The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) proudly declared the successful conclusion of the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) for the year 2023.
The MDCAT examination, conducted in a paper-based format, was efficiently held on a single day across multiple national and international venues. Crucially, the provincial public admitting universities, under the vigilant supervision of PMDC, played a pivotal role in ensuring the seamless administration of the exam.
Prof. Dr. Rizwan Taj, President of PMDC, reiterated his unwavering commitment to prioritizing students’ bright futures. He emphasized the council’s continuous efforts to provide essential support to these aspiring medical and dental professionals.
Impressively, a staggering total of 180,534 students from all corners of Pakistan participated in the MDCAT exam.
Among the registered candidates, 180,151 individuals took the test at national venues, while 382 candidates sat for the exam at international centers.
The international candidates were accommodated in two locations, with 185 candidates in Dubai (UAE) and 197 candidates in Saudi Arabia (KSA).
Dr. Taj also shared insightful statistics based on candidates’ provinces of origin. Notably, 66,875 candidates hailed from Punjab, 40,528 from Sindh, 46,439 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 9,230 from Balochistan, 926 from Gilgit, 4,036 from Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and 12,118 from the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) participated in the MDCAT exam.
The MDCAT examination was conducted in 31 cities across Pakistan, ensuring maximum convenience for the candidates. This comprehensive arrangement aimed to facilitate a large number of aspiring medical and dental students in successfully completing the exam.
The cities included Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Sialkot, DG Khan, Sargodha, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Karachi, Jamshoro, Dera Ismail Khan, Malakand, Nawabshah, Swat, Swabi, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu, Abbottabad, Quetta, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Huripur, Larkana, Mansehra, and Mirpur.
The President of PMDC personally visited various examination centers in Islamabad to ensure meticulous preparation and the satisfaction of the examinees.
Moreover, special assistance was extended to candidates with special needs or handicaps to facilitate their completion of the exam.
Dr. Taj firmly affirmed that it is every student’s right to pursue their dreams, and it is the council’s duty to support them in achieving their aspirations.
He further disclosed that a straightforward examination marking pattern was implemented to aid the candidates, with no negative marking applied for incorrect answers.
Dr. Taj lauded the dedication of PMDC staff, who worked tirelessly day and night to ensure all necessary arrangements were in place for the smooth conduct of the MDCAT. He also commended the vice-chancellors and examination heads of public sector medical universities for upholding transparency in the examinations.
In closing, he extended his heartfelt best wishes to all the students and their parents for their future endeavors, recognizing that the journey to becoming a doctor is a collective effort involving entire families.
Dr. Taj acknowledged the immense talent and hard work required in the medical profession and expressed hope that these students would contribute significantly to both the field and the nation.