The Medical Commission Has Ordered That MDCAT Question Papers Be Rechecked

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) issued a directive on Tuesday ordering all public sector universities to recheck their question papers and, in the event of any discrepancies, promptly compensate the students.

This directive came in response to complaints from students who took the Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) on Sunday.

At a post-MDCAT meeting, PMC President Prof Dr Noushad Ahmed Sheikh gave the instructions. The meeting was attended by representatives of all interested parties and the PMC’s examination division.

The vice chancellors of all public universities were given a directive from the PMC president to double-check their exam questions.

The commission decided not to reimburse the fees of the 8% of students who failed to show up for the exam without giving prior notice after learning this.

It should be noted that the entrance exam for medical colleges was held in one day at both national and international locations for the first time in Pakistani history. After a week, the exam results will be posted on the PMC website, allowing students to submit applications for admission.

According to Federal Minister for Health Abdul Qadir Patel on Monday, the fact that MDCAT was held in a single day and attracted over 200,000 applicants was one of the health ministry’s and PMC’s greatest accomplishments.

I’d argue that the new administration has made sure that the exam will be conducted in a transparent manner and that no one will be able to find any errors or instances of unfair measures being used, he said.

On November 13, a three and a half hour test with 200 multiple choice questions (MCQs) from five different subjects—biology, chemistry, physics, english, and logical reasoning—was given. For medical colleges (MBBS degree) and dentistry colleges, the pass standard for this year is 55% and 45%, respectively (BDS degree).

The same day, a key to the answers was posted on the PMC website so that applicants could compare their responses with the right ones and get a sense of what to expect. Although a candidate may reappear the following year and have their best score taken into consideration for admission, the results will only be valid for two years.

The National University of Medical Sciences (Nums), which is run by the military, previously held its entrance exam last month, in which over 74,000 candidates took part.

Written by Aly Bukshi

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