What is MDCAT in Pakistan, Actually? A Guide for Beginners

What Is MDCAT in Pakistan

 

Do You Know What Is MDCAT in Pakistan?

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

Previously, PMC used to make policies for MDCAT Aspirants, now PMDC will do this work,

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 in Pakistan

  • The paper will be based on the MCQs Bank as per the syllabus.
  • There will be no change in the paper pattern.
  • Additional marks will be given to Hafiz-e-Quran.
  • The MDCAT will be conducted by provisional universities and will be paper-pen based.
  • In Punjab, UHS MDCAT will conduct the test, while in Sindh, Dow Medical University will conduct it.
  • In KPK, KMU will conduct the test.
  • The passing marks for MBBS are 55%, while for BDS, they are 45%.

1. Percentage Criteria For MDCAT

MDCAT Criteria In Pakistan


There is no easy way to pass the MDCAT. 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.

Seriously?

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 in Pakistan


Eligibility MDCAT In Pakistan


The eligibility criteria for the MDCAT in Pakistan 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.
This year around 210,000 students will appear in MDCAT. 70 thousand more than last year. By these figures, you can imagine how much competition has increased only in one year.
In other words, passing the eligibility criteria is just the first step in the long journey to becoming a doctor. You will also need to study hard and perform well on the MDCAT if you want to be a Doctor.

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.

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
TOTAL MARKS = 200

Logical reasoning is a type of aptitude test used to evaluate an individual’s problem-solving skills. Logical reasoning, in various forms, assesses logical aptitude and the ability to draw conclusions. Logical reasoning does not require prior knowledge and relies on general intelligence, similar to standard IQ tests. This portion is crucial for entrance quizzes and job interviews and assesses a candidate’s personality.

5. MDCAT past Papers

MDCAT Past Papers


MDCAT Previous 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.

  • 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:

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    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


    There are Multiple Test centers for MDCAT. Overseas Pakistanis can also undertake the MDCAT tests in foreign countries. A list of MDCAT evaluation centers in Pakistan and Outside Pakistan is provided below.:

    • Islamabad, 
    • Karachi, 
    • Hyderabad,  
    • Lahore, 
    • Multan, 
    • Faisalabad, 
    • Peshawar,  
    • Quetta

    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:

    • AJK: 330 (public) + 100 (private) = 430
    • ICT: 100 (public) + 750 (private) = 850
    • Punjab: 3,680 (public) + 4,600 (private) = 8,280
    • KPK: 1,435 (public) + 1,200 (private) = 2,635
    • Sindh: 2,400 (public) + 1,850 (private) = 4,250
    • Balochistan: 470 (public) + 150 (private) = 620

    Provincial-wise BDS seats:

    • AJK: 50 (public) + 325 (private) = 375
    • ICT: 50 (public) + 325 (private) = 375
    • Punjab: 294 (public) + 1,075 (private) = 1,369
    • KPK: 319 (public) + 325 (private) = 644
    • Sindh: 500 (public) + 740 (private) = 1,240
    • Balochistan: 54 (public) + 246 (private) = 290

    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.

    Medical Colleges In Islamabad

    Alphabetically, All Medical colleges are private except FMDC.

    1. Federal Medical And Dental College (Public Sector)
    2. Al-Nafees Medical College
    3. HBS Medical And Dental College
    4. Islamabad Medical And Dental College
    5. Shifa College Of Medicine
    6. Foundation University, Medical College
    7. Fazaia Medical College
    8. Rawal Institute of Health Sciences
    9. Yusra Medical College

    Dental Institutes In Islamabad

    1. HBS Dental College
    2. Islamic International Dental College
    3. Dental Section, Islamabad Medical And Dental College

    Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University is the admitting university for admission to the medical colleges of Islamabad.

