MDCAT stands for Medical & Dental College Admission Test, which is mandatory to take by those who want to get admission in MBBS or BDS in any medical or dental college or university. This test is compulsory to secure admission in both the private and public sector institutes. The primary purpose of the test is to check the ability of candidates who wish to go into the field of bachelor of medicine and surgery or just want to opt for dental surgery.
Who conducts MDCAT test?
This test is regulated and supervised by University of Health and Sciences (UHS), who conducts it across the whole Punjab after final examinations of Intermediate. In Sindh, it is taken under National Testing Service (NTS), the same body conducts the test for federal. While, Education Testing and Evaluation Agency (ETEA) is responsible to conduct this pre-admission test. Joint Admission Committee (JAC) does the same work for students of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) is an institute which is responsible for the test of army medical colleges. There are also some universities and colleges which are associated with NAT-IM. These tests are conducted by keeping in view the criteria set by Pakistan Medical and Dental council (PMDC). Provincial governments are responsible to observe this test every year.
As we have told you about the types of MDCAT test and the bodies which conduct it, the next question which hits the mind is the syllabus. The test for potential doctors is comprised of four subjects which are Biology, Physics, Chemistry and English. Students have to attempt all questions asked in the paper. You can check our syllabus section for further details.
Merit for MBBS and BDS is formulated on the basis of marks obtained in matriculation, intermediate (FSc) and entrance test exams.
Further, we will tell you about the syllabus, merit calculation, application process and fee, test preparation institutes, sample papers and everything which you need to know about MDCAT test.
Formula for calculating merit is given below:
10% of Matriculation: Obtained marks in SSC or equivalent divided by total marks of SSC or Equivalent x 1100 x 0.10
40% of Intermediate: Obtained Marks in HSSC or equivalent divided by total marks of HSSC/Equivalent x 1100 x 0.40 = 40 percent of HSSC or Equivalent
50% of MDCAT: Obtained Marks in entrance Test divided by total numbers of pre-admission test x 1100 x 0.50
Aggregate Marks: Add up the results of 1st, 2nd and 3rd steps will give you aggregate marks.
Aggregate Percentage: Divide aggregate marks by 1100 x 100 to get an aggregate percentage.
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