The Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has decided to reduce the passing percentage of the Medical & Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) from 65 percent to 55 percent for all dental colleges’ Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programs.
Candidates who scored 55 percent on the MDCAT can now apply for admission to both private and government dental colleges, according to a decision made at a meeting of the Medical and Dental Council chaired by PMC President Dr. Arshad Taqi.
While there is no official word for the change, sources within the PMC attribute it to a low number of BDS admissions in the last academic session compared to previous years, as well as protests against the PMC for the high pass percentage of the MDCAT. Protesters also demanded a reasonable percentage cut to facilitate admission applications.
The MDCAT 2022 will be held online from September 7 to 30, and passing it is required for admission to medical and dental colleges in Pakistan. The pass percentage for applying to MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) programs, on the other hand, remains unchanged.
The PMC also approved minor changes to the MDCAT curriculum weightage of subjects based on the National Medical and Dental Academic Board’s recommendations. This includes the removal of the ‘Gout’ topic.
Accordingly, the changes in the weightage of questions from the MDCAT curriculum are: Biology — 32 percent to 34 percent; Physics and Chemistry — 26.5 percent to 27 percent; English — 10 percent to nine percent; and Logical Reasoning — five percent to three percent. The next MDCAT will consist of 210 questions based on these percentages.
The Academic Board’s recommendations are based on input from Provincial Higher Secondary Boards, with the goal of ensuring that the MDCAT curriculum adheres to the National Curriculum 2006 and provincial curricula, and that it does not deviate from the syllabi.