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.

Mrunal recommends

  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books
  2. Environment by ShankarIAS
  3. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  4. Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania (Hindi | English)
  5. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  6. Bipin Chandra: Post Independence
  7. Fast-track to Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
  8. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  9. Disha’s Topicwise Paperset (Hindi | English)
  10. School Atlas
  11. Mains: Language papers
  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books 4 History,Geo,Sci
  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Maths: Quantam CAT Sarvesh Kumar
  5. Objective General English SP Bakshi
  6. Word Power made Easy -Norman Lowe
  7. Topic wise Solved Paperset by Disha

So far 355 Comments posted

  1. TRA

    i think your interview was may get min’m 180+ or 200.
    all the best Manikandan,hope you get through.

    1. TRA

      congrats Manikandan for success at cse!!!

  2. मनु झा

    I feel this is a rather easy interview although CyberKnife and Dalai’lamas Demands like questions were tough .Answers to CHina- India and GMO were good .
    Anyways,I hope/feel that you should be Selected 🙂

    But how could you not tell Bismillah Khan ? Its All about nerves , i guess.

  3. VIP

    Answer to Parkinsonism question is wrong…it appears u answered about Alzheimer’s

    1. मनु झा

      Parkinson is degeneration of central nervous system but even in this brain cells get damaged. Result of Memory loss is def not a characteristic , Rigidity or Lack of Body movements ,sluggishness etc are the main char.

      Nice pick VIP.

      1. TRA

        result of memory loss is v much a characteristic i think result of memory loss comes in the domain of dementia which is a cognitive loss symptom associated with parkinson’s later stages.hence his answer is not wrong.though he should have told about movement related disorders first. But also consider the nerves when one faces UPSC interview.If his interview was easy it was his luck.they cant award him low marks on account of easy questions asked.

        1. VIP

          Ohh man…motor symptoms characterise parkinson syndrome…. Dementia do occur in late stages of parkinson disease not Parkinsonism… And not all patients of Parkinson’s disease develop dementia signs and symptoms…

          1. S R K

            Wel said VIP..

        2. VIP

          And his answer is wrong….ask any medical student around

        3. VIPs

          And u don’t even understand the meaning of characteristic

          1. TRA

            yes u are correct about PD.
            and i didnt mention characteristic of PD but dementia which i had read smwhr, if it may develop in later stages of PD ,so i thought it can be related.ofcourse it cant characterise PD.

    1. tejas

      exact,flawless assessment,kishorebhai. 😛 😉

  4. dhanveer

    Very Insightful

  5. amit

    thanks manik for sharing ur expriences with us…i wish u`ll go through..good luck for future my friend.

  6. Nalineesh

    Thanks for sharing your experience..

    My best wishes to you !!!


    Please some one tell me .. If one fails in medical examination i.e. I have been Suffering from hydrocele. Also please mention which services might be at risk for me

  8. चन्द्रदॆव्

    Please dont put ur critical comments. Atleast this person is sharing his experience,we should thankful for him and Mrunal Da.
    All The Best Manikandan Ji.

    1. मनु झा

      Bhai no one is criticizing him but are just discussing the interview questions , what went wrong , what could have been voided and how things go wrong !

      And above all , i feel Public Servants should be open to criticism , if any ,thats a different story that it doesnt matter to them.
      No offences at all.

  9. moiht kaushik

    very very easy interview

  10. moiht kaushik

    cyber knife question was asked by upsc in 2010 prelims
    it is basically for cancer surgery

  11. Subramaniyan

    Hi manikandan,

    Thanks for sharing ur experience with us.Your answers were too good and Hope u get through this.All the Best

  12. deeeep

    Guys…Manikandan..did not put his Transcript for our assessment but it was experience sharing and for those who didnt attended the interview.

    So my sincere request to all plz dont give ur marks as you are not authorised to give marks.

    1. silly common man


  13. siddy

    medical test is no requires patience n hopefully everything comes out normal..
    thanks for sharing ur interview details..good luck

  14. Rohit

    A ton of thanks to Mr. Manikandan, you are really very kind to share your experience…

    And BEST OF LUCK !!

  15. Ruskin

    Quite an impressive interview Mr. Manikandan Soundararajan. Your answers were as balanced as they could have been.
    All the very best for your results. Hope to see your name in the final list.

  16. Aashay

    Thnx for sharing this life time experience with us good going dude. All the Best. But how do you answered those questions asked in medical test they seems to be more difficult than the PI ones. Please reply dude do not ignore. 🙂

    1. Manikandan Soundararajan

      @aashay All those questions were not asked to me. They are questions asked to various students of our batch. But they did not mind at the quality of answers, only a check for your nerves. So any reasonable answer would do. Also they did not expect answers in paras, just 2 to 3 lines expressing our intent. It was easy, nothing to worry about.

      1. Subakumaran

        congrats bro … i’m pursuing BE MECH. ENGG … regarding optionals were your answer really true :p …. reasonS for not choosing EEE please

  17. Sagar

    good luck Manik !!

