Combined Medical Services Examination, popularly known as UPSC CMS Exam, is a competitive entrance test. The test is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to assess the aptitude of the test takers for handling the job responsibilities of a Medical Officer in government organizations. In other words, the UPSC CMS Exam is conducted for recruiting people for the post of Medical Officer available in some government organizations. Candidates appearing for the test must prepare well for it so as to obtain good score. To prepare well, candidates must be aware of what to prepare i.e. the syllabus of the exam. If a test taker is aware about the syllabus of UPSC CMS Exam, he/she can do extremely well in the test. The exam is conducted in two separate papers. Curriculum of the Combined Medical Services Examination is given below (paper wise) in detail.
UPSC CMS Exam Syllabus
In order to prepare for the General Ability section, candidates must study about Indian Society, Heritage & Culture, Polity, Economy, Human Development Indices and the Development Programmes. Along with this, candidates must gain knowledge about Natural Resources, their distribution, exploitation, conservation and related issues. Information about Basic concepts of Ecology and Environment and their impact on health and economy also helps a test taker to crack this section with ease. Besides, knowledge about recent trends in Science and Technology, Food Adulteration, Food Processing, Food Distribution, Food Storage and their relevance to public health would be a great help in qualifying this section of the exam.
While preparing for the General Medicine section, candidates must prepare topics like Cardiology, Respiratory diseases, Gastro-intestinal, Genito-Urinary, Neurology, Hematology, Endocrinology, Metabolic disorders, Infections/Communicable diseases etc. in detail. In addition, the prospective test takers must do in-depth study of Nutrition/Growth, Dermatology, Musculoskeletal System, Psychiatry and General. Study about all the aforementioned topics will help a candidate to qualify this section with effortlessness.
Candidates preparing for the Surgery section of Paper II of the UPSC CMS Exam must possess detailed information and knowledge about general surgery (wounds, infections, tumors, lymphatic, blood vessels, cysts/sinuses, head & neck, breast etc). Apart form this, test takers must be clear with the concepts of Urological Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology (ENT), Thoracic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology and Traumatology.
Gynaecology & Obstetric
This section should be prepared in three parts i.e. Gynaecology in separate and Obstetric in separate and Family Planning. While preparing for Gynaecology, candidates must prepare topics like applied anatomy, applied physiology of menstruation and fertilization, displacement of the uterus, infections and neoplasma in genital tract etc. While studying for Obstetric section, test takers must study about Ante-natal conditions, Intra-natal conditions, Post-natal conditions and Management of normal labours or complicated labour in detail. At the time of preparing for the Family Planning section, topics like Conventional Contraceptives, UD and Oral Pills, Operative Procedure, Sterilization and Organization of programmes in the urban and rural surroundings and Medical Termination of Pregnancy must be studied thoroughly by the candidate.
Preventive Social & Community Medicine
For preparing this section, test takers must prepare the curriculum of Social and Community Medicine. Test takers must be clear with the concepts of Health, Disease and Preventive Medicine. Candidates must study about General Epidemiology, Demography and Health Statistics, Communicable Diseases, Environmental Health and Nutrition and Health. In addition, in-depth study of topics like Occupational Health, Genetics and Health, International Health, Medical Sociology and Health Education and Maternal and Child Health etc will help a lot in qualifying this section of the exam.