LAHORE, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 27th August, 2016) : More than 56,000 candidates (36,000 female and 20,000 male) will appear in Punjab Medical/Dental Colleges' Entrance Test, to be held on Sunday. The test will be conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS). Punjab government has finalized the arrangements for the test and deputed senior bureaucrats including provincial secretaries, divisional commissioners and BoR members as monitoring officers whereas senior medical professors will conduct the test.
District Coordination Officers (DCOs) of respective districts will act as `focal persons' to look after the arrangements of the test. The UHS has deputed around 5000 invigilators and supervisory staff for the conduct of the test. The test shall be held simultaneously at 27 centres established in 13 cities of Punjab including Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha, Gujrat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sialkot, D.
G. Khan, and Hasanabdal. The test will start at 09:00 am and the candidates must reach their respective centres at least one hour before the commencement of the test as all the centres would be sealed at 08:15 AM. and nobody would be allowed to enter after that. Due to expected rain in some cities, UHS has advised candidates to reach their respective centres early in the morning and also to bring umbrellas or raincoats with them.
In Lahore, there will be seven centres established at the Examination Halls of board of Intermediate and Secondary education, Lawrence Road, Examination Halls of Punjab University, Wahdat Road, Government Comprehensive Girls High school, Wahdat Road, University of Education, Township, Lahore College for Women University, Jail Road, Govt. Postgraduate College for Women Samanabad and Government Central Model School, Lower Mall where around 16,800 candidates will appear in the test.
The test shall comprise 220 multiple choice questions (MCQs), divided into four sections namely Physics (44 MCQs), Chemistry (58 MCQs), English (30 MCQs) and Biology (88 MCQs). Total duration of the test will be two and a half hour and after the test, the candidates will be required to write a separate test comprising questions related to aptitude and feedback. Extra 30 minutes will be given to the candidates to write this test which would have no weightage in the entrance test score.
Total marks of the test will be 1100. There would be negative marking in the test like previous years and while 05 marks will be awarded for each correct answer, one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. Briefing on the arrangement of the test, UHS Vice Chancellor Prof Gen (R) Prof Muhammad Aslam said that the Punjab government had made immaculate arrangements for smooth and flawless conduct of the entrance test. The district administration, under the supervision of concerned divisional commissioners and district coordination officers, had finalized the security and logistic plans at their respective centres, Prof Aslam told.
He said that district police officers would be responsible for security and deployment of police personnel at the test centres. Police would ensure extensive patrolling and technical sweeping of the area before the commencement of the test. Walk-through gates and mobile jammers would be installed at each centre. Restrictions would be imposed under Section 144 on the entry of unauthorized persons in the premises of examination centres, UHS VC said.
He further said that parents and other attendants of the candidates would be provided comfortable waiting areas near examination centres. Traffic police had been directed to make proper traffic and parking arrangements to ensure smooth flow of traffic near the examination centres, he said. Emergency healthcare services will be ensured at all centres which would include fully equipped ambulances, doctors alongwith paramedical staff and emergency medicines.
Moreover, the nearest teaching hospital or district headquarters hospital would be on high alert to meet any emergency. Arrangements have also been made with power supply companies to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply at all the centres during the test. UHS has already issued roll numbers and instructions to the candidates. Candidates were not allowed to bring any cell phones, calculators, laptops, watches or notes to the examination centre.
No candidate will be allowed to enter the centre without the copy of entrance test application form duly stamped by the bank and print out of his/her roll number slip. According to the regulations of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, it was mandatory for a candidate to appear in the provincial entrance test for admission to any public or private medical/dental college of the province. So the candidates seeking admission to private medical colleges would also have to appear in the entrance test of UHS.