LAHORE - The University of Health Sciences conducted entrance test for admission in public and private medical and dental colleges in Punjab on Sunday amid elaborate security arrangements.

As many as 47,559 candidates (31,149 female and 16,410 male) appeared in test simultaneously conducted at 34 examination centers in 13 cities of the province. Last year, 45,156 candidates appeared in the test.

There are 3,405 MBBS seats in 17 public sector medical colleges and 216 BDS seats in 3 public dental colleges of the Punjab. Besides, there are 3,450 MBBs and 855 BDS seats in 27 private sector medical colleges and 13 dental colleges of the province respectively.

The test, started at 9am, went of peacefully at 34 centres set up in Lahore, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Gujrat, Gujranwala Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, DG Khan, Rahim Yar Khan, Rawalpindi, Sialkot and Hasan Abdal. Candidates started reaching their centres as early as 6.0’clock in the morning. More than 3,700 invigilators and supervisory staff performed duties at 34 centres.

A large number of police personnel were deployed at the centres to prevent any disruption of the examination. Ambulances and fire brigades were also made available at the centres to counter any untoward incident. Besides, close circuit TV (CCTV) cameras, mobile phone jammers and walk-through gates were installed at all the centres.

There were proper arrangements for the disabled students, parking and waiting area facilities for the parents of the candidates. Back-up power generators were also provided at most of the centres. Parents were seen reciting Holy Quran for the success of their children. No untoward incident was reported during the course of the test.

In Lahore, Secretary LG&CD, Khalid Masood Ch, Secretary MPDD, Nadeem Irshad Kiyani, Secretary Higher Education, Irfan Ali, Secretary Women Development, Amna Imam, CEO Punjab Examination Commission, Nasir Iqbal Malik, District Coordination Officer Capt (R) Muhammad Usman and other senior officials monitored the arrangements for a total of 9,574 female and 4,830 male candidates who appeared in the test at the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education examination halls at Lawrence Road, Punjab University examination halls at Wahdat Road, Government Comprehensive Girls High School, Government Central Model School Lower Mall, University of Education, Township and Lahore College for Women University, Jail Road.

Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Syed Mubashar Raza and Secretary Health Jawad Rafiq Malik visited various centres and monitored the arrangements.

In Rawalpindi, 5780 candidates appeared in the test. The number of candidates in Multan was 6783, Faisalabad 4757, Gujranwala 2729, Bahawalpur 2178, Sargodha 1821 Sahiwal 2434, Gujrat 1439, DG Khan 1611, Rahim Yar Khan 1434, Hasan Abdal 624 and in Sialkot 1565 candidates appeared in the test.

Talking to media, UHS Vice Chancellor Maj Gen (r) Prof Muhammad Aslam said that medicine and dentistry attract the most brilliant students every year and these demand a system that is duly probing, robust and fair.

“UHS has tried to make the process structured and transparent which is regularly reviewed to ensure that only suitable and capable candidates are admitted”, he said adding that UHS believed that all candidates should have an equal opportunity to show their suitability for the MBBS and BDS programmes.

Prof Aslam further said that entry to the medical and dental profession is based on the principles of merit, justice, equity and transparency.

Meanwhile, the UHS has uploaded the answer keys to the question papers of different colour codes on its website. With the help of these keys, candidates can calculate their scores themselves. The official result will be announced within 10 days.

In the next stage, those candidates who will score 82 per cent or above aggregate marks in accordance with the formula of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council will be eligible to apply on open merit basis and will opt for the colleges of their choice by submitting admission forms from October 1 to 10. These forms, along with the prospectus, will be available free of cost at UHS, Lahore, Nishter Medical College, Multan, and Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi, during the said dates. The first selection list for medical colleges will be displayed on October 30.