University of Health Sciences (UHS) Vice Chancellor Prof IA Naveed has said the entrance test for admission to public and private sector medical and dental institutions of the Punjab will be held on September 23 in 12 cities of the province including Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Sahiwal, D.G. Khan, Rahimyar Khan and Hassan Abdal.
He was addressing an orientation seminar on medical colleges’ admission test at Allama Iqbal Medical College on Saturday. About 3,000 students and their parents attended the seminar. AIMC Principal Prof. Mahmood Shaukat was also present.
Prof. Naveed said there would be a single question paper, consisting of 220 objective-type questions, divided into four sections namely: Physics (44 questions), Chemistry (58 questions), English (30 questions) and Biology (88 questions). The duration of the test will be 150 minutes. The test will start at 09:00am on the scheduled date.
UHS VC further said that after the test, candidates would be asked to answer an aptitude and feedback test for which extra 30 minutes would be given. He clarified that this aptitude test would have no weight in the entrance test score and would be used for research purposes and further improve the system.
Prof. Naveed said that candidates who secured at least 60 percent marks in FSc (Pre-Medical) or equivalent examination were eligible to apply for the entrance test. Those awaiting result should provide a Hope Certificate issued by the Principal of their respective institutions clearly stating that the candidate was expected to secure at least 60 percent marks in his/her FSc or equivalent examination, he said, adding that students, having domicile of any district of the Punjab, Islamabad, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, would be eligible to take the test.
He informed the media that entrance test kits would be available at UHS and other public sector medical and dental colleges of the province from August 31. Last date for submission of application will be September 09. Prof. Naveed said that candidates would be allowed to choose the city from where they wished to appear in the test. However, centre once allotted would not be changed subsequently, he added.
Prof. Naveed advised candidates to reach their respective centres at least one hour before the commencement of the test, as centre would be closed at 08:15am and after that nobody would be allowed to enter the examination hall.
Candidates have been further advised not to forget wearing their admittance cards because nobody will be allowed to enter the venue and examination centre without a valid admittance card issued by the university.
“The candidate will answer the test by filling circles on the response form. Only one circle must be filled for one question. Filling more than one circle for the single question will be considered as wrong answer”, Prof. Naveed explained.
He also warned that there would be a negative marking in the test. For each wrong answer, one mark will be deducted from the total score. Each correct answer will carry 05 marks.
Prof. Naveed advised candidates not to bring any calculator, cell-phone or notes with them inside the examination hall. “Candidates are only allowed to bring blue ballpoints with them but no any markers or pencils”, he added.
UHS VC further said that UHS would continue with the “Self Scoring System” introduced by university. The university will upload the answer keys of the question paper on its website as soon as possible after the test. The candidates will be able to calculate their scores with the help of carbonised copy of their response form which they will retain after the test, he stated, adding that the answer keys would also be published in the national dailies next day.
According to regulations of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), the merit of a candidate will be worked out by adding the marks of matriculation, intermediate and entrance test in the ratio of 10:40:50 respectively, he concluded.