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    Sindh Medical Colleges Admission Test (MCAT)

    There is hardly any post entirely dedicated to Sindh MCAT AND constantly updated. I thought I'd start this thread so we can share our relevant knowledge with the prospective Sindh medical colleges' students. And I will start with the sharing. It would be pretty awesome for myself and other students if you all would please share whatever you know about the medical colleges in Sindh.

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    There are MANY posts in this website where you will find colleges recognized by both PMDC and WHO as well as in their respective sites, so I will not repeat them here. All the colleges in Karachi, where I will apply, conduct an entry test. So do the ones in other parts of Sindh.

    The private institutions conduct their own tests like AKU, Ziauddin, Bahria, JMDC, Baqai, Sir Syed and Liaquat (private) each with a different test pattern but pretty much the same syllabi ie Sindh board syllabus for intermediate and/or A Level syllabus. The test dates range from April (mostly it's AKU) all the way to Sept/Oct for these colleges. The admission process includes interviews too. Apart from AKU, the tests are relatively easy and if you have the financial means you should apply.

    The public medical colleges conduct an entry test too, through NTS, and is conducted on the same one day. They are far cheaper than the private colleges, especially if you get admission on merit. Again, the entry test will ONLY form questions from Sindh Board textbooks of Bio, Phy, Chem and vocabulary from the English ones.

    The test (Sindh MCAT), that is conducted on the first or second Sunday of October for Sindh Medical Colleges, is for admitting students to DMC, SMC, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences in Jamshoro, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University in Larkana, Peoples Medical College in Shaheed Benazirabad with students having domicile of Karachi only being admitted to DMC, SMC or SMBBMU.

    The test pattern is:

    30 questions Biology
    30 questions Chemistry
    30 questions Physics
    10 questions English.

    There's also Karachi Medical and Dental College where ONLY students with Domicile of Karachi can apply. They conduct their entry test after the above mentioned test and it is also based only on Sindh Board textbooks. I do NOT know the test pattern and would really appreciate it if someone replies and shares them here.

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    You can download .pdf files of Students' Inn's books of MCAT for Physics and Chemistry from here > You will find loads of tags, click on "Students Inn Notes".
    You have to register at the site to download. They are helpful for practicing MCQs.

    There are five different files, 2 of Chemistry and 3 of Physics.
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    Finallyyy a thread only for sindh mcat-ers.
    btw what are the documents required by these unis at the time of registration, admission and when I go for the test?? Also the link you've provided is quite helpful. Where will I find notes for BIOLOGY and ENGLISH ?? I coundnt buy inter textbooks for some reasons and now Im regretting it coz Im not in Pak atm. So ryt now Im dependant on notes only. I will go back in August. Which books do u think should I buy then FSC or sindh board ??
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    ^ thats all i found for biology.
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    The documents required depends on the college you are applying at but you can visit Dow University's website and/or Karachi Medical and Dental College's site. There is a complete list of the documents you will require which are mostly your marksheets/certificates/results/equivalence of O Level/Matric AND A Levels/Inter etc, your CNIC, Sindh Domicile, Permanent Residence Certificate, Fathers CNIC etc. Please check out the sites of your desired colleges.
    I searched a lot but I couldn't find much for Biology and English BUT you could just get Sindh board textbooks for Biology and learn text from there. No need to buy federal board books. You should buy MCQs books like 'Faridi's MCET' or 'DOW GRADS MCAT BOOK'. They have quite a lot of questions for practice for all the four subjects.
    Entrance tests are starting from August for Baqai Medical College and others so start studying!
    You really should get someone from Pakistan to send sindh textbooks to you. That's where the questions are formed from. If you can't then I will ask someone and let you know if you should buy Federal or FSC.

    Huda, in the meantime please buy one of the books I mentioned. Practice questions from them, and learn ten to twenty new words daily for English vocabulary

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    Quote Originally Posted by hudanasir View Post

    ^ thats all i found for biology.
    That is perfect. Use them for your prep
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    Whats a permanent residence certificate..?? Will it make any difference if both me and my father have an overseas NIC? Also do they ask for father's domicile too?

