UPSC CMS Exam 2018 - Details, Eligibility, Application Form, Syllabus, Result


The UPSC conducts the Combined Medical Service Examination every year to select students for various posts under the Central Health Services. They are recruited on the posts of Assistant Medical Officer, General Duty Medical Officer, Assistant Divisional Medical Officer, and staffs on the junior scale.

Read to know about the CMS Exam 2018 in detail-

Available Application Forms

UPSC CMS Exam 2018 Important Dates

CMS Exam 2018 Events

Important Dates

Release of the official notification

11th April 2018

Application starts

11th April 2018

Last date to apply for the exam

7th May 2018

CMSE Exam date

22nd July 2018

Issue of Admit Card (Expected Date)

3 weeks before the examination date

Result (Expected Date)

October/ September 2018

UPSC CMS Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

UPSC CMS Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

Scheme of the CMSE 2018

There are 2 stages of the Combined Medical Service Examination – Computer based test and Interview. Those candidates who qualify the 1st stage of the exam are required to appear in the Interview/ Personality test. The CBT stage carries 500 marks and the Interview stage 100 marks.

Stage 1/Part 1 - Computer Based Test – Total Marks - 500 
  • It is a Computer Based Test which consists of two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2.
  • Each paper carries 250 marks.
  • Total mark of the CBT is 500.
  • The questions in both papers of the CBT are objective type. Four options are given before every question. A student is required to choose the correct answer.
  • There is a scheme of negative marking in the CBT papers. For every incorrect answer, 1/3 marks will be deducted.
  • Each paper will be of 2 hours duration.
Paper - 1: Distribution of Marks and Questions – Total Marks - 250

Paper 1: Subject Name

Number of questions

General Ability


General Medicine




Paper - 2: Distribution of Marks and Questions – Total Marks - 250

Paper 2: Subject Name

Number of questions

Preventive and Social Medicine






Stage 2 – Interview / Personality Test – Total Marks – 100

During the interview stage, candidates are tested for their leadership skills; social skills; readiness to accept responsibilities; the capacity to take the initiative; and withstand pressures.

UPSC CMS Exam 2018 Eligibility

Candidates must check the eligibility criteria before applying for the CMSE 2018.

Nationality -

  • The applicant should be an Indian Citizen.
  • Subjects of Nepal, Bhutan or Tibetan Refugees who have migrated to India before 1st January 1962 are eligible to apply for the exam.
  • People of Indian Origin from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam or East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Zaire) can apply for the exam.

Age Limit -

  • The applicant should not have attained 32 years of age by 1st August 2018 and should be less than 32 years of age
  • It means, the candidate should not have been born prior to 2nd August 1986.

There is an age-relaxation for the following category of candidates –

  • OBC – 3 Years 
  • SC/ ST – 5 Years
  • PWD – Candidates who are physically challenged get age–relaxation of 10 years.
  • Jammu & Kashmir candidates – Students belonging to the Jammu & Kashmir get age–relaxation of 5 years.
  • Defence Service Personnel – Candidates of Defence Service get an age relaxation of 3 years.
  • ECOS/ SSCOs – Candidates who have served as ECOs/ SSCOs get age –relaxation of 5 years. 
  • The doctors employed on the ad-hoc basis in the Ministry of Railway after 1st October 1984 will be given age-relaxation. The age-relaxation for them is equivalent to the number of years of their services to the Ministry.   

Educational Qualifications -

  • The candidate should have completed MBBS and the minimum period of internship to become eligible for the exam.
  • Those students who are in the final year of the MBBS can also apply. But they should produce their MBBS Passing Certificate and Internship Certificate once they get selected for the exam. Their admission will be treated Provisional.

The same above-condition applies to candidates who are yet to complete their rotating internship.

UPSC CMS Exam 2018 Application Process

Interested candidates can apply for the exam online. They should visit the official website of the UPSC to apply.

  • They should click on the following link –
  • The candidate should fill only one application form and not multiple application forms.
  • Candidates can access the application form by paying the application fee.
  • The candidate should fill the application with valid details.
  • After the declaration of the Computer Based test, candidates are required to upload the scanned copies of the following certificates –
  • Educational qualification certificate
  • Age certificate
  • Reserved Category Certificate if applicable – SC/ ST/ OBC Certificates.
  • Physically challenged certificate, if applicable – PwD Certificate.
  • Proof/ certificate to get the fee concession, if applicable.
  • Certificate for age-relaxation by the ad-hoc doctors working at the Ministry of Railways.

Application Fee

  • The General and OBC candidates should pay application fee of ₹ 200.
  • The female and SC/ST candidates are exempted from paying any application fee.

Mode of Payment

The application fee should be paid either in Cash at the SBI or by using internet banking to pay through Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Rupay/ Visa/ Master Card.

Other Details

CMS Exam 2018: Admit Card

Candidates can download their Admit Card from the official website of the UPSC. To download the admit card, candidates should enter their Name and Registration Number. The admit card contains the candidate’s Name, Roll Number, and details about the examination centre. It is mandatory to carry the admit card to the examination centres. Without admit card, no candidates will be allowed to appear in the entrance exam.

CMS Exam 2018: Result

The result will be declared after two months of the examination. The UPSC will release the answer key before the declaration of the result. Candidates can cross check their answers.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. When will the CMSE 2018 exam be conducted?

The Combined Medical Services Examination 2018 is expected to b held on 22nd July 2018.

Q. Which organisation conducts this exam?

The UPSC conducts the CMSE every year.

Q. How to apply?

Candidates can apply through the official website of the UPSC.

Q. What are the eligibility criteria for the exam?

The applicant should have done MBBS with internship from any recognised medical colleges of India.

Q. What is the examination fee?

The General and OBC candidates should pay ₹ 200. The female, SC and ST candidates are exempted from paying any application fee.

Q. What is the examination pattern of the exam?

It has 2 stages – Computer based test and Interview. The CBT carries two question papers on different MBBS subjects.

Q. Is there any scheme of negative marking in the exam?

Yes, there is a scheme of negative marking. For every incorrect answer, 1/ 3rd marks are deducted.

Q. What is the nature of questions?

It has objective type questions.

Q. How many stages are there in the exam?

There are two stages of the exam – Computer based test and Interview.

Q. What is the mark for an interview?

The interview carries 100 marks.