Over 65,000 candidates to appear for medical entry test on Sunday

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LAHORE, Aug 18 (APP): Over 65,000 candidates including 41,000
female and 24,000 male, will appear in the Punjab medical & dental
colleges admission test (MDCAT) on Sunday.
The test would be conducted by the University of Health
Sciences (UHS).
The Punjab government has finalised arrangements for the
test and deputed senior bureaucrats as monitoring officers,
whereas medical professors will conduct the test.
Divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners of respective districts will act as focal persons to look after the arrangements
for the test. The UHS has deputed around 5,500 invigilators and
1,000 superintendents and deputy superintendents to conduct the test.
The test will be held simultaneously at 28 centres established
in 13 cities of Punjab including Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha, Gujrat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sialkot, DG Khan, and Hassan Abdal.
The test would start at 9am. The candidates, however, must reach
their respective centres at least one hour before the commencement
of the test.
In Lahore, there are eight centres established at the Examination
Halls of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lawrence
Road; Examination Halls of Punjab University, Wahdat Road; Government Comprehensive Girls High School, Wahdat Road; University of Education, Township; Lahore College for Women University, Jail Road; Govt
Postgraduate College for Women Samanabad; Divisional Public School Model
Town and Government College of Science, Wahdat Road, where around
19,000 candidates will sit the test.
Briefing about the arrangement, UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Junaid
Sarfraz Khan said that the Punjab chief secretary had directed all departments concerned to make immaculate arrangements for smooth and flawless conduct of the admission test.
Restrictions have been imposed under Section 144 on the entry of unauthorised persons to the premises of examination centres, UHS VC
added.
Emergency healthcare services will be ensured at all centres,
while the nearest teaching hospital or district headquarters hospital
would be on high alert to ensure a state of readiness to meet any emergency.
The UHS has already issued roll number slips and instructions to
the candidates. Candidates are not allowed to bring any cell-phones, calculators, laptops, watches or notes to the test centres.
This year, the candidates would compete for 3,405 MBBS seats
in 17 public sector medical colleges and 216 BDS seats in three public dental colleges of the province. Also, there are 2,590 MBBS seats
available in 21 private medical colleges and 555 BDS seats in nine
private dental colleges affiliated with the university.