He added that 204253 students from Pakistan appeared in the MDCAT exam. Moreover, the total registered candidates appeared in national venues were 203791. PMC also made international centers in UAE and in Saudia Arabia where total international candidates appeared were 462.
He further elaborated that in province of Punjab 83142, Sindh 43994, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 46229, Baluchistan 9238, Gilgit 645, Azad Jammu & Kashmir 2718, ICT 17825, International KSA 222, International UAE 240 candidates appeared in the examination.
He stated that MDCAT examination was conducted in the following cities Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Sialkot, DG Khan, Karachi, Jamshoro, Dera Ismail Khan, Malakand, Nawabshah, Khairpur, Swat, Swabi, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu, Abbottabad, Quetta Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur.
Handicap candidates received special assistance, while filling their answer sheets. Dr Noshad said that it is the right of all students to fulfill their wishes and it is the responsibility of PMC to help them to fulfil their dreams.
Moreover, he shared that entire PMC staff under the visionary leadership of Minister of Health worked tirelessly to make all necessary arrangements to conduct MDCAT. He also said that students have been provided the best facility to appear in the exam.
The Federal Minister Abdul Qadir Patel appreciated the hard work of the Pakistan Medical Commission’s Counsel to maintain the best standards for successful conduction of MDCAT Exams.
The Minister said that Vice Chancellors and examination heads of all public sector medical universities are also did a better job to ensure transparency in exams.
He said that original task mandated by Federal Government was to ensure that MDCAT tests are held in a transparent manner which could not be done during the previous regime due to shady practices now being investigated by the FIA.
“The current PMC counsel has given these exams to Public Sector Medical Universities which has proved that giving exams to private entities is controversial and raises doubts of students and parents.”
He wished all the students and parents good luck for future endeavours saying: “I know it’s an exam for a complete family and not just one student. I understand how hard it is to become a doctor. It’s a profession of extreme talent and hard work, I wish all these students add value to the medical profession and the country.”