UPSC CMS: Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

October 13, 2022

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UPSC CMSE 2023: Syllabus

UPSC CMS Syllabus 2023 – Part I

As per the notification of UPSC, the complete recruitment process is divided into 2 stages First stage consists of 2 written papers, and the second stage consists of a Personality Test or Interview. Below is the complete syllabus with each subject and topic covered in paper 1:

General Medicine

CardiologyTropical medicine
Respiratory DiseasesSnake Byte
Gastro-IntestinalCommon Poisoning
Gastro UrinaryEmergency Medicine
HaematologyPsychiatry-Depression, psychosis, anxiety, bipolar diseases, and Schizophrenia
EndocrinologyMusculoskeletal system
Metabolic disordersDisease of skin
Infections/Communicable Diseases a) Virus b) Rickets c) Bacterial d) Spirochaetal e) Protozoan f) Metazoan g) FungusNutrition/ Growth
Emphasis on medical proceduresCritical Care Medicine
Patho physiological basis of diseasesVitamin deficiency


Common childhood EmergenciesNational programs related to child Health
Basic Newborn CareAccidents and poisonings in children
Normal Developmental MilestoneRecognizing children with special needs and management
Birth Defects and counsellingImmunity in children

Below is the complete syllabus of paper 2 with complete subjects and topics:


Urological surgeryNeurosurgery
AnaesthesiologyOrthopaedic Surgery
General Surgery, Wounds, Infections, tumours, blood vessels, Breast, Head and Neck, Liver, bile, pancreas, Spleen. Abdominal wall and injuries, Sinuses/Cysts. Alimentary Tract Oesophagus Stomach Intestines Anus DevelopmentalOtorhinolaryngology ENT
Diagnosis and management of common surgical ailmentsWound Healing
Preoperative care of Surgical PatientsShock patio-physiology and management
Thoracic SurgeryOphthalmology
Medico legal and ethical issues of surgeryTraumatology, Fluid and electrolyte management in surgery & Shock pathophysiology and management.

Gynecology and Obstetrics

Ante-natal conditionsPost -Natal condition
Intra-natal conditionsManagement of complicated and normal labours
Applied AnatomyUterus
Physiology of menstruation and fertilizationNeoplasm in Genital Tract
Normal and safe delivery practicesDisplacement of uterus
AbortionsHigh-Risk Pregnancy and management
Musicology examination in body and gynae including rapeInfection in the Genital Tract

Family Planning

Conventional contraceptivesMedical Termination of pregnancy
UD and oral pillsThe operative procedure, sterilization, and organization of programs

3) Preventive Social and Community Medicine

Social and Community MedicineKnowledge of maternal and child wellness
Concept of health, disease, and preventive MedicineManagement of common health programs
General EpidemiologyNational Programmes
Demography and Health StatisticsMaternal and Child Health
Communicable DiseasesMedical Sociology and Health Education
Environmental HealthInternational Health
Genetics and HealthOccupational diseases
Nutrition and HealthNon-communicable Diseases
Management of common health problemsAbility to monitor national health programs
Knowledge of maternal and child wellnessAbility to recognize, investigate, report, plan and manage community health problems including malnutrition and emergencies.

UPSC CMS Syllabus 2023 – Part II

The candidates who will qualify the Part I of the examination will have to appear for the Part II of the Examination which is the Personality Test or Interview. This Personality Test will consist of 100 marks. The skills tested in this personality test are listed below:

Decision Making
Capability of Leadership
Intellectual Curiosity

Know More – UPSC CMS Admit Card and Interview call letter

UPSC CMSE 2023: Exam Pattern

Part I & Part II

Part I of the UPSC CMS exam will be a written test with objective questions. Also, there will be a negative marking of 1/3 marks. Below is the complete exam pattern of the UPSC CMS Exam Part I and Part II:

PapersParts of PaperMarks
Part I (Online test)Paper 1 (2 Hours)250
 Paper 2 (2 hours)250
Part II (Personality Test)Interview100

