The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMC) has announced a new date for the Medical College Admission Test (MDCAT) 2023. The exam will now be held on 10 September 2023, instead of the previously announced date of 25 August 2023.
The decision to postpone the exam was made due to the ongoing political and security situation in the country. The PMC said that it wanted to ensure that all candidates have a fair chance to take the exam in a safe and secure environment.
The new date for the MDCAT 2023 will be applicable to all candidates, including those who have already registered for the exam. The registration process will remain open until 15 August 2023. Check here PMDC MDCAT Schedule 2023 Test Date, Pattern, Syllabus.
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PMC MDCAT New Syllabus Guide
The PMC has also announced a few changes to the MDCAT 2023 syllabus. The weightage of the English section has been increased from 20% to 25%, while the weightage of the Biology section has been decreased from 30% to 25%. The weightage of the Chemistry and Physics sections remains unchanged at 20% each.
The PMC has said that the changes to the syllabus were made in order to make the MDCAT more aligned with the requirements of medical education in Pakistan.
Candidates who are preparing for the MDCAT 2023 are advised to review the new syllabus and start their preparations accordingly. The PMC has also released a practice test on its website, which candidates can use to assess their preparation level.
New Changes to MDCAT Marking Scheme
The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMC) has announced a number of changes to the marking scheme for the Medical College Admission Test (MDCAT) 2023.
- Each MCQ will now carry one mark, and there will be no negative marking. This means that candidates will no longer lose marks for answering an MCQ incorrectly. Previously, one mark was deducted for each wrong MCQ.
- There will no longer be a pass-fail criteria for the MDCAT. In the past, candidates had to score at least 50% in order to pass the exam. Now, all candidates who take the exam will be ranked, and those with the highest scores will be eligible for admission to medical and dental colleges.
- In order to be eligible for admission to a medical or dental college, candidates will need to score at least 70% in their FSc (pre-medical) degree and 60% in the MDCAT. This is a change from the previous requirement of 50% in both the FSc and the MDCAT.
- The MDCAT will be held online in 2023. This is a new development, and it is expected to make the exam more accessible to candidates from all over Pakistan.
These changes are designed to make the MDCAT more fair and equitable for all candidates. By eliminating negative marking and the pass-fail criteria, the PMC is hoping to encourage more students to take the exam and to give them a better chance of being admitted to medical and dental colleges. The decision to hold the MDCAT online is also expected to make the exam more convenient for candidates and to reduce the cost of taking the exam.
The new marking scheme for the MDCAT will be in effect for the 2023 exam cycle. Candidates who are planning to take the MDCAT should familiarise themselves with the new changes so that they can prepare accordingly.