Medical fitness and check up after clearing interview. How fit you should be?
The following medical tests are conducted but the doctor may order special tests if he feels that a candidate needs to be checked for a particular ailment. But the following test are conducted on all candidates even for healthy and fit candidates. Before the tests begin, a standard form is given that needs to be filled by every candidate. It has various columns for information about your weight, height, vaccination history, family history etc. A normally fit candidate should not face any problem in clearing the tests. However, the selection criterion of medical exams is different for different category of jobs. For non-technical services such as IAS, the medical fitness criterion is much more relaxed but for IPS, it is much tougher. Based on personal experience,
various tests conducted are given below-
• Blood test and urine test are conducted for IAS medical check up.
• The doctor will also check for mental stability where the doctor will ask some questions and check your response. Pretty much basic, nothing very special.
• Normal vision will be checked which is done by same tests that are in any eye doctor’s office. Colour blindness will also be tested with the help of cards. For non-technical services such as IAS (Indian Administrative Service) or IFS (Indian foreign Service), the doctor will declare you as fit even if you don’t have perfect eyesight. This means you can wear glasses, have bad vision or have undergone LASIK or other surgical provisions for eyesight related problems. But for technical jobs such as IPS (Indian Police Service etc), the criterion is different and you need to have good eyesight. However, even in these services, glasses are allowed but surgical procedures are not permitted. Colour blindness means that you are unable to differentiate between red, blue and green colours. Ishihara cars and lantern will be used to check for colour blindness.
• Standard height and weight.
• ENT check up exam is also conducted.
• Blood pressure is measured and noted. Try not to get stressed otherwise the doctor may ask more questions and may conduct further tests. The doctor usually asks to jump a specific number of times before he will conduct any tests.
• Lungs and heart rate is checked with a stethoscope. The doctor may ask you to breathe normally or at a faster rate.
• There is a chest X ray also.
• Separate tests are also conducted to check for hernia.
• Bone density is also measured by various tests.
There is also a provision for appealing a decision of the medical board if you think an adverse report has been given. Another board in another government hospital will be instituted for the same.