Pakistan Medical Commission Freezes Interim Result of MDCAT

The Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has decided to freeze the interim result of the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) till the completion of an independent third-party post-exam analysis as per international standards.

Taking to Twitter, the PMC announced that post-exam analysis of MDCAT is currently in progress and the facility to review and download the interim MDCAT result will remain disabled till the completion of the post-exam analysis.

Upon completion of the post-exam analysis, the final MDCAT result will be announced on 9 October. Candidates who appeared in MDCAT 2021 exam will only receive the final result.

Earlier today, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, revealed that Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) will conduct the post-exam analysis on a scientific basis to conduct a transparent investigation of the MDCAT to address the concerns of all candidates.

He added that candidates who attempted out-of-syllabus and ambiguous questions in the MDCAT will receive marks for them.

The PMC has taken the decision to task QAU with the post-exam analysis of MDCAT because of the countrywide protests that took place after the conclusion of the month-long exam.

This year’s MDCAT was held by SOAR Testing and Evaluation Platform Limited, which was awarded the contract by the PMC in an extremely controversial manner.

Notwithstanding, the PMC disbursed more than Rs. 115 million to SOAR to conduct the computer-based MDCAT of nearly 200,000 candidates.

However, the way in which SOAR conducted the MDCAT has triggered a controversy that refuses to die down.

Candidates who appeared in the MDCAT revealed that SOAR provided faulty computers with poor internet services. They alleged that the MDCAT exam contained out-of-syllabus and ambiguous questions.

They also criticized SOAR for conducting the MDCAT from 30 August to 30 September, adding that the practice gave an unfair advantage to some students who had more time to revise than others.

Candidates have been doing their best to force PMC to retake the MDCAT on a single day citing examples of India where the MDCAT of 1.8 million students was held on a single day.



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