The UPSC council conducts a Combined Medical Services Exam every year. The purpose of CMSE is to recruit candidates with required medical intelligence to serve in various departments under the GOI. However, the aspirants after selection are directly under the authority of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

Regulation & managing of CMSE comes under the Ministry on the basis of the Gazette of India. Moreover, UPSC holds the Combined Medical Services to recruit the aspirants for the below-listed job positions.

– Additional Divisional Medical Officer of Railways;

– Additional Divisional Medical Officer in Indian Ordnance Factories Health Services;

– Junior scale Posts in Central Health Services;

– General Duty Medical Officer in New Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Moreover, there are several vacancies in the other departments of the Central Municipal Corporation.

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CMSE Eligibility Criteria


When it comes to the nationality of the candidate, the following conditions should be taken care of:-

– he/she should be a citizen of India, or

– a subject of Nepal, or

– a subject of Bhutan, or

– a Tibetan refugee who has been in India since 1962 or before. With the intention of permanently settling in India, or

– a person of Indian ethnicity migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma. Or from any East African country or from Vietnam with the purpose of settlement in India. 

In the above cases, sanctioning and verification of the certificate of eligibility should come under the Central government. 

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Educational Qualifications

The following qualifications can apply for the CMSE:-

– The candidate should have passed the final examination of MBBS, or

– The candidates who are yet to appear for the final exam of MBBS can also apply. However, upon selection at the CMSE, the aspirant should provide proof of the successful passing of the MBBS exam, or

– The candidates who are yet to complete the compulsory rotating medical internship are also applicable to CMSE. However, upon selection, the aspirant should provide the original certificate of the compulsory internship as proof of completion. 

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Age Limit

To apply for CMSE, the candidate should not be more than 32 years of age as on August 1, 2019. This implies that the aspirant should not have been born before August 1987.

Moreover, there are several age relaxation provisions for the candidates belonging to different caste categories.

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CMSE Exam Pattern

The CMSE is facilitated with the help of two exams i.e. written exam and the Personality Test. 

The written exam (part 1) is in two papers, each carrying a maximum of 250 marks. Both the written papers will be objective in nature. The council examines the topics like general ability, general medicine, & pediatrics. 

Moreover, the written MCQ exam is online at the stipulated centers of the Examination body. 

The personality test for 100 marks. However, the UPSC holds the interview round to evaluate the general mental abilities in the related academic field in question. The alertness of mind, general cohesive knowledge, assimilation of information, etc are judged in the Interview Round. 

All those candidates who clear the written exam are called for the Personality/Interview process.

Every year around 3 lakh candidates apply for CMSE. As of the UPSC curriculum 2020, a total of 965 job positions are opened to be applied through the Combined Medical Services Exam. Moreover, the last date for registration of CMSE 2020 was April 28, 2020.

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