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UPSC CMS 2021 Interview Schedule (out), Exam date and Time (Out), Vacancy, Application Form, Exam Pattern, Syllabus & Preparation Tips

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Feb 17, 2021

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UPSC CMS interview scheduled for 2020 was released on 18 December by the UPSC. The interview was conducted on 18 January 2021 at the New Delhi Office of the UPSC. From the last round of the selection process of the UPSC CMS 2020, a total of 1191 students had got the invitation for the interview process. The UPSC activated the Detailed Application Form (DAF) online filling facility on 24 November 2020 for the CMS exam. The last date of filling DAF was 4 December 2020. CMS 2020 result was announced on 12 November 2020. 

As per the UPSC 2021 exam calendar, the UPSC CMS 2021 application process will be from May 5-25, 2021 and the prelims exam will be on Augist 29, 2021.

UPSC CMS 2021 Highlights

Exam Name Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE)
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Level National
Frequency Annually
Educational Qualification MBBS
Upper Age Limit 32 years
Application Mode Online
Application Fees UR - INR 200/- Female and Reserved - Exempted
Exam Mode Computer-Based (Online)
Number of papers 2
Question Type Objective
Selection Process
  1. Computer-Based Exam
  2. Interview
Official Website
UPSC CMS Eligibility

UPSC CMS Eligibility

All Indian candidates (male/female/transgender) who are willing to apply for the exam, should ensure that they fulfil all eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Here are the major conditions mentioned below:

Age Limit

  • A candidate for this examination must not have attained the age of 32 years as on August 01, 2020, i.e. the candidate must have been born not earlier than August 02, 1988.
  • For Junior Time Scale Posts in Central Health Services, the upper age limit must not exceed 35 (thirty-five years) on the aforesaid cut-off date.
  • The upper age limit is relaxable for SC, ST OBC, PwD, Defence Service personnel and Ex-servicemen.

Educational Qualifications

  • For admission to the examination, a candidate should have passed the written and practical parts of the final M.B.B.S. Examination.
  • A candidate who has appeared or has yet to appear at the final M.B.B.S. Examination may also apply.

Note: A candidate who has yet to complete the compulsory rotating internship is educationally eligible for admission to the examination but on selection, he/she will be appointed only after he/she has completed the compulsory rotating internship.

Check UPSC CMS 2020 Eligibility for more details

How to Apply for UPSC CMS 2021?

Combined Medical Services Examination is conducted every year for the recruitment of Medical Officers in various government departments. Knowing the application process is important. Here are the steps:

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC-
  2. Click on the “Apply Online” tab.
  3. Fill all the details in the required fields.
  4. Pay the UPSC CMS application fees
  5. Upload documents as per the specifications.
  6. Preview and submit the application form.

UPSC CMS 2020 Application Fee:

  • UR Male category: INR 200/-
  • Female and reserved category candidates: NIL

Check UPSC CMS 2020 Application Process and Guidelines to know more.

UPSC CMS Admit Card

UPSC CMS 2021 Admit Card

The UPSC Combined Medical Services Admit Card 2021 will be released online on the official website by UPSC 2 - 3 weeks before the exam date. therefore, those candidates who have applied for the Combined Medical Services Exam (CMS 2021), should know how to download the admit card from the official website of UPSC. here are the steps to download the admit card:

  1. Visit the official website -
  2. Click on the Admit Cards tab.
  3. A new page will open on the screen.
  4. On that page click on the CMS call letter link.
  5. After clicking on the CMS hall ticket link applicants will be redirected to a new page.
  6. Here the applicants will have to choose a login option either a registration number or roll number.
  7. A new page will open where they have to enter their registration number or roll number depending on the login option they have chosen. Along with their date of birth and captcha. And enter submit.
  8. UPSC CMS 2020 hall ticket will be displayed on the screen.
  9. Download and take a print out of it for future reference.

