LAHORE: Candidates will likely require a score of at least 82 percent to win admission to one of the public medical colleges in the Punjab for the 2010-11 session.
The University of Health Sciences (UHS), which handles admissions to all public medical and dentistry colleges in the province, is likely to publish the merit list on November 30, sources in the UHS told The Express Tribune.
A total of 28,750 students sat the entry test on July 20 this year. They are competing for 3,205 MBBS seats and 216 BDS seats in 15 medical colleges and three dentistry colleges. The merit list ranks students according to a composite of their FSc and entry test scores, with 30 per cent weight given to the latter and 70 per cent to the former. Though the Punjab government has opened four new medical colleges (in DG Khan, Sahiwal, Sialkot and Gujranwala) and added 942 MBBS seats over last year, many candidates who were hopeful of gaining admission are likely to be disappointed.
Of the 3,421 that make the merit list, a few hundred will likely drop out to join private medical colleges in Pakistan and abroad, meaning some 4,000 candidates will eventually make it to medical school. But this year the UHS sold some 7,100 prospectuses, which are only available to candidates with marks of 75 percent or more.
Last year, the merit list ranged from 82 per cent to 92 per cent and 2,263 MBBS and 216 BDS seats were available. This year the merit list ranges from 81.99 per cent to 93.30 per cent.
Last year, the students’ top choices, in order, were King Edward Medical College University, Lahore; Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore; Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore; Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore; Nishtar Medical College, Multan; Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad; Rawalpindi Medical College; Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur; Sheikh Zayed Medical College, RY Khan; Sargodha Medical College; and Nawaz Sharif Medical College, Gujrat.
According to the UHS sources, 1,298 of 8,220 candidates from southern Punjab will likely gain medical college seats, an admission percentage of 15.80 per cent; 2,413 of 17,931 candidates from central Punjab, an admission percentage of 13.45 per cent; and 2,419 candidates from northern Punjab, giving it an admission percentage of 11.94 per cent.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2010.