    My brother is still in Karachi. I'll ask him to buy the books you've mentioned. Thanks alot.
    And do you think I should buy chemistry and physics textbooks too or revising from my A level books and practicing MCQs will be enough?
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    I am not quite sure myself, I will tell you when I get my own made
    Since you are overseas, there will be slightly different criteria and required documents you will need to be eligible. I would suggest contacting the universities you want to apply to and ask them complete info about overseas applications. You really should do that, the sooner the better. Like really soon.
    No one but the universities and overseas students can help you out much. I am also a pre-med student applying this year.

    Yes, you should! BUT no need to ignore your A levels text, they are helpful too. Use them for concepts, I do too
    Practicing is key, it IS a good idea.
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    I want to apply as a local student, that is why i appeared for Pakistan studies and Islamiyat in O levels this year. Anyways, I have contacted them regarding the documents required. Problem is only a few universities respond to e-mails
    Btw which universities are you applying?
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    it is better to contact them through phone than through e-mail.
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    Thanks for starting this thread! but since i am an overseas student, should i be writing these private exams for universities or should i write SAT II. i mean, which would be better to attend? also can anyone just type out the syllabi for physics, chemistry and biology for these entrance tests as i have got my own books but they are based on Indian syllabus since i studied from an Indian school. if anyone would type down the name of the chapters/topics for those 3 subjects, i will be really helpful since i can start preparing.
    Thanks in advance!

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    also which university would be better, bahria university or ziauddin university because i have heard that bahria is really nice and coming up too fast.
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    Since you are an overseas student, you have the option of either giving the local entry test (for which I highly recommend studying the Sindh Board textbooks) OR you can give the SAT II subject exams of Bio, Chem and Physics with a minimum of 550 score in each OR they will just use your equivalency certificate from IBCC with your calculated % instead of the above mentioned tests. Keep in mind that not all the universities here will give you that option, so please contact them and ask them the eligibility criteria and about tests.

    I will post them for you here, the topics, but please refer to the Sindh board textbooks for entry test (if you happen to give them) rather than your texts.

    And about universities, both are good options! You are the one to decide, really. Like for me I prefer Ziauddin because of it's location and financial assistance facility. Some prefer Bahria for it's location. What you should do is consider the fees, location, hostel facility (if you don't have any relative here) and check if they prefer entry tests, SAT II or just your grades.
    The private universities like Ziauddin, Bahria, Baqai, Jinnah, Hamdard, Sir Syed etc do accept overseas students and there aren't any fixed seats for you guys. On the other hand public colleges like Dow Medical College and Sindh Medical College have reserved 4 seats each for overseas. I am not sure what the criteria is but you're supposed to have more than 60-65% in your equivalency certificate from IBCC. As for DIMC it is only for overseas students.

    Best of luck

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    BIOLOGY

    the biology (has intro, different kinds of biology fields, kingdoms intro etc), biological molecules, enzymes, the cell, variety of life (kingdoms classification and virus details), prokaryotae, protista, fungi, plant kingdom, animal kingdom, bioenergetics, nutrition, gaseous exchange, transport, homeostasis,support and movement, coordination and control, reproduction, growth and development, chromosomes and DNA, cell cycle, variation and gene, biotechnology, evolution, ecosystem, some major ecosystems & man and his environment.

    CHEMISTRY

    intro to fundamental concepts of chemistry, the three states of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, energetics of chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, solutions and electrolytes, intro to chemical kinetics, the periodic table, hydrogen, s block elements, p block elements, d block elements, intro to organic chemistry, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, benzene, alkyl halides, alcohols, carboxylic acids, phenols, esters, ketones, aldehydes, ethers, chemistry of life and chemical industries of Pakistan.

    PHYSICS

    The scope of physics; scalars & vectors; motion; motion in two dimension; torque, angular momentum and equilibrium; gravitation; work , power and energy; wave motion and sound; nature of light; geometrical optics; heat; electrostatics; current electricity; electromagnetism; electrical measuring instruments; electronics; modern physics; atomic spectra; atomic nucleus; nuclear radiation.

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    BIOLOGY

    the biology (has intro, different kinds of biology fields, kingdoms intro etc), biological molecules, enzymes, the cell, variety of life (kingdoms classification and virus details), prokaryotae, protista, fungi, plant kingdom, animal kingdom, bioenergetics, nutrition, gaseous exchange, transport, homeostasis,support and movement, coordination and control, reproduction, growth and development, chromosomes and DNA, cell cycle, variation and gene, biotechnology, evolution, ecosystem, some major ecosystems & man and his environment.

