MDCAT 2020 – Test Date and Important Details

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MDCAT is an entry test conducted by UHS (University Of Health Sciences) which is held once every year for admission in medical universities present in Punjab for MBBS/BDS.MDCAT is applicable to both public sector universities as well as private sector universities. Some examples are King Edward Medical University, Allama Iqbal University etc.

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MDCAT 2020 Test Date

There are many rumors going on nowadays about when MDCAT is going to be held but PMDC has confirmed that it will be held between 19th September to October 25th 2020 with some reports that the test might actually be held on Sunday 18th October 2020 according to City42 News whose photo is given below. Please note that this date is tentative and is not confirmed at all and this source may be unreliable.


Official announcement confirming MDCAT date is yet to come which will be advertised widely. The announcement
will be coming soon which will have all the details confirmed so stay tuned. 

 However MDCAT 2020 is expected to have the same paper pattern as last year’s so the format is given

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.

Biology (40 %) = 80 questions

Chemistry (30 %) = 60 questions

Physics (20 %) = 40 questions

English (10 %) = 20 questions

Universities accepting MDCAT

All the universities in Punjab accept MDCAT entry test including all the government universities and private universities as well.

A few examples of both government universities and private universities is given below:

Government medical universities (some examples):

  • King Edward Medical University, Lahore
  • Allama Iqbal University, Lahore
  • Rawalpindi Medical College, Lahore

Private medical universities (some examples):

  • FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry, Lahore
  • Lahore Medical & Dental College, Lahore
  • University Medical & Dental College, Faisalabad
  • Bakhtawar Amin Medical & Dental College, Multan

Eligibility Criteria

The most important thing to be noted when applying for this test is that you should have a Punjab domicile certificate. This means that you are a student from Punjab and are eligible for MDCAT, if you do not have a Punjab domicile, then it means you cannot apply for it.

The candidate must have passed Intermediate/HSSC Pre-Medical Group or equivalent examination (A-Levels etc) with minimum 70 % marks. However the candidates awaiting result can also apply and will be required to submit their result later if admission is secured.

The candidates applying for the test of O&A Level or equivalent qualification must have their equivalence certificate issued from IBCC (Inter Board Committee of Chairmen) office. Since the candidate whilst applying for the test might not have his equivalence certificate for A-Level or equivalent, he/she can apply on basis of O-Level equivalence certificate.

Merit Calculation

When applying for test, you should know that your merit will be calculated later after the test to determine your merit number and show you how you stand among the 90,000 or so applicants giving this test.

The formula for merit calculation for year 2020 is:

40% F.Sc marks + 50% entry test marks + 10% Matric marks

(So you should give extra focus on entry test as it will matter a lot in your merit score)

How to Apply

You can apply for the the test by visiting the BOP (Bank of Punjab) site and going on the MDCAT link and clicking on it which will open a set of instructions which you must read properly and then a form will open which you will, carefully entering all your details. After filling the form you will upload your photograph as well.

The candidate will submit the form and the fees challan will be viewed which you will download and print. The challan will be paid at the BOP branch and in one or two days, the admit card will be available which you should download as it will be required on the day of the test.

Test Centers

The test centers will be in all the major cities of Punjab.

  • Lahore
  • Faisalabad
  • Gujranwala
  • Sargodha
  • Rawalpindi
  • Multan
  • Bahawalpur
  • Gujrat
  • Sahiwal
  • Hasanabdal
  • Sialkot
  • Rahim Yar Khan
  • Dera Ghazi Khan

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

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We at PrepareHOW regularly update and write blogs regarding entry tests and also have past papers.

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