On August 20, as many as 65,155 students appeared in the Medical and Dental Colleges’ Admission Test (MDCAT), conducted in 13 cities of Punjab simultaneously.
The test was conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore, under great security and with vigilance.
It was conducted in 28 centres that spread across Lahore, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, DG Khan, Rahim Yar Khan, Rawalpindi, Sialkot and Hassan Abdal.
Strict Measures Ensured Integrity of the exam
The test was conducted under the surveillance of closed-circuit (CCTV) cameras and the supervision of more than 5500 invigilators. Major centers were equipped with mobile phone jammers and walkthrough gates.
To enhance security, police personnel and fire brigades were deployed at the centers. Generators were also set up to provide back up at some centers.
Moreover there were proper arrangements for the disabled students. And the parents were facilitated with proper parking and waiting areas.
Senior bureaucrats and government officers monitored the test, on the direction of chief minister. UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Junaid Sarfraz Khan, visited various centres and monitored the arrangements in Lahore.
No mishap or accident happened during the test and the parents and candidates expressed their satisfaction of arrangements.
There are a total of 5,995 MBBS and 771 BDS seats in public and private colleges of Punjab for students undertaking MDCAT.
Amongst them, there are:
- 3,405 MBBS seats in 17 public sector medical colleges in Punjab
- 216 BDS seats in three public dental colleges of the Punjab
- 2,590 MBBS in 21 private sector medical colleges affiliated with UHS
- 555 BDS seats in nine dental colleges affiliated with UHS.
The Next Stage
The official result for the tests will be announced within a week.
Students obtaining a minimum of 84 percent marks will be eligible to apply to colleges based on merit. Their scores will be calculated based on the criteria formulated by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
The students will be able to submit admission forms during the dates October 4 and October 14.
The first selection list for medical/dental colleges will be displayed on October 30, whereas classes in medical colleges will commence on November 13.
MDCAT Designed To Test the Best
Talking to the media, the UHS VC said that the medical and dental colleges always test the brightest minds. He added that the competition was getting tough.
“MDCAT results are extremely important. They carry 50 percent weightage in merit as per the formula of PMDC. They are proof that the candidate can handle the academic rigour of medical or dental college”, said the VC.
Via The News