Putting an end to the speculations surrounding the entry test for medical and dental colleges in Sindh, the caretaker provincial government announced on Sunday that the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) 2023 would be conducted again on November 19. The Sindh Health Department stated that the re-conduction of MDCAT 2023 would be organized through the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS). The exam is scheduled to take place at the Karachi Expo Centre from 10:30 am to 2 pm on November 19.
Stringent security measures will be in place, including thorough body searches of all candidates before entering the examination hall. Additionally, candidates are strictly prohibited from bringing mobile phones, calculators, or any electronic devices. Furthermore, parents and relatives of the candidates will not be allowed to stay in or around the examination center.
This decision followed the cancellation of MDCAT 2023 results by the caretaker Chief Minister, Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqir, earlier this month. The cancellation was based on an inquiry committee’s report, which revealed that the September 10 paper had been leaked four to five hours before the test began.
The MDCAT 2023 exam, which took place on September 10, had a total of 180,534 students from Pakistan. Reports emerged of dozens of students being arrested for cheating using Bluetooth devices during the MDCAT exams held at various national and foreign venues. Notably, all detainees were found using Bluetooth for alleged cheating, with some sources claiming that VIP passes were issued to candidates, and a significant amount was collected from each student to provide them with solved exam papers.