MDCAT in Pakistan - registration date, syllabus and latest news 2020

Dear students and teachers, today I am going to explain all and complete information about MDCAT in Pakistan. After reading this post, you will have no question left answered about MDCAT in Pakistan. I will try to incorporate all relevant information and the latest news about 2020.

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MDCAT registration date, paper, 2020 tips and syllabus

Introduction to MDCAT

MDCAT stands for the Medical & Dental College Admission Test. 

This prerequisite test is taken in institutes in Pakistan for enrolling students in MBBS and BDS degrees. This test is equally necessary for the government and private medical colleges in Pakistan. Some students might be confused as to what is MCAT and MDCAT. 

There is no need to worry about it. The same MDCAT was previously named MCAT. However, this name was changed in 2017. MDCAT was initiated by then Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in 1998. 

This test was previously conducted under the supervision of the King Edward Medical University. It has been conducted by the University of Health Sciences Lahore since 2008.

How many students appear in MDCAT every year?

It is estimated that approximately 85,000 students attempt this test every year.

Seat Distribution for MDCAT

There are 3405 open-merit seats in public medical colleges and 216 open-merit seats for public dental colleges in Punjab. 

Moreover, there are 76 seats reserved for overseas Pakistanis.

Purposes of MDCAT test

MDCAT is aimed at serving various academic purposes related to the field of medicine in Pakistan: 

The typical objectives of MDCAT Tests are as follows:

1. Assessing Problem-Solving Abilities

Before offering enrollment to students, it is necessary for medical and dental colleges to assess their problem-solving abilities. This includes various general and particular scientific problems that students are required to solve.

2. Assessing Critical-Thinking

The second purpose of MDCAT is to test a student's critical-thinking faculty. Since the scientific study, in any of its domains requires students to be critical to make discoveries and researches in the field.

3. Assessing the Conceptual Understanding

In intermediate, students are told to study conceptually. It is for the reason that later on, MDCAT requires students to get their understanding of the concepts assessed. Therefore, MDCAT is intended to test the conceptual understanding of students.

Importance and scope of MDCAT test

MDCAT is very important test for admissions in medical colleges in Pakistan. University of Health Sciences Lahore conducts this test to select valid students for medical admissions across the country.

MDCAT is important in the following ways:

1. MDCAT is not only important for universities to establish meritocracy. It is equally important for students in growing academically. 

2. MDCAT allows students to revisit and recall the concepts they have learned in their two-year intermediate degrees. 

3. MDCAT is an opportunity to reconsider your decision as to the selection of specialization field.
MDCAT awakens the critical abilities in students that not only help them in attempting the test but also in their future careers. 

4. MDCAT teaches students the art of smart-study. It exposes them to their strength and weaknesses. 

5. MDCAT enhances the decision-making skills of students. Its MCQs do this enhancement.

Paper Pattern of MDCAT 2020

MDCAT used to carry 1100 marks in total. However, since 2019, it has been carrying only 200 marks.

MDCAT includes four subjects for its evaluation criterion: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English. As for Biology, it carries 80 marks; Chemistry, 60; Physics, 40; English, 20. 

MDCAT is taken in the form of 200 MCQs. Luckily, there is no negative marking for attempting an MCQ wrongly.

You can read my other post For detailed Paper pattern and syllabus of MDCAT 2020

MDCAT test Dates 2020

MDCAT is usually taken in August or after it. This year it has been delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Pakistan. 

The date announced for MDCAT 2020 is 15 November 2020. 

We advise students to stop worrying about the dates and start preparing for the test. They are fortunate to have been given ample time to gear up properly for the test.

Also download MDCAT solved past papers in pdf.

Latest: Download new 2020 syllabus of mdcat in pdf

How to apply for MDCAT 2020

Students can apply for MDCAT by visiting the official website of the University of Health Sciences Lahore ( Just like any other registration form, it will show you different fields that are needed to be filled by you. 

To apply online for MDCAT 2020, you need to follow the instructions given below:

1. A colored photograph not older than two months.

2. A computerized National Identity Card or B-Form

3. Result card of SSC or Matriculation.

4. Result card of HSSC or Intermediate.

5. After filling the information, it will require a confirmation from you. Confirm it after rereading the information carefully.

6. Print the submitted form.

7. Submit the printed copy along with the fee at the concerned bank.

8. After a few hours of submission of fee, you will be contacted through SMS or Email and be given your Admittance Card.

9. Print the Admittance Card and take this with you when going for the test.

Preparation Tips for MDCAT Test 2020

In order to prepare for MDCAT, we are dropping some preparation tips for you, which will surely prove helpful for you in the journey:

1. Be Focused and Confident

This is the basic thing you need to achieve while preparing for MDCAT. Keep your focus on studies and do not lose your confidence. 

You are expected to meet many people who will intimidate you and try to discourage you. We advise you to not pay heed to what they say. 

Never take a long-break in studies or your focus will be diverted. Be consistent in studying!

2. Schedule Your Preparation

You should know that smart-work is better than hard-work. A lot of students fail to realize that they cannot achieve maximum marks in board exams by memorizing things all day. 

It requires tips and tricks to achieve marks and strategies to attempt the exams well. 

All you need to do in the first place is to divide your course over the available time. Prioritize the subjects and topics.

2. Go For Conceptual Study

Try to understand the concepts imparted to you about each topic. In this phase, do not hesitate to consult your concerned teacher for helping you comprehend the basic idea of every topic. 

This strategy is useful in attempting any kind of MCQ in MDCAT. 

The conceptual study is extremely important in MDCAT. Because MDCAT is essentially comprised of MCQs, each MCQ can be made in any way.

3. Practice Mock Papers

One of the useful methods of preparation is to practice mock papers. Since MDCAT is taken every year, different mock papers are available on the internet. 

You need to download those papers and start practicing them. This will groom you as to how the actual test is to be attempted. 

Read my other post for more tips for MDCAT test preparation

You can refer to many sources particularly Zahid e-Notes for accumulating mock papers. 

You can check MDCAT 2019 paper as paper sample.

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