Medical Test Procedures for UPSC Exam 2020 – IAS, IPS & Civil Services

Medical Test Procedures for UPSC: The Civil Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has three stages – Preliminary, Main and interview. After the interview aspirants are deemed to appear for their physical test. UPSC will assign each candidate a date and hospital. On that particularized date, aspirants are advised to go to the hospital for their medical examination.

The services within the Civil Services Examination have been classified into Technical and Non-Technical services. Technical Services demand special medical status in terms of height, vision, measurement of the chest, chest expansion, etc.

Medical Test Procedures for UPSC Exam:

Technical services:

• Indian Police Service (IPS)
• Railway Protection Force (RPF)
• Pondicherry Police Service (PONDIPS)
• Delhi Andaman and Nicobar Police Service (DANIPS)
• Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)

Non-technical services:

• Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
• Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
• Indian Revenue Service (IRS – Income Tax)
• Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IA&AS)
• Indian Revenue Service (IRS)
• Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
• Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
• Indian Defense Accounts Service (IDAS)
• Indian Ordnance Factories Services
• Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
• Indian Defense Estates Service (IDES)
• Indian Corporate Law Services (ICLS)
• Indian Trade Service (IIS)
• Indian Information Service
• Armed Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) Civil Service
• Indian Postal & Telegraph Accounts
• Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)

Directions for candidates

The selected candidate should come fasting for at least 10 hours on the day of the Medical Test for UPSC Medical Examination. They should come without consuming any medicine upon the approach of Medical Examination. If the candidates are using spectacles, Hearing Aid should bring the same with the direction for the same. In the event that the aspirant is using Contact Lenses, they are urged to quit using them before 48 hours of the medical examination. The Candidate is advised to bring records of any surgical procedure he/she has undergone before.

The Physical Handicapped (PH) candidates are advised to bring their machines/instruments being used by them and should bring the ‘Disability Certificate’ issued by the Disability Medical Board in the past.

Women candidates with pregnancy are also fit for all types of services, except-the services that require/physical training.

Test Conducted at the hospital for selected candidates

  • Blood test and the urine test
  • Blood pressure test
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hearing ability
  • X-ray
  • Separate tests to check for a hernia.
  • Standard height and weight: The candidate weight will be recorded in kilograms. The height and chest of the candidates are also measured.
SL.NoService HeightChestExpansion


Indian Railway traffic






152 cm*


150 cm*

84 cm


79 cm






Indian Police Service,

Group ‘A’ post in Railway

Protection Force and other

Central Police Services Group

‘A’ & Group ‘B’










165 cm [For ST (except SC/ OBC) – 160 cm]


150 cm[For  ST (except SC/ OBC)- 145 cm]


84 cm





79 cm



Standards for distant & near vision for Class of Service

Technical ServicesNon- Technical Services
 Better eye (corrected vision)Worse eyeBetter eye (corrected vision)Worse eye
Distant vision6/6 or 6/96/12 or 6/96/6 or 6/96/18 to Nil or 6/12
 Near visionJ1**J2**J1**


J3 to Nil** J2
 Types of corrections permittedSpectacles, CL and Refractive Surgery* like Lasik, ICL, IOL, etc.Spectacles, CL and Refractive Surgery like

Lasik, ICL, IOL, etc.


Limits of refractive permitted+4.00 D (including cylinder)-Non- Pathological Myopia +4.00 D (including cylinder) (Hypermetropia)


None but without


Color vision requirementsHigh Grade


Low grade


Binocular vision neededYes




* To be referred to a Special Board of Ophthalmologists.

** Near vision for Railways Service viz., IRTS, IRAS, IRPS, and RPF is JI in better eye and JII in the worse eye.

Color Blindness test:

Medical Test

The candidates 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.