Materia Medica – Model Questions for UPSC and PSC Homoeopathy

Dr Jithesh T K  MD (Hom) Materia medica
Medical officer (Homoeopathy)
Directorate of Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy, Govt of N.C.T of Delhi

Dr.Jithesh.T.K has compiled this Model Question Paper in Materia medica for the aspirants appearing for the UPSC / PSC Medical officer examinations. The author is a postgraduate in Materia medica from the Govt Homoeopathic Medical College, Calicut. He has qualified the UPSC examination and is presently working as a medical officer in the Directorate of ISM&H, Govt of N.C.T of Delhi. He is also a top rank holder in the Medical officer (Homoeopathy) examination, Kerala-2004.

The model questions in Materia medica have been framed according to the UPSC pattern. Since maximum number of questions (30-35 questions out of 120) are asked from Materia medica in the UPSC examination, it is necessary that the aspirants should give due importance for the study of Materia medica. This Model Question paper will open a pathway for the preparation in the study of Materia medica. Send your comments to

1.Chemical analogue of Ipecac is

  • (a) Ant tart
  • (b) Cup met
  • (c) Stann met
  • (d) Plumb met

2.According to J.T.Kent “Escape of gas when urinating” is found only under this medicine

  • (a) Staphysagria (a) Lycopodium (c) Sarsaparilla (d) Sanicula

3.The symptom,“Sensation as if breath would leave her when lying down”is seen in

  • (a) Grindelia
  • (b) Medorrhinum
  • (c) Opium
  • (d) Both a & c

4.”Sore throat beginning and ending with menses” is the symptom of

  • (a) Lac can
  • (b) Phytolacca
  • (c) Merc cyanatus
  • (d) All of the above

5. Match the following

  • (A) Suffering parts emaciate      (1) Tabacum
  • (B) Emaciation of cheeks & back (2) Lobelia inflata
  • (C) Nervous prostration             (3) Graphites
  • (D) Inclined to be fleshy            (4) Picric acid
  • (a) A-4, B-3, C-1, D-2
  • (b) A-4, B-1, C-2, D-3
  • (c) A-3, B-1, C-4, D-2
  • (d) A-2, B-1, C-4, D-3

6. “Sensation as if cold air was blowing on her, even while covered up; as if sheets were damp”,the medicine is

  • (a) Nux mosch (b)Lac defloratum (c)Veratrum album (d)Camphor

7. Who is the prover of Kalmia

  • (a) Hahnemann (b) Hering (c) Burt (d) Petroz

8. Vegetable analogue of Kali sulph is

  • (a) Pulsatilla (b) Phytolacca (c) Dulcamara (d) Podophyllum

9. Thirst of Sarsaparilla is

  • (a) Thirst for very cold drinks
  • (b) Thirstless
  • (c) Thirst only during chill stage
  • (d) Thirst for hot drinks

10. Vertigo on descending is seen in

  • (a) Ferr met
  • (b) Ferr met & Borax
  • (c) Borax and Coca
  • (d) Ferr met, Borax & Coca

11. Complementary medicine of Ferr met is

  • (a) Alumina
  • (b) China
  • (c) Hamamelis
  • (d) All of the above

12. “Must change position frequently, but it is painful and gives little relief” this symptom is seen in

  • (a) Nat sulph
  • (b) Causticum
  • (c) Both
  • (d) None

13. Which among the following medicine is not having “Hydrogenoid constitution”

  • (a) Ferr met (b) Antim tart (c) Sabina (d) Silicea

14. “Retention and incontinence of urine after labour” ,this symptom is seen in

  • (a) Belladonna (b) Arnica (c) Apis mel (d) Cimicifuga

15. According to Lippe “persistent diarrhoea in those treated with large doses of the drug” is seen in

  • (a) Camphor (b) Nux vom (c) Teucrium (d) Opium

16. Scientific name of “Aswagandha” is

  • (a) Withania somnifera
  • (b) Tinospora cordifolia
  • (c) Alstonia scholaris
  • (d) Boerhavia diffusa

17. Which among the following medicine comes under “Lichens”

  • (a) Cetraria islandica
  • (b) Sticta pulmonalis
  • (c) Usnea barbata
  • (d) All of the above

18. Match the following

  • (A) Black widow spider    (1) Tarentula cubensis
  • (B) Black Cuban spider    (2) Aranea diadema
  • (C) Hairy spider              (3) Latrodectus mactans
  • (D) Garden spider           (4) Mygale lasiodora
  • (a) A-4, B-3, C-2, D-1
  • (b) A-4, B-3, C-1, D-2
  • (c) A-3, B-4, C-1, D-2
  • (d) A-3, B-4, C-2, D-1

19. Which among the following is not a “Sarcode”

  • (a) Cholesterinum
  • (b) Fel tauri
  • (c) Vulpis fel
  • (d) Glanderin

20. “After hemorrhage from piles prostration out of all proportion to amount of blood lost” medicine is

  • (a) Trill pendulum
  • (b) Melilotus alba
  • (c) Hamamelis
  • (d) Erigeron

21. Which among the following medicine is not a member of “Ranunculaceae”

  • (a) Helleborus
  • (b) Paeonia
  • (c) Hepatica
  • (d) Hydrocotyle

22. “Prolapse of uterus, many cases of years standing cured” medicine is

  • (a) Lac defloratum
  • (b) Syphylinum
  • (c) Lyssin
  • (d) Medorhinum

23. “Every spring skin affections reappear” medicine is

  • (a) Alumina
  • (b) Nat sulph
  • (c) Ant crude
  • (d) Croton tig

24. Which medicine is indicated for obstinate cases of constipation after Nux vom has failed

  • (a) Alumina
  • (b) Sulphur
  • (c) Plumb met
  • (d) Platina

25.What is common between “Rhubarb” and “Yellow dock”

  • (a) They are complementary to each other
  • (b) They belongs to the same family
  • (c) Both are children’s remedies
  • (d) Both have got symptom, colic < when standing, not > by stool

26. Which medicine is indicated for “Headache from too much thinking, too close application or attention, from worms”

  • (a) Cina
  • (b) Terebinth
  • (c) Physostigma
  • (d) Sabadilla

27. Complementary drug of Stann met is

  • (a) Calc carb
  • (b) Ipecac
  • (c) Pulsatilla
  • (d) Cinchona

28. “Painless diarrhoea after midnight” – indicated medicine is

  • (a) Sulphur
  • (b) Podophyllum
  • (c) Pulsatilla
  • (d) Phos acid

29. Painless diarrhoea from fear is seen in

  • (a) Opium
  • (b) Sambucus
  • (c) Aconite
  • (d) Phos acid

30. Which medicine is indicated for the ailments from the abuse of metals generally?

  • (a) Pulsatilla
  • (b) Sulphur
  • (c) Mezerium
  • (d) Opium

31. Name the nosode prepared from the fibroid tumour of uterus

  • (a) Melitagrinum
  • (b) Epihysterinum
  • (c) Nectrianinum
  • (d) Scirrhinum

32. Eupionum is

  • (a) A product of wood tar distillation
  • (b) A product of pine tar distillation
  • (c) Crude rock oil
  • (d) A fossil product

33.Menses of Nux vomica is

  • (a) Too late, dark, clotted, intermittent
  • (b) Profuse, dark, coagulated, offensive with backache
  • (c) Too early, always irregular, blood black
  • (d) Profuse, bright, discharge of blood between periods

34. “Chill beginning in thighs” is seen in

  • (a) Pyrogen
  • (b) Gelsemium
  • (c) Heloderma
  • (d) Thuja

35. “Flooding with fainting” is seen in

  • (a) Trill pendulum
  • (b) Amyl nitrosum
  • (c) Nux mosch
  • (d) Melilotus alba

36. Trill pendulum is complimentary to which medicine in menstrual and hemorrhagic affections

  • (a) Phosphorus
  • (b) Calc phos
  • (c) Sabina
  • (d) Ferr phos

37. “Absence of grit” is seen in

  • (a) Adrenalin
  • (b) Thyroidinum
  • (c) X ray
  • (d) Bacillinum

38. “Single cough on rising from bed in morning” is seen in

  • (a) Causticum
  • (b) Lachesis
  • (c) Bacillinum
  • (d) Badiaga

39.Who is the prover of Kali bich

  • (a) Hahnemann (b) Hering (c) Drysdale (d) Swan

40. Inimical medicine of Ignatia is

  • (a) Tabacum
  • (b) Opium
  • (c) Nat mur
  • (d) Chamomilla

41. According to Swan “almost a specific for gall stone colic, relieves the distress at once especially after failure with Nux vom, Cinchona, Carduus, Podophyllum etc.

