The MDCAT exam has been part of the medical and dental colleges’ admission process for over 20 years. All medical and dental institutions in Pakistan, require applicants to submit recent MDCAT Result. Additionally, many other health professions and undergraduate programs accept MDCAT scores as evidence of academic knowledge and skill relevant to their field of study.
What is MDCAT?
The Medical & Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) is a standardized admission test that is MANDATORY for admission to MBBS and BDS programs in all public and private sector medical and dental institutions as per Section 18(1) of the Pakistan Medical Commission Act, 2020. It is a three-and-a-half hour (210 minutes) pen and paper-based test.
The test shall be administered by the University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, on behalf of the PMC and the Government of Punjab. UHS is responsible for producing and marking the test and facilitating an extensive province-wise center network at which the candidates can sit the test.
Weightage of MDCAT
As per the Admission Policy 2023-2024 notified by the PMC on 10th October 2023, the criteria to formulate merit for admission to a medical or dental college shall be as follows:
- SSC/Matriculation/Equivalent – 10% weightage
- FSc (Pre-Medical)/HSSC/Equivalent – 40% weightage
- MDCAT-2023 – 50% weightage
MDCAT Syllabus 2023
The question paper for the Test shall be from the MDCAT Curriculum 2023 notified by the PMC on 27th June 2023 and that is available at https://www.pmc.gov.pk/Syllabus.
The pattern of Question Paper
As per the PMC syllabus, the test shall consist of one paper containing 200 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) – four options with a single best answer- divided into Four (05) sections, namely:
- Biology (68 MCQs)
- Chemistry (54 MCQs)
- Physics (54 MCQs)
- English (18 MCQs)
- Logical Reasoning (06 MCQs)
MDCAT Registration 2023
The online registration of MDCAT-2023 was done by the Pakistan Medical Commission. The registration has been closed on 10th October 2023. Any query or complaint regarding registration must be addressed to the Pakistan Medical Commission, Islamabad.
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MDCAT Test Centers
As per PMC directions, the MDCAT-2023 shall be conducted in the following eight (08) cities of Punjab:
- D.G. Khan