ISLAMABAD: A substantial count of 174,196 candidates have successfully enrolled through the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to participate in the NMDCAT examination.
Initially, around 200,000 candidates had intended to sit for the national medical and dental college admission test. However, the final count of applicants for the test stands at 189,261.
As per a spokesperson from the PMDC, a total of 9,804 seats have been reserved across state-run medical universities nationwide, with an additional allocation of 11,515 seats for medical students in private universities. This accumulates to a cumulative tally of 21,319 seats reserved for students across the country, spanning both public and private institutions.
Allocation of NMDCAT seats has been distributed on a province-wise basis by the PMDC. The province of Punjab has secured the highest seat count, with 10,049 seats reserved, encompassing 3,680 seats for regular medical students and 294 seats for dental students in public universities. Additionally, 4,900 seats are designated for regular medical students and 1,175 seats for dental students in private universities in Punjab.
In Sindh, the reserved seats for medical students amount to 5,540, including 2,450 for regular medical students and 500 for dental students in state-run universities. Private universities in Sindh have allocated 1,850 seats for regular medical students and 740 seats for dental students.
The province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has set aside a total of 3,310 seats for medical students across its universities, encompassing 1,466 seats for regular medical students and 319 seats for dental students in state-run institutions. Private universities in K-P have designated 1,200 seats for regular medical students and 325 seats for dental students.
Balochistan has reserved 765 seats in total, including 536 seats for regular medical students and 79 seats for dental students in public universities. Only 150 seats have been allocated to private university students. Notably, no seats have been designated for dental students in Balochistan’s private universities.
The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has earmarked 1,225 seats for medical students, consisting of 100 seats for regular medical students and 50 seats for dental students in state-run institutions. Private universities in the ICT have allotted 750 seats, with an additional 325 seats for dental students.
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), 430 seats have been reserved for medical students, including 330 seats for regular medical students in public universities and 100 seats in private universities. No dental seats have been reserved in AJK’s state-run or private universities.
The PMDC extended the admission and amendment dates to August 6 and 7. The NMDCAT admission portal officially closed on August 7, allowing students the option to make necessary changes, including center preferences.
The NMDCAT is scheduled for August 27, a date determined after careful consideration by the PMDC. Despite some calls for an extension, the health secretary clarified that logistical arrangements had already been made in line with this date. While the possibility of a two-day extension exists, the PMDC has yet to confirm any changes to the NMDCAT schedule.
How to prepare for NMDCAT
Preparing for the NMDCAT (National Medical and Dental College Admission Test) requires a systematic and comprehensive approach. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to prepare effectively:
- Understand the Exam Format: Familiarize yourself with the structure of the NMDCAT. Understand the subjects covered, the number of questions, and the time limit for each section.
- Create a Study Plan:
- Set Goals: Determine your target score and break it down into smaller, achievable goals.
- Time Management: Allocate specific study hours for each subject, giving more time to subjects you find challenging.
- Consistency: Stick to your study plan consistently, ensuring a balanced distribution of subjects.
- Gather Study Material:
- Official Syllabus: Obtain the official syllabus to know what topics are covered in the exam.
- Textbooks: Choose comprehensive and recommended textbooks for each subject.
- Online Resources: Utilize online study materials, video lectures, practice tests, and flashcards.
- Subject-wise Preparation:
- Biology: Focus on concepts, diagrams, and processes. Understand the human body systems, genetics, and ecology.
- Chemistry: Master concepts in organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. Practice balancing chemical equations.
- Physics: Learn fundamental principles, formulas, and solve numerical problems.
- English: Enhance your vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension skills.
- Analytical Skills: Improve critical thinking and problem-solving abilities through practice.
- Practice Regularly:
- Mock Tests: Take full-length mock tests to simulate exam conditions and improve time management.
- Sample Papers: Solve past NMDCAT papers to understand the exam pattern and types of questions.
- Review and Analysis:
- Review Mistakes: After each practice test, review incorrect answers and understand where you went wrong.
- Identify Weak Areas: Keep track of subjects or topics you struggle with and allocate more time for improvement.
- Regular Revision: Consistently revise previously studied topics to reinforce your memory.
- Flashcards: Create flashcards for important definitions, formulas, and concepts.
- Stay Healthy:
- Balanced Diet: Eat nutritious meals to maintain energy levels and brain function.
- Exercise: Engage in regular physical activity to relieve stress and enhance focus.
- Adequate Sleep: Ensure you get enough sleep for optimal cognitive function.
- Time Management:
- Time-Bound Study Sessions: Break your study time into focused sessions followed by short breaks.
- Avoid Procrastination: Stick to your study plan and avoid unnecessary distractions.
- Stay Positive:
- Motivation: Keep reminding yourself of your goals and the importance of the exam.
- Positive Mindset: Maintain a positive attitude, and don’t let setbacks discourage you.
- Seek Help:
- Teachers and Tutors: Reach out to subject teachers or tutors for clarification on difficult concepts.
- Peer Study: Form study groups with peers to discuss and learn collaboratively.
- Stay Informed:
- Exam Updates: Stay updated on exam dates, pattern changes, and other announcements.
Remember that preparing for the NMDCAT is a gradual process. Stay focused, manage your time wisely, and adopt effective study techniques to maximize your preparation and increase your chances of success.