LAHORE:ENTRANCE test for 3,205 MBBS and 216 BDS seats in 15 public sector medical and three dental colleges and 2,200 seats in private colleges was conducted by the University of Health Sciences (UHS), Lahore, in 12 cities of the province amid tight security on Tuesday.

The UHS has uploaded the answer keys to the question papers on its website: www.uhs.edu.pk. With the help of the keys, the candidates can calculate their scores themselves. The official result will be announced later this month.

Earlier, the test, which started at 0900 hrs, was conducted peacefully at 21 centres set up in Lahore, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, DG Khan, Rahimyar Khan, Rawalpindi and Hassan Abdal.

A large number of police personnel were deployed at the centres to prevent any disruption while bomb disposal squads were also present at the centres to counter any untoward incident.

Besides closed-circuit television cameras, mobile phone jammers and walk-through gates were also installed at the all the centres.

There were separate arrangements for the disabled students and parking and waiting area facilities for the parents of the candidates. Back-up power generators were also available at all centres.

No untoward incident was reported during the course of the test. The candidates expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made by the UHS and the provincial government.

The arrangements are surprisingly better than what I had heard from my friends who took the test last year, said Quraitul Ain who took the test at the Lawrence Road, Lahore, centre.

Shahid Kamal, who took test at the Wahdat Road centre, said that the supervisory staff was very considerate. About the exam, he said, all the questions were from textbooks and nothing was out of course. He hailed the government s decision to hold a common entrance test for both FSc and non-FSc candidates.

In Lahore, there were three centres; one at Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education examination halls at Lawrence Road where 5,440 female candidates appeared, the second centre was established at the University of Engineering & Technology where 577 male candidates appeared. Punjab University Examination Halls at Wahdat Road was the third centre where 2,564 male and 1,492 female candidates appeared.

In Rawalpindi, the number of candidates who appeared in the test was 5,252, Multan 4,779, Faisalabad 2,430, Gujranwala 2,594, Bahawalpur 1,712, Sargodha 1,170, Sahiwal 1,313, Gujrat 1,115, DG Khan 1,024, Rahimyar Khan 853 and in Hassan Abdal 369 candidates took the test.

In Lahore, divisional commissioner Jawwad Rafiq Malik, DCO Ahad Cheema and other senior officials monitored the arrangements.

Jehanzeb Khan, the health secretary, said that the UHS had taken appropriate measures to conduct the test in a transparent manner.

There was no cheating incident reported from any of the test centres across the province.

Talking to the media, UHS Vice-Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar said that highly scientific and sophisticated method had been adopted to maintain the secrecy, transparency of the examination papers and whole process of the test. He made it clear once again that admission to medical colleges would be made purely on merit. He said Chief Minster Shahbaz Sharif had expressed his satisfaction with the procedures adopted by UHS to maintain the secrecy and impartiality in the preparation of examination papers and facilities extended to the candidates.

He further said that medical college admission test was compulsory across the world. Neighbouring countries such as Iran, India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka also conducted entrance test every year, he added.

The marks obtained by candidates in various education boards across the province are not a standardised measure of their abilities. It is, therefore, important to let all of them go through a comprehensive test. This ensures justice, equity, merit and transparency, he maintained.The news.

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