UPSC CMS 2021 Selection Process - Written Test, Interview & Probationary Period

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Apr 5, 2021

The UPSC Combined Medical Services selection process will be commenced by the Union Public Service Commission. The details of the selection process are declared in the official notification by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) after releasing the combined medical services (CMS) result.

Candidates under UPSC CMS recruitment will be selected on the basis of their performance of the following stages:

  1. Computer-based Examination: Part I
  2. Personality Test/ Interview: Part II
  3. Physical Fitness
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The aspirants, who have secured the minimum cut-off score in the UPSC combined medical services examination (computer-based test), have been shortlisted for the part II i.e. Personality test. The final selection process will be completed after the Physical Fitness round. Also, check the news on UPSC Combined Medical Services Examination(CMS) 2020 final results released.

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UPSC CMS 2021 Selection Process - Computer-based Test

  • All the candidates who will be able to successfully complete the online registration process, will get to attend the Stage-I written test.
  • UPSC issues online admit cards for the written test which will be available on the official website 2 - 3 weeks before the exam date.
  • The written test is actually a computer-based online exam.
  • The computer-based exam consists of two Papers, paper I and paper II.
  • Each paper maximum of 250 marks and the duration for each paper will be of two hours.
  • Each paper consists of 120 objective types of questions having 04 options.

For more details on the exam pattern of Computer-based written test, check UPSC CMS 2021 Paper-wise Exam Pattern


UPSC CMS 2021 Selection Process - Personality Test/ Interview

  • Applicants who qualify in the written examination will be called for an interview/ personality test that is the part II examination.
  • The admit card/interview call letter will be issued separately for the qualified candidates.
  • The interview/ personality test will be of 100 marks.
  • The personality test will be organized for testing the general knowledge and ability of the candidates in the fields of their academic study and also nature of a personality test to assess the contender’s academic curiosity, important powers of assimilation, the balance of judgment and alertness of mind, the ability for social cohesion, initiative capability for leadership.

Download UPSC CMS 2021 Previous Years’ Question Papers

UPSC CMS 2021 Selection Process - Physical Fitness

After getting confirmation from the interview conducting authority, the aspirants should go through the medical and physical fitness test as per the regulation of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Once the physical fitness test will be done, the candidates will receive a confirmation from the commission regarding their selection in the CMS. The commission takes approximately one year to complete the entire selection process.

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What happens after the UPSC CMS Final Result?

Candidates must take note that their admission at all stages of examination is provisional. It will only be finalized after verification of the documents. After clearing the final merit list, candidates will be summoned to clear this final stage. Here is the list of the documents prescribed by the commission:

  1. Certificate of Age.
  2. Certificate of Educational Qualification.
  3. Certificate in support of a claim to belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Economically Weaker Sections and Other Backward Classes where applicable.
  4. Certificate in support of the claim for age/fee concession, where applicable.
  5. Certificate in support of being Person with Benchmark Disability (where applicable).

Note: All the documents should be self-attested.

Immediately after the CBT, qualified candidates will be notified by the commission to submit the Detailed Application Form (DAF) online. They have to send this form with each page signed with self-attested copies of the above-mentioned certificates.

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Probation Period

Probation Period of UPSC CMS Officer

  1. Junior Scale Post in the Central Health Service: The candidates for this Post will be on probation for two years. They can also be terminated during their probation period at the discretion of the regulating authority.
  2. General Duty Medical Officer in the New Delhi Municipal Council: The candidates for this Post will be on probation for two years. If they are unable to function properly during their probation period, then they are likely to be suspended at the discretion of the regulating authority.
  3. General Duty Medical Officer Gr. II: In East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the candidate for this Post will be on probation for a duration of two years. He can be removed during his probation if he doesn’t perform well during the probation period by the dominant authority.


Ques. What are the principles of UPSC CMS Tie-Breaking?

Ans. The UPSC has issued new guidelines for resolving the tie between the two candidates. If two candidates have equal marks in the final aggregate total then the following will be considered to give preference and decide the rank of the candidate. These two criteria are :

  • Candidate’s Age
  • Date/Year of completion of the Internship.


  • It means in case of a tie between two candidates, the older candidate will be given preference by the commission in giving the rank.
  • In case, both the candidates are of the same age, the preference will be given to the candidate who has completed his/her internship before.

Ques. Will every applicant receive the admit card for the written test of CMS 2021?

Ans. Yes, if all the candidates who have checked their eligibility and completed the application procedure accordingly, will be able to download the admit card of the CMS 2020 computer-based written test.

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