MDCAT (Medical & Dental College Admission Test) formerly known as MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is of prodigious importance for medical study. The new name was assigned in the year of 2017 when former Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif contributed a plan to check the cheating system in exams. If you are living in the province of Punjab, then you have to pass this admission test for MBBS or BDS programs. It is one of the minimum requirements if you want to have higher education in the medical field.
This admission test is based on multiple-choice questions (MCQs). Each MCQ has specific mark and if any student gives the wrong answer then negative marking will be applied. This test cannot be skipped because all the private and public sector colleges and universities have made MDCAT as an obligatory test.
The basic notion behind this test is to gage the knowledge level or ability of a student to appear in the BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) or MBBS. If some aspirant has 60% marks in Intermediate or equivalent education, then he or she can be affirmed eligible for this medial test in Punjab.
What is the status of Overseas or Islamabad Based Students?
If a student is not from the province of Punjab, then what are the options for such students? So, in this article you will read the status of such candidates. If you belong to Islamabad Capital Territory or Gilgit Baltistan, then you are good to go for Medical & Dental College Admission Test.
Now, we can talk about the persons who are not in Pakistan but they want to get admission in medical and dental colleges. Although, they live outside Pakistan but they are Pakistanis and the government gave them go-ahead to try their luck.
Even a dual nationality holder can also apply for medical and dental colleges successfully if those students have passed the SAT II Aptitude Exam or American MCAT. SAT has two modules.
SAT was termed as Scholastic Aptitude Test and also the Scholastic Assessment Test. You can call it Reasoning Test in these days. However, open merit seats are generally not allocated against SAT II/ American MCAT scores. These are some basic but vital information which each student must keep in mind.
This exam is conducted in most of the colleges and universities of the United States to check the aptitude of students who come there for study.
PMDC’S Merit Calculation:
Pakistan Medical and Dental Council set criteria or merit calculation for students who are going to choose their careers in MBBS or BDS degrees. Three types of marks are taken into consideration:
- Marks obtained in Secondary School Certificate
- Marks gained in Higher Secondary School Certificate
- MDCAT Marks
So, fundamentally, your calculation of merit will be reviewed with the help of the following aggregate percentage. Your 10% marks in Matriculation, 40% marks in HSSC/F.Sc (Premedical / Equivalent exam) and finally to be declared as a successful candidate your 50% marks in MDCAT (MCAT) will decide the future. SAT II/American MCAT will have different minimum scores level.
If you are in KPK then you cannot get enrolled in MDCAT/MCAT Punjab rather an aspirant is required to attempt for EATA Entrance Test. After completing it KPK students will be eligible to apply in Government medical colleges of Punjab and these will be reciprocal seats.