    KPK Public Sector Medical Colleges

    1. Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad (270 seats)
    2. Bacha Khan Medical College, Mardan (100 seats)
    3. Bannu Medical College, Bannu (110 seats)
    4. Gajju Khan Medical College, Swabi (70 seats)
    5. Gomal Medical College, D. I. Khan (115 seats)
    6. Khyber Girls Medical College, Peshawar (150 seats)
    7. Khyber Medical College, Peshawar (275 seats)
    8. KMU Institute of Medical Sciences, Kohat (115 seats)
    9. Nowshera Medical College, Nowshera (115 seats)
    10. Saidu Medical College, Swat (115 seats)

    KPK Public Sector Dental Colleges

    1. Bacha Khan Dental College, Mardan (55 seats)
    2. Dental College, Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad (55 seats)
    3. Khyber College of Dentistry, Peshawar (100 seats)
    4. KMU Institute of Dental Sciences/ KIDS, Kohat (59 seats)
    5. Saidu Dental College, Saidu (50 seats)

    KPK Private Sector Medical Colleges

     
    • Abbottabad International Medical College, Abbottabad (100 seats)
    • Frontier Medical College, Abbottabad (100 seats)
    • Jinnah Medical College, Peshawar (100 seats)
    • Kabir Medical College, Peshawar (100 seats)
    • Muhammad College of Medicine, Peshawar (100 seats)
    • Northwest School of Medicine, Peshawar (150 seats)
    • Pak International Medical College, Peshawar (100 seats)
    • Peshawar Medical College, Peshawar (150 seats)
    • Rehman Medical College, Peshawar (100 seats)
    • Women Medical College, Abbottabad (100 seats)
    • Swat Medical College, Swat (100 seats)

    KPK Private Sector Dental Colleges

    1. Dental Section, Abbottabad International Medical College, Abbottabad (50 BDS seats)
    2. Dental Section, Women Medical College, Abbottabad (50 BDS seats)
    3. Peshawar Dental College, Peshawar (50 BDS seats)
    4. Rehman College of Dentistry, Peshawar (50 BDS seats)
    5. Dental Section, Frontier Medical College, Abbottabad (50 BDS seats)
    6. Sardar Begum Dental College, Peshawar. (75 BDS seats)
    Khyber Medical University is the admitting university for admission to the medical and Dental colleges of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).

    Sindh Public Sector Medical Colleges 

    1. Bilawal Medical College Jamshoro (100 MBBS seats)
    2. Chandka Medical College Larkana (250 MBBS seats)
    3. Dow International Medical College Karachi (150 MBBS seats)
    4. Dow Medical College Karachi (350 MBBS seats)
    5. Gambat Medical College Gambat-Khairpur Mirs (100 MBBS seats)
    6. Ghulam Muhammad Mahar Medical College Sukkur (100 MBBS seats)
    7. Karachi Medical & Dental College Karachi (250 MBBS seats)
    8. Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences Jamshoro (350 MBBS seats)
    9. Peoples University of Medical & Health Sciences for Women Nawabshah (250 MBBS seats)
    10. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical College Lyari Karachi (100 MBBS seats)
    11. Sindh Medical College Karachi (350 MBBS seats)
    12. Khairpur Medical College Khairpur Mirs (100 MBBS seats)

    Sindh Public Sector Dental Colleges

    1. Bibi Aseefa Dental College Larkana (50 BDS seats)
    2. Dental college Dow International Medical College Karachi (50 BDS seats)
    3. Dental Department Karachi Medical & Dental College Karachi (100 BDS seats)
    4. Dr.Ishratul Ebad Institute of Oral Health Sciences Karachi (100 BDS seats)
    5. Faculty of Dentistry Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences Jamshoro (100 BDS seats)
    6. Sindh Institute of Oral Health Sciences/JSMU Karachi (50 BDS seats)
    7. Dow Dental College Karachi (50 BDS seats)

