Some insights on medical tests /checkup for UPSC IAS/IPS civil service exam

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Today Manikandan Soundararajan will throw some light on how medical tests are actually conducted for IAS/IPS exam and share his UPSC interview experience with us. By the way, medical-standards are given in this PDF file click me

  1. Medical Checkup
  2. Medical tests conducted
  3. Doctor’s final report
  4. Interview: Outside the Hall:
  5. Procedures
  6. Profile of the candidate
  7. Question answers

Medical Checkup

  • Had my interview on 5th, medical test happened on 8th. For Medical Test, I was allotted to Guru Teg bahadur Hospital.
  • I was required to report at 9.00 AM in the morning. Some 20 students who took interview with me on a day were allotted in the same hospital.
  • If I recall correctly, three such hospitals are engaged in conducting the tests.
  • Since it is a govt. hospital you are required to take your tests along with the people who turn up for check-ups, but you are given priority over them.
  • When you enter your hospital you are required to fill up a form giving details of your earlier appearance before any medical board, earlier vaccinations you have been given, details of any surgery you have undergone[must if anything bed ridden], details of health conditions of your family- Father, Mother, Brothers, Sisters.

The form appears like this:
1_Med Checkup form

Medical tests conducted

  1. A blood test.
  2. A Urine test.
  3. Check for your mental stability- we had a session like a stress interview wherein a doctor posed questions like:
    1. Are you healthy? How and why should I believe that?
    2. Your signature in the register looks complex, are you a complex personality?
    3. Why do you come for a civil service? Etc…
  4. Opthalmic:

Normal vision check – asking you to identify letters at a distance.

2_Normal Vision Test
Colour Vision – A book with colored pages as below:

3_color vision test
You have to identify the character correctly, and there will be some mazes also where you have to trace the path according to the color correctly

  1. BMI measurement- check for your height and weight.
  2. Then a ENT Check happened – saw through our ears with some light.
  3. Measure of your blood pressure for high tension, low tension happened then.
  4. Then a doctor checked the lungs and heart with a stethoscope for normal breathing.
  5. Then we had a chest X ray taken.
  6. Followed by the X- ray was test for hernia and hydrocele and variocele. A scrotum examination is done for the purpose.
  7. Finally an orthopedist tests your bones. This included simple tests like rising the arm, sitting down on the floor and standing up, walking on the toes etc.
  8. Only the blood test, vision check-up happened along with general public rest of the tests happened in a separate room only for the interview candidates with experts coming there.

Doctor’s final report

The doctor’s report of a candidate appears as this:

4_Doctors certificate

  • Corresponding to provisions in above columns all tests are done, but the reports may not be given to you including your X-ray report. It stays with the board. This is an account of medical test as it happened for us.
  • Our medical tests started by 9.30 after initial formalities and got over by 4.00 in the evening.

Interview: Outside the Hall:

  • Morning  8.30 AM we all line up before the gates of UPSC to get in, to fight our long awaited battles. The punctual UPSC open their gates sharp by 9.00 AM and the personnel at the gates let us in after verifying our call letters for the personality test.
  • I tried to peek in to the sheet they were having in their hands containing the list of candidates for that day’s interview [listed in a tabular form containing the roll numbers of all candidates] and found my number in the last row of a column[and I was the last candidate in my board to be interviewed].
  • Then we were made to enter through Gate No. 2 to the waiting hall. At the entrance our mobile phones, electronic devices are collected and we are issued tokens against them. Then as I enter the waiting hall a helping soul found me perplexed at the hall showed me a round table with six surrounding chairs after verifying a number [written on my call letter outside gate no 2].


  • Now my certificates: Tenth[SSLC], Degree, OBC/SC,ST [if applicable], Post-graduation[if any] are verified. Simultaneously a call for submitting your TA claims is made.And here I was given a letter containing  instructions about my medical test – date, hospital name.
  • After this initial period you start settling down and start to take note of your surroundings, when the call for the interview is made. The very first candidate from your board is called for his interview. This exactly is the time you get to know your board.

Profile of the candidate


  • Name: Manikandan S
  • Graduation: Electrical and Electronics engineering
  • Hobbies: Photography, Blogging [none of the questions were from this part].
  • Optionals: Geography and Public Administration.
  • Date of the Interview: 05.04.2013
  • Session: Forenoon[Last candidate of my board in the morning session]
  • Board: Dr. Purushottam Agarwal
  • Note: Here I am giving a gist of my interview. I have tried to recollect and reproduce maximum possible questions. The answers given are a brief reproduction of what I answered there, not an exact reproduction [Vocabulary and construct were different then].
  • I entered the hall at around 12.40 PM, wished good afternoon to the Chairman and other board members, and got a good afternoon in reply from almost all the members. Then I was offered a seat where I sat thanking the chairman.

Question answers

  • Chairman: Gesturing the member on his right to start the interview….
  • M1: Why did you choose public administration and geography as your optional when you could have taken electrical and electronics?
  • Me: In to Civil services considered public administration an obvious choice, as for geography which I last studied at my school level, so thought a recollection was essential since geography with environment is basic science affecting human life.
  • M1: So was this the reason and not mark constraints?
  • Me: No sir, that was not my primary concern.
  • M1: ok, what do you know about Public sector broadcasting?
  • Me: explained about DD, AIR. [In my answer gave a term ‘telecast Programs in Public interest…’]
  • M1: what are public interest programs? Can you give some examples?
  • Me: Talked about education awareness, disaster awareness programs, information about schemes of govt etc…
  • M2: What is the difference between physics and applied physics, math and applied math[being an engineering candidate you can answer this question was his statement]?
  • Me: Physics basic principles and laws, applied physics a vertical specialization studying practical to the point applications.
  • M2: have heard of the term Cyber Knife?
  • Me: Sorry sir, I have not heard of it. [But it is “actually a robot guided system for performing radiotherapy with much higher precision than standard radiotherapy- associated with medical field” ]
  • M2: Do you know anything about Parkinson syndrome?
  • Me: Yes sir, a condition of degeneration of brain cells with age resulting in loss of memory and other complexities.
  • M2: What is a green field airport?
  • Me: Sir, generally when we establish an infrastructure for the first time afresh we call it a green field project, if we are adding to an established infrastructure or repair works are done to existing projects are called brownfield projects.
  • M2: why don’t we call it a new airport?
  • Me: Sorry sir, I don’t know the exact reason [In my search the most returned answer for this – The new project being fresh has no constraints due to prior projects. Eg: If Microsoft develops an update for its existing OS like XP service pack 3 it has to see to that the software working in earlier version work on this too. But if develops an altogether new OS like windows 7/8, this new one has no constraints, it develops all sets of programs also new, from scratch ].
  • M2: What do you think are special features given to Jammu and Kashmir?
  • Me: Explained everything from article 370, to right to property, to residuary powers etc….
  • M2: Do you know about the recent demands of Dalai Lama?
  • With this he passed the Baton to Member 3.
  • M3: Now I will list some personalities. Tell me if you know them and if Yes identify their fields.
  • The list went: [couldn’t remember many] Bismillah Khan, Satyajit ray etc….
  • Finally identify: Pandit Ravishankar, Ravishankar Shukla, Sri Sri Ravishankar….
  • M3: Draw a line from Delhi downwards – Tell me whether the places I list fall to its right or left?
  • Again a list : Nagpur, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai etc…
  • M3: What do you know about Genetically Modified organisms?
  • Me: sir, the technology of genetic modification, which allows the flexibility to modify the gene make up of an organism helps us engineer desired characteristics like pest resistance, nutrient fortification in plants.
  • M3: what is the current position of GMO crops [he was referring to the legislation]
  • Me: sir, as of now we have permitted GM in commercial crops, but in case of food crops it has been suspended as of now. We need strict monitoring and field trials before permitting them.
  • M4: What do you think of India China Relations? Are we enemies as projected?
  • Me: No sir, I think we are rather competing nations which at times makes us take different stands. And then talked about improved cultural relations, rising economic interdependence etc.,
  • M4: Why do you think China cannot settle its boundary disputes with India alone?
  • Me: Sir, In my opinion I think we both are placed in equivalent status in size and economy, that may be a reason for both us to have some inertia to get down from our initial positions, but with a new leadership taking helm at china and showing interest in settling boundary disputes we can settle them in near future.
  • Finally chairman: Ok, manikandan your interview is over.
  • Me : Thank You sir.

So far 187 Comments posted

      1. ayushi

        mazhar you are completely eligible for ias exams. just concentrate on your studies, even if you fail your physical test you will be given a job in which you will hve no physical constraints. ALL THE BEST.

  1. rahul

    sir i have problem in my right feet it is small from left leg and also icant sit properly because of that feet
    also it doesnot bend while i try to sit plzz tell i am elogible for ips ????

  2. Souradeep Basu

    Sir, My eyesight is weak. I have -7 power in both eyes. I wear Contacts Lens . Am I eligible for I.P.S. ?

  3. Mohit Gaba

    Thanks for the info sir
    i had a lasik operation for removal of my spectacles & now my eyesight is ok
    is there any problem for me in joining as IAS officer ??

  4. Kumar S

    Sir my right eye is weak in vision. It is 6/18 and there is no improvement even when I use glasses. But my left eye is absolutely perfect. Can i join IPS course?

    1. Mohit Garg

      Hello .. Kumar S
      My sister has the exact eye sight like you. So what did you find about the eligibility in civils.
      Kindly answer.
      Thanx :)

  5. Rishi S

    Thanks for sharing your interview experience.
    My question is: You have a broad knowledge in the fields which have been asked by the interviewer. But sir i was not able to get most of them any i am very much weaker in biology. So sir give me tips to improve.
    Does it put a bad impression when you are not able to answer to the interviewer?

