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Entry test for Admission in Medical colleges on 22nd Sept 2013


Entry test for Admission in Medical colleges on 22nd Sept 2013

LAHORE: The entry test for admission to public and private sector medical and dental institutions of Punjab will be held on 22nd September 2013 in 12 cities.

Entry test kits would be available at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) and other public sector medical colleges of the province from Aug 20 while last date for submission of application would be 30th August 2013. University of Health Sciences  Vice-Chancellor Prof Muhammad Aslam Said at an orientation seminar on medical colleges admission test here at Allama Iqbal Medical College on Thursday 15th August 2013.

The 150-minute test would start at 9:00 am at the same time at Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahim Yar Khan and Hassan Abdal.

Candidates would be allowed to choose the city from where they wish to appear in the entry test. However, centre once allotted would not be changed subsequently.

Prof Aslam advised the candidates to reach their respective centers at least one hour before the commencement of the test with their admittance cards because nobody would be allowed to enter the venue and examination centre without a valid admittance card issued by the UHS. All centers would be sealed at 8:15am and after that nobody would be allowed to enter the examination hall.

Candidates securing at least 60 % marks in FSc (Pre-Medical) or equivalent examinations and having domicile of any district of Punjab, Islamabad, and Gilgit-Baltistan would be eligible to take up the entry test. Those awaiting results should provide a Hope Certificate issued by the principal of their respective institution clearly stating that the candidate was expected to secure at least 60% marks in the FSc or equivalent examinations.

The vice chancellor said there would be a single question paper consisting of 220 objective-type questions, divided into four sections: Physics (44 questions), Chemistry (58), English (30) and Biology (88).

A candidate would answer the test by filling the circles on the response form. Only one circle must be filled for one question. Filling more than one circle for single question would be considered a wrong answer. There would be negative marking in the test and for each wrong answer one mark would be deducted from the total score. Each correct answer would carry five marks.

Prof Aslam advised candidates not to bring any calculator, cell phone or notes with them inside the examination hall. “Candidates are only allowed to bring blue ball point pens with them and not any markers, pointers or pencils,” he added.

After the test, candidates would be asked to take up an aptitude and feedback test for which extra 30 minutes would be given to them. The aptitude test would only be used for research purposes and to further improve the system and would have no effect on the entrance test score, said Prof Naveed.

The UHS would continue with its “Self Scoring System” and upload the answer keys of question paper on its website on the same day after the test. The candidates would be able to calculate their scores with the help of carbonized copy of their response form which they would retain after the entry test, he said and added that the answer keys would also be published in national dailies the next day.

Quoting regulations of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Prof Aslam said the Merit of a candidate would be worked out by adding the marks of matriculation, intermediate and entrance test in the ratio of 10:40:50 respectively.

He said on special direction of the Punjab chief minister, there would be no increase in entry test charges and annual tuition fee of medical and dental colleges this year.

Some 3,000 or so students and their parents attended the seminar. AIMC Principal Prof Mahmood Shaukat was also present.

There are total 3,042 MBBS open merit seats in 17 public sector medical colleges and 175 BDS open merit seats in three government dental colleges of the province.