What is MDCAT in Pakistan, Really? A Guide For Beginners


Are you the student of Matric or F.Sc pre-medical and you want to know about MDCAT? I am sure you want to be a doctor, that's why you're here.

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But the problem you may be currently facing is that nobody is telling you everything being so-called 'busy' in the modern era.
MDCAT Medical & Dental College Admission Test) is an entry test taken by UHS in order to take admission in different government and private medical colleges of Pakistan for MBBS, BDS and some other fields like DVM. It's a standardized, multiple choice examination designed to access the examiner’s problem-solving, critical thinking, writing skills and knowledge of science concepts and principles.
Are you passionate to be a doctor? Do you think you're unique among the 65, 155 pre-medical students? Because only about 3500 students are selected for government medical colleges, yes, it means the acceptance rate is 8%.


There is no shortcut to clear the MDCAT. You have to take the most challenging test in order to clear because MDCAT holds 50% of the water.

So, here are the criteria:
  • 50% MDCAT Test
  • 40% F.Sc. Or Any Other Equivalent Education
  • 10% Matric
It means you need to focus on your F.Sc marks. Because most students make F.Sc mistakes and fail to get admission. You should not manipulate your brain that you will work hard in MDCAT, but not in F.Sc.


If you can't work hard at F.Sc level, then how you can say, you will hard work for MDCAT? Just think!


The eligibility criteria are nothing ('criteria' is a plural noun do you know?) more than getting a ticket to take the MDCAT because all you need to get 60% in SSC and HSSC.

A ticket? What do you mean?

I mean the closing merit of MDCAT every year closes above 85% for the regular students otherwise many disabled students are able to get admission even if they have 65% in MDCAT.

According to PMDC, your subjects must be Physics, Chemistry and Biology because no other combination will be accepted. It means ICS, F.Sc (Pre-Engineering), ICOM students can't take the Entry Test.


Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has set no minimum or maximum age limit for candidates who want to appear in the test.

Yes, it is true. I saw a case where a 30 year old girl took the MDCAT and was able to take the admission in government medical college. What a passion she had!


Now just look at the MCQs distribution in MDCAT:
  • Biology - 88 MCQs
  • Chemistry -  58 MCQs
  • Physics - 44 MCQs
  • English – 30 MCQs
TOTAL MCQs = 220

220?  Yes! You might be wondering only 120 MCQs are taken in the HEC ETC Entry Test whereas 150 MCQs are taken in the NTS Entry Test.

5. PAST PAPERS 2008-2016

Past papers help students to know the difficulty level of each year. Here you can see the past papers:


Did I mention MDCAT is the most challenging exam? That's why, it has 220 MCQs, the negative marking and only 150 minutes. You need to learn Emotional Intelligence to hold your breath in the worst of your time.
  • 5 Marks are awarded for each correct answer.
  • 1 Mark is deducted for each wrong answer. ( Negative Marking)
  • Neither a mark is deducted or added in case the candidate leaves the question.
  • There are no grace marks allowed in this entrance test.


Total time allowed for the test is 2:30 Hours. Yes, only 150 minutes!

Doesn't it make the exam more challenging and difficult than HEC ETC and NUMS?

Because HEC gives you 150 minutes for 120 MCQs and NTS gives 150 minutes for 150 MCQs.


The last year 2016, the merit closed at 88.5% whereas, in 2015, the merit closed at 84.9%.

It is expected that the merit of 2017 would fall to 85% due to its difficulty level.

You will enter your SSC, HSSC and expected MDCAT marks, it will calculate within a millisecond.


Thanks God! MDCAT has syllabus unlike HEC HEC Entry Test and NUST that have no specific syllabus to prepare for.

You can download the UHS MDCAT 2017 syllabus from here directly:


PDF UHS MDCAT Syllabus 2017

Syllabus of MDCAT consists of four portions:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • English
Each portion comprises of different unit.


It is conducted in 28 centres that spread across:

  • Lahore
  • Sargodha
  • Sahiwal
  • Gujrat
  • Gujranwala
  • Faisalabad
  • Bahawalpur
  • Multan
  • DG Khan
  • Rahim Yar Khan
  • Rawalpindi
  • Sialkot
  • Hassan Abdal.

11. Total Seats in MDCAT

There are a total of 5,995 MBBS and 771 BDS seats in public and private colleges of Punjab for students undertaking MDCAT.
  • 3,405 MBBS seats in 17 public sector medical colleges in Punjab
  • 216 BDS seats in three public dental colleges of the Punjab
  • 2,590 MBBS in 21 private sector medical colleges affiliated with UHS
  • 555 BDS seats in nine dental colleges affiliated with UHS.

12. Seats in Public Punjab Medical Colleges Undertaking MDCAT

In this infographic, you can see all the public medical colleges:

List of Medical & Dental Colleges of Pakistan Under MDCAT

There are about 100 Public & Private Medical Colleges in Pakistan.

Punjab Public Sector Medical Colleges:

  • King Edward Medical College, Lahore
  • Nishtar Medical College, Multan
  • Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women, Lahore
  • Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore
  • Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad
  • Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur
  • Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi
  • Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore
  • Sargodha Medical College, Sargodha
  • Shaikh Zayed Medical College, Rahim Yar Khan
  • Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujrat
  • Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Medical College, Lahore
  • Ameer-ud-Din Medical College, Lahore
  • Khawaja Muhammad Safdar Medical College, Sialkot
  • Gujranwala Medical College, Gujranwala
  • Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal
  • Ghazi Khan Medical College, Dera Ghazi Khan

Private Sector Medical Colleges

  • FMH College, Lahore
  • Foundation University Medical College, Rawalpindi
  • Islamic International Medical College, Rawalpindi
  • Lahore Medical & Dental College, Lahore
  • Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad
  • Wah Medical College, Wah Cantt
  • University Medical & Dental College, Faisalabad
  • University College of Medicine & Dentistry, Lahore
  • Independent Medical & Dental College, Faisalabad
  • Sharif Medical & Dental College, Lahore
  • Akhtar Saeed Medical & Dental College, Lahore
  • Continental Medical College, Lahore
  • Central Parks Medical College, Lahore
  • Multan Medical & Dental College, Multan
  • Shalimar Medical & Dental College, Lahore
  • Avicenna Medical College, Lahore
  • Rashid Latif Medical College, Lahore
  • Islam Medical College, Sialkot
  • Amna Inayat Medical College, Sheikhupura
  • Azra Naheed Medical College, Lahore
  • Pak Red Crescent Medical & Dental College, Lahore
  • Aziz Fatima Medical & Dental College, Faisalabad
  • Hashmat Medical & Dental College, Gujrat
  • Rai Medical College, Sargodha
  • Rahber Medical & Dental College, Lahore
  • Sialkot Medical College, Silakot
  • Bakhtawar Amin Medical & Dental College, Multan
  • Yusra Medical College, Islamabad
  • Fazaia Medical College, Islamabad
  • HBS Medical & Dental College, Islamabad
  • Al - Nafees Medical College, Islamabad
  • Public Sector Dental Colleges

Punjab Public Sector Dental Colleges:

  • De’Montmorency College of Dentistry, Lahore
  • Nishtar Institute of Dentistry, Multan
  • Dental Section, Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad

Private Sector Dental Colleges

  • Dental Section, FMH CM&D, Lahore
  • Dental Section, LMDC, Lahore
  • Margalla College of Dentistry, Rawalpindi
  • Dental Section, University College of Medicine & Dentistry, Lahore
  • Sharif Medical & Dental College, Lahore
  • Dental Section, Univeristy Medical & Dental College, Faisalabad
  • Institute of Dentistry/CMH LMC, Lahore
  • Dental Section, Multan Medical & Dental College, Multan
  • Islam Dental College, Sialkot
  • Faryal Dental College, Sheikhupura
  • Akhtar Saeed Medical & Dental College, Lahore



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What is MDCAT in Pakistan, Really? A Guide For Beginners
If you know nothing about UHS MDCAT, then this guide is for you. Difficulty level, criteria, syllabus, past papers etc are all in one place.
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