“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success” (Alexander Graham Bell)
Entry Test Preparation plays a pivotal role in helping you choose your dream career in your life. If you aim to become a doctor and serve humanity, this article is meant for you. It will guide you about all the fundamental things you need to know about the preparation of entry tests for medical colleges and enlighten you on how you can turn your dream into reality.
Entry Tests for Medical Colleges
Students who opt for Biology as their elective subject in intermediate have to pass an entrance test for securing admission into government or privately owned medical colleges or medical universities. Different types of entry tests are conducted by different institutions for granting admissions. These entry tests are compulsory and have substantial weightage in the merit calculation for admission. Owing to the importance of entrance exams, many academies and coaching centers all over the country offer their services for entry test preparation.
National Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (NMDCAT)
NMDCAT, the Entrance Test conducted by PMC for Public & Private Sector Medical & Dental Colleges of Pakistan is a standardized multiple-choice, computer-based examination which evaluates the skills required in the study of medicine such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of the concepts and principles of natural, behavioral, and social sciences.
Structure of MDCAT
MDCAT consists of computer-based MCQs (multiple-choice questions) and therefore requires basic computer literacy. The test comprises 210 multiple-choice questions and its duration is 3.5 hours. There is no negative marking and a candidate needs to score a minimum of 65% marks to pass. The subject-wise distribution of MCQs is as follows:
- 1. Biology 68
- 2. Chemistry 56
- 3. Physics 56
- 4. English 20
- 5. Logical Reasoning 10
Regarding the difficulty level of MCQs in the test, 20 percent of the MCQs will be easy, 60 percent moderate, and 20 percent hard.
Eligibility for NMDCAT
A candidate desiring to take admission in any medical college must have passed the HSSC/F.Sc. (Pre-Medical) examination from any Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education in Pakistan with not less than 60% unadjusted marks. Candidates of Punjab must have a domicile of Punjab. Pakistanis holding dual nationalities, overseas Pakistanis, and foreign national Pakistanis are also eligible for this test.
Syllabus for NMDCAT
The syllabus for NMDCAT has five portions including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, and Logical Reasoning. The syllabus of NMDCAT is set by Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) and can be found on PMC’s website.
National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS)
National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) also conducts a test for candidates who wish to take admission into the National University of Medical Sciences, its affiliated institutions and all military medical and dental colleges. NUMS Entry Test comprises two portions:
a. Subject-based Multiple-choice Questions
The test consists of 150 Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs). Time duration of the test is 150 minutes. Subject-wise breakdown of the test is as follows:
- Biology 60
- Chemistry 38
- Physics 37
- English 15
b. Psychological Test
The psychological test consists of 50 Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) within a time duration of 30 minutes.
Qualifying for the psychological test is mandatory. However, the merit is based on the results of subject-based question paper results. There is no negative marking in this test.
Eligibility Criteria for NUMS
The candidates applying for admission into NUMS must have a minimum of 60% aggregate in Matric and HSSC each. The merit is calculated using the following weightage formula:
- National MDCAT 50%
- NUMS Admission Test 25%
- Intermediate Marks 25%
Syllabus for NUMS Test
The syllabus for the test consists of four subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and English. The syllabus for the NUMS Entry test is available at the official website of NUMS.
Aga Khan University (AKU) Admission Test
Aga Khan University is Pakistan’s first private sector university and is a renowned institution throughout the world. Candidates from all over Pakistan can apply for admission in Aga Khan University. The merit at AKU is calculated by several criteria including academic achievement, AKU Admission Test, and interviews. The time allowed for this test is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Subject-wise breakdown of MCQs for the test is as follows:
- Biology 20 MCQs
- Chemistry 20 MCQs
- Physics 20 MCQs
- Math Reasoning 20 MCQs
- Science Reasoning 20 MCQs
There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
Eligibility Criteria for AKU Admission Test
The candidates applying for admission in AKU must have a minimum of 60% aggregate in Matric and HSSC each.
Syllabus for AKU Admission Test The syllabus for the AKU Admission Test is available on the official website of Aga Khan University.
Entry Test Preparation at KIPS
KIPS Education System, through KIPS Preparations, is offering different programs in the medical field. These programs are enabling millions of students all over Pakistan achieve excellence in their academic careers. KIPS Preparations is the largest preparatory network in the country. Every year thousands of students enroll in its entry test preparation campuses and become toppers and high achievers.
Programs at KIPS for Entry Test Preparation
For Pre-medical students, KIPS is offering the following programs:
- NMDCAT Earlier Prep
- NMDCAT Parallel Prep
- NMDCAT Plus
- LNMDCAT Plus
- LNMDCAT Plus (with NUMS)
- AKU Plus
- NUMS Plus