Combined Medical Services Exam, 2012

The Combined Medical Services Exam, 2012 will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission like every year for the recruitment of doctors for various posts in the Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service, Central Health Services, Indian Railways, and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Recruitments are usually done for the positions of General Duty Medical Officer, Assistant Divisional Medical Officer, Medical Officers and junior scale posts.

Important Dates and Parameters
Exam Date The examination is scheduled to be held on the 17th of June, 2012.
Exam Time The Combined Medical Services Examination consists of two papers and is of one day duration.
Fees The General/OBC candidates who are applying through the offline mode will have to pay INR 100 as fee and the ones who opt for online applications will have to pay INR 50 only. Female candidates and SC/ST/Specially abled applicants will not have to pay any fee.
Registration Opening Date The registration would begin 3rd March, 2012 onwards.
Registration Closing Date The last date of registration is 2nd of April, 2012.
Eligibility Criteria: Age and Education Candidates who have passed their M.B.B.S examinations (written as well as practical) will be considered eligible to appear for this examination. Aspirants who have appeared for their final examinations with results awaited will also be eligible to apply and in case they clear this entrance examination, their admission will be provisional till they submit their pass certificate.

The candidates should not be more than 32 years of age. For the candidates belonging to the SC/ST/OBC categories, the upper age limit can be relaxed.

Candidates must also be fit, physically as well as medically according to the standards that are set by the Combined Medical Services Exam.

Admit Card Availability The admit cards will be sent to the candidates through post.
Availability of Brochure and Forms The information brochure and the online forms will be available on the official website of the Union Public Service Commission. The offline application forms will be available at the designated post offices for INR 20 (in cash).
Application Mode: Cash, Demand Draft, Credit Card, net Banking For offline applications, the payments have to be made through the Central Recruitment Fee Stamp. In case of online applicants, the payments can be made either through cash at any of the SBI branches or with the help of net banking facilities of the State Bank of India.
Examination Centers Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Shimla, Jorhat, Raipur, Srinagar, Dehradun, Dispur, Shillong, Allahabad, Hyderabad, Itanagar, Port Blair, Vishakhapatnam, Tirupati, Imphal, Bangalore, Dharwad, Agartala, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ranchi, Patna, Nagpur, Panaji, Cuttack, Aizwal, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Jammu, Kohima, Madurai, Sambalpur, Kochi, and Chandigarh.


The candidates will have to appear for two papers and the syllabus for each has been tabulated below:

Paper Number Subject No. of Questions
Paper I Pediatrics 20
General Medicine: dermatology, endocrinology, neurology, respiratory diseases, psychiatry, infectious diseases, growth and nutrition, metabolic disorders, musculoskeletal system, hematology, cardiology, and gastro-intestinal disorders. 70
General Ability: recent events in science and technology, basic concepts of environment and ecology, industry, service sectors, agriculture, trade, transportation, Indian society, development programs, Indian economy, human development indices, demographic trends related to health and environment, food storage, adulteration, food processing, conservation and exploitation of natural resources. 30
Paper II Surgery: general surgery, thoracic surgery, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, urological surgery, orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology, and ENT. 40
Preventive and Social Medicine: communicable diseases, national programs, general epidemiology, genetics and health, international health, social and community medicine, maternity and child health, occupational health, planning and health administration, health statistics, health and nutrition, genetics, environmental health, non-communicable diseases, and medical sociology. 40
Gynecology and Obstetrics: postnatal conditions, ante-natal conditions, complicated and normal labor, intra-natal conditions, displacement of uterus, applied anatomy, neoplasma in genital tract, menstruation and fertilization, conventional contraceptives, pregnancy termination, operative procedure, and oral pills. 40

Recommended Books

Aside from solving the previous years’ question papers, candidates can also take the assistance of reference books to succeed in the Combined Medical Services Examination. Given below is a list of the recommended books that can benefit the aspirants of this examination:

  • Combined Medical Services, by Rajeev Kumar
  • Drug Interactions Analysis and Management, by Hansten P. D. Horn
  • Combined Medical Services, by M S Bhatia
  • Review of Combined Medical Services, by Nayak
  • Elsevier Comprehensive Guide To Combined Medical Services UPSC Simplified Supplement, by Prakash Nayak and Rajeev Kumar
  • UPSC Combined Medical Services Examination, 2005, by Vimal
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