Section-wise Marks: Part 1 (Paper 1) General Medicine and Paediatrics

This paper consists of two papers which are General medicine having 96 questions and Paediatrics having 24 questions. Below is the section-wise mark for Paper I:

Subject No. of Questions Marks Time
General Medicine 96 250 Marks 2 Hours
Pediatrics 24
Total 120

Section-wise Marks: Part 1 (Paper 2) Preventive and Social Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology, and Obstetrics

Below is the complete exam pattern of Paper 2 of the Party I examination which consist of 3 sections having 40 marks each:

Subject Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
Surgery 40 250 marks 2 hours
Gynecology and obstetrics 40
Preventive and Social Medicine 40
Total 120

The next important step for the preparation of the UPSC CMS exam is the choice of books, you have to select a book that covers the complete syllabus of the exam. Below is the list of the subject wise books for CMS Paper 1:

Human EmbryologyInderbir Singh
Textbook of PathologyHarsh Mohan
BiochemistryU. Satyanarayana
Preventive and Social MedicineK Park
Essentials of Forensic medicine and ToxicologyDr. K S Narayan Reddy
Medical ParasitologyD.R. Arora
Human AnatomyB.D. Chaurasia
Pathologic Basis of DiseaseRobbins

Below is the list of subject-wise books for Paper 2

Medicine: Prep Manual for UndergraduatesPraveen Aggrawal
Practical Aspects of PaediatricsDr. Mayoor K Chheda
Clinical Methods in Medicine Clinical Skills and PracticesS. N Chugh
Emergency MedicineS. N. Chugh
Illustrated Synopsis of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted DiseasesDr. Neena Khanna

UPSC CMSE 2023: Preparation Tips

Next is the Preparation for UPSC Combined Medical Exam, there are some important tips and tricks which you have to follow so that you can easily crack the exam. Below are the lists of some tips you should follow for the exam:

  1. The applicants must pick out the most crucial themes from the wide ocean of test-related topics when studying for the CMS 2022 entrance exam.
  2. Candidates must be very knowledgeable about injuries to the abdomen, head and neck, liver, bile, pancreas, spleen, peritoneum, blood arteries, cysts and sinuses, and breasts, among other things.
  3. Prenatal circumstances, Antenatal conditions, Post-natal conditions, and Management of normal labours or problematic labours should all be thoroughly studied for the Obstetrics section.
  4. Candidates must study topics like applied anatomy, applied physiology of menstruation and fertilisation, displacement of the uterus, infections in the genital tract, and neo plasma in the genital tract, as well as high-risk pregnancy and management, abortions, intra-uterine growth retardation, and medical legal examination in body and gyne including rape.
  5. Topics like Conventional Contraceptives, UD and Oral Pills, Operation Procedure, Sterilization and Organization of Programs in the Urban and Rural Environment, and Medical Termination of Pregnancy must be thoroughly prepared for the Family Planning portion.

How to Get Ready for the Personality Test in CMS 2023?

Being successful in the UPSC CMS CBT is a fantastic achievement. The voyage does not finish here, and you will still arrive at your goal. To be a CMS official, you must be eligible for the personality test.

  • The interview, which carries a total of 100 points, is entirely intended to examine a candidate’s intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, balance of judgement and mental alertness, capacity for social cohesiveness, moral rectitude, initiative, and leadership potential. Following are some fundamental CMS interview advice for you: For the CMS 2022 personality exam, applicants must present themselves appropriately. The applicants must wear formal attire. Makeup and bright colours are completely prohibited.
  • During the interview, the interviewers will evaluate the applicants’ sincerity. Because the hiring board members will be highly qualified for the position and experienced, avoid lying to appease the interviewers.
  • The questions must be answered directly by the applicants without any explanation.
  • The interviewees are required to maintain their posture and body language while responding to the questions.
  • Before and after the interview, say hello to the interviewers to show that you are a polite person.
  • Positivity and composure are key. Each applicant should not wait for the Computer Based Exam (CBT) test results in order to perform well and demonstrate their suitability for the position. They may get going right away to remain upbeat and progress. Additionally, students may participate in practise interviews to get a feel for the interview environment.

