MDCAT 2020 – Important Entry Test Tips And Tricks

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MDCAT which is also known as UHS MDCAT is held once every year for admission in medical universities present in Punjab for MBBS/BDS.It is applicable to both public sector universities as well as private sector universities. It is conducted by UHS Lahore (University Of Health Sciences) and is only applicable for candidates of Punjab domicile.

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A Guide To MDCAT 2020

We will be discussing about MDCAT 2020 which is expected to be held sometime in September/October and important information such as tips and tricks as well as giving a general idea about what the test is like.

The format of this year’s exam is confirmed to be the exact same as last year’s MDCAT exam. It will be a paper based exam which is held simultaneously among different cities across Punjab in one time. There are no extra dates for the exam, it is only held once.

The exam has 4 different portions which are mentioned down below along with their respective weight-age in the exam:

Biology (40 %) = 80 questions

Chemistry (30 %) = 60 questions

Physics (20 %) = 40 questions

English (10 %) = 20 questions

The test is expected to be 2 hours and 30 minutes long and will have no negative marking which is same as last year’s. The number of questions in the test will be 200. Unlike earlier MDCAT exams excluding last year’s, MDCAT 2020 will have questions which are equal to one mark only.

Tips And Tricks

  • Practice past papers

Past papers are very important for every entry test preparation but for MDCAT, it is especially important as many questions from previous years are repeated and past papers are the best way to apply learnt concepts from the textbook and also give a general idea of the difficulty and type of questions asked.

You can also visit PrepareHOW or download the PrepareHOW app for past papers practice and availability.

  • Time Management

Time management is very important for MDCAT as the number of questions is 200 while the time given for the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Most questions in the Biology section require careful thinking while the Chemistry and Physics questions require thorough concepts revision so time management has to be done carefully.

  • Prepare syllabus specific topics

Since there are many chapters and topics in the course, care should be given to what topics are mentioned in the syllabus as studying for topics which are not included in the syllabus will be a waste of important time and energy.

As the syllabus for MDCAT 2020 has not been formally announced by UHS as of yet, you can take for reference MDCAT 2019’s syllabus and prepare with that in mind until the syllabus for this year is given.

  • Stay relaxed and keep calm

This is very important. You should remain calm and remain focused on the exam during the exam. If you encounter any difficult question during the paper, just mark it by a pencil and solve it later, thus wasting less time and moving on to the next question.

However you should save enough time in the end to review the paper.

  • Use online resources

Practice for MDCAT 2020 can also be done online as there are many websites offering past papers and sample papers as well. You can also visit PrepareHOW Entry Test Preparation Website to prepare for the test by giving mock papers and are provided other preparation tools as well.

  • Attempt all questions

Since in MDCAT 2020, there will be no negative marking so it is advised to attempt all questions even if you may not know the answer. Luck may run in your favor and the answer may be right since there is no consequence of losing marks. You should also leave enough time to review the exam in the end and try to solve every question.

(Attached is last year’s advertisement for reference, this year’s will come later)

MDCAT 2019 Advertisement


After reading the above mentioned tips I hope you would have a good idea of how and what to do regarding preparation and studying for MDCAT 2020. Furthermore I would like to add that you should give maximum effort on your part and put your faith in God.

The competition in MDCAT is very fierce so you have to prepare fully and try to solve maximum past papers and cover the whole syllabus thoroughly.You should start preparing nowadays since MDCAT 2020 is nearing as well.

You can also read my blog about MDCAT 2020 – Test Details for further important information as well.

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