MDCAT UHS Entry Test Guide For Beginners

MDCAT UHS Entry Test Guide

Feeling anxious about preparing for the MDCAT UHS Entry Test? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Our beginner’s guide is here to help make the process a breeze and put your mind at ease.

Are you a pre-medical student seeking info on MDCAT in Punjab? I am sure you want to be a doctor, that’s why you’re here.

Previously, the National MDCAT exam was conducted by PMC for all students, but after the restoration of the PMDC council, the MDCAT will now be conducted at the provincial level by UHS Lahore.

Every year, after FSc pre medical students appear in MDCAT. MDCAT is conducted in Pakistan for approximately 3-4 months of FSc. The MDCAT  is offered once a year in August. Registration generally opens up in May and closes in July. There are no fixed dates for the MDCAT.

Verified Information For MDCAT UHS Entry Test

All Conducting bodies (Universities) will Follow Question Bank. PMDC (Successor of Pakistan Medical Commission) will be issued the Question Bank. For Punjab, the Univerity Of Health Sciences is conducting body.

  • The paper will be based on the MCQs Bank as per the syllabus.
  • The same Question Paper is for all Candidates across Province.
  • Additional marks will be given to Hafiz-e-Quran.
  • The passing marks for MBBS are 55%, while for BDS, they are 45%.

1. Percentage Criteria For MDCAT

MDCAT  UHS Entry Test Criteria In Punjab

There is no easy way to pass the MDCAT UHS Entry Test. MDCAT is a challenging admission test in Pakistan, yet crucial for admission.
  • 50% MDCAT 
  • 40% F.Sc. Or Any Other Equivalent Education
  • 10% Matric
Focus on F.Sc marks to avoid mistakes and secure admission. Don’t neglect F.Sc for MDCAT.


If you can’t work hard at the F.Sc level, then how you can say, you will hard work for MDCAT? Just think!

2. Eligibility For MDCAT UHS Entry Test

Eligibility MDCAT In Pakistan

The eligibility criteria for the MDCAT UHS entry Test are not as stringent as you might think. To take MDCAT, score 60% in SSC and HSSC with physics, chemistry, and biology.
  • Pakistani, Overseas Pakistani and Foreign Nationals can all register for MDCAT.
  • FSC/HSSC/A level result/degree IS NOT required for MDCAT registration.
  • A candidate is permitted to take the MDCAT  only once in each calendar year.
Last Year,83,142 candidates took the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) in Punjab. And this year, the number is expected to increase by approximately 10%. By these figures, you can imagine how much competition has increased only in one year.
In other words, Passing the eligibility criteria is just step one. To become a doctor, you must also do well on the MDCAT UHS entry Test.

3. Age Requirement

AGE MDCAT In Pakistan
Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has set no minimum or maximum age limit for candidates who want to appear in the MDCAT UHS entry Test.

Yes, it is true. I saw a case where a 30-year-old girl took the medical entry test. She received her MDCAT result and was admitted to a government medical college to pursue her studies in medical science and medical education. What a passion she had!

4. MCQ’S Division According To Subjects

MCQ's Division MDCAT In Pakistan

Now just look at the MCQs distribution in MDCAT:

TOTAL MCQs = 210

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5. MDCAT past Papers

MDCAT Past Papers

MDCAT Past papers help students to know the difficulty level of each year. Here you can see the previous papers:

6. Negative Marking

Negative Marking

Good news for MDCAT aspirants in Pakistan: PMDC officials have decided that there will be no negative marking In MDCAT UHS Entry Test.

  • No negative marking in mbbs entrace paper.
  • No marks deducted or added if question paper is left unanswered.
  • No grace marks allowed.
  •  7. Time Allowed

    Time Allowed For MDCAT in Pakistan

    The total time allowed for the MDCAT   is 3.5 Hours. Yes, only 210 minutes!

    This may make the exam more challenging and difficult compared to other admission tests.?

    Keep In Mind, Calculators are not allowed in the MDCAT examination.

    8. Difficulty Level – How Much You Need To Work Hard

    Difficulty Level MDCAT In Pakistan

    This year, approximately 210,000 students will take the MDCAT, which is 70,000 more than last year. These figures indicate a significant increase in competition, with a calculated 60% increase from last year alone. As a result, it is important to prepare thoroughly, as the merit could potentially rise significantly this year.

  • 20% MCQs (Easy)
  • 60 MCQs (Moderate)
  • 20% MCQs (Hard) 
  • Only 8% of MDCAT students in Pakistan can pass the test, which gives you an idea of how difficult it is.

    9. Syllabus Of MDCAT

    Syllabus MDCAT in Pakistan

    Thanks God! MDCAT has a syllabus, unlike HEC.HEC Admission Test and NUST have no specific syllabus to prepare for.

    You can download the Latest MDCAT syllabus from here directly:


    Syllabus MDCAT In Pakistan

    The MDCAT syllabus consists of four portions:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • English
    • Logical Reasoning

    Each portion comprises a different unit.

    10. Test Centers Of MDCAT in Pakistan

    Test Centers MDCAT in Pakistan

    UHS sets up many examination centers for the MDCAT. In Lahore, there are approximately 25 centers, and centers are also set up in the following cities:

    • Lahore
    • Gujranwala
    • Sialkot
    • Faisalabad, 
    • Sahiwal
    • Multan
    • Bahawalpur
    • DG Khan, 

    When registering for the MDCAT test, select the test center closest to you. A list of MDCAT test centers in Pakistan will be available for you to choose from during registration.

    11. Total Seats In MDCAT

    Total Seats MDCAT In Pakistan

    There are a total of 122 medical colleges in Pakistan, out of which 48 are public-sector medical colleges. The total number of MBBS seats in Pakistan is 17,065, out of which 8,415 are in public-sector medical colleges.

    MBBS seats in Pakistan:

    • Total MBBS seats (both public and private): 17,065
    • MBBS seats in public medical colleges: 8,415
    • MBBS seats in private medical colleges: 8,650

    BDS seats in Pakistan:

    • Total BDS seats (both public and private): 3,682
    • BDS seats in public dental colleges: 1,217
    • BDS seats in private dental colleges: 2,465

    Provincial-wise MBBS seats:

    • Punjab: 3,680 (public) + 4,600 (private) = 8,280
    • Provincial-wise BDS seats:
    • Punjab: 294 (public) + 1,075 (private) = 1,369

    12. Seats In Public Punjab Medical Colleges Undertaking MDCAT

    MBBS Seats In Public Colleges

    In this infographic, you can see all the public medical colleges:

    MDCAT Seats public
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    The MDCAT  is an entrance evaluation for students seeking admission to MBBS and BDS colleges in Pakistan. The University of Health Sciences (UHS) in Lahore is responsible for conducting the test in Punjab.

    List Of Medical & Dental Colleges Of Pakistan Under MDCAT

    Medical Colleges List

    There are about 122 Public & Private Medical Colleges in Pakistan.

    Punjab Public Sector Medical Colleges:

    1. Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore (325 seats)
    2. Ameer-ud-Din(PGMI) Medical College, Lahore (110 seats)
    3. Army Medical College, Rawalpindi (204 seats)
    4. D.G. Khan Medical College, Dera Ghazi Khan (120 seats)
    5. Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women, Lahore (300 seats)
    6. FEDERAL MEDICAL COLLEGE, ISLAMABAD Islamabad (100 seats)
    7. Gujranwala Medical College, Gujranwala (120 seats)
    8. Khawaja Muhammad Safdar Medical College, Sialkot (120 seats)
    9. King Edward Medical University, Lahore (325 seats)
    10. Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujrat (61 seats)
    11. Nishtar Medical College, Multan (300 seats)
    12. Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad (300 seats)
    13. Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur (325 seats)
    14. Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi (350 seats)
    15. Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal (120 seats)
    16. Sargodha Medical College, Sargodha (120 seats)
    17. Services Institute of Medical Sciences Lahore (220 MBBS Seats)
    18. Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Medical & Dental College Lahore (100 MBBS Seats)
    19. Sheikh Zayed Medical College/Hospital Rahim Yar Khan (160 MBBS Seats)

    Private Sector Medical Colleges In Punjab

    1. Abu Umara Medical & Dental College, Lahore (100 seats)
    2. Abwa Medical College, Faisalabad (100 seats)
    3. Akhtar Saeed Medical & Dental College, Lahore (150 seats)
    4. Akhtar Saeed Medical & Dental College, Rawalpindi (100 seats)
    5. Al Aleem Medical College, Lahore (100 seats)
    6. Al-Nafees Medical College, Islamabad (100 seats)
    7. Amna Inayat Medical College, Lahore (100 seats)
    8. Avicenna Medical College, Lahore (150 seats)
    9. Aziz Fatimah Medical & Dental College, Faisalabad (150 seats)
    10. Azra Naheed Medical College, Lahore (150 seats)
    11. Bakhtawar Amin Medical & Dental College, Multan (150 seats)
    12. Central Parks Medical College, Lahore (150 seats)
    13. CMH Kharian Medical College, Kharian Cantt (150 seats)
    14. CMH Lahore Medical College, Lahore Cantt (150 MBBS Seats)
    15. CMH Institute of Medical Sciences Bahawalpur (100 MBBS Seats)
    16. CMH Multan Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS) Multan Cantt (150 MBBS Seats)
    17. Continental Medical College Lahore (100 MBBS Seats)
    18. Fazaia Medical College Islamabad (100 MBBS Seats)
    19. FMH College of Medicine & Dentistry Lahore (150 MBBS Seats)
    20. Foundation University Medical College Islamabad (150 MBBS Seats)
    21. HBS Medical & Dental College Islamabad (100 MBBS Seats)
    22. HITEC Institute of Medical Sciences Taxila (100 MBBS Seats)
    23. Independent Medical College Faisalabad (100 MBBS Seats)
    24. Islam Medical College Sialkot (150 MBBS Seats)
    25. Islamabad Medical & Dental College Islamabad (150 MBBS Seats)
    26. Islamic International Medical College Rawalpindi (100 MBBS Seats)
    27. Lahore Medical & Dental College Lahore (150 MBBS Seats)
    28. M.Islam Medical College Gujranwala (150 MBBS Seats)
    29. Multan Medical & Dental College Multan (150 MBBS Seats)
    30. Niazi Medical & Dental College Sargodha (100 MBBS Seats)
    31. Pak Red Crescent Medical & Dental College Lahore (100 MBBS Seats)
    32. Rahbar Medical & Dental College Lahore (100 MBBS Seats)
    33. Rai Medical College Sargodha (100 MBBS Seats)
    34. Rashid Latif Medical College Lahore (150 MBBS Seats)
    35. Rawal Institute of Health Sciences Islamabad (100 MBBS Seats)
    36. Sahara Medical College Narowal (100 MBBS Seats)
    37. Shahida Islam Medical College Lodhran (150 MBBS Seats)
    38. Shalamar Medical & Dental College Lahore (150 MBBS Seats)
    39. Sharif Medical & Dental College Lahore (100 MBBS Seats)
    40. Shifa College of Medicine Islamabad (100 MBBS Seats)
    41. Sialkot medical college Sialkot (100 MBBS Seats)
    42. University College of Medicine & Dentistry Lahore (150 MBBS Seats)
    43. University Medical & dental college Faisalabad (150 MBBS Seats)
    44. Wah medical college Wah Cantt. (150 MBBS Seats)
    45. Watim medical college Rawalpindi. (100 MBBS Seats)

