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 go 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.
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376 Comments on “Some insights on medical tests /checkup for UPSC IAS/IPS civil service exam”

  1. Hello Sir,

    MY BMI is more than what is required (because of some harmonal imbalance). But it hasn’t affected my health in any negative way as upto now. Is it possible for me to clear the medical test ?

  2. Hi sir,
    I have a small doubt, is it that LASIK is permitted for IPS? Please help me.
    Thank You !

    1. Yes u can … its a diuretic tab only…. but excess use can cause hypotension

    2. Iam suffering with color blindness so plz tell me iam eligible for ias

  3. Sir,
    I am diabetic type 1 and of age 28 yrs.Am i eligible for government job.

    1. dear Sir, I had ear-surgery so it can create problem in Medical test passing ?

  4. Sir,
    SSC cgl ka medical kis tarike se hota hi

  5. Sir,
    My left kidney is non functional but right side kidney working fine, am i still eligible for UPSC IAS, SSC CGL exams?

  6. Respected Sir /Madam, Iam C.Sruthi iam in my third year of B.E.Iam very much interested in ias.My eye power is 4.75 in both the eyes.Also I have a minor problem with my bones,I have hyperflexibility in my joints.Kindly reply me whether it is a problem for clearing medical test In ias exams.

  7. What is your Message? Search before asking questions & confine discussions to exams related matter only.

  8. what is a criteria for physical handycap person? and what percentage required?

  9. Fantastic explanation. Answers many of my questions. My only doubt is if a diabetic is eligible for IPS.

  10. Sir, I had recovered from TB in 2009. Now I am okay . but not having well looking physique.. But having the minimum standards for IPS.. can I be selected if I crack the exam . plz reply. Thanks.

  11. If one is a confirmed diabetic, is it a disqualification for appointment to IAS ?

    1. hi, I also have the same doubt ..did u get any me if a diabetic is allowed?

  12. I have grade 1 Non alcoholic Fatty Liver (Which is quite a reversible condition) . Please throw somw light upon it.

    I’m losing sleep over it.

  13. Mrunal Sir, I had ear-surgery so it can create problem in Medical test passing ?

    1. Hi Shailesh,
      Did you get answer for your below question .
      Mrunal Sir, I had ear-surgery so it can create problem in Medical test passing ?

      I am asking because i planning for ear surgery.
      Could you please reply.

  14. I have been detected with congenital cataract am I eligible for IAS, IFS????

  15. is a coller blind person elegible for ias/

    1. Color blindness is eligible for ias

  16. Respected sir,
    In last week ago when i did
    my medical test its found that i have color
    vision problem. so will i capable to select

    1. No you won’t be capable to select anyone. How can you decide whom to select or not..

  17. Sir I belongs to OBC caste but I don’t have any certificate for this….so can you plz tell me Can I give this this suitation

  18. Sir, my left eyes vision is 6/18 And right eyes is 6/ can i eligible for sbi or ibps or not…plz suggest me..

  19. is co lour blindness allow in ias?

  20. Sir,i hav just cleared my 12th n much intrested in I.A.S as in12th gernal science was my feild now i m confused in choosing my feild for grduation .what will be good for me?i am sure that your opinion will lead me to succe.
    Thank you !!

  21. Sir ,
    From which age we should start preparing for IAS and what these preparations are regarding to phisical and mental abilities ?

  22. My hand is fecture.i can accept for ips

  23. i am having rt ear hearing impair. left normal. what are the implecation of this problem to be selected in SSC CGL oir to be medically fit for the post.

  24. sir my right eye vision is 6/6 and left eye vision is 6/60, am i able for IAS or IPS please sir must reply

    1. Don’t worry dude .. If one of your eye is 6/6 then worse eye could range even upto nil for non technical services. However I am afraid you are not fit for Technical services ie. (1 ) Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), Group-‘A’
      (2) Indian Police Service (IPS) , Group-‘A’
      (3) Delhi Andaman and Nicobar Police Service (DANIPS) ,Group-‘B’
      (4) Pondicherry Police Service (PONDIPS) , Group-‘B’
      (5) Railway Protection Force (RPF) , Group-‘A’.
      The above services require 6/6 + 6/12 or 6/9 in both eyes
      hope this helps to resolve your doubt..!!

    2. @ashish verma,you are eligible for non technical services like ias,irs(it),irts etc but not for ips

    3. Yes! you can but they will select only right part of your body. No offence plz..

  25. sir,my eyes are weak but I want gov job can I do any gov job
    please reaply

  26. Hello sir
    what is age limit fill the exam of ias

  27. i have undergone kidney transplant operation, now am perfectly fine, do i will clear the UPSC medical test?

  28. Sir..are colour vision cadidates allowed for IAS ? Is it required to pass medical test for IAS category ?

  29. Hello sir
    I have colur blindness. Does this affect my selection for IAS or IPS ?? If yes, what are the posts in civil services I am eligible for??
    Thanx in advance.. :)

  30. my legs are not straight from
    knee they are round can i eligible for IPS

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