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How to Calculate Aggregate for MDCAT (Updated 2019)

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Written by: Saba Khalid (RMU MBBS Student)

Once the students aspiring to take admission in a medical or dental college or university in Pakistan are done with their FSc exams and have appeared in the entry test, MDCAT, the next step is calculating their aggregate for admission.

The merit determined by the respective authorities in the provinces and federal states will not only decide whether an applicant will get the admission in any institute or not but also the particular institute they will be heading to.

The merit for years has been regulating the position of medical and dental colleges in Pakistan with the ones based in Lahore always securing the top positions.

For several years, the aggregate calculation has remained a set standard that inculcates the marks obtained in matriculation, intermediate (FSc) and MDCAT score.

For students having appeared in O/A Levels examinations or overseas examination systems are equally eligible will be treated according to the percentage they achieved in their respective exams at equivalent levels of matriculation and intermediate.

This scheme, however, underwent certain significant alterations this year pertaining to the reservations of a valuable school of thought questioning the role of matriculation marks included in the MDCAT aggregate.

Keeping in view the public demand for years concerning the elimination of the score of matriculation and O Levels or equivalent from the aggregate, the marks distribution is only inclusive of FSc or equivalent marks and entry test or equivalent score.

PMDC Notice 2019

A new notice decided in a session held on 30th May 2019 by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, has amended the MBBS/BDS Regulations, 2018.

According to this notice, marks of matriculation or O Level will no longer bear an impact on the aggregate or the merit allocated for admissions in medical or dental institutes throughout the country.

The following strategy will be implemented in order to calculate the aggregate for MDCAT:

  • Marks obtained in FSc (pre-medical)/ HSSC / equivalent – 50%
  • Marks obtained in MDCAT 2019/ SAT II / equivalent – 50%

MDCAT Marks Segregation

The test shall consist of one paper containing 200 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)- four options with a single best answer- divided into following four sections:

1. Biology (80 MCQs)

2. Chemistry (60 MCQs)

3. Physics (40 MCQs)

4. English (General for language proficiency) (20 MCQs)

Each question carries 01 mark. Total marks, therefore, are 200. The drop of marks from 1100 from the previous year to 200 this year could be a bane or boon for the applicants simultaneously.

The scheme carrying 1100 marks had a greater margin of wrong attempts and still passing with good marks. On the other hand, while the one carrying 200 marks this year has a lesser margin of wrong attempts, the reduced number of MCQs has made the test in itself a lot easier to attempt.

The fact that there will be no negative marking in the test has made it a lot easier and less stressful for the students. One incorrect attempt this year and you will only be given a zero and not rebuked for it through negative marking.

Steps to Calculate Aggregate for MDCAT

The following formula needs to be applied step by step with precision in order to calculate your chances of getting admission to a medical institute in Pakistan.

Step – I

Marks obtained in HSSC /Equivalent x 1100 x 0.50 = 50% of HSSC/Equivalent
Total marks of HSSC/Equivalent

Step – II

Marks obtained in Entrance Test / SAT II / MCAT x 1100 x 0.50 = 50% of Admission Test
Total marks of Entrance Test / SAT II / MCAT

Step – III

50% HSSC / Equivalent + 50% Admission Test = Aggregate Marks

Step – V

Aggregate Marks x 100 = Aggregate Percentage

1100

Example of Calculating Aggregate for MDCAT (HSSC Students)

Even if after all this elaborate procedure, you find it difficult to solve this perplexity, then you could have a view of this supposed applicant’s aggregate calculated according to MDCAT aggregate calculating scheme 2019:

  • Marks obtained in HSSC/FSc = 980 / 1100
  • Marks obtained in Entrance Test = 970 / 1100

Step – I

980 x 1100 x 0.50 = 490

1100

Step – II

970 x 1100 x 0.50 = 485

1100

Step – III

490 + 485 = 975

Step – V

975 x 100 = 88.63

1100

So, the aggregate according to this formula becomes 88.63%.

Example of Calculating Aggregate for MDCAT (Overseas / Dual Nationality Holders Seats

Equivalence of A-Level = 995/1100

SAT II Score = 2100/2400

Step – I

995/1100 x 1100 x 0.50 = ‭497.5

Step – II

2000/2400 x 1100 x0.50 = 458.3333

Step – III

‭497.5 + 458.3333 = 955.8333

Aggregate Marks = 955.8333

Step – IV

955.8333 / 1100 x 100 = 86.8939

Aggregate Percentage = 86.8939

When all the steps have been followed with accuracy, the final calculation in percentage will be rounded up to four decimal points.

Once the aggregate has been estimated, all the applicants can do is hope for merit that can accommodate them in some college or university in order to pursue their passion for medicine or dentistry.

Scoring high in intermediate and MDCAT is necessary but expecting the best and keeping a margin of another attempt in case things do not work out the first time is equally significant.

Good luck, all!

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