  18. Rahul

    Hi Manikandan,

    You really have answered the questions well and I am sure you will be offered the service.

    Can you please let us know as to how you prepared and the books you referred.

    I have a question,if a person is having hydrocele,then is he eligible for the post,or will they give consideration to him.My question may appear weird,but I need you suggestions in this regard.


  19. vidhya

    Thanks a lot for sharing the experience Manikandan……Best wishes to you……

  20. bogsoi

    I’m somewhat colour blind. I can clearly distinguish colours but don’t do good in these tests. How will it affect me?

  21. krishnan

    if a candidate suffering from colour blindness , for which type of services he is not eligible

  22. D.P KUMAR

    Mrunal sir it is urgent
    Sir i filled upsc prelim exam 2013 wrongly.I belongs to obc.According to upsc maximum age for Gen-30 and for obc-33.My age is 28 years.But by mistake i claimed for age relaxation and filled the coloum of age relaxation claimed-“yes” and age relaxation category-“obc”.Sir i want to know that upsc can cancelled my candidature at later stage.

    1. D.P KUMAR

      Please read coloum as column

  23. Rohit

    I am colour blind…So, does that matter much?

    1. Vibin

      IPS wont be allotted , rest OK

  24. vikram Sihag

    Thanks for helping hand to aspirants.

  25. Guru

    Well done brother!!! Wishing u to clear the exam. Good luck

  26. mukul

    sir i stammer a bit . How would it affect my interview??

  27. radhika singh

    thanks for sharing ur experience…i m also EN final yr. student i wana choose from history & geography as mains sub…..plz help

  28. Aakash

    That went very well man…

  29. GANESH

    For claiming TA, is it necessary to produce ticket?

  30. Dinesh Vemula

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Wish you all the best.

  31. Mohsin

    i have Disc problem in back L4 nad L5,will it create problem for me in medical check up..i have tried finding the ans,but not got complete details..but my back problem is improving i can run and jog also

  32. Avinash

    I too had Dr. P. Aggaral’s board. I wonder how come the chairman has asked any question to you? I was allotted RML hospital. They did not collect blood sample for us and no ENT check… rest were all alike.. does it depend on the hospital, which test they take?

  33. Avinash

    *chairman has not asked

  34. Madhav

    Thank you Manikandan Ji for sharing your interview along with other useful information.Wish you all the very best!

  35. Jegan

    Thanks Manikandan..Your answers are well poised…
    Best of luck!!!

  36. IITian

    could anyone tell me why gold prices are falling, is it due to some international-factors(crisis,weaking of rs./$)or some other reason??
    tnx in advance!!!!!!

    1. Jitesh Azad

      as u must be aware regarding the euro crisis , so cyprus a member country have decided to sell out there gold reserves to cover there debt and it may be assumed that others may

      North Korea – South kor

      1. Jitesh Azad

        North and south korea tensions.
        CHina GDP falling- Impact on Copper and GOld.

        all this and gold fall,,,, may go upto 23,000 if tension prevails….

        but rest assured Silver will best buy and Till mains Nov. 2013….


        1. IITian

          hey thanks man!!!!

  37. Sahil

    Thank you and good wishes are with u.

  38. Deepak Varma

    Best wishes comrade …

  39. YJ

    Mrunal Sir can you give us a brief idea about doha accord on climate change ?

  40. mayur

    sir..i am obess and not so healthy and also my heght id 5.4 feet ….. will this affect my marks for interview???????

    1. चन्द्रदॆव्

      No, Health,wealth,colour does not matter in any interview in India. Interview Marks will be given to u based on,what’s ur knowledge, thinking approach,etc

  41. charu

    thanks for sharing your experience..
    all the best..

  42. mukesh

    Hi sir, i have moderate mitral stenosis a disease of heart so my heartbeat is very high. so will it create problem for me..plz answer

  43. Onkar

    cyberknife cancer k ilaz k liye use hone wali ek new technique hai isme jaha pe operation karna hota hai waha pe koi operate ki jarrurat nhi hoti….radiation beam ki help se ise kiya jata hai…isme patient ko behosh bhi nhi kiya jata..

  44. Gopikrishnan

    Manikandan we are really thankful for your real time experience sharing with us.. this has enhanced and what will happen in PI & medical test.. All the very best go ahead NATION awaits for your entry…

  45. asheesh

    cyberknife question lastyear k mains me bhi pucha ja chuka h..vaise board k samne bhut si chije yad nhi aati h…..can anyone believe last year i could not tell when third panipat battle fought i answered it was 1556…… interestingly i m post graduate in History……..

  46. mr einstein

    i would have answered all the questions except the ‘dalai lama’ wala… 🙂

    1. sausingh

      there is a lot of difference b/w “would have” and “have”… in there, confidence matters the most, while knowledge takes a second seat…. it is never about what you dont know, its only about how much you know the things you know..

    2. mukul

      pehle pre clear kar

      1. mr einstein

        dude, already cracked pre.. :*)

  47. poonam yadav

    thanks for sharing…my best wishes r with you…gudluck..:)

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