Know more about UPSC CMS 2020 Admit Card

UPSC CMS Exam Centres

UPSC CMS Exam Centres

The UPSC CMS exam centres are allotted the title of UPSC CMS application processing. The candidates need to fill their choice for the exam centre. UPSC CMS exam centres are allotted on the first-come and first serve basis.

The candidates need to fill the UPSC CMS application form as soon as possible so they can get the UPSC CMS exam centre of their choice. The UPSC CMS exam is a nationwide exam and the exam centres are located across the nation.

Ahmedabad Agartala Aizawl
Bareilly Bengaluru Bhopal
Chennai Chandigarh Dehradun
Chandigarh Cuttack Dharwad
Delhi Gangtok Dispur
Imphal Hyderabad Jaipur
Itanagar Jorhat Jammu
Kohima Kochi Kolkata
Lucknow Mumbai Madurai
Panaji (Goa) Nagpur Port Blair
Patna Raipur Prayagraj (erstwhile Allahabad)
Sambalpur Ranchi Shimla
Shillong Thiruvananthapuram Srinagar
Udaipur Tirupati Visakhapatnam

The UPSC CMS interviews are conducted in the UPSC officer premises in Dholpur House, New Delhi. The candidates irrespective of their place of residence need to come to New Delhi to appear in the UPSC CMS interview.

UPSC CMS Exam Pattern

UPSC CMS Exam Pattern

  • The computer-based written test consists of Paper-I & Paper-II making a total of 500 marks.
  • Each paper of CMS Exam comprises two main sections carrying a total of 250 marks.
  • Each paper is of 2 hours duration.
  • Each wrong answer will deduct (1/3) marks assigned to that question.
Written Test No of Questions Marks
Paper I 120 250
Paper-II 120 250
Total Marks 500

To know the section-wise exam pattern, check UPSC CMS 2020 Paper-wise Exam Pattern and Syllabus

UPSC CMS Syllabus

UPSC CMS Syllabus

  • The Paper I of the computer-based test shall be of 250 marks to be attempted in two hours duration wherein 120 total number of questions shall be asked.
  • The general medicine questions shall be 96 in number while 24 such questions shall be asked only from the Paediatrics section.
  • The syllabus for the General Medicine has been listed pointwise in the officially released detailed notification declaring the UPSC CMS 2020 revised exam syllabus online.
  • The Paper-II of computer-based written test shall have subdivided three sections of Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics and Preventive & Social Medicine having 40 questions from each section making it a total of 120 questions in the Paper 2 as well.
  • The Paper-II of the UPSC CMS 2020 exam shall also be of 250 marks of 2 hours duration each.
  • The syllabus for the Personality test carrying 100 marks includes testing of general knowledge and awareness along with the candidates’ analytical and critical prowess.
  • Social behaviour, mental alertness, and integrity of character shall also be tested in the interview.

Check UPSC CMS 2020 Syllabus and Best Books to get the detailed syllabus and best books on each topic.


UPSC CMS Cutoff Trends

UPSC CMS Cut off is calculated by UPSC based on the number of vacancies, several candidates appeared, the difficulty level of UPSC CMS exam and more. Knowing the expected UPSC CMS cut off marks helps create a good preparation strategy. Here are the expected cutoff marks of written test of UPSC CMS 2020:

Category Cut off Marks (Out of 500) Final Cut off Marks (Out of 600)
General 260- 270 340- 350
OBC 225- 235 310- 320
SC 240- 250 325- 335
ST 225- 235 290- 300
PH-1 100- 110 200- 210

To know about other facts of cutoff marks, the previous years’ cutoff marks, check UPSC CMS 2020 Results and Cutoff Marks - Expected Cutoff & Previous Years Cutoff

UPSC CMS Selection Process

UPSC CMS Selection Process

The details of the selection process have been declared in the official notification by UPSC. Candidates under UPSC CMS recruitment will be selected based on their performance on 2 stages:

  1. Computer-based Examination(Written Test of 500 Marks)
  2. Personality Test (Face-to-Face Interview of 100 Maks)
  3. Physical Fitness (Qualifying In Nature)

Candidates have to clear a written test and on qualifying this stage, they appear in an interview. Final selections are made based on total marks scored in both the stages. It is really necessary to prepare well for both the stages to crack it.

