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2022 MDCAT deferred due to floods: Health minister

In view of the flooding situation in the country, the newly formed Medical Council of Pakistan postponed the admission test of medical and dental colleges, commonly called MDCAT.

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Minister of National Health Services and Regulations Abdul Qadir Patel announced the announcement at a news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday afternoon.

He said that electricity and Internet services remained disconnected in various parts of the country, particularly in Sindh and Balochistan, because of the devastating floods.

Patel said it left a large number of students to register in the relevant portal for the MDCAT.

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He stated that students, who could not apply for the test earlier, can register themselves through the required portal and the provinces will conduct the MDCAT in their field.

The Minister of Health has indicated that the portal will remain open for two weeks for those students.

The minister added that the minimum amount required to apply for MBBS and BDS has also been reduced. He declared that now students with 55% can apply for admission to the MBBS and with 45% marks for the BDS course. He indicated that previously this requirement was 65% for MBBS and 60% for BDS.

Patel stated that this policy may also be considered if one seat remains vacant. Furthermore, he added that the board also decided to revise the national license examination for Pakistani graduates; however, this examination will continue for foreigners.

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