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Q.1 What to study for UPSC CMS?

Ans. For the UPSC CMS 2022 tests, students should read the suggested books since they will better prepare them for the two-part, 500-point written exam. Candidates should prepare for the CMS 2022 test by reading up on the different subjects specified in the curriculum. Candidates should take a number of practise exams using papers from past years’ exams to assist them grasp the exam’s difficulty level, the UPSC CMS exam’s cut-off scores, the exam’s format, and the kind of questions that will be asked. The following books are available for applicants’ use:

Human EmbryologyInderbir Singh
Textbook of PathologyHarsh Mohan
BiochemistryU. Satyanarayana
Preventive and Social MedicineK Park
Essentials of Forensic medicine and ToxicologyDr. K S Narayan Reddy
Medical ParasitologyD.R. Arora
Human AnatomyB.D. Chaurasia
Pathologic Basis of DiseaseRobbins

Q.2 What is the salary of UPSC CMS?

Ans. The starting remuneration of UPSC CSE qualified medical officer in Central Health services department ranges from INR. 56,100 to INR. 1,77500.

Post NameSalary
Assistant Medical Officer in Indian Ordnance factories Health Service under the Ministry of DefencePay Matrix Level 10 plus NPA
Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the RailwaysINR. 15,600 – 39100/- Per Month
GDMO in the New Delhi Municipal CouncilINR. 56,100 to INR. 1,77,500/- per month
Junior Scale Post in the Central Health ServiceINR. 56,100 to INR. 1,77,500/- per month
GDMO (General Duty Medical Officer) Gr. II in East, North, and South Delhi Municipal CorporationINR. 15,600-39,100+ Grade Pay of INR. 5,400/- Per month

Q.3 How many seats are there in UPSC CMS?

Ans: As per the notification published by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) – exam conducting body for Combined Medical Services exam, there are total of 687 vacancies for the post of medical officer in various capacities that require candidate with UPSC CMS qualification as criteria of selection.

Q.4 Is UPSC CMS MCQ based?

Ans. Yes, UPSC CMS exam 2022 was a computer-based exam that will have multiple choice questions with four (4) possible options to select from for correct answer. There are two papers each of 250 marks with 120 questions each. There will be a penalty for incorrect answer and one third of marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

Q.5 I am a BDS student, can I apply for the UPSC CMS exam?

Ans. No, the Candidates who are BDS –Bachelors in Dental surgery are not eligible to appear in UPSC CMS examination to become medical officer. The criteria for education qualification required are MBBS degree.

Q.6 What is the age limit for the UPSC Combined Medical Exam?

  • Ans.  • To be eligible, a candidate must not have turned 32 by August 1, 2022, which means they must have been born no earlier than August 2, 1989.
  • • The maximum age for Junior Time Scale positions with Central Health Services cannot be more than 35 (thirty-five years) on the specified deadline.
  • The maximum age may be lowered in the following ways.

CategoryAge Relaxation
Unreserved CategoryNil
Scheduled Caste (SC)Up to 5 years
Scheduled Tribe (ST)Up to 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC)Up to 3 years
Domicile of Jammu & KashmirUp to 5 years
Ex-servicemen (including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years of Military Service)Up to 5 years
Defence Services Personnel ( disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof)Up to 3 years
Military Service Persons (in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of 5 years Military Service)Up to 5 Years
General Candidates with Physical DisabilityUp to 10 years

Q.7 What are the fees of the application form for the UPSC CMS Exam?

Ans. The candidates from the General category appearing for UPSC CMS exam should pay exam fees of INR 200. The female candidates and candidates from SC/ST/PwD are exempted from the exam fees.

Q.8 How many candidates have filled the form for UPSC CMS Exam?

Ans. As per official notification from UPSC, total number of candidates filled in the application form to appear in the UPSC CMS exam in year 2020-21 were 43,120 but only 20,213 appeared in the written exam in 2020-21. This year UPSC declared 2,148 candidates eligible for the interview stage.