Check UPSC CMS 2020 Selection Process - Written Test, Interview & Probationary Period

UPSC CMS Preparation Tips

To crack a tough entrance exam like the UPSC CMS, sincere dedication is not enough as the candidates have to balance between hard work and smart work to achieve their desired result. Here we are providing some of the best ways to approach UPSC CMS 2020:

  1. Know your syllabus and exam pattern.
  2. Make a suitable Study plan.
  3. Prioritizing the topics.
  4. Make and read your notes and highlights.
  5. Selection of Right Study Materials.
  6. Practise previous year papers and mock tests.
  7. Focus on your personality and communication skills
  8. Keep yourself updated

To know more about the preparation strategies and tips for the written exam and personality test, check UPSC CMS 2020 Preparation Tips and Strategies

UPSC CMS Vacancies

UPSC CMS 2021 Vacancies

the vacancy details for each year is released along with the notification hence for UPSC CMS 2021, vacancy details has not been released yet. The official notification which was released for the recruitment of CMS officers in 2020 discloses the total of 965 vacancies that include PwBD categories. Here is a list of the vacancies as per the categories:


  • Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Service – 182 posts


  • Assistant Divisional Medical Officer in the Railways – 300 posts
  • Assistant Medical Officer in Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service – 66 posts
  • General Duty Medical Officer in New Delhi Municipal Council – 04 posts
  • General Duty Medical Officer Gr-II in East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation – 07 posts


Ques. What is the upper age limit for applying for Junior High Scale Post in Central Health Services?

Ans. The upper age limit for applying for Junior High Scale Post in Central Health Services is 35 years.

Ques. What is the basic educational qualification for UPSC CMS?

Ans. The basic educational qualification for UPSC CMS is an MBBS degree.

Ques. I am an SC category candidate, how many attempts do I get for UPSC CMS?

Ans. An SC category candidate can apply an unlimited number of times until the age of 37 years.

Ques. Where are the UPSC CMS interviews conducted?

Ans. The Personal Interviews for UPSC CMS are conducted at Dholpur House, New Delhi.

Ques. When is the UPSC CMS 2021 written exam?

Ans. The UPSC CMS 2021 written exam is on August 29th, 2021.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


When UPSC CMS interview was scheduled for 2020?
kavita rani

UPSC CMS interview scheduled for 2020 was released on 18 December by the UPSC; the interview for the eligible candidates was conducted on 18 January 2021 at the New Delhi Office of the UPSC.

sadim ansari
Are candidates allowed to change the Date of Birth from what he/she has submitted in the online application?
kavita rani

No, the commission don’t permit change of Date of Birth that has been furnished by a candidate and recorded by the Commission on any ground whatsoever.

vishal sharma
How much time is given to the candidates for applying online?
kavita rani

The time for applying online is made available in the Examination Notice. Almost candidates get 3 weeks-time to apply online for the exam and complete the online registration.

How candidates can apply for the examinations taken by the UPSC?
kavita rani

Hi Muheshraaj. Candidates can apply online for the UPSC Examinations by referring to the official website, all details process to apply for the post and how to fill the application form is mentioned there.

How a Certificate regarding physical limitation in an examinee needs to be written?
kavita rani

Certificate regarding physical limitation in an examinee to write
This is to certify that, I have examined Mr./Ms./Mrs………………………….. (name of the candidate with benchmark disability), a person with ……………………….. (nature and percentage of disability as mentioned in the certificate of disability), S/o /D/o……………………., a resident of ……………………………….. (Village/District/State) and to state that he/she has physical limitation which hampers his/her writing capabilities owing to his/her disability.