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UPSC CMS 2021 Section-wise Syllabus and Best Books

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Apr 3, 2021

Every year, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) to shortlist the candidates for medical officer posts. The UPSC CMS Syllabus 2021 will be released along with the official notification of the combined medical services examination. As per the official announcement, the UPSC CMS 2021 notification will be released on May 5, 2021.

The UPSC CMS exam comprises two stages, part I and part II, and the aspirants need to qualify for each of the stages. Aspirants should be aware of the UPSC CMS selection process. In the part I exam, there are two papers, Paper I and Paper-II. The aspirants have to answer a total of 120 questions from General Medicine and Paediatrics in the paper I exam. In the paper II exam, the candidates get questions on Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Preventive & Social Medicine, and have to answer a total of 120 questions. To know more about the UPSC CMS exam pattern, click here.

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The syllabus of the part II exam that is the personality test covers general knowledge and awareness along with critical and analytical skills. Apart from that, mental alertness, social behavior, and integrity of character will also be examined during the personality test.

Syllabus Paper I

UPSC CMS 2021 Syllabus and Books for Paper-I

Go through the following section to know more about the section-wise syllabus of the paper I exam:

Topic Number of Questions
General Medicine 96
Paediatrics 24
Total 120

Syllabus of General Medicine

The syllabus of General Medicine consists of the following topics:

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

Syllabus of Paediatrics

The syllabus of Paediatrics consists of the following topics:

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

Also, check UPSC CMS 2021 Preparation Tips before the aspirants appear for the exam.

Books Paper I

As you know, there are two sections in Paper I namely General Medicine and Pediatrics. So, you have to prepare for Paper I as per the topics given in the UPSC CMS Syllabus 2021. Here are the books which will help you score a good grade out of 250 marks in this paper I.

Books Author/Publisher
Human Anatomy B.D.Chaurasia
Human Embryology Inderbir Singh
Pathologic Basis of Disease Robbins
Biochemistry U. Satyanarayana
Textbook of Pathology Harsh Mohan
Essentials of Forensic medicine and Toxicology Dr. K S Narayan Reddy
Preventive and Social Medicine K Park
Medical Parasitology D.R.Arora
Elsevier Comprehensive Guide to Combined Medical Services Rajeev Kumar(Elsevier India)
Rapid Digest UPSC Combined Medical Services Examination N/A
CBS Combined Medical Services UPSC Entrance Examination Paperback M. S. Bhatia

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Syllabus Paper II

UPSC CMS 2021 Syllabus and Books For Paper-II

Go through the following section to know more about the section-wise syllabus of the paper II exam:

Topic Number of Questions
Surgery 40
Gynaecology & Obstetrics 40
Preventive & Social Medicine 40
Total 120

Syllabus of Surgery

The surgery syllabus includes the following topics:

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

Syllabus of Obstetrics

The Obstetrics syllabus includes the following topics:

  • Ante-natal conditions
  • Intra-natal conditions
  • Post-natal conditions
  • Management of normal labors or complicated labor

Syllabus of Gynaecology

The Gynaecology syllabus includes the following topics:

  • Questions on applied anatomy
  • Questions on applied physiology of menstruation and fertilization
  • Questions on infections in the genital tract
  • Questions on neoplasma in the genital tract
  • Questions on the displacement of the uterus
  • Normal delivery and safe delivery practices
  • High-risk pregnancy and management
  • Abortions
  • Intra-Uterine growth retardation
  • Medicolegal examination in obgy and Gynae including Rape.

Syllabus of Family Planning

The Family Planning syllabus includes the following topics:

  • Conventional contraceptives
  • U.D. and oral pills
  • The operative procedure, sterilization, and organization of programs in the urban and rural surroundings
  • Medical Termination of Pregnancy

Syllabus of Preventive Social and Community Medicine

The syllabus of Preventive Social and Community Medicine includes the following topics:

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

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Books Paper II

Recommended Books for UPSC CMS Paper II

The UPSC will conduct Paper-II for a weightage of 250 marks. Therefore, you have to study various topics given in the UPSC CMS Paper II syllabus. In paper II, there are sections such as General Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics, and Preventive social & community medicine. Here are the books which are best suited for the preparation of these above-mentioned subjects:

Books Author/Publication
Illustrated Synopsis of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Dr. Neena Khanna
Clinical Methods in Medicine Chugh
Practical Aspects of Pediatrics Dr. Mayoor K Chheda
Medicine: Prep Manual for Undergraduates Aggarwal Praveen & George K. Mathew
Emergency Medicine S N Chugh

Here, we have listed the detailed syllabus and the various important books for the upcoming UPSC CMS exam in 2021. Download UPSC CMS 2021 Previous Years’ Question Papers

UPSC CMS FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. How many attempts are there in the UPSC CMS examination?

Ans. The general aspirants can attempt 6 times for appearing in the UPSC CMS exam. However, the OBC candidates can apply for 7 times and the SC/ST candidates can apply unlimited times till their 37 years of age.

Ques. How many stages are there in the UPSC CMS exam?

Ans. There are two stages in the UPSC CMS exam; Part I: Computer-based test and part II: Personality test.

Ques. How can I clear the UPSC CMS exam at one go?

Ans. The aspirants have to know the UPSC CMS exam pattern and syllabus in a detailed manner. After that, the candidates have to make a timetable and should follow it. Apart from that, the aspirants need to appear for a full-length mock test to analyze their strengths and weakness.

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

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