  6. neha gulabchand yadav

    thank you sir for sharing uh great experience
    My question is I hv an eye sight problem.My left eye vision is too weak n der is no scope of improvement n my right eye vision is all perfect. Am I fit for IAS.

  7. pooja trivedi

    i want to know the eyesight needed for civil services exam?
    what is the correct optional subject for a law student?

  8. Vikashh kumar

    sir I have color vision deficiency . I wanted to know that is color vision necessary civil engineering and upsc jobs or not….

  9. vikram chaudhary

    sir mere ko excedent ho gya tha lekin ab sahi hoo pair me lag gyi thi kya me upsc ki tyari kr skta ho

  10. Manoj

    I met with accident and I have got hydrocele,but got cured with surgery in Aiims. Am i eligible for the IAS? plz reply

  11. Ajith

    I have eye sight problem only in one of my eyes and I had a surgery in my childhood in the legs and i am not suffering any problem due to that. May i know whether i am able for ias/ips/ifs posts? Kindly reply me as soon as possible.
    Thank you

  12. pallavi

    there has been some ambiguous language in gazette of india giving detais of the medical test or results one of the test mention that’he or she is not ruptured’ pls tl me what does it mean

  13. rethesh

    recent disqualified list has two rankers disqualified due to lasik..
    i had my ICL (radiokeratomy as per official language used by upsc) and have sight of 7 for both the eyes..were will i stand on disqualification grounds??
    my whole life depends on it..pls help me

  14. Neha

    Would you know the status of past alcohol use in the medical exam?? I used to live in Europe and was taken to the hospital when I got too drunk after which I stopped drinking immediately. I am not an alcoholic by any standards. This was two years ago. My main question now is whether I should declare these two incidents and whether they would render me unfit as a candidate. i have harmful history of drug abuse whatsoever.
    For those you who are aware of the rules, kindly advise me as I do not wish to deliberately lie or make a false statement

    1. vikramjeet

      Wether its alcohol or drug abuse, it isnt something that is going to prevail in your body provided the intake has stopped for a considerable peroid of time and one is also indulging in some sort of physical workout (Jogging, Gym, Yoga, Sports Etc). We all know that these activites help in the rejuvanation process. So as far as anything bei g traced is concerned, you do not have to worry about that. Cause there are different kinds on blood tests and they wont be checking your blood for traces of alcohol or any drug residue. Do not bring your alcohol/drug abuse incident to their notice as it isnt a major surgery or an operation that put you to bed rest. Medical form explicitly mentions the clause “which put you to bed rest”. To make you feel more comfortable, 3 yrs back a person i knew who use to a big time junkie and an alcoholic, stopped everything 2 months prior to his interveiw. He kept consuming alcohol though. No need to guess, cz its obvious. He did get through. ! Nothing came up in his medical results. He was deemed completely Fit ! So relax. Focus on ur studies, and dont worry abt anythng els. If u clear the main, reduce drinking/smoking until the time your through with your medical check up ! All the best n Study Hard. #ServeTheNation

  15. uday

    Hello sir,i was operated in my right ear for ear discharge problem ten years back.i ve moderate hearing loss in my right left ear s i eligible for ias,n non technical services…

  16. abc


    please clarify on whether the candidate infected with hepatitis b chronic is declared unfit for the job?

  17. puneet

    Hello sir
    I did diploma after 10th nd nw doing my graduation i got admission in 2nd year directly…so can i eligibile for pcs exam nd my height is 5 nd i m a girl..
    Pls rply sir as soon as possible.

  18. Amit

    Sir one of my friend only have vision of one eye and with other eye he cant see atall, is he eligible for any post of upsc??

  19. Akash

    do any vary of size of testicles make any wrong impact..
    or, if scrotum are differ in size so is there any problem…in selection.


    Can somebody please tell me if Excessive Carrying Angle of Elbow can be a problem in IPS ??

  21. arihan kashyap


    Will I be considered fit/eligible in the post medical check-up of UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION if I have myopia(details given below) :


    SPH: 7.00
    CYL: 0.75
    AXIS: 180
    V/A: 6/6

    SPH: 8.00
    CYL: 1.50
    AXIS: 180
    V/A: 6/6
    If yes,what are the posts in which I will be considered? If no, then , can LASIK Surgery be of any help? One more question, can a pre-medical check-up be posssible? Please reply at the earliest

    I am asking you about this as it would enable me to plan my career. I have graduated from NIT,Silchar on July(this year) and I have an offer letter at hand from SONY. But, I am more interested in UPSC.

    Arihan Kashyap

  22. rajendra vijay

    this is the best and powerful services for public………with right…………in my india

  23. khushbu

    sir my height is just 141 cm and i have hypothyroid also and 5 years back i suffered with TB also but now i am fit. am i eligible for upsc ias or ifs?


    -4 corrected is permissible for West Bengal Police Services. For others any vision corrected by lenses.

  25. vikki kumar singh

    sir , i have ratina problem in my right eye. i cant see properly with my right eye.But my left eye is correct.
    i can clear my vision test with right eye.
    so can i clear medical test.

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