    Sindh Private Sector Medical Colleges 

    1. Aga Khan University medical college Karachi (100 MBBS seats)
    2. Al-Tibri medical college Karachi (100 MBBS seats)
    3. Bahria University medical college Karachi (150 MBBS seats)
    4. Faculty of Medicine & Allied Medical Sciences/Isra University Hyderabad (150 MBBS seats)
    5. Indus medical college Tando M.Khan (100 MBBS seats)
    6. Jinnah Medical & dental college Karachi (100 MBBS seats)
    7. Karachi Institute of Medical Sciences/KIMS Karachi (100 MBBS seats)
    8. Liaquat college of Medicine & Dentistry Karachi (100 MBBS seats)
    9. Liaquat National medical college Karachi (100 MBBS seats)
    10. Muhammad medical college Mirpurkhas-Sindh (100 MBBS seats)
    11. Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences for Girls Karachi (100 MBBS seats)
    12. United Medical & dental college Karachi (100 MBBS seats)
    13. Ziauddin medical college Karachi (150 MBBS seats)
    14. Fazaia Ruth Pfao medical college Karachi (100 MBBS seats)
    15. Hamdard College of Medicine & Dentistry Karachi (100 MBBS seats)
    16. Baqai medical college Karachi (100 MBBS seats)
    17. Suleman Roshan medical college Tando Adam (100 MBBS seats)

    Sindh Private Sector Dental Colleges

    1. Altamash Institute of Dental Medicine, Karachi (80 seats)
    2. Baqai Dental College, Karachi (75 seats)
    3. Bhittai Dental & Medical College, Mirpurkhas-Sindh (80 seats)
    4. Dental College, Bahria University Medical & Dental College, Karachi (50 seats)
    5. Dental College, Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences for Girls, Karachi (50 seats)
    6. Dental Section,Jinnah Medical & Dental College,Karachi(50 BDS Seats)
    7. Liaquat College of Medicine & Dentistry Karachi(75 BDS Seats)
    8. Fatima Jinnah dental college Karachi(80 BDS Seats)
    9. Isra dental college Hyderabad(50 BDS Seats)
    10. Ziauddin dental college Karachi(50 BDS Seats)
    11. Muhammad dental college Mirpurkhas-Sindh(50 BDS Seats)
    12. Dental Section Hamdard College of Medicine & Dentistry Karachi(50 BDS Seats)

    Dow University Of Health Science is the admitting university for admission to the medical and Dental colleges of Sindh.

    Public Sector Medical Colleges In Balochistan

    1. Bolan Medical College, Quetta (320 seats)
    2. Jhalawan Medical College, Khuzdar (50 seats)
    3. Loralai Medical College, Loralai (50 seats)
    4. Makran Medical College, Turbat (50 seats)

    Public Sector Dental Colleges In Balochistan

    1. Dental Section, Bolan Medical College, Quetta (54 seats)

    Private Sector Medical Colleges In Balochistan

    • Quetta Institute of Medical Sciences, Quetta  (150 seats)

    Bolan University Of Medical Health Sciences, Quetta is the admitting university for admission to the medical and Dental colleges of Balochistan.

    Public Sector Medical Colleges In Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK)

    1. Azad Jammu & Kashmir Medical College, Muzaffarabad  (110 seats)
    2. Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Medical College, Mirpur (110 seats)
    3. Poonch Medical College, Rawalakot (110 seats)

    Private Sector Medical Colleges In Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK)

    • Mohiuddin Islamic Medical College, Mirpur  (100 seats)

    Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad is the admitting university for admission to the medical and Dental colleges of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK).

    FAQ About MDCAT in Pakistan

    Are you considering taking the MDCAT in Pakistan? 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. It is a national-level entrance exam for admission to medical and dental colleges 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)

    Is there a negative marking on the MDCAT? 

    No, there is no negative marking on the MDCAT.

    What is the difficulty level of the MDCAT? 

    The difficulty level of the MDCAT  is divided into Easy (20%), Moderate (60%), and Hard (20%).

    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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