Combined Medical Services Examination
Overview of the Examination
The “Combined Medical Services” Examination or more Popularly CMS Exam is one of the Examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. The Examination is being held for the recruitment of the candidates as Medical Officer in various organizations like the Indian Ordnance Factories, Indian Railways functioning under the Government of India.
Dates of the Examination
The Examination of the Combined Medical Services is being held in the month of the January. The notifications for the application form usually come in the month of September in the previous year.
Posts to be filled through this Combined Medical Services Examination
The posts required to be filled through this examination are as follows:
• Assistant Divisional Medical Officers in the Railways
• Junior Scale Posts in Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service
• Medical Officers in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi
• Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Services
• General Duty Medical Officers in NDMC
Eligibility Criteria of the candidates to appear in the Examination
For the candidates to be eligible to appear in the examination, they pass in the written and practical parts of the final M.B.B.S. Examination. However, the Candidates appearing at the final MBBS Examinations are also eligible to apply in the Examinations. In case these Candidates qualify on the result of the written part of the examination, they are required to submit proof of passing the written and practical parts of final MBBS Examinations along with their detailed application form to be filled up at that stage. The candidates who have still to complete the compulsory rotating internship are eligible on the basis of the education for admission to the Combined Medical Services Examination. However on selection these candidates will only be appointed after they havecompleted the compulsory rotating internship.
Selection of the Candidates in the Combined Medical Services Examination
The selection process of the candidates in the Combined Medical Services Examination is done in two stages. The first stage is the objective-type written examination. This Part of the Test contains two papers of 2 hours duration, each carrying a maximum of 200 marks. While the second stage features the Personality Test which carry 200 marks of candidates who qualify on the results of the written examination.
Syllabus of the Combined Medical Services Examination
The Examination covers the questions on General Ability, General Medicine, and Pediatrics in Paper 1; while the Paper 2 contains the questions on Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics and Preventive & Social Medicine. Each paper carry the total of 250 marks each and thus the total mark is 500. The General Ability covers 30 questions, General Medicine features 70 questions, and Pediatrics covers 20 Questions.
The Paper 2 which features questions on Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics and Preventive and Social Medicine feature 40 questions on Surgery, 40 from Gynecology & Obstetrics and 40 questions from Social Medicine.
The Part 2 is personality test carrying 100 marks of such of the candidates who qualify on the results of the written examination. There is negative marking of 1/3 of mark for each incorrect answer.
Application fees in Combined Medical Services Examination
The Candidates applying online are required to pay a fee of Rs.50. This can be done either by remitting the money in any branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI or by using Visa/Master credit/debit card. While, the Candidates applying offline in the form of common application form are required to pay a fee of Rs.100 through central recruitment fee stamp. However, all female candidates/SC/ST/PwD candidates are exempted from payment of fee excluding the OBC candidates who are required to pay full fee.
Test Centers and other information of Combined Medical Services Exam
The Combined Medical Services Exam which is being conducted by the UPSC and is held every year is being conducted at the main cities of the country.
The names of these centers are given as below:
• Dispur (Guwahati)
• Kochi (Cochin),
• Port Blair
The Combined Medical Services Exam is one of the prestigious examinations of the Country and required utmost care and focus to get success in the Examination.