MDCAT passing percentage for dental colleges reduced to 55%
File Photo: Medical students staging protest demonstration in Quetta against PMC: Photo taken from social media

Health Desk: 

The Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has reduced the passing percentage for admission to dental colleges to 55 percent. Earlier it was 65 percent. Students across the country have heaved a sigh of relief after the notification issued by the PDMC on June 27.

Dr. Arshad Taqi, the Chairman of the PMDC chaired a high-level meeting regarding the reduction in the passing percentage of admission to the dental colleges.

The topic of Gout as recommended by the Academic Board has been removed from the MDCAT curriculum.

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MDCAT curriculum is in line with national curriculum

Academic Board recommendations are based on inputs from Provincial Higher Secondary Boards while confirming that the MDCAT curriculum is in line with National Curriculum 2006 as well as with the provincial curriculums and does not exceed or appear to hold anything to be out of the syllabus.

Some of the Provincial Boards suggested the removal of certain topics in biology even though they exist in the HSSC curriculum. The Academic Board rejected the request as these are the topics that are significant in terms of knowledge-based for a student to be admitted to dental and medical college.

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The weightage of questions in respective subjects of the MDCAT curriculum has been slightly modified with Biology from 32% to 34%, Physics and Chemistry from 26.5% to 27%, English from 10% to 9%, and Logical Reasoning from 5% to 3%.

The medical and dental college admission test would consist of 210 questions based on the decided percentages by the PMC.

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