The Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has announced the results of the MDCAT, according to which 67,611 of the 121,181 candidates who had taken the examination have passed after attaining 60 percent marks.
The examination had been held on 29 November in centers across Pakistan, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan. A second special examination had been held on 13 December for students who had been unable to take the first one because they had contracted the coronavirus.
The test had consisted of 200 MCQs, and the candidates were required to score a minimum of 60 percent to pass.
The results of the MDCAT 2020 are available on the PMC’s website (www.pmc.gov.pk/MDCAT2020) and can be viewed after entering one’s MDCAT roll number.
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A number of candidates had complained about out-of-syllabus questions on the test and had blamed the PMC for discrimination against them. Consequently, the commission issued a post-exam analysis of the MDCAT examination to clarify the matter.
The PMC said that a post-exam analysis that included a Reliability Item Analysis aligned with international best practices.
It stated, “The analysis included a discrimination index and item-wise analysis of all the 200 questions on the basis of the answers given and the topic syllabus as approved by the Academic Board”.
The process highlighted the questions that the candidates had claimed were ambiguous by analyzing the answers of the candidates or by the formation of the questions, or those which were below the cut-off benchmark of the discrimination index. Nonetheless, all the candidates were given equal benefits to ensure no one was adversely affected.
At least 14 questions were marked ‘ambiguous’ after the post-analysis, of which seven were in Biology, five in Physics, and one in Chemistry.
The PMC said, “From the MDCAT Exam held on 13 December 2020, a total of seven questions were similarly taken out of the scoring and all the students have received maximum marks for these questions”.
The commission further clarified that the core purpose of ‘removing’ the questions of concern was to follow the standard practices for ambiguity and discrimination.
“The ambiguity was caused in part due to different textbooks being used in different parts of Pakistan which may not be fully compliant with the relevant Board Curriculum or otherwise by the formation of the question itself,” the PMC explained.
It added that the post-analysis of the examination had achieved 0.96 (on a scale from 0 to 1, with 1 being the highest) on Cronbach’s alpha which is a measure of internal consistency and reliability.