LAHORE– The University of Health Sciences (UHS) will conduct the medical and dental colleges’ admission test (MDCAT) on August 25 in thirteen cities of the province.
The online registration of MDCAT will start from July 19 and will continue till July 29. This was said by UHS Prof Nadeem Afzal, at an orientation seminar organized by the varsity on admission test here at Allama Iqbal Medical College on Tuesday.
Prof Nadeem said the 150-minute test would start at 10am this year simultaneously at Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahim Yar Khan and Hasan Abdal.
He advised the candidates to reach their respective centres at least before 9am on the test day. All centres would be sealed at 9:15am and after that nobody would be allowed to enter the examination hall. He added that without his/her admittance card and original CNIC/passport, no candidate would be allowed to write the test.
Candidates securing at least 70 per cent marks in HSSC (Pre-Medical) or equivalent examinations and having domicile of any district of Punjab, Islamabad, and Gilgit-Baltistan would be eligible to sit the admission test. Those awaiting results, however, could also appear.
Prof Nadeem Afzal further said there would be a single question paper consisting of 200 objective-type questions, divided into four sections: Biology (80 questions), Chemistry (60 questions), Physics (40 questions) and English (20 questions).
A candidate would answer the test by filling the circles on the response form. Only one circle must be filled for one question. Filling more than one circle for single question would be considered a wrong answer.
He said that as per the policy of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council, there would be no negative marking in the test this year. Each correct answer would carry one mark and the total marks would be 200.
There would be question papers of four codes in which the questions and their answers would be shuffled to avert cheating. This year, colour codes would not be used and all the papers would be white in colour. The code of the paper would be printed on the first page of the question paper.
UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Javed Akram advised candidates not to bring any calculator, digital/smart watches, cell phone or notes with them inside the examination hall. Analog watches are allowed. “Candidates are only allowed to bring blue ball point pens with them and not any markers, pointers or pencils,” he added.
He further said that this year the candidates would be allowed to take question paper with them after the test. However, the candidates must detach and hand over the first page of the question paper, containing their name and signatures, to the invigilation staff before they leave the centre.
The UHS would continue with its “Self-Scoring System” and upload the answer keys of question paper on its website on the same day after the test.
The candidates would be able to calculate their scores with the help of carbonized copy of their response forms which they would retain after the test, he said and added that the answer keys would also be published in major national dailies the next day.
Referring to the regulations of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC), Prof Javed Akram said the merit of a candidate would be worked out by adding the marks of intermediate and MDCAT in the ratio of 50:50 per cent. There would be no weightage for matriculation marks this year.
Around 1500 students and their parents attended the seminar. AIMC Principal Prof Arif Tajammul was also present.— PRESS RELEASE