UHS entrance test: Two-thirds of test takers are girls

Published: September 24, 2012

A total of 36,098 candidates 11,110 male and 24,988 female students took the exam. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Thousands of prospective medical and dental students sat the entrance test conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS) at 20 centres in 12 cities across the Punjab on Sunday.

A total of 36,098 candidates  11,110 male and 24,988 female students – took the exam from 9am in Lahore, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan, Rawalpindi and Hassan Abdal. The exam centres were locked at 8:15am and no one was allowed to enter after that.

The candidates who took the test are competing for 3,305 medical and 216 dental seats in 16 public medical colleges and three public dental colleges. Besides, there are 3,050 medical seats in 28 private medical colleges and 715 dental seats in 12 private dental colleges in the Punjab.

A large number of police personnel were deployed while bomb disposal squad officials and fire fighters were also made available at the centres. Closed circuit television cameras, mobile phone jammers and walk-through gates were installed. Arrangements were made for disabled students while parking and waiting area facilities were arranged for the parents of the candidates. Back-up power generators were also provided at all centres.

The candidates appeared to be satisfied with the test and the arrangements. Ahmed Raza, who sat for the test at the Lawrence Road centre in Lahore, said that the supervisory staff were very considerate and the questions in the exam were all from within the syllabus.

Test centres were set up in Lahore at the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education examination halls at Lawrence Road, where 1,149 female and 3,017 male candidates appeared; at the Punjab University examination halls on Wahdat Road, where 4,800 female candidates appeared; and at the Government Comprehensive Girls High School on Wahdat Road, where 1,542 female candidates appeared.

A total of 5,298 candidates sat the test in Rawalpindi, 5,359 in Multan, 3,371 in Faisalabad, 2,764 in Gujranwala, 1,526 in Bahawalpur, 1,369 in Sargodha, 1,517 in Sahiwal, 1,288 in Gujrat, 1,154 in Muzaffargarh, 933 in Rahim Yar Khan and 381 in Hassan Abdal.

Talking to reporters, UHS Vice Chancellor Prof IA Naveed said that the university had been careful to ensure that the question papers were not leaked before the test. He said that standardised tests were an important element of medical education around the world.

“In India, there shall be a single common entry test from next year for admission to 355 medical and 29 dental colleges across the country in which an estimated one million students are expected to appear,” he said.

He said that the intermediate exams were not standardised. “It is therefore important to let all [candidates] go through a comprehensive test. This ensures justice, equity, merit and transparency,” the vice chancellor said.

The answers to the questions in the UHS test can be found online at the UHS website (www.uhs.edu.pk <http://www.uhs.edu.pk/). The official results will be announced in the first week of October.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2012.

Reader Comments (13)

  • Paranoid
    Sep 24, 2012 - 12:41PM

    It was such a crappy test!
    No consideration or alevels students.obviously fsc students will make it :(Recommend

  • Qaisar jan
    Sep 24, 2012 - 4:21PM

    when i took the same entry test in Peshawar in 1999, only 3384 students turned up for around 500 seats… I know this year more than 12000 turned up in KPK for close to 800 seats… population increased, number of doctors increased but the health plight of a common man is same

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  • Muhammad Haris
    Sep 24, 2012 - 10:07PM

    In India? Or in Pakistan? ET, please correct me…
    The third-last paragraph…

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  • Ammara Malik
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:17PM

    This year,the merit is expected to close on 84%.Loads of students got 950+ marks.I am having an aggregate of 83.2% but still i am hopeless..Although Uhs has increased open merit seats this year but still..merit is increasing continuously every year.Government of pakistan needs to be frugal and vigilent about this issue.otherwise the students,which are going to embellish the future of pakistan,will Quit..so we should be given fair chance,,,and seats should be increased more..May Our PAKISTAN always shine with bright stars like us:)

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  • Omama Fatima
    Oct 7, 2012 - 7:23PM

    hey folks..whats the expected closing merit for bds this year..my aggregate %age is 82.1709,,so will it make way for some dental college??Recommend

  • Ammara Malik
    Oct 8, 2012 - 1:31PM

    yeah…omama…may be…inshallah

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  • Zaeema
    Oct 14, 2012 - 2:11PM

    My aggregate is 81.290%, any chances ?

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  • Zaeema
    Oct 14, 2012 - 2:16PM

    My aggregate is 81.290%, any chances in mbbs?

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  • Oct 17, 2012 - 6:11PM

    my agrigate is 81.72 ………kya koi chance ha? plz tell me?Recommend

  • mahru
    Oct 23, 2012 - 1:43PM

    my aggregate is 83.5% what is my chance??? plz plz plz any one give me some idea

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  • mahru
    Oct 23, 2012 - 1:44PM

    83.4% what is the chance???Recommend

  • afnan amjad
    Nov 12, 2012 - 7:09PM

    @mahru:
    you have a good chance of getting into NSMC. The college facilities are very good. I personally checked them and in my opinion they are conparable to SIMS. All you have to do is to pray to Allah and he will surely heed your prayer.

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  • nubae
    Nov 16, 2012 - 4:26PM

    its not the college faclitiz tht v shud look into…its d teachng hospital tht matters….ma aggregate z 86.385….n i thnk tht merit will cloz at 83..Recommend

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