020 are a total of 559 in number. The post wise distribution is as follows:

Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Service182 Posts
Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways300 Posts
Assistant Medical Officer in Indian Ordnance Factories Health Services66 Posts
General Duty Medical Officer in New Delhi Municipal Council4 Posts
General Duty Medical Grade-II in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and South Delhi Municipal Corporation7 Posts

Important Dates

UPSC CMS Notification 202029 Jul 2020
UPSC CMS Application Commencement 29 Jul 2020
UPSC CMS Application End 18 Aug 2020
UPSC CMS Application Withdrawal Commencement 25 Aug 2020
UPSC CMS Application Withdrawal End31 Aug 2020 6:00 PM
UPSC CMS Written Exam (CBT)22 Oct 2020
UPSC CMS Written ResultNovember 2020


UPSC CMS Detailed Application Form(DAF)December 2020


UPSC CMS Personality TestMarch 2021


UPSC CMS Final ResultApril 2021


UPSC CMS Eligibility criteria

  • Educational Qualification

The candidate appearing for the exam must be either an MBBS Final Year student or a passed student with his/her MBBS degree from a recognized college.

  • Age limit

The candidate must be less than 32 years old as of 1st August 2020. There is no lower age limit. The age limit is relaxed in the case of reserved category candidates as follows:

CategoryAge Relaxation in Upper age limit
OBC candidates3 years
SC/ST candidates5 years
For the candidate who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from January 1, 1980, to the 31st day of December.5 years

UPSC CMS Exam Apply Online

According to the Official Notification released by UPSC on their official website ( ) on 29th July, the application process has started and will continue till 18th August 2020. So interested candidates are advised to check the official website to fill the online application form. Candidates must note that there is an application fee of Rs 200 ( Excepting for Female/SC/ST/PwBD candidates who are exempted from payment of fee).

UPSC CMS Exam Pattern

The UPSC CMS Exam occurs in two phases. The first phase involves two computer-based tests each of two hours duration. After a candidate qualifies for the first phase they have to appear for the second phase which involves a personality test (interview test).

Exam PhaseMaximum Marks
 Phase I; Written Exam (Paper 1 & Paper 2) 250+250=500
Phase-II; Personality Test      100

UPSC CMS Exam Syllabus

UPSC CMS PaperSubjects IncludedQuestion Wise DistributionTotal Marks
Paper 1
  1. General medicine
  1. Pediatrics
Paper 2
  1. Surgery
b)Gynaecology & Obstetrics40
c) Preventive and Social Medicine40

UPSC CMS Exam Admit Card

The admit card for the UPSC CMS Exam is generally released three weeks before the exam date. Since the exam date is scheduled to be 22 October 2020, one can expect that the admit card shall be released in early October. So, this is a tentative date and the candidates are advised to regularly check the official website ( for official updates. They are also advised to print more than one copy of their admit card, when it is released, for future reference.

UPSC CMS Exam Result

The result for UPSC CMS Exam is usually released within a month of the exam. The results for both the phases—phase 1 (Computer-based test) and phase 2 (Personality test), are announced separately.

UPSC CMS Exam Tie-breaking principle

According to the new guidelines issued by UPSC, in case there is a tie between two candidates because of the same marks, the following criteria shall be taken into account to resolve it:

a) Candidate’s age

The older candidate will be given preference.

b)Year of completion of the Internship

In case both the candidates are of the same age, preference will be given to the candidate who has completed their internship earlier.

Final words

To sum up, UPSC CMS Exam provides candidates with the opportunity to work in the Government health care sector. It is not only profitable and secure but also a respected job where the candidates get hailed as noble and second to God. We hope you find this article informative and garnered an overall idea of the UPSC CMS Exam.

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