MDCAT in KP: stringent measures in place to ensure fairness

MDCAT Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Today marks a crucial day for over 40 thousand aspiring medical and dental students in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as the highly anticipated entrance test, Medical and Dental Colleges Entrance Test (MDCAT), is set to take place.

The city is abuzz with activity as all preparations have been completed, with 11 examination centers strategically established for the smooth conduct of the test. The test will be conducted in multiple cities of the province including Mardan and Peshawar. MDCAT consists of 200 multiple choice questions, related to Biology, Physics, Chemistry, English, and logical reasoning.

The MDCAT is conducted by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) all over the country. However, since today’s test is a retake after cheating scandal, this will be conducted by the Khyber Medical University (KMU) in KP.

In an effort to maintain the integrity of the examination process, the District Administration of Peshawar has enforced Section 144 around MDCAT test centers and nearby areas. This includes a ban on the possession of books, solved papers, and electronic devices within a radius of 100 meters around examination centers.

The ban extends to mobile phones, not only for the students but also for security personnel and staff. Mobile phone signals around the test centers have been deliberately blocked, and a significant deployment of police and security agencies has been put in place to ensure a secure testing environment.

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At the main gates of the examination halls, additional police personnel will be stationed, adding an extra layer of security. Rigorous measures are being taken during the entry process as students will undergo biometric verification and a thorough cloth search before being allowed into the examination hall.

According to officials from Khyber Medical University (KMU), students will only be permitted to carry their admission cards into the examination hall. The administration will provide ballpoint pens and paper boards to maintain standardised conditions for all participants.

It is noteworthy that 219 students involved in cheating during the previous test have been barred from entering the examination hall this time, highlighting the government’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of the MDCAT. It’s a stringent approach that comes in the wake of the government’s decision to cancel the test on September 28 due to widespread complaints of cheating.

As the clock ticks closer to 10 am, when MDCAT is scheduled to commence, all eyes are on Peshawar, where the future medical and dental professionals are set to demonstrate their knowledge and skills under the watchful eye of a meticulously organised examination process.

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