    CHEMISTRY

    intro to fundamental concepts of chemistry, the three states of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonding, energetics of chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, solutions and electrolytes, intro to chemical kinetics, the periodic table, hydrogen, s block elements, p block elements, d block elements, intro to organic chemistry, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, benzene, alkyl halides, alcohols, carboxylic acids, phenols, esters, ketones, aldehydes, ethers, chemistry of life and chemical industries of Pakistan.

    PHYSICS

    The scope of physics; scalars & vectors; motion; motion in two dimension; torque, angular momentum and equilibrium; gravitation; work , power and energy; wave motion and sound; nature of light; geometrical optics; heat; electrostatics; current electricity; electromagnetism; electrical measuring instruments; electronics; modern physics; atomic spectra; atomic nucleus; nuclear radiation.
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    Thank you so much for your patience to reply! Yes i have already contacted them and had asked them their eligibility criteria and they all say they need equivalence certificate as well as SAT II or their entrance tests. Well, I guess then Ziauddin university would be much better since you are a local student and you will have more knowledge. But does Ziauddin have hostel facilities within the campus? And also is getting into Ziauddin or Bahria or DIMC easy for me because I fear I may not get into any of them since everyone says that admissions for overseas students are tough. Thanks for your help of posting the topics and i will prepare from those. By the way which colleges are you seeking admissions?

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    Oh my God! thank you so much for posting the topics of each of the subjects, i will surely prepare from those. thank you so much for your help!
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    Oh don't take my opinion over experts! I was just telling you MY preference, maybe you would like Bahria better :/
    I know DIMC has hostel facility, I am not so sure about ziauddin or bahria. i will have to ask around and i will tell you.
    No way! I am sure whoever told you does not know what they are talking about. First of all DIMC is only for overseas students, so there's no way you will have difficulty getting admission there provided you have good scores. It is only tough for overseas because they don't know the criteria like of SAT II, like my friend who didn't know and had to give entry test after studying our course in a short span of time, overseas students are also unaware of the syllabus or the books needed for entry tests, or they don't get their equivalency or just don't have the grades.

    if you are a good student then don't worry, just prep for the entry tests/sat ii, meet the eligibility criteria, prepare the required documents and pray!

    i will apply at the govt. medical colleges ie Dow, Sindh Medical College, KMDC and if possible Ziauddin, Jinnah and Sir Syed
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    Ziauddin does not have hostel facilities within campus. The hostels are in North Nazimabad whereas the Uni itself is in Clifton, only departments such as nursing and biomedical engineering are located in North Nazimabad. Moreover I have heard ZU does not provide transport for hostelites. As for Bahria, the girls hostels (not sure about boys) are located at Karsaz (Naval housing scheme) and the medical and dental departments are located in Defence.

    Hope that helps.
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    Thanks yet again! Well, i guess Ziauddin will be better. Thanks to you that I came to know that overseas don't have much difficulties, makes me feel better. But i guess AKU is really harsh since in spite of passing out with 95% in 12th and meeting their conditions for SAT I, they say I have been rejected, I don't understand that though! Maybe 95% wasn't good enough for them or they don't care for 12th marks....
    Well if I have any other questions, i will surely ask you, hope that won't bother you and hopefully you too get admission!

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    @ hudanasir: Thank you , your information will be a great help to me. Well, is Clifton and North Nazimabad far away from each other? Also what about the distance between Karsaz and Defence?
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    Really? Did you give their entry test? That's weird, if you meet the criteria you shouldn't have been rejected by aku. Did you apply late then?
    Karsaz is nearer to Defence than North Nazimabad and Clifton is basically adjacent to Defence. Check out Google Map xD
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    Thanks for your information!
    Nope i never applied late, i had applied on 5th of April and given SAT I in June as per the collegeboard schedule and scored 1800 that exactly meets their eligibility but AKU sent us an email by the end of June saying that my application has been rejected and i can get admission next year. i thought it could be due to my age or something since i am 16 years old but i read on PMDC that there are no age limits. i don't understand why they did that. That's the reason i am worried if i would get admission any where in Pak.
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    You should have asked them the reason!
    also Ziauddin admissions have started, forms will be available from 22nd July. Last date for submission is 17th August
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    Thanks! When do MBBS classes actually start in Pak? will they start by October?
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    They usually start by the end of November or by the beginning of December.
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    @hudanasir, thanks!
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