The Council, in its meeting held on December 23, categorically decided that the MDCAT passing marks of 60% shall not be altered or reduced under any condition, nor would the minimum qualification requirement of 65% marks in FSc/HSSC for admissions to public or private medical colleges in the country, Pakistan Medical Commission announced on Thursday.
“The reduction of merit is contrary to the fundamental principle of admission to medical and dental colleges on the highest possible merit and, hence, not tenable. There are currently three times more students qualified in MDCAT than the total allocated seats.
“Furthermore, the number of qualified students in each province is more than the seats available in each province. Therefore, reduction of merit in any manner will prejudice the right of those students who have acquired the merit.
“The Commission’s primary responsibility is to ensure that the most qualified students enter medical and dental programs with the intent to ensure the highest quality of trained doctors licensed in Pakistan and, towards this objective; merit will be maintained and not reduced.”