PMC Draws Students Ire Again as ‘DelayMDCAT2020’ Trends on Twitter

The Pakistan Medical Commission’s (PMC) latest move to reform the syllabus for a uniform Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) across the country has left aspiring applicants baffled.

Despite students’ protesting on social media platforms and the trending #Delaymdcat on Twitter, the Prime Minister’s aide on health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, remains unfazed.


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He said that the idea behind a uniform pre-entry test for medical students is to ensure that aspiring doctors and dentists entering the health sector will have a “basic minimum academic achievement at the point of entry”.

“The reason for this is that you are committing someone for studies for five years, and you must know if they will be able to maintain [themselves during the course of] studies. This is the MDCAT that you’re familiar with,” Dr. Sultan clarified.

He added that the only change is of a single countrywide test without any variations and modifications, and that the MDCAT will have “50 percent weightage for public colleges”.

Nonetheless, students across the country and particularly in Sindh are not ready to accept a uniform MDCAT.


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With the upcoming test scheduled for 15 November, almost half the aspirants have not submitted their pre-entry fees because they feel that they do not stand a chance against the new rules and the changed syllabus.

Students have demanded for the PMC to delay the test because they have not had enough time to prepare for the revised syllabus, which, according to some, has been changed thrice in three weeks.

Here’s what students have to say: