UPSC alert! No more General Ability Paper in Combined Medical Services Exam from 2018, more new changes coming

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The Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) has released an official notification on its website, introducing key changes in the Combined Medical Services Exam (CMSE) paper and syllabus, which will be effective from the next year. From the year 2018, there will be no more ‘general ability’ paper in the computer based exam.

Complete details regarding the exam pattern change can be found at

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Paper pattern

Part 1: Computer Based Examination (500 marks)

  • The candidate will take this examination in two papers; each paper carrying a maximum of 50 marks. The duration of each paper will be two hours
  • Papers will be completely objective type
  • There will be penalty for wrong answers

Part 2: Personality Test (100 marks)

It will be conducted for all those candidates who clear the computer based examination.

The Interview for Personality Test will be intended to serve as a supplement to the computer based examination for testing 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, critical powers of assimilation, balance of judgement and alertness of mind, ability for social cohesion, integrity of character, initiative and capability for leadership.

About UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission is India’s central recruiting agency. It is responsible for appointments to and examinations for All India services and group A and group B of Central services.