  • (a) Fel tauri
  • (b) Cholesterinum
  • (c) Chionathus
  • (d) Pulmo vulpis

42. “Child constantly handles the penis” is the symptom of

  • (a) Mezerium
  • (b) Origanum
  • (c) Psorinum
  • (d) Malandrium

43. Which medicine is indicated in scrofulosis when the best chosen remedies fails to relieve

  • (a) Theridion
  • (b) Tarentula cubensis
  • (c) Iodum
  • (d) Ars iodide

44. Nausea from fast riding in a carriage is seen in

  • (a) Tabacum
  • (b) Lactic acid
  • (c) Cerium oxalicum
  • (d) Theridion

45. Which medicine has got aversion to milk and dirrhoea from it

  • (a) Nat phos
  • (b) Nat carb
  • (c) Nat sulph
  • (d) Nat mur

46. Match the following

  • (A) Forgets initial letters while writing           (1) Nux mosch
  • (B) Omits final letters while writing                (2) Syphilinum
  • (C) Does not recognize well known streets     (3) Medorhinum
  • (D) Can not remember names of books persons (4) Lac can
  • (a) A-4, B-3, C-2, D-1
  • (b) A-3, B-4, C-1, D-2
  • (c) A-4, B-3, C-1, D-2
  • (d) A-3, B-4, C-2, D-1

47. “Fat, chubby, short necked children disposed to croup and croupy affections” – medicine is

  • (a) Calc carb
  • (b) Medorhinum
  • (c) Kali bich
  • (d) Baryta carb

48. “Thirsty and hungry yet as soon as they begin to eat or drink they lose all desire” – medicine is

  • (a) Calc carb
  • (b) Helonius
  • (c) Petroselinum
  • (d) Sarsaparilla

49. Neuralgia everyday at the same hour is seen in

  • (a) Chin sulph
  • (b) Sanguinaria
  • (c) Oxalic acid
  • (d) Spigelia

50. “Prolapse of uterus, seemingly in hot weather” is seen in

  • (a) Nux mosch
  • (b) Belladonna
  • (c) Kali bich
  • (d) Nat mur

51.Find out the medicine from the following symptoms

  • Ailments from cutting wisdom teeth
  • Craving for meat
  • Diarrhea occurs regularly every three weeks
  • Heart-burn of pregnancy
  • (a) Calc phos
  • (b) Mag carb
  • (c) Chamomilla
  • (d) Cheiranthus

52. “Loves fat and salt” is the symptom of

  • (a) Sepia
  • (b) Phosphorus
  • (c) Nat mur
  • (d) Nitric acid

53. “Eating a little too much causes headache” in

  • (a) Allium cepa
  • (b) Antim crud
  • (c) Nux mosch
  • (d) Nux vom

54. Who is the prover of Anthracinum

  • (a) Lux
  • (b) Swan
  • (c) Finke
  • (d) Burt

55. Which among the following is a medicine proved by Dr.Hahnemann

  • (a) Iodum
  • (b) Cocculus
  • (c) Hamamelis
  • (d) Ledum pal

56. Complimentary medicine of Camphor

  • (a) Nux vom
  • (b) Cantharis
  • (c) Coffea
  • (d) Cinchona

57. Inimical medicine of Zinc met

  • (a) Ignatia
  • (b) Sepia
  • (c) Chamomilla
  • (d) Camphor

58. Which among the following is a medicine for fissures of nipples in nursing women

  • (a) Sedum acre
  • (b) Ratanhia
  • (c) Aesculus
  • (d) Peonia

59. Complementary drug of Sabadilla is

  • (a) Arum tryphyllum
  • (b) Amm carb
  • (c) Sang can
  • (d) Sepia

60. Which medicine follows well after Opium after bad effects of fright

  • (a) Sambucus nigra
  • (b) Syphylinum
  • (c) Strammonium
  • (d) Staphysagria

61. “Worms with foul breath, choking” – medicine is

  • (a) Aur met
  • (b) Sabadilla
  • (c) Felix mas
  • (d) Terebinth

62. According the J.H.Clarke, which medicine follows Zinc met in hydrococephalus

  • (a) Calc phos
  • (b) Merc sulph
  • (c) Helleborus
  • (d) Kali sulph

63. “Palpitation, tobacco-heart and sexual weakness after abuse of tobacco is seen in

  • (a) Lycopodium
  • (b) Phosphorus
  • (c) Gelsemium
  • (d) Staphysagria

64. Dandelion is the common name of

  • (a) Dolichos
  • (b) Sambucus
  • (c) Taraxacum
  • (d) Cyclamen

65. “All gone sensation in stomach, in tea drinkers especially” is the symptom of

  • (a) Thuja
  • (b) Pulsatilla
  • (c) Angustra
  • (d) Sepia

66. “Sweating of foot between the toes, making them sore and offensive” is seen in

  • (a) Sanicula
  • (b) Bar carb
  • (c) Nat mur
  • (d) Jaborandi

67.Which medicine has got the symptom “Pulse more rapid in the morning than in the evening”

  • (a) Ver vir
  • (b) Sulphur
  • (c) Psorinum
  • (d) Digitalis

68. Medicine for Day blindness is

  • (a) Ran bulb
  • (b) Ruta
  • (c) Phosphorus
  • (d) Hedeoma

69. Thyroidinum is prepared from dried thyroid gland of which animal

  • (a) Pig
  • (b) Horse
  • (c) Sheep
  • (d) Mice

70. “Thirst for very cold drinks” is seen in which magnesia group medicine

  • (a) Mag carb
  • (b) Mag phos
  • (c) Mag mur
  • (d) Mag sulph

71. “Dreams of accidents” is seen in

  • (a) Lycopodium
  • (b) Medorhinum
  • (c) Phosphorus
  • (d) Nat mur

72. Which medicine is useful for “Tea-tasters cough” due to inhaling the fungus?

  • (a) Bacillinum
  • (b) Lobelia inflata
  • (c) Iodum
  • (d) Kali iodide

73. “Toothache worse from drinking coffee and smoking” is seen in

  • (a) Tarentula hisp
  • (b) Ignatia
  • (c) Staphysagria
  • (d) Kreosortum

74. Medicine useful for so called three months colic, especially if it recurs at regular hours, much rumbling in the abdomen

  • (a) Dioscorea
  • (b) Elaterium
  • (c) Illicium
  • (d) Gambogia

75. “Anxiety when quiet” is the symptom of

  • (a) Iodum
  • (b) Sulphur
  • (c) Thyroidinum
  • (d) Badiaga

76. Medicine for “clubbing of fingers” is

  • (a) Laurocerasus
  • (b) Naja
  • (c) Adonis vernalis
  • (d) Sumbul

77. “Oily pellicle on the surface of urine” is seen in

  • (a) Adonis vernalis
  • (b) Iberis
  • (c) Strophanthus
  • (d) Both a&b are correct

78. Which medicine arrests flow of milk after weaning

  • (a) Ricinus communis
  • (b) Asafoetida
  • (c) Urtica urens
  • (d) All of the above

79. Urine smells of violets is seen in

  • (a) Thyroidinum
  • (b) Bacillinum
  • (c) Medorhinum
  • (d) Syphylinum

80. According to W.Boericke, what is the dosage of passiflora in asthma

  • (a) 5 – 10gtt every 10 minutes
  • (b) 10 – 30gtt every ten minutes
  • (c) 10 – 15gtt every half an hour
  • (d) 30 – 60gtt every hour

81. When was the last volume (6th) of Dr.Samuel Hahnemann’s Materia medica pura published?

  • (a) 1811
  • (b) 1818
  • (c) 1821
  • (d) 1830

82. Which among the following medicines do not belong to the “Carbon family”

  • 1. Kreosotum
  • 2. Benzene
  • 3. Icthyolum
  • 4. Borax
  • 5. Causticum
  • (a) 2 & 4
  • (b) 3 & 5
  • (c) 4 & 5
  • (d) None of the above

83. Which among the following statements is wrong

  • 1. Carbo veg and Drosera are complementary medicines
  • 2. Kreosotum follows well after Carbo veg
  • 3. Carbo veg and Carbo animalis are inimicals
  • 4. Kali carb is the complementary drug of Carbo veg
  • (a) 1
  • (b) 2
  • (c) 1 & 2
  • (d) None of the above

84. “Blue flag” is the common name of

  • (a) Iris versicolor
  • (b) Cimicifuga
  • (c) Caulophyllum
  • (d) Trill pendulum

85. Nux vomica seeds contain traces of one metal which is responsible for the cramps – name the metal

  • (a) Magnesium
  • (b) Lead
  • (c) Copper
  • (d) Zinc

86. According to Hahnemann which one is the only medicine that in its primary action does not produce a single pain

  • (a) Strammonium
  • (b) Opium
  • (c) Valeriana
  • (d) Ignatia

87. “Sulphur is the only warm drug that craves fat” whose statement is this

  • (a) W.Boericke
  • (b) E.B.Nash
  • (c) M.L.Tyler
  • (d) C.Hering

88. “Rolling from side to side relieve the distress” is seen in

  • (a) Tarentula hispania
  • (b) Carcinosin
  • (c) Tuberculinum
  • (d) Radium bromide

89. During sweat cannot tolerate any covering – is seen in

  • (a) Arg nit
  • (b) Zinc met
  • (c) Camphor
  • (d) Thuja

90. Which medicine has got constipation after serious illness, especially enteric fevers

  • (a) Mag mur
  • (b) Amm mur
  • (c) Selenium
  • (d) Lac defloratum

91. Which among the following is not a member of Liliaceae

  • (a) Sabadilla
  • (b) Sambucus
  • (c) Squilla
  • (d) Aloes

92. Complementary medicine of Psorinum is

  • (a) Sulphur
  • (b) Tuberculinum
  • (c) Bacillinum
  • (d) All of the above

93. Headache from worms is seen in

  • (a) Teucrium
  • (b) Psorinum
  • (c) Scirhinum
  • (d) Sabadilla

94. Find out the medicine from following symptoms

  • Right sided headache < talking, eating
  • Ciliary neuralgia after operation, especially after removal of eyeball
  • Enlargement of testicles
  • Gastric ulcer with much burning
  • (a) Mezerium
  • (b) Rhododendron
  • (c) Ruta
  • (d) Kali bich

95.“Dreams as If she is drinking” is seen in

  • (a) Medorhinum
  • (b) Medorhinum and Phoshorus
  • (c) Medorhinum, Phosphorus and Nat mur
  • (d) Medorhinum, Phosphorus, Nat mur and Selenium

96. Sanguinaria canadensis belongs to the family

  • (a) Papaveraceae
  • (b) Ranunculaceae
  • (c) Compositae
  • (d) Caprifoliaceae

97. Medicine for “Night blindness”

  • (a) Ran bulb
  • (b) Bothrops
  • (c) Physostigma
  • (d) Ruta

98. “Hearing difficult especially to human voice” is seen in

  • (a) Nit acid
  • (b) Causticum
  • (c) Merc dulsis
  • (d) Phosphorus

99. Which medicine is indicated for somnambulism?

  • (a) Pulsatilla
  • (b) Thuja
  • (c) Silicea
  • (d) Medorhinum

100. “Can see objects only when looking at them sideways” is seen in

  • (a) Oleander
  • (b) Aur met
  • (c) Lith carb
  • (d) Phosphorus

The following six items consist of two statements, one labeled as “Assertion A” and the other labeled as “Reason R”. You are to examine these two statements carefully and decide if the Assertion (A) and the Reason (R) are individually true and if so, whether the Reason is correct explanation of the Assertion. Select your answers to these items using the codes given below and mark your answer sheet accordingly:

  • (a) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A
  • (b) Both A and R are true but R is NOT a correct explanation of A
  • (c) A is true but R is false
  • (d) A is false but R is true

101. Assertion (A): Calc phos is the complimentary drug of Carbo animalis
Reason (R): Carbo animalis contains Calcium phosphate

102. Assertion (A): Cimicifuga and Helleborus niger belongs to the same family
Reason (R): Cimicifuga and Helleborus niger are inimical to each other

103. Assertion (A): Dr.Hering proved both Lachesis and Naja tripudians
Reason(R): Lachesis and Naja belongs to the Ophidia family

104. Assertion (A): Allen’s Keynotes contains 168 medicines
Reason (R): Allen’s Keynotes is based entirely on Hering’s Guiding Symptoms

105. Assertion (A): Allium sativa and Squilla are inimical remedies
Reason (R): Allium sativa and Squilla belongs to the same family

106. Assertion (A): J.H.Clarke’s Dictionary of Practical Materia medica was published in the year 1900
Reason (R): Symptoms of each medicine in J.H.Clarke’s Dictionary of Practical Materia medica is arranged in a schematic manner in 29 headings

107. Medicine for “Type writer’s paralysis” is

  • (a) Stann met
  • (b) Zinc met
  • (c) Cup met
  • (d) Plumb met

108. Which among the following is an inimical drug of Ran bulb

  • (a) Sang can
  • (b) Psorinum
  • (c) Thuja
  • (d) Sulphur

109. Pyrogenium gets

  • (a) Aggravation from motion
  • (b) Relief from motion
  • (c) Better from heat
  • (d) Aggravation after sleep

110. Kali iodide is suitable in which stage of syphilis

  • (a) 1st stage
  • (b) 2nd stage
  • (c) 3rd stage
  • (d) All stages

111. “Can emit urine only when he goes on his knees, pressing head firmly against the floor” is the symptom of

  • (a) Pareira brava
  • (b) Ocimum canum
  • (c) Chimaphila
  • (d) Acid phos

112. “Pain over Mc Burney’s point and at location of sigmoid flexure” indicated medicine is

  • (a) X – ray
  • (b) Rad bromide
  • (c) Medorhinum
  • (d) Cholesterinum

113. Which medicine has got the symptom “Aversion to butter”

  • (a) Sabadilla
  • (b) Bellis per
  • (c) Ran bulb
  • (d) Sang can

114. Who is the prover of Blatta orientalis

  • (a) Dr. S.C.Ghosh
  • (b) Pt. Iswar chandra
  • (c) Dr. D.N.Ray
  • (d) Dr. S.K.Ghosh

115. “The true physician is the man who knows how to make the best cures and the most expert healer is the man who knows best how to handle his Materia medica” Whose statement is this

  • (a) Dr.C.Hering
  • (b) Dr.J.T.Kent
  • (c) Dr.S.Hahnemann
  • (d) Dr.C.M.Boger

116. Match the following
Vegetable analogue   Chemical analouge

  • A. Dulcamara            1. Kali iodide
  • B. Phytolacca           2. Plumb met
  • C. Ipecac                3. Kali sulph
  • D. Podophyllum        4. Cuprum met
  • (a) A-3, B-4, C-2, D-1
  • (b) A-2, B-4, C-1, D-3
  • (c) A-3, B-1, C-4, D-2
  • (d) A-2, B-1, C-4, D-3

117. “Fear of being assassinated” is seen in

  • (a) Syphylinum
  • (b) Plumb met
  • (c) Phosphorus
  • (d) Sambucus nigra

118. Find out the medicine from the following symptoms

  • Suitable in hypertension without marked atheromatous changes in the vessels
  • Insanity with violent maniacal symptoms
  • It acts as a sedative
  • Common name is Chandra
  • (a) Crataegus
  • (b) Allium sativa
  • (c) Rouwolfia serpentina
  • (d) Spartium scoparum

119. “Complaints worse every three weeks” is seen in

  • (a) Mag carb
  • (b) Nat carb
  • (c) Kali carb
  • (d) Stront carb

120. “Swelling and necrosis of lower jaw” is the symptom of

  • (a) Hekla lava
  • (b) Hekla lava & Phosphorus
  • (c) Hekla lava, Phosphorus & Fluoric acid
  • (d) Hekla lava, Phosphorus, Fluoric acid & Silicia

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  1. Most of the answer in answersheet is wrong
    For example prover of blatta orientalis is DN RAY of calcutta

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