UPSC will conduct the Combined Medical Services Exam (CMSE) next year. However, for CMSE 2018, it has removed general ability from the syllabus of Paper I. As per the exam scheme and syllabus notification posted on UPSC’s official website, the changes “will be made effective from CMSE 2018.”
Exam scheme: The exam will be computer-based will be two-hour long. Both the papers of the CMSE will be of MBBS standard where objective type questions will be asked. Paper-I shall comprise 120 questions from General Medicine (96) and Paediatrics (24). Earlier 30 questions were asked from the subject of ‘General Ability’.
Paper-2 will be of 250 marks and will include Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Preventive and Social Medicine.
In both papers, the total number of questions will be same, that is, 120. The weightage and time duration of the second question paper will be 250 and two hours respectively. There will be negative marking for each wrong answer.
Candidates who qualify in the computer-based examination will be called for the Interview/Personality Test to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. The test will carry 100 marks.
The interview for personality test is held to test the general knowledge and ability of the candidates in the fields of their academic study and also in the nature of a personality test to assess the candidate’s intellectual curiosity and integrity of character.