    Punjab Public Sector Dental Colleges:

    1. De’Montmorency College of Dentistry, Lahore (110 seats)
    2. Dental Section, Army Medical College, Rawalpindi (54 seats)
    3. Dental Section, Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad (65 seats)
    4. Institute of Dentistry, Nishtar Medical College, Multan (65 seats)
    5. School of Dentistry, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad(50 BDS Seats)

    Private Sector Dental Colleges In Punjab

    1. Dental College, University College of Medicine & Dentistry, Lahore (75 seats)
    2. Dental College, University Medical & Dental College, Faisalabad (50 seats)
    3. Dental Section, Multan Medical & Dental College, Multan (50 seats)
    4. Faryal Dental College, Sheikhupura (50 seats)
    5. Foundation University College of Dentistry, Islamabad (50 seats)
    6. HBS Dental College, Islamabad (50 seats)
    7. Institute of Dentistry, CMH Lahore Medical College, Lahore (75 seats)
    8. Islam Dental College, Sialkot (50 seats)
    9. Islamic International Dental College, Islamabad (75 seats)
    10. Margalla College of Dentistry, Rawalpindi (75 seats)
    11. Rashid Latif Dental College, Lahore (75 seats)
    12. Watim Dental College, Rawalpindi (50 seats)
    13. Shahida Islam Dental College, Lodhran (75 seats)
    14. Azra Naheed Dental College, Lahore (50 seats)
    15. CMH Institute of Medical Sciences/ CIMS Dental College, Multan (50 seats)
    16. Shifa College of Dentistry, Islamabad (50 seats)

    The University Of Health Science Lahore is the admitting university for admission to the medical colleges of Punjab.

    FAQ About MDCAT in Pakistan

    Are you considering taking the UHS MDCAT in Punjab? Here are some frequently asked questions to help you understand the process.

    What is MDCAT in Pakistan?

    MDCAT stands for Medical and Dental College Admission Test. MDCAT is a competitive exam for the selection of future doctors in Pakistan.

    How many times can I take MDCAT?

    There is no limit on the number of times you can take the MDCAT exam. However, you can only take this once in a calendar year.

    Can You Explain the difference between NMDCAT Or MDCAT?

    The NMDCAT (National Medical and Dental College Admission Test) and MDCAT (Medical and Dental College Admission Test) are the same tests. The MDCAT was renamed to NMDCAT by the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC)

    How Many MBBS & BDS Seats In Punjab? 

    There are 3376 MBBS seats in 16 public sector medical colleges and 240 BDS seats in 03 public dental colleges in Punjab. Besides, there are around 4500 MBBS and 825 BDS seats in 45 private sector medical and dental colleges of the province.

    What measures do UHS take to ensure the peaceful conduct of the   MDCAT UHS entry test?

    A large number of police personnel are deployed at the centers to prevent any disruption of the examination. Ambulances, medical teams, and fire brigades are also made available at the centers to counter any untoward incidents. Besides, closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras, mobile phone jammers, and walk-through gates are installed at major centers. A physical search of the candidates is also conducted at the entry.

    What distinguishes the NUMS MDCAT from the MDCAT?

    The MDCAT and NUMS MDCAT are used for admission to MBBS programs in Pakistan. The MDCAT is mandatory for all medical and dental colleges, while the NUMS test is for NUMS-affiliated colleges.

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