The Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE) is the examination conducted by the UPSC board for the appointment of suitable candidates in various medical services throughout the country. The Union Public Services Commission has released an important notification on 3rd October that contains the details of the amendment in the pattern of CMSE from the year 2018. There will not be the ‘General ability paper’ in CMSC right from the next year and there are also considerable changes in the syllabus and the mode of the examination. The detailed notification can be viewed at the official web page of the commission – www.upsc.gov.in.
Extract of UPSC notification
The Union Public Services Commission has stated the following information regarding the CMSE in its notification.
In the past years, the UPSC will test the general ability of the candidates who are being selected for the most reputed medical services in the country. From the year 2018, the series of papers in the CMSE will not contain the general ability paper. The process of examination is simplified as it tests only the technical knowledge of the students in paper 1 and paper 2.
The mode of examination for the paper 1 and paper 2 has been changed from the conventional method to the computer based one with multiple choice questions. The exam will be of two hours and it will be up to the standard of MBBS. The paper 1 will have 120 multiple choice questions in General Medicine and Paediatrics. The paper 2 will have 250 multiple choice questions in Surgery, Gynaecology & Obstetrics and also in the preventive and social medicine.
The aspirants who have cleared both the papers in the examination will have to face the personality test to grab the final posting. In the personality test, the general knowledge and the subject oriented skills of the candidates are tested.
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