LAHORE (APP) – An entrance test for admission of medical and dental colleges in Punjab is going to be held on today (Sunday) at 34 centers in 13 cities of the Punjab.

More than 47,000 candidates (31,000 female and 16,000 male) are appearing in the test this year which is being conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS).

A spokesman of UHS informed that the Punjab government had finalized arrangements for the test and has deputed senior bureaucrats, including provincial secretaries, divisional commissioners and BoR members, as monitoring officers whereas senior medical professors will conduct the test.

District Coordination Officers (DCOs) of respective districts will act as “focal persons” to look after the arrangements of the test.

The test shall be held simultaneously at 34 centres established in 13 cities of Punjab including Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha, Gujrat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sialkot, DG. Khan, and Hasanabdal. The test shall start at 09:00 AM.

The candidates, however, asked to reach their respective centres at least one hour before the commencement of the test as all the centres would be sealed at 08:15 A.M. and nobody would be allowed to enter after that.

In Lahore, there are six centres established at the Examination Halls of 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 and Government Central Model School, Lower Mall where around 14,500 candidates will
sit in the test.

The test is comprising of 220 multiple choice questions (MCQs), divided into four sections namely Physics (44 MCQs), Chemistry (58 MCQs), English (30 MCQs) and Biology (88 MCQs). Total duration of the test shall be two and a half hour. After the test, the candidates shall be required to write a separate test comprising questions related to aptitude and feedback.

Extra 30 minutes will be given to the candidates to write this test which shall have no weightage in the entrance test score.

Total marks of the test shall be 1100. There shall be negative marking in the test like previous years and while 05 marks will be awarded for each correct answer, one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

The spokesman said that district administration, under the supervision of concerned divisional commissioners and district coordination officers, had finalized the security and logistic plans at their respective centres.

He said that district police officers would be responsible for security and deployment of police personnel at the test centres. Police would ensure extensive patrolling and technical sweeping of the area before the commencement of the test.

Walk-through gates and mobile jammers have been installed at each centre. Restrictions would be imposed under Section 144 on the entry of unauthorized persons in the premises of examination centres.

This year, the candidates shall compete for 3405 MBBS seats in 17 public sector medical colleges and 216 BDS seats in 03 public dental colleges of the province. Besides, there are around 3000 MBBS seats available in 28 private medical colleges and 700 BDS seats in 12 private dental colleges of the Punjab.