UPSC CMS 2021 Eligibility Criteria- Nationality, Age, Qualification, and Medical Standards

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Apr 3, 2021

The UPSC Combined Medical Services Examination (CMS) 2021 is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission to fill the vacancies of Medical Officers in different departments. If the candidates fail to meet the eligibility criteria, then the application form of the aspirants will be rejected automatically. The UPSC CMS notification 2021 will be released on May 5, 2021. From the same date, the Combined Medical Services registration will be started. Before applying for the exam, the desired candidates should know about the UPSC CMS eligibility criteria.

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Eligibility: Nationality

UPSC CMS 2021 Eligibility: Nationality

A candidate must be either:

  1. A Citizen of India, or
  2. A subject of Nepal, or
  3. A subject of Bhutan, or
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 01, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.


  • Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (2), (3), (4) and (5) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
  • A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

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Age Limit & Relaxation

UPSC CMS 2021 Eligibility: Age Limit & Relaxation

  • A candidate must not have attained the age of 32 years as of August 01, 2021, i.e. the candidate must have been born not earlier than August 02, 1989.
  • 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 as follows.
Category Age Relaxation
Unreserved Category Nil
Scheduled Caste (SC) Up to 5 years
Scheduled Tribe (ST) Up to 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC) Up to 3 years
Domicile of Jammu & Kashmir Up to 5 years
Ex-servicemen (including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years of Military Service) Up to 5 years
Defence Services Personnel ( disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof) Up to 3 years
Military Service Persons (in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of 5 years Military Service) Up to 5 Years
General Candidates with Physical Disability Up to 10 years

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Educational Qualification

UPSC CMS 2021 Eligibility: Educational Qualification

  • MBBS students who have cleared their written and practical parts of the final examination.
  • A candidate who has appeared or has yet to appear at the final M.B.B.S. Examination may also apply.


  1. The final year candidates will be admitted to the examination if otherwise eligible but the admission would be deemed to be provisional and subject to cancellation, if they do not produce proof of having passed the written and practical part of the final M.B.B.S. Examination along with the detailed application which will be required to be submitted to the Commission by the candidates who qualify on the result of the Computer-based examination. Such proof of passing the requisite examination should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of the detailed Application Form of the Combined Medical Services Examination, 2021.
  2. A candidate who has yet to complete the compulsory rotating internship is educationally eligible for admission to the examination but on selection Process, he/she will be appointed only after he/she has completed the compulsory rotating internship.

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Medical Standard

UPSC CMS 2021 Eligibility: Medical & Physical Standard

Candidates must be physically and medically fit according to the physical/medical standards for the Combined Medical Services Examination 2021 as per regulations of CMSE.

Candidates who satisfy the above-mentioned requirements can apply for the UPSC CMS 2021 exam. To apply online. candidates have to visit the official website of UPSC.



Ques. Can a final year candidate of M.B.B.S.apply for UPSC CMS 2021 exam?

Ans. Yes, A candidate who has appeared or has yet to appear at the final M.B.B.S. Examination may also apply.

Ques. When will the UPSC CMS 2021 notification be released?

Ans. The Commission has released the official notification on May 5, 2021.

Ques. Is degree holder candidates eligible for UPSC CMS exam?

Ans. No, the minimum educational qualification required to appear in the UPSC CMS exam is MBBS degree.

Ques. What is the CMS Exam?

Ans. The Combined Medical Services also known as CMS exam is conducted once in every calendar year by UPSC for recruitment as Medical Officer in different organizations such as Indian Railways, Indian and Ordnance Factories operating under the Government of India.

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