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UPSC CMS Syllabus 2021: Detailed Syllabus for All Subjects


UPSC CMS Syllabus 2021: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the revised dates of the CMS exam. As per the revised UPSC calendar, UPSC Combined Medical Services official notification will be released on July 7, 2021. Interested candidates can participate in this recruitment drive by filling an online application form. The online registration window to fill the application form will be open from July 7, 2021, to July 27, 2021. CMS exam 2021 is scheduled to be conducted on November 21, 2021. The Commission earlier postponed the exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPSC CMS Exam 2021 will be conducted in two parts. Part I will consist of two written papers – Paper 1 & Paper 2 of 250 marks each. Part II will consist of the Personality Test/Interview. It will carry 100 marks. The revised CMS exam scheme and syllabus are available on the official website as well. In this article, you will find all the details on UPSC Combined Medical Services Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2021. So go through the complete article and get the complete information regarding the UPSC CMS syllabus and exam pattern.

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UPSC CMS Syllabus 2021: Revised Dates

UPSC has released the CMS exam 2021 schedule. The revised dates for UPSC CMS exam are as under:

EventsDates (Tentative)
Release of UPSC CMS Exam NotificationJuly 7, 2021
Filling of Application Form BeginsJuly 7, 2021
Last Date for Application Form SubmissionJuly 27, 2021
Release of UPSC CMS Admit Card3 weeks before commencement of exam
CMS Examination DateNovember 21, 2021
Written Exam ResultDecember 2021 (tentative)

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UPSC CMS Syllabus 2021: Syllabus for Paper 1 And Paper 2 (Part I)

As per the official notification, the recruitment process is based on two parts. Part I will consist of two written papers – Paper 1 & Paper 2 of 250 marks each. Part II will consist of the Personality Test/Interview.

List of the subjects and topics required to qualify for the paper 1 are listed below:

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General Medicine:

CardiologyTropical medicine
Respiratory DiseasesSnake Byte
Gastro-Intestinal Common Poisoning
Gastro UrinaryEmergency Medicine
HaematologyPsychiatry-Depression, psychosis, anxiety, bipolar diseases and Schizophrenia
EndocrinologyMusculoskeletal system
Metabolic disordersDisease of skin
Infections/Communicable Diseasesa)Virusb)Ricketsc)Bacterial d)Spirochetale)Protozoanf)Metazoang)FungusNutrition/ Growth
Emphasis on medical proceduresCritical Care Medicine
Patho physiological basis of diseasesVitamin deficiency 

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Common childhood EmergenciesNational programmes 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

List of the subjects and topics required to qualify for the paper 2 are listed below:


Urological surgeryNeurosurgery
AnesthesiologyOrthopaedic Surgery
General Surgery.Wounds.Infections.Tumors.bloods 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
Medicolegal and ethical issues of surgeryTraumatology,Fluid and electrolyte management in surgery & Shock patho-physiology and management.
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B)Gynaecology and Obstetrics:


Ante-natal conditionsPost -Natal condition
Intra-natal conditionsManagement of complicated and normal labours

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Applied AnatomyUterus
Physiology of menstruation and fertilizationNeoplasma in Genital Tract
Normal and safe delivery practicesDisplacement of uterus
AbortionsHigh-Risk Pregnancy and management
Medicology examination in obgy 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 programmes

C)Preventive Social and Community Medicine:

Social and Community MedicineKnowledge of maternal and child wellness
Concept of health, disease and preventive MedicineManagement of common health programmes
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 problems Ability to monitor national health programmes
Knowledge of maternal and child wellnessAbility to recognize, investigate, report, plan and manage community health problems including malnutrition and emergencies. 

UPSC CMS Syllabus 2021: Interview Round/Personality Test (Part II )

  • The candidates who qualify for the Part I CBT examination will get a chance to appear for the Part II examination. The Part II examination is the Personality Test. 
  • The Personality/Interview Test will be for 100 marks.

In the interview the officials test the interpersonal skills of the candidates, here are the skills tested in the interview:

Capability of leadership
Decision making
Intellectual Curiosity
Question from academics 
The ability for Social Cohesion

UPSC CMS Syllabus 2021: Exam Pattern For Part I & Part II

The exam pattern for UPSC CMS Part I and Part II is mentioned below:

Main Papers Paper Parts Marks
Part I
(Computer Based Test)
Paper 1
(Duration – 2 hours)
Paper 2
(Duration – 2 hours)
Part II
(Personality Test)
Face to face interview 100

Part I consists of written exams with objective type questions. Each paper will have 120 MCQs. There will be negative marking for incorrect answers. For each incorrect answer, the 1/3rd marks will be deducted.

Part 1 (Paper-I): General Medicine And Paediatrics (Section Wise Mark Distribution)

There are 2 Sections in this paper, General medicine which consists of 96 questions and paediatrics which have 24 questions.

Section wise mark and questions distribution is tabulated below:

 Subject Number Of Question Maximum Marks  Duration 
General Medicine96 250 Marks 2 Hours
Paediatrics 24
  •  It is an MCQ examination, Each Question will have 4 options.
  • The Total Number of questions asked are 120 for a total mark of 250
  • Negative Marking is applicable 1/3rd Mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. 
  • If two or more answers are given by the candidate, it will be considered as the wrong answer and negative marking is applicable even if one of the options is correct.
  • There is no negative marking for unanswered questions.

Part 1 (Paper-II)-Preventive and Social Medicine, Surgery, Gynecology and obstetrics:

Here is the detailed pattern for the Paper-II examination which has 3 sections and each consist of 40 Questions

 Subject Number Of QuestionsMaximum Marks Duration
Surgery40250 Marks   2 Hours
Gynaecology and obstetrics40
Preventive and Social Medicine40

Part 2: Interview Round

We have already discussed part 2 of the UPSC CMS 2021 Exam’s selection process in this article. Candidates who are qualified in the Part I CBT examination are shortlisted for the Part II examination (Personality Test). This test consists of 100 marks which will be taken by the UPSC Officials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.UPSC CMS exam will be conducted on which date?
A. According to the official notification, the Commission will conduct the CMS exam on November 21, 2021.
Q. When will UPSC release CMS Exam notification 2021?
A. UPSC will release CMS 2021 Exam notification on July 7, 2021.
Q. Is there any negative marking in the examination?
A. Yes in the computer-based examination there is negative marking, 1/3rd mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
Q. What are the total marks for the personal interview of UPSC CMS exam 2021?
A. 100 marks are allotted for the interview/personality test.
Q. What is the duration of the paper 1 examination?
A. The duration of paper 1 is 2 hour

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