The Union public service commission conducts the combined medical service examination once in a year to select aspirants to be posted in the following prestigious service of the medical department of the government of India. The government of India departments is the Railway Hospital Service, Ordnance Factories Health service and Central Government Health Service.

Eligibility Conditions

According to the Union Public Service Commission, all men and women who are a citizen of Indian,  a subject of our neighboring countries such as Nepal or Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee who came cross to India before 1st January,1962 with the main purpose  of permanently setting in India  or  a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya ,Uganda the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia,  and Vietnam with the main purpose of permanently setting in India and on those person(subject), the Government of India has issued  a certificate of eligibility.

An Aspirant, in whose special case a original certificate of eligibility is must, may be admitted to the examination but the appointment  letter will be given only after the proper verification and necessary eligibility certificates has been issued to him/ her by the Government of India.

Please do check the latest notification for any change or modification in the eligibility criteria which is updated by the UPSC from time to time through the Government gazette.

Age limits:

An Aspirant while applying for the post must have reached the age of 21 years and the upper age must not have crossed the age of 30 years on January 1 of year of examination. The upper age limit relaxation is prescribed for certain categories: Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, it is up to a maximum of five years. Other Backward Classes who under the Government policy are eligible to avail of reservation, it is up to a maximum of three years. An Aspirant had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during the crucial period starting from the 1st January, 1980 to the end of 31st day of December, 1989; it is up to a maximum of five years.

In the special case of Defense Services Personnel due to certain situation became disabled in operations in a disturbed area or during hostilities with any neighboring or foreign country or and released mainly due to consequence thereof, it is up to a maximum of three years. In the special case of ex-servicemen mainly including the Commissioned Officers and SSOs/ ECOs who have successfully rendered at least a minimum of five years Military Service otherwise than due o certain situation faced with dismissal or discharge on account of serious misconduct of inefficiency, or on account of any type of physical disability attributable common to Military Service, or on invalidment, it is up to a maximum of five years.

In the case of SSCOs/ ECOs who have successfully completed an initial active period of duty of five years of Military Service and whose duty has been again continued beyond approximately five years. The aspirant’s special condition the Ministry of Defense has issues a certificate stating that they are eligible and can apply for any civil employment and that up on getting selected, they will be released within three months notice of receipt of offer of appointment, it is up to a maximum of five years. In the case of deaf-mute, orthopaedically, blind and handicapped persons, it is up to a maximum of 10 years. Please do check the latest notification for any change or modification in the Age limit criteria updated by the UPSC from time to time through the Government gazette.

Educational Qualifications

The aspirant should hold a MBBS Degree at the time of applying from any of the universities or institution approved by the Government of India. Those candidates who are in the final year of the MBBS examination are also eligible for applying provided they pass the said examination with required percentage of marks within the academic year. Only those candidates who have completed their internship will be appointed if they get selected.

Selection procedure

The selection procedure consists of two stages that is a written test and interview process. The first stage of written test involves the objective type of examination in the following subjects.

The Paper I will be of 200 marks with the subjects covering General Medicines including Cardiology, Surgery including ENT, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Traumatology and Orthopedics, Dermatology and Psychiatry.

The Paper 11 will be of 200 marks with the subject covering Pediatrics, Gynecology, Obstetrics, Preventive Social and Community Medicine.

Those aspirants who successfully qualify the written examination will be called for an interview that is a Personality test which carries’s 200 marks. A final list will be prepared based on these performances.

Salary and other benefits

Those who are selected through this examination are appointed in various posts in different department of the central government. The details of their pay scale are given below.

Assistant Divisional Medical Officer Rs. 8,000 – 13,500

Sr/Divisional Medical Officer/

Asst.. Director Rs. 10,000 – 15,200

Medical Superintendent/Chief Rs. 12,000 – 16,500

Medical Officer/Dy Director Super Time Scale Rs. 18,400 – 22,400

The DA is provided based on Basic and running allowance, decided and notified by Govt. from time to time. Education assistance is provided at the rate of 30% of basic for children to cover the costs of fee, books etc. Medical treatment and the Railway passes are provided for self and family members. The post retirement benefits are 55% of the basic pay. Staff quarters are provided.  Besides, so many other facilities are provided, i.e. allowance related to outstation stay, accident, overtime etc.


The Commission is in the process of making available of online application submission in the near future for COMBINED MEDICAL SERVICES EXAMINATION.

.The UPSC with the intention of uniformity in the Application Form has released a common form for all their examinations that will be fully processed and stored in computerized machines.

This Applications Form is available in all designated Head Post Office/Post Offices across the country along with detailed Information Brochure which contains all general instructions, an acknowledgement card and a long size envelope for sending the application to the commission.

The cost of the application form is Rs.20.

The application form duly filled in and the acknowledgment card attached with the main application form should then be sent through ordinary posted in the special long size envelope supplied with the kit of information Brochure.

The Aspirants should also write on top of the long size envelope the name of the examination viz. ”COMBINED MEDICAL SERVICES EXAMINATION” and dispatch it to “Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 110069”

All Aspirants who are working with Government Service at the central or state level, Government owned and managed industrial undertaking or any such similar organizations or in multinational companies or private employment should without delay submit their filled in applications directly through post to the Commission. If the process of submitting to be the employer and they posting it to be commission faces any delay and if the application reaches only after the closing date then such application will not be entertained.

Those job aspirants who are already in any Government service at the central or state level which is of permanent or temporary capacity are required to clearly submit an undertaking that they had already informed in writing about their personal intention of applying for this particular examination to their concerned Head of Office or Department.

The Aspirants who is already employed should note that in certain case if a communication is received in advance from their employer under any ground  by the Commission then the committee has he soul right to withhold permission to  the job aspirants from applying for or appearing at the examination. In some cases their application will be liable to be fully rejected or his/her candidature will be strictly liable to be cancelled for a period of time.

Important note: The aspirant while rightly filling in all relevant information of his/her application form should very carefully decide their nearest choice for the examination centre and the comfortable optional subjects from the given list for the examination.

The job aspirants are kindly advised not to send more than one examination application forms indicating different examination center or optional subject combination. In that case the application will be rejected and strict action will be taken against that aspirant at the discretion of the disciplinary committee of the commission. The commission may accept only one application in that case.

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