UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam 2023 – Scheme & Syllabus of Exam

UPSC is inviting applications for UPSC Combined Medical Services Recruitment  2023. Candidates can apply for 687 vacancies in 4 posts namely:- 

  1. General Duty Medical Officer in New Delhi Municipal Council
  2. Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways
  3. General duty Medical Officer Gr-II in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation
  4. Medical Officers Grade in General Duty Medical Officers Sub-cadre of Central Health Service


Go through the detailed syllabus, examination pattern and marking scheme here.

Plan of examination - UPSC Combined Medical Services Recruitment 2023

UPSC is conducting CMS 2023 to fill up the vacancies in New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Municipal Corporation. The examination for 687 vacancies shall be conducted in two fold manner.

  • Stage 1: Written test

Stage 2: Personality Test/ Personal Interview  

Written Examination - Part 1

Part 1 of the exam will be of 500 marks in total. This will consist of 2 papers, each of 2 hours and a maximum of 250 marks. Multiple choice questions will be asked. Candidates should choose only one correct answer. For every wrong answer marked, a 1/3rd of the total mark will be deducted. There is negative marking. The difficulty level of papers will be that of M.B.B.S. standard. The paper will be set only in english. 


Paper Code  Paper  Maximum marks  Total questions  Total time 
Code No 1 Paper 1 250 120 96 (General Medicine)  2 hours 
24 (Paediatrics) 
Code No 2 Paper 2 250 120 40 (Surgery) 2 hours 
40 (Gynaecology & Obstetrics)
40 (Preventive Social and Community Medicine) 

Personal Interview - Part 2

Part 2 of the exam will carry a weightage of 100 marks. Those who qualify the written test are eligible and will be called for a personal interview. Candidates are advised to stay confident and aware during the interview. Interviews are conducted for knowing how a candidate applies his theoretical knowledge to the practical world.

Syllabus - UPSC Combined Medical Services Recruitment 2023

UPSC has provided the updated and revised syllabus on its official website for Combined Medical Services recruitment 2023. All the candidates should go through the detailed syllabus to get a better idea of the exam. Here we have provided the syllabus with bulleted points for easy reference. 


Written Test – Paper 1 (Code No 1)

General Medicine (96 questions)

  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory diseases 
  • Haematology
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Genito-Urinary
  • Gastro-intestinal
  • Neurology
  • Endocrinology
  • Infections/Communicable Diseases – Virus, Rickets, Metazoan, Spirochetal, Bacterial, Protozoan, Fungus
  • Nutrition/Growth
  • Psychiatry
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Diseases of the skin (Dermatology) 
  • Vaccines preventable diseases and Non vaccines preventable diseases
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • General
  • Common Poisoning 
  • Vitamin deficiency diseases
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Patho physiological basis of diseases
  • Snake bite
  • Emphasis on medical procedures 
  • In psychiatry include – Depression, psychosis, anxiety, bipolar diseases and Schizophrenia


Paediatrics (24 questions)

  • Common childhood emergencies
  • Normal developmental milestones
  • Accidents and poisonings in children
  • Basic newborn care
  • Birth defects and counselling including autism
  • Recognizing children with special needs and management 
  • Immunisation in children
  • National programmes related to child health

Written Test - Paper 2 (Code No 2)

Surgery (40 questions)

  • ENT
  • Traumatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • General Surgery – Wounds, Lymphatic, Cysts/sinuses, Infections, Blood vessels, Tumours, Head and neck, Alimentary tract (Oesophagus, Intestines, Stomach, Anus, Developmental), Breast, Liver, Bile, Pancreas, Peritoneum, Spleen, Abdominal wall, Abdominal injuries 
  • Neuro Surgery
  • Urological Surgery 
  • Pre-operative and post operative care of surgical patients 
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology E.N.T. 
  • Diagnosis and management of common surgical ailments
  • Anesthesiology
  • Medicolegal and ethical issues of surgery
  • Wound healing
  • Fluid and electrolyte management in surgery
  • Shock patho-physiology and management
  • Thoracic surgery


Gynaecology & Obstetrics (40 questions)

  • Obstetrics – Management of normal labours or complicated labour, Ante-natal conditions, Postnatal conditions, Antenatal conditions
  • Family Planning – Operative procedure, Conventional contraceptives, U.D. and oral pills, sterilisation and organisation of programmes in the urban and rural surroundings, Medical Termination of Pregnancy
  • Gynaecology – Abortions, Questions on applied anatomy, Questions on displacement of the uterus, Questions on infections in genital tract, Questions on neoplasma in the genital tract, Intra Uterine growth retardation, Medicolegal examination in obgy and Gynae including Rape, High risk pregnancy and management, Questions on applied physiology of menstruation and fertilization, Normal delivery and safe delivery practices


Preventive Social And Community Medicine (40 questions)

  • Social and Community Medicine
  • Health Administration and Planning
  • Demography and Health Statistics
  • Concept of Health, Disease and Preventive Medicine 
  • General Epidemiology 
  • Communicable Diseases 
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Environmental Health 
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Genetics and Health 
  • Medical Sociology and Health Education
  • Occupational Health 
  • International Health 
  • Maternal and Child Health 
  • Ability to monitor national health programmes
  • National Programmes 
  • Knowledge of maternal and child wellness
  • Management of common health problems 
  • Ability to recognize, investigate, report, plan and manage community health problems including malnutrition and emergencies

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hen was the Prelims exam conducted for UPSC CMS 2023?

Prelims exam for UPSC Combined Medical Services vacancies 2023 was conducted on 17/ 07/ 2023.

Is UPSC CMS Prelims result declared?

Yes, the result is declared on the official website of UPSC on 19/08/2023. Check the result to know your eligibility for the CMS 2023 Mains exam.

How to check UPSC CMS Prelims result?

Visit to know your result for CMS Prelims 2023.

I have completed my BDS, can I apply for UPSC CMS 2023?

No, a student with only a BDS degree is not eligible for posts of Combined medical services 2023.

Is there negative marking in UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam 2023?

Yes, there is negative marking for every wrong answer. One thirds of a total mark will be deducted for an incorrect answer.

Can a B. Pharma student apply for UPSC Combined Medical Services Recruitment 2023?

No, a B. Pharmacy student does not qualify for the minimum educational qualification. To qualify for this post, you should hold